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The best NYC street fairs

Gotham knows how to do outdoor fun! Get outside and check out the best NYC street fairs and markets this season.

Photograph: Courtesy Atisha Paulson
Hester Street Fair

Once the weather starts getting warmer, that means it’s finally time for NYC street fairs. Get ready for vehicle-free roads adorned with some of your favorite bites from the best restaurants in NYC that are doling out cheap eats NYC-style, vintage clothing, jewelry, artisanal crafts, live music and even more fun things to do outside. Take advantage of the beautiful weather, including awesome free things to do, while these streets are full of fun.

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Best NYC street fairs

PopUp New York Street Fairs

If you’ve ever stumbled upon a random street fair while wandering around the city, chances are the market came from Pop Up New York—a brand that hosts numerous outdoor bonanzas while giving back to local non-profits. From the end of April to late October, the company hosts a new wave of street fairs featuring up-and-coming restaurants, designers and musicians in trendy neighborhoods. Check out the full lineup of upcoming markets online, including Central Park Eats, Meatpacking MKT, Forest Hills Feast and Chelsea Eats. 

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Until Wed Apr 27

Crafts on Columbus

Craft-addicts, get ready to give into your Crayola-crazed vice! For three weekends, head to Columbus Avenue to shop for goods from over 100 different artists and designers. You’ll find plenty of ceramics, jewelry, photography, sculptures, homemade wares and more.

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Sat Apr 30 - Sun May 15

Madison Square Eats

Twice a year, this outdoor food fest brings buzzworthy bites from the city’s best restaurants to Worth Square in the Flatiron District—think chef Angie Mar’s delicious burgers from the Beatrice Inn and Roberta’s sensational pizza. The one-stop shop for the tastiest grub in town will be available every day until May 27, so make sure to wear your stretchy pants.

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Sat Apr 30 - Fri May 27

Smorgasburg

At this massive grub hub, there’s only one rule: Come hungry. The Brooklyn Flea spin-off draws more than 10,000 visitors per day with a slew of 75 to 100 incredible food vendors. Our pro tip? Make sure you peruse the lineup before you go—those mouthwatering scents and the bevy of choices can make you dizzy (and the dense crowds can make you hangry). Highlights include Vietnamese food from Bep, Goa Taco’s avant-garde fare as well as incredible sandwiches from newbies Heros and Villians  and Red Table Catering. Go on, give into gluttony. (We won’t judge.)

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East River State Park , Williamsburg Saturday July 30 2016 - Saturday October 1 2016

Frieze Art Fair

One of the city’s most-hyped alfresco attractions returns to Randall’s Island Park, where tens of thousands wander through innovative works from elite galleries around the globe. Expect highly Instagrammable public works, hands-on DIY projects and plenty of chances for some arty interaction.

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Thu May 5 - Sun May 8

Hester Street Fair

This Lower East Side flea hosts one of the best collections of food vendors in Manhattan, with more upstarts joining the fray each week. Standouts from recent years include Adirondack Creamery, an upstate outfit that makes ice cream using local dairy, and Wonder City Coffee & Donut Bar stand—a spin-off of the Brindle Room’s morning java service.

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Hester Street Fair Sat May 14 - Sat Oct 29

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit

This city tradition feels fresh every spring when artists following in the footsteps of Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning set up shop in the park. Hundreds of exhibitors, from NYU students to artists who remember the Village as a creative enclave, display their paintings, sculptures, photography, jewelry and woodcraft.

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Sat May 28 - Sun Jun 5

Taste of Times Square

Fifty neighborhood restaurants convene in New York's Crossroads of the World for this annual fest, offering visitors and natives alike international grub including Italian from Barbetta, Latin from La Pulperia and all-American BBQ from Virgin's Real Barbecue. One-buck taste tickets will be available, with dishes costing two to six tickets each.

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06 Jun 2016

PrideFest

You know those street fairs that pop up around the city whenever the weather is nice? The ones everyone pretends to hate, but secretly can't resist walking into? Pridefest is one of those—but with way more sequins. In addition to enjoying the usual street-fair fare—tube socks, hilarious T-shirts, greasy treats—you can pick up information about public health, collect swag from corporate sponsors, and mingle with a crowd full of Pride revelers and shell-shocked Village residents. After things wrap up, you can work off that street food at the Dance on the Pier.

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26 Jun 2016

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Comments

10 comments
Debra S
Debra S

Vendy Plaza opens on May 1. It's held every Sunday from noon-6pm at the historic La Marqueta at 116th & Park. Unlike other fairs/markets in NYC, Vendy Plaza focuses on the diverse foods of NYC's immigrant communities and promotes emerging food businesses. Come check it out! If you visit 5 times, you get a FREE BEER!!

Matthew
Matthew

All NYC Street fairs have become nothing but crapfests. Every one has the same garbage, and that's all it is. They have zero to do with the neighborhood that hosts them and clog up the streets with unnecessary junk. Why would you want to go to one of these junkfests? I'm grateful for this list so I know what places to avoid on any given summer weekend in NYC!

Lawrence J
Lawrence J

@Matthew The Big Apple BBQ Block Party is nothing of the sort, you are sadly mistaken. 

Robin
Robin

The booth street fair cosmetics has tons of discount makeup! Lauder, Lancôme !!

sean R
sean R

Good list but missing some major events like jamaica ave which runs for about 20 blocks in queens on Sat Aug 3

maude blake
maude blake

Thanks, it was so easy to find the fair i wanted to go

Anonymous
Anonymous

Most of the fairs are the same, so content is pretty much what you would expect. Things being sold, food, drinks and crowds. No surprise there!

Anonymous
Anonymous

This is a great list but a bit of detail about what is actually HAPPENING at each festival would be good... the websites aren't much help.

Anonymous
Anonymous

This list is always hugely helpful. Thank you for publishing these every week.