Events Open to the Public

We are pleased to offer a variety of events that will be open to the public. Though a full weekend wristband will be required for most of the events in the A-Z listing, the following events have been designed for the public.


Thursday, May 22nd
Scene Building Roundtable & Meetup 3pm-4:45pm Joseph P. Kennedy Community Center (West 135th Street between Lenox and Fifth avenues) FREE Just show up!
Midsummer Night Swing presents a special Social Dance with live music by Solomon Douglas! 7pm to 9pm David Rubenstein Atrium
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets Target Free Thursdays
FREE Just show up!
Friday, May 23rd
Short Documentary: Call of the Jitterbug (1989), Short Documentary: Never Stop Swinging (2009) + Preview: Where We Danced 2 showings: 2:30pm & 4pm The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium, 111 Amsterdam Avenue FREE Reserve your spot, below, or just show up!
Welcome dance in Central Park! 2pm to 5pm Central Park Bandstand. The Bandshell is located south of Bethesda Terrace between 66th and 72nd streets. FREE Just show up!
Saturday, May 24th
Special Frankie 100 YOUTH programming at Lincoln Center All Day, click here David Rubenstein Atrium
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets
FREE Just show up!
Monday, May 26th
Frankie Manning’s Birthday, the inauguration of World Lindy Hop Day & special daytime events in Harlem – 12pm to 4pm Beginning at the Savoy Plaque on Lenox between 140th and 141st Streets followed by a parade through Harlem ending at P.S. 175 school yard, W 135th St. between Lenox Avenue (Malcolm X Blvd.) and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd. for live music, performances & more! FREE Just show up!





Saturday, May 24th, 2:30 to 3:20pm Introduction to Lindy Hop for ADULTS (first group), Alvin Ailey $10
Thursday, 3pm to 4:45pm Scene Building Roundtable & Meetup FREE, please see above
Educational Panel Pass Access to all 6 panels at Alvin Ailey on Friday, Saturday, Sunday $40
Friday, 1:30 to 3pm The Dance Called the Big Apple $10
Friday, 3:30 to 5pm Frankie’s Music: The State of Swing, Then and Now $10
Saturday, 1:30 to 3pm The Swing Dance Revival: Causes, Turning Points, Highlights $10
Saturday, 3:30 to 5pm Norma Miller, Dawn Hampton, Chazz Young: A Conversation $10
Sunday, 1:30 to 3pm Jazz Dance Research Roundtable $10
Sunday, 3:30 to 5pm From the Savoy to the Cat Club: On the Dance Floor, 1950s and Beyond $10
Friday, 2pm to 5pm Call of the Jitterbug (1989) & Never Stop Swinging (2009), Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium name at the door/no charge
Saturday, 7pm to 9pm Viewing & Discussing Special Swing Dance Film Clips with the Experts, Alvin Ailey Theater $10
Sunday, 7pm to 9pm Preview: Kim Loo Sisters: Portrait in Four Part Harmony & Feature Film: The Savoy King: Chick Webb and the Music that Changed America, Alvin Ailey Theater $10


FRANKIE !)) YOUTH PROGRAMMING – Please click here to see a variety of Youth Programming including events that are open to the public!

***Partial Frankie 100 Festival Packages are also available! Please click here for more information.

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