Festivals

Participant holds an Atlantic Horseshoe Crab at our annual Horseshoe Crab Festival at Jamaica Bay. Photo: Camilla Cerea
NYC Audubon educates and connects New Yorkers of all ages with nature in the city through fun and informative festivals, providing participants with valuable opportunities to learn about wild birds and their habitats. We hold multiple festivals throughout the year at Jamaica Bay and Governors Island that feature engaging programs and activities fun for the whole family. All festivals are free and open to the public. 

Upcoming Programs


Common Terns and American Oystercatchers gather in Jamaica Bay. Photo: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/don.riepe.14" target="_blank">Don Riepe</a>
Common Terns and American Oystercatchers gather in Jamaica Bay. Photo: Don Riepe
5th Annual Jamaica Bay Festival
Saturday, July 16, 8:30am-3:30pm
With Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, American Littoral Society, and other partners

Spearheaded by the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, the Jamaica Bay Festival celebrates those who share a vision to champion the spirit of the Jamaica Bay community, the unparalleled opportunities, and the natural beauty of this urban tidal estuary. During the Festival, nature and water enthusiasts can paddle in the Kayak Parade, tour restoration sites, see wildlife, learn to fish and go biking or sailing while enjoying the beauty of Jamaica Bay and the surrounding community. Learn more.
Marbled Godwits sometimes stop by Jamaica Bay. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/144871758@N05/" target="_blank">Ryan F. Mandelbaum</a>
Marbled Godwits sometimes stop by Jamaica Bay. Photo: Ryan F. Mandelbaum
17th Annual Shorebird Festival at Jamaica Bay
Saturday, August 13, 9am-1pm
With American Littoral Society, Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, and Gateway National Recreation Area

Save the date: August is the perfect time to explore the diversity of New York City’s shorebirds. Meet at 9am at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center for a hike to the East Pond with shorebird experts. Registration link to come soon!