Free stuff at Governors Island this summer

Governors Island Music FestivalIf you’ve ever looked out at Governors Island from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade or the southern tip of Manhattan and thought, “I wish I could go over there and walk around,” this summer you’ll have lots of free chances.

I recommend going with low expectations, though. The island has lots of grass and trees (and not many people) but the buildings, including the old fort and prison, aren’t as exciting as they sound. But then again, I didn’t take a tour, so it’s possible they’d be more interesting with a guide explaining things. A few photos are here.

The Governors Island website has information about free public access to the island on Fridays and Saturdays through September 2.

The website also lists the upcoming events. I’ve pasted a few potential highlights after the jump (including a day featuring slip-n-slide races, which sounds way more fun than wandering around some old fort).

Saturday, June 24
Army Heritage Day: Featuring the 319th Army Band from Fort Totten

Saturday, July 15
The Singer & Songwriter Music Festival: An all-day event showcasing local performers under the tree balcony of Colonels’ Row – from pop and rock to bluegrass and country.

Saturday, August 5
The Love Everybody Movement invades Governors Island! The LEM, known for its ingenious, one-time-only performances, which combine physical challenges, theatrical stunts and hilarious performances, will host an afternoon of backyard summer games and team competitions–right in Manhattan’s own backyard. Expect anything from yard darts to mascot duels, from disco dance-offs to slip-n-slide races. Whatever the game, there’s sure to be lots of high jinks, “cut throat” competition and, of course, outrageous costumes. Participation encouraged! Attendance mandatory! Must be seen to be believed!

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