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Cruise into May: Events Near NYC Ferry Landings

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May 2, 2024 Danielle Vito

Set sail on an adventure with NYC Ferry and explore these exciting events happening throughout May. Uncover a mix of community gatherings easily accessible from NYC Ferry landings. We can’t wait to welcome you aboard!

Cook Street Commons
Enjoy a DJ and live entertainment as you taste food samples and learn about local small businesses.
Date: 5/4, 12-5pm
Route: East River
Landing: South Williamsburg

Rockaway Film Festival: Empire Strikes Back Screening
Date: 5/4
Route: Rockaway
Landing: Rockaway

Rockaway Film Festival is a moving-image celebration that brings affordable, inclusive, and enriching cinema and cultural programs to the Rockaway peninsula. Check out the screening of Empire Strikes Back. May the 4th be with you!

New York Harbor Oyster Classic 5K
Date: 5/5 | 9-11am
Route: South Brooklyn
Landing: Governor’s Island
Don’t miss the 6th Annual New York Harbor Oyster Classic 5K! This race around Governors Island supports the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School and its programs aimed at restoring the waters of New York Harbor. Join in to aid the training of future pilots, divers, engineers, marine technicians, climate change specialists, and marine biologists.

AAPI Heritage Celebration
Date: 5/10, 12-2pm
Route: All
Landing: Wall St / Pier 11
Honor Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with two performances on North Oculus Plaza by ARKAI and Taiko Drum Performances.

Friends of Firefighters Annual Chili Cook-off
Date: 5/17, 6-9pm
Route: South Brooklyn
Landing: Red Hook
Get ready for the annual chili cook-off on Friday, May 17th at Luana’s Tavern. Entry is $10, offering unlimited chili, raffles, live music, and more! FDNY members interested in representing their firehouse can sign up for the competition.

Graham Avenue Fiesta
Date: 5/18, 10am-6pm
Route: East River
Landing: South Williamsburg
Save the date for the 19th Annual Graham Avenue Fiesta 2024, a full-day street festival on Avenue of Puerto Rico. Enjoy local food, music, and community activities, including performances by School of Rock – Williamsburg and Academia de Mariachi Nuevo Amanecer. Join us in celebrating our community’s renewal and growth as we come together for a day of fun and connection.

Bronx Week: Parade + Festival
Date: 5/19, 10am
Route: Soundview
Landing: Soundview
Come out and enjoy a free parade and festival along Mosholu Parkway in the Bronx. This is one you won’t want to miss!

Brooklyn Grange Family Farm Day + Plant Sale
Date: 5/19, 10am
Route: Astoria
Landing: Brooklyn Navy Yard
Join City Growers for their annual PLANT SALE kick-off, welcoming visitors to the farm for the 2024 season. Explore a variety of starts for city gardens and indoor oasis dreams with free entry for all. Enjoy family-friendly activities during Family Farm Day, including free guided farm tours at 11:00 AM and 12:30 PM.

Asian Heritage Month Celebration and Night Market
Date: 5/23, 4pm
Route: South Brooklyn / Rockaway
Landing: Brooklyn Army Terminal / Sunset Park
The inaugural Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Asian Heritage Month Celebration and Night Market – Spring Festival promises artisan crafts, cultural performances, and over 60 food vendors, attracting 2,000-3,000 guests to Industry City in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. This landmark event offers a prime opportunity for brand visibility, connecting with the community and beyond.

Community Resource Fair
5/21 | 9AM-2PM
Route: East River/Astoria/Soundview
Landing: E34
A community resource fair for parents, family members, people with developmental disabilities, and professionals.

Ice Cream Social
Date: 5/6 | 7PM-9PM
Route: Rockaway
Come have a froyo, icecream or non-dairy ice cream!

Free Books at Brooklyn Book Bodega
Date: 5/4 | 11AM-2PM
Route: Astoria
Landing: Brooklyn Navy Yard
Be part of the Brooklyn Book Bodega’s mission to increase the number of 100+ book homes for kids!

SUBMERGE Marine Science Festival
Date: 5/18 | 11AM-3PM
Route: St. George
Landing: Midtown West
This interactive science festival invites the public to explore water topics through awesome experiments, kid-approved entertainment and much more!


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Family Bike Ride
Date: 5/18 | 11:30AM
Route: South Brooklyn
Landing: Bay Ridge
Join in on a free, family-friendly, 2.5-mile bike & scooter ride along the Brooklyn Greenway from Owl’s Head Park to the Verrazzano Bridge!

Brooklyn Bird Club
Date: 5/25 | 10AM-11:30PM
Route: Astoria
Landing: Brooklyn Navy Yard
Join Brooklyn Bird Club and BGI gardeners for a walk covering birds & insects at the native meadow at the Naval Cemetery Landscape.

Nature Walk
Date: 5/11 5PM-6PM
Route: East River
Landing: Hunters Point South
This Spring, the Hunters Point Parks Conservancy is partnering with Gabriel Willow, a freelance environmental educator to host three nature tours in Hunter’s Point South Park.

Asian Comedy Fest
Date: May 7 , 14 , 15
Route: Soundview
Landing: Stuyvesant Cove
Get your laugh on with Asian comedians including Asian AF, Asianology, Banana Ketchup, Boba Gays and many more!


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LIC Springs
Date: 5/18 12 pm – 5 pm
Route: Astoria / East River
Landing: LIC / Hunters Point South
Check out this community street festival celebrating Long Island City with live music, dance and performances, plus interactive lessons, art, fitness classes, outdoor dining, pop-up activities, games and more. The event is free and open to the public. 

Made in NYC Week 2024
Date: 5/10 – 5/18
Route: Various
Landing: Various
From May 10–18, Made in NYC members will have the opportunity to be featured in limited Made in NYC Collections at over a dozen select boutiques around the city and to vend at three of the city’s best pop-up markets. Made in NYC members may also volunteer to assist with promotion and event coordination, or to provide sponsorship for a portion of the programs. More details about each of these opportunities can be on the website.

Date: 5/31 l 3:30 PM – 7 :30 PM
Route: South Brooklyn / East River
Landing: DUMBO
Join in on this annual tradition where thousands of toy elephants parachute down from the skies of Dumbo onto cobblestoned Washington Street.


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