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Warm up this weekend with a visit to Governors Island


It’s heating back up this weekend and there’s lots to do on Governors Island. Did you know this year marks the World War I centennial? Commemorate with Camp Doughboy all weekend long! Take a look below for more events and exhibitions coming up.

New York Harbor Regatta Bash, Friday, September 15, 5-9 PM, Island Oyster
Come to the New York Harbor Regatta Bash and support the New York Harbor School and Billion Oyster Project tomorrow evening! A day spent sailing on the water of the iconic harbor and waterways, followed by a festive bash on historic Governors Island, is now an NYC tradition—for sailing enthusiasts and the community alike—to close the summer sailing season and to open the fall school year. Tickets available here.

WWI History Weekend, Saturday & Sunday, 10 AM-5 PM, Governors Island National Monument
Come see dozens of reenactors in vintage uniforms, both men and women, and learn the history of the Great War at this free two day event commemorating the WWI centennial. There will be vintage Army vehicles, ambulances, equipment displays, a tent encampment, author talks, and demonstrations. All ages welcome! Full schedule here.

13th Annual Vendy Awards, Saturday & Sunday, 12:30-5 PM, Colonels Row
The Vendy Awards are the first street food event and competition series in the USA. It’s an intense cook-off between the most popular sidewalk chefs in New York City and a fundraiser to support The Street Vendor Project. Tickets available here.

We are All Tourists, Saturday at 11:30 AM, 12 PM, 2:30 PM & 3 PM, meet at Colonels Row House 410A
Trusty Sidekick Theater Company presents an outdoor promenade theatrical tour experience for young people ages 8+ and their families. Alpha and Scout are searching for their friend and colleague, Lou. Could she be stuck in an alternate reality? Explore the breathtaking views and solve the clues to reunite these reality hoppers. Hailed by The New York Times for “blur[ring] the boundaries between the imagined and the real”! Tickets available here.

Victory Cup Polo Match, Saturday, September 23, 11 AM-7 PM, Play Lawn
The Victory Cup next weekend is not your average polo match! The event will also include dozens of local chefs, restaurants, farms and local vineyards, distilleries and breweries from New York City and beyond providing tastings at the event. Guests will enjoy taking in the majesty of the horses and the thrill of heart pounding polo! Tickets available here.

The Friends of Governors Island 2017 Gala, Tuesday, September 26, 6:30-9:00 PM
Hosted on Governors Island, this year’s gala honors six women who led the development of the Island’s new 40-acre park: Patti Harris, Ronay Menschel, Leslie Koch, Wendy Schmidt, Ellen Cavanagh and Betty Chen. Learn more and get tickets to this celebratory event.

Art Installations On View Now

The 4heads’ 10th anniversary Governors Island Art Fair continues their tradition of providing a platform for young, emerging, and underrepresented artists with over 100 artists featured in this month-long event. Works range from painting, photography, sculpture, video to immersive installations!
On view: Saturdays & Sundays, 12-5 PM through October 1 in Colonels Row and Liggett Hall

Explore Rock, Mosquito and Hummingbird: A Prehistory of Governors Island, a winding sculptural installation inside the magazine of historic Fort Jay. This 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 in Fort Jay

*Special artist-led members tour of Rock, Mosquito and Hummingbird: Sunday, September 17 at 11:30AM*
Members are invited to join us for an artist-led tour of the exhibit. On this exclusive tour, award winning artist David Brooks will lead you through one of the excavation sites as well as the exhibit, and discuss his interest in the geologic history that shaped Governors Island as we know it today. Learn more and RSVP.
Not a member? Join today!

The Dysfunctional Collective brings you The Benefits of Contemplating Death, a multi-platform art piece focusing on embracing death to live a more fulfilling life. Come see photographs embodying the loss of identity and universal interconnectedness experienced around death, an underworld photobooth, and an interactive art piece designed to give people a safe space to share their experiences around death and grief.
On view: Saturdays & Sundays, 12-5 PM through October 1 in Nolan Park House 8B