Like poetry? This weekend on Saturday July 26, 2014 there will be two days full of poetry at The Poetry Festival on New York City's Governor's Island. It will be a nice change from usually seeing only a few poets reading in a coffee shop or bar as the festival is held outside with three stages. An added bonus is that it is a free event.
This is the Poetry Festival's fourth year, but it has already gained a following in the arts community of New York City in its short existence. Taking up the three stages will be over two hundred poets from all five boroughs of New York City from more than fifty poetry groups. There will also be vendors selling food, literary works, and other souvenirs. Also taking part in the festival will be the third annual Children's Poetry Festival so young budding poets can show off their work and hear others. The Ring of Daisies Open Mic will take place for new or unaffiliated poets to show their work. There will also be a beer tent from Brooklyn Brewery. The festival is organized by The Poetry Society of New York with the goal of uniting poets and poetry enthusiasts. As one can see from the calendar of events, it is definitely serving its purpose.
On both days, the festival will take place between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Governor's Island is accessible by ferry from Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 6 or from Lower Manhattan. There is normally a two dollar fare on the ferry, but on weekends, the 10 a.m. ferry is free from Manhattan. The fare and the ferry schedule can be found here.