Kids Expected to Go Out of Their Gourds on Governors Island
A treasured local rite of autumn returns to Governors Island this weekend and next (Saturday and Sunday; October 21, 22 and 27, 28), when Pumpkin Point, the free annual picking patch and fall festival returns to historic Nolan Park. More than 10,000 pumpkins will be given away (free with a suggested donation), while kid-friendly activities and a rotating schedule of special events will keep the entire family amused. Admission and participation in all events is free, with the exception of food sold by vendors.
Pumpkin picking runs from 10am through 5pm on each of the four days, but visitors are advised to arrive early, because of the large volume of guests expected. There will be Nick or Treat photo ops and giveaways from Tony’s Chocolonely and the Brooklyn Book Bodega, as well as mini-pumpkin painting, dance classes, trick or treating, and a costume contest. WonderSpark Puppets, Bubbledad, and Brooklyn Magic Shop are among the groups presenting free performances.
Also on Governors Island over the next two weekends, FAD Market will hold its final fall pop-up of the season on October 21 and 22, with 40-plus makers, designers, artists, and small businesses offering their goods, and NYCRUNS will hold its annual Haunted Island 5K and 10K race on October 28. There’s a New York Climate Exchange tour on October 21, a pollinator walk hosted by the Bee Conservancy on October 28, the closing celebration of the Moving Chains exhibition on October 29, and more.