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NYC street fairs and festivals for families

This season's awesome lineup of kid-friendly street fairs and festivals present Ferris wheels, puppet shows and beyond

Photograph: John Haeger

Warm weather in NYC lets families explore the city in a whole new way. They can embrace nature in scenic NYC parks, enjoy outdoor dining and tackle an awesome lineup of NYC street fairs and festivals. Ride the Ferris wheel at State Fair Meadowlands, check out the coolest art at Figment NYC Weekend and catch an awesome flick at Brooklyn Film Festival kidsfilmfest. Happy adventuring, and be sure to check back soon. We'll be adding more awesome stuff throughout the season!

NYC street fairs and festivals

Staten Island Beach Fest

Journey to Staten Island for a festival along the beach on every Saturday and Sunday in August. Dance to live music from the Brothers Entertainment DJs (8/10, 8/23 & 8/31), Squeaky Clean Cowboy (8/16 & 8/30) and Love Bomb Band (8/24). Grab some treats at the Italian Ice trucks (8/9, 8/10, 8/30, & 8/31). Gear up for fun and games inluding a bean bag toss, hula hoops and face painting (8/16). Shop for fruits and vegetables at the Culinary Kids Farmers Market (8/17) and visit a video gaming truck to play with other gamers (8/23 & 8/24). Also, don't forget to buy some cannolis (8/30)! All ages.

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Richmond County Bank Ballpark 01 Aug 2015 Free

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival

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This annual sporting event celebrates the fifth moon (or fifth month) of the lunar calendar. Wee ones will get a kick out of the colorful, dragon-shaped vessels racing across Meadow Lake, their oarsmen rowing to the beat of Chinese drums. In addition to watching the 165 or so teams that have come from across the U.S. to take part in this year's race, families can listen to live music, catch martial arts demonstrations and munch on multicultural grub. All ages.

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Flushing Meadows–Corona Park Saturday August 8 2015 - Sunday August 9 2015 Free

Kids in Motion Festival

In an effort to get kids and families moving, the Parks Department is hosting this fitness- and sports-filled day in Columbus Park. Kids will have the chance to play double Dutch, volleyball and street hockey, plus try out yoga and zumba classes. All will receive a Kids in Motion Passport at the start; those who try every activity listed in it can turn it in at the end of the day for a prize. All ages.

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Columbus Park Thursday August 13 2015 Free

FlyNYC 2015

Kids can let their imagination take off when they learn to craft unique kites, then send the creations sky-high. After flying their own airborne contraptions, families can snag a riverside spot to enjoy live entertainment. All ages.

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Riverside Park, Pier I Saturday August 15 2015 Free

Jazz Age Lawn Party

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The Jazz Age Lawn Party celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with some Prohibition–era delights. Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra headline the old-timey affair, which also features a Charleston dance contest, a 1920s motorcar expo, tug-of-war, vintage portraits, dance lessons, carnival games and prizes in the Kidland area, plus a ten-girl tribute to the Ziegfeld Follies. Families, who are encouraged to dress in their finest 20s garb, can pack their own picnic lunch, enter a pie-baking contest (sign up by emailing govsislandpie@gmail.com) or buy treats like lemonade sodas and ice cream. All ages.

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Governors Island Saturday August 15 2015 - Sunday August 16 2015

Harlem Week: NYC Children's Festival

Enjoy the last stretch of summer and head to the Harlem Week NY “Children’s Festival” for two full days of back-to-school fun. Celebrate Harlem's rich culture at this annual event that promises live music, dance troupes, step shows, double-dutch competitions, face painting, arts and crafts, storytelling, and a back-to-school fashion show. W 135th St between Malcolm X and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvds. (Day I) W.135th St. and St Nicholas Ave. (Day II) Ages 5-12.

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Various locations Saturday August 15 2015 - Sunday August 16 2015 Free

Honey Harvest Festival

The garden at the Voelker Orth Museum is home to a thriving bee colony—and bee colonies mean honey. Learn about honey harvesting through fun facts, beekeeping demos, crafts for children, and of course, samples. Full jars of homemade honey will be for sale ($8). All ages.

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Voelker Orth Museum Wednesday August 19 2015

Downtown Dance Festival

Twirl, two-step or tap your way to Lower Manhattan for the 33rd year in a row. The five-day, completely outdoor fest will include performances by both local and international dance groups ranging from contemporary ballet to Indian and traditional folk. For a full, updated schedule, visit batterydance.org. All ages.

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Robert F. Wagner Park Saturday August 15 2015 - Thursday August 20 2015 Free

Fort Greene Park Summer Literary Festival

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Neighborhood children and teens ages 6 to 18 who have been part of this summer's New York Writers Coalition workshop will read alongside lit stars as part of the 11th annual fest. Afterwards, head to the Greenlight Bookstore for a party. Ages 6 and up.

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Fort Greene Park Saturday August 22 2015 Free

Blues BBQ Festival

Critics' pick

Hungry kids can get their fix on BBQ munchies at this outdoor festival featuring food from classic NYC BBQ joints. Last years vendors included Mighty Quinn's Barbeque, Delaney Barbecue and Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. While chowing down, enjoy performances by artists Otis Taylor Band, Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens, Jarekus Singleton, Vaneese Thomas, and The Ed Palermo Big Band. All ages.

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Hudson River Park, Pier 26 Saturday August 22 2015 Free
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