2018 Calendar of Events on Governors Island


The 13th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party
August 25 - August 26, 11:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Jazz Age Lawn Party, now entering its 13th year, is New York City’s original prohibition-era inspired gathering. This historically sold out event attracts 20,000 fans over two weekends, who come together to discover music and zeitgeist of the 1920s and 1930s, learn the hottest dance steps of the time, frolic in their flapper dresses and glad rags and enjoy sophisticated bites and vintage-inspired cocktails in a romantic, playful setting. Tickets are required for this event and can be purchased at www.jazzagelawnparty.com


NYC Unicycle Festival
September 1 - September 2, 12:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Produced by Bindlestiff Family Variety Arts, Inc., the New York City Unicycle Festival brings together recreational riders, world-class performers, mountain and off-road unicycle enthusiasts, mono-wheel vehicle inventors, and thousands of people who have not ridden in umpteen years, along with circus enthusiasts, extreme sports viewers, and anyone seeking an unusual sight–even for NYC! Free and open to the public. All ages and abilities welcome.
The festival’s main events takes place on Governors Island from 12pm-5pm on Saturday and Sunday. 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. DJ Sky King keeps the one-wheel tempo rocking.
For more information: www.nycunifest.com

OctFest Beer Festival
September 8 - September 9, 2:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Pitchfork, the most trusted voice in music, and October, a leading beer culture website, present the second annual OctFest, a one-of-a-kind beer, music and food festival taking place on September 8-9 at Governors Island in New York City.
Following the success of last year’s inaugural event in Brooklyn, OctFest 2018 has been reimagined as a 2-day festival boasting an expanded musical lineup, 90+ breweries from around the world and curated food pairings.
OctFest is a two-day festival featuring 20 artists, 90+ breweries from around the world, and exciting chef collaborations. In total, the event will host 90 breweries from 20 countries, pouring more than 250 varieties of award-winning craft beer. Not only that: A number of breweries, including Wicked Weed Brewing, DC Brau, Wedge Brewing Co., Four Peaks Brewing Co., Wild Beer Co., and Karbach Brewing Co., will be making their New York City debut at OctFest.
Get your tickets here: www.eventbrite.com

Escape in New York Outdoor Films: The Last Dragon
September 14, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Inspired by a similarly named martial artist, Bruce Leroy (Taimak) searches throughout New York City for a master who will help him achieve the highest form of martial-arts enlightenment known only as “The Glow.” Along the way, he must contend with Sho’nuff (Julius John Carry III), who sees Leroy as the one obstacle in his becoming the baddest martial artist in Harlem. Leroy also gets involved with Laura Charles (Vanity), a music-variety-show host being harassed by a video-arcade mogul trying to help his girlfriend (Tony-winning Faith Prince) get one of her terrible music videos featured on her show. Set to an amazing soundtrack produced by Berry Gordy, this delightful cult classic was filmed all over the city and has cameos by William H. Macy, Ernie Reyes Jr., Chazz Palminteri, Jim Moody, Mike Starr, and Queen Esther Marrow.

14th Annual Vendy Awards
September 22, 12:30 PM – 5:00 PM

The Vendy Awards are the first street food competition series in the USA. It’s remains one of NYC’s premier food events as 25 of the most popular sidewalk chefs compete in an intense cook-off. All proceeds support The Street Vendor Project, a non-profit advocacy group protecting street vendor rights. 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 even respect. We celebrate vendors and their delicious contribution to our city.
Each year thousands of guests eagerly purchase tickets that include unlimited food and drinks. The winners are chosen by attendees as well as a panel of celebrity judges that includes chefs, television personalities and city officials. Finalists will be announced in early August.
Get your tickets here: www.eventbrite.com

NYC Runs: Squirrel Stampede 5K and 10K Race
September 29, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Come join the herd on a 5K or 10K stampede around beautiful Governors Island. Instead of a lead bike, follow the big squirrel with the spray-chalked orange tail!
Our final race of the year on Governors Island is a fall classic featuring a scenic course with world class views of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Statue of Liberty. The day starts off with a ferry ride and finishes with a great post-race party. Afterwards, stay and enjoy all the Island has to offer.
Want to have someone cheer you on at the finish? Up to 4 people can join you but they will need to register as spectators at $20 per person and accompany you to the ferry. Spectators receive a bib which they must wear to board the ferry and to partake of post-race food and drink. Spectator bibs can only be picked up at packet pickup or mailed. Children three and under do not require a bib and strollers are allowed on the ferry, but not in the race.
Sign up here: www.nycruns.com


Castle Williams and Fort Jay will be open daily all season. Times and programs will vary during the season. For more information visit: www.nps.gov/gois