The Governors Ball Music Festival is an exciting, three-day annual celebration that music lovers adore. This festival lineup includes a variety of music genres, including rock, electronic, hip-hop, indie, Americana, pop, and folk, meaning there is truly something for everyone at this event.
Besides an amazing and varied collection of musicians, Governors Ball also makes a point of providing guests with some amazing food and drink, as well as plenty of games and activities.
his festival keeps guests comfortable with a wonderful collection of amenities. One of the best amenities is the free water stations where you can fill water bottles and ensure you stay hydrated. Be sure to bring a water bottle to fill!
Other helpful things include a portable cellphone charger exchange program and medical tents throughout the park.
When the festival launched in 2011 it was held on Governors Island (hence the name). However, the festival was moved to Randall’s Island the next year and has remained there ever since.
Randall’s Island is a beautiful space that features a variety of fields, performance spaces, and recreational opportunities. This makes the island the ideal place for a music festival.
The festival takes place in two areas: the Harlem River Event Area (which is located by Icahn Stadium), and the Randall’s Island Golf Center Driving Range.
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Unfortunately, RVing at the festival itself is not possible. That said, surprisingly enough, there are a couple of nearby RV parks which make it possible to camp nearby. Choosing to RV during your visit to Governors Ball is a great way to save some money and will allow you to return to a comfy bed, a full kitchen, and a private bathroom each night.
Try one of these parks for RV camping in NYC:
Liberty Harbor RV Park — Technically located in New Jersey, this park is a short ferry ride away from the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple. While it is a bit pricey, the location is wonderful, and it includes water, electric, and a dump station.
Camp Gateway at Floyd Bennett Field — This park is located in Brooklyn and really isn’t much more than a parking lot, as no hookups are included. That said, it is very affordable, showers and flushing toilets are available for guest use, a bus stop is within walking distance, and the view from the lot is beautiful at night.
Don’t have an RV of your own? Renting from RVshare is always a great option!
Because this event is held in NYC, you can rest assured there are plenty of places to stay nearby. There are, of course, the RV parks and camping options mentioned above, but there are also plenty of hotels, hostels, and even homes for rent.
We recommend checking a website such as Hotels.com to find affordable rates and the amenities you want.
Another great option is to check sites such as Airbnb.com for houses, flats, and bedrooms for rent. This can be a great way to save some money, and many people find themselves more comfortable in a home than in a hotel.
There are two entrances:
By subway and bus: Start by taking the 4/5/6 trains to 125th Street. There you can transfer to the x80 Special Event Bus. The buses are frequent and will be running night and day. Roundtrip bus fare is $6.50.
By ferry: The ferry directly to the festival gates leaves from 35th Street and the FDR in Manhattan. Ferry tickets are limited and advance purchase is necessary.
By foot or bike: Walking is actually not a bad option depending on where you’re coming from. The RFK bridge begins near the 125th Street 4/5/6 subway station and takes about 20 minutes to walk. The 103rd Street footbridge takes about the same amount of time and tends to be a less crowded and more easygoing option. This footbridge can be found at the 103rd Street and FDR Drive intersection.
By car: There is no parking at the festival and cars for hire will not be allowed on the island between 9:00pm and 1:00am. On top of all that, heavy traffic is anticipated. Therefore, although you could be dropped off at the festival, taking a car isn’t recommended.
If you must take a car, it is best to be dropped off at the RFK or 103rd Street bridges and walk from there. This will save lots of time and frustration.
Tickets come in the form of a wristband, which must be worn for the duration of the festival. These ticket bands can be purchased online or at the gate, but purchasing in advance is recommended to save time and ensure you gain entry.
Once received, all bands can and should be activated online. During this activation process, visitors also have the option to link a credit or debit card to their band using Cashless. This means you can avoid carrying cash and instead pay for food, drinks, and anything else you might need at the festival using your band.
Each ticket includes admission to all three days of the festival, and single-day tickets are no longer sold. That said, not all tickets are created equal. Some include special premium seating, backstage passes, and more.
Kids five and under are free. Each person may purchase up to six tickets.
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