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15 spring festivals and fairs for NYC families in April 2013

From a street party hosted by the Tribeca Film Festival to a fair celebrating cherry blossom season, April is chock full of spring festivals.

  • Photograph: Courtesy Museum of Chinese in America

    15 spring festivals and fairs for NYC families in April 2013

    Qing Ming Family Festival

  • Image: Michael DeForge

    15 spring festivals and fairs for NYC families in April 2013

    MoCCA Arts Festival

  • Photograph: Fiora Watts

    15 spring festivals and fairs for NYC families in April 2013

    Children's Carnival at Queens County Farm Museum

  • 15 spring festivals and fairs for NYC families in April 2013

    Prospect Heights Craft Fair

  • 15 spring festivals and fairs for NYC families in April 2013

    Earth Day at Grand Central and Times Square

  • Photograph: Avais Dinga

    15 spring festivals and fairs for NYC families in April 2013

    Second Annual New York Green Festival

  • Photograph: Susan Patrice

    15 spring festivals and fairs for NYC families in April 2013

    St. George Day Festival

  • 15 spring festivals and fairs for NYC families in April 2013

    Randall's Island Cherry Blossom Festival

     

     

  • 15 spring festivals and fairs for NYC families in April 2013

    Historic Richmondtown Chili Cook Off

  • 15 spring festivals and fairs for NYC families in April 2013

    Jack and Jill School Spring Fair

  • Photograph: Joseph O. Holmes

    15 spring festivals and fairs for NYC families in April 2013

    Sakura Matsuri at BBG

  • Photograph: Daniel Avila/NYC Dept. of Parks and Recreation

    15 spring festivals and fairs for NYC families in April 2013

    Street Games

  • Photograph: Grace Chu

    15 spring festivals and fairs for NYC families in April 2013

    Tribeca Family Festival Street Fair

  • 15 spring festivals and fairs for NYC families in April 2013

    Arbor Festival at Queens Botanical Garden

  • Photograph: Fiora Watts

    15 spring festivals and fairs for NYC families in April 2013

    KindieFest

Photograph: Courtesy Museum of Chinese in America

15 spring festivals and fairs for NYC families in April 2013

Qing Ming Family Festival

Warmer weather has finally arrived and so has the season of spring festivals. This April, families can attend a country carnival in Queens, play old-school street games in Thomas Jefferson Park, watch Broadway performances at the Tribeca Family Festival Street Fair and celebrate the height of cherry blossom season in Brooklyn and on Randall's Island. Plus: There are plenty more spring festivals scheduled for May, including a mythical-beast-themed festival at the Cloisters, one of our favorite family attractions, and Spring Kids Fest, our spring event with the Madison Square Park Conservancy.

Spring festivals and fairs: April 2013

Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art Festival

  • Price band: 1/4

The annual two-day event attracts illustration lovers with its wide selection of comics, mini-comics, graphic novels, animation and original artwork. Older kids might also be interested in attending signings and panel discussions featuring artists and experts. Ages 10 and up.

  1. 69th Regiment Armory 68 Lexington Ave, between 25th and 26th Sts, 10010
  2. Until Sun Apr 7
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Children's Carnival

  • Price band: 1/4

Trek out to the working farm for a country carnival, held in the orchard. Among the festive offerings are amusement rides, midway games and a magic show in the barn. All ages.

  1. Queens County Farm Museum 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy, between 73rd Rd and 74th Ave
  2. Sun Apr 13
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Prospect Heights Craft Fair

  • Free

Shop, munch and enjoy a wide range of activities for kids at this authentic crafts fair filled with stands of handmade treasures, from clothes to stationery, all made with love and care. For $5, kids can participate in drop-in activities like dance classes, storytelling and making crafts of their own. All proceeds from the fair go to arts programming at P.S. 9. All ages.

  1. P.S. 9 80 Underhill Ave, between Bergen St and St. Marks Ave
  2. Sat Apr 12
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Earth Day New York 2013

  • Free

For three days, Grand Central Terminal will transform into an educational Earth Day festival, complete with live performances, interactive displays, and kid-friendly crafts and games designed to foster learning. All ages.

  1. Grand Central Terminal, Vanderbilt Hall 42nd St, between Vanderbilt and Lexington Aves
  2. Wed Apr 23 - Thu Apr 24
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Second Annual New York Green Festival

  • Price band: 2/4

Returning to New York City, this family-friendly festival boasts more than 270 local exhibitions, musical performances and panel discussions by speakers who champion the green movement. Tots can watch an Eco-Fashion show, try organic vegan and vegetarian food and play games in the Green Kids Zone. All ages.

