FREE Fall Festival @ The Art Museum


October 1 (Sunday)
Fall Festival
Noon–4 p.m.

On opening weekend of our big fall exhibition The Poetry of Nature: Hudson River School Landscapes from the New-York Historical Society, visitors of all ages are invited to engage with their community, explore the galleries, and create art inside and outside the Museum. Entrance to the Museum and all activities on Fifth Street and in Arts Park are free, all materials provided. 

As a Fall Festival bonus, our Museum Store is giving a Museum cookbook to anyone with any purchase of $10 or more today!

Also, today is the opening day of the Bethlehem Palette Club’s 70th Anniversary Juried Art Exhibition. The exhibition runs through October 29 in our Community Gallery.

INSIDE THE MUSEUM (noon–4 p.m.)

12:30–3:30 p.m.
International Children’s Film Festival
(in the Community Gallery, downstairs)
Explore the art (and fun!) of film by bringing the family to a free screening of the best short films from the New York International Children’s Film Festival, the largest film festival for kids and teens. We’ll show two different programs of audience favorites and award winners—twenty-two shorts in all--from the 2016 Festival. Most of the films are 2–10 minutes in length, and they come from all over the world: France, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, the United States, Spain, Columbia, more.

Click here to watch a trailer about the Festival.

Click here for a complete list of films.


2 p.m.
Free guided tour of the exhibition The Poetry of Nature
No reservation is needed to join this docent-guided tour, just check in at the front desk.

Albert Bierstadt (1830–1902), Autumn Woods, 1886. Oil on linen. The New-York Historical Society, Gift of Mrs. Albert Bierstadt, 1910.11



Music by Fajr & Ali!

Mixed-media landscapes
(in the Crayola Classroom, upstairs)
Kids can create an idealized landscape inspired by works in The Poetry of Nature: Hudson River School Landscapes from the New-York Historical Society by experimenting with different materials and processes, including collage. Take your finished artwork home or leave it at the museum for display in Art Ways Interactive Family Gallery.

Create your own thaumatrope
(in the first-floor galleries)
After watching films from the International Children’s Film Festival, you might be inspired to make your own thaumatrope, a popular nineteenth-century toy considered to be a precursor to animation. Draw an image on both sides of a small circle and attach string to either side. Twist the strings and watch the circle spin; the images on either side of the circle will blend to form one complete image due to the persistence of vision.

Artist workshop on mosaics
Local artist Kim Hogan will help you and your family create your own unique mosaics to add to a one-of-a-kind installation that will be exhibited in the Museum. Along the way you’ll explore the theme, “How do you see nature?” (This workshop also will be run on October 22 and November 26, 12:30–3 p.m. An adults-only version of the mosaics workshop will be offered free on Third Thursdays, October 19 and November 16, 5:30–7 p.m.)




Free Yoga in Arts Park with Easton Yoga
Relax, recharge, and find your moment of Zen with Easton Yoga! Expand your awareness with an easy 10-minute yoga practice—a short breath-and-movement sequence for beginners and experienced students alike.

12:30& 2:30 p.m.—Yoga fun for kids! Have your kids explore the practice of Yoga in Arts Park.

1:30 & 3:30 p.m.—Yoga fun for all ages! All are welcome. 


En Plein Air Sketching
Follow the lead of Hudson River School artists, who created small plein air sketches in the wilderness before heading back to their studios to complete their paintings. With a Museum educator guiding the experience, kids can explore Arts Park and make sketches, then return to an outdoor tent to add finishing touches using watercolors or markers.

Sun Prints
Aspiring artists of all ages can make unique prints using natural materials and the power of the sun. Arrange flowers, leaves, sticks, and other items on special sun-sensitive paper, and after exposing the paper to sunlight, a ghost image of the natural objects will appear.