The Museum Mile Festival returns to the Upper East Side

UPPER EAST SIDE, Manhattan (PIX11) – The Museum Mile Festival took over Fifth Avenue in Manhattan on Tuesday night, with museum doors wide open and music and performers in the streets, giving people free access to world-renowned cultural institutions.

“The color, the vibrancy, the diversity,” said Harlem resident Amanda Alappat. “It’s like a quintessential New York moment.”

It was a family night out for Amanda and Sebastian Alappat and their two young children who came to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Museum Mile Festival, which was back in person for the first time in three years.

“To be able to walk down the street without a car and have a kind of block party, especially after these last years, it’s amazing,” said Sebastian Alappat.

The festival has been around since the 70s and is designed to bring the community together through art and culture. He has been forced to take a virtual turn for two years.

“This event mixes performances, art tours, free admission, lots of ways to get you in, cheer you on and let you know this is the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the museum of the region metropolitan. This is your museum,” said Heidi Holder, chair of education at the Met.

Eight museums came together for the annual event, including the Met and the Guggenheim.

The Museum Mile Festival is part of a brand new collaboration this summer called the New York Festival. Three hundred organizations are hosting events leading up to Labor Day. Find more information on the New York Festival website.

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