We know—this isn’t any ordinary trip to New York. You’re here for the Big Day. For the cap and gown (at last). For as many posed family portraits as your brand new NYU graduate, decked out in Violet, will endure.

There’s the All-University Commencement at Yankee Stadium on May 18, of course, and the graduation ceremonies for each school—but you already knew all that. You’ve already got your outfits picked out and reservations made for a celebratory feast or two—not to mention a game plan for Grad Alley, NYU’s carnival-like Commencement-Eve block party.

What else is there to do?

A lot, it turns out. On the off chance you happen upon a moment of downtime during your stay—or just need a few minutes of peace and quiet amid all the fanfare and nostalgia—here’s a guide to some low-key entertainment across campus.


The Glucksman Ireland House presents Dierdre Corrigan and Bernadette Fee, who play as part of The Blarney Star Concert Series on Friday, May 13.

The NYU Chorale, Women’s Choir, University Singers, NYU Men’s Glee Club, Madrigal Singers, and Jazz Choir sing into spring at the Frederick Loewe Theatre on Saturday, May 14. That evening also brings a string chamber music concert at 35 West 4th Street, room 303.

The New York Indian Festival comes to NYU's Skirball Center for its closing night on Saturday, May 14.

The Fred and Adele Astaire Awards honor dancers and choreographers from the Broadway stage and in film at Skirball on Monday, May 16.

Origin Theatre Company returns to Glucksman Ireland House NYU for the 12th annual reading series with five works by contemporary European playwrights on Monday, May 16.  

NYU’s Chorale, Women’s Choir, University Singers, Men’s Glee Club, Madrigal Singers, and Jazz Choir sing into spring at the Frederick Loewe Theatre on Saturday, May 17.

And the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players present Princess Ida May 21-22 at Skirball.


The Grey Art Gallery presents Art for Every Home: Associated American Artists, 1934–2000 provides the first comprehensive and critical overview of Associated American Artists (AAA), the commercial enterprise best known as the publisher of prints by Thomas Hart Benton, John Steuart Curry, and Grant Wood (on view through July 9; closed May 28 for Memorial Day).

Steinhardt’s MFA and BFA students show off their thesis work at the Barney Building (on view through May 14) and 80WSE (on view through May 22).

NYU’s Institute for the Ancient World (uptown on E. 84th Street) presents Designing Identity: The Power of Textiles in Late Antiquity (on view through May 22).


Only at NYU

May 17 kicks off a two-day exhibition of recent creative tech projects by the graduate students in NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.

You never know what you might find there, but here are some highlights from a previous showcase:



See the full NYU events calendar here.