Fans of the Broadway musical Wicked holding up exclusive merchandise and surprises at the Broadway flea market
Fans of the Broadway musical Wicked holding up exclusive merchandise and surprises at the Broadway flea market

Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction to Return in Person on October 3

Mark your calendars! The biggest day of the year for Broadway fans will return, in person, on Sunday, October 3, 2021. Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ much-anticipated Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction will once again take to the streets of New York City’s Theater District.

Theatre fans will have the opportunity to take home one-of-a-kind showbiz memorabilia and bid on exclusive Broadway items including props, costume pieces and opening night theater packages. Some online features first introduced during last year’s virtual event will be included in this hybrid edition, allowing theater fans from around the world to join the festivities.

The fall return will mark the first major in-person event to resume in the Theater District since the pandemic shut down the industry in March 2020. The day-long, outdoor celebration for everyone who loves theater is produced by and benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Details for the 35th edition of the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction, including participating tables, auction lots, and special guests, will be announced late this summer. The event will run from 10 AM to 6 PM Eastern, with specific timings announced after Labor Day. Final logistics will follow all CDC, state, and local COVID-19 safety protocols in effect at the time of the event.

Broadway Cares Executive Director Tom Viola said, “I just can’t wait to see our community in person again. Standing on West 44th and West 45th Streets and in Shubert Alley volunteers, performers, stage managers, crew members, and fans will be an unqualified way to celebrate that Broadway is back. This extraordinary community – all those onstage, backstage, and in the audience – have been a beacon of hope for so many these last 15 months, ensuring that Broadway Cares’ grant-making could continue unabated despite the unprecedented challenges facing our industry.”

Every dollar donated during the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction will help those across the country affected by HIV/AIDS, COVID-19, and other critical illnesses receive healthy meals, lifesaving medication, emergency financial assistance, housing, counseling, and more.

Last year’s virtual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction raised $316,282. Since 1987, the 34 editions of this beloved annual event have raised more than $15 million.