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.

Audubon Society Bird Walk

FALL MIGRANTS OF WOODLAWN CEMETERY, THE BRONX

Sunday, September 12, 8:30-11am
Guides: Tod Winston, Joseph McManus, Susan Olsen
With Woodlawn Conservancy

Join us for a morning bird walk and tour of beautiful Woodlawn Cemetery: Tod Winston and Joseph McManus will help look for fall migrants and year-round residents on the expansive, wooded cemetery grounds, while the Woodlawn Conservancy’s Susan Olsen will share fascinating stories about Woodlawn’s history and the interesting mixture of individuals interred there. Limited to 15. $36 (25)

To Register Please click here.

Dorothy Parker and the Newsmakers of New York

Sunday, September 26, 2021, Tours are at 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM.

The newest boldface name to join the pantheon of great New Yorkers of Woodlawn Cemetery is the author, poet, and crusader, Dorothy Parker. After an odyssey beginning with her death in 1967, Parker’s cremains were interred beside her parents in August 2020. One year later her new gravestone was unveiled by Parker’s family, and it was national news. Woodlawn welcomes you to come on this new trolley tour that will visit her gravesite along with notable artists, captains of industry, explorers, performers and writers. In the spirit of Mrs. Parker, we’ll visit those with ties to Broadway, speakeasies and the arts. Your guide is the award-winning author Kevin C. Fitzpatrick, president of the Dorothy Parker Society, who brought Parker back to her hometown. If you love books and culture, this is the tour for you.

This is a trolley tour. All guests regardless of vaccination status will be asked to wear a mask while on the trolley. Thank you for your cooperation.

To purchase tickets for the 11 am tour, please click here.

To purchase tickets for the 1:30 pm tour, please click here.

 

Legal History From the Ground Up: Unearthing NY’s Legal Ancestors at Woodlawn Cemetery

September 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm EDT

Webinar

In a fun and informative program, HS of the NYCourts is partnering with Woodlawn Cemetery & Conservancy to look back to NY’s legal ancestors. Did you know that many of the giants of NY law, including William Nelson Cromwell, Samuel Untermyer, and even Charles Evans Hughes, have their final resting places in Woodlawn Cemetery? Join us and our panel of descendants as we share little known stories about these important lawyers and judges and discuss their impact on the law today.

Panelists

Moderator: Michael T. ReynoldsPartner, Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Woodlawn Conservancy

Robert J. Giuffra, Jr., Vice Chair & Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and Practice Descendant of William Nelson Cromwell 

Marshall L. MillerPartner, Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP and Descendant of Hon. William Butler Hornblower

Adrian UntermyerAttorney; Board Member, Woodlawn Conservancy; and Descendant of Samuel Untermyer

Hon. Troy K. Webber, Co-Chair, Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission; Associate Justice, Appellate Division, First Dept.; and Judicial Descendant of Hon. James S. Watson

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New York Mycological Society

Mushroom Walk – Sunday, October 3, 2021 10:00 AM

Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, N.Y. Leader: Dennis Aita. If coming by train take the #4 train to the last stop, Woodlawn & Jerome Ave. Meet 10 a.m. just inside the cemetery’s entrance.

Meet the group inside the Jerome Avenue Gate and the walk will start after  a little after 10am. Bring lunch and water. We will have a quick lunch around 12:30 followed by a mushroom id session at the tables right behind the Woodlawn Cemetery office near the Jerome Avenue entrance. Either bring a basket or large shopping bag(s) as well as a knife for collecting. You also might want to bring smaller paper or wax paper bags. We don’t walk as a single group. Instead people scatter around, often in small groups, to cover a larger part of the cemetery. Maps will be provided.

This event is free but registration is required. Please click here to register.

Woodlawn’s Italian Heritage Tour 1:00PM

Sunday, October 10th, 1:00 PM

Join us for this trolley tour as we visit the memorials and mausoleums of famous Italian-Americans at Woodlawn. Stops on the tour include Piccirilli Brothers Monuments, Joseph Stella’s Mausoleum and the gravesite of Fiorello LaGuardia.

We ask all guests wear a mask while on the Trolley.

For tickets, click here.

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OPEN HOUSE NY OCTOBER 16th and 17th

Saturday, 12:00 – Walking Tour Art and Architecture of Woodlawn

Sunday, 12:00 – Walking Tour Art and Architecture of Woodlawn

Woodlawn’s Legal History from the Ground Up.

