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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Celebrate the 51st anniversary of Earth day with Randall's Island Horticulture and Natural Areas teams. Get hands-on with our woodland restoration project. Mulching the woodland path will provide valuable habitat for wildlife and expand park visitors' experience. After mulching, our horticulturist leads a garden tour. Work with our Natural Area’s team to help restore native plants and public access to our Little Hell Gate Salt Marsh. Salt marshes are some of the most productive habitats in the world and…
Join the Randall’s Island Literary Club as we read Aimee Nezhukumatathil’s "World of Wonders" (Milkweed Press, 2020). In addition to a group conversation, the event will also feature speaking guests who will explore how Nezhukumatathil’s reflections relate to Randall’s Island Park. The discussions will be facilitated by Elizabeth Howard, Writer in Residence. This is a free event, but registration is required. Click here to register! The online group will meet for 3 sessions from 6:30pm-7:30pm (EST): Thursday March 25, Thursday April…
The Jesse Owens Track and Field Program in partnership with City Parks Foundation enables kids to learn the fundamentals of the sport and stay active. This free weekly track & field youth program is available to youth ages 10-16 and is held Saturdays from 10am - 12pm. The program enables kids to learn the fundamentals of the sport and stay active this spring. Activities will focus on running techniques for sprints and relays and will introduce other track and field activities like long jump, hurdles, and javelin. Beginners welcome!…
Spring is here, and so is our Cherry Blossom Celebration week! Celebrate the beginning of spring with RIPA and join us from 4/26 - 5/2, for festive seasonal activities that you can experience virtually, at the Park, or both! Virtual Activities, available all week long: Virtual Cherry Blossom Tours Virtual Dance performances Virtual Crafts & Activities Virtual Cherry Blossom Guide Live Photos & Videos from the Island Activities at the Park, available May 1st & 2nd: A selfie station at…
Join the Horticulture team in keeping the Island beautiful. Opportunities to help with the day-to-day operations can include: Weeding, planting, trail maintenance, propagating plants and similar garden tasks! Volunteers of all backgrounds and experience are welcome to join us. Staff will provide volunteers with task overview and tools. Advance registration required through Eventbrite.
Stretch, breathe, and find your inner peace at our free evening outdoor yoga classes. Bring your own mat and water. Location: Meet outside by the Large Elm Tree on the Northside of the stadium. Tuesdays April 27th-September 14th from 6:30-7:30pm
Join us to learn about the incredible diversity of plants and wildlife that can be found on and around Randall’s Island (April 30th-May 3rd). Use iNaturalist to document and identify plants and animals. All of the observations will go towards the City Nature Challenge, a global competition to find out which city in the world can do the most to observe nature. Come out and explore Randall's Island while making New York City number one for nature! April 30th-May 3rd
Join us as we celebrate Arbor Day by planting native trees in our woodland garden. Trees are essential to a healthy environment and they contribute greatly to our everyday lives. After the tree planting, our horticulture team will lead a garden tour where you can learn about our native woodland restoration project. Advance registration required through Eventbrite. April 30th 10am-12:30pm