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Immerse yourself in poetry, performance and more this weekend!


Plan your picture perfect weekend on Governors Island. Hop the ferry to the 7th Annual NYC Poetry Festival, and discover new art exhibits and theater performances in our historic houses. And don’t miss the boat on our member drive to keep the Island open late on select Fridays this season so you can keep making those lasting summer memories!

NYC Poetry Festival, Saturday & Sunday, 11 AM-6 PM, Nolan Park

Celebrate the power of words with NYC’s dynamic poetry community! Over 250 poets curated by 75+ organizations will host readings over three stages this weekend. The festival includes a Children’s Poetry Festival, complete with writing exercises plus booksellers, craft makers and local food vendors.

A.I.R. Gallery, Weekends, 12 AM-5 PM, Nolan Park House 4A

A.I.R. Gallery’s newest exhibit,Fragmented Imaginaries, will have its opening reception the afternoon of Saturday, July 29. Current artists in residence will host open studios all weekend, with work that shares an interest in exploring the breaks within contemporary conditions and historical events.

Genesis 22, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Performance at 2 PM, Colonels Row 408A

Produced by the NYC-based theater company The Woolgatherers, Genesis 22 seeks to unlock new layers of meaning from a classic tale of humanity and faith. Is Abraham, the father who nearly sacrifices his son, Isaac, a man of faith or a brutal killer? By exploring an old story through the intersection of their artistic forms, discover a deeper understanding of this story of faith.

The Paper House, Weekends, 12 PM-5 PM, Nolan Park House 8B

If life is a series of questions, then curiosity makes the world turn. This summer, Dysfunctional Collective is inviting anyone who visits Governors Island to come help ask and answer “Who?” “What?” “Where?” “When?” “Why?” and “How?” as part of this third interactive art installation for all ages, The Paper House.

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.