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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Governora Island

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This Weekend: Enjoy The Jazz Age Lawn Party, Shared Streets and More!

August is heating up, and there’s no better way to spend these dog days of summer than visiting Governors Island. Take a trip back in time this weekend by exploring Civil War history at the Governors Island National Monument, or don your best 1920s flapper dress and seersucker for the beloved Jazz Age Lawn Party. As always, there are plenty of picnics to be had and sights to see. Join us!

Jazz Age Lawn Party

Saturday 8/13 and Sunday 8/14
11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

The 11th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party, one of summers most memorable events, is back! Join Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra as Colonel’s Row is transformed into a romantic and playful setting with music and fashion from the 1920’s and 30’s, sophisticated bites, and vintage-inspired cocktails. Read more and buy tickets.

Civil War Weekend

Saturday 8/13 - Sunday 8/14

Cannons! Muskets! Living history programs! Music! Baseball! Join the Governors Island National Monument on 8/13 & 8/14 for the Annual Civil War Weekend, and learn about an important page of Governors Island’s history. See a full schedule here.

Escaping Time Exhibit
Ongoing until September 25th

Experience a different view of a life behind bars. Escaping Time features over 200 pieces of art created within prison walls nationwide.  Inmates improvise with materials such as bed sheets, coffee and toothpaste, seeking to escape the time and walls they are confined to. The exhibit is located in House #6A in Nolan Park. More info.

Did you know there's a farm on Governors Island?

GrowNYC and Earth Matter run farming and composting operations on the Island. Together they teach how to grow and eat healthy food in an urban environment, and how to reduce waste by returning organic matter to the landscape. Each weekend the urban farm offers a host of activities, including time to meet the Island’s resident goats and chickens! Click here to find out more.

Shared Streets

Saturday 8/13 from 11:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m.
Calling all cycling and walking enthusiasts -NYCDOT’s #SharedStreets Lower Manhattan is this Saturday! From 11AM-4PM, pedestrians, cyclists, and motor vehicles will share the historic streets of Lower Manhattan, right in the “backyard” of the Manhattan Ferry to Governors Island. Check out the map and related activities, and be sure to extend your ride by exploring Governors Island’s miles of car-free biking!

Check out many more upcoming events and exhibitions at

2016 Ferry Schedule
Don't miss the boat! Check the Brooklyn and Manhattan ferry times.
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