2014 Calendar of Events on Governors Island


Saturday, May 24, Opening Day Family Festival, Colonels Row and Liggett Terrace, 1 PM-4 PM
Join the Governors Island Alliance in Nolan Park for arts and crafts, musical and theatrical performances, and harbor-education activities for kids. Sponsored by the Governors Island Alliance. For more information, visit www.governorsislandalliance.org

Saturday, May 24, LMCC’s Open Studios, Building 110, 12 PM to 5 PM
LMCC is proud to be a part of the Season of Cambodia Festival, a city-wide initiative of Cambodian Living Arts celebrating the arts and culture of Cambodia. Join LMCC in the Gallery at Building 110 and meet the six Cambodian artists who have been in residence since April 2013.

Saturday and Sunday, May 24-25, Saturday, May 31, Saturday, June 7, Saturday, August 16, Saturday, August 30, Vintage Baseball, Parade Ground, 11 AM
Visit the Parade Ground and enjoy America’s pastime the way it used to be played!

Saturday, May 31, Rite of Summer presents Dawn of Midi, Colonels Row, 1 PM and 3 PM
Dawn of Midi, an electronica influenced all acoustic trio, will perform original music under the shade of Colonels Row. It is the first Rite of Summer concert on the Island this season.
For more information, visit: www.www.riteofsummer.com


Saturday, June 7 and Sunday, June 8, FIGMENT NYC, Island-wide, 10 AM to 6 PM
FIGMENT is a free, participatory arts event held in multiple cities and drawing tens of thousands of participants each year. At FIGMENT visitors will find sculpture, installation, performance, music, workshops, games, social experiments, and heart-stopping technological innovations. Visitors are invited to bring something, too!

Saturday and Sunday, June 14 and 15 and Saturday and Sunday, August 16 and 17, Jazz Age Lawn Party, Colonels Row, 11 AM to 5 PM
Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra invite you to the beloved Jazz Age Lawn Party -- a dream of the 1920s nestled right in the heart of New York Harbor! Under a canopy of century trees, caressed by fresh sea air, a delightful array of offerings abound throughout the day including: live music and dance performances, dance instruction for the hottest dance steps of the time, games for all ages and a wide variety of 1920's inspired refreshments and gourmet food for purchase. Tickets are required for this event and can be purchased at www.jazzagelawnparty.com

Saturday and Sunday, June 14 and 15, Hedgepig Presents 15 Minute Hamlet, Hammock Grove, 1 PM
The Hedgepig Ensemble Theater will perform a 15 minute version of Shakespeare’s Hamletamid the trees and hammocks of Hammock Grove, in the Island’s new park.

Friday, June 20, Baila Baila, Colonels Row, 1 PM
Site specific dance comes to Colonels Row.

Thursday, June 19 - Sunday, June 29, River to River Festival, LMCC’s Art Center on Governors Island
The annual arts festival of Lower Manhattan, River to River, has several performances on Governors Island scheduled this year. See the River to River events: www.rivertorivernyc.com

Friday, June 20 and Sunday, June 22, Eiko presents Two Women, LMCC’s Art Center, 2 PM
Eiko experiments to create and present a duet with Japanese dancer Tomoe Aihara. Two Women is an experimental performance that focuses on their age difference and explores how two bodies sometimes mirror each other in parts or collide into one.

Friday and Saturday, June 20 and 21, Vanessa Anspaugh presents What Was Wasn’t Here, Building 10a, Nolan Park, 20 at 3 PM, 21 at 1 & 3 PM
Inspired by Rebecca Solnit’s The Far Away Nearby and the process of developing this work on Governors Island, Vanessa Anspaugh explores the illusions of separation, relationships and space, and asks how bodies share and lose one another.

Wednesday and Thursday, June 25 and June 26, Reggie Wilson presents ...Moses(es), St. Cornelius Chapel, 25 at 2:45 PM, 26 at 1:45 and 3 PM
In ...Moses(es) Wilson asks: how do we lead and why do we follow? He examines the multiple iterations of Moses as represented in religious texts, and his place in the mythical, canonical and ethnographic imaginations, exploring questions and expectations in our relationship to leaders and leadership.

Saturday and Sunday, June 28 and June 29, Okwui Okpokwasili presents Bronx Gothic: The Oval, LMCC’s Arts Center, 3 PM
Bronx Gothic reveals an impassioned story of coming of age as notes are surreptitiously passed between two school girls at the tender age of 11. Enacted as a solo, Okpokwasili casts a gripping performance that sheds light on harrowing issues of self-esteem, body image and sex amid a susceptible moment in a young girl’s life.

Saturday and Sunday, June 28 and June 29, Open Studios with LMCC’s Artists in Residence, LMCC’s Arts Center, 12 PM to 5 PM
Join LMCC for Open Studios with Process Space artists-in-residence at Governors Island! Visit with visual and performing artists and writers who have been working at LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island since March. The weekend will feature behind-the-scenes access to 20 multi-disciplinary artists’ studios.

