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Fairs and festivals in New York for kids

Enjoy games, entertainment, food and rides at these New York City fairs and festivals for kids.

Back-to-School Festival

  • Price band: 1/4

Cue the groans—summer is slipping away and school will be back in session

  1. Children's Museum of Manhattan 212 W 83rd St, between Amsterdam Ave and Broadway, 10024
  2. Sat Sep 6 - Sun Sep 7
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West Side County Fair

  • Critics choice
  • Free

The Upper West Side gets countryfied with carnival rides, games, music,

  1. Pier I, Riverside Park South W 66th St, at the Hudson River
  2. Sun Sep 7
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World Maker Faire 2014

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

This wacky West Coast transplant displays way-out-there experiments that

  1. New York Hall of Science 47-01 111th St, at 47th Ave, 11368
  2. Sat Sep 20 - Sun Sep 21
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Go Fish! Festival

  • Free

Spend a scaly Saturday at this catch-and-release festival in Battery Park

  1. Robert F. Wagner Park Battery Pl, between West St and 1st Pl
  2. Sat Sep 20
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Queens County Fair

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

A reading of Charlotte’s Web is about as close as most city kids have come

  1. Queens County Farm Museum 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy, between 73rd Rd and 74th Ave
  2. Sat Sep 20 - Sun Sep 21
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PS9's Bounce Back to School Carnival

  • Price band: 1/4

Celebrate the start of the school year with carnival games, face painting,

  1. P.S. 9 80 Underhill Ave, between Bergen St and St. Marks Ave
  2. Sat Sep 20
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Westerleigh Folk Festival

See musical acts from Staten Island and beyond perform in an all-day

  1. Westerleigh Park Maine Avenue, at Neal Dow Ave
  2. Sat Sep 20
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Brooklyn Book Festival 2014

  • Free

The ninth annual kid-lit fest returns to Brooklyn Heights with authors

  1. Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza 209 Joralemon St, between Adams and Court Sts
  2. Sun Sep 21
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Lantern Floating for Peace

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Kids of all backgrounds can take part in a modern Shinnyo-en Buddhist

  1. Hearst Plaza (at Lincoln Center) W 65th St, at Columbus Ave
  2. Sun Sep 21
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Dumbo Arts Festival

  • Critics choice
  • Free

The oversize installations at the über-stylish ’hood’s annual summoning of

  1. Various locations
  2. Fri Sep 26 - Sun Sep 28
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Edible Garden Harvest Festival

  • Price band: 2/4

The NYBG hosts a daylong festival exploring Mario Batali's Kitchen

  1. New York Botanical Garden Bronx River Pkwy, at Fordham Rd, 10458
  2. Sat Sep 27 - Sun Sep 28
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Chile Pepper Festival

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Even kids who aren't fans of spicy food will get a kick out of the lively

  1. Brooklyn Botanic Garden 990 Washington Ave, at President St
  2. Sat Sep 27
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Transit Museum Bus Festival

  • Free

Kids won't want to miss the Transit Museum's fleet of vintage busses, on

  1. Brooklyn
  2. Sun Sep 28
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Hip Tot Family Day

  • Free

Celebrate the end of each month with Hip Tot–quality entertainment. Cool

  1. Greenwood Park 555 Seventh Ave, between 19th and 20th Sts, 11215
  2. Sun Sep 28
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Go Fish! Festival

  • Free

Spend a scaly Saturday at this catch-and-release festival in Battery Park

  1. Robert F. Wagner Park Battery Pl, between West St and 1st Pl
  2. Sat Oct 4
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Jefferson Market Garden Children's Harvest Festival

  • Free

Kids can scoop up mini pumpkins, then paint and adorn their finds with

  1. Jefferson Market Garden Greenwich Ave, between Christopher and 10th Sts
  2. Sat Oct 11
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Little Red Lighthouse Festival

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Manhattan’s last remaining (and most adorable) lighthouse fetes its

  1. Fort Washington Park Riverside Dr, between 155th and 179th Sts
  2. Sat Oct 11
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Enchanted Wave Hill Weekend

  • Free

Wave Hill fetes New York’s most magical season with fairies and woodland

  1. Wave Hill W 249th St, at Independence Ave, 10471
  2. Sat Oct 18 - Sun Oct 19
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Go Fish! Festival

  • Free

Spend a scaly Saturday at this catch-and-release festival in Battery Park

  1. Robert F. Wagner Park Battery Pl, between West St and 1st Pl
  2. Sat Oct 18
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L.E.S. Pickle Day

  • Free

Orchard Street between Delancey and Houston Sts. Lower East Side outfits

  1. Manhattan
  2. Sun Oct 19
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Queens County Farm Museum Haunted House

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Even you will have a hard time containing your squeals at this creepy, but

  1. Queens County Farm Museum 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy, between 73rd Rd and 74th Ave
  2. Fri Oct 24
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Halloween Harvest Festival

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Kids are invited to craft costumes with park artists, participate in a

  1. Socrates Sculpture Park 32-01 Vernon Blvd, at Broadway
  2. Sat Oct 25
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Haunted High Line Halloween

  • Free

Spirits are lurking at this elevated park's Halloween festivities, where

  1. The High Line Washington St at Gansevoort St, to Tenth Ave at 30th St
  2. Sat Oct 25
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Ghouls & Gourds

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Your little goblins can showcase their eye-catching costumes alongside

  1. Brooklyn Botanic Garden 990 Washington Ave, at President St
  2. Sat Oct 25
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Queens County Farm Museum Haunted House

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Even you will have a hard time containing your squeals at this creepy, but

  1. Queens County Farm Museum 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy, between 73rd Rd and 74th Ave
  2. Sat Oct 25
More info


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