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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Governors Island

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Before you head back to school or into a busy fall, soak up these last days of summer by escaping to Governors Island! While the Island is open through September 25, we hope you’ll join us now to toast the changing seasons with free kayaking, music, oyster shucking, and much more.

Oyster Shuck Off

Saturday 8/27 12pm-4pmCome enjoy the last rays of summer with an oyster on the half shell and some sweet tunes! Rumor has it, shucking your own oyster tastes even better! Come learn how to shuck like a pro, put your skills to the test in a Shuck Off, and restore the health of our Harbor! MORE INFO.

Rite of Summer
Music Festival

Saturday 8/27 2pm @ The Hills
Led by percussionist and Music Director Amy Garapic, more than 70 percussionists will come together to perform John Luther Adams’s “Inuksuit,” an epic outdoor piece that has helped to redefine what live musical experience can be in the 21st-century. MORE INFO

Creative Queer
Jewish Picnic

Sunday 8/28 from 11am - 3pm
A celebration of the LGBTQIA community through dance, art, spoken word, and other forms of creative expression. Eat, drink and enjoy entertainment spread across the green grounds of Art Kibbutz summer studios at Nolan Park 6B. READ MORE.

Free Kayaking Returns

Wednesday 8/31 11:30am - 4pm
Kayaking is back on Governors Island! Join the Friends of Governors Island for a ribbon cutting at the new kayak dock with Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. Then enjoy an afternoon of free kayaking courtesy of the Downtown Boathouse. The free kayak program will continue on Saturdays through mid-September. MORE INFO & RSVP

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