Events

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 publicprograms@randallsisland.org.


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June 2018

Natural Areas Exploration Day – World Science Festival’s Great Fish Count

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

Join our experienced RIPA staff for the World Science Festival’s Great Fish Count! Educators and biologists will be on hand as participants strap on waders and go out into the Harlem River to cast nets in search of the underwater life right here in NYC. We will be learning about the diversity of life in the river and what is needed to survive and thrive in the waters that surround the Island! This is a free event for ages +6.…

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Historical Tour – Southern Island

June 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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One event on June 13, 2018 at 6:00pm

One event on August 22, 2018 at 6:00pm

One event on October 17, 2018 at 6:00pm

Randall's Island has a rich and unique history.  Learn about the influential people, bridges, and landscape changes that have shaped the Island into the beautiful Park it is today! Location: Meet at the base of the 103rd Street Footbridge

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Wildflower Meadow Tour

June 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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One event on August 15, 2018 at 6:00pm

One event on October 3, 2018 at 6:00pm

One event on May 12, 2018 at 2:00pm

One event on July 21, 2018 at 2:00pm

One event on September 22, 2018 at 2:00pm

Join an experienced RIPA horticulturist for a tour of one of the Island's stunning gardens.  Learn about the flowers, plants, wildlife and trees that can be found in the Wildflower Meadow! Location: Meet at the base of the 103rd Street Footbridge 

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Small Worlds Walk: Invertebrates

June 23 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Explore the vibrant though often overlooked world of invertebrates on Randall's Island. On this guided nature walk, you'll learn about the many butterflies, bees, snails, shellfish, and other invertebrates that use the islands shoreline, gardens, and natural areas as habitat. All ages. Location: Base of the 103rd Street Footbridge

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Water’s Edge Garden Tour

June 30 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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One event on July 18, 2018 at 2:00pm

One event on September 19, 2018 at 2:00pm

One event on April 28, 2018 at 2:00pm

One event on June 30, 2018 at 2:00pm

One event on August 4, 2018 at 2:00pm

One event on September 29, 2018 at 2:00pm

Join an experienced RIPA horticulturist for a tour of one of the Island's stunning gardens.  Learn about the flowers, wildlife, plants and trees that can be found in the Water's Edge Garden!  This is a free event. Location: Tour meets at the base of the 103rd Street Footbridge Special Note: Tours held on April 28 and June 30 will be geared towards children and include nature activities and art!   

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July 2018

Water’s Edge Garden Tour

July 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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One event on July 18, 2018 at 6:00pm

One event on September 19, 2018 at 6:00pm

One event on April 28, 2018 at 2:00pm

One event on June 30, 2018 at 2:00pm

One event on August 4, 2018 at 2:00pm

One event on September 29, 2018 at 2:00pm

Join an experienced RIPA horticulturist for a tour of one of the Island's stunning gardens.  Learn about the flowers, wildlife, plants and trees that can be found in the Water's Edge Garden!  This is a free event. Location: Tour meets at the base of the 103rd Street Footbridge Special Note: Tours held on April 28 and June 30 will be geared towards children and include nature activities and art!   

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City of Water Day

July 21 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Get out on our waterfront with the annual City of Water Day in Your Neighborhood. This free family event celebrates the incredible transformation and potential of our waterfront. Join naturalists and educators for a fun-filled day with crafts, learning, and live organisms from the waters around Randall's Island and East Harlem. Location: Base of the 103rd Street Footbridge

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Wildflower Meadow Tour

July 21 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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One event on August 15, 2018 at 2:00pm

One event on October 3, 2018 at 2:00pm

One event on May 12, 2018 at 2:00pm

One event on July 21, 2018 at 2:00pm

One event on September 22, 2018 at 2:00pm

Join an experienced RIPA horticulturist for a tour of one of the Island's stunning gardens.  Learn about the flowers, plants, wildlife and trees that can be found in the Wildflower Meadow! Location: Meet at the base of the 103rd Street Footbridge 

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August 2018

Water’s Edge Garden Tour

August 4 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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One event on July 18, 2018 at 2:00pm

One event on September 19, 2018 at 2:00pm

One event on April 28, 2018 at 2:00pm

One event on June 30, 2018 at 2:00pm

One event on August 4, 2018 at 2:00pm

One event on September 29, 2018 at 2:00pm

Join an experienced RIPA horticulturist for a tour of one of the Island's stunning gardens.  Learn about the flowers, wildlife, plants and trees that can be found in the Water's Edge Garden!  This is a free event. Location: Tour meets at the base of the 103rd Street Footbridge Special Note: Tours held on April 28 and June 30 will be geared towards children and include nature activities and art!   

