Events

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 100 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 publicprograms@randallsisland.org.


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Wildflower Walk and Plant Pressing Demo

June 22 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Tour our beautiful wildflower meadow overlooking the water and learn how to make a simple plant press to preserve flowers and leaves. Learn how to mount specimens into artistic designs. Location: 103rd Street Footbridge

Fragrant Garden Walk and Lavender Workshop

June 29 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Tour the Water’s Edge Garden and learn fun facts about the variety of fragrant and medicinal plants. After the tour, make a lavender sachet with lavender from the garden and create a simple lotion with essential oil. Location: 103rd Street Footbridge

Advanced Fishing Clinic

July 13 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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One event on September 28, 2019 at 9:00 am

Join Randall’s Island Park Alliance at our first-ever Advanced Fishing Clinics. These clinics are designed for anglers who already have a basic knowledge and understanding of fishing techniques and set-ups but would like to learn more “advanced” skills (e.g., tying knots, making rigs, understanding fish behavior). Join your fellow anglers, event leaders, and an ichthyologist (fish expert) for a fun and informative evening to help you be more effective when fishing out on the water. Pre-registration required, as space is…

Floral Walk and Flower Crowns

August 3 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Tour the Water’s Edge Garden and learn about the beautiful and diverse plants on the Island. After the tour, learn to make a simple flower crown. Location: 103rd Street Footbridge

Great Hudson River Fish Count

August 10 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join naturalists along our waterfront as we strap on waders and pull nets to look for fish and other creatures that call the waters around Randall’s Island home. Participants over 13 years old will be allowed to join us in pulling the net, and everyone will get a chance to observe and learn about these fantastic creatures. Location: Harlem River shoreline, north of 103rd Street Footbridge

Monarch Celebration

September 14 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us during what should be the height of monarch butterfly migration in our area. We’ll explore our gardens and natural areas in search of these charismatic creatures as we learn about their incredible migration down to Mexico. We’ll have lots of information on these creatures as well as crafts and ways you can help conserve them. Location: 103rd Street Footbridge

Wondrous Water

September 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

On World Water Monitoring Day, we’ll address the importance of protecting our local water bodies and showcase how RIPA staff track the water’s health! Come with us to tour our Freshwater Wetland and Little Hell Gate Salt Marsh and learn about the plants, creatures, and human-made infrastructure that can improve the health of our local water ways. You’ll also learn how our staff do water quality monitoring each week! Location: South end of Icahn Stadium

International Coastal Clean Up Day

September 21 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Help us celebrate National Estuaries Week by joining us for the International Coastal Clean Up. Last year, nearly 800,000 people from over 100 countries around the world helped to clean up their shorelines and record their findings. Everything we gather on Randall’s Island will contribute to a better understanding of what types of trash end up in our oceans and remove them from our waterways. Help us keep our waters clean for wildlife, ourselves, and the next generation! Location: TBD

Advanced Fishing Clinic

September 28 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on July 13, 2019 at 9:00 am

One event on September 28, 2019 at 9:00 am

Join Randall’s Island Park Alliance at our first-ever Advanced Fishing Clinics. These clinics are designed for anglers who already have a basic knowledge and understanding of fishing techniques and set-ups but would like to learn more “advanced” skills (e.g., tying knots, making rigs, understanding fish behavior). Join your fellow anglers, event leaders, and an ichthyologist (fish expert) for a fun and informative evening to help you be more effective when fishing out on the water. Pre-registration required, as space is…

Meadow Walk: Sensational Seeds

October 5 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Tour the Hell Gate Wildflower Meadow and learn about the beautiful native fall blooms and their diverse seeds and seed pods, from milkweed to coneflower. Location: 103rd Street Footbridge

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