The Scoop: Since 2016, Pinknic has become one of the most anticipated events of the summer in New York City. This vibrant festival offers live music, chef-inspired food, and boozy drinks to get people in the mood to party. The organizers suggest showing up in pink-and-white clothing to blend with the crowd and the event decorations. Pinknic creates a dynamic environment for foodies, music fans, and rosé enthusiasts, and it can be an especially memorable date spot for summer lovers.

Imagine if Elle Woods from “Legally Blonde” were in charge of hosting a picnic and concert just outside New York City. She could choose the decorations and invite her most fabulous friends to the lawn party. That’s the vibe you get from Pinknic, a festival dedicated to food, music, and pink drinks.

Since its start, Pinknic has delighted attendees with its joyful and colorful celebration. The event launched in 2016 and has been glamming up Governors Island nearly every summer for the last five years.

Pinknic is a music festival, a culinary feast, and a wine tasting party all rolled into one. It’s a must-see event for many stylish New Yorkers and out-of-towners, and its attendees include young professionals, influencers, dating couples, and pink lovers of all stripes. Many come dressed to impress in pink and white. It’s a lot of fun and camaraderie packed into just two days.

Pinknic is an annual event in New York City.

The Pinknic organizers hire world-class DJs and bands to entertain the crowds. Meanwhile, refreshing snacks and boozy drinks keep everyone energized. Other VIP perks include a chef-driven menu and access to a wading pool.

The next Pinknic event will take place on the first weekend in September 2021. It promises to be a spirited, musical, and Instagram-worthy experience for people from all walks of life. If you’re looking for a memorable date activity, put Pinknic on your calendar. All guests must be at least 21 years old to attend this boozy event.

“Pinknic was born out of a love of music, rosé, and bringing people together,” the event organizers told us. “There is delicious food and drinks everywhere, and everything is pink and white. It’s basically an elaborate Instagram-worthy picnic with live music!”

An NYC Gathering Celebrates All Things Glittery & Bubbly

Pinknic is a one-of-a-kind event tantalizes that taste buds, inspires dance parties, and captures imaginations. It’s a great date spot for couples who enjoy sharing new experiences under the summer sun.

Couples can start by grabbing some grub at the Food Garden, which features a sampling of snacks from NYC restaurants. Drink options include a selection of rosé, frosé, champagne, chilled cocktails, and non-alcoholic drinks. The VIP beverage program has a menu of handcrafted cocktails courtesy of The Freehand’s Broken Shaker. These vendors only accept debit or credit cards, so there’s no need to bring cash.

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Pinknic is famous for its chilled and frozen rosé served in a souvenir glass.

After filling their plates and wine glasses, couples can spread out a blanket on a patch of grass and enjoy a picnic surrounded by music and laughter. It’s the perfect place to relax among good company. They can even take a selfie with this colorful venue and the New York City skyline in the background.

Plus, Pinknic puts an exclamation point at the end of every evening by setting off fireworks and putting on a show that attendees won’t soon forget.

The Pinknic team recently released the artist lineup for the 2021 event. The list includes Jamaican-American performer Masego, Australian music trio Pnau, and French-Caribbean singer Adeline. The diversity of the talent reflects the diversity of the crowd clamoring for tickets to this music festival.

All Pinknic guests can enjoy the live entertainment and dance party throughout the day. They can grab snacks and beverages at refreshment stands at the venue. However, only VIP tickets include access to the pool lounge and wood-fired fare, which is cooked by acclaimed chef Gabriel Pazos of Gauchonfire.

VIP tickets also offer preferred stage views, expedited entry, premium bars, and other perks that make guests feel like they’re celebrities.

Couples or friend groups can go the extra mile and spring for Les Cabines and Pool Lounge tickets, which include a poolside cabana for up to 10 people. They’ll receive a three-liter bottle of still rosé and a three-liter bottle of rosé champagne upon arrival. Table service is also available so these VIPs don’t have to stand in any lines.

Bachelorette Parties, Proposals, and Other Joyful Moments

Over the course of Labor Day weekend, Governors Island transforms into a pink-and-white utopia. The sprawling lawn becomes a hot spot for dancing, drinking, and celebrating life’s special moments. The festival even has Ferris wheel set up so couples can escape the NYC crowds and take in a view of the city.

Thousands of guests take the ferry to the island in hopes of having a boozy weekend adventure. Some bring their entire squad for a bachelorette party or birthday celebration, while others invite a date to explore the scene hand in hand.

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Pinknic offers a stunning backdrop for a date.

Pinknic has hosted countless first dates, anniversary trips, and BFF days. The event organizers have even seen some attendees get down on one knee and propose — usually while the evening fireworks are turning the sky pink.

“It’s always nice to be a part of a life-changing event in someone’s life,” the Pinknic team said. “We’ve also had people tell us they met at Pinknic and come back every year to relive that epic first time they met each other!”

Couples don’t need to bring anything other than a good attitude to enjoy this outdoor festival. The Pinknic team provides all the necessary supplies for a boozy picnic. All attendees receive a bespoke Pinknic blanket and a reusable wine cup. Plus, all tickets include ferry transfer to and from Manhattan.

The Skinny Pig blog wrote a glowing review of Pinknic: “To tell you the truth, it was awesome. Why was it awesome? Probably because it was different.”

This annual celebration of pink has been called “a mini-Coachella plus rosé” by Bustle and “the perfect summer experience” by Refinery19.

“Put on that pink and white and join us,” the Pinknic team said. “There’s no better way to close out summer than a party with Pinknic.”

Pinknic: The Fabulous Fun Continues This Summer

Pinknic can set the tone for a romantic date, a memorable celebration, or a fun bonding activity with friends. The festival brings a lot of music, color, and excitement to Governors Island every year, and 2021 is looking to be one of its biggest events to date.

The music lineup has already been released, and the food and drink menu should follow in the coming weeks.

Pinknic can host romantic getaways and special celebrations for couples from all walks of life. From the live concert to the nightly fireworks, the festival puts on a memorable show that’s meant to be enjoyed while sitting on a picnic blanket or in a poolside lounge chair with a drink in hand.

Whether you’re getting a general admission ticket or signing up for a VIP experience, you can join the Pinknic crowd to savor good food, listen to upbeat music, and get your day drinking on. The alcoholic pink drinks and bubbly offer the perfect accompaniment to this pink-tastic summer picnic.

“Pinknic is a celebration of food, drink, and music. If you like any of those things, you’ll love Pinknic,” the team assured us.

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