Nothing says summer in the city quite like street fairs and festivals. All summer long you’ll find a variety of them taking place across the five boroughs. Don’t miss the ones happening this weekend, like Red Hook Fest, the Astoria Park Carnival, or Twist and Sprout fest. Looking for more low-key options? Don’t worry, we have those too. Read on for our top weekend event picks.
Photo: NYC Parks Dept.
SwapShop Tots Summer Sale
Shop tons of gently used, like-new items at a fraction of the retail cost! They’ll have items ranging from 0 months to six years, maternity items, furniture, toys and so much more. Sat.–Sun. Event Details.
Hip Hop Day
Hip Hop Day will feature a wide variety of performances and activities to highlight and celebrate the evolution of Hip Hop culture and its roots in NYC. Kids will have the chance to create poetry, make chalk graffiti art, play DJ, spray paint and try double dutch as well as participate in more traditional street fair staples like a dunk tank, jumpy castles and face painting. Music and dance performances will take place throughout the day. Sat. Event Details.
The Great Randall’s Island Treasure Hunt
Unlock island secrets at The Great Randall’s Island Treasure Hunt! This event, offered in partnership with Hudson Valley Orienteering, includes two orienteering courses—one for adults and one for children. Learn how to use a map and compass (provided) while exploring the park; enjoy arts and crafts; light refreshments will be provided. Treasure for all who participate! Sat. Event Details.
Red Hook Fest
The 24th Annual Red Hook Fest: We Push Forward is a free live music and dance festival on the Brooklyn waterfront featuring community workshops, free resources, family activities, games, face painting, and world-class performers. Red Hook Fest is fun for the whole family. Sat. Event Details.
FAD Market Summer: The Invisible Dog
Discover new creative makers and handcrafted goods at FAD Market – a roving Fashion, Art and Design pop-up marketplace that moves seasonally to unique venues in the vibrant borough of Brooklyn. This summer, FAD Market returns for its second residency at The Invisible Dog Art Center with an even bigger lineup! Sat.–Sun. Event Details.
Twist and Sprout Fest
A family-friendly event-all about healthy eating and outdoor exercise! Sow the seeds of good health at Queens Botanical Garden with cooking demonstrations, performance by Spencer the Gardener, bounce houses, potting up herbs to take home, fruit and veggie crafts, live music, and more. Meet the medical experts from New York-Presbyterian Queens and curl up with a book in the Queens Mobile Library! Sun. Event Details.
Book Worms is a program for children to share and develop their love for reading. Children will be able to develop and advance their literacy skills through a variety of fun and educational literacy games, activities, and library trips. Fri. Event Details.
Family Fun Day
Award-winning kids’ musicians Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights will rock out for families with a fun-filled, all-ages concert. This free show is part of Family Fun Day, which marks the official unveiling of the new and improved Shames JCC on the Hudson. Sun. Event Details.
Does your neighborhood host any street fairs? Tell us about it in the comments!
— Jesseca Stenson