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 programs, many of which – like our annual Cherry Blossom and Harvest Festivals – feature arts and cultural themes. 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. Learn more by visiting our events page!
RIPA’s annual “FLOW” summer art exhibitions are located each year along the Park’s southern shoreline. The works are aimed at fostering appreciation of the shoreline through artistic expression, while calling visitors to interact with and care for the Park’s island environment. Each year, FLOW features site specific projects by participants in the Bronx Museum’s Artists in the Marketplace (AIM) program for emerging artists.
Additionally, FLOW Art Tours feature a guided tour of each art piece as well as the opportunity to meet the artists and discuss their works. Check our event calendar for upcoming tour dates.