Best kids' festivals and fairs in NYC

Kids' festivals and fairs in NYC are a great way for families to enjoy fun activities on the cheap, so don't miss out
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How are you supposed to celebrate each season accordingly without attending NYC's best kids' festivals? You simply can't! Head to these recurring fairs throughout the boroughs. With great food, fun activities and unique entertainment, there's no excuse to miss out. Even better? Most of the events are free of charge. 

Mark your calendars for the upcoming can't-miss happenings like SUBMERGE, the Medieval Festival, Ghouls & Gourds and more! We'll see you there. 

Be sure to check out NYC's best kids' playgroundscarousels and outdoor activities!

Kids' festivals and fairs in NYC

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World Maker Faire

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This wacky West Coast transplant displays unbelievable experiments that will have your little mad scientists in awe. Budding innovators are invited to craft and build by using the world around us as their inspiration. Allow the DIY Tesla coil kits that shoot lightning and the 3-D chocolate printing machine to inspire your kiddos' creations. Past lineups have involved running through a life-size mousetrap, watching a Coke Zero and Mentos mountain explode, shooting marshmallows, flying model drones and powering your own DIY rides. All ages.

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Atlantic Antic

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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.

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Little Red Lighthouse Festival

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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.

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Chile Pepper Festival

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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.

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Medieval Festival at Fort Tryon Park

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Time-travel back to the Middle Ages and enjoy its ancient forms of fun. Wandering Fort Tryon Park's lush grounds, families can rub shoulders with performers and festivalgoers dressed in clothing typical of the era, listen to authentic period music, and watch the antics of jugglers and jesters. All ages.

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Harvest Festival

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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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Ghouls & Gourds

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The colorful harvest celebration returns to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden to host Halloween revelers of all ages. Visitors can participate in a wacky costume parade, play festive games, hear the best children's stories and listen to live performances. Ghouls and goblins of all ages will get a kick out of this spooktacular event. All ages.

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