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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 will be Saturday, October 3, 2020 at Keney 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.

scene from 2013In 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.

scene from 2015In the idyllic setting of Keney Park and autumnal surroundings, Night Fall will probe 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.

Attend one of our pre-show workshops , volunteer to help the night of the event or reserve a blanket or a first row chair for a front row seat at one of Hartford's most magical evenings!

If you're a community group, artisan or food truck owner interested in vending or tabling at Night Fall 2020, please contact our Vendor Coordinator at

Want to relive Night Fall past performances? You can view them online!
Watch: 2012 Elizabeth Park, 2013 Pope Park, 2014 Colt Park, 2015 Keney Park, 2016 Elizabeth Park, 2017 Bushnell Park, 2018 Pope Park and 2019 Colt Park!

Chion WolfOur 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!

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merch booth With your help, Night Fall highlights the wealth of artistic talent in the Greater Hartford region by collaborating with local artists, performers and craftspeople and fairly compensating them for their work.

Your support in making this project a reality is greatly appreciated. Every Night Fall backer will be lovingly thanked on our web site. We also value your encouragement and cheers, your Facebook posts and tweets.

Night Fall is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.


Blanket seatingBlanket 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!

Front row chair seating

You know you want one!

4 people per blanket
2 Logo chairs (that you KEEP!)

Blankets and Chairs go on sale at our annual Pond House fundraiser. Date to be announced.


squirrels love youNight Fall is made possible
by our supporters!

Generous support from:

Roberts Foundation

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

Bank of America, 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!

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Night Fall Performance Returns to Hartford (NBC CT, October 4, 2018)

Illuminating Stronger Ties at Hartford's Night Fall (Red Truck Stonecatcher Blog, December 17, 2017)

Anne Cubberly Invites You All to Participate (Take Magazine, October 3, 2016)
Hartford Puppetmaker Anne Cubberly Is The Creative Force Behind Night Fall (the Hartford Magazine, September 24, 2016)

Night Fall At Colt Park (photo gallery,, October 12, 2014)

With Forum, Donovan And Marathon, Hartford Was Hopping
(Hartford Courant, October 13, 2014)

Magic Comes to Colt Park at Night Fall (Hartford Courant, October 6, 2014)

Artist Anne Cubberly Named Best Artist in Hartford Magazine's Best of Hartford Winners 2014 (Hartford Magazine, May 2014)

Anne Cubberly – "Hartford Has Her" (Hartford Preservation Alliance Blog, February 17, 2014)

Night Fall Celebrates Changing Of Seasons At Pope Park (Hartford Courant, October 10, 2013)

Hartford's Underground Arts Scene (Hartford Magazine, September, 2013)

Puppet Sculptor Anne Cubberly Creates A Magical World
(Hartford Courant, July 19, 2013)

Artist Anne Cubberly Named One of Hartford Magazine's Players: Best of Hartford Winners 2013
(Hartford Magazine, May 2013)

Hartford Bucket List Challenge 2013! (Yelp Hartford, March 2013)

Photos: Night Fall Hartford (, October 2012)

Ten Photos of "Night Fall"
(Hartford Courant, To Wit, October 14, 2012)

See Anne Cubberly's Night Fall on Oct. 13 in Hartford's Elizabeth Park (, October 8, 2012)

Dreams, Vision And Inspiration: What Drives An Artist? (WNPR, Colin McEnroe Show, September 24, 2012)

Hartford Arts Community Brings Wonder To Autumn (Seasons Magazine, Fall 2012)

Night Fall - Celebrate the Season With the Arts (Hartford Woman Online, August 2012)

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Night Fall festivities at Keney Park will 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.


Coming in 2020!


Coming in 2020!


seating info Seating at Night Fall is as close to nature as you can get – on the lawn. Seating is first come, first served. There are no bad seats and you may want to bring something to sit on; blanket seating is closest to the stage with chair seating behind. (There are no chairs or stools in the Blanket Area.)

For those who need assistance to reach the playing area, volunteers are on hand to assist in transport to our reserved Accessibility viewing area.

Past performances have been standing room only, so we encourage you to arrive early. Bring a picnic supper or purchase a snack from one of the food trucks parked nearby. But please help keep Colt Park beautiful by taking your trash with you when you leave.

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Would you like to audition for Night Fall 2020? Create a video and show us how fabulous you are!

Night Fall 2020, will be in Keney Park, Hartford, October 3.

Eligibility: You must be 18 years old, live in Connecticut and be available for rehearsals in late August through October 2020.


1. Send an email to requesting an AUDITION FORM.

2. Watch the video created by Jakar Hankerson and create your own video following his instructions and choreography.


3. Send your video to Night Fall's FB messenger.

4. Fill out the AUDITION FORM and email it back to or snail mail it to Night Fall, 45 Church St, Hartford, CT 06103

Deadline: JUNE 6TH, 11PM


Night Fall
is community sourced in staffing, casting, volunteer base and funding with a focus on collaborating with and fairly paying artists. We celebrate nature and strive for sustainability using recycled materials and leaving no post-event footprint. Inspired by each neighborhood's diversity, culture, and history.
Night Fall
is a uniquely Hartford celebration and signature event that draws people together to creatively transform our capital city.



Are you a turtle, fox, owl or bear? Show us your creations if you dare!

We here at Night Fall challenge children of all ages to create a Night Fall costume or puppet or mask of your own made from materials found around your home.  Our Cast has created some creatures and we hope this inspires your creativity !   Send us your photos or videos to the Night Fall FB page and we will share them (ask your parent first <3).


Queen Bee

Chad Browne-Springer: Turtle Shell Shield

Anne Cubberly: Owl Mask

Jeanika Browne-Springer: Lion Mask

Lauren Little: Owl Mask

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Mellissa’s Coqui:

-1 paper bag (for the head)

-1 garden soil bag (washed and cut to make shirt,belt eyes, mouth and tongue)

-Several pieces of green construction paper (two shades)

-Red duct tape for the lips

-Gardening gloves with “coqui” fingertips

-Hot glue and packing tape to put it all together.

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Matthew’s Bluejay: 

- Constructed using a polar seltzer bottle

- Oreo O's box

- black plastic trashbag,

- old t shirt.

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Samone Jones-McCarthy

-Cardboard box

-Masking tape




Be a part of the show before the show! Night Fall welcomes you to join our workshops to create lanterns, costumes, and more. Workshops are fun, family-friendly and always free!


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