2013 Calendar of Events on Governors Island

Governors Island is open every Saturday, Sunday and all Holiday Mondays from May 26 through September 30, 2012.
10:00 AM to 7:00 PM

2013 Events on Governor's Island

  Governors Island Alliance Gala 2013

Tuesday June 20, 2013 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
GIA invites you to celebrate the summer season at the annual benefit on Thursday, June 20, 2013. Join the Governors Island Alliance at the Governors Beach Club to enjoy breath-taking views of the Manhattan skyline, and mingle under the stars with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres & live music. At this year’s Gala we will honor the Bloomberg administration and Leslie Koch, President of the Trust for Governors Island, for their leadership in the ongoing development of the Island. We are also pleased to honor Arthur Imperatore, Jr., Executive Vice President, Vice Chairman of NY Waterway, for his leadership in the NY Waterfront community.
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  2013 Ongoing Exhibits and Events

Children’s Museum of the Arts Free Art Island Outpost Program:
May 25- September 29 2013, Saturdays and Sundays 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Join CMA’s Teaching Artists for free hands on art-making each weekend. Collaborate with other visitors on a variety of art workshops including painting, sound design, sculpture, animation, podcasting, and more!!.
For more information, visit: www.cmany.org

FIGMENT 2013 Summer-Long Installations: June 8 - September 22:
This summer, FIGMENT’s acclaimed interactive Sculpture Garden, artist-designed Minigolf Course and City of Dreams Pavilion welcome visitors to the Parade Grounds to play with, dance around, contemplate on, and experience these wonderfully imaginative installations. One centerpiece of FIGMENT’s summer-long installations for 2013 is the Treehouse, expanded and returning to Governors Island for a third year

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Presents Building 110:
LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

LMCC and its artists-in-residence welcome audience to Building 110′s Gallery and their studios. Discover new artists, engage in the artistic process and simply enjoy the art in this stunning setting this summer. LMCC is also the lead presenter of the River to River Festival, a four- week, multidisciplinary arts festival throughout Lower Manhattan.
For more information, visit: www.lmcc.net or call 212-825-3045

Bike Governors Island
Experience miles of car-free biking. Visitors can bring their own bikes or rent one from Bike and Roll. Bike and Roll has bikes for all sizes and abilities, including kids’ bikes, kids’ trailers and four-seater quadcycles.For more information, visit: www.bikeandroll.com

  Multiple Weekends

See the Park in Progress with a Behind the Scenes Hard Hat Tour, May 25-September 29
Join The Trust for Governors Island or members of the West 8 design team for a sneak peak of the construction of the 30 acres of new park and public spaces at the center of the Island. This tour takes visitors through the park construction site. Space on the tours is limited and is available on a first-come, first served basis. Tours begin and end at Liggett Arch. Hardhats and vests will be provided and closed-toe footwear is required. Children over the age of 7 are welcome on tours

Vintage Baseball, Saturday and Sunday May 25-26, Saturday, June 29, Saturday July 27, Saturday August 24 and Saturday, August 21
See baseball played as it was at the turn of the last century! Visit the Parade Ground and enjoy America’s pastime the way it used to be played!

Bike New York Classes, Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, July 28, Saturday, September 7 11am
Learn how to ride a bike for the first time or brush up on your basic biking skills with free Bike New York classes on Governors Island. For more information, visit: www.bikenewyork.org

  Special Events


Saturday June 8 and Sunday June 9, FIGMENT NYC, 10am to 6pm
FIGMENT is a free, inclusive, participatory arts event held in multiple cities and drawing tens of thousands of participants each year. Now in its 7th year on Governors Island, FIGMENT NYC removes the barriers of museum and gallery walls and entrance fees, and blurs the lines between those who create and those who enjoy art. At FIGMENT you will find works in every imaginable medium including sculpture, installation, performance, music, workshops, games, social experiments, and heart-stopping technological innovations that change the way we see the world… and visitors are invited to bring something, too! FIGMENT NYC has been named the Best Art Festival in New York by the Village Voice, and BBC Travel writes, “If FIGMENT were a country, it would be the happiest in the world—and I would apply for citizenship immediately.” See you at FIGMENT! What are you bringing? For more information visit: www.newyork.figmentproject.org

Saturday June 22, RECESS Badminton 12pm-5pm
Dust off those badminton rackets and birdies as RECESS returns to Colonel’s 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.

