Hey y’all. The past few days it’s been a scorcher in NYC and this weekend was no joke! What better way to spend it than outside in the blazing sun on the lawn of Governor’s Island. Sounds fun right? Well, that’s exactly what I did on Saturday. A few months ago, my friend told me about this pink and white event where you would hang out listening to music and drinking wine. I was intrigued and of course, because the internet stalks you, I saw an ad for Pinknic a little bit after. After looking into it a bit more I was skeptical because of the music and mandatory dress code. I also didn’t see much ~melanin~ in a lot of the pics and that worried me. (Thankfully I didn’t need to worry about that!) But this is the year of me doing new things and it still looked interesting, so we bought advance general admission tickets for $95 plus fees. I was slightly annoyed that we missed presale at $75, but I bit the bullet. Although, full price tickets are $115, so I should have been happy. They have higher price tiers with additional benefits, but after attending I don’t think they’re necessarily worth it. The pool should deff not be advertised as one and they oversold it. Note – the event is strictly 21+ and is debit/credit card only. Here’s the ticket breakdown (presale/advance/regular price) from Pinknic’s site for 2018:
ALL GENERAL ADMISSION AND VIP TICKETS INCLUDE ($75/$95/$115)
· One-day access to the event, June 30 or July 1, from 12:00PM to 9:30PM
· Complimentary ferry to/from Governors Island
· Open lawn seating
· Pinknic blanket (one per guest)
· Pinknic wine glass (one per guest)
· Pinknic tote bag (one per guest)
· Pinknic ice bag to keep your wine chilled (one per bottle purchased)
· Access to music festival with live performances
· Access to full bar service throughout the day ($)
· Access to food court featuring gourmet food from some of NYC’s finest establishments ($)
· Access to Ferris wheel ($)
THE GARDEN VIP LOUNGE TICKETS INCLUDE ($175/$195/$215)
· All benefits listed above, plus:
· Expedited VIP line at event entrance
· Priority boarding on ferry to Governors Island
· Preferred view of stage in our VIP Garden with partial shade, hammocks, and pillows
· Access to VIP tents with additional bars and extra food and beverage vendors ($)
· Access to full service VIP restrooms
· Complimentary access to Ferris wheel
THE BERMUDA VIP POOL LOUNGE TICKETS INCLUDE ($275/$300 – presale/regular)
All benefits listed above, plus:
· A chance to take a dip in our pool (bring your bathing suit) and watch as the action unfolds with your feet in the water!
You can also do a Cabana for $5,000 that includes bottles of rose and basically all amenities.
As it was stated everywhere that the pink and white dress code was mandatory, and all the Instagram posts I had seen showed nothing but that, I started looking for an outfit. So imagine how SALTY I was when I arrived at the event to see there were a number of people that didn’t adhere to the dress code. Navy blue dresses, grey and white, straight up all black… I was annoyed. Granted, most of the attendees did follow it, so the aesthetic was still mostly there. But c’mon, how hard is it to follow a dress code for an event?! In all reality, most of their ‘rules’ were broken. They said coolers had to be soft side and 13” or less. That’s a joke right? It’s the reason I didn’t bring my cooler tote because it was 20”. Yet I saw many with huge cooler bags and even coolers on wheels. They said no large bags, yet folks were up in there with tents (in pink of course) and foldable chairs. No smoking allowed, no pets allowed. HAHA y’all DGAF as it was all happening anyway.
Anywayyy, the event itself was chill. The music ended up being more background noise since we didn’t sit way up front. My friend GDubs and I got there around 2:30 and were surprised at how many people were already there. We set up shop with our *fancy* (aka super thin) blankets along the edge of the crowd, near the VIP garden. It ended up being a great spot to people watch. I don’t have many pictures because it was HOT and we were not super motivated to do anything. LOL. I know I deff took several naps throughout the day and missed most of the Instagramable moments. Speaking of Instagram, whoever runs the Pinknic one needs to do better. I get the aesthetic they were going for, but they need to show a true representation of the attendees. It is a very diverse group of people that attended, not just the whitewashed version from their posts. I was happy and felt more comfortable when I saw my fellow black and brown folks out there. Shout out to my guy with the pink turban on! He for sure was dressed for the theme.
When we were finally ready to scout out things, we left some stuff on the blanket and hoped for the best. Thankfully no one took anything and we didn’t have to worry about our spot being taken. There are still good people in the world!
The bottles of rose weren’t priced too high - $65 for a 750 ml bottle. $95 if you wanted something fancier. They have options for bigger size bottles, but the math didn’t seem right when we broke down price vs value. Especially with the weather, it didn’t seem like a good idea to have a 3L bottle of rose lying out unless you have a big enough group. They did give you the bottles in a plastic sleeve bag with ice, so it’s not terrible. Single glasses of rose and frose were $14, but I heard from a lot of people on line that the frose wasn’t worth it. In the general admission bar, there weren’t any other drink options besides rose and bai. I found out later that even bai had limited flavors for general admission. The free water refill station had THE LONGEST lines ever and it wasn’t icy cold, but for a hot day like Sat, it did the job. Plus drinking in the heat is not a good idea without water.
The food lines were long for some vendors (pizza, ice cream, and tacos) and empty for others (Mediterranean, salads, and lobster rolls) but you didn’t really have a choice unless you shoved a real meal into your bag. I deff think they should have had 2 food areas, or figured out a better arrangement because it gets ridiculous. GDubs and I opted for the lobster rolls from The Lobster Joint since it was one of the few things without super inflated pricing and a shorter line. They were actually really good, and I would go to their location in Brooklyn. I’m a devoted Luke’s fan, but LJ is a very close second.
The bathrooms are just old school porta-potties, and in that heat they were disgusting. You do what you gotta do. I would say having slightly nicer bathrooms would be one of the better VIP perks, but at most events like this you suck it up and do what you need to do. There are regular bathrooms on Gov’s Island, but they’re outside the event and there is no re-entry. Also, they close when the island closes, so you’re stuck using porta potties. I would definitely make sure you use them before you get to the ferry because that walk is no joke and the ferry bathrooms are not much better.
We stayed til the end for the fireworks and it was worth it because who doesn’t like fireworks? And the last act – Klingande was worth it. He had us up dancing. His stage set up and energy was contagious. Lights, fire, smoke? Yes, please. The fireworks and his set were timed pretty well. GDubs and I danced our hearts out and really were in the moment.
Aside from all of the heat and my initial annoyances about the rules, it was fun! I would go back again. This year was the scouting year and I know what to tell people to get them to come and what to prepare for next year. With the right group, you can have your own party and chill.
See you next Pinknic,