It’s Memorial Day Weekend, when we take time out to remember and honor those in the military who gave the ultimate sacrifice, like at this event at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan. It’s also the unofficial start of summer, even though we didn’t have much spring weather this year. Celebrate at one of the Fleet Week events going on, at this popular annual fair in Queens, or this cultural festival in the Bronx. There’s tons more happening this weekend. Check out the rest of our top event picks to find one for you!

Photo: Frank McKenna


Adventures on Governor’s Island
Whether you’re adventurous at heart or looking for something exciting to do with the family, check out the adventures available on Governor’s Island. From zip lining to mini-golf, there’s something for every activity level. Sat.-Mon. Event Details.

Passport to Taiwan Festival
This festival is filled with activities for all ages. Visitors can sample food, watch dough figurine makers and calligraphy masters at work, play children’s games, learn about traditional Taiwanese toys, and more. Sun. Event Details.


Fleet Week 2019
Head to the Museum for live performances, interactive displays, and special events honoring our service men and women. Fri.-Mon. Event Details.


Chickenshed Interactive Puppet Show
Tales from the Shed is inclusive theater program for children 0-6 of all abilities and backgrounds. The cast of professional teaching artists will lead you and your children in an hour of interactive theater, puppetry, music, and theatrical magic. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

This annual festival features music, family-focused vendors, wellness activities, art, & activism. Sun. Event Details.

Memorial Day at the Museum
In honor of Memorial Day you can join Art Studio Leaders in creating a massive miniature valley of statues dedicated to those are missed everyday, or celebrate the American flag by designing your own patriotic wind chime. Mon. Event Details.


Marine Day in Prospect Park
The U.S. Marine Corps will host Marine Day in Prospect Park featuring interactive and aviation static displays, demonstrations, and a performance by the USMC Battle Color Detachment. Sat. Event Details.

21st Annual Memorial Day Concert
Bring a blanket and enjoy this free early summer performance. Local vendors will be on site selling food and drink throughout the afternoon. Mon. Event Details.


Family Camping and Astronomy
Don’t miss your chance to camp with your family in Queens! The Urban Park Rangers will welcome families with a camping and astronomy program on Memorial Day weekend. Participants are chosen via lottery. Fri. Event Details.

2019 Memorial Day Fair
Enjoy a day of fun and a slice of Americana! Hop on a thrilling ride with your little one or let them jump to their heart’s content in a bouncy house. Arts & crafts, face painting, and more round out this day of fun. Sat. Event Details.


152nd Street Cultural Festival
This is a family-friendly, fun-filled event that offers a variety of activities and entertainment for people of all ages featuring live musical performances, dancing, celebrity appearances and a children’s pavilion scheduled with storytelling, face painting, arts & crafts, and more. Sat. Event Details.

Family Art Project: in the Flow
Use wax and inks to find your flow as you make artwork inspired by the bountiful ecosystem along the Hudson River. Play with textures as you emulate the brackish water of the river that flows both ways. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.


–Jesseca Stenson