Staycation on Governors Island This Labor Day Weekend

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Sticking in town this Labor Day Weekend? Make the most of your staycation with an escape to Governors Island! Pack a picnic and head for the Hills (don’t miss the after hours views this Friday), explore the work of over 100 artists at the 4heads’ 10th Annual Governors Island Art Fair and more. And don’t let the end of summer blues get you down - we’re open until October 31 this year!

GovIsland After Hours, Friday, September 1 & 8, 6-10 PM, Islandwide
There are only two chances left to experience late nights on Governors Island this season! Join us tomorrow evening until 10 PM to enjoy cocktails, food and the most spectacular spot to view the city skylines. The HoloCenter will also be open with a reception for their newest exhibit, IRIDESCENCE, from 6-9 PM. Ferries run from Manhattan at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 PM.

4heads Governors Island Art Fair, Weekends in September, 10 AM-6 PM, Colonels Row
4heads celebrates its 10th anniversary on the Island, continuing its tradition of providing a platform for emerging artists. From painting, photography, and sculpture to video and immersive installations works from 100 artists will enliven Colonels Row and, for the first time, Liggett Hall.

NYC Unicycle Festival, Saturday & Sunday, 12-5 PM, Colonels Row
The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus brings the 8th Annual NYC Unicycle Festival to Governors Island! Activities include races, competitions, exhibitions, and a variety of unicycle sports. World-famous riders display their skills, and members of the public have the opportunity to try one-wheel riding in the learn-to-ride area.

The Plantation, Fridays-Sundays, 1:30 PM, Commanding Officer’s House, Nolan Park
Brave New World Repertory Theatre presents The Plantation: a bold new adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, set in 1870 Virginia after emancipation, but before the onset of Jim Crow. Chekhov’s Russian serfs become American freed men and women in this immersive and emotionally charged production. Performances every weekend throughout September at 1:30 PM. Tickets available here.

IRIDESCENCE, Weekends, 12 PM-5 PM, Nolan Park House 8B
The Holocenter presents six artists selected through an international competition, their works on display sculpting with light explore how memory, motion and images entwine. Special opening reception this Friday September 1 from 6-9 PM (during our After Hours!), and artist talks and tours September 2, 2-4 PM. On view throughout September & October.

Artist Talk at A.I.R. Gallery; TAKE BACK YOUR BODY, Monday, September 4, 3 PM, Nolan Park House 4A
As part of the A.I.R.’s exhibition, Who Cares?, artist and fashion researcher Daria Dorosh - her 1990s work in public art on view - will discuss how and why her interest has migrated from public spaces to the body as the site for art. Who Cares? is free and open to the public weekends until September 29.

More Art on GI!
Explore Rock, Mosquito and Hummingbird: A Prehistory of Governors Island, a winding sculptural installation inside the magazine of historic Fort Jay. This new work by award winning artist David Brooks digs down to the core of Governors Island, exposing the strata of history of this floating rock in NY Harbor. On view daily from 10 AM-4:30 PM through October 31, 2017.