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

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April 2018

Cherry Blossom Festival

April 21 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Celebrate the spring season and Japanese culture at our free festival on Randall's Island! • Paper flower making • Face painting • Kite flying • Yoyo balloon fishing • Origami with Taro’s Origami Studio • Try on a kimono with New York de Volunteer • Crafts, games, and more! Performances J.D. Patch Band (12pm-4pm) Taiko Aiko Kai Drumming (12:30pm & 2:30pm) Taisan Tanaka Calligraphy (2:30pm) Location: Fields 62/63 next to the Urban Farm

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May 2018

Birding Bonanza

May 12 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Randall’s Island Park is home to over 180 species of birds. Join us for a day of free, family-friendly bird watching! Learn about the amazing adaptations of birds as they thrive in the Island’s restored habitats. • Explore 20 acres of natural habitat • Guided walks with experts from RIPA and NYC Audubon • Live birds and information on bird rehabilitation from the Wild Bird Fund • Binoculars and bird guides provided • Crafts, games, and refreshments • Suitable for…

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September 2018

Get Hooked!

September 29 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Get up close and personal with the fish and wildlife that live along our shoreline. Try your hand at fishing while learning about amazing underwater habitats at this free event. • Catch-and-release fishing (equipment provided) • Instruction for all skill levels • Games exploring underwater life • Crafts that celebrate fish • Live nautical-themed music by Funkinships • Refreshments • Fun for the whole family (suitable for ages 5+) Location: Southern Shore, just south of the 103rd Street Footbridge

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October 2018

Harvest Festival

October 14 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join the Randall’s Island Park Alliance for a free, family-friendly celebration of fall. • Live musical performances • Pumpkin decorating • Face painting • Kite flying (bring your own or make on-site) • Meet the chickens • Crafts, games, and more! Location: Urban Farm & Fields 62/63

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