Celebrate Africa on Film and Beyond – on Governors Island

This Saturday (September 14th), take a day trip over to Governors Island to experience a Family Day celebrating Africa and the diaspora!

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Governor’s Island Opens Next Week!

We’re just a week away from the brand new season at Governors Island!
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Governors Island Opens

Governors Island springs to life on May 1st!

The Island bills itself as “The Easiest Way To Get Away”, and its new season (May 1 to October 31) spirits you away to a plethora of exciting and diverse programs.

Kicking off the season, the Island will host several special events in May. On May 12, NYC Bhangra will celebrate the start of spring with Holi Hai, a free festival featuring traditional Indian and Nepali dance, music and celebration in a sea of color. For classical music lovers, Rite of Summer will host free concerts throughout the season, starting with performances in Colonels Row on May 19. Returning for its 14th year, the Friends of Governors Island will present its annual free Family Fun Day on Sunday, May 27, featuring live music, theatrical performances, storytelling, arts and crafts and hands-on education for families.”

Special Island events include the aforementioned NYC Holi Hai – Spring Color Festival, Rite of Summer and Family Fun Day Festival, along with:

The 13th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party with Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra – a hit at last summer’s Waterside concert, “Dancing Under the Stars“!

Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra - at Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island (Photo from: jazzagelawnparty.com )
Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra – at the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island

Lots to do and explore at the Children’s Museum of the Arts Free Island Outpost, the HoloCenter and Rock, Mosquito and Hummingbird: A Pre-History of Governors Island.

Not to mention: There’s Ziplining! And Slide Hill.

Girl slides down slide on hill -Slide Hill on Governors Island
Slide Hill on Governors Island (Photo from: govisland.com )

And much more!

Ferries will be free opening week through May 6.

And beginning Memorial Day (the last Monday of May, May 28), there’s even extended hours on Fridays – staying open until 10pm.

On the East River Ferry: Just 2 Weekends Left of Family Fun on Governors Island!

Last year, we recommended you explore Governors Island before it closed for the year.

With just 2 weekends before that time again, we, via our On the East River Ferry series, want to make sure you catch some of the Island’s great happenings.

Just hop on the E. 34th St. East River Ferry right next to Waterside Plaza, and try events and exhibitions you can enjoy with your kids:

Governors Island Art Fair

Now in its 9th year, this fair “draws visitors into its world of expression, abstraction and narrative, with 100 solo exhibitions of painting, photography, sculpture, installation, sound and video art side-by-side throughout the sprawling lawns and historic houses of Colonels Row.”

Art Fair - on Governors Island
Photograph by Blair Prentice – on govisland.com

House 7A: A Haunted Encounter

A free immersive haunted house experience where “small groups will be invited in to explore 2 stories of the house to discover its dark history, and piece together the events that led to the 1989 disappearance of previous tenants, the Crowe Family.”

House 7A: A Haunted Encounter - on Governors Island

play:ground

A play space, modeled after a junkyard, where kids can “imagine a world of their own making and  shape their environment using an assortment of materials, tools, water, dirt, and things that others might describe as trash.”

Play: Ground - on Governors Island

The Holocenter Summer Museum

Hauntings… Then holograms! “Explore holographic art – exhibitions featuring holograms, optical projections and experimental visual media”. Presented by the Center for Holographic Arts

The Holocenter Summer Museum - on Governors Island

Have a great weekend!