Sweet! The annual Honey Bee Weekend at Wave Hill is two-days of buzz-worthy and family-friendly events including tastings, the chance to meet local beekeepers, watch honey extraction, and learn more about how and why bees are central to our food supply.
Honey Bee Weekend is one of the signature events at Wave Hill, the beautiful 28-acre public garden and cultural center in Riverdale with sweeping views of the Hudson River and the Palisades. It was formerly the estate of millionaire George Perkins, a business partner of J.P. Morgan, and notables including Mark Twain and Theodore Roosevelt once lived here, too.
Note that admission to the ground is FREE until noon both days. If you arrive after noon, all the programs are FREE with admission except for the candle-making workshop, which has a matterials fee.
- Information on how to get to Wave hill is at the bottom of the schedule.
Here’s the scoop on the Honey Bee Weekend schedule, which is identical on both days, Saturday and Sunday:
Be a Bee Family Art Project – Outfit yourself with wings, antennae, a pollen cup and a kazoo to hum with. Buzz around in a hive of six-sided cells and forage in the flowers. Join in a bee parade and do a bee dance in a cardboard hive. Parade at 12:30PM, weather permitting.
WAVE HILL HOUSE, 10AM‒1PM
Honey Tasting – Meet family honey farmers HoneyGramz and taste the Bees Knees honey of Bushwick Kitchen. You’ll be amazed at the complex flavors of different varieties of honey! Sample a few, then purchase your favorite to take home.
PERKINS VISITOR CENTER, 10AM−4PM
Garden Highlights Walk – Hour-long tour of seasonal garden highlights with one of the Wave HIll horticultural experts.
MEET AT PERKINS VISITOR CENTER, 11AM
Bees and Beekeeping Information Station – Chat with beekeepers, try on beekeeping gear, peek inside a hive and learn fascinating facts about honeybees.
WAVE HILL HOUSE, 11AM−3PM
Candle Making Drop-in Workshop – Try your hand at creating an assortment of beeswax candles to take home and enjoy. Materials fee: $15 per kit, which includes enough to make several candles.
WAVE HILL HOUSE, 11AM−3PM
Honey Extraction Demonstration – See the sticky process of extracting honey from the comb with our resident bee experts.
WAVE HILL HOUSE, NOON−3PM
Wave Hill History Walk – Discover the fascinating history of Wave Hill’s architecture and landscape on a walk with a Wave Hill Garden Guide. Hear about the people who once called Wave Hill home, among them Mark Twain, Theodore Roosevelt, Bashford Dean and Arturo Toscanini.
MEET AT PERKINS VISITOR CENTER, 1PM
Gallery Tour – Wave Hill’s Curatorial Fellow will lead a tour of the summer exhibitions in the art gallery, filled with paintings and digital and living media artwork, all featuring flowers and gardens. Kids will enjoy the drawings and collages with cartoon-inspired characters and contemporary pop references.
GLYNDOR GALLERY, 2PM
- This tour also is available on Tuesday, Aug. 22nd
How to get to Wave Hill
Wave Hill is at West 249th Street and Independence Avenue in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, New York.
Take MetroNorth to the Riverdale station and then the FREE shuttle to Wave Hill
Take the #1 train to 242nd St. and Broadway and then the FREE shuttle to Wave Hill.
Specific shuttle schedules are on on this Wave Hill website page.