Admission toLILAC is free. Because space is limited, reservations are sometimes required for special events.
LILAC is open to the public each year from May to October for exhibits, tours, and other activities.
For the 2015 season, the ship will normally be open 2:00 to 7:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays. These hours are subject to change to accommodate special events and weather. We make every attempt to post changes here and apologize for any inconvenience.
When you visit, remember that you will be entering a ship undergoing restoration. Wear comfortable shoes that you could wear to climb a ladder and watch out for low overheads and for trip hazards.
Events & Exhibits To sample past events, please see calendars for 2014 and 2013. We welcome inquiries from organizations that would like to partner with us to offer educational and cultural activities on board. May 2015 Tuesday, May 19, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM Opening celebration to launch the season and the Lilac Arts Series. Cash bar.
Memorial Day, May 25, 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM LILAC is open for ship tours and exhibit viewing. Join us for birthday cake celebrating LILAC's 82nd year.
Saturday, May 30, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM Lilac Arts Series: Artists Talk, “Steam and States of Change” Lavinia Roberts and Jenny Wong-Stanley discuss how they harness the capricious combination of heat and water to transform raw materials into art and how their work depicts states of change. June 2015 Thursday, June 4, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM Lilac Arts Series: "Lilac X The Secret Opera: An Opera Cabaret" The Secret Opera is an opera company devoted to new and innovative readings of both classic and new works. Join us for old favorites, some new works and some modern/crossover in the operatic style. The ship opens at 4:00 for ship tours and to view the exhibition.
Saturday, June 6, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Lilac Arts Series: "Ghostlight on the Hudson: A Concert with Mark Golamco" Musician Mark Golamco sings songs about castaways and lost love while self-accompanied by a ghost viola aboard the Lilac.
Sunday, June 7, 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM Lilac Arts Series: Sketch Day Join us for an afternoon of sketching the Lilac’s unique spaces and the beautiful views from the deck. All are welcome from beginner to advanced (including kids!). Please bring your favorite art materials.
Thursday, June 11, 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM Lilac Arts Series: Dan Krochmal performs Dan Krochmalcombines a soulful, old-school sound with a modern attitude.
Saturday, June 13, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Lilac Arts Series: "Lilac X The Difficult to Name Reading Series" The Difficult to Name Reading Series features the best writers in New York City at Brit Pack once a month.
In conjunction with the The Games event for Friends of Hudson River Park, kids are invited to visit LILAC for a break on deck coloring images of lighthouses and the ship.
Sunday, June 14, 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM Lilac Arts Series: Photography Day Join us for an afternoon of photographing the Lilac’s unique spaces and the beautiful views from the deck. Network with other photographers, including Nisa Ojalvo and Saul Robbins, who have works in the Lilac Arts Series exhibition. All are welcome from beginner to advanced (including kids!). All participants in our Photography Treasure Hunt get a prize!
Thursday, June 25, 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM Lilac Arts Series: Exhibition Tour
Saturday, June 27, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM Lilac Arts Series: Artists Mid-Summer Party Special rituals and artists' projects. Cash bar. Those under 21 must be accompanied by an adult guardian.
Thursday, July 16, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Lilac Arts Series: Lilac X The Path Teachers from The Path will guide visitors through four types of meditation: energizing, mindfulness, mantra and intention-setting.
Saturday, July 18, 1:00 PM to 8:00 PMEXTENDED HOURS City of Water Day at Hudson River Park's Pier 25 As part of a citywide celebration of New York's waterfronts sponsored by the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, a full afternoon of activities is planned. Learn to tie knots like a sailor with LILAC crew and participate in sailing demonstrations by Sailors NYC on board or join Hudson River Park educators for fishing lessons on the pier. Back on deck, costumed characters from the Broadway showOn the Town will pose for photos with visitors from approximately 1:00 to 3:30. Enter drawings for prizes including On the Town merchandise and tickets, a one-year membership and sailing lessons from Sailors NYC, and LILAC shirts. POSTPONED TO AUGUST 1st: 7:00 to 8:00 Lilac Arts Series offers a performance from Brendan Fernandes with Ryan Josey.
