New York City Poetry Festival

Sat Jul 24, 2021
11:00am to 6:00pm ET
6 and up
Governors Island

Once again, on the last weekend in July, the New York City Poetry Festival unites the vast and diverse New York City poetry community on the idyllic summer paradise that is Governors Island.

The festival invites poetry organizations and collectives of all shapes and sizes to bring their unique formats, aesthetics, and personalities to the festival grounds, which are ringed with a collection of beautiful Victorian houses and tucked beneath the wide, green canopies of dozens of century old trees.

Best for kids and families:

  • Island-wide scavenger hunt
  • Read, write, and find poetry (at your own pace) throughout the island

Participants can also sign up to read their original writing at staged readings taking place at 4pm both Saturday and Sunday.

** Activity dates/times are subject to change. Please click through to the activity website to verify.
** Please keep your family and others safe by wearing masks and social distancing. If an activity appears too crowded, try using the "nearby" search feature on our activity calendar to find something else to do.
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