Summer Season 2009 Island-Wide Programming

Governors Island will be open for special programming every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May 30th through October 11th. On Friday, the Island is open from 10 AM to 5 PM; on Saturdays and Sundays, the Island is open from 10 AM to 7 PM.

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A list of some Governors Island activities and events are as follows. Please check back often as events are continually being added.

Unless otherwise stated, please visit or call 212-440-2200 for more information.

Signature exhibits open on Governors Island

Creative Time presents Plot 09: This World and Nearer Ones

Creative Time commissions projects by over 20 major international artists, which will be installed across Governors Island this summer. Free and open to the public on June 27. For more information, visit

City of Dreams – Interactive Sculpture Garden, June 12 - October 11

In the City of Dreams, come explore 17 fantastical pieces of all shapes, sizes and materials. In the spirit of FIGMENT, these works are participatory and interactive, inviting you to think, act, and respond.

May 30th to October 4th: The Sculptors Guild presents “Formative Lines: Working in Drawing and Sculpture”

An exhibition featuring drawings and sculptures from 25 members of the SCULPTORS GUILD, juried by curators Rachel Liebowitz and Joanna Kleinberg of the Drawing Center. To learn more, please visit

Every weekend: Painting Governors Island

In historic "Building 408," eight painters exhibit their watercolors and oil paintings made on- site, on Governors Island.

The 4 Heads present the second annual “Art Fair” on Governors Island

Every weekend in September: “Governors Island Art Fair” by 4 Heads

More than 100 incredible Artists in historic Building 12. Opening September 5. For more information visit

A list of activities and events is as follows. Please check back for additional programs that may be added.

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday,11:25 AM, 1:25 PM, 3:25 PM

Take a walking tour with a National Park Ranger or Volunteer and explore the history of Governors Island.

Tours will meet at the top of the hill at Soisson's Dock. For more information, please visit or call 212-825-3045.

Every weekend: Children's Museum of the Arts (CMA) Free Arts Island Outpost. Experience free arts programs on Governors Island, presented by CMA. Programs run from 11 AM to 3 PM May 30 to October 4.

CMA is bringing its Summer Art Colony to Governors Island this summer. The Summer Art Colony was voted Best Day Camp in NYC by Nickelodeon & GoCityKids.Kids ages 7 to 14 can choose from a broad range of one and two-week long day camps on Governors Island, a short 8 minute ferry ride away. Check out for details.


September 10-13, Thursday – Sunday and September 20 – 23 Thursday – Sunday New Island Festival, all day. The best of what outdoor theatre festivals in the Netherlands has to offer! Governors Island will be the stage for site specific performances and art.

For more information on the festival, please visit:

New Island Festival

Pioneers of Change


"Mannahatta - A Look at the Natural History of New York City, 1609"

2:30 PM to 3:30 PM at Pershing by Dr. Eric Sanderson

Join Dr. Sanderson and the National Park Service to celebrate the 400th Anniversary of Hudson`s exploration of New York Harbor by finding out what the Harbor looked like in 1609.

For more information, please call 212-825-3045

New York City National Parks Week Sept. 20 - 27

Special programming will be offered throughout the week throughout the five National Parks of New York Harbor to celebrate Servicewide Volunteer Day and the 6-part PBS series about the National Park Service (to première on September 27).

For more information about National Parks Week activities at Governors Island National Monument, please call 212-825-3045.

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CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities Summer Lecture Series

September 5, Saturday, at 12:30 p.m. in Pershing Hall

Prof. Bill Solecki, Hunter College

“Putting Sustainability Into Practice”

Explore personal experiences with integrating sustainability into our everyday lives in an open, interactive audience format.

For additional information, please visit our partner's web site - Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation (GIPEC).

Last updated: March 31, 2012

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