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International Puppet Fringe Festival NYC
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International Puppet Fringe Festival NYC

Move over Broadway—there's some competition in town. For the first time, NYC will host the International Puppet Fringe Festival where theaters worldwide will come together for a week-long celebration of diversity, inclusion and of course, beautiful performances. It'll be the perfect way to wrap up the summer. All ages. 

icon-location-pin Governors Island
New York City Poetry Festival

Poets large and small will find something to love at this outdoor summertime event on Governors Island. Whether it's getting behind the mic and reciting some fierce stanzas, listening in as other poets perform their work or browsing publications from different writers, there is something for everyone at this gorgeous literary bonanza. All ages. 

Arthur Ashe Kids' Day
icon-location-pin Queens
Arthur Ashe Kids' Day

Kick off the 2017 U.S. Open in style at this annual tennis and music fest. The live stadium show features live performances from big names in music (TBA for this year) and past preformers have included Flo Rida, Zara Larsson and Troye Sivan. There will be exhibition matches and skills competitions with tennis pros. Be sure to come by with the family beforehand to check out the free activities on the grounds, like youth tennis workshops. hair braiding, face painting and autograph signings. All ages.      

Chile Pepper Festival
icon-location-pin Prospect Park
Chile Pepper Festival

Adventurous eaters descend upon the Chile festival, where taste-testing is reserved for the brave, to send off summer with a bang. Try some artisanal spicy snacks and desserts featuring products exclusively created for the festival (like chile chocolates). While you nosh, take the sizzling tunes from bands from all over the world while your kids enjoy fun activities. All Ages.

FlyNYC
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FlyNYC

Kids can let their imagination take off when they learn to craft unique kites, then send the creations sky-high. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after flying your airborne contraptions (and feel free to bring your own, since kite kits are given while supplies last). All ages.

Atlantic Antic
Things to do Atlantic Antic

Atlantic Ave closes down for New York City’s largest street fair, now in its 44th year and featuring hundreds of amazing vendors. Expect children's activities, delicious food of all kinds, live performances and more! All ages.

Get Hooked!
icon-location-pin Randall's Island
Get Hooked!

Spend Saturday catching (and releasing!) East River fish. There will also be games, snacks and crafts for younger sibs or those less familiar with the sport. Afterward dance to the nautical-themed music of Funkinships. Ages 5 and up. Meet on the Southern Shore, south of 103rd Street Footbridge

SUBMERGE
icon-location-pin Hell's Kitchen
SUBMERGE

Young explorers can dive into the world of marine science at Hudson River Park's NYC marine science festival SUBMERGE. Kids of all ages will love meeting real scientists and learning more about things like oysters, underwater robots, horseshoe crabs, knot-tying, whales, pollution and plankton (just to name a few). Check out hands-on activities and kid-approved science entertainment. There are also kayaking and fishing opportunities. All ages. 

Little Red Lighthouse Festival
icon-location-pin Morningside Heights
Little Red Lighthouse Festival

Manhattan’s last remaining (and most adorable) lighthouse fetes its special day with free tours, live music, theatrical performances, arts and crafts and fishing clinics along the Hudson. As always, families can listen to a reading of the 1942 children’s book, The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge by Hildegarde H. Swift, which prompted an effort to save the lighthouse when it was decommissioned in 1948 after the “gray bridge” (the George Washington Bridge) was built overhead. All ages.

Harvest Festival
icon-location-pin Randall's Island
Harvest Festival

It’s been another bountiful season at the Urban Farm! Celebrate all the Earth gives us at this annual festival, brought to you by Randall’s Island Park Alliance. There will be live music, self-guided tours of the Urban Farm, face painting, kite-flying and other fall fun! All ages.

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icon-location-pin The Bronx
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