About Randall’s Island Park
Randall’s Island Park is one of New York’s City’s most unique and multi-faceted public parks. Located in the middle of the City, the park comprises most of an island in the East River that is situated between Manhattan, The Bronx, and Queens. Featuring a wide array of fields and spaces, Randall’s Island is home to a world class Tennis Center, a full service Golf Center, an IAAF-certified track and field facility (Icahn Stadium), over 60 playing fields, miles of waterfront bike and pedestrian pathways, and a newly renovated Event Lawn where concerts and festivals are held. The Randall’s Island Park Alliance (RIPA), which oversees and governs the island, is celebrating 25 amazing years of progress in transforming Randall’s Island Park into an innovative and exciting destination for sports, recreation, environmental exploration and cultural events. Thanks to their tremendous vision and tireless work since 1992, RIPA has revived the park to what it is today.
The Randall’s Island Park Alliance, Inc. (RIPA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works with the City of New York and local communities to provide an innovative and exciting destination through a wide range of sports venues, cultural events and environmental exploration. As the dedicated steward of Randall’s Island Park, the Alliance sustains, maintains, develops and programs the Park to support the wellbeing of all New Yorkers.
Getting to the Park
Ferry and Shuttle Program
Ferries will depart approximately every 25 minutes starting at 11:30am from the East 35th St Ferry Landing at E 35th St & FDR Drive. Inbound ferries stop at 9pm; outbound ferries will run until all festival-goers have left the island.
Shuttles will depart Union Ave & Meeker Ave in Williamsburg, Brooklyn from 11:00am to 6:00pm. Returning shuttles to Brooklyn will begin at 8:00pm and run continuously until everyone is off the island.
Subway / Bus
Take the 4, 5, or 6 Train to the 125th Street Station. From there you have the option to walk over the RFK Bridge by walking East down 125th Street OR you can take the X80 Express Bus departing from 125th St & Lexington Ave. The X80 will drop you off right at the festival entrance. The X80 fare is $6.50 Round-trip and is collected when leaving Manhattan. Your monthly Metrocard will not work with the X80 so please bring a cash-loaded Metrocard with you!
Walking / Biking
You can cross both the RFK Bridge Manhattan span (15 minutes), the E. 103rd St footbridge (25 minutes), the Randall’s Island Connector bridge (Bronx – 15 minutes), or the RFK Bridge Queens span (30 minutes) by foot and bicycle. There will be bike racks on premises for you to lock your bike up.
Hoboken, Manhattan, and Downtown Brooklyn Shuttles
Shuttles leave from Hoboken, Downtown Brooklyn (Barclays Center), and The New Yorker A Wyndham Hotel in Manhattan, and get you right to the gate.
Shuttle seats start at $15.00. Get your tickets before they fill up!
Please note that there will be no parking available on Randall’s Island – Sorry! Guests are encouraged to take mass transit or make drop-off arrangements. If using GPS, plug in “Icahn Stadium” as your location. Follow the signs for drop-off. Detailed directions below.
Take East 125th Street or FDR Drive exit 18 to Robert F. Kennedy Bridge. E-Z Pass users stay left for Randall’s Island Park exit. Drivers paying cash at toll stay right and take ramp to Randall’s Island Park about a half-mile past toll plaza on right hand side. Follow on-site signage to designated Drop Off area.
From Long Island
Take Grand Central Parkway to Robert F. Kennedy Bridge. Stay right for Randall’s Island exit, immediately after toll plaza. Follow on-site signage to designated Drop Off area.
From The Bronx
Take Major Deegan Expressway or Bruckner Expressway to Robert F. Kennedy Bridge and continue toward Queens. After Queens toll plaza, stay right for Randall’s Island exit. Follow on-site signage to designated Drop Off area.
From Brooklyn and Queens
Take Brooklyn-Queens Expressway East to Robert F. Kennedy Bridge. Stay right for Randall’s Island Park exit, immediately after toll plaza. Follow on-site signage to designated Drop Off area.
From New Jersey
Take I-80 East or New Jersey Turnpike to George Washington Bridge upper or lower level. Get onto Cross Bronx Expressway to Harlem River Drive. Keep left onto Harlem River Drive and then stay straight to FDR Drive South to Robert F. Kennedy Bridge. E-Z Pass users stay left for Randall’s Island Park exit. Drivers paying cash at toll stay right and take ramp to Randall’s Island Park about a half-mile past toll plaza on right hand side. Follow on-site signage to designated Drop Off area.
When you’re ready to head out, Uber can help you get anywhere you want to go. Just follow signs to the Uber Zone, located in the Sunken Meadow Loop (by the McEnroe Tennis Academy), for an easy exit. Note that all festival pickups on Randall’s Island will be subject to a $55 minimum price and only UberX will be available as a ride option for pickups.