Sunday, October 17, 2021, 11 am and 2 pm

Did you know that many of the giants of NY law, including William Nelson Cromwell, Samuel Untermyer, and even Charles Evans Hughes, have their final resting places in Woodlawn Cemetery? Join Woodlawn Conservancy’s Director of Historical Services Susan Olsen for a trolley tour of Woodlawn to view the final resting places and share little known stories about these important lawyers and judges — our legal ancestors — and discuss their impact on the law today.

This is a trolley tour. All guests regardless of vaccination status will be asked to wear a mask while on the trolley. Thank you for your cooperation.

Please dress for weather. There will be a box lunch after the 11am tour and before the 2:00 pm tour. Price of the tour includes lunch.

For the 11am tour, please click here.

For the 2:00pm tour, please click here.

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Illuminated Mausoleums

Friday, October 22, 2021 – 7:00 PM

Fall Concert – November 7, 2021 3pm

The Bardekova Arts Ensemble

Woolworth Chapel

Ellen Bardekoff is the founder and oboist of the Bardekova Ensemble.

The Bardekova Ensemble is a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring free and/or moderately priced concerts to all ages and economic levels in the Bronx. The group has won over 50 awards for 38 concert series in the Bronx with the Department of Cultural Affairs, Community Arts Grant, and The Music Performance Trust Fund

 Members of the group have performed with members of the New York Philharmonic, and the Metropolitan Opera.  They have also played with the Goldovsky Opera Company, the Steve Reich Ensemble as well as other notable performing organizations. They have recorded with ECM, Nonesuch, Grenadilla and the Et Cetera record companies.

Tickets are free but advance registration is required. Click here to Register.

New York City is requiring proof of vaccine for indoor performances. Please bring your vaccination card or app to show upon entry. Masks will also be available. Thank you for your undrstanding.

Saturday, November 13, 2:00 PM

World War I Veterans of Woodlawn Walking Tour

Woodlawn Cemetery is proud to be the final resting place of veterans and dependents of every conflict stretching back to the American Revolution. In the poignant words of General John J. Pershing–commander of the World War I American Expeditionary Forces: “Time will not dim the glory of their deeds.” In honor of Veteran’s Day, we invite you to join Kevin C. Fitzpatrick, the award-winning author of “World War I New York: A Guide to the City’s Enduring Ties to the Great War,” for a walking tour of the graves and memorials of World War I veterans, men and women, who served in the Great War a century ago. You will meet enlisted men who served in trench warfare, brave aviators who risked their lives in biplanes, a member of the Harlem Hellfighters, and poor immigrants who were drafted and served their new country with honor. Kevin will have copies of his book for sale, which includes a chapter on Woodlawn heroes.

To purchase tickets, please click here.

Sunday, November 14, 2021 1:00 PM

Show Business Legends and The Lambs Trolley Tour

Woodlawn Cemetery is proud to be the final resting place of hundreds of entertainers who made New York the capital of the show business world. One chapter of our history is that we have more than 100 members of The Lambs, the oldest professional theatrical organization in the country. Since 1874 it has been the leading social club in New York for those with ties to entertainment. On this unique tour you will see some of the brightest names of stage and screen, and some whose names are not as remembered any longer. You will visit little-seen mausoleums of men and women who were top stars a century ago. You’ll hear stories about the club from current members of The Lambs, including club historian Kevin C. Fitzpatrick, our tour guide. Among the names are Oliver Hazard Perry Belmont, Irving Berlin, William Courtleigh, Reginald De Koven, James Montgomery Flagg, Joseph Grismer, and Fritz Williams, who actually died in the clubhouse. We will also play a show business trivia game!

This is a trolley tour. All guests regardless of vaccination status will be asked to wear a mask while on the trolley. Thank you for your cooperation.

For Registration, please click here.

 

Trolley Tour – Woodlawn’s Greats of Jazz and Vaudeville

Join Michael Cumella, aka DJ MAC for a Victrola Trolley Tour

Sunday, November 21st, 11am and 2pm

Join us for a Trolley Tour visiting the final resting place of the Vaudeville and Jazz Greats at Woodlawn Cemetery. The stops on the tour will include George M. Cohan, Nora Bays, Duke Ellington and many more. You will listen to the music of these notable musicians played on a Victrola. Take a step back in time with your host Michael Cumella, aka DJ MAC and join us for the Jazz Age. We ask that all unvaccinated tour participants please wear a mask while on the Trolley. Children over the age of 4 require a ticket for this tour. Tickets are $25 per person, $20 for Members and Seniors.

To register for the 11 AM tour, please click here.

To register for the 2pm tour, please click here.

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Illuminated Mausoleums

Sunday, November 21, 2021 7:00 PM