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Best NYC street fairs and festivals for kids

Explore the coolest NYC street fairs and fun family fests this season. Many of these great festivals are cheap or free—don't miss 'em!

Photograph: Courtesy Brooklyn Botanic Garden

These NYC street fairs are perfect to visit as a family—just ask your kids! Family favorites like the Sheep Shearing Festival at Stone Barns are a springtime staple, while the Family Fun Day at Governors Island is a summertime staple. 

For more things to do as a family beyond fun NYC street fairs, check out our list of top-notch free activities for kids, fun outdoor activities for kids and other great things to do with kids in NYC.

NYC street fairs and festivals

Fifth Avenue Family Festival

Kids of all ages are invited to Park Slope for an afternoon of crafts, games, and activities. There will be live performances and appearances by Tuffy Tiger and Star Wars characters from the 501st Empire City Garrison and the Echo Base Rebel Legion and Empire Saber Guild. Don’t miss out on the giveaways and arrive early to snag a bag filled with gifts for the first 200 kids. All ages.

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Old Stone House , Downtown Saturday April 29 2017

Museum Mile Festival

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New York’s biggest block party hits town once more, offering free access to seven museums (from the Met to the Guggenheim) along a car-free mile sprinkled with music, art and entertainment. Kids can color up the sidewalk with chalk, get their faces painted, and enjoy performances by clowns, magicians, and more. Many different exhibitions will be on hand like “UPTOWN: nasty women/bad hombres” at El Museo del Barrio, featuring the works of artists who touch upon sexism, racism, homophobia, and violence through different media, or the Neue Galerie New York’s “Austrian Masterworks from the Neue Galerie New York” exhibit. The festival runs along Fifth Avenue between 82nd St and 105th St. All ages.  

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Various locations Tuesday June 13 2017
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World Science Festival

The annual science bonanza returns for its tenth year, this time highlighting the contributions of women and award-winning science teachers. Taking place in performing arts centers, museums and parks in all five boroughs, this giant fest offers both free and ticketed activities for the whole family. Visit worldsciencefestival.com to learn about the plethora of performances, debates, discussions and interactive demos the fest has in store this year. All ages.

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Various locations Tuesday May 30 2017 - Sunday June 4 2017

NYC Holi Hai

Come get colorful at Holi Hai, the traditional Indian Festival of Colors. Wear white and purchase colored powder from stalls. Then have fun throwing the colored powder onto one another and getting messy! The powders represent happiness, love and the freedom to live vibrantly. Celebrate Indian traditions through bright colors, music, dance, food and festivities. Visit the website to register for free. All ages.  

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Governors Island , Governors Island Saturday May 6 2017

Carroll Gardens-Cobble Hill Spring Crawl

Local restaurants come out to represent their neighborhoods offer up a variety of tasty dishes. Take your taste buds on a trip around the world with international plates. Children can check out the youth-run Hip2B Healthy Markets, which will be located at participating establishments in the area, to learn how to make healthier food choices. Kids will be selling nutritious snacks like parfaits, fresh-squeezed orange juice, fruits, and seedlings of edible plants locally grown by children. Proceeds from the event will benefit Seeds in the Middle’s programs, including Hip2B Healthy Markets and others that encourage youth to get fit and grow their own food. The festival will take place along Smith, Court, Clinton, and Henry Streets and south of Atlantic Avenue. All ages.

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Various locations Thursday April 27 2017
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Sakura Matsuri

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You might think you're suddenly in Japan at the BBG's legendary spring festival celebrating the peak of the cherry blossom season. The Japanese tradition of Sakuri Matsuri (cherry blossom festival) celebrates spring, the arts and the great outdoors with a slew of cultural arts and general merry making. All ages.

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden , Prospect Park Saturday April 29 2017 - Sunday April 30 2017

Sheep Shearing Fest

Celebrate the beginning of the spring season and enjoy a day of kid-friendly activities, crafts, and live music. Kids get to watch farmers shear a flock of sheep, learn about wool and pasture-raised sheep, check out professional weavers and spinners and try out carding, combing and felting wool. Also, follow the farmers and educators on tours and watch demonstrations. After the shearing is finished, kids can even help herd the sheep out to the pasture! All ages.  

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More fun activities for kids

Best outdoor activities for kids in NYC

There are plenty of outdoor activities for kids in New York City—many you'll even love doing as a family! Explore the coolest skating rinks, parks, family attractions, and campgrounds in cooler weather, and check out our favorite NYC beaches, swimming pools and berry-picking hotspots when it's toasty. 

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By: Allie Early

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