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NYC street fairs and festivals for families

This season's exciting lineup of NYC street fairs and festivals offers only the best

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When the warmer temps appear, so do wonderful NYC street fairs (and fun festivals!) across town—a great way to spend an afternoon with your entire family. The best part is that most are free activities for kids, which means you can save your hard-earned dollars for a tasty lunch.

Seeking more warm-weather fun? Don't miss out on our favorite movie screenings, outdoor activities for kids and favorite summer activities for kids!

NYC street fairs and festivals

SummerStage

It's back! The City Parks Foundation returns with its annual feast of free outdoor performances. This year features over 100 events (!), taking place in 16 different parks throughout the five boroughs. Little ones will especially enjoy the musical stylings of DJ Rich Medina (June 19, 4pm, Red Hook Park), Justin Roberts & The Not Ready for Naptime Players (July 10, 3pm, Central Park), Legacy Women (July 17, 4pm, St. Mary's Park), Secret Agent 23 Skidoo (Aug 7, 4pm, Clove Lakes Park) and DJ Spinna (Aug 14, 4pm, East River Park). Visit cityparksfoundation.org/summerstage to see the full schedule. All ages.    

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Various locations Until Wednesday August 31 2016

Brooklyn Bridge Park Family Field Day

Raise your heart rate and your spirits with some good old-fashioned outdoor recreation at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Family Field Days. Happening once a month from June to August, each event offers a different set of activities tailored to the location. These athletic events have something for every member of your team, including Hula-Hoop races, volleyball clinics, soccer drills and bocce. Family Field Days are free, and all necessary equipment is provided—just bring some good sneakers, a nutritious snack and a whole lot of energy! Between Adams St and Atlantic Ave. All ages.

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Brooklyn Bridge Park , Brooklyn Heights Saturday August 20 2016

38th Annual Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Pow Wow

Each summer, more than 40 Native American nations converge in the apple orchards of the Queens County Farm Museum for an intertribal dance competition. Hosted by the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers, this massive event is New York City’s largest and longest-running annual powwow. When kids aren’t marveling at the elaborate traditional dress, booming drums and dynamic performances, they can snack on Native American foods and grab a souvenir from one of the many art, craft and jewelry vendors. Seating is limited, so bring your own chairs or blankets, and be sure to stick around until sunset for the huge bonfire. All ages.  

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Queens County Farm Museum , Queens Friday July 29 2016 - Sunday July 31 2016

Family Performance Festival

Throughout the summer, the Central Park Conservancy presents eco-friendly performances for families every Sunday at noon. Attend a Father's Day dance party with Aly Sunshine and Funkytown Playground (June 19), bop along with the musical storytelling of Diane Edgecomb (July 10) and Catskill Puppet Theater (Aug 14) and participate in scientific experiments with Mad Science (Sep 4). Visit centralparknyc.org for the full list of activities and performances. All ages.

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Central Park, Great Hill , Central Park Until Sunday September 4 2016

Live at the Archway

The Manhattan Bridge Archway is the place to be on Thursday evenings this summer, when this free 18-week performance series serves up swing dancing, world roots music, DJs and more. Kids can shimmy along with lively latin music ensemble Los Hacheros on June 2 and marvel at the ensaring puppet productions of Great Small Works July 28 and Sep 22. Visit dumbo.is to see the full schedule. All ages.

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The Archway Under the Manhattan Bridge , DUMBO Thursday July 28 2016 - Thursday September 29 2016

Community Family Days

Hosted by City Parks Foundation’s SummerStage Kids fest, this family-friendly summer series presents super fun and interactive music and dance performances in parks around the city—for free! Boogie to the tunes of DJ Rich Medina (June 19, Red Hook Park, Brooklyn, Clinton St between Bay St, 4–7pm), sing with the Christian Cultural Center's C3 Choir (June 26, Betsy Head Park, Brooklyn, Dumont Ave and Strauss St, 4–7pm), bop along to Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players (July 10, Central Park, Rumsey Playfield, E 69th St and East Dr, 6–9pm) and wiggle with Secret Agent 23 Skidoo (Aug 7, Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island, Clove Rd and Beverly Ave, 4–7pm), plus many more top-notch acts. Visit cityparksfoundation.org to see the full schedule. All ages.

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Various locations Sunday July 31 2016 - Sunday August 14 2016

38th Annual Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Pow Wow

Each summer, more than 40 Native American nations converge in the apple orchards of the Queens County Farm Museum for an intertribal dance competition. Hosted by the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers, this massive event is New York City’s largest and longest-running annual powwow. When kids aren’t marveling at the elaborate traditional dress, booming drums and dynamic performances, they can snack on Native American foods and grab a souvenir from one of the many art, craft and jewelry vendors. Seating is limited, so bring your own chairs or blankets, and be sure to stick around until sunset for the huge bonfire. All ages.  

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Queens County Farm Museum , Queens Friday July 29 2016 - Sunday July 31 2016

Atlantic Antic

Atlantic Ave closes down for New York City’s largest street fair, now in its 42nd year and featuring over 500 vendors and 15 stages. But there’s more to see here than stands hawking crepes and roasted corn (although there are plenty of those, too): visitors can expect a lineup of activities about as long as the avenue itself, including an entire block dedicated to kids with pony rides, a bouncy house, face painting, a photo booth and more. All ages.

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Various locations Sunday September 25 2016

Brooklyn Americana Music Festival

Mosey on down to the second-annual Brooklyn Americana Festival, where the family can shimmy and sway to live country, folk, roots, blues, old time and bluegrass. Visit bkamf.com for the full schedule. All ages.

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Various locations Friday September 23 2016 - Sunday September 25 2016

SUBMERGE! NYC Marine Science Festival

Young explorers can delve into the world of marine science at this family-friendly festival promising "a splash of science in the city." Hudson River Park and The New York Hall of Science will bring awareness to NYC's coastal waterways with a day of free, hands-on activities and presentations. See what noted scientists are up to, get in on citizen science activities and go kayaking. Live music and catch-and-release fishing will be on offer throughout the day. Ages 5 and up.  

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Hudson River Park, Pier 26 , Tribeca Saturday September 24 2016
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By: Allie Early

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