It’s festival season in the city! Plus, it’s Grandparents’ Day this weekend. Why not celebrate with the ones in your family at a fair. Whether you’re into art, crafts, music, or traditional county fairs, there’s something for everyone. If you’re looking for more, keep scrolling for other weekend event picks!

Photo: African Film Festival Inc.


Family Day Celebration on Governors Island
Fun-seekers of all ages are invited to join African Film Festival, Inc. and the Trust for Governors Island for a day of free activities including story telling, double-dutch, dance and drum, needlepoint and short films— all celebrating Africa. Sun. Event Details.

10th Annual Governors Island Art Fair
4heads will open the 10th edition of the Governors Island Art Fair (GIAF), featuring work by 100 new and returning artists presented in the historic homes on Colonels Row and for the first time in the ground floor spaces of Liggett Hall. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

Mid-Autumn Festival
Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival at this event for families and children of all ages. Discover the stories and traditions of one of China’s biggest holidays while sampling tasty mooncakes, making arts & crafts, learning about China Institute’s fall classes, and more. Sat. Event Details.


Summer on the Hudson: West Side County Fair
Enjoy a BIG day of county fair magic in Manhattan. There will be carnival rides and games, awesome bands, sideshow performers, aerialists, local food and merchandise vendors, cotton candy, and more! Sun. Event Details.

Scratch Coding Weekend Workshop
Interested in Scratch Coding? Whether you’re just starting out or an expert coder, Robofun’s weekend coding class is the perfect way to have fun and advance your skills! Sat. Event Details.


Fall Fest at the Shorefront
Enjoy a performance by Dynamic Rocker, food, arts and crafts, and more at this annual family festival. Sun. Event Details.

8th Annual Fort Greene Park Jazz Festival
This is the second round of the jazz festival. It will be fun for the whole family. Hear a variety of jazz musicians near the Visitor’s Center, including five different vocalists. Sat. Event Details.

Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair
The Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair will introduce children and their parents to the wonderful world of pop-up books with a live reading, and more. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.


Make It Friday Workshop at NYSCI
Explore different materials, concepts and ideas while making and tinkering with your family. Activities cover a wide range of topics including simple circuits, wind-powered racers, hand sewing and much more. Fri. Event Details.

Grandparents’ Day Celebration
Spend a special day with some special family members! Enjoy a relaxing nature walk, share a special story, meet cuddly animal guests and create a memorable craft together. Sun. Event Details.


Ferragosto 2017
The Ferragosto celebration includes traditional Italian street performances, celebrity guests, great music, kid activities and more. Sun. Event Details.

Fall Arts and Crafts Fair 2017
This year’s fair will be featuring paintings, photography, jewelry, stained glass, native crafts, bath and body products, clothing, face painting, and more. While looking at the various vendors along City Island Avenue, stop by some of the charming shops along the way. Sat. Event Details.

Do you have an annual fall tradition? Tell us about it in the comments!

— Jesseca Stenson