For more than a decade, Bryant Park was the home of New York Fashion Week.

Until this year.

The 2010 Fall Fashion Week kicked off Thursday at Lincoln Center, leaving the park tent-less.

The park, however, hasn’t gone dark.

Instead of hosting waifish models and the fashionistas who love them, Bryant Park is hoping to attract the city’s culture lovers (and cheapskates) to their free weeklong Fall Festival.

The event consists of twice-daily programming from local institutions including New York City Ballet, the Brooklyn Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera.

Here are some of amNewYork’s favorite events:



12:30 p.m., “Inside the Fall Festival”: Local arts personalities, including amNewYork theater critic Matt Windman, discuss must-see upcoming events.

6 p.m., New York City Ballet: The NYCB gives a special preview of its fall season, including Christopher Wheeldon’s “After the Rain” pas de deux and Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins’ “A Fool for You.”



6 p.m., Five Boroughs Music Festival: A chamber concert by Five Boroughs performers.

12:30 p.m., “Inside Opera”: Music historian Harvey Sachs discusses opera programs both local and international with Suzanne Martinucci and singer/journalist Adam Margulies.



12:30 p.m., “Inside Jazz at Lincoln Center”: JALC’s associate director of programming and director of marketing dish on their upcoming shows.

6 p.m., Bryant Park Jazz Festival: The jazz quartet Paul Beaudry & Pathways is followed by the gospel ensemble Oscar Williams Jr. and Perfected Praise.



6 p.m., BAM: The Black Rock Coalition Orchestra celebrates its 25th anniversary with a retrospective of jazz-funk-rock group WAR.



6 p.m., Brooklyn Philharmonic: A program of classical and contemporary chamber works for clarinet and strings.



3:30 p.m., “Inside Parsons Dance”: David Parsons looks ahead to the 2011 season (which starts Jan. 25) at the Joyce Theater.

6 p.m., Parsons Dance: A reprise performance of last season’s sold-out, rock dance opera, “Remember Me,” featuring members of the East Village Opera Company.


Sept. 20

12:30 p.m., “Inside Orchestra of St. Luke’s”: The St. Luke’s staff discusses the coming season.

6 p.m., Orchestra of St. Luke’s: The orchestra previews selections from its programs “Baroque Reworked” and “Bohemian Rhapsodies.”


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