Saturday, June 28, RECESS Badminton, Colonels Row, 12 PM to 5 PM
Dust off those badminton rackets and birdies as RECESS returns to Colonels Row for their infamous outdoor badminton challenge featuring 32 creative organizations battling for the title of New York City's supreme shuttle cockers! Festivities include free bike rides, food vendors, a beer/wine tent and guest deejays, plus a few public courts. Visit www.recessnewyork.com


Saturday, July 12, Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance presents The City of Water Day Festival, 10 AM to 4 PM
A day of entertainment, education and adventure celebrating our waterfront and its potential. Enjoy free boat tours, children's activities, fishing, the Waterfront Activity Fair, and more! For more information, visit www.cityofwaterday.com

Sunday, July 13, Rite of Summer presents New York Harbor to the World, Colonels Row, 1 PM and 3 PM
Rite of Summer collaborates with New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers program, in presenting an exhilarating afternoon of world premieres inspired by New York City and its multicultural, multifarious history. Featuring renowned ensembles ETHEL and Iktus Percussion performing seven brand new compositions by children from the Philharmonic's VYC program.

ay, July 19, Come Out & Play Field Day and Family Day at the Parade Ground as part of the River To River Festival, 11 AM to 5 PM
City-sized fun for kids and adults, Field Day and Family Day events turn Governors Island into a giant playground for all. New games, new experiences, and new takes on old favorites, Field Day and Family Day give participants the opportunity to rediscover each other and the city they call home through joyful interactive play.

Saturday and Sunday, July 19-20, 26-27, projectLIMB, Colonels Row
projectLIMB is a non-profit site specific dance company dedicated to bringing dance to public spaces. They are intent on embodying the potential that is alive in every space by reinventing our relationships with people, animals, plants, stones, water - with the world as a whole. Visit: www.projectlimb.net

Saturday and Sunday, July 26 and 27, New York City Poetry Festival, 11 AM to 5 PM
The Poetry Society of NY invites New Yorkers to come together for this two day festival to celebrate NYC’s vibrant poetry community. The event includes over 60 poetry organizations and 250 poets on its three stages; a Vendor’s Village where local booksellers, artists and craft makers will sell their wares; a beer garden sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery; healthy and delicious food options; poetic installation art throughout, the Ring of Daisies open mic; and last but not least, the Children’s Poetry Festival, complete with writing games and its own fourth, all-kids stage.


Saturday, August 9, Rite of Summer presents Pam Goldberg, Esther Noh, Caitlin Sullivan & Allison Charney, Colonels Row, 1 PM and 3 PM
American and Argentine Sounds from Ives to Piazzolla featuring ROS Co-Founder & pianist Pam Goldberg, violinist Esther Noh, cellist Caitlin Sullivan and soprano Allison Charney. www.riteofsummer.com

Saturday, August 23, RECESS Bocce, Colonels Row, 12 PM to 5 PM
Itchy for bocce anyone? Join RECESS for a day of outdoor fun in the sun as 32 creative organizations put their lawn skills to the test, rolling and knocking off each other's bocce balls on the makeshift grass courts on Colonel's Row. Festivities include free bike rides, food vendors, a beer/wine tent and guest deejays. A few courts will also be open to the public. Visit: www.recessnewyork.com

Sunday, August 24, The NYC Volkswagen Traffic Jam, Colonels Row, 10 AM
The Traffic Jam is a spectator-judged vintage Volkswagen car show and picnic. With great views behind a vibrant line-up of nearly 100 Beetles, buses, dune buggies, Things, and other original VW's circa 1950's - 1970's, this car show is a one-of-a-kind event for both the casual spectator and classic VW enthusiast. Because show cars ride a ferry to get to the event, registration is mandatory to secure a spot at the show. Registration opens June 30th. Registration will be first-come, first-served. Car Registration $20.00 and spectators attend for free. Visit: www.vwtrafficjam.com

Saturday and Sunday, August 30 and August 31, NYC Unicycle Festival, 12 PM
The New York City Unicycle Festival brings together recreational riders, world-class performers, mountain and off-road unicycle enthusiasts, mono-wheel vehicle inventors, along with circus enthusiasts, extreme sports viewers, and anyone seeking an unusual sight--even for NYC! You will witness unicycle basketball, hockey and sumo. Learn to unicycle in the learn-to-ride area. Produced by Bindlestiff Family Variety Arts. For more information visit: www.nycunifest.com


Saturday, September 6, Rite of Summer presents Grand Band, Colonels Row, 1 PM and 3 PM
New York’s piano sextet Grand Band presents A Bigger Picture - performed by ROS Co-Founder & pianist Blair McMillen, Vicky Chow, David Friend, Paul Kerekes, Lisa Moore and Isabelle O’Connell. The New York Times calls Grand Band “the Traveling Wilburys of the city’s new-music piano scene.” They will present a program of recent works by Philip Glass, Kate Moore, Steve Reich and two New York premieres by Michael Gordon and Paul Kerekes. Visit: www.riteofsummer.com


Offered Wednesdays through Sundays all season (unless otherwise noted). For more information call 212-825-3045 or visit: www.nps.gov/gois

Explore Castle Williams, 10 AM to 5:30 PM
Tours of the roof every half hour, 11 AM till 5 PM.. Get some history in the round at the best-preserved circular fortification in the nation. Fantastic views available from the roof. Free tickets required for tours. About 30 minutes long. Last roof tour on Thursday at 1:30 PM.

For Kids! From Drills to Drums: Civil War Life on Governors Island, Wednesday through Friday 10:20 AM and 11:20 AM, Soissons Landing
Take a step into the past and meet Island residents from hundreds of years ago. Kids and grown-ups will see first-hand the lives of soldiers, civilians and prisoners on the island in the 19th century. No tickets required, but large groups please call ahead: 212-825-3045.

Nolan Park: A Commanding Presence, 11 AM, Commanding Officers Quarters
Take a stroll through the genteel neighborhood that played home to generations of the highest-ranking officers stationed on Governors Island.