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.
Tours & Events
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Victor Goines & Friends
Live and Free JAZZ concert at The Woodlawn Cemetery
Renowned composer and JALC musician, Victor Goines, will perform The Woodlawn Suite, a piece he was commissioned to write and perform by the Woodlawn Conservancy. The piece consists of a series of musical biographies that celebrate the lives and legacies of inspiring figures memorialized at The Woodlawn Cemetery, such as Duke Ellington, Bert Williams, Florence Mills, Coleman Hawkins and a special tribute to the first women millionaire and business entrepreneur, Madam C.J. Walker, whose confidence and swagger inspired Victor to write a tune in her honor. While there is no charge for admittance, you must pre-register. The performance will take place on the field, adjacent to the subway entrance to cemetery. Visitors are welcome to bring lawn chairs or blankets. The Woodlawn Suite is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.
Woodlawn adheres to a policy of being a non-smoking environment. No alcoholic beverages of any kind are permitted. Current NYC COVID guidelines, in practice at the time and date of the concert, will be enforced.
Memorial Day Flagging of Veteran’s Graves
Volunteers wanted to Assist in Honoring our Veterans beginning May 21, 2022.
Each year, the Woodlawn Conservancy honors our deceased Veterans by placing an American flag on their grave each year. More than 8,500 Veterans lie at rest at Woodlawn. Please join us to be part of this community-wide event. To register please email, Liz Cooney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Suffrage Signatures with Canta Libre Chamber Ensemble
Free Concert, Sunday, May 22, 2022 at 3:00 PM
Would you walk 200 miles (in a skirt!) for something you believed in? The journey of Women’s Suffrage “pilgrims” is brought to life in a new chamber piece entitled, “Suffrage Signatures”. Composer Joelle Wallach will include live dialogue and images based on the personal letters and photographs of these fascinating women during the performance. Join members of the Canta Libre Chamber Ensemble (flute, harp and strings) for the premier performance of this exciting multi-media work. Many of these groundbreaking suffragists are buried at Woodlawn, the memory of whom is alive and well, thanks to ongoing research and outreach to living relatives by the Woodlawn Conservancy.
The concert is Free, but you must be pre-registered. To register, please click here.
Woodlawn’s Throwback Thursday Tour
Thursday, May 26, 2022, 2:00 PM
Join us on the Woodlawn Trolley for a 60-minute tour of the historic Woodlawn Cemetery. Your tour will take you to the graves of notable figures in history, beautiful architecture and funerary sculpture, and historic gardens.
This tour is at capacity. Please check back for our June tour.
Sean Mason Quintet
Sunday, June 19, 2022, 3pm.
Free Concert at the Woolworth Chapel
Originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, Sean has lived in New York City since 2017, where he is a Jazz at Lincoln Center favorite, leading his own ensemble and a much sought-after sideman. He has been featured in Ellington Through the Ages with Wynton Marsalis and in Danny Barker: A New Orleans Life in Jazz, alongside a who’s who of New Orleans’ musical elite. At Woodlawn, Sean will be joined by the stellar members of his quintet, Felix Moseholm, Domo Branch, Tony Glausi, and Chris Lewis in a performance of his original music, selected from three works: “The Southern Suite,” “The Migration Suite,” and, his most recent—and timely—“The Recovery Suite.”
This concert is presented in collaboration with Jazz At Lincoln Center’s On the Road Initiative.
To Register, please click here.