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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Cherry Blossom Festival

May 6, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Each spring RIPA’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival ushers in the warmer months, and gives visitors the opportunity to appreciate the Park’s spring beauty with live music, performances, games, exhibitions and more, inspired by Japanese culture.


  • Face painting
  • Kite flying
  • Peekaboo photo sculptures by Rica Takashima
  • Crafts, games and more

Live Performances:

  • J.D. Patch Band (12pm – 4pm)
  • Taiko Aiko Kai Drumming (12:30pm & 2:30pm)
  • Junko Fisher Okinawan Dance Company (1:30pm)
  • Taisan Tanaka Calligraphy (2:30pm)

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**Despite the rain today we will still have the Cherry Blossom Festival tomorrow. We recommend wearing weather appropriate shoes.  Please check our social media for updates.  We hope to see you at the Park!


May 6, 2017
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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