Night Fall features music, dance, theater, spoken word, costume and lead artist Anne Cubberly's signature giant puppets. Cubberly, along with community leaders Steve Mitchell and LB Muñoz, hires some of the region's most talented and active artists, performers and technical specialists for the core of this professional production. This year's Night Fall is Saturday, October 5, 2019 at Colt Park in Hartford.
Come early for extra Night Fall Fun! Grounds open at 2 pm in the field adjacent to the performance area. Shop with the Market vendors, make Art, enjoy Side Shows, and purchase food from various local Food Trucks. Bring a blanket or chair to sit on for the performance, which starts promptly at 6 pm.
In the weeks leading up to Night Fall, free art workshops will be held across the city of Hartford. Night Fall artists work with residents in their neighborhoods to design and create lanterns that are the centerpiece of the performance. Hartford communities are a featured part of Night Fall.
Night Fall honors the diversity of Hartford residents young and old by fostering relationships through creative and expressive sharing and learning. Night Fall highlights the wealth of artistic talent in the Greater Hartford region by collaborating with local artists, performers and craftspeople.
In the idyllic setting of Colt Park and autumnal surroundings, Night Fall probes the mysteries of seasonal transition and change. The evening's climax, a final ritual procession of lanterns, symbolizes an ending of the fall season and a welcoming to the winter season soon to come. In this way, Night Fall is a festival of theater, pageantry, movement and music as well as a uniquely Hartford celebration of nature, our shared history and most importantly, our community.
If you're a community group, artisan or food truck owner interested in vending or tabling at Night Fall 2019, please contact our Vendor Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Watch: 2012 Elizabeth Park, 2013 Pope Park, 2014 Colt Park, 2015 Keney Park, and 2016 Elizabeth Park, 2017 Bushnell Park and 2018 Pope Park!
Our good friend and board member, Chion Wolf, made this wonderful video with pictures and interviews with children about their favorite parts of Night Fall. Enjoy!
Blanket Seating for Night Fall
puts you and 3 friends right up front to get a close and personal experience.
The popular First Row Chairs,
just behind the blankets, because not everyone is comfortable sitting on the ground. You get to keep the chairs after the show!
You know you want one!
4 people per blanket
2 Logo chairs (that you KEEP!)
Click HERE to purchase!
Night Fall is made possible
by our supporters!
Generous support from:
Vermont Community Foundation and the Knox Foundation.
the Richard P. Garmany Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and
Freed Marcroft, LLC.
In-Kind support from:
All Waste Inc., AlphaGraphics, Bill Morgan Media, Blue Earth Compost, CHER at Trinity College, City of Hartford, Connecticut Audio & Theatrical Supply, The Dirt Salon, Euphoria Events, Hands on Hartford, Imposters Impersonating History, The iQuilt Plan, The Metropolitan District, Mill Restaurant Group, Northern Lights, Robert O'Connor, Meckla Pinnix, Pond House Cafe,
Real Art Ways
We are deeply grateful for the generosity of:
Joe Barber, Jill & David Barrett, Lynn Bortolan, Suzanne & John Bourdeaux, Sara & Luke Bronin, Susan Carey, The Cherolis Family, Jonathan Cohen, Erin & Julio Concepcion, Audrey Conrad, Jim Condren & Ellen Robinson, Diana & Rick Crookes, Rita Decker, Jack Dougherty, Lynn Ferrari & Ginny Seeley, Patricia Fontaine, Thomas Foran, Doris Gale, Tracy & John Gale, Matthew Glasser, Barnaby Horton, Dick & Beverly Hughes, Helen & Don Hughlett, Anne Kane & Jake Holmes, Jill Marie Kleiber, Anne Koneru, Terrence Lavin & Jennifer Crookes Carpenter, Jennifer & Richard Lotstein, Nancy Macy & Robert Painter, Kathi Meding, Marcy & Luis Mejia, Peter Min, Stephanie Moreland, Marjorie Morrissey, Sol & Edgardo Mune, Marcey & Roberto Muñoz, Narwold Family Fund, Mary Jane Panke, Chrissie & Ezra Ripple, Gilda Roncari, Rosalie Roth, Edd Russo, Jennifer & Christian T. Sager, Greg & Jan Sinnott, Lynn Sinnott, Sheelah Sinnott, Paul Spirito & Sarah Poriss, Bill Stapleton, Donna & Sam Stout, Trinity College, Cate Vallone, Linda Wayman, Sally Weisman, Margot Weiss, Lisa Whatmore, Diane Whitney... and more!
