Beat the Heat and Mark Your Calendars for October

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Summer is heating up on Governors Island and we’re keeping the spirit of the season alive even longer this year! We’ve just announced for the first time that we will be open for the month of October, expanding our season to a full 6 months. Read the full announcement here. Before you plan your Island tricks and treats in the fall, check out what’s happening this weekend.


Come Out & Play, Saturday, July 22, 11 AM-5 PM, Nolan Park

Come Out & Play Family Day offers games designed specifically for families and children of all ages. Games connect together with the theme of Time Travel! Play one or two games, or try all of them for an epic adventure. Come to the festival tent HQ In Nolan Park to sign up.


South ‘N The City Picnic, Saturday, July 22, 11 AM-5 PM, Colonels Row

Southern music and culture has slowly but steadily made its way up North, disrupting the status quo, and heavily influencing the social scene! Dress to impress and head to New York City’s favorite Island for a day of southern inspired music, food and fashion. Get tickets here.


New York City Police Museum, Everyday, 10 AM-5 PM, Pershing Hall

Incorporated in 1998, the New York City Police Museum is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the NYPD and the men and women who serve as the City’s finest. Several exhibits that illustrate how the NYPD has evolved over time to meet the changing needs of the City will be on view.


NPS Artillery Demonstration, Saturday, July 22, 12-4 PM, Fort Jay

Start off your afternoon with a bang! Watch Park Rangers fire real 1860s-era cannons and demonstrate a variety of muskets soldiers would have used in that period.


Governors Island Beer Co. Is Now Open in Liggett Terrace!

Visit the newest addition to the Island’s expanding roster of dining options, brought to you by the folks behind the East Village’s Alphabet City Beer Co. and Edi and the Wolf. As you cool off in the shade, enjoy Austrian fare and a New York style craft beer – including one specially brewed for the Island!


You Can Make GovIsland After Hours Happen!

Want to catch the best sunset views in the city this summer? The Friends of Governors Island has launched a membership drive to keep the Island to open until 10 PM on Fridays in August. If 200 new members join by 8/9, we can stay open late on 8/11, 8/18, 8/25 and 9/1. Members also get special perks on the Island and are entered to win VIP tickets to the Jazz Age Lawn Party! Join Now.