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

Pig Island Food Festival: September 1, 2012


Governors Island has become a very popular place for food festivals over the past few years. This September, we welcome back Pig Island!


  •     25 of the best chefs in the 5 boroughs going (ahem) hog wild with local pigs.
  •     Butchering and cooking demos brought to you by Wüsthof.
  •     Great local craft beer by Sixpoint (Brooklyn), providing exclusive custom beers.
  •     Wines from the very best of New York State, North Fork, and the Finger         Lakes.
  •     Veggie Pavillion brought to you by Microplane and Cathy Erway.
  •     Music all day with live bands.

Don’t miss this! For more information and ticketing details, check out


Weekend Update: Governors Island Swim, Vintage Baseball, Sculptors Guild Workshop and so much more!

Photo © 2010, Amy Bolger

Governors Island is THE place to be! Go for a bike ride, have a picnic, or just sit by the water and enjoy the incredible views. We also have plenty of art exhibits and workshops for you to enjoy!

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, July 28: Governors Island Swim, 11:30 AM, Finish line: Pier 101

Cheer on swimmers—or sign up ahead of time at to join them—as they jump off a ferry boat and swim a challenging two-mile race around Governors Island. The course allows great views of Lower Manhattan, Jersey City, Staten Island, Brooklyn, and, of course, Governors Island itself, from the unique, water-level perspective.

Saturday, July 28: Vintage Baseball, Gotham BBC of New York vs Mutual BBC of New York, 12 – 4 PM, Parade Ground

Watch baseball as it was played almost 150 years ago! The Gothams are playing their 11th season of Vintage Base Ball in New York City, with their home games currently being played on Governors Island. Games are played on the Parade Ground and are free to watch. Cheering is highly encouraged.

Saturday, July 28: Sculptors Guild, Life Casting workshop with Marc Fields, on Cartigan Road

Cast your finger, hand or face with Marc Fields – Owner of The Compleat Sculptor . Participants will leave with the beginning knowledge of mold making, casting products, techniques — and with a beautiful casting of their making. Instruction is free; must purchase materials – $3 Fingers, $8 Child’s Hand, $15 Adult Hands, $25 Face. For more info visit:

Bike and Roll Early Bird Two-for-One Special!

Great news! Our friends at Bike and Roll New York City have a special deal for our visitors!

Early risers are rewarded this summer on Governors Island with a Two-for-One Special! Take the 10am or 11am ferry and enjoy any bike rental at a two-for-one rate. You save 50%!

This offer is available to anyone before 11:30am. Applies to adult comfort bikes only.Valid Through: Mon, Sep 3, 2012.


East River Ferry Video Competition


BIG NEWS: You could win free ferry travel for A WHOLE YEAR through East River Ferry’s video competition!

“Tell us about your relationship with the East River by showing us how you interact via the East River Ferry and/or the neighborhoods it serves. This can include, but isn’t limited to: your trip on the water by ferry, exploration of the community from which you depart and the destination to which you are headed, how you relate to the waterfront, why you travel to certain stops, what different neighborhoods have to offer, etc. It can be as literal or figurative as you wish. Creative use of the guidelines is encouraged” -East River Ferry

You have until August 6, 2012 to enter! Video must be a minimum of 30 seconds and cannot exceed 90 seconds.

Be sure to visit for more info! Hope you include Governors Island in your submission! :)

*Governors Island has a FREE ferry from Manhattan and Brooklyn on Summer weekends.  East River Ferry service provides a great alternative (for a fee) from other locations in New York City.  More info about transportation to/from Governors Island at

Weekend Update: NYC Poetry Festival, GlassLab, Library of Immediacy Opening, Cooper-Hewitt Art Workshops and so much more!


Tired of the hustle and bustle of New York City? Ferry over to Governors Island this weekend for a nice little retreat. Go for a bike ride, have a picnic, or just sit by the water and enjoy the incredible views. We also have plenty of art exhibits, art workshops, and even a poetry festival! Hope to see you 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!

GlassLab presented by The Corning Museum of Glass, 11:00 AM – 6:30 PM
Watch dynamic hot glassmaking performances with top contemporary designers as they bring new ideas to life in collaboration with master glassmakers from The Corning Museum of Glass. Look for leading names from the Cooper-Hewitt’s exhibition Graphic Design—Now in Production. For information, visit

Opening of PUBLIC SUMMER: Library of Immediacy by SUPERFRONT, Saturday, 2 PM – 5 PM on the Parade Ground
Join SUPERFRONT and Figment in celebrating the opening of the outdoor installation, PUBLIC SUMMER: Library of Immediacy, on Governors Island. The Library of Immediacy was designed and constructed by the architectural duo, saA, who are Amy Chang and Seo Young Shin. The event will include a performance by artist Devin Kenny, a reading by Nicole Wallace and Will Edmiston, and live music. The instillation will remain on Governors Island until September 23.

Cooper Hewitt Indie Publishing: Books, Magazines, and Monsters, Saturday, 2 – 4 PM, in Building 110
Meet editors, designers, and authors of independent books and magazines. Learn about the ups and downs of print and media in the new millennium.  For more information and to register for the event, visit

Second Annual New York Poetry Festival, Saturday & Sunday, 11 AM – 5:30 PM, Colonels Row
Come out for this $5 poetry festival for readings and performances by The Poetry Brothel, Cave Canem, Poets House, EARSHOT!, The Inspired Word and much more. For more information visit

Cooper Hewitt Drop-in Family Program: Stamps and Monoprints, Saturday & Sunday, 2 – 4 PM, in Building 110
Design totes and tees as you stamp and print your own designs. Using basic monoprinting techniques create inspired graphics on your Governors Island souvenirs. For more information and to register for the event, visit

Finalists for FIGMENT’s Summer ’13 City of Dreams Pavilion


FIGMENT Tree-House, Photo Credit: Ronay Menschel

We love us some FIGMENT! The incredible arts organization has been on the island for several years now, and always manages to bring something fresh and innovative. FIGMENT’s mini-golf course, tree-house and awesome sculptures have been huge hits this summer and are crowd favorites! We love watching our visitors have a great time interacting with the incredible pieces of participatory art. 

Want a sneak peak at what they have in store for next summer? They are currently hard at work prepping for Summer ’13!  They just released renderings of the top 5 finalists for their City of Dreams Pavilion.  


One of the designs: “For Rent” by MTWTHFSS, Photo Credit: MTWTHFSS

Check out the rest of the designs at and let us know which one is your favorite!!



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