It’s fall festival season in NYC, and this weekend is full of them. Round up the littles and make your way to one (or three!) You can explore both space and science at this one in Midtown, celebrate the Autumn Moon at this one Downtown, or this one in Staten Island, and don’t miss the ever popular Maker Faire happening this weekend, too. Plus, it’s also the 14th Annual Smithsonian Museum Day on Saturday, so you can check out some participating museums around town for free. Keep on scrolling to see the rest of our top event picks!
Photo: Queens County Fair via Flickr
Submerge NYC Marine Science Festival
Hudson River Park’s SUBMERGE festival celebrates NYC’s coastal waters while bringing marine science to life. Enjoy hands-on activities, kid-approved science entertainment, kayaking, fishing, and more! Sat. Event Details.
Mid-Autumn Moon Family Festival
Mooncakes, lanterns, and the Jade Rabbit on the moon! Explore the customs and traditions behind this harvest festival with a mooncake tasting, arts and crafts, stellar story time, and more family fun. Sat. Event Details.
7th Annual Space and Science Festival
The festival will offer a variety of interactive activities, exhibitions and special guests, including presentations from NASA astronaut Sunita Williams and video game pioneer and space entrepreneur Richard Garriott, an augmented reality experience presented by Microsoft, a free Family Astronomy Night, a free screening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi on the ship’s flight deck, and much more! Fri.-Sun. Event Details.
The Brownstone School Fall Fun Fair
The Brownstone School Annual Fall Fun Fair is a community-based event open to all families with children ages 2 and up. There will be bounce houses, rides & games, live music, food from local vendors, arts & crafts and so much more! Sat. Event Details.
A Special Thalia Kids’ Book Club Camp
Spend an afternoon with the acclaimed author of The Night Tourist; Jepp, Who Defied the Stars; and The Door by the Staircase for the release of her latest middle-grade novel. This event will include a conversation and writing activities with the author, games, a book signing, and more. Sat. Event Details.
Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party
Jump to the beat with your friends on Sesame Street! This all-new, interactive show unfolds on one of the world’s most famous streets at the funniest, furriest party in the neighborhood. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.
The Art Bus Project at QBG
The Art Bus Project is on a mobile mission to bring art to Flushing, Queens! Stop by to view and make art. This drop-in event is part of Art in the Garden Day, which also includes an Activity Table and a Flower Press Workshop. Sat. Event Details.
World Maker Faire New York 2018
The inspirational World Maker Faire is the East Coast’s largest celebration of invention, creativity and hands-on learning showcasing the very best of the global Maker Movement. It will feature more than 800 projects and multiple stages focused on social impact and making for good, health care, and the future of food alongside the latest developments in microelectronics, 3D printing, drones, robotics, and more. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.
36th Annual Queens County Fair
Don’t miss this traditional county fair with blue ribbon competitions in livestock, produce, home crafts, arts and crafts, and more. The fair features pie-eating and corn-husking contests, pig races, hayrides, carnival rides, midway games, and top-notch children’s entertainment. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.
Autumn Moon Festival
Enjoy traditional Asian music and dance, storytelling, tours, demonstrations of martial arts and Tai Chi, food, lessons in Chinese calligraphy, and more at the annual Autumn Moon Festival. Sat. Event Details.