Diwali 2023 Events in New York and New Jersey: Festival of Lights is Back with a Bang after Pandemic

With Diwali entering the list of New York City school holidays, the Festival of Lights is now a public school holiday in both New York and New Jersey. Indian families are gearing up to celebrate the festival of lights at a number of Diwali 2023 events in New York and New Jersey, from Times Square to Garden City, from Ganesh Temple to BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir, and from Bhakti Center to Brooklyn Children Museum. Diwali is one of the few Indian festivals, which is celebrated with great pomp and loads of enthusiasm from America to Australia.     

Like previous years, Travel Beats, a leading Indian community portal in the US, has compiled a list of best Diwali 2023 events in New York and New Jersey for you. If you have not planned your travel on last minute flights to India yet, you can celebrate Diwali with fellow Indians at any of the places listed below. Travel Beats is a subsidiary of Indian Eagle, a trusted air-ticketing partner of Indians in America.    

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Diwali at BAPS Swaminarayan Temple Long Island, NY

Hindu temples in New York are among the best places for NYC Diwali 2023 events. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir at Melville, Long Island organizes children’s Diwali celebration every year to make kids understand the significance of the festival and walk them through the traditional rituals. Children learn the art of making diyas and traditional decorations such as rangoli. BAPS Swaminarayan Temple in New York will celebrate kids’ Diwali on November 04.

Indians of New York can visit BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Long Island for Diwali and Chopda Puja on November 12 this year. The ceremony ‘Chopda Puja’ is an age-old cultural tradition wherein Gujarati and Marwari business people close their old account books and open new ones in paper or electric form (or both), and seek blessings of Goddess Lakshmi for a new year as per the Hindu calendar.

Date: November 4 (10 am to 4 pm) and November 12 (5 pm to 8 pm)

Pelham Art Center Diwali 2023, NYC 

Among the places for Diwali 2023 events in New York, Pelham Art Center celebrates Diwali through Indian folk art festivities including classical music and dance. Kathak and Bharat Natyam are not-to-be-missed performances which Indians of any age groups can take part in. The event schedule includes a hands-on traditional art workshop where you can paint your own diyas. Funded by New York State Council on the Arts, Pelham Art Center provides a multicultural community setting to help New Yorkers experience cultural diversity through participation in different forms of art. The Diwalis-special folk art event is free for all.

  • Date: November 19
  • Time: 1-3 pm
  • Venue: Pelham Art Center, 155 Fifth Avenue, NY 10803

Bhakti Center Diwali at Manhattan

Diwali at Bhakti Center in New York is out and out a community affair. Bhakti Center, a spiritual retreat of enlightening Bhakti yoga practices in New York City, hosts a Diwali mela every year. The Diwali mela is a cultural extravaganza full of culinary delights and musical revelry. Diwali celebration is more of a spiritual occasion to connect with the Divine than a mere celebration of light over darkness and that of knowledge over ignorance at Bhakti Center on New York City’s lower east side.

  • Date: November 12
  • Time: 5 pm – 9 pm
  • Venue: 25 First Avenue, Manhattan, NY 10003
  • Contact: info@bhakticenter.org

Brooklyn Children’s Museum Diwali 2023

On Diwali, Brooklyn Children’s Museum organizes a puppet show by The Culture Tree for families and kids, irrespective of their community and nationality. The socio-cultural and spiritual significance of lighting lamps on Diwali is conveyed to kids through a puppet show. It teaches the US-born children of Indian descent the “meaning of devotion, compassion, love, and giving back that the Diwali celebration stands for. Diwali at BCM has more festival-themed fun-filled activities for kids and these include a mithai-making workshop and lantern-making at their ColorLab art studio. Children would love the storytime with author Navina Chhabria. 

  • Date: November 9
  • Time: 2PM – 5 PM
  • Venue: 145 Brooklyn Avenue, NY 11213

Flushing Townhall Diwali 2023 in Queens, NY

Of all Diwali 2023 events in New York, the Flushing Townhall Diwali celebration is known for its cultural aspects. Their event features Bollywood, Kathak, and contemporary dance by Abha Roy and Ishita Mili. Abha is a Kathak exponent and the director of Srijan Dance Center. Ishita is a Bharatanatyam dancer. Celebrating the festival of lights at Flushing Townhall in Queens is a great opportunity to learn classical dance moves infused with hip hop.

You can take part in the rangoli design program, one of the mainstays of their annual event, this time with Anju Gupta. If you’re a foodie, you can binge on Indian foods there and also learn recipes from Chef Nupur, the founder of Queens Curry Kitchen. You can join various other workshops there, such as handicraft, henna art, calligraphy etc. Diwali at Flushing Town Hall is among the few ticketed Diwali events in NYC. Advance booking is recommended.

