Spring fairs and festivals for NYC kids
Warm up at fine-weather fests in all five boroughs.
Thu Apr 22 2010
Sunday May 1
Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival
Sun May 1 10am--6pm. Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 900 Washington Ave between Carroll and Crown Sts, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (718-623-7200, bbg.org). Subway: 2, 3 to Eastern Pkwy--Brooklyn Museum. $15, students $10, children under 12 free.
Happening rain or shine, this weekend celebration of Japanese culture is legendary. The blooming cherry blossom esplanade isn't the only amazing sight. Many visitors dress up for the occasion, meaning fabulous traditional finery and cutting-edge anime outfits give the foliage some fierce competition. Lots of special programming's on tap, from exotic temporary tattoos, taiko drumming and Japanese DJs to presentations on manga art and flower arranging and live music and dance. All ages.
FREE Lexington Craft Fair
Sat May 1 10am--5pm. Lexington School for the Deaf, 25th Ave at 75th St, Jackson Heights, Queens (718-350-3300, lexnyc.org). Travel: E, F, M, R to Jackson Hts--Roosevelt Ave or 7 to 74th St--Broadway, then take the Q47 bus to 77th St and 30th Ave.
Help the kids get a head start on Mother's Day with handmade tote bags, frames, pottery and more from local artisans. —And get a head start on Bike Month by cycling over (bike riders get a discount on raffle tickets for prizes including jewelry, chocolates, free dinners and more). Need a boost? There's ice cream for the tots, Stumptown Coffee for you and Mediterranean snacks for all from the award-winning Bistro Trick. Proceeds will benefit the Lexington School and Center for the Deaf, with free hearing screenings on premises. All ages.
FREE New York City Irish Dance Festival
Sun May 1 1--8pm. W 66th St at the Hudson River (212-408-0219, irishartscenter.org). Subway: 1 to 66th St--Lincoln Ctr; 1, 2, 3 to 72nd St.
The jig is up (and so are the hornpipe, reel and other steps) at this Gaelic dance celebration offering performances by Niall O'Leary, the Donny Golden Dancers and other top hoofers—plus language lessons, dance workshops, face painting and seisins (music circles). The event doubles as the kickoff for the season-long Summer on the Hudson Festival. All ages.
Yankee Peddler Day
Sun May 1 10am--5pm. Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Ave at St. Patricks Pl (718-351-1611, historicrichmondtown.org). Travel: From the Staten Island Ferry, take the S74 bus to St. Patricks Pl. $2, seniors $1, children under 12 free.
Hunt for antiques, toys, crafts and other wares from more than 150 vendors at this annual flea market, which takes its name from the term for traveling salesmen in the colonial era. After shopping, check out Richmond Town's historic buildings and museum, peruse the Women's Auxiliary's baked goods and gift baskets (Mothers' Day is right around the corner) or grab a bite at Bennett Cafe. All ages.
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