  1. Jacob K. Javits Convention Center 655 W 34th St, at Eleventh Ave
  2. Sun Apr 21
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St. George Day Festival

  • Free

Now in its seventh year, the St. George Day affair fetes the arts and diversity of the local community with music and dance performances, a puppet show, crafts for kids and an art show in the park. A particular highlight is the dragon parade, which will feature one thirty-foot long spectacle and another made out of repurposed materials. In honor of Earth Day, kids can also take part in green activities, like making "green-aids," or seed-bombs. All ages.

  1. Tompkinsville Park Bay St, at Victory Blvd
  2. Sat Apr 26
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Randall's Island Cherry Blossom Festival

  • Free

Kids can take in the springtime sun as they stroll through the Cherry Blossoms of Randall's Island. They'll also learn how to make Cherry Blossom salt, taste Cherry Blossom tea and work on craft projects. All guests will recieve a map of the Island's Cherry Blossoms. All ages.

  1. Urban Farm in Randall's Island Park Wards Meadow Loop, at Hell Gate Cir, 10035
  2. Until Sat Apr 20
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Historic Richmond Town Chili Cook-Off

  • Price band: 1/4

Members of the International Chili Society compete in three culinary categories—traditional chili, green chili and salsa—and guests get to sample the entrées. All attendees receive a personal tasting kit with instructions on how to vote for the People’s Choice award. Rides, games, crafts, and live entertainment are on the lineup as well. All ages.

  1. Historic Richmond Town 441 Clarke Ave, at St. Patricks Pl
  2. Until Sat Apr 27
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Sakura Matsuri

  • Critics choice

This 30-year tradition celebrates the height of the cherry blossom season the Japanese way: with a mega festival. Families can check out performances by Zakuro Chindon, an all-female marching band, local drumming group Taiko Masala and jazz pianist Kuni Mikami, take part in manga comic drawing workshops, meet Japanese authors and more. All ages.

  1. Brooklyn Botanic Garden 990 Washington Ave, at President St
  2. Sat Apr 26 - Sun Apr 27
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Street Games

  • Free

Kids take to the park for skateboarding clinics and ’60s and ’70s street games like stick ball, double-dutch and lemon-twist hula-hooping. Less athletically-inclined youngsters can groove to tunes compliments of Radio Disney and catch a performance by the Dance Theater of Harlem. Ages 5 and up.

  1. Thomas Jefferson Park First Ave, between 111th and 114th Sts
  2. Until Sat Apr 27
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Tribeca Family Festival Street Fair

  • Critics choice
  • Free

The gargantuan street fair, hosted by the iconic film fest, offers tons of thrills for city kids. Nestled between tried-and-true fare like snacks and face painting are some ultra-cool activity stations, including a video game hacking workshop from the Museum of the Moving Image and The Gazillion Bubble Garden, with wands of all shapes and sizes for everyone to use. Storytellers, puppeteers, and cast members from Broadway and Off Broadway shows perform on the festival's main stage throughout the day. As kids move from activity to activity, they can create a "VIP Pass" by stamping a booklet provided to them; at the end of the day, if your pass is filled, you get a special prize. And if you see a group of kid reporters roaming the streets, it's the Tribeca Kids Access Student Reporters, who will be covering the event. Greenwich St between Chambers and Hubert Sts. All ages.

Arbor Festival

  • Price band: 1/4

Eco enthusiasts can do more than just hug a tree at the garden's festival: They'll get the chance to plant one as well. Nature specialists and seasoned gardeners will be on hand to guide kids through the gardens, plus families can check out craft vendors, participate in workshops and go on a bird walk. All ages.

  1. Queens Botanical Garden 43-50 Main St, at Dahlia Ave
  2. Sun Apr 27
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KindieFest

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Kindie may have been the buzzword of this year's Grammy awards, but KindieFest has been celebrating the trendy fusion of kids' and indie music since 2009. Though the first few days consist of an industry insiders–only conference, festival opens its doors to the public for one whole day—and for the first time this year, it’s at BAM Fisher. Headlining this year’s festival are perennial NYC favorites like the Dirty Sock Funtime Band and Robbi K and Friends, as well as their stellar West Coast kindie counterparts (Cat Doorman, Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band and Alphabet Rockers). Plus, we’re excited to hear the latest beats from such newer names as the Terrible Twos and David Wax Museum. All ages.

  1. BAM Fisher 321 Ashland Pl, between Hanson Pl and Lafayette Ave, 11217
  2. Until Sun Apr 28
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