  • Date: November 5
  • Time: 11 am – 1 pm, 2 pm – 4 pm
  • Venue: Flushing Town Hall Theatre, Queens

Diwali 2023 in Edison, New Jersey

After the success of Edison Township’s first Diwali celebration by Indian American Mayor Sam Joshi, the event is planned to be bigger and better this year. Edison’s Mayor Sam Joshi, who traces his roots in Gujarat, invites everyone to the Diwali 2023 event at Papaianni Park. You can participate in the Diya lighting ceremony there. Diwali being an Indian festivity, music and food are the mainstay of the event organized by Mayor Joshi.     

  • Date: November 4
  • Time: 12 to 9.30 pm
  • Venue:  Papaianni Park, 100 Municipal BLVD, Edison
  • Contact: 732-248-7283

Siddhachalam Jain Tirth Diwali Mela 2023, New Jersey

If you are looking to celebrate Diwali with oodles of devotion, you can visit Siddhachalam Jain Tirth, a Jain ashram and spiritual retreat sprawling 120 acres of hilly terrain in New Jersey. Founded in 1983, the ashram hosts Diwali mela for Indians, regardless of their religion. Traditional food and devotional music are among the trappings of Diwali Mela at Siddhachalam Jain Tirth. On the day of the festival, i.e. Nov 13, they also organize Mahavira Nirvan Ladoo Puja as per Jain tradition.

  • Date: November 4
  • Venue: 111 Hope Road, Blairstown, NJ 07825
  • Contact: (908) 362-9793
  • RSVP at events@siddhachalam.org

Saraswati Cultural Association NJ Diwali 2023

Diwali celebration by Saraswati Cultural Association of New Jersey is one of the free outdoor events for Indians in October. Founded in the late 1980s as a community-driven non-profit organization, Saraswati Cultural Association hosts Diwali and other festivals to promote Indian culture and heritage, other than raising funds for charities. You can make the most of this event by grooving to live music, enjoying Dandiya and Bhangra performances, taking part in cultural programs, relishing Indian food, and shopping for Indian items. Ram Leela enactment will be one of the highlights of the events, which also hosts special children activities. Interestingly, entry to the event venue is free for all.

  • Date: October 28
  • Time: 1PM – 7PM
  • Venue: East Brunswick Cultural Arts Center, East Brunswick, New Jersey
  • Contact: 5519001541

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Marlboro Indian Foundation Diwali 2023, New Jersey

One of the best Diwali events in New Jersey is organized by the Marlboro Indian Foundation, a non-profit community that was established in 2020. Named Diwali Milan, the celebration by the Marlboro Indian Foundation is a ticketed event. A ticket to the event costs $40-50 per adult, and it is $25 per kid in the age group of 5 to 16 years. The event comes with DJ music, dance, food, and of course, fireworks. This non-profit community has been felicitated by the Office of the Mayor, and the Senate of New Jersey State for promoting unity in diversity, organizing fund-raising drives, and spreading the joy of giving back. 

  • Date: November 4
  • Time: 5 pm to 11.30 pm
  • Venue: Colts Neck Fire Company #2, 50 Conover Road, Colts Neck, NJ 07722
  • Contact: marlboroindianfoundation@gmail.com   

Sanskriti of New Jersey Diwali 2023

Sanskriti of New Jersey, a non-profit organization established in 2008, brings together the vast Indian community in Livingston and neighboring towns (Maplewood, Cedar Grove, Madison & others) for a memorable celebration of important Indian events and festivals, from Holi to Diwali. In New Jersey, Sanskriti Diwali 2023 is back with its ‘Diwali Dinner and Dance’ gala on November 3 and a spectacular fireworks show on November 10. Miami-based record producer and rapper DJ Magic Mike will add a zing to the light-hearted evening on Nov 3. For families, there are lots of entertainment and special activities for kids from 7 pm to 9:30 pm. Dazzling firework is simply unmissable during the Diwali celebration by Sanskriti at Memorial Oval and Park in Livingston. 

  • Date: November 3 (Dinner & Dance) and November 10 (Fireworks)
  • Time: 6 PM to 11.30 PM
  • Venue: Hotel Sheraton, 199 Smith Rd, Parsippany, NJ 07054 (Dinner & Dance); Memorial Oval and Park in Livingston (Fireworks)
  • Contact: info@sanskritiofnj.org

6 thoughts on “Diwali 2023 Events in New York and New Jersey: Festival of Lights is Back with a Bang after Pandemic

  1. Sunil sukhdeo

    Namaste / good afternoon – the Diwali motorcade will be on 10/22 starting at 3 pm.
    Please update your site. Thank you so much

    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sunil! Thank you very much for letting us know the date! We have updated the post.

    • Shilpa Narang

      Hi Sunil,

      Thank you for mentioning the Diwali at Bhakti Center in your article. Our is the only hindu temple in Manhattan and covered by CBS, FOX and NBC. Over a 1000 people will be attending this year!

      We would love for you to attend the Diwali Festival at Bhakti Center. You can register at https://momence.com/Community-Event/Diwali-Festival-2023/88988588

      Would it be possible for you to please correct the address to 25 first avenue, NY, NY 10003

      • indianeagle Post author

        Hi Shilpa! It’s our pleasure. Thank you for appreciating our efforts to promote Indian community events. The address has been corrected.


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