Governors Island announces its event calendar for 2013 season

Parties, public art and more are on offer—along with previews of new spaces on the island.

Time Out, Photograph: Donald Yip

Just one more sign that summer in New York is nearly here: Governors Island announced its 2013 event lineup today, and from the looks of it, this season is going to be a doozy. The popular attraction—one of our favorites—opens to the public on May 25, and will be open every Saturday and Sunday through September 29. Here's a look at some of the events we're excited about:

• The annual FIGMENT festival will return to the island on June 8, as will its mini-golf course; this year's theme for the putt-putt range is "State of the Art."

• Other returning events include the Jazz Age Lawn Party (June 15, 16; Aug 17, 18), the Volkswagen Traffic Jam (Aug 25), music performances presented by Rite of Summer (July 13, Aug 10, Sept 1) and the NYC Unicycle Festival (Aug 31, Sept 1).

• Visitors can get a sneak peek at the construction happening on Governors Island's southern end (which remains closed this season) in a couple of ways: A special platform will be set up at Liggett arch, giving spectators a view of what's being built on the island (new parks, Hammock Grove and more). The Trust for Governors Island will also lead special hard-hat tours of the construction area; dates and times are TBD, and will be posted on the Governors Island website once available.

• Though few details are available, the Trust announced that a "French festival of vintage carnival rides and carousels" will debut in Nolan Park sometime in July. Intriguing!

You can find a full calendar with more details on the Governors Island website, and be sure to check back often—some events will be updated as summer goes on.