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 4:00 to 7:00 PM Thursdays and 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. At 7:00 Lilac Arts Series offers a performance from Brendan Fernandes with Ryan Josey. Enter drawings for prizes including On the Town merchandise and tickets, a one-year membership and sailing lessons from Sailors NYC, and LILAC shirts.
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 7:00 PM Lilac Arts Series: Lilac X Slideluck Mix a potluck meal with a slideshow and magic happens.
Saturday, July 25, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM Lilac Arts Series: Lilac X Clakula Performance from the artists who created the sound installation in Lilac's voice tubes.
Saturday, July 25, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM Lilac Arts Series: Lilac X AMAH Industries AMAH Industries, a curatorial partnership that brought several artists to the current exhibition, hosts a reception with artist performances.
Sunday, July 26, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM Lilac Arts Series: Artists Talk by Kara Daving and JR Narrows