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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May 2017

Cherry Blossom Festival

May 6 @ 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. Activities: 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) Food Vendors: BentOn R.Cano Catering

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Birding Bonanza

May 20 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Randall’s Island is home to more than 152 species of birds, inhabiting the Park’s nearly 20 acres of wetlands and natural areas. Join us for a day of free, family-friendly bird watching! This is a free event. • Explore 20 acres of natural habitat • Guided walks with expert guides from RIPA and NYC Audubon • Crafts and games to learn more about birds • Refreshments • Suitable for ages 7+ (with an adult) • Binoculars and bird guides provided!

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June 2017

The Great Randall’s Island Treasure Hunt

June 10 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join us as we unlock Island secrets at The Great Randall’s Island Treasure Hunt! This event, offered in partnership with Hudson Valley Orienteering, includes two orienteering courses - one for adults and one for children. Learn how to use a map and compass (provided) while exploring the Park; arts and crafts as well as light refreshments provided. Treasure for all who participate!

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September 2017

Get Hooked

September 23 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

At Get Hooked, children have the opportunity to learn about the wildlife living in the waters surrounding Randall’s Island. Activities include: fishing (catch and release), games, arts and crafts and more. Come out to the Park to learn, explore and fish! All equipment is provided. Suitable for ages 7+ and up.

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October 2017

Harvest Festival

October 15 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Each fall RIPA’s annual Harvest Festival celebrates the bounty of the earth and the completion of another fruitful season at the Urban Farm. Enjoy live music, face painting, self-guided tours of the Urban Farm and more fun fall activities!

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