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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The Randall's Island Park Alliance in partnership with City Parks Foundation has created the Jesse Owens Track and Field Program! This free weekly track & field youth program is available to youth ages 12-16 and enables participants to learn the fundamentals of the sport and stay active this fall. Activities will focus on running techniques for sprints and relays and will introduce other track and field activities like long jump, hurdles, and long-distance running. A parent orientation will be held…
Join RIPA’s expert staff for a guided walk along the beautiful pathways of Randall's Island Park to view the fall colors. Have you ever wondered why... the leaves change colors in the fall and the representation of each color? Why leaves of different species achieve different hues? We invite you to join us and explore the recently-completed woodland path, the tidal marsh, and take in breathtaking views along the waterfront! This is a free event but registration is required. Location:…
Randall’s Island Park is host to many acres of gorgeous wetland habitat, including a five-acre Little Hell Gate Salt Marsh and one of the city’s only freshwater wetlands. Participants can enjoy viewing beautiful wildflowers, birds and other native wildlife while learning about some of the fascinating history that has shaped the natural areas on the Island. Meet snowy egrets, yellow crowned night herons, red-tailed hawks, and more! Location: north end side of the boardwalk. View map. Click here to register!
Join us for unique family (to-go!) art projects inspired by the Urban Farm! Visitors can collect pre-packaged creativity kits including Urban Farm inspired activity sheets and craft supplies.
Explore the Island by bike! Join us for a fun bike tour of the park. Enjoy views of our gardens, urban farm, and wetlands! Social distancing guidelines will be implemented. All attendees MUST wear facemasks and commit to social-distancing. Please be sure to bring water! This is a free event, registration is required. All ages and abilities are welcome. We will ride roughly 4-6 miles at a conversational pace, primarily on bike and pedestrian paths. Click Here To Register!
Join RIPA and Chef LeeSandra Moore on our IGTV for a cooking demonstration at the Urban Farm! Watch as Chef LeeSandra prepares a delicious vegetarian chili (with produce from the Urban Farm) and cook alongside her during the video using the recipe below! Chef LeeSandra Moore's Honeynut Squash, Green Tomato, Kale, and Black Bean Chili Recipe ***Recipe Note from Chef LeeSandra Moore: You can substitute other root veggies in the recipe. This recipe was originally sweet potatoes and Guinness stout.…
Join RIPA for an afternoon of Halloween Fun! Come out to the Island and enjoy three spooky locations; each with its own theme, activity, tricks, and treats! Registration is required. All attendees MUST wear face masks and commit to social-distancing. Click Here To Register!
Take a walk through the rich athletic history of Randalls Island Park, including a victory lap around the iconic Icahn Stadium to celebrate the victories of Jesse Owens, Usaine Bolt and more! This is a free event but registration is required. Location: Icahn Stadium Click here to register!
Join us for a small, socially-distanced bike ride at Randall's Island Park! We'll take a short tour of the Island and explore some of the Park's unique features. We will give you an overview of the new Citi Bike locations and best ways to navigate the Park. Bring your own bike or rent a Citi Bike at one of the four locations on the Island! Registration is required. Event Location: Icahn Stadium Click Here To Register!