Saturday, July 14, 2018  |  10 AM - 4 PM

All day festival celebrating Jamaica Bay in Brooklyn and Queens
Main Event Area:
Beach 108th Street and Beach Channel Drive, Rockaway Park
Free public activities taking place across Jamaica

#CityofWaterDay #JamaicaBayFestival
Come and Experience the Bay!



As part of City of Water Day, come celebrate the inaugural Jamaica Bay Festival - a fun family event taking place throughout Jamaica Bay along the shoreline in Brooklyn and Queens. Enjoy kayaking, surf casting, hiking, bird watching, art, nature and more. Jamaica Bay offers something for everyone!

This event is sponsored by the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy and the American Littoral Society Northeast Chapter in partnership with a number of local organizations and governmental agencies. The Jamaica Bay Festival is supported by the Waterfront Alliance, the New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary Program and the Hudson River Foundation

What is City of Water Day?

City of Water Day, sponsored by the Waterfront Alliance, is a free family festival offering access to some of our region’s 700+ miles of waterfront. 



The Main Festival Area is located at Beach 108th Street and Beach Channel Drive at the Rockaway Ferry Landing, Rockaway, Queens. Visitors are welcome to visit the main area from 10 AM to 4 PM to obtain more information about the festival, participate in activities and learn more about Jamaica Bay from non-profit and governmental agencies.  You can also experience Jamaica Bay at various public programs and activities taking place on July 14. Please view the map below for more information.

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The Jamaica Bay Festival is made possible through partnership with government agencies, non-profit organizations and businesses throughout Jamaica Bay in both Brooklyn and Queens. The Festival is also generously supported by the Waterfront Alliance, New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary Program and the Hudson River Foundation. 

free public activites

Use the interactive map below to learn more about what will take place on July 14th throughout Jamaica Bay. To download a printable flyer and map of the festival program and schedule, click here

Programming, Schedules and Weather

Please check this website on the day of the Festival for program, schedule and weather updates. You can also get live updates on Saturday, July 14 via our Twitter feed at @JBRPC (

Guided Tours

Two guided tours will take place on Saturday, July 14:

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NYC Ferry has generously sponsored shuttle service to and from both locations on July 14. To register, please click the links above. The shuttles will be staged at Beach 108th Street Rockaway Ferry Landing at Beach Channel Drive and will leave 15 minutes prior to each tour. Look for the red shuttle or ask one of the organizers under the blue tents about shuttle service.

Jamaica Bay Resources

We hope the Jamaica Bay Festival won't be the last time you visit the bay. Here are some resources to help you plan your next trip: