Visit Little Island at Pier 54

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If you are looking for something fun and family friendly to do this Memorial Day Weekend, be sure to check out Little Island at Pier 54. The island features kid and family activities, snacks and bites, an outdoor amphitheater and a beautiful exploration between nature and art! Keep reading to find out more.

Little Island’s History

Pier 54, which sustained great damage from Hurricane Sandy was in need of repairs. Barry Diller of the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation worked closely with the Hudson River Park Trust to bring to life the vision of Little Island. This island is rich in history, as the Hudson River Park was used by the Lenape tribe to fish, hunt and trade along the Hudson River!

Spend The Day Exploring

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Starting mid June, there will be free activities and programs for children! To view the calendar of planned free events for your kids, please click here. Please note that you will have to purchase tickets on their website and reserve time slots ahead of your visit.

After you have spent your morning, day or afternoon at Little Island, you can walk across the street to The Whitney Museum! This area is full of such culture and beautiful nature views that you will really feel like you are on a mini stay-cation in NYC!

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Scheduled Events

Monday evenings at 11am there will be performances that you won’t want to miss! See the following topics on these dates:

  • June 21: Sustainable Meat & Seafood, with Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Company and The Meat Hook
  • June 28: The Future of Farming, with Bowery Farms, and Brooklyn Public Library
  • July 19: The Tale of Chef Kale
  • July 26: Food Incubator Pathways to Success, with The Entrepreneur Space and Bronx CookSpace
  • September 20: Sameena Mitta Moves
  • September 27: Bringing Justice Back to Work, with Rise & Root Farm

The other scheduled events according to are:


Broadway Our Way LIVE: On an Island in the River – On sale June 1

Saturday, June 19 at 8:00 pm (ASL accessible performance)
Sunday, June 20 at 8:00 pm

Tina and Friends: BYOB (Bring Your Own Beautiful)

Saturday, June 26 at 8:00 pm


An Evening with American Ballet Theatre – On sale June 1 

Saturday, July 3 at 5:00 pm (Audio descriptions provided)
Saturday, July 3 at 8:00 pm

Little Orchestra Society’s Things That Go Bang – On sale June 1

Saturday, July 10 at 2:00 pm
Saturday, July 10 at 4:00 pm
Sunday, July 11 at 2:00 pm
Sunday, July 11 at 4:00 pm

Island Music Weekend – On sale June 1

Saturday, July 17 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, July 18 at 8:00 pm

Little Island Storytelling Festival – On sale June 22

Wednesday, July 21 at 8:00 pm
Thursday, July 22 at 8:00 pm (ASL accessible performance)
Friday, July 23 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, July 24 at 8:00 pm (ASL accessible performance)
Sunday, July 25 at 8:00 pm


Little Island’s August Festival

August 11 – September 5, 2021

Full schedule of events and ticket reservations go live on July 13.


Little Island Dance Festival – On sale June 22

Wednesday, September 15 at 8:00 pm
Thursday, September 16 at 8:00 pm (Audio descriptions provided)
Friday, September 17 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, September 18 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, September 19 at 8:00 pm

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