Sunday, July 19, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Lilac Arts Series: Artist Talk by Hilary Wang, "A Compendium of Reorienting" Born of two continents -- Asia and America -- Wang has always inhabited a space between places. Her talk will highlight her interest in how materials such as porcelain and glass can be utilized to help us locate ourselves.
Thursday, July 23, 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM Lilac Arts Series: Lilac X Slideluck Mix a potluck meal with a slideshow and magic happens. Doors and bar open at 6:00 with slideshow beginning at 8:30. No one under 21 may attend unless accompanied by an adult. Reservations required. SLIDELUCK BOATSHOW IS AT CAPACITY.
Saturday, July 25, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM AMAH Industries Launch AMAH Industries, a new curatorial partnership, hosts a reception with artist performances. Open to the public. Cash bar. Those under 21 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. August 2015
Saturday, August 1, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Lilac Arts Series: It's Not Purple A performance by Brendan Fernandes and Ryan Josey, originally scheduled for July 18 and postponed due to weather.
Saturday, August 8, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Lilac Arts Series: Lilac x BHQFU Bruce High Quality Foundation University is pleased to present Maritime Comedy Night. Cash bar. Those under 21 must be accompanied by an adult.
Sunday, August 9, 10:30 AM to 1:15 PM Captain Mary's Story Hour This new family activity series launches with a reading by Mary Habstritt, aka "Captain Mary" of Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey accompanied by a free ride onJohn J. Harvey, the star of the book. Participants may choose to depart on the fireboat from Pier 66 Maritime (in Hudson River Park at 26th Street) at 10:30 a.m. and share the story at Lilac after, or read the story at Lilac first and board the fireboat there for a trip out to the Harbor and back leaving at 12:00 noon and returning at 1:00 PM. The first reading of the storybook will be at 11:30 and the second is at 12:30 on the buoy deck at Lilac. Reservations are required for the boat rides since space is limited and there is a $10 refundable fee per person that is forfeit if you do not take the ride. A third fireboat ride has been added. No advance registration is needed for the reading.
Sunday, August 9, 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM Lilac X Green: Inspired Art Meet artists who use disposables to create paintings, photography, collages and sculptures. Saturday, August 15, 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM EXTENDED HOURS Great Hudson River Estuary Fish Count See what's under the water's surface with The River Project and create fishy art from 1:00 to 3:00. We'll be open as usual for visiting the exhibit and touring the ship during the afternoon. Join us for the closing reception of the Lilac Arts Series from 6:00 to 9:00 with a cash bar for those over 21.
August 20 through October 25EXTENDED DATES Spirits of the Passage: Stories of the Transatlantic Slave Trade Created by the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum, this traveling exhibit tells personal stories of those who were victimized by and benefited from the slave trade. Its visit to LILAC is funded in part by a grant from the Sandy Hook Pilots Association. October 2015
Sunday, October 4, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Captain Mary's Story Hour Will the tug who doesn't like to work be able to save an ocean liner during a fierce storm? Find out when Captain Mary reads Little Toot by Hardie Gramatky on deck (inside in case of rain). The reading will be followed by a craft project where children can make their own wooden tugboats to take home. The reading is free and open to all. Participating in the craft project is limited and costs $10 per craft kit. To pre-register and for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. We gratefully acknowledge donation of custom craft kits by The Crafty Kids.
Saturday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18, 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM openhousenewyork This weekend eventoffers special programs at unusual and historic sites throughout the city. At LILAC, The River Project will be pulling traps on Saturday until 5:00 to show visitors what swims beneath the surface of the Hudson River and discuss estuarine life. On Sunday, join us for lessons lessons in the sailor's art of knot-tying led by volunteer Barry Greene.
Sunday, October 25, 1:00 PM Captain Mary's Story Hour What is it that a lightship does? Learn more about it when the last story hour of the season moves down the pier to thelightship NANTUCKET where we'll read Brian Floca's picture book Lightship. The reading will be followed by a craft activity where each child can create a nautical picture frame to take home. The reading is free and open to all. Participating in the craft project is limited and costs $10 per craft kit. To pre-register and for more information, email email@example.com. We gratefully acknowledge donation of custom craft kits by The Crafty Kids.