Tours & Events

Discover the rich heritage and beauty of Woodlawn Cemetery through a variety of events, including walking and trolley tours and more. See our updated list of upcoming live events below, as well as our offerings of Virtual Tours.

Upcoming Live Events

To register for an event, please call us at (718) 408-5624

Van Cortlandt Park and Woodlawn Cemetery Winter Tree ID

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Saturday, February 20, 2021

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.

Join the Rangers as we explore interesting tree species in the winter season in two of the Bronx’s premiere green spaces: Van Cortlandt Park and Woodlawn Cemetery.

Participants are chosen by lottery. To enter, visit the Urban Park Rangers Registration Page. Lottery registration begins Wednesday, February 10th.

Please note: We are offering outdoor programs with limited attendance so that you can have a safe and enjoyable time in parks. Based on New York State guidance for sports and recreation [PDF] during COVID-19, we’ve put protocols into place to keep our participants and staff safe and healthy. We’re asking everyone to help us stay safe:

  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Maintain six feet of physical distance between households
  • Wear a face covering
  • Wash your hands

Additionally, we encourage participants to bring their own hand sanitizer to our programs.

 

The Tuesday Night Club with Victor Goines – Join us for a Movement from The Woodlawn Suite

Tuesday, February 23rd, 7:00 PM.

Please join us for a very special evening with Victor Goines and A’Lelia Bundles as we present Madam C.J. Walker from Victor Goines’ Woodlawn Suite. The Program will be held on Zoom. To join please click here. 

Clarinetist, saxophonist, and educator Victor Goines is one of the most respected and multi-faceted musicians in the jazz world today. He is a member of the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra since 1993 and as well as a leader of his own quartet. As a leader, Goines has ten recordings to his credit including his latest A Dance At The Mardi Gras Ball (2016, Rosemary Joseph Records). A gifted composer as well, he has more than 100 original compositions and 50 arrangements for jazz orchestra and small ensembles along with and a number of commissions including Untamed Elegance (2016, Jazz At Lincoln Center), Crescent City (2014, Jazz At Lincoln Center), Suite for Bird (2014 Music Institute of Chicago), Benny: Then, Now, Forever (2009, ASCAP/Louis Armstrong Foundations), Three Sketches for Band (2008, University of Scranton) and Base Line (2002, The Juilliard School) to name a few.

The Performance will be followed by a discussion with A’Lelia Bundles, the Great-Great-Granddaughter of Madam C.J. Walker.

Author and journalist A’Lelia Bundles writes biographies about the amazing women in her family: entrepreneur Madam C. J. Walker and Harlem Renaissance icon A’Lelia Walker. On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C. J. Walker is a New York Times Notable Book and the non-fiction source for Self Made, the fictionalized four-part Netflix series starring Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer that premiered on March 20, 2020.  She is at work on her fifth book, The Joy Goddess of Harlem: A’Lelia Walker and the Harlem Renaissance, about her great-grandmother whose parties, arts patronage and travels helped define the era. After a 30-year career as an executive and Emmy award winning producer with ABC News and NBC News, she now is brand historian for MCJW, a line of hair care products inspired by Madam Walker and created by Sundial Brands. She is a trustee of Columbia University and chair emerita of the National Archives Foundation. Ms. Bundles also speaks at conferences, colleges, corporate events and other venues about entrepreneurship, philanthropy, financial literacy and women’s and African American history.

The African American Legacy at Woodlawn – Trolley Tour

Sunday, February 28th at 12pm and 2:30 PM

In honor of Black History Month, please join us at Woodlawn Cemetery for a tour of the notable African Americans buried at Woodlawn. Led by Susan Olsen, our Director of Historical Services and Elizabeth Cooney our Manager of Public Programs, the tour will feature the stories of African Americans involved with the Jazz Age, the Suffrage Movement, Entertainment, Sports, Business, and Civic Life. Stops will include Madam C.J. Walker, Bessye Bearden, Countee Cullen, Rudolph Fisher, Coleman Hawkins, Norma Miller, Celia Cruz, Bumpy Johnson and Ralph Bunche.

The tour meets at the Webster Avenue Entrance. This Trolley Tour has hop-on and hop-off  points during the tour – please dress warmly. Fee $30, $25 for seniors and members.

There will be two tours that day. For reservations for the 12pm tour, click here.

For Reservations for the 2:30 PM tour, click here.

For additional information, please call 718-408-5624.

The Tuesday Night Club – Virtual Book Club with the Woodlawn Conservancy and A’Lelia Bundles

Tuesday, March 9th, 7:00 PM.

Please join us for a Virtual Book Club with A’Lelia Bundles, great, great granddaughter of Madam C.J. Walker, author of Self Made and the upcoming book, The Joy Goddess of Harlem: A’Lelia Walker and the Harlem Renaissance. Please join us via zoom by clicking here.

Author and journalist A’Lelia Bundles writes biographies about the amazing women in her family: entrepreneur Madam C. J. Walker and Harlem Renaissance icon A’Lelia Walker. On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C. J. Walker is a New York Times Notable Book and the non-fiction source for Self Made, the fictionalized four-part Netflix series starring Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer that premiered on March 20, 2020.  She is at work on her fifth book, The Joy Goddess of Harlem: A’Lelia Walker and the Harlem Renaissance, about her great-grandmother whose parties, arts patronage and travels helped define the era. After a 30-year career as an executive and Emmy award winning producer with ABC News and NBC News, she now is brand historian for MCJW, a line of hair care products inspired by Madam Walker and created by Sundial Brands. She is a trustee of Columbia University and chair emerita of the National Archives Foundation. Ms. Bundles also speaks at conferences, colleges, corporate events and other venues about entrepreneurship, philanthropy, financial literacy and women’s and African American history.

Woodlawn’s Irish-American Trolley Tour

Sunday March 14th, 12:00 PM and 2:30 PM

Come along on the Woodlawn Conservancy Trolley for our annual Irish-American tour. Visit beautiful Celtic gravestones and mausoleums of Irish-Americans in time for St. Patrick’s Day. See the final resting places of actors, authors, patriots and politicians, including Geraldine Fitzgerald, Chauncey Olcott, and James Gralton. Find out about New York’s connection to Ireland going back more than 200 years with men and women who have roots in the Emerald Isle. We will talk about art, history, music, and Irish folklore. Your guide is Kevin Fitzpatrick, descended from County Kildare and a long line of rascals, writers, and firemen. He is the award winning author of “111 Places In The Bronx That You Must Not Miss” and multiple city guide books. This is a family friendly tour and there will be a prize for the Best Aran Sweater. You don’t have to be Irish to take the tour – because on St. Patrick’s Day, everyone is Irish! Double Bonus for Claddagh rings and earrings.

To Register for the 12:00 PM Tour Click Here.

To Register for the 2:30 PM Tour Click Here.