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Great Hudson River Fish Count

August 11 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join Naturalists along our waterfront as we strap on waders and pull nets to look for fish and other creatures that call the waters around Randall's Island home. Participants over 13 years old will be allowed to join us in pulling the net, and everyone will get a chance to observe and learn about these fantastic creatures. Location: North of the 103rd Street Footbridge

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Wildflower Meadow Tour

August 15 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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One event on August 15, 2018 at 6:00pm

One event on October 3, 2018 at 6:00pm

One event on May 12, 2018 at 2:00pm

One event on July 21, 2018 at 2:00pm

One event on September 22, 2018 at 2:00pm

Join an experienced RIPA horticulturist for a tour of one of the Island's stunning gardens.  Learn about the flowers, plants, wildlife and trees that can be found in the Wildflower Meadow! Location: Meet at the base of the 103rd Street Footbridge 

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Historical Tour – Southern Island

August 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on June 13, 2018 at 6:00pm

One event on August 22, 2018 at 6:00pm

One event on October 17, 2018 at 6:00pm

Randall's Island has a rich and unique history.  Learn about the influential people, bridges, and landscape changes that have shaped the Island into the beautiful Park it is today! Location: Meet at the base of the 103rd Street Footbridge

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September 2018

Water’s Edge Garden Tour

September 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on July 18, 2018 at 6:00pm

One event on September 19, 2018 at 6:00pm

One event on April 28, 2018 at 2:00pm

One event on June 30, 2018 at 2:00pm

One event on August 4, 2018 at 2:00pm

One event on September 29, 2018 at 2:00pm

Join an experienced RIPA horticulturist for a tour of one of the Island's stunning gardens.  Learn about the flowers, wildlife, plants and trees that can be found in the Water's Edge Garden!  This is a free event. Location: Tour meets at the base of the 103rd Street Footbridge Special Note: Tours held on April 28 and June 30 will be geared towards children and include nature activities and art!   

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Wildflower Meadow Tour

September 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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One event on August 15, 2018 at 2:00pm

One event on October 3, 2018 at 2:00pm

One event on May 12, 2018 at 2:00pm

One event on July 21, 2018 at 2:00pm

One event on September 22, 2018 at 2:00pm

Join an experienced RIPA horticulturist for a tour of one of the Island's stunning gardens.  Learn about the flowers, plants, wildlife and trees that can be found in the Wildflower Meadow! Location: Meet at the base of the 103rd Street Footbridge 

Find out more »

Water’s Edge Garden Tour

September 29 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on July 18, 2018 at 2:00pm

One event on September 19, 2018 at 2:00pm

One event on April 28, 2018 at 2:00pm

One event on June 30, 2018 at 2:00pm

One event on August 4, 2018 at 2:00pm

One event on September 29, 2018 at 2:00pm

Join an experienced RIPA horticulturist for a tour of one of the Island's stunning gardens.  Learn about the flowers, wildlife, plants and trees that can be found in the Water's Edge Garden!  This is a free event. Location: Tour meets at the base of the 103rd Street Footbridge Special Note: Tours held on April 28 and June 30 will be geared towards children and include nature activities and art!   

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October 2018

Wildflower Meadow Tour

October 3 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on August 15, 2018 at 6:00pm

One event on October 3, 2018 at 6:00pm

One event on May 12, 2018 at 2:00pm

One event on July 21, 2018 at 2:00pm

One event on September 22, 2018 at 2:00pm

Join an experienced RIPA horticulturist for a tour of one of the Island's stunning gardens.  Learn about the flowers, plants, wildlife and trees that can be found in the Wildflower Meadow! Location: Meet at the base of the 103rd Street Footbridge 

Find out more »

Historical Tour – Southern Island

October 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on June 13, 2018 at 6:00pm

One event on August 22, 2018 at 6:00pm

One event on October 17, 2018 at 6:00pm

Randall's Island has a rich and unique history.  Learn about the influential people, bridges, and landscape changes that have shaped the Island into the beautiful Park it is today! Location: Meet at the base of the 103rd Street Footbridge

Find out more »
November 2018

Foliage Tour

November 3 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00pm on Saturday, repeating until November 17, 2018

Learn more about the colorful changes happening on the Island in the fall on this guided foliage tour! Location: Meet at the base of the 103rd Street Footbridge

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Foliage Tour

November 10 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00pm on Saturday, repeating until November 17, 2018

Learn more about the colorful changes happening on the Island in the fall on this guided foliage tour! Location: Meet at the base of the 103rd Street Footbridge

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Foliage Tour

November 17 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 2:00pm on Saturday, repeating until November 17, 2018

Learn more about the colorful changes happening on the Island in the fall on this guided foliage tour! Location: Meet at the base of the 103rd Street Footbridge

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