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Things to do in New York: 25 can’t-miss fests in September 2013

Fall festival season is here! This month, find county fairs, mile-long fleas, art-themed fests and other great things to do in New York City.


While it may be time for youngsters to hit the books, keep weekends wide open for tons of family-friendly fairs and festivals (many are free!) around the city. This September, expect outdoor block parties, themed festivals (think kites, carousels and puppies) and tons more to soften the back-to-school blow. Grab your calendar and a marker, and click through our top 25 festivals this month.

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  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Things to do in New York: 25 can’t-miss fests in September 2013

    1. Boogie down at a disco-themed party at Hip Tot Family Day (September 29).

  • Things to do in New York: 25 can’t-miss fests in September 2013

    2. Stroll New York City's largest street fair, the Atlantic Antic, when it takes over more than a mile of the Brooklyn thoroughfare (September 29).

     

     

  • Things to do in New York: 25 can’t-miss fests in September 2013

    3. Gear up for the classroom with the NYC Parks and Recreation Department's annual Back to School Festival (September 7).

  • Things to do in New York: 25 can’t-miss fests in September 2013

    4. Take boat rides, sample vendor fare and have a spin on a few small rides at the Battery Park City Block Party (September 28).

  • Things to do in New York: 25 can’t-miss fests in September 2013

    5. Ride on a pony and learn how to make cider at the oldest standing structure in the city during the Breukelen Country Fair (September 21).

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    Things to do in New York: 25 can’t-miss fests in September 2013

    6. Meet local kid-lit authors and participate in the Draw-Off at this year's Brooklyn Book Festival (September 22).

  • Photograph: Etienne Frossard

    Things to do in New York: 25 can’t-miss fests in September 2013

    7. Make and set soar your own high-flying creations at the Brooklyn Kite Festival in Brooklyn Bridge Park (September 14).

  • Photograph: Dominic Perri

    Things to do in New York: 25 can’t-miss fests in September 2013

    8. Groove to a DJ at Carroll Park Family Fun Day (September 22).

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Things to do in New York: 25 can’t-miss fests in September 2013

    9. Interact with some seriously awesome installations at the Dumbo Arts Festival (September 27–29).

  • Things to do in New York: 25 can’t-miss fests in September 2013

    10. Watch alfresco dance performances in streets of the East Village at the FAB! Festival (September 28).

  • Photographer: Filip Wolak

    Things to do in New York: 25 can’t-miss fests in September 2013

    11. Join the crowds on Mulberry Street for games, carnival rides and a cannoli-eating competition at the 11-day Feast of San Gennaro (September 12–22).

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Things to do in New York: 25 can’t-miss fests in September 2013

    12. See the world's first festival of vintage carousel rides every weekend on Governors Island at Fête Paradiso.

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    Things to do in New York: 25 can’t-miss fests in September 2013

    13. Catch musical performances, bird-watch, make crafts (or, you know, go fish) at the Go Fish! Festival (September 21).

  • Things to do in New York: 25 can’t-miss fests in September 2013

    14. Scope out over 200 types of furry friends at AKC Meet the Breeds, all of whom will be stationed at booths for a proper greeting (September 28–29).

     

  • Things to do in New York: 25 can’t-miss fests in September 2013

    15. Make bumblebee hats, learn to buzz with a kazoo and taste the sweet stuff at Honey Weekend at Wave Hill (September 28–29).

     

     

  • Photograph: courtesy of Shinnyo-en

    Things to do in New York: 25 can’t-miss fests in September 2013

    16. Craft and set sail an illuminated wish at the Lantern Floating for Peace (September 22).

  • Photograph: Richard Blum

    Things to do in New York: 25 can’t-miss fests in September 2013

    17. Celebrate National Estuaries Day (yes, that's a thing!) at Alley Pond's Little Neck Bay Festival (September 28).

  • Photograph: Jonathan Aprea

    Things to do in New York: 25 can’t-miss fests in September 2013

    18. Craft gorgeous lanterns for the Miller Theatre's second annual Morningside Lights (September 14–20), then show them off in a twilight procession (September 20).

  • Photograph: Leigh Vogel/Getty Images for Nickelodeon

    Things to do in New York: 25 can’t-miss fests in September 2013

    19. Double-dutch, do Zumba—anything besides watch TV—at Nickelodeon's Worldwide Day of Play in Prospect Park (September 21).

  • Things to do in New York: 25 can’t-miss fests in September 2013

    20. Walk through the Amazing Maize Maze and find other quaint, rural activities without leaving city limits at the Queens County Fair (September 21–22).

  • Photograph: Donna F. Aceto

    Things to do in New York: 25 can’t-miss fests in September 2013

    21. Meet a farm animal (or two) and play carnival games at Riverside Park's West Side County Fair (September 8).

  • Things to do in New York: 25 can’t-miss fests in September 2013

    23. Spend a day in Staten Island watching local performers rock the stage at the Westerleigh Folk Festival (September 21).

  • Things to do in New York: 25 can’t-miss fests in September 2013

    22. Watch puppet shows and student performances at the first-ever Westbeth Kids Groove Festival (September 22).

  • Photograph: World Maker Faire

    Things to do in New York: 25 can’t-miss fests in September 2013

    24. Channel your inner STEM geek by seeing live experiments and wacky demos at NYSCI's World Maker Faire (September 21–22). 

  • Photograph: courtesy of 92Y

    Things to do in New York: 25 can’t-miss fests in September 2013

    25. Sample the Upper East Side institution's fitness, art and music offerings in the open air at 92Y Street Fest (September 15).

Photograph: Marielle Solan

Things to do in New York: 25 can’t-miss fests in September 2013

1. Boogie down at a disco-themed party at Hip Tot Family Day (September 29).


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