Big Umbrella Festival Returns April 12–14, 2024!

Full schedule and Choose-What-You-Pay tickets available in January 2024—mark your calendars.

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. Confirmed events and activations for this April 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; and Architects of Air’s Daedalum, an experiential labyrinth for guests to explore with winding tunnels and colorful domes.

All events are Relaxed Performances, designed to be inclusive for guests with a range of sensory needs. We encourage guests to engage with events at their comfort level, in a supportive environment. Accommodations often include:

• Visual Guide, in English and Spanish, detailing directions, arrival instructions, and venue amenities with images
• All events are located on accessible routes and include accessible entrances, restrooms, and seating
• Assistive listening devices with headsets and neck loops are available at all performances
• American Sign Language interpretation is available for select performances and upon request
 Captioning is available for some performances and upon request
• Audio description is available upon request
 Chill out spaces are available, as well as noise-reducing headphones and fidgets at all event spaces


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