This Weekend on Governors Island: August 4-5, 2012


Image of Rite of Summer 2011, Photo Credit: Kirsten Luce for The New York Times

There is so much to do on Governors Island. This weekend, sit in Colonels Row and enjoy this season’s second Rite of Summer classical music concert, stop by the Earth Matter Compost Learning Center to learn how to make your own planter, ride a bike, head to the top of Castle Williams and enjoy art exhibits throughout the Island.

Governors Island is open every Saturday and Sunday through September 30, and there is so much to do here! Check out our special events for this weekend below! The rest of the events (which last for multiple weekends/all season) can be found on the Events tab! See you soon!

Saturday, August 4: Rite of Summer Classical Music Festival featuring the Jack Quartet, 1 PM and 3 PM, Colonels Row
The Rite of Summer Music Festival is back for its second season with a series of exhilarating fun and FREE outdoor concerts. Co-Directors and /NYC-based pianists Pam Goldberg & Blair McMillen are thrilled to present the JACK Quartet. For more information visit

Saturday, August 4: Earth Matter Workshop: Make Your Own Planter
‘Planterpalooza,’ 1 PM, at the Compost Learning Center by Picnic Point Join us at the Compost Learning Center and design your own lightweight “Hypertufa” (artificial stone) planter. If you can make mud pies, you can make your own beautiful, practical work of art using 3 simple ingredients! Your plants will love their new hypertufa home, and you’ll love making it. $5 suggested donation for materials.

Saturday and Sunday, August 4-5: Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum’s Drop-in Family Program: Tessellations, 11 AM – 3:30 PM, Building 110
Create patterns and watch as they fit together like a jigsaw puzzle, becoming elaborate illustrations. Learn different techniques of tessellations and create your own unique designs. For more information and to register for the event, visit

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