Come ROAR with US!

ROAR will take place in Chinatown and the Lower East Side in the summer of 2022! Every Saturday and Sunday in June, July and August, we’ll be in Sara D. Roosevelt Park with activities, programs and classes for the whole family. Pop in for an art workshop or a sunset yoga class, take a walking tour of Chinatown, or watch live performances by the gardens.

All programs are FREE to attend, no registration, and are offered in Cantonese, English, Mandarin, and Spanish!

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This Week at ROAR

Join us for all of our regular programming as listed below!

Info Booth

Visit our Info Booth on Rivington Street inside the park all summer long to gain information about the festival and participate in fun activities throughout Chinatown and the Lower East Side!

Family Association: A Soundwalk by George Tsz-Kwan Lam

“Family Association” is a soundwalk experience that uses collected oral history recordings from five members of the Chinese-American community who are connected to NYC. Using GPS technology, listeners will hear interviewees’ memories of their extended families, how their families emigrated to the United States, and whom they imagine their ancestors to be. “Family Association” embeds these recordings within the sites of five historic “family associations” in Chinatown. As listeners approach these locations in Chinatown, the speech gradually becomes more whole, recalling the way in which these micro-communities have helped generations of Chinese-Americans to both reconstruct and reconnect with their past.

小吃 "Snack" Food Scavenger Hunt!

Festival-goers can come to the info booth to receive a “Little Bites” bingo card!: listing 15 participating restaurants in the L.E.S./Chinatown area. Participants who visit all 15 places by August 26th, purchase at least $5 of food, and turn in their completed card will receive a ROAR T shirt (while supplies last!)

Museum Mania!

New York is home to many cultural institutions that showcase the kaleidoscope of human experiences and the breadth of the human imagination - it's one of the things that makes our city special. Stop by the ROAR info booth for free passes to the Museum of Chinese in the Americas, sign up for a complimentary tour of the Tenement Museum, and learn about other free events and offerings in Chinatown and the Lower East Side all summer long!

ROAR Prize Wheel!

ROAR with US! Share a photo from ROAR on social media, and spin our prize wheel to win some ROAR swag! Prizes include tee shirts, tattoos, wristbands, and coupons from local businesses!

Weekly Events

Saturdays

TimeEventLocationPartner
12pm2pmProject Sunflower
C
West side front plot next to the Hua Mei Bird Garden
Sara Roosevelt Park Community Coalition
12pm2pmFree Arts & Crafts
A
ROAR Info Booth @ Rivington St Playground
FABnyc
1pm2pmFree Fitness Bootcamp with @Conbody
A
ROAR Info Booth @ Rivington St Playground
CONBODY
2pm3pmLIVE Performances with rotating guests
A
ROAR Info Booth @ Rivington St Playground
TBD
3pm4pmFree Kids Storytime
B
The M’Finda Kalunga Garden
Untapped Storytellers
3pm4pmFree Ballroom Dance Class
A
ROAR Info Booth @ Rivington St Playground
TBD

Sundays

TimeEventLocationPartner
12pm1pmFree Concert - Traditional Chinese Music
A
ROAR Info Booth @ Rivington St Playground
Mencius Society for the Arts
12pm2pmFree Self-Defense Workshop
A
ROAR Info Booth @ Rivington St Playground
BKind b0ne
1pm3pmFree Youth Soccer with @streetsoccerny
A
ROAR Info Booth @ Rivington St Playground
Street Soccer USA
2pm3pmFree Healing Techniques
B
The M’Finda Kalunga Garden
BKind b0ne
3pm4pmFree Show + Kid's Sing-a-long
A
ROAR Info Booth @ Rivington St Playground
Flor Bromley
4pm5pmFree Yoga (yoga mats provided)
A
ROAR Info Booth @ Rivington St Playground
Maisah Hargett

Special Events

May

ROAR as ONE! - POSTPONED DUE TO STORM

May 28, 12pm3pm

June

June Healing Circle with H.O.L.L.A.

June 4, 3pm6pm

Chinatown Block Party!

June 5, 4pm8pm

July

July Healing Circle with H.O.L.L.A.

July 16, 3pm6pm

Open Mic Night: Focus on African Artistic Expression

July 16, 6:30pm8:30pm

July Chinatown Block Party!

July 17, 4pm8pm

August

August Healing Circle with H.O.L.L.A.

August 6, 3pm6pm

ROAR Resource Fair

August 27, 12pm3pm

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