We declare this weekend the weekend of the festivals! The city wants your fam to get out and celebrate so there is literally a festival for everything you can imagine. Travel back to Medieval times to watch some jousting, give thanks to busy bees at the Honey Festival, sample the best food trucks in the city at the Vendy Awards or stop by the Seaport to visit with some animals at the Farm Fresh Festival. We’ve got even MORE ways to enjoy your city so read on!
Take a step back in time as Fort Tryon transforms itself into a Medieval village for a day. Watch knights jousting and blacksmiths forging swords, see trained birds of prey in action, take a mini lesson on swordsmanship from a pro, and try on a chain mail hood for size (you might be surprised at how heavy it is!). Break out that prince or princess dress for this one: dressing up in era-appropriate attire is just part of the fun. Sun. Event details.
92Y Street Festival
Hit this multiple stage festival set up along a 15 block stretch of Lexington Ave. Take in a show with your little ones at the KidCentral Stage, where young performers take center stage with ballet, tap, jazz, and musical theater. Make sure to swing by the Tiny Tumblers Toddler Obstacle Course, drawing stations, and a calmer space just for kids under 5. The festival boasts over 225,000 people in attendance last year, and hopes for an even larger turnout this time around, so steel yourself for a lively crowd. Sun. Event details.
“Do Not Disturb” Pajama Party Brunch
Get dressed your fav PJ’s and head to the Plaza for a rawther fancy brunch. Enjoy juice, mini muffins, danishes, croissants, pain au chocolate, fruit kabobs and mini cupcakes and then get cozy in sleeping bags to lay on and watch an episode of Eloise while munching on delicious buttery popcorn. Each child will go home with a favor bag and a $10 gift card to the Eloise store. Sun. Event details.
Astor Alive! Festival
Infuse your fall with some art and culture at the Astor Alive! festival. Performances from over 20 acclaimed local artists will be scattered across four stages in Astor Place, including plenty of kid-friendly entertainment. Stop by the square to see East Village artist Jim Power unveil the restored mosaic poles installation, then take your kids to a beat boxing or mini-cube making workshop. Visit the festival on the final day to watch a parade of banners, paper cubes, and puppets. Fri. & Sat. Event details.
90th Annual Feast of San Gennaro
If you love Italian food, you’re going to love the 11 day long San Gennaro Festival. Walk through the streets of Little Italy, filled with games, rides and authentic Italian cuisine. Be sure to swing by on Saturday for a parade filled with floats, marching bands and musical entertainers and make sure to check out the cannoli eating contest! Thurs.-Sept. 25. Event details.
Farm Fresh Festival
Imagine spending a day on the farm right here in NYC. That’s exactly what this festival will let your family do. For one day only, the Seaport will be transformed into an interactive and experiential farm environment for kids and families. Meet the Farmers, pet and feed some animals, taste some farm fresh veggies, hop on a tractor, rock out to live music at the Barn stage and more! Sat. Event details.
Fashion Forward House Party
Get ready for some fun at this daytime party that will include family dance classes, live music, gaming, art-making, and more. Your kiddos can check out all the latest back to school looks at a mini fashion show, create a digital remix using pieces of tapestry and wrap up the day cutting loose at a disco dance party. Now that’s a party! Sat. Event details.
Children’s Day at the Brooklyn Book Festival
Tiny bookworms will love the full day of fun set aside for children at Brooklyn’s Book Festival. The festival will feature guest appearances by beloved children’s authors like Peter Brown and Kate Milford, workshops and children-oriented panels, and other book-themed fun. Children ages 2-11 can try their hands at making mustaches for themselves (or their family members), making special signs, NYC-themed activities, and plenty of other hands-on activities. Sat. Event details.
Buzz Over to the Honey Fest
It’s honey week in NYC, so get out and celebrate our flying friends that work so hard to make the sweet and delicious goo. This free festival presents a day full of buzzing children’s activities, from face painting and bee-themed crafts, to honey-tasting and a honey product marketplace. Children can watch bees at work with demonstration hives, and see how honey is extracted right in front of them. Sat. Event details.
Scarecrows & Pumpkins in the Garden
Explore more than 30 friendly scarecrows set among rare and unusual pumpkins and gourds in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden. Celebrate the season by putting on a festive fall puppet show and having a spooky tea party in the Victorian playhouse. Guided activities feature making a sprout a seed necklace and exploring flowers, fruits, and seeds. Weekends bring interactive demonstrations featuring bats, reptiles, and other creepy creatures. The garden is open Tues. through Sunday, be sure to check official listing for specific times and dates for guided activities. Sat. & Sun. Event details.
Bring Your Appetites to the Vendy Awards
Bring your little foodies to sample the best food trucks in the city all in one place. And while your little ones are determining which truck has the best ice cream concoction, you can snack on some more adult fare and wash it down with an adult beverage or two. It’s a bonus that this fun-filled day includes a boat ride over to Governor’s Island. Sat. Event details.
How will your family enjoy the city this weekend? Share with us in the comment section below.