Governors Island opens for the 2015 season this weekend with a FREE all-day family festival on Sunday, May 24th. The 11th Annual Family Festival on Governors Island kicks off another exciting summer of programming including puppet-making with Lisa Abbatomarco, hand-made Trout Crowns and Sharks Galore with NY Aquarium, story-making with Story Pirates, the Central Park Zoo Wildlife Theater’s Butterfly Boogie, Arm of the Sea’s Hook, Line, and Sinker, compost learning and animal care with Earth Matter, flower planting with the Trust for Governors Island, live music, ice cream, face painting and more.
Performances and activities are FREE, and the family festival is noon to 4pm.
Environment, conservation, and sustainability are central to the Island’s identity, and once again The Family Festival explores the intersection of these important themes, along with art making, another major focus of the Governors Island community.
This year, the festival is in Nolan Park in the Island’s historic district. It is a bucolic setting with open grassy areas and surrounded by charming 19th century cottages – former officers’ homes now used by educational and arts organizations that are part of the OpenHouseGI residency program.
Governor Island Family Festival full schedule of events and activities.
- From Manhattan — take the free ferry from the Battery Maritime Building at 10 South Street, near the Staten Island Ferry Terminal. The first ferry leaves at 10AM. Starting at 11AM the ferry runs every 30 minutes.
- From Brooklyn — take the free ferry from Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Starting at 11AM ferries run continuously, approximately every 20 minutes.
- From Governors Island — The last ferries leave Governors Island at 7PM, returning both to Lower Manhattan and to Brooklyn.