2017 Calendar of Events on Governors Island


New York Harbor Oyster Classic 5K
May 13, 8:00AM - 11:00 AM

On Saturday, Mar 13, leave the traffic behind, jump on the ferry and head to Governors Island for the maiden launch of The New York Harbor Oyster Classic 5K! The Oyster Classic is rain or shine.
For reistration and more information: www.oysterclassic5k.com.

Rite of Summer Presents: Talujon Percussion
May 27, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Rite of Summer, now in its 7th year is a classical contemporary music festival, free to the public that presents many of New York’s best-known soloists and ensembles. These musicians, all of whom perform on some of the world’s most prestigious concert stages, are excited about reaching a more eclectic audience base on Governors Island.

Family Fun Day
May 28, 11:00 M - 4:00 PM

Kick off an exciting summer on Governors Island! Family Fun Day celebrates the season’s opening and the Island’s playful nature and free-range attitude. All performances and activities are family-friendly and FREE to the public.


FIGMENT Festival
June 3 - June 4, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

FIGMENT is an explosion of creative energy. It’s a free, annual celebration of participatory art and culture where everything is possible. For one weekend each summer, it transforms Governors Island into a large-scale collaborative artwork - and then it’s gone.

The 12th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party
June 10 - June 11, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Jazz Age Lawn Party, now entering its 12th 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

Porch Stomp Presented by Make Music New York
June 17 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Porch Stomp invites over 60 bands, artists, and performing arts organizations to utilize the historic porches of Nolan Park as a pulpit for performance and education, highlighting artistry ranging from traditional folk to old-time, blues, roots, bluegrass and Americana. The festival offers all-inclusive jams and educational opportunities for folks learning to play music. Dance is also a major part of Porch Stomp. Throughout the afternoon, we host several participatory square dances, in addition to workshops where folks can learn basic steps.

June 24 - 25, 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Following the runaway success of Pinknic’s 2016 debut, New York City’s largest rosé picnic and music festival returns to Governors Island this June for a two-day summer fête. 2017’s Pinknic is going to be full to the brim with delectable food, lively entertainment, and, of course, everyone’s favorite pink drink.


Governors Island Swim
July 1 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Ever wanted to swim in the heart of New York Harbor? Now is your chance! New York Open Water (NYOW) is proud to host the Governors Island Swim! This 2.0 mile swim is a great event for swimmers looking to increase their distance and gain confidence in the open water. We can certainly guarantee magnificent views of lower Manhattan. Swimmers will jump into the water at Castle Williams, swim counter clockwise around Governors Island, ending at Pier 101. Several years of refurbishment have made this a great spectator swim, so friends and loved ones have the opportunity to watch part of your swim from land. Hurry! Registration ends on June 29, and there is no race day registration.
For more information, visit www.nyopenwater.org

City of Water Day
July 15, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Get out on our waterfront—and on the water—on Saturday, July 15th! The event draws thousands of people to the water for a day of fun. Highlights of the day include free boat tours on all kinds of vessels, from tall ships to tugboats; free rowing, kayaking, paddle-boarding, and the highly anticipated Con Edison Cardboard Kayak Race; and the Waterfront Activity Fair and Disney Children Activities offer something for the whole family.
For more information, visit www.waterfrontalliance.org

The 7th Annual New York City Poetry Festival
July 29 - July 30, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The Poetry Society of New York will once again invite attendees to come together for this free two-day festival to celebrate New York’s vibrant poetry community. The event will include over 75 poetry organizations and 250 poets on its main stages; a Vendor’s Village where local booksellers, artists and craft makers will sell their wares; healthy and delicious food options; a beer and wine garden; poetry-inspired installation art throughout.
For more information, visit www.newyorkcitypoetryfestival.com


Brooklyn Music Festival
August 6, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Celebrating their amazing borough and returning to Governors Island for it’s 4th year is the Brooklyn Music Festival. These festivities will include live bands ranging from Indie Pop, Hip Hop, Funk, Alternative Rock, House music and much more. In addition to the cold BK beer, food, art and merchandise, BKMF will be donating a portion of the gate donations to their 2017 charity of choice The Center Against Domestic Violence NYC. “Spread Love it’s the Brooklyn Way”.
For more information: www.brooklynmusicfestival.nyc

NYC Volkswagen Traffic Jam
August 20 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The NYC Volkswagen Traffic Jam is a spectator-judged vintage Volkswagen car show and picnic on Governors Island. With views of New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty behind a vibrant line-up of nearly 100 Beetles, buses, dune buggies, things and other original VW’s circa 1950s-1970s, this car show is a one of a kind event for both the casual spectator and classic VW enthusiast.


NYC Unicycle Festival
September 2 - September 3 10:00 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

PopUp Dinner Governors Island
September 9, 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM

The PopUp Dinner Governors Island is an elegant picnic that brings together thousands of people to celebrate summer, spontaneity, creativity, and community. The PopUp Dinner Governors Island is the perfect opportunity to gather friends for a memorable experience. If you’re a DIY master, Pinterest perfectionist, or dedicated foodie, this is a chance to get creative in everything from table décor to fashion to food and drink!

African Film Festival, Inc.'s 10th Annual Family Fun Day Celebration
September 10, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Come out for an enchanting day of music, film, and dance as African Film Festival Inc.’s Family Day Celebration returns to Governors Island. Fun-seeking individuals of all ages are invited to join African Film Festival, Inc. and the Trust for Governors Island for a day of FREE activities including story-telling, double-dutch, dance and drum, needlepoint and short films — all celebrating Africa and the diaspora.
For more information: www.africanfilmny.org

WWI History Weekend
September 16 - 17, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Join the World War I Centennial Committee for New York City for WWI History Weekend. This two-day event is free and open to the public as we honor the centennial of U.S. entry into World War One in 1917. Come see dozens of reenactors in vintage uniforms, both men and women, and learn the history of the Great War. There will be vintage Army vehicles, ambulances, equipment displays, a tent encampment, author talks, and demonstrations. Meet General John J. Pershing and the Ebony Doughboys reenactors who represent the famous Harlem Hellfighters regiment. Events are held in conjunction with the National Park Service in Castle Williams and the Parade Ground. Talks and lectures inside Pershing Hall. The event is open to all ages, kids and families welcome.

Courage, Presented by NACL
September 22 - 24, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

NACL’s “Courage” will have its New York City premiere on Governors Island, September 22-24 at 2 PM. This spectacular theatre performance, set in an imagined refugee camp and unfolding as a walking journey, is inspired by Bertolt Brecht’s anti-war play, “Mother Courage and Her Children,” written in 1939 Fascist Germany. It advocates for compassion in an era of fear and war. Conceived and directed by Tannis Kowalchuk, with music composed by Rima Fand, text by Mark Dunau and Melissa Bell, and actress Debra Winger in a featured role, the immersive play has a remarkable cast of 25 actors, stilt walkers and singers.
Reservations are highly encouraged and can be made at: www.NACL.org


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