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Festivals

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New York City is filled with celebrations of all types. From Coney Island's Mermaid Parade to the Dance Parade, and beyond, parades and festivals large and small bring joy to people of all ages and interests.

Festivals Events

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Apr 4

Egg Hunt

at Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center (in Williamsbridge Oval) , Bronx

11:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Join us for a free egg hunt, carnival games, a potato sack race and face painting!
Free!

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Kids
Apr 4

Spring Egg-stravaganza!

at Queens Botanical Garden , Queens

12:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Join us for "egg-xellent" fun for the family!

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Kids
Apr 4

McGolrick Egg Hunt & Spring Parade

at Central Pavilion (in Msgr. McGolrick Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Meet the Easter Bunny and join the egg hunt, followed by a spring parade!

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Kids

Monday, April 6, 2015

Apr 6

Tartan Week Lunchtime Concerts

at Fountain Terrace (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan

12:30 p.m.1:30 p.m.
The American Scottish Foundation brings a bit of Scotland to the park with a series of lunchtime musical and cultural performances to celebrate Tartan Week.
Free!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Apr 7