Randall’s Island Park has a rich history of hosting cultural events and continues to do so today. Throughout the year, RIPA provides numerous free drop-in programs such as walking tours, movie nights, waterfront activities and our annual Cherry Blossom and Harvest Festivals. In addition, large special events, produced by independent organizations other than the City and RIPA, offer visitors a great variety of exciting options – continuing the Island’s strong tradition as a central entertainment venue for New York City.

RIPA hosts over 300 free public events each year. These family-friendly drop-in events play an integral role in helping Park visitors explore the Island’s varied points of interest. For additional information contact our Public Programs team at [email protected].

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Randall’s Island Literary Club – Vesper Flights Discussion Series

January 28 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join the Randall’s Island Literary Club as we read Helen Macdonald’s Vesper Flights (Grove Press, New York, 2020). In addition to a group discussion, the event will also feature speaking guests who will explore how Macdonald’s reflections on nature connect with the birds and wildlife found on Randall’s Island. The discussions will be facilitated by Elizabeth Howard, Writer in Residence. Week 2: Elizabeth Howard in conversation with Andrew Farnsworth, Senior Research Associate, with an expertise in bird migration and radar ornithology…

World Wetlands Day – Randall’s Island Park Cleanup!

February 2 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join RIPA for our first volunteer event of the season! This World Wetlands Day, volunteers will work together with staff to remove marine debris and care for our salt marsh along with other natural areas, as apart of our continued effort to maintain a healthy environment for our wildlife! This is a free event, but registration is required. Click here to register!

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