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Summer Solstice, Kayaking, Meditation, Music, and More: What’s New on GI This Weekend


Experience Governors Island like never before! This weekend Governors Island features several special events in addition to its usual activities. Take advantage of the extended Island hours as we celebrate the Summer Solstice on Friday, June 23rd. Over the weekend, focus your mind and body with Meditation Summer. Be prepared to get wet as we introduce the Island’s newest activity for the season - kayaking! Commemorate classical contemporary music with the Rite of Summer Music Festival.

Special Events

Pinknic, Saturday-Sunday, June 24-June 25, 12 pm-9 pm, Play Lawn.

Following the runaway success of Pinknic’s 2016 debut, New York City’s largest rosé picnic and music festival returns to Governors Island this June for a two-day summer fête. 2017’s Pinknic is going to be full to the brim with delectable food, lively entertainment, and, of course, everyone’s favorite pink drink. Saturday and Sunday, over 12,000 guests all dressed in pink and white, will be invited to take a seat on one of the thousands of rosé-colored, designer-made picnic blankets. From noon till sunset, Governors Island will be transformed into a sea of pink, the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan skyline offering the perfect backdrop for this much-anticipated affair.

Celebrate the Summer Solstice on Governors Island, Friday, June 23, 5:30 pm-10 pm, Liggett Terrace, The Hills, and Picnic point, Free.

In celebration of the Summer Solstice Governors Island will remain open until 10 PM on Friday, June 23! Gaze out from atop the Hills as you watch the breathtaking sunset on one of the longest nights of the year. Walk down to Liggett Terrace for food and cocktails as you experience the island after hours.

Rite of Summer Music Festival, DATE CHANGE - NOW on Sunday, June 25, 1 pm-3 pm, Nolan Park, Free.

Entering its 7th season on Governors Island, Rite of Summer is a classical contemporary music festival featuring the country’s finest artists. Pianists Blair McMillen, Pam Goldberg, Anthony De Mare and Phyllis Chen perform John Cage’s masterpiece “Sonata & Interludes” with new “Interludes” written by composers Justin Hines, Daniel Felsenfeld, Angelica Negron, and Eleonor Sandresky.


Kayaking, Saturday-Sunday, June 24-June 25. Open to the Public 11 am-4 pm, Pier 101.

Escape the heat and be prepared to get wet! Located on Pier 101, The Downtown Boathouse provides sit-on-top kayaks along with instruction and necessary equipment. As you glide through the water, witness the progress made by activists in their continued effort to restore the harbor.


Meditation Summer, Friday-Sunday, June 23-25. Open to the Public 12 pm-6 pm, Colonels Row 407A.

Calm your mind and find tranquility. Meditation Summer presents six weekends of different meditation sessions led by experts, teachers, and Zen masters. The program also features two exhibits. Meditation and the Brain provides insight into the complexities of the human brain. The F Word: Stories of Forgiveness, only on view this weekend, utilizes meditation to enlighten guests on how to live a meaningful life.

River to River Festival, Friday-Sunday, June 23-25. Open to the Public 12 pm-6 pm, LMCC Arts Center Building 110.

Catch the final weekend of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s River to River Festival, including Open Studios and a gallery reception for A Supple Perimeter by Kameelah Janan Rasheed on Saturday. For the first and only time, witness 7 distinct dance performances meld together in Jennifer Lacey and Wally Cardona’s play The Set Up throughout the weekend.