There are many things that happen in the summer in NYC – such as festivals and street fairs. Check out some of the festivals and street fairs mommypoppins listed on their site. If you have nothing to do, go head over to one of the below and check it out.
Astoria Park Festival – Astoria
Astoria Park Parking Lot
Thursday, June 28 4-10pm; Friday, June 29 4-11pm; Saturday, June 30 noon-11pm; Sunday, July 1 noon-10pm
Free admission but there are fees for activities.
The Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel – Williamsburg
275 N 8th Street at Havemeyer Street
Thursday, July 5-Monday, July 16. Times and activities vary. Visit the website for the complete schedule.
A sort of mini-San Gennaro, this Catholic fest has been celebrated in Williamsburg for more than a century. The multi-day festivities include live music, carnival rides and great eats, along with a traditional procession of flower-strewn towers leading up to the big feast on Monday, July 16.
Come Out & Play Festival: Family Field Day – Governors Island
Saturday, July 14 11am-4pm
Ready, set, play! Although this fest, which aims to turn NYC into a giant playground, has catered solely to adults in the past, the organizers have added a family field day this year. While the specific lineup of games hasn’t yet been released, all of the activities will have a time travel theme and will be best suited for children ages 6 to 11. And if your kids lose interest, there are plenty of other attractions on Governors Island to amuse them, plus…
City of Water Day – Lower Manhattan
Governors Island, Liberty State Park and other locations
Saturday, July 14 10am-4pm
This fourth annual eco-fest takes place on Governors Island (and beyond) on the same day as Come Out & Play’s Family Field Day. A celebration of our waterfront, the festivities run from the isle to New Jersey’s Liberty State Park and include kayaking and canoeing, historic boat tours and live entertainment. Kids can also get up close and personal with reptiles and aquatic creatures, take fishing lessons, and enjoy landlubber favorites like arts and crafts, and bouncy castles. Plus, there’s a free ferry between the two locations, so you can enjoy the fun on both banks.
The Mow-Down: A Garden Hoedown – Riverdale
Wave Hill, 249th Street and Independence Avenue
Saturday, July 14-Sunday, July 15 9am-3pm
This Bronx oasis loves its grass so much that it’s celebrating it all weekend. Visitors can weave grass into baskets, hats or crafts, make giant grass structures and take guided tours of the garden. On Sunday, kiddie rock band Astrograss gets in on the action with cool bluegrass tunes. Afterward, stick around and explore everything Riverdale has to offer.
Bastille Day on 60th Street – Upper East Side
60th Street between Fifth and Lexington Avenues
Sunday, July 15 noon-5pm
Free admission but there are fees for certain activities.
Viva la France! Celebrate French Independence Day a little late (Bastille Day is officially July 14) at this outdoor cultural fete sponsored by the Alliance Française. Attractions include a Citroën car show, wine, beer and cheese tastings, cancan dancers, the Hungry March Band, arts and crafts, face painting and games ofpétanque.
New Museum Block Party – Lower East Side
Sara D. Roosevelt Park, Chrystie Street between Delancey and Broome Streets
Saturday, July 21 noon-5pm
The cutting-edge Bowery institution hosts live performances and interactive art in the nearby park. After participating in all kinds of hands-on, avant-garde activities, you can visit the museum at no cost: All festival-goers snag free passes for the day.
Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Powwow – Queens
Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway near 73rd Road
Friday, July 27 7-10pm; Saturday, July 28 noon-5pm and 7-10pm; Sunday, July 29 noon-5pm
Per day: $10 for adults, $5 for children under age 13. Weekend passes are $15 and $7, respectively
Members of 40 tribal nations participate in this popular powwow, which features Native American dance contests on the farm’s apple orchard. Visitors can also browse the ethnic market, filled with amazing art, crafts, jewelry and eats. Afterward, enjoy face time with the farm’s residents.
Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival – Queens
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Saturday, August 4-Sunday, August 5 10am-4pm
Over two thrilling days, more than 100 Dragon Boat teams race across Meadow Lake. Other activities include a food court, Chinese music, folk arts and craft demos, and martial arts displays.
Children’s Day – Staten Island
Carousel for All Children
Willowbrook Park, Eton Place off Richmond Avenue
Sunday, August 5 2-5pm
Free entertainment but rides cost $1.50.
This annual family fest celebrates the Carousel for All Children and usually includes live entertainment like kiddie rock and magic shows.
FlyNY 2012 Kite Festival – Upper West Side
Riverside Park, Pier I at 70th Street
Saturday, August 18 11am-3pm
Make a kite and then let it soar over the Hudson River. Live music and arts and crafts will also be on tap.
Wash Ave Rocks Street Fair – Prospect Heights
Washington Avenue between St. Marks Avenue and Prospect Place
Saturday August 18 noon-6pm
This Brooklyn street fair showcases the art, music, eats and fashion in the creative neighborhood. Local organizations and cultural institutions like the Brooklyn Children’s Museum and the Brooklyn Museum will also be on hand with fun family activities.
Harlem Week 2012: Summer in the City & Harlem Day – Harlem
Various locations. Visit the website for a complete schedule.
Saturday, August 18 noon-6pm; Sunday, August 19 noon-7pm
Although this Harlem celebration runs for the entire month, this weekend focuses on family fun. On Saturday, enjoy Children’s Day with live performances, games, arts and crafts, live music and dance, healthy eating and living exhibits, and sports and recreation clinics. Sunday is Harlem Day featuring the Upper Manhattan Auto Show, the National Historic Black Colleges Fair, a tennis competition, a fashion show and other activities.
Hudson River Park’s Blues BBQ – Midtown West
Pier 84, 44th Street and the Hudson River
Saturday, August 25 2-9pm
Enjoy Southern music and eats with a lovely view of the river and New Jersey beyond.
Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day – Flushing
Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Flushing-Meadows Corona Park
Saturday, August 25 9am-3pm
Kick off the U.S. Open at this annual family favorite. Kids can enjoy tennis clinics, watch big-name pros practice, run obstacle courses and play games, and get their faces painted. Note: This event also includes a big kids’ pop concert (artist has yet to be determined) which is not free. Those tickets are $10-$40 each.