2019 Calendar of Events on Governors Island


The 14th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party
August 24 - August 25, 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Jazz Age Lawn Party, now celebrating its 14th year, is the world’s original and largest prohibition era-inspired gathering. The event started in 2005 as a small gathering on NYC’s Governors Island and has since grown into one of New York City’s most beloved events. This historically sold out event attracts thousands of time travelers each year, who come together to discover the music and zeitgeist of the 1920s. Jazz Age Lawn Party offers a unique, interactive opportunity to relive one of the most colorful and formative epochs in American history. Tickets are required for this event and can be purchased at www.jazzagelawnparty.com

Japan Performing Arts Festival
August 30 - August 31, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Japan Performing Arts, Inc. is bringing the Japanese summer experience of Bon Odori dances to Governors Island. During the Obon summer holiday every August, people dance Bon Odori at festivals all over Japan. This Governors Island event is notable for bringing Japan’s Big Three Bon Odori dances into one venue, including Nishimonai Bon Odori from Akita, Gujo Odori from Gifu, and Awa Odori from Tokushima. Governors Island visitors will have hands-on Bon Odori dance sessions and more Japanese summer festival experiences here in New York. For more information: www.japanperformingarts.org

NYC Unicycle Festival
August 31 - September 1, 12:00 AM – 5:00 PM

This festival has something for everyone, from long-time unicycle enthusiasts to first-time thrill-seekers, from extreme sports adventurers to circus fans, from avid bicyclists to families looking for the best way to spend a summer’s day in the Big Apple. Activities include races, competitions, exhibitions, and a variety of unicycle sports including basketball, hockey and sumo. For fans of extreme riding, the Hell on Wheel trials course challenges riders throughout the day. World-famous riders display their skills, and members of the public have the opportunity to try one-wheel riding in the Learn-to-ride area. DJ Sky King, famous for DJing New York’s disco roller skaters, lays down the uni groove. All ages and abilities are welcome.
For more information: www.nycunifest.com


NYC Unicycle Festival
August 31 - September 1, 12:00 AM – 5:00 PM

This festival continues through September 1st. All ages and abilities are welcome.
For more information: www.nycunifest.com

Rite of Summer: Sirius Quartet
September 7, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Internationally acclaimed veterans of contemporary music, Sirius Quartet combines exhilarating repertoire with unequalled improvisational fire
Full event information: www.riteofsummer.com

15th Annual Vendy Awards
September 21, 11:00 PM – 5:00 PM

The Vendy Awards is an annual street food competition that determines the best street food vendors in New York City. We celebrate the excellent food available on our city’s streets and the hard-working people who bring it to us each day - and who are usually (otherwise) given little acclaim or respect. Each year thousands of guests eagerly purchase tickets to sample food from publicly nominated vendors in various categories. The winners are chosen by attendees as well as a panel of celebrity judges that includes chefs, television personalities and city officials.
More information: www.vendyawards.org

Longines Global Champions Tour
September 27 - September 29, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

The spectacular Longines Global Champions Tour and GCL is the world’s premier show jumping series, bringing together the top ranked horses and riders in the sport for exhilarating competition in the most breathtaking destinations across the globe.
For the first time Olympic, International and National Champions will compete at the stunning new venue of Governors Island, New York, for the thrilling finals of the 20-event circuit.
Fans can cheer on the GCL home city team, New York Empire - led by Georgina Bloomberg - as the top teams in the world go head to head for a final chance to win the GCL Team Championship title. And individual riders will be competing for glory in the LGCT Championship race and a chance to secure their place at the spectacular GC Playoffs event in Prague in November.
More information: www.gcglobalchampions.com


Night of 1,000 Jack O'Lanterns
October 17 - October 27, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Upon arrival on the island, it’s a short walk to the jack o’lantern trail. Along the way, you’ll take in breathtaking nighttime views of the Manhattan skyline and then pass by the spooky Castle Williams, a former military fort and prison built in the early 1800’s. Once on trail, you’ll see our LED lit jack o’lanterns staged along a festive, paved, illuminated tree-lined pathway among the backdrop of centuries old buildings. It’s Halloween in the Harbor, like you’ve never seen it before!
Event and ticket information: www.therise.org

GALA 2019
October 22, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Join the Friends of Governors Island on October 22 as we celebrate two dedicated supporters of Governors Island who helped root the Island’s ethos in civic service and stewardship, ensuring its place as a beloved oasis for all New Yorkers.
Funds raised from the Gala support the Friends’ work to ensure the Island’s continued growth and accessibility as a vibrant public resource by stewarding its green spaces, enhancing the visitor experience and building a community dedicated to the Island’s future..
More information: www.eventbrite.org

  Official Walking Tours

Look into the past of Governors Island and talk about its exciting transformation and future! In these FREE one-hour walking tours, we will examine how historic preservation, innovative design and environmental stewardship make the Island what it is today - one of the most unique public spaces in New York City.
Walking tours begin at the Governors Island Welcome Center at Soissons Landing and are hosted by the Friends of Governors Island. All tours are weather permitting.