In New York City, warmer weather brings street fairs, festivals, and lots of free, large-scale art popping up all over town. This year brings a dancing bronze hippo, a concrete outdoor ballroom, a mesmerizing whirlpool and more. Click through for highlights of the fresh public art on display this spring and summer, plus a couple classics.

Figment NYC

Back for another year of fun and art, Figment NYC is a two-day art extravaganza in the first week of June. Located on the seasonal Governors Island, the festival features art in many forms and mediums. Joining the regular mini-golf and treehouse interactive art exhibits are a number of new artists with artwork and performances that engage all the senses. Many of the artworks will remain on display throughout the summer season, so even if you miss the big art event you and the family can still stop for a glimpse of this year's artworks, or for a free round of inspired mini-golf.

June 3 - 4
Governors Island
Online: newyork.figmentproject.org

Photo by Merritt Birnbaum via Figment NYC on Flickr

What’s your favorite piece of public art in NYC? Let us know in the comments below!

—Yuliya Geikhman