Courtesy African Film Festival, Inc.
This weekend, August 3 – 4, kicks off a new month of summer fun on Governors Island with cultural events and hands-on experiences for all ages!
This Sunday, the African Film Festival celebrates Family Day on Governors Island by sharing an up-close and personal introduction to the culture of the African continent. Join us on Colonel’s Row from 12 pm to 5 pm for a great selection of rich and vibrant cultural activities for kids and adults alike, including free films, African dance classes, storytelling, and African cuisine.
Rendering Courtesy West 8
Governors Island also made headlines last week when Mayor Bloomberg officially broke ground for The Hills, a new phase of the new park and open space plan that will highlight the transformed South Island. Ranging up to 80 feet in height with panoramic views of New York Harbor, the spectacular renderings of The Hills by West 8 are generating excitement around New York. Looking to the right from the viewing platform underneath Liggett Arch offers a glimpse at where The Hills will stand, just remember to say hello to the Statue of Liberty! With so much planned for the future of Governors Island, there’s plenty to look forward to even beyond this weekend’s attractions.
Remember, the East River Ferry is a great way to get from Queens, Brooklyn, and Midtown to Governors Island. Check the full schedule to plan your next trip!
Haven’t been out to Governors Island yet this summer? This is the perfect weekend to check out some of our unique ongoing exhibits. Fête Paradiso in Nolan Park, the FIGMENT tree house and artist-made minigolf on the Parade Ground, and LMCC’s exhibits in Building 110, just to name a few.
Other Events This Weekend Include:
- Fête Paradiso, 10:30 am to 6:30 pm, Nolan Park: For the first time in the US, a spectacular collection of vintage French carnival rides is open to the public here on Governors Island! The Parisian experience is free to visitors both young and old at this magnifique fairground festivalcomplete with French music and cuisine!
- Better Than Jam Handmade Gifts Shop, 11 am to 6 pm, Nolan Park, Building 16: The Brooklyn boutique of all locally handmade products brings the creations of New York City’s most talented artists and crafters to the beautiful and historic houses of Nolan Park. This weekend, the crafting gets creative at a free workshop of collage card making with Astrodub on Saturday from 1 pm to 4 pm!
- The Skate Truck NYC, 11 am to 6 pm, Buoy Parking Lot: The Skate Truck NYC provides roller-skating equipment, helmets, and safety equipment to skaters of any age. Skate for fun. Skate for health. Skate for life!
- Earth Matter’s Compost at the Outpost, Building 12: Stop by the South Battery for a fun, free, and hands-on eco-experience! Meet our composting buddies: the goats, chickens, and worms that help us recycle food scraps into “black gold.” (They love picnic leftovers!)
- Children’s Museum of the Arts, Saturday and Sunday, 11 am to 3pm, Nolan Park: Come to Nolan Park for the Children’s Museum of the Arts’ Free Art Island Outpost.
- Pop-up Library and Outdoor Reading Room, Saturday and Sunday, 12 pm to 6 pm: Settle in with a good book at the pop-up library and outdoor reading room presented by the Brooklyn, Queens andNY public libraries.
- FIGMENT Summer-Long Installations, Saturday and Sunday, 12 pm to 5:30 pm, Parade Ground: All weekend enjoy the interactive Sculpture Garden, artist-designed Minigolf Course, City of Dreams Pavilion, and the Treehouse in the the Parade Grounds.
- Free Kayaking, Saturday, 10 am to 3 pm, Pier 101: Brought to you by the Downtown Boathouse, enjoy some fun time out on the water with this summery activity featuring beautiful views of New York Harbor!
- WWII & NYC: Photography and Propaganda, 10 am to 6:30 pm, Building 18: Through hands-on activities and moving photos, this exhibition, presented by the New York Historical Society, paints a vivid picture of life in war-mobilized New York, when virtually every industry, institution, and home was transformed into a venture to support Allied victory.
- Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Presents Building 110: LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island, 11 am to 5 pm, Building 110: LMCC and its artists-in-residence welcome audiences 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.
- Bike Governors Island, 10 am to 6 pm, Colonels Row and Yankee Pier Landing: Experience miles of car-free biking with a set of rented wheels fit just for you. Bike and Roll has bikes for all sizes and abilities, including kids’ bikes, kids’ trailers, and four-seater quadcycles.
Get the full list of Governors Island exhibits and programs on our website. Looking forward to seeing you on the Island!
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