Saturday, June 22, Army Heritage Day
Re-enanctors and small displays bring back a sense of Governors Island 200 year long history as an Army post


4 Chambers Performances, Saturdays and Sundays, July 6-July 21, 11:30 AM, 1 PM, 2:30 PM, 4 PM, 5:30 PM
4Chambers is a sensorial journey into the human heart. Jody Oberfelder Dance Projects transform Officers’ House #15 in (Nolan Park) into an intimate performance space with corridors that function as arteries and veins leading to four discrete chambers. Guided by six cast members, an audience of 12 moves through the space, monitoring their own hearts throughout. Reservations begin June 3rd.

Saturday, July 13 Come Out & Play Field Day and Family Day at the Parade Ground as part of the River To River Festival, 11am to 5pm
City-sized fun for kids and adults, Field Dy and Family Day events turn Governors Island into a giant play ground 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, July 13: Rite of Summer presents Bang on a Can All Stars, 1:00 and 3:00 pm
Formed in 1992, the Bang on a Can All-Stars are recognized worldwide for their ultra-dynamic live performances and recordings of today’s most innovative music. Freely crossing the boundaries between classical, jazz, rock, world and experimental music, this six-member amplified ensemble has consistently forged a distinct category-defying identity, taking music into uncharted territories. Performing each year throughout the U.S. and internationally, the All-Stars have shattered the definition of what concert music is today. For more information: www.bangonacan.org

Saturday, July 20th: Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance presents The City of Water Day Festival, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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: www.cityofwaterday.org

Saturday and Sunday, July 27 and 28, 11am-5pm: New York City Poetry Festival
The Poetry Society of New York will once again invite New Yorkers to come together for this two day festival to celebrate NYC’s vibrant poetry community. The event will include over 50 poetry organizations and 200 poets on its three stages; a Vendor’s Village where local booksellers, artists and craftmakers will sell their wares; a beer garden sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery.

Sunday, July 28: New York Hall of Science presents Designing for Flight with NYSCI, 12pm-4pm
As part of the programming for the summer exhibit, Design Zone, NYSCI will be going out to Governor’s Island to run Designing for Flight, a fun, design-focused day–exposing some of the design and science involved in common and exciting forms of flight. This science outreach event invites the public to bring their own kites (BYOK) to fly, enjoy demos by NYSCI Explainers, and experiment with making flying machines. For more information visit: www.nysci.org


Saturday, August 10: Rite of Summer presents an Homage to Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring: Ljova and the Kontraband and Fireworks Ensemble, 1 and 3pm
LJOVA AND THE KONTRABAND is chamber-jam music for the “remix generation”. As if by alchemy, Eastern-European and Gypsy melodies, Latin rhythms, Jazz-inspired improvisations, and deeply rooted Classical forms are given new meanings in original compositions that fearlessly forge a new direction, with a nostalgic gaze towards the past.
For more information visit www.ljova.com/kontraband

Saturday and Sunday August 10-11 Civil War Heritage Weekend
With the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and the New York Draft Riots, living historians offer a glimpse of Civil War life as a solider with camp, musket and cannon firing demonstrations.

Saturday Aug 24th RECESS Bocce 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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. Plus a few public courts.
For more information, visit www.recessnewyork.com

Sunday, August 25: The NYC Volkswagen Traffic Jam, 10:00 a.m.
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.
For more information, visit www.vwtrafficjam.com


4 Heads Art Fair, weekends in September
The 4 Heads take over dozens of rooms in an historic building on Governors Island.
For more information: www.4heads.org

ArtShare for HeartShare, Weekends in September, 11:30am to 5:30pm
This exhibition showcases the talents and creative abilities of artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, epilepsy and neurological impairment. In addition to raising awareness of the capabilities of the people with disabilities, our artists continually progress in their art, expressing themselves in beautiful and meaningful ways. The ArtShare for HeartShare program is available to artists in HeartShare Human Services of New York’s developmental disabilities program. Participants in the program are supported in their creative endeavors by volunteer artists in residence and a dedicated committee throughout the year. The program provides professional quality arts materials and culminates in an annual exhibition at the New Century Artists gallery, in Chelsea gallery district of Manhattan. The annual exhibition will be celebrating its 5th year of exhibiting in 2013. This is the second year that ArtShare for HeartShare will be exhibiting on Governors Island.
For more information: www.heartshare.org

Saturday and Sunday, August 31 and September 1, NYC Unicycle Festival, noon
The 2013 NYC Unicycle Festival rolls onto Governors Island on Labor Day weekend. Activities include races, competitions, exhibitions, a variety of unicycle sports including unicycle basketball and hockey, world-famous riders will display their skills, and members of the public have the opportunity to try one—wheel riding.
For more information visit www.nycunifest.com

Sunday, September 1: Rite of Summer presents Rite a Thon, 12pm to 5pm
Performances by Pam Goldberg www.pamgoldbergpianist.com and Blair McMillen www.blairmcmillen.com in Colonels Row.