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Calendar of Events

Governors Island is open every Saturday, Sunday and Holiday Monday (Memorial Day and Labor Day) through September 29.

Island is open from 10 AM to 7 PM.

A full schedule of 2013 events and programs is below:

September Special Events:

Park Preview Weekend, Saturday September 28 and Sunday September 29, Noon to 6 PM
Head to the Liggett Hall Arch and enter the park construction site to preview the new Governors Island Park. See the hedge maze in Liggett Terrace, the newly laid asphalt paths, plantings, trees and so much more – all without a hard hat!

Superstorm Sandy Success Stories: Designing a Resilient Park, Saturday, September 28 1:30-2:15pm and Sunday, September 29, 3:30-4:15pm
Take a tour of the park construction site and learn more about how the Governors Island Park was designed with climate change in mind. Saturday's tour will be led by The Trust for Governors Island. Sunday's tour will be led by Jamie Maslyn of West 8. No pre-registration required. Meet at the Arch at Liggett Hall.

Park Horticulture, Saturday, September 28 3:30-4:15pm and Sunday, September 29, 1:30-2:15pm
Learn more about horticulture in the Island's new park and public spaces. Saturday's tour will be led by Annette Wilkus of Siteworks. Sunday's tour is led by Will Hart of Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects. No pre-registration required. Meet at the Arch at Liggett Hall.

Saturday and Sunday, September 28 and 29: LMCC Art Center at Governors Island Open Studios, 12 PM – 5 PM
Join LMCC for the last 2013 public access weekend at Governors Island! Visit with visual and performing artists who have been working at Building 110: LMCC's Arts Center at Governors Island since August. The weekend will feature behind-the-scenes access to 20 visual artists' studios and an open rehearsal by Mei-Yin Ng.
Work by: Jonathan Allen, Nobutaka Aozaki, Lena Bergendahl, Rachel de Joode, Lisa Fairstein, Good Work Productions (Tijana Miskovic and Nina Wengel), Dominic Mangila, Eileen Maxson, New Draft Collective (Libby Pratt and Michi Jigarjian), Mei-Yin Ng, Sarah Nicholls, Really Large Numbers (Chad Stayrook and Julia Oldham), Raúl Diaz Reyes, Romy Scheroder, Jennifer Schmidt, Maxwell Stolkin, Ginta Vasermane, Carlos Vela-Prado and Claudia Cortinez, Elizabeth White, Jade Yumang, Jiajia Zhang

Educating Tomorrow, September 28, 9am-1pm
Public school teachers from around NYC will visit the Earth Matter Compost Outpost for a workshop on sustainability and compost education. For more information visit:

Green Apple Day of Service: Zero Waste Volunteer Day, September 29, 1-5pm
Join Green Apple Day of Service volunteers to educate Island visitors on how to separate and recycle food scraps. For more information or to register, email email or visit:

All Season Events and Exhibits

Better Than Jam: Handmade Gifts Shop, All Season, 11am to 6pm, Nolan Park, Building 16
For it's 3rd year, the Brooklyn boutique of all locally handmade products, brings the creations of New York City's most talented artists and crafters. BTJ moves back into one of the beautiful and historic houses of Nolan Park and the cute yellow Victorian home is filled with the work of talented people, who have created some amazing and original products just for the island shop. Visitors get to take home a tangible memento from their Governors Island visit—a souvenir that was designed and crafted nearby with the island in mind. FREE family-friendly demonstrations and workshops on Saturdays 1pm to 4pm, will be hosted by the Etsy New York Team, to teach visitors some of their skills, used in creating these unique products.

Bike Governors Island, All Season, All Day, Colonels Row and Yankee Pier Landing
Experience miles of car-free biking. Visitors can bring their own bikes or rent one from Bike and Roll. Bike and Roll has bikes for all sizes and abilities, including kids' bikes, kids' trailers and four-seater quadcycles. (212) 260 0400

Children's Museum of the Arts Free Art Island Outpost Program, All Season, 11am to 3pm, Nolan Park
Join CMA's Teaching Artists for free hands on art-making each weekend. Collaborate with other visitors on a variety of themed art workshops including painting, sound design, sculpture, animation, podcasting, and more!!

Compost at the Outpost, All Season, 10am to 5pm, South Battery
Visit Earth Matter to help care for our chickens, goats, rabbits and worms who eat GI visitor food scraps.  Give us a hand in making our daily compost using one or more of our compost devices, participate in scheduled activities, or sift out a sample of Earth Matter "black gold" to take home.
Empire Historic Arts presents Shipwrecked! A History of Maritime Disasters in NYC Harbor, All Season, All Day, Nolan Park, Building 20B                                                                         "Shipwrecked!" provides thousands of visitors to Governors Island an inside look at local maritime mayhem. Using artifacts pulled up from the depths of New York City's harbors, and related sea and sailor materials, we create a story that will illuminate both the history of the island and the surrounding areas. The exhibit includes artifacts from public and private collections up and down the Hudson, many never before seen by the public.