And our talented crafters, sewers, lantern builders & volunteers!
Night Fall festivities at Colt Park begin at 2 pm, so get here early to place your group's blanket or chairs in the audience seating areas and then enjoy food trucks, art activities, vendors, community tables and people watching! The show begins promptly at 6 pm.
LOCATION / DIRECTIONS
PARKING AND ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION
MULTIMODAL TRANSPORTATION DIRECTIONS SHARE A RIDE!
We encourage carpooling and ride-sharing to Night Fall.
For Uber or Lyft pick-up and drop-off, use the Corner of Wawarme Ave & Ledyard Street (6 Ledyard Street).
RIDE A BIKE TO THE PARK! Night Fall encourages you to bike to the park and park with our free Bike Valet! Your bicycle will be under the watchful eyes of our volunteers, but a savvy cyclist will still use a bike lock. Bring bike lights for your ride home, since the performance ends after dark. Find more information about group ride-ins and bicycle route suggestions here.
WALK TO NIGHT FALL Here is a 1-mile radius map, which is approximately a 20 minute walk. Skip the hassle of parking and tuck a blanket into your bag or sling a folding chair on your back. Traveling light is easy, since there are food trucks in the park.
CT TRANSIT AND CTFASTRAK Night Fall fans and soccer fans can both take advantage of the new CTfastrak shuttle (Route 160 - Dillon Stadium Connector) between Sigourney Street Station, Downtown Hartford, and Colt Park's Dillon Stadium. The CTfastrak route 160 has a halftime and end of game bus (picking up at Dillon Stadium) that Night Fall fans can take back to the Sigourney Street Station to catch the frequent CTfastrak bus along the bus rapid transit corridor. Alternative bus to Colt Park, take bus route 53-55 toward Wethersfield Ave. and get off at Warwarme Ave. This bus doesn't have late return routes, so you'll need to catch the CTfastrak 160 back from Dillon Stadium. Plan your transit trip! The rate is $1.75 for a two-hour bus pass or $3.50 for an all-day pass. You can pay on the bus (exact change) or pay ahead at the CTfastrak station kiosk. Experienced bus riders will already have their GoCT card or GoCT phone app.
CAR, VAN, AND CARPOOL PARKING [brief bulleted list of parking suggestions including: Bulkeley HS (tentative), Church of the Good Shepherd, specific streets surrounding Wethersfield & Wawarme, ADA drop-off & parking in Colt Park's Morris St. Lot off of Wawarme Ave., Colt Building no-cost reserved parking for Night Fall guests at corner of Huyshope Ave. and Sequassen St., etc.] Look for Night Fall parking attendants and parking lots with Night Fall signs if you choose to drive to the park!
WORKSHOP DATES COMING !
Help out at a neighborhood workshop, assist in making costumes or props, distribute posters and flyers, or be a helper the night of the show. Contact us for more information. Night Fall is only possible with community support.
Help us invite people to Night Fall!
Wear some wings or help with a puppet and let's acquaint our community with the magic of Night Fall.
MEET OUR VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR!
Avid pedestrian, amateur historian, and cheese lover Gannon Long is thrilled to join the Night Fall team as Volunteer Coordinator. Born and raised in Hartford, Gannon will draw on her experience as a community organizer, communications consultant, and retail manager in her new role. Gannon looks forward to sharing Nightfall's music, message, and magic with all available audiences. A member of a large, Night Fall-loving clan, Gannon works at the Center for Latino Progress, and lives in Frog Hollow.