2016 Calendar of Events on Governors Island

  2016 MAY EVENTS

May 29, Family Fun Day, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Kick-off another amazing Governors Island season with free, family-friendly performances, games, and activities at the Governors Island Alliance Family Festival! Family Festival will include arts and crafts, musical and theatrical performances, and harbor-education activities for kids.
All performances and activities are family-friendly and FREE to the public.

Rite of Summer Presents: Parker Quartet
May 29 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Rite of Summer, now in its 6th 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.

  2016 JUNE EVENTS

FIGMENT NYC, June 3 - June 5, 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 11th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party, June 11 - June 12, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The 11th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party will take place twice this season. This beloved summer event attracts thousands of fans each weekend, who come together to discover authentic music from 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 yet 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 18 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Porch Stomp celebrates the beginning of summer in New York City with an afternoon of folk, Americana, bluegrass and roots music on Governors Island. Musicians of all ages, both amateur and professional, enliven the porches of Nolan Park, while audience members stroll through grassy walkways, enjoying beautiful weather and sweet sounds echoing from every corner. Porch Stomp aims to bring together all of the diverse folk communities in New York City

2016 Gala: Picnic in the Clouds, June 22 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Harbor views, Island-themed silent auction, live jazz with Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra, gourmet picnic fare…and many more summery delights!
Festive attire. RSVP by June 17.

  2016 JULY EVENTS

PinkNic, July 9 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Pinknic, the largest rosé-themed picnic and music festival in New York City, comes to Governor’s Island. Take a short ferry ride from the tip of Manhattan and set up shop on one of 4,000 rosé-hued blankets dotting the sprawling grounds. From here, delight in spirited sounds, satisfying snacks, and ice-cold bottles of rosé. A variety of refreshing rosés will be available for purchase. You’re invited to bring your own picnic or pre-order our special Pinknic Baskets crafted by acclaimed chef Chris Santos. For more information, visit www.pinknic.com

Tern Festival, July 16, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Come celebrate Governors Island’s treasures: Common terns and oysters! Common terns have recently colonized several decommissioned piers on the Governors Island waterfront; in 2013, researchers from NYC Audubon and Cornell University counted 181 nests and banded 100 chicks. The Tern Festival will take place from 10am until 4pm as part of Waterfront Alliance’s City of Water Day and will feature speakers, a bird tour of Governors Island, a botany and natural history tour, family activities, and a common tern viewing station on Yankee pier.

The 6th Annual New York City Poetry Festival, July 30 - July 31, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The New York City Poetry Festival showcases all of the different formats, aesthetics, and personalities of New York City reading series, publications, and collectives, in one place at one time. The festival intends to create branches between disparate poetry communities, and other artists and artisans, by bringing poetry out of the dark bars and universities and by placing it in the sun. For more information, visit www.poetrysocietyny.org

Vintage Baseball, July 30 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Base Ball in the year of 1864! The game as it was once played, three hands, no gloves, no steroids and a time when gambling on professional sports was common. The Gotham Base Ball Club, established in 1852, which became the NY Giants in 1883 will display a double header on the Parade Grounds next to Fort Jay

  2016 AUGUST EVENTS

The 11th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party, August 12, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The 11th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party will take place twice this season. This beloved summer event attracts thousands of fans each weekend, who come together to discover authentic music from 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 yet playful setting. For tickets: www.jazzagelawnparty.com

Vintage Baseball, August 20 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Base Ball in the year of 1864! The game as it was once played, three hands, no gloves, no steroids and a time when gambling on professional sports was common. The Gotham Base Ball Club, established in 1852, which became the NY Giants in 1883 will display a double header on the Parade Grounds next to Fort Jay.

  2016 SEPTEMBER EVENTS

The 6th Annual NYC Unicycle Festival September 3 - September 4 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
A One Wheel Celebration: The 7th Annual NYC’s Unicycle Festival rolls onto Governors Island this September. One wheel activities include basketball, sumo, hockey, a costume contest, workshops, shows, a learn-to-ride area, and much more. The NYC Unicycle Festival is a Bindlestiff Family Cirkus production.

Vintage Baseball September 10 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Base Ball in the year of 1864! The game as it was once played, three hands, no gloves, no steroids and a time when gambling on professional sports was common. The Gotham Base Ball Club, established in 1852, which became the NY Giants in 1883 will display a double header on the Parade Grounds next to Fort Jay.

  NATIONAL PARK SERVICE PROGRAMS

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