City of Water Day
Free activities all day celebrating our harbor with the Waterfront Alliance
City of Water Day—now in its eleventh year—is a free annual festival organized by the Waterfront Alliance to get people to, on, and in New York Harbor and its surrounding waterways.
This year’s main festival will take place in the Seaport District, at Piers 16 and 17, in Lower Manhattan. Activities will also take place at the nearby Brooklyn Bridge Beach—specially open for City of Water Day. Attendees will experience the region’s largest harbor festival right where the great city we know today got its start! Look for the ship masts and nautical flags, and imagine the days of sailmakers and stevedores, when South Street was known as the Street of Ships. Today, our historic seaport is ready to welcome and connect New Yorkers and visitors alike to the waterfront and all it has to offer. This free waterfront festival will appeal to both kids and kids at heart with a full day of activities, including a cardboard kayak race, boat tours, Disney children’s activities, waterfront activity fair, and lots of food vendors around the Seaport.
Free, narrated PortNYC boat tours sponsored by NYCEDC take place along the South Street Seaport Museum Street of Ships; several boat tours will depart from additional locations. Hosted by local vessel operators, the PortNYC boat tours honor New York City’s maritime heritage and the historic “Street of Ships”—two miles of East River waterfront once lined with sailing and cargo ships—and remind festival-goers of the vital maritime services that continue to enrich our lives today.
Reserve your seat on a tour here!