Summers are for festivals in NYC, and that’s what you can expect this weekend. It’s all about tomatoes at this annual fest, hit the streets for this classic fair, or you can take a drive to experience a more reflective kind of celebration. But it’s not only fairs and festivals happening this weekend. Scroll on for the rest of our top picks for weekend family fun!

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The Story Pirates Flagship Event
Stories by children from NYC and beyond will be brought to life and staged by the Story Pirates’ professional improvisational and comedic actors – replete with music, costumes and sets. Sat. Event Details.

38th Annual Battery Dance Festival
The Battery Dance Festival is New York City’s longest-running free public dance festival. Each year, the Festival draws a combined audience of over 12,000 people. Sun. Event Details.


EACH’s Annual Summer Event
Enjoy a family fun day in the park supporting EACH (East Africa Children’s Hope) with an interactive performance featuring Dan The Rambling Man! Sat. Event Details.


5th Annual Street Festival
King Ramsey Sound will be spinning tracks along with others, while you take part in giant outdoor games, bouncy houses, carnival games & rides, and more. Sat. Event Details.

Celebrate the Caribbean
Get ready for the voyage of a lifetime celebrating Caribbean history and cultures overseas and in NYC through a day of music, food, movement, storytelling, and more! Sat. Event Details.


Family Program: Summer Matinee
Beat the heat this summer and enjoy your favorite family films, both old and new, on the Museum’s big screen. This weekend, catch a screening of Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse in 3D. All will be shown in the Museum’s majestic Redstone Theater. Fri-Sun. Event Details.

Family Sundays With the Mets
Celebrate McDonald’s Family Sundays with the Mets at Citi Field. Each Sunday will feature a great promo giveaway and kids 12 & under can run the bases in the Mr. Met Dash! Sun. Event Details.


Family Affair: Reusable Universe
Spend Saturday afternoon celebrating art, summer, and sustainability at the Bronx Museum of the Arts! Explore exhibits through family activities that (re)use everyday materials to create new works of art. Sat. Event Details.

Totally Tomatoes Weekend
Grab your garden hat to celebrate all things tomato with a delicious menu of hands-on gardening and culinary education activities throughout the state-of-the-art Edible Academy campus. Roll up your sleeves, don your apron, and dig into fun and enriching workshops all weekend long. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

Staten Island

Science of Sleep
Discover what happens to our bodies as we sleep and try to interpret your dreams in this family workshop. Sat. Event Details.

Civil War Weekend
Experience the daily life of a Civil War soldier in 1863! Cooking, camping, marching, and drilling brought to life through detailed and interactive vignettes. Sat. Event Details.

Worth the Drive

Water Lantern Festival Long Island
Magical nights in cities across the U.S. include food, games, activities, vendors, music and the beauty of thousands of lanterns adorned with letters of love, hope and dreams reflected upon the water. Watch your unique lantern drift out into the water as it joins other lanterns carrying hope, love, happiness, healing, peace, and connection. Sat. Event Details.


–Jesseca Stenson

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