Events

Throughout the year, RIPA hosts over 200 free public events including tours, movie nights, waterfront activities, our annual Earth Day and Harvest Festivals and more. These family-friendly drop-in events play an integral role in helping Park visitors explore the Island’s varied points of interest. We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals to engage fully.

For inquiries about accessibility, to request an accommodation or for event information please email [email protected].


Water’s Edge Garden Tour

103rd Street Footbridge

Join an experienced RIPA horticulturist for a tour of one of the Island's stunning gardens.  Learn about the flowers, wildlife, plants and trees that can be found in the Water's Edge Garden!  This is a free event. Location: Tour meets at the base of the 103rd Street Footbridge  

Water’s Edge Garden Tour

103rd Street Footbridge

Join an experienced RIPA horticulturist for a tour of one of the Island's stunning gardens.  Learn about the flowers, wildlife, plants and trees that can be found in the Water's Edge Garden!  This is a free event. Location: Tour meets at the base of the 103rd Street Footbridge    

Unexpected History of Common Plants Tour

103rd Street Footbridge

Take a guided tour* with an expert horticulturist along the Water’s Edge Garden to the Woodland Garden and learn the fascinating history of common garden plants. DIY crafts will be provided at the end of the tour! *Registration is required to attend this event. Social distancing guidelines will apply. Location: Base of the 103rd Street … Continued

Hell Gate Wildflower Meadow Tour

Urban Farm

Let's bring awareness of the importance of pollinators to the community. Randall's Island Hell Gate Wildflower Meadow has been designed and managed to protect its incredible diversity of native plants and the wildlife they support. Our meadow is just about ready for peak bloom and they’re already taking visitors. A lot of pollinating insects have … Continued

History of Plants Tour 

103rd Street Footbridge

Take a guided tour with an expert horticulturist along the Water’s Edge Garden to the Woodland Garden, and enjoy the fall foliage while learning about the fascinating history of common garden plants. Date: Sunday, October 24th at 1pm Location: Meet at the 103rd Street Bridge Randall’s Island Side `

Wings, Wands, Fairies, and Dragons

The White Garden

Join us at our White Garden to discover all things fairy: wands, wings, and little fairy houses. Walk along our forest path to look for signs of fairies, protectors of our woods and streams! Create your own fairy crafts. Location: White Garden

City of Forest Day Event – Fall Foliage Walking Tour

Water's Edge Garden by the Woodland

Randall's Island Park is home to over 5,000 trees, all of which provide essential environmental functions and services benefiting New Yorkers! Join The Randall's Island Park Alliance in celebrating City of Forest Day as we explore scenic tree-lined paths, learn about the gifts of these multifaceted plants, and re-center ourselves in the tranquil atmosphere of the … Continued

Cherry Blossom Tour with the Horticulture Team @ Earth Day Festival

Scylla Playground

Join us for a guided tour to celebrate spring, the Earth, and all things in bloom! An expert horticulturist will lead a guided tour of what’s blossoming around the Urban Farm and in the Cottage Garden across the street, featuring interesting fun facts, and more. The Randall's Island Park Alliance maintains a variety of planted … Continued

520 Shoreline Tour

103rd Street Footbridge

Join the Randall's Island Park Alliance and NYC Department of Planning for an informative and interactive tour along part of the island's 4.5 miles of coastline. The tour will explore the potential of a brand-new shoreline project to improve coastal resiliency, public access, and recreation along the Harlem River and finish in the beautifully restored … Continued

Wildflower Meadow Tour @ Pollinator Palooza

Hell Gate Meadow

Randall's Island's Hell Gate Wildflower Meadow has been designed and managed to protect its incredible diversity of native plants and the wildlife they support. Our meadow is just about ready for peak bloom, and many pollinating insects have found their way to us. Location: meet by the sprinkler in front of the Urban Farm For … Continued