Enjoy four days of one-wheel madness at the FREE NYC Unicycle Festival, with rides going from the Brooklyn Bridge to Coney Island and Battery Park to Central Park, plus a bunch of events that take place on Governors Island. There you can find races, freestyle competitions and even unicycle sports like basketball, hockey and—not making this up—unicycle sumo wrestling. Various locations (nycunifest.com). This Labor Day Weekend, the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus brings the 7th Annual NYC Unicycle Festival rolling across New York City! Join hundreds of one-wheeled riders for four days of free outdoor activities in this unique part of the New York City summer–with escorted group rides through Manhattan and Brooklyn (Sept 1-2) and an exciting array of games, activities, give-aways, performances, and learn-to-ride events on glorious Governors Island (Sept 3-4). Unifest has something for everyone, from long-time unicycle enthusiasts to first-time thrill-seekers, from extreme sports adventurers to circus fans, from avid bicyclists to families looking for the best way to spend a summer’s day in the Big Apple. All ages and abilities are welcome. Find out more at nycunifest.com. Thu Sep 1 at 10am; Fri 2 at 2pm; Sat 3, Sun 4 noon–5pm. Free.
The festival is produced annually by the Brooklyn-based Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, bringing contemporary audiences into the grand traditions of the American Circus. This year’s festival is made possible, in part, by generous support from Ride Brooklyn, Kali Protectives, Unicycle.com, BongarBiz, and through the Public Support of New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council on the Arts.
Thursday, September 1
West Side One Wheel ride. Unicycle riders will meet up in Battery Park and journey up the West Side before rolling to Central Park for a loop.
Friday, September 2
Brooklyn Unicycle Day features a massive group ride over the Brooklyn Bridge to Coney Island, more than thirteen miles on one wheel!
Saturday and Sunday, September 3-4
The festival’s main events take place on Governors Island from 12pm-5pm. Activities include races, competitions, exhibitions, and a variety of unicycle sports including basketball, hockey and sumo. For fans of extreme riding, the Hell on Wheel trials course challenges riders throughout the day. World-famous riders display their skills, and members of the public have the opportunity to try one-wheel riding.