From puppets to poetry, there are a ton of live shows that happen across the city every day – and we’re not just talking on Broadway. This weekend is no exception. Sing along as Laurie Berkner kicks off an annual hot air balloon festival, experience NYC’s oldest and largest powwow, or celebrate the return of Double Dutch to Lincoln Center after a 30-year hiatus as part of Lincoln Center Out of Doors, plus so much more. Not enough? Scroll down for even more of our weekend picks!

Photo: Lincoln Center Out of Doors


Ferdinand at the Kraine Theatre
Inspired by the classic children’s book ‘The Story of Ferdinand’ by Munro Leaf, Ferdinand tells the poignant story of Tom, a single dad, struggling to go with the flow and raise his son in a world determined to make him fight. Sat. Event Details.

Free Fridays at South Street Seaport Museum
The Seaport Museum offers free admission to its exhibitions, historic ship tours, educational and programmatic activities, artisan demonstrations at Bowne Printers, and more! Fri. Event Details.


REBEL Verses Youth Arts Festival
This festival brings together student ensembles from all five boroughs of New York City and Pennsylvania. Students develop their artistic skills in workshops led by working artists by day, and by night, perform their own original works. Fri.–Sun. Event Details.


Interactive Puppet Playtime at Connect the Dots OT
Join CTD and professional puppeteer Nicola Rose for “Puppet Playtime,” an interactive musical puppet show perfect for little ones – and their adults! Sat. Event Details.


Lincoln Center Out of Doors Family Weekend
After a 30+ year hiatus, Double Dutch returns to the Lincoln Center campus! The historic two-day event celebrates the sport, the talent, artistry and athleticism of its participants, and its rich history in New York City and at Lincoln Center with demonstrations, jump-ins, panel discussions, a film screening and exhibition, and the Double Dutch Summer Classic National Competition. Sat.–Sun. Event Details.

Wizarding Weekend Workshop
In honor of the birthday of two famous fictional wizards (Harry Potter and Neville Longbottom, of course) this wizarding workshop will feature activities, crafts, a trivia game, a costume contest, fun takeaways, and more! Sat. Event Details.


Beach Bound: Coney Island
Travel aboard the New York Transit Museum’s vintage Train of Many Metals for its first ride on the Second Avenue line, led by the R-11 prototype originally built for that line in the 1950s. You will ride the length of the Q-line, above and below ground for a two-hour jaunt to Coney Island. Sun. Event Details.


Lollipops for Breakfast
With original music, puppetry and even a tiny bit of acrobatics, kids are sure to love Sylvie’s quest for her perfect lollipop. Sun. Event Details.

39th Annual Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Powwow

New York City’s oldest and largest powwow will feature three days of intertribal Native American dance competitions to which the public is invited. Over 40 Indian Nations are represented at this spectacular event, held in the apple orchard on the farm grounds. Fri.–Sun. Event Details.

Staten Island

Puppetmobile Presents Cinderella Samba
The lively production features an original commissioned musical soundtrack that brings samba center-stage; handcrafted Carnival festival floats on parade; and one-of-a-kind marionettes donning their most vibrant Carnival costumes, created by the expert puppeteers from the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater in Central Park. Fri. Event Details. 

Worth the drive: New Jersey

Laurie Berkner’s Greatest Hits Solo Tour
Bestselling children’s recording artist and preschool television favorite Laurie Berkner will bring her Greatest Hits Solo Tour to the 35th Annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning with a family show. P.S.- the balloon festival is happening all weekend! Fri. Event Details.

Do your kids love live theater? Tell us about their favorite shows in the comments!

— Jesseca Stenson