THE ARTS

Randall’s Island Park has a rich history of hosting cultural events. Since 1938, when Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and Count Basie entertained thousands at Downing Stadium, the Island has been home to large festivals and concerts. Artist such as Jimi Hendrix, U2 and Dave Mathews have performed at Randall’s Island and today the Park continues to be the designated festival grounds for New York City, with events such as Governor’s Ball, the Frieze Art Fair and Cirque du Soleil calling it home. Each year over 100,000 people visit Randall’s Island for open-air arts and entertainment.

Every weekend in season, RIPA provides free drop-in art programs. The FLOW c(ART) and Art on the Farm will make its debut this year and offer Park visitors the opportunity to create nature-inspired art projects each week. Our Signature Events – The Great Randall’s Island Treasure Hunt and our annual Cherry Blossom and Harvest Festivals – feature arts and cultural themes and hands-on creative activities. Learn more by visiting our events page!

FLOW c(ART): The Randall’s Island Art Cart

Pop-up art activities for all ages are offered from April to October by way of our mobile art cart. The Randall’s Island FLOW c(ART) is full of art supplies to get your creative juices flowing! RIPA staff will offer instruction in different park-inspired art projects each week. The FLOW c(Art) is a continuation of RIPA’s past annual FLOW summer art exhibitions, which featured site specific projects by participants in the Bronx Museum’s Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) program for emerging artists from 2011-2017.

Visit our event page, our Facebook page or our Twitter feed for exact times and locations, or just keep your eyes peeled on the Island for our roaming art vehicle!

Art on the Farm

Join us at the Randall’s Island Urban Farm for unique family art projects! Use the farm as inspiration for creating seasonal projects like nature printing, watercolor painting, nature journaling, and more.

Saturdays, May 5 – October 13

2 – 4 pm at the Urban Farm