3. Morningside Lights Procession

Morningside Lights
Photo by Adrienne Stortz

The annual Morningside Lights procession is a journey of lanterns built by students, families, and the New York community during a week of free public workshops. The 1-mile procession begins on September 30th at 8 p.m. in the park on 120th Street and ends at Columbia University. The theme of this year’s event is Open Book, so lantern makers should look to their favorite written works for inspiration. The event is a chance to engage in a free exchange of ideas by sharing books that have inspired you, enlightened you, and guided you through the world. In collaboration with  Columbia University Libraries and The New York Public Library, Morningside Lights will create an illuminated catalog of “Great Books,” to empower workshop participants to design original covers and pop-up illustrations of their chosen texts, which will be transformed into lanterns.