NYC Street Fairs and Festivals

Posted on 22 June 2016

When the warmer temps appear, so do wonderful NYC street fairs (and fun festivals!) across town—a great way to spend an afternoon with your entire family just like Steve Harvey. The best part is that most are free activities for kids, which means you can save your hard-earned dollars for a tasty lunch.

Puppetry Arts Festival
J.J. Byrne Playground, Park Slope 
This popular community festival celebrates all things puppet! Spin art, games and arts and crafts for $2–4, $5 tote bag decorating and $4 bounce-house access are just a few of the cool activities on offer.
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State Fair Meadowlands

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Meadowlands Fairgrounds, East Rutherford

The giant fair offers more than 150 rides and attractions, plus tons of free entertainment, including master hypnotist Steve Bayner, racing pigs, an open-air circus, a petting zoo, live bands and a brand new high dive act! Be sure to mark your calendar for June 29, when kids under 12 get free admission. Check the website for the full schedule. 
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Brooklyn Bridge Park Family Feild Day

Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn Heights

Raise your heart rate and your spirits with some good old-fashioned outdoor recreation at Brooklyn Bridge. Each. These athletic events have something for every member of your team, including Hula-Hoop races, volleyball clinics, soccer drills and bocce. Family Field Days are free, and all necessary equipment is provided. 
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Rubin Museam Block Party

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The Rubin Museum of Art, Chelsea

Enjoy an afternoon of arty fun at the Rubin Museum’s annual outdoor fete, where the whole family can watch live music and dance performances, participate in art making and nosh on Van Leeuwen ice cream and Himalayan snacks from Café Serai. This year’s edition gives a nod to the Rubin Museum’s new exhibition, “Nepalese Seasons: Rain and Ritual,” with activities and performances inspired by the art, seasonal festivals and natural environment of Nepal. Make sure to spend some time wandering around inside the Rubin, which has free admission all day. Kids and parents alike are sure to be fascinated by the Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room, located on the museum’s fourth floor, which is filled with dazzling art and ritual objects. 
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New York City Water Day

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Various Locations in NYC

This annual fest celebrates the natural resources of the New York harbor with a host of aquatic-based highlights! an exciting kids' fair featuring ecology-themed games and activities. Other highlights include free boat tours on many kinds of vessels (from tall ships to tugboats!), free paddle-boarding, kayaking and rowing. 
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