The New York City Poetry Festival will be held on Governor’s Island this weekend, July 28 to July 29. It starts on 11 AM both days, then ends 7 PM on Saturday and 5 PM on Sunday. It’s free and open to the public so anyone can come and join the fun.

There will be around 250 poets coming to read at the event, so literature fans won’t want to miss this.

Some of the attending poets include Nico Tortorella, Terrance Hayes, Danielle Pafunda, and Ladan Osman.

If you’re feeling gutsy and you’d like to read a poem, there is a “Ring Of Daysies” open mic you can sign up for before 2 pm each day.

Even if you don’t plan on reading, the New York City Poetry Festival is an annual event that brings the city’s literature lovers together for an entire weekend. The festival is for all ages so you can bring the kids… or ditch them and enjoy the wine and beer garden with friends.

Stephanie Berger and Nicholas Adamski created the festival eight years ago, when they realized New York City didn’t have a poetry festival. Their goal was to get poets “out of coffee shops, college campuses, and dark corners of their rooms” and out into the real world to share their poetry.

Plus, if it’s one group of people that tend to really come out of New York it’s writers and poets. Its hard to believe that up until recently, the country’s center of arts and culture didn’t have a regular poetry event. Now, this yearly milestone attracts thousands of tourists.

Tickets are free, and you can register on Eventbrite. Or, if you want to treat yourself, the New York City poetry festival is offering (for the first time ever) a chance to stay overnight at Governer’s Island, in a gorgeous luxury tent.

It’s perfect weather to hide away at a literary oasis, so enjoy!

Yelena Mandenberg is a staff writer at Grit Daily with a passion for news of all sorts. A Brooklyn, New York native, she is living with cat + tortoise. IG: ymand123