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The best street fairs NYC has to offer

Soak up the sun while attending these street fairs NYC offers with live music, great grub and vintage shopping

Shaye Weaver
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Shaye Weaver
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If you need another reason to get excited for summer, NYC street fairs take over various blocks in all five boroughs when the weather gets warmer. While frolicking through these vehicle-free roads, snack on sensational eats from the best restaurants in NYC and score stellar throwback wares and antiques as you would find at our city’s finest vintage clothing stores. As enjoyable as eating and shopping can be, there are many more things to do outside, from rocking out at outdoor concerts to peeping at some street art. Take advantage of the beautiful weather, including awesome free things to do, while the streets are full of fun.

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Best street fairs in NYC

Pop Up New York Street Fairs
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1. Pop Up New York Street Fairs

If you’ve ever encountered a random street fair while wandering the city, chances it's Pop Up New York's doing. The brand hosts numerous outdoor bonanzas while giving back to local non-profits. From the end of April to late October, the company hosts a new wave of bazaars featuring up-and-coming restaurants, designers and musicians in trendy neighborhoods. Check out the full lineup of upcoming events online.

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After over a year of searching for a new spot to reopen, Hester Street Fair is set to return at The Seaport, starting on Labor Day Weekend. On September 4 and 5, the classic Hester Street Fair market with music by Wade & Sammy will kick it off, followed by its popular Vintage Day on September 18, another market with all-day vinyl music on October 9 and a Halloween-themed market on October 30.

 

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At this massive grub hub, there’s only one rule: Come hungry. The Brooklyn Flea spin-off draws more than 10,000 visitors per day with a slew of 75 to 100 incredible food vendors. Our pro tip? Make sure you peruse the lineup before you go—those mouthwatering scents and the bevy of choices can make you dizzy (and the dense crowds can make you hangry).

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This open-air bazaar is Queens’ answer to the Brooklyn Flea, as both markets offer a wide array of retro wares and antiques, finger-licking–delicious eats and gorgeous skyline views that could bring a tear to the eye of the most jaded New Yorker. But it certainly pays to take a train or ferry to enjoy the Flea’s all-Queens Beer and Wine Garden. Just check its website before you head over — dates have not yet been announced.

Ready to do some outdoor day-drinking?

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