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17 free things to do in NYC with kids this weekend: Sept 21–22

Herald in New York’s prettiest season with free events, like the Brooklyn Book Fest, the Morningside Lights Parade, art shows, outdoor concerts and more.

We couldn’t be more excited about the coming of fall—anyone who appreciates sweater weather, autumn foliage and apple- or pumpkin-flavored treats knows that it’s the best season to be in NYC. That’s why this weekend, there’s about a million awesome family-friendly events, many of which are absolutely free! Click through our slide show to see each and every one, including a folk festival on Staten Island, an outdoor disco dance party and the Brooklyn Book Festival, where we’ll be touting our ever-popular photo booth! Happy autumn!

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  • Photograph: Jonathan Aprea

    1. Follow marine-themed lanterns float in a twilight procession at the Morningside Lights Parade.

  • Photograph: Courtesy of BPCPC

    2. Go fish (and then release 'em!) at the Go Fish Festival in Battery Park City.

  • 3. Take a tour of the longest-running art show in the city at Snug Harbor's 63rd Annual Fence Show.

  • Courtesy American Folk Art Museum

    4. Explore the American Folk Art Museum's special exhibition, then write or draw a personal story at Bill Traylor Family Day.

  • 5. See local musicians perform all day long at the Westerleigh Folk Festival.

  • Photograph: Dominic Perri

    6. Design a zine, meet an author-illustrator and learn to dance hip-hop at El Museo del Barrio's Super Sabado.

  • 7. See a free concert and come home with "princess swag" at Moey's Royal Princess Ball at Bloomingdale's.

  • Photograph: MoMA Design Store

    8. Meet author Frank Viva and read his new book, Young Frank Architect at the first event in the MoMA Design Store Book Series this fall.

  • Photograph: Malcolm Pickney

    9. Cheer on talented youngsters at the Rapid Chess Open in Central Park.

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    10. Meet acclaimed authors, partake in a Draw-Off and snap a cover shot in our photo booth at the Brooklyn Book Festival.

  • Photograph: Dominic Perri

    11. Boogie down outdoors at a disco dance party before settling in for crafts and munchies at the Carroll Park Family Fun Day.

  • Photograph: Photo Bureau

    12. Let artists help you craft kites and set them soaring over the rooftop of Port Authority at Kite Flight.

  • Photograph: courtesy of Shinnyo-en

    13. Dedicate paper lanterns to wishes for peace in a modern Buddhist ceremony inside Trump Rink.

  • 14. Watch performances by young musicians, take part in songwriting workshops and win instruments at the Westbeth Kids Groove Festival.

  • Photograph: Julie Markes

    15. See the first Torah scroll completed by a woman in NYC, then stick around for CBE's Sukkot Block Party.

  • Photograph: Elyssa Goodman

    16. Party in the streets of Little Italy at the last weekend of the Feast of San Gennaro.

  • 17. Peruse the shipping containers at Brooklyn Bridge Park to see works of photojournalism and portraiture at Photoville.



Photograph: Jonathan Aprea

1. Follow marine-themed lanterns float in a twilight procession at the Morningside Lights Parade.

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