Lower East Side History Month is an annual celebration of the rich and diverse history of the Lower East Side.  Each year in May, Lower East Side cultural and community groups, small businesses and residents create a variety of public events, exhibits, tours, and learning opportunities.  We use the historical definition of the Lower East Side — which includes the East Village, Chinatown, Two Bridges and Loisaida.

Conceived and launched in 2014 by Downtown Art and FABnyc in partnership with LES-based cultural and community groups, LES History Month aims to connect our present to our past, exploring how our shared history can inform and inspire our future.


See What’s Happening during LES History Month 2020 here!

2020 Participants

Abrons Arts Center, Art Loisaida Foundation, Artists Alliance Inc., Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks, Bowery Alliance of Neighbors, Centre-fuge Public Art Project, Chinatown Partnership, The Clemente, Cooper Square Committee, Cooper Square Mutual Housing Association, Cuchifritos Gallery, Dixon Place, Downtown Art, Earth Celebrations, East Side Community School, East Village Community Coalition, East Village Vintage Collective, Essex Market, Exit9 Gift Emporium, FABnyc, Feed Me A Story, First Street Green, FRIGID New York Green Map System Hester Street Fair IATI Theater, International Center of Photography, Katz’s Delicatessen, Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue and Museum, La MaMa, La Sirena Mexican Folk Art, LFDT / Lo Fi Dance Theory, Loisaida, Inc., Lori McLean Ltd, Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy, Lower East Side Partnership, Lower East Side Preservation Initiative (LESPI), Lucky, Magnum Foundation, Manny Cantor Center/Educational Alliance, Mark DeGarmo Dance, Merchant’s House Museum, MUD COFFEE, Museum at Eldridge Street, Museum of Chinese in America, Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space, Nazareth Housing, New Museum, New York Marble Cemetery, New York Theatre Workshop, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, Office of Assembly Member Harvey Epstein, Office of Councilwoman Carlina Rivera, Office of Councilwoman Margaret Chin, Pageant Print Shop, The Performance Project @ University Settlement, The Poetry Project, Printed Matter/St. Marks, Queer|Art, Random Accessories, Rod Rodgers Dance Company S Siempre Verde Garden, Sixth Street Community Center, The Source Unltd Print and Copy Shop, Stanton Street Shul, Swiss Institute, Teatro SEA, Tenement Museum, Theater for the New City, Tompkins Square Library, Ukrainian Museum, United Photo Industries, Veselka, Village Preservation W Wild Project, WOW Cafe Theatre, 02020 / Performance Space NY, 6th & B Garden