Block parties, country fairs, and elephants – oh my! That’s just some of the family fun you can expect this weekend. Elephants will drop from the sky at this annual block party, and this harvest festival is designed for kids with ASD. Think it’s too early to start talking Halloween? Nah – not when you can get a jump on your little one’s costume at this hands-on workshop. But there’s even more fun things happening around NYC this weekend. Scroll down to check out the rest of our top picks!

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Halloween Costume Workshop
Kids will get ideas from models of skyscrapers to dress as their favorite towers, whether it’s the Chrysler Building or an original design. A paper-bag shirt for the body of the building, paired with a decorated hat elaborate enough to match even the most special spires, make a unique costume! Sat. Event Details.

SUBMERGE Marine Science Festival
This day of interactive science at Hudson River Park’s Pier 84 invites the public to experience awesome experiments, kid-approved science entertainment, catch & release fishing, kayaking and more! Sat. Event Details.


Knot-Tying Jewelry
Learn about traditional maritime knots and use one to craft a bracelet. Sat. Event Details.


3rd Annual a La Calle Block Party
Enjoy performances, live music, free dance classes, free raffles, kids activities and more at this popular annual block party. Sun. Event Details.

35th Annual Medieval Festival
Visitors are greeted by authentic period music, dance, magic, and minstrels, as well as jugglers and jesters. The afternoon is concluded with a thrilling joust between four knights on horseback. Sun. Event Details.


DUMBO Drop 2019
The DUMBO Improvement District will host its third annual Washington Street block party. The cornerstone events of the evening feature spectacles which send thousands of parachuting souvenir elephants onto Brooklyn’s most photographed block from the rooftops surrounding Washington Street at two times. Fri. Event Details.

Breukelen Country Fair 2019
Bring the whole family for a day-long extravaganza of local growing, hands-on homesteading, and creativity that turns the traditional harvest festival on its ear and boasts an array of games, crafts, local food, music, demonstrations, and family-friendly workshops led by local partners. Sat. Event Details.


Kite Flight for Peace & Human Rights
In recognition of the United Nations General Assembly and International Peace Day, visitors are invited to design and fly kites selecting stripes, colors, and symbols that represent personal ideas about peace and freedom. Kite-making workshops are free and suitable for all ages. Sat. Event Details.

The Amazing Maize Maze
Enjoy getting lost in NYC’s only corn maze! The adventure begins with a stalk talk to prepare you for the 3-acre challenge of finding clues, solving puzzles and making your way out of this interactive maze. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.


Chile Pepper Festival 2019
Indulge in tasty bites and sizzling sauces from food artisans who bring the heat from around the world. In the evening, New Orleans comes to Brooklyn with performances by some of the Big Easy’s finest musicians. Sat. Event Details.

Sunset and S’mores
Urban Park Rangers lead you on this sunset hike through Van Cortlandt Park. Afterward, participants will be treated to s’mores over an open fire. Sun. Event Details.


–Jesseca Stenson


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