Summer is back, and so too are the scores of New York City events, festivals, and concerts. Thus, right on cue, the folks over at Governors Island have just released their 2012 NYC summer event lineup.
The Family Festival- Saturday, May 26, 12 PM – 4 PM
Arts and crafts, storytelling, as well as musical and theatrical performances and harbor education activities for kids. Sponsored by the Governors Island Alliance.
5 Boro PicNYC- Saturday and Sunday May 26-27th,11:30pm -4:30 pm
A two day celebration of craft beer, gourmet eats, and live tunes. Over 20 food stations, with chefs from all five boroughs, including a grilled cheese cook off
Governor Island, in their 2012 New York Summer event line up, will also be hosting a number of limited multiple events beginning this month.
Cooper-Hewitt Graphic Design—Now in Production, May 26-September 3
The exhibition explores some of the most vibrant graphic design work produced since 2000, including posters, books, magazines, identity and branding, information graphics, typography and typefaces, and film and television title graphics. The exhibition is in Building 110.
Better Than Jam: handmade gifts shop: May 26-September 3
Better Than Jam is bringing Governors Island the creations of New York City’s most talented artists and crafters. Popping up in the Governors Galleries, the shop is filled with the work of local designers, artists, and crafts people. Better Than Jam’s gift shop allows visitors to take home a tangible memento from their visit—a souvenir that was designed and crafted with the island in mind. With the help of the Etsy New York Team, the shop will also host demonstrations and workshops on Saturdays 12-4.
19th Century Baseball Game- Saturday, May 26, 12 pm – 4 pm
The Gotham BBC of New York inaugurates its home field at the parade ground Memorial Day weekend against, long-time rival, the Resolute BBC of Elizabeth in a 19th century style game. G. (Also played on June 2, June 16, July 14, July 28 and August 25)
AMELIA is an epic Civil War tale of one woman’s search for her husband across the battlefields of America. The story culminates at the gates of the notorious Andersonville prison camp. Performances will be at Fort Jay on Governors Island, home to a former Civil War prison camp. For reservations and more information, see .
Expressing her excitement for 2012 summer programming, Leslie Koch, president of The Trust for Governors Island believes that “the 2012 season promises to provide visitors with car-free biking, extraordinary public art, fun runs and much more.”
Patti Reilly, superintendent of the Governors Island National Monument, echoed this sentiment: “We look forward to visitors coming to the Island, participating in Ranger-led programs and learning about the important role the Island played in the history of New York City.”
Starting May 26th, Governors Island will be accessible to the public on both Saturdays and Sundays, as well as on Mondays during a holiday weekend, until September 30th.
The island, however, will not be open to the public on Fridays due to construction on a new park and public spaces which are slated to open in the fall 2013.
A free ferry service runs from both Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn for all Governor’s island visitors. Ferries leave every 30 minutes for the island from Manhattan at the Battery Maritime Building. Visitors are also invited to bring along their own personal bicycles and ride around.
*(except the first weekend which is just Sat and Sun)