We hope you’re hungry! Two mouth-watering culinary events are on tap this weekend – one outdoor tour for your tastebuds to experience the signature dishes of Tribeca’s top chefs (pictured) and another at Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza featuring more than a dozen of the city’s best food trucks. You also have two fun (and free!) music and arts festivals to choose from – one celebrates kids and the other is all about moms! Or you could watch sheep being sheared at Leffert’s Historic House’s annual Fleece Festival. If you’re feeling charitable, get the family together for Central Park’s volunteer clean up day. And don’t forget, May is National Bike Month, so be sure to stop be the Brooklyn Bike Jumble to check out the plethora of new and used bikes and accessories.
9th Annual Mamapalooza Extravaganza
Celebrate all of the moms of NYC with your family at this annual music and arts festival. Burn off energy in the Gymboree Play Tent, listen and boogie to a full line-up of live music including Singalong Steve and the Jane Getter Band, get creative making arts and crafts, enjoy food, shop vendors and more. Sun. 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Upper West Side. Free. All. Event details.
Family Volunteer Day
If you love Central Park here’s your chance to give back – as a family. All of you (over age 4) can pitch in to do some spring cleaning in the park. Tools and gloves will be provided, but you’ll need to bring water and wear close-toed shoes. Sat., 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Upper East Side. Free. All. Event details.
Spring Kids Fest 2012
Featuring live music from The Fuzzy Lemons, The Rockdoves and Songs for Seeds, a magic show from Amazing Max, story time from Karma Kids Yoga, arts and crafts with the Rubin Museum of Art, an eco art installation with the Children’s Museum of Art and more, this day of outdoor fun is all about kids. Sat., 10:30 am – 1:30 pm. Midtown. Free. All. Event details.
Taste of Tribeca
Tantalize your tastebuds with this world class outdoor culinary festival featuring signature dishes of Tribeca chefs you know and love, a wine tour and a special Kids Zone featuring music, crafts and more to make the day fun for the whole family. Sat., 11:30 am – 3:00 pm. Tribeca. $45/person in advance, $50 at the event. All ages. Event details.
Food Truck Rally
Where can you eat Tater Tots, lobster rolls, dumplings and ice cream all in one spot? The Food Truck Rally at Grand Army Plaza. There is truly something for everyone here and you may even encourage your kiddo to try something she’s never eaten before. Sun., 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. Prospect Park. Free. All. Event details.
Brooklyn Bike Jumble
It’s National Bike Month so get your family ready to ride at this cycling flea market. The newly renovated Washington Park will be filled with vendors selling used bikes and new and used bike accessories. Sat., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Park Slope. Free. All. Event details.
It’s time for the sheep of the Leffert’s Historic House to get their annual haircut, which means you’re in for an afternoon filled with lots of wild and wooly fun! Enjoy crafts and get down with a barnyard hoedown featuring live music. Plan to be there for one of the sheep shearings at 1:30 pm or 3:30 pm. Sat. & Sun., 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Prospect Park. Free. All. Event details.
— Julie Seguss