This weekend literally has everything! Travel back in time to the roaring 20’s at the Jazz Age Lawn Party, board a historic train while eating cake (in the morning!) at the Party on Wheels, have a wild sleepover at the Bronx Zoo or decorate your bike and show it off in a parade. Believe it or not, we’ve got even MORE fun ways to enjoy the Big Apple below, so read on!
Photo: New York Transit Museum
Dance to Drums Along the Hudson
Your little ones will be on their feet dancing at this annual event featuring Native American, Japanese, Brazilian, Flamenco, and Korean dancers and drummers from around the world. The festival combines a celebration of Native American heritage, culture, and art with the diversity of New York City. Spanish, African, Brazilian, and Tibetan cultures will also be celebrated with food, music, and dancing. Enjoy Native American storytelling, a Pow Wow, crafts, and even a visits from Captain drums will beat rain or shine. Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Inwood. Free. All ages. Event details.
BBQ Block Party
Your cardiologist may say, “No,” but, oh, how you want to say, “Yes.” Go whole hog at the 14th Annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party where you and the family can feast on ribs, sausages and pulled pork sandwiches. All these southern specialties are cooked by expert “pitmasters” from such barbecue capitals as Texas, North Carolina and Alabama. Throughout the two-day event, live music bands will play blues and classic rock tunes to get you in the mood. You can attend the event for free and pay as you go or take advantage of the fast pass ticket for $125, which allows you and a guest to hop into express lines, $100 of the ticket go towards food, drink and merchandise. Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Flatiron District. Free (food and drink additional charge). All ages. Event details.
Celebrate at NYC’s Largest Parade
Come out to march and cheer at the National Puerto Rican Day Parade. Considered New York’s largest parade, your family will not be disappointed by the music, vibrant costumes, and floats traveling along the parade route up 5th Ave. Come early to get a front row seat and be ready to dance. Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Midtown/Upper East Side. Free. All ages. Event details.
Nordic Cultural Festival
CMA is partnering up with Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center for this fun festival that includes stories with Laura Simms and Nordic themed workshops. Your little artists can create viking ships and shields, winged viking helmets, explore the beats of Icelandic artist Bjork at the Sound Booth, and more. Sun. Noon-4 p.m. Soho. Free with museum admission ($12/person, children under 1 are free). All ages. Event details.
Fab Fridays Concert
Start your day with a little wiggle and musical fun! Hit the streets for a live concert by the talented Papa Kei. Your little ones will sing along, dance, play musical instruments, and enjoy being outdoors. Fri. 10 a.m. Clinton Hill. Free. Ages 12 mos.-5 yrs. Event details.
All Aboard the Party on Wheels
Trains, bagels, and birthday cake on a Saturday morning, this event is worth the splurge. Your kids will think they’re dreaming at the New York Transit Museum’s 100th birthday party. Dance to music, make some transit related crafts, ride historic trains, pose for a vintage family photo and more. Must make reservations to attend. Sun. 9-11 a.m. Downtown Brooklyn. $55/adult; $35/child age 2-17; $150/family four pack; children under 2 are free. All ages. Event details.
Roll in the lIC Bike Parade
Get ready to pedal in this fun parade filled with decorated bicycles, human-powered floats made from recycled materials, and hand-painted parade banners. Need a new bike or maybe your current bike needs a bit of a tune up? Stop by Recycle-A-Bicycle before the parade. They’ll be offering free mobile bike repair and a Kids Bike Swap. Bike New York will even be there to help the little ones learn to ride before the main event. And of course join in the decorating fun with Socrates artists who will be leading bike decorating workshops. Then it’s time to ride. The parade will leave the main gate of Socrates at 2pm, travel southbound along Vernon Boulevard, and end at Queensbridge Park where the festivities will continue. Sat. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Long Island City. Free. All ages. Event details.
Overnight Safari at the Zoo
Ever thought about catching some zzzs in the company of zebras? How about snoozing with the snow leopards? Well, dreams come true on the Bronx Zoos Family Overnight Safari. You and your little zookeepers will enjoy fun-filled, educational activities throughout the evening, along with some new surprises and a late-night snack to keep the energy going. Bring your own tent, sleeping bags, and picnic dinner. Beverages, dessert, late-night snack, and breakfast, will be provided. No need for alarm clocks, the vocal sea lions will provide the wake-up call. Sat. into Sun. 4:30 p.m.-10 a.m. Bronx. $185/person; $175/member. Ages 5 and up. Event details.
18th Annual Staten Ireland Irish Fair
Go green for the weekend at this Irish festival. Enjoy local & international artists playing traditional Irish & pub music as well as traditional bagpipe bands, browse the Tinker’s Shopping Village for Irish imports and themed gifts, and indulge in delicious food. There will even be a special play area, The Land of the Leprechauns, for the wee ones. Sat. & Sun. Noon-7:30 p.m. Prince’s Bay. Free. All ages. Event details.
Swing Over to this 1920’s Lawn Party
Travel back in time, sip on martinis and dance the Charleston while your little gents and flapperettes explore Kidland. Have we got your attention? The Jazz Age Lawn Party caters to all ages. Live music, signature cocktails and dance contests for the adults. Carnival games, pie eating contests and a motorcar exhibit sure to keep your little ones entertained. Don’t forget to dress the part and capture a vintage family portrait before leaving. Must purchase tickets in advance. Sat. & Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Governor’s Island. $55/person and up; children under 12 are free. All ages. Event details.
How will your family enjoy the weekend? Share with us in the comment section below.