Fête Paradiso: A Festival of Vintage Carousels and Carnival Rides, All Season (Stating July 13), All Day, Nolan Park
Fête Paradiso, the world's first festival of vintage French carnival rides and carousels, makes its American debut on Governors Island. The rare, museum-quality collection, which includes a diverse array of attractions from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, such as carousels, flying swings and a pipe organ, will be available for the public to ride and enjoy every weekend. Admission to the Festival is free; rides and games cost $3 each.

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Presents Building 110: LMCC's Arts Center at Governors Island, All Season, 11am to 5pm, Building 110
LMCC and its artists-in-residence welcome audience 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.

Mü-Math: The Mobile Unit to Promote Mathematical Thinking, Sundays, 1pm to 5pm, Nolan Park, Building 20A 
Mü-Math returns for its second summer on Governors Island with a baker's dozen of "hands on, minds on" brain stumpers designed to engage children from 8 to 80. Jump some taxi cabs, split up some apartments, or figure out the missing number on a subway car, you'll be entertained and maybe even educated along the way.

Rising Tide presented by the Sculptors Guild, All Season, 11 am to 5 pm, Nolan Park, Building 19
Almost nine months after Hurricane Sandy, artists across the region are still putting the pieces of their lives back together, getting into their (in some cases, devastated) studios, and creating new work. This show will acknowledge rising tides of all stripes (political, social, psychological) in the hope of drawing attention to the new forms that result -- to the bright and shiny treasures that have now washed ashore.

Multiple Weekends

Rising Waters: Photographs of Hurricane Sandy presented by The International Center of Photography and the Museum of the City of New York, 12 PM – 6:00 PM Building 19
In collaboration with the Museum of the City of New York, ICP presents an exhibition of photographs of the damage and recovery from Hurricane Sandy. Drawn from an open call for submissions from the public that has drawn over 5,000 submissions, the exhibition includes work from professional photographers as well as community members and bystanders who photographed the effects of the devastating storm and the subsequent recovery efforts.

LMCC's Open Studios: Visual and Performing Artists at Building 110, May 25-26, July 13-14, September 28-29, 12pm to 5pm, Building 110
LMCC's Open Studios make accessible what is often viewed as the mysterious or secretive process of art-making and offer visitors the unique opportunity to tour artists' studios, watch rehearsals, attend readings, and speak with artists-in-residence about their work and practice.

4Heads Governors Island Art Fair, Weekends in September, All Day, Building 111, Colonels Row and Nolan Park
Indulge your curiosity by exploring the abandoned military barracks of Governors Island Art Fair, 100 singular rooms of painting, photography, sculpture, installation, video, sound and performance art. Run by artists, for artists, New York's largest independent exhibition enters its 6th year this fall. Once again GIAF organizers, 4heads, have sifted through a sea of creative proposals from New York and around the world, giving 100 of the best a full room each, in which to wreak havoc as they see fit. 4heads' programs are tailored to serve the under-resourced, attracting hidden culture and fostering community through collaborative expression.

ArtShare for HeartShare, Weekends in September, 11:30am to 5:30pm, Building 15
This exhibition showcases the talents and creative abilities of artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, epilepsy and neurological impairment. In addition to raising awareness of the capabilities of the people with disabilities, our artists continually progress in their art, expressing themselves in beautiful and meaningful ways.

The ArtShare for HeartShare program is available to artists in HeartShare Human Services of New York's developmental disabilities program. Participants in the program are supported in their creative endeavors by volunteer artists in residence and a dedicated committee throughout the year. The program provides professional quality arts materials and culminates in an annual exhibition at the New Century Artists gallery, in Chelsea gallery district of Manhattan. The annual exhibition will be celebrating its 5th year of exhibiting in 2013. This is the second year that ArtShare for HeartShare will be exhibiting on Governors Island.

National Park Service Programs

Hiking Through History: Governors Island's Historic District, Wednesdays and Thursdays through September 26, 10am to 11:30pm and 12:15pm to 1:45pm
Join the National Park Service for a hike through the National Historic Landmark District on Governors Island. Park rangers will guide you on a 1.5-mile, 1.5-hour tour through over 200 years of history in one of New York's most historic and beautiful places. Tours begin with the departure of 10am and 2:15pm Manhattan ferry from the Battery Maritime Building.

Get Fortified: Exploring Castle Williams and Fort Jay, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays through September 27, 12:15pm
Learn about the rich histories of Fort Jay and Castle Williams, two of the best-preserved forts of their era, on this 1.5-hour walking tour. Explore the depths of the powder magazine and the cells of Castle Williams and climb to the castle's roof and take in a grand panoramic view of New York Harbor. Tours begin with the departure of the 12:15pm Manhattan ferry.

Programs for Youth: Bring Them Back Alive! Fridays through September 27, 10am to 12pm, Soissons Landing
Discover what life was like on Governors Island and in New York City. Learn to drill like a Civil War soldier and hear stories of the women and girls of the time. Please call (646) 241 2670 or email to make a reservation. The program begins with the departure of the 10am Manhattan ferry, with return on the noon ferry.