Big Umbrella Festival Returns April 12–14, 2024!

Build your own festival experience by booking the individual events below! View the full schedule here. 

Big Umbrella Festival returns this April as we welcome kids, teens, and young adults for a weekend of programming, designed with and for neurodiverse audiences. Launched in 2018, the Big Umbrella Festival centers our audiences by sharing unique approaches to multi-sensory, interactive, and engaging artistic experiences. This year's events include a collaboration with ReelAbilities Film Festival, the largest festival in the world dedicated to showcasing ground-breaking films by and about people with disabilities; a thrilling interactive dance piece with music, Playful Tiger; Motus' TREE, A World in Itself, a multi-sensory, interactive universe enveloped in soft light, music, and silence; a piano concert by award-winning artist Lachi; and Architects of Air’s Daedalum, an experiential labyrinth for guests to explore with winding tunnels and colorful domes.




Stop by Damrosch Park from 11:00 am–6:00 pm for Architects of Air's Daedalum

Bring the whole family to experience a gigantic, whimsical labyrinth for three weeks at Damrosch Park, including during the Big Umbrella Festival on April 12–14! Daedalum is formed out of 19 egg-shaped domes, twisting and turning into the tunnels of a maze. Passing through the maze, the visitor discovers two original features—an incredibly intricate rainbow-colored tree and a cavernous dome. Learn more about the experience 

Thanks to Our Supporters

Lead support for educational programming is provided by Anonymous

Major support for Big Umbrella Festival is provided by Esme Usdan and James Snyder and by public funds facilitated by New York City Council’s Autism Awareness Initiative