No matter what type of event you’re looking for, chances are it’s happening this weekend. These are the type of weekends you say to yourself, “THIS is why I live here”. From cultural events like Drums Along the Hudson to the CMA Mermaid Parade just for kids to delicious food festivals and block parties, and even a bubble battle, no matter where this weekend takes your family, we know you’re going to love it. Read on for our picks for guaranteed weekend fun.

MermaidParade-540x360 Photo: Children’s Museum of the Art 


Dance to Drums Along the Hudson
Bring your tiny dancers to this annual Native American festival, where they are sure to feel the rhythm of the drums. Enjoy international food, Native American storytelling and crafts. There will even be visit from Captain Planet himself. The drums will beat rain or shine. Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Inwood. Free. All ages. Event details.

Celebrate with New York’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


Barbecue Block Party
Your cardiologist may say, “No,” but, oh, how you want to say, “Yes.” Go whole hog at the 13th 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. Sat. & Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Flatiron District. Free admission, $9/plate. All ages. Event details


CMA Mermaid Parade
The Children’s Museum of the Arts is having their very own, very family-friendly, Mermaid Parade. Make a mermaid costume and mini parade floats, help create a sea-themed mural, make clay mermaid, Sing with Sebastian in the Sound Booth and parade through the museum. Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Soho. $11/person, infants and seniors free. All ages. Event details

Arm Yourself for the Bubble Battle
Ready… set… blow! Your kids will think they’re dreaming up this bubble wonderland in a battle where everyone wins. Come join thousands of all ages armed with their best wands, machines and toys, in an attempt to blow four million bubbles. Sat. 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Union Square. Free. All ages. Event details

Kickoff Summer with the Lower Eat Side Festival
Get ready to eat your way through the best food the Lower East Side has to offer at this outdoor block party. Break the rules and have seconds and thirds of your favorite dishes, or maybe even surprise the kids when you let them have dessert first. Fit in a little shopping with fashion from LES stores, try your hand at a giant game of Jenga or beat your best hula hoop time. Sun. 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Lower East Side. Free. All ages. Event details


Have an Island Party at Prospect Park’s Lakeside
You may be in Brooklyn, but Hip Tot will make you feel like you need a passport to get into this island party. Celebrate with jammin’ Reggae sounds from Grammy Winner Father Goose. Plus, enjoy craft activities with Little Nest Preschool along with Lakeside’s facilities – a roller rink, splash pad, cafe and more. Sun. 11 a.m. Prospect Park. Free. All ages. Event details

Governor’s Island

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. $35/person and up. All ages. Event details.


Board Games and Muppets Under the Stars
Sure you could just stay in and order a pizza, rent a movie…. or you can take the whole family to see a movie under the stars. Grab a blanket, snacks, even bring the pizza, and snag a patch of lawn to watch Muppets Most Wanted on the big screen. Show up early and play some board games with other movie goers before the show starts. Fri. 7 p.m. South Richmond Hill. Free. All ages. Event details

Catch the Cool at the Queens Museum
Take in some culture and wear out your little ones all at once. Explore the Queens Museum free of charge at the annual Catch the Cool Family Festival. This Cool Culture sponsored event, will keep you moving with stories, games, art projects and live music. Sun. 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Flushing. Free. All ages. Event details.


Party on the Water at RiverFest
Boat rides, live music, a bouncy pirate slide, tightrope walkers, medieval battles… should we go on? These are just some of the activities your family can enjoy at this jam packed festival on the water. And when you’ve worked up an appetite from all the fun, stop by one of the food vendors for a snack. The selection is as diverse as the activities the festival offers. Sun. 12 p.m.- 6 p.m. Bronx. Free. All ages. Event details

What are you up to this weekend? Share with us in the comment section below. 

—Caitlin Dowling