Spring is in full swing and for this city that means lots and lots of festivals for just about anything you can imagine. Celebrate your love of trees and nature at Arbor Fest, bring your appetites to the NYC Chili Cookoff, spend the day on the water dancing and playing at Dumbo’s Family Fest, or transform into a superhero at the Highline’s spring kickoff party. This weekend is shaping up to be a blast, so put on your party pants and get out there and enjoy!
Photo: QBG Arbor Fest by Shari Romar
Elephant and Piggie Meet-and-Greet
Be on the lookout for Elephant and Piggie! These spirited Mo Willems characters will be roaming the N-YHS galleries all afternoon long and happy to pose for a photo with their biggest little fans. And while you’re there, take a stroll through this very cool exhibit celebrating Mo Willems’ quirky and fun children’s stories. Sat. 12:30-3:30 p.m. Upper West Side. Free with museum admission. All ages. Event details.
Berenstain Bears Live!
Bring your little cubs to this live musical production filled with fun songs and dancing while the Berenstain Bears learn important life lessons. Using the iconic stories and imagery of the books, you and your family will see Bear Country come to life on stage while learning about the importance of honesty, health, and safety. In the end, it becomes clear to each of the Berenstain Bears that what truly matters is family. Sat. 1 p.m. Upper West Side. $39.95-$64.95/person. All ages. Event details.
Make a Worldly Cookie
Your little chefs will give the classic Sugar Cookie a “worldly upgrade,” by adding the colors of the globe. These treats are perfect for celebrating Earth Day and also make great snacks for global-themed picnics and parties anytime of year. Happy Earth Day! Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. & Sat. 9-10 a.m. Chelsea. $40/parent, child caregiver. Ages 2-5. Event details.
Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day
Put on your game face and take to the streets for this fun street fair. Enjoy interactive sports-related games, performances, giveaways and more. And bring your cameras because we hear some of your favorite New York teams and organizations will be stopping by. Sat. 10 a.m. Tribeca. Free. All ages. Event details.
Become a Superhero for the Day
Discover your inner (and outer) super hero with a little help from a team of expert Super Stylists from performance art ensemble Calling All Parties. Your kiddos will be whisked off to a press conference where, together with their Super Hero Team, they will be awarded the Key to the High Line and invited to pose for the paparazzi. Careful, though! The ever-vigilant Super Heroes must always be on the lookout for Super Evil Villains. The High Line is throwing a welcome spring party all day, so after your super hero duties are complete, stroll this cool park enjoying live music, storytelling, dance and more. Sat. Noon-4 p.m. Meatpacking District. Free. All ages. Event details.
Bring Your Appetite to the Big Cheesy
Our mouths are watering as we write about this delicious event. NYC’s only annual grilled cheese championship is a two-day weekend event to determine the King of Comfort Food. Your ticket gets you in for an hour window during which time you’ll get to taste five different sandwiches and wash them down with two complimentary Goose Island drafts. Added Bonus! 5% of the profit from The Big Cheesy ticket sales will go to Food Bank For New York City to support hunger-relief. Sat. & Sun. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Soho. $30/person. All ages. Event details.
Party at Dumbo Family Fest
This is one fun-filled party, all taking place on the Brooklyn waterfront. Scale the DUMBO Boulders, explore the wonders of nature at the Environmental Education Center, bust a move at a dance party, decorate a replica of the Brooklyn Bridge with flowers, and enjoy classic games on the new lawns under the Manhattan Bridge. Sat. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dumbo. Free. All ages. Event details.
Love Trees? Celebrate Them at Arbor Fest!
Celebrate your love of trees at Arbor Fests, fittingly hosted by the tree filled Queens Botanical Garden. Your little tree huggers will love the petting zoo, arts and crafts, live music, and face-painting. Hang out for lunch and enjoy some tasty food from a local vendor, enjoy a cold brew in the beer tent and buy some unique craft. Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Flushing. $10/adult; $8/child; members are free. All ages. Event details.
St. George Day
This all-volunteer community festival celebrating Earth Day and the arts is a veritable explosion of music, dance, art, puppetry, and more. In addition to a parade featuring giant puppets in the form of dragons and other creatures, the fest also has a dedicated Kid Zone, arts and crafts, a “free store” (for swapping goods) and a book fair. Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tompkinsville Park. Free. All ages. Event details.
NYC Chili Cookoff 2016
This event is going to be a tasty and firery one so be sure to bring your appetites! Enjoy delicious chili from some of the best chefs around, fun activities and live entertainment at this festival calling itself the best chili cookoff on the east coast. Happy eating! Sat. Noon-4 p.m. Historic Richmond Town. $12.75/adult online; $6/child online; $15/adult at door; $8/child at door. All ages. Event details.
Where will your family party this weekend? Share with us in the comment section below.