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 300 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 [email protected].

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103rd Street Footbridge

August 2021

Sensory Garden Tour

Join RIPA for our Sensory Garden tour and experience the five basic senses among our beautiful flowers. Which plants look soft, rough, smooth or sharp? What color do you see? Can you find a scent, or what do you hear? This tour invites participants to enjoy our gardens in ways beyond sight.  Date: August 7th, at 11am.  Location: 103rd Street Footbridge, Island side 

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September 2021

Wormy Wednesday 

September 8 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Come visit us after school to learn about vermicomposting! Check out our worm bin and take-home information on how you can make your own. We’ll have arts and craft kits for kids to take home related to worms and composting. Location: 103rd St. Footbridge

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October 2021

Fall Foliage Tour 

October 23 @ 1:00 pm

Join us for a guided walk along the beautiful waterfront pathways of Randall’s Island Park. Marvel at vibrant fall foliage and breathtaking views while learning about tree identification, how and why leaves change color, and Island history. This is a free event but registration is required.  Saturday October 23rd at 1:00 pm Meeting Location: 103rd Street Footbridge 

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History of Plants Tour 

October 24 @ 1:00 pm
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One event on October 3, 2020 at 2:00 pm

Take a guided tour with an expert horticulturist along the Water’s Edge Garden to the Woodland Garden, and enjoy the fall foliage while learning about the fascinating history of common garden plants. Date: Sunday, October 24th at 1pm Location: Meet at the 103rd Street Bridge Randall’s Island Side `

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Halloween Boo Bash

October 31 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join RIPA for an afternoon of Halloween Fun! Come in costume. Enjoy crafts, games, treats, and spooky fun before you go trick-or-treating.   Date: Sunday, October 31 from 12-3pm Location: 103rd Street Footbridge, RI side 

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