What’s Coming to Manhattanville Community Day on June 8

Here’s what to look forward to on Manhattanville Community Day, coming up on June 8.

May 10, 2024

Manhattanville Community Day is just around the corner! We’re so excited to celebrate with our neighbors and the Upper Manhattan community on Saturday, June 8, 2024 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

If you’re a first-timer to the event, Manhattanville Community Day is an annual day dedicated to celebrating the Upper Manhattan community, especially our neighbors in Morningside Heights, West Harlem, and Washington Heights. Everything that takes place during the day is free and available to the public, however, some specific activities may require advanced registration due to supply or space limits. 

To spread as much information about this year’s event as we can, we’ve curated this list of frequently asked questions to help newcomers and veterans get acquainted with the day’s activities and how to get involved.

Do you have more questions about Manhattanville Community Day? Reach out to Columbia Neighbors, at [email protected].

Where is Manhattanville Community Day taking place and where should I go when I arrive?

Manhattanville Community Day takes place on Columbia’s Manhattanville campus, which spans west from Broadway to 12th Avenue, and north from 125th Street to 134th Street. 

Community Day officially begins at 12:00 pm. You can start the day by navigating to The Forum at Columbia, a community space open to the public all year long. Right at the front of The Forum’s entrance, there will be a welcome table with volunteers who will be there to orient you on the day's activities. Volunteers will also be stationed all throughout campus to answer any questions you might have.

You can spend time at The Forum before heading out further into campus. This year, many of the community tables and other activities will be centrally located on 129th St., which will be closed to car traffic. To see a full list of what’s coming to Community Day, see below.

Do I need to bring anything?

Bring yourself, your neighbors, friends, and family!

Do I need to register ahead of time?

Registration is not required, but it is encouraged. If you register ahead of time, you’ll receive up-to-date information, including additional events and any changes due to inclement weather. 

Register for Manhattanville Community Day on Eventbrite.

What activities are available and where are they located?

There’s a stacked line-up of activities coming to Community Day this year, from food samples from local vendors to a neuroscience festival—plus so much more. See our guide below for the full list of activities and where they are located on campus.

The Forum (Community Day Entrance)

601 W. 125th St.

Inside and outside of The Forum there will be volunteers you can approach with any questions, along with community tables sharing programs, resources, and free goodies. There will also be live music, movie screenings in the auditorium and atrium, as well as kids programming and light refreshments. See below for more information about the movie screenings:

  • 12:30pm: Born To Be Wild (2011)

  • 2:00pm: Oceans (2009)

Food Samplings and Restaurant Crawl

Multiple Locations

Food samples from clients of Columbia Business School's Small Business Development Center will be available during Community Day. A few of our wonderful vendors include: Pabade Bakery, Mama One Sauce, and Chef Marshall LLC. 

The Restaurant Crawl features free bites from local restaurants in partnership with Community Day:

  • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (125th St. & 12th Ave.)
  • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Dear Mama Coffee (129th St., bet. Broadway & 12th Ave.)
  • 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Manhattanville Market (130th St. & Broadway)

Jerome L. Greene Science Center

605 W. 129th St.

The Jerome L. Greene Science Center (JLG) will be holding a festival related to neuroscience, arts and creativity, and health and wellness, called The Artful Mind: A Celebration of the Brain, Art, and Wellness.

This festival will present a series of performances during Manhattanville Community Day for all to join. The performances will take place in the small square in front of the Lenfest Center for the Arts. 

Outside of JLG on 129th St., the popular mobile science lab, Biobus, will be available for young scientists to come and enjoy hands-on science activities. 

Lenfest Center for the Arts

615 W. 129th St.

Lenfest Kids will be screening films saluting one of the most famous bands of all time, The Beatles. 

  • 12:00 pm: A Hard Day's Night
  • 4:00 pm: Yesterday 

Wallach Art Gallery 

615 W. 129th St., Ground Floor Lobby

What's it like to be a kid? The Wallach Art Gallery will host activities to hear from kids about their experiences, along with a kite tail making-station inspired by their upcoming exhibition, Growing Sideways: Performing Childhood.

Columbia Alumni

Columbia Alumni will be hosting multiple interactive activities incorporating topics such health and technology, alongside giveaways of fun goodies. 

Manhattanville Campus Map

Before heading to campus on June 8, consult this map that outlines the buildings on campus. See you there!

MCD Map 2024.

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