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Grand Opening

  • Grace Farms 365 Lukes Wood Road New Canaan, CT, 06840 United States (map)

Join us for a fun-filled day where visitors will have the chance to explore 80-acres of rolling grounds, the critically-acclaimed River building, and new contemporary art installations! Don’t miss this opening featuring a community barbeque, family activities, talks, performances, screenings, workshops, readings, and more!


10:00 am–5:00 pm | Free Admission

Registration is preferred, but not required

Please consider donating non-perishable items to the New Canaan Food Pantry drive


Discover Grace Farms | Explore the River building, barns, grounds, and commissioned installations and artworks by Thomas Demand, Olafur Eliasson, Teresita Fernández, Beatriz Milhazes, and Susan Philipsz

Community Barbeque | Family-friendly fare in the Courtyard and Commons

Design Talk | Insights from  Pritzker Prize-winning SANAA architects, Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa

Collaborative Performance | Michael McElroy and Broadway Inspirational Voices, with award-winning dancer Matthew Rushing.

Trafficking Conversation | Krishna Patel, Grace Farms Foundation Director of Justice Initiatives and Conor Grennan, Founder of Next Generation Nepal

Roving Theater Production | The Red Trouser Show featuring circus arts and street entertainment

Screening and Discussion | Premier of Ben Stamper's Don't Foil My Plans, a documentary about autism, creativity, and coming of age

Open Studio | Participatory activities hosted by non-profit partner Arts for Healing

Works in Progress | Live video shoot with indie pop gospel band The Welcome Wagon

Live Music | Brazilian-influenced jazz by Anne Boccoto Ensemble

Poetry Reading | Book launch of and souls are candles, edited by Christian Wiman

Family Activities | Artist-led drum-making workshop, bulb planting, story time, sports, and more.

Earlier Event: September 25
Papal Mass
Later Event: December 13
Grace Farms Holiday