From 12-6pm on Saturday, October 2, the Met is hosting its first-ever MetFest block party. Live music, performances and art-making workshops will be offered – as well as behind-the-scenes tours of the museum and MetTalks, through which staff members will give brief breakdowns of their favorite works at the museum.
Other festivities at MetFest will include carnival stilt walkers and a Double Dutch showcase. If you’re unable to make it to The Met at 1000 5th Avenue, the museum will also be offering a free livestream plus ‘at home activities.’
Artists performing will include singer and guitarist Toshi Reagon, known for her folk, rock and funk music and multimedia visual extraordinaire Miguel Luciano, whose work is featured in permanent collections at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in DC and the Brooklyn Museum. Curator and choreographer Rashida Bumbray, who serves as the Director of Culture and Art at the Open Society Foundations, will also be presenting, along with John Gray, cofounder of Bronx-based Ghetto Gastro, which helps young entrepreneurs grow the culinary scene in the Bronx.
MetFest is free and open to all ages, and a full schedule of events will be available by October 1. Indoor programs will be free with Museum admission. Museum admission is free for Met Members and kids under 12. For New York State residents and NY, NJ, and CT students, the amount you pay is up to you.
Per New York City’s “Key to NYC” requirement, all people 12 and older are required to show proof of vaccination in order to enter the Museum. Attendees must show proof of receipt of at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use or licensed for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization.
To learn more about MetFest and visitor guidelines, please visit metmuseum.org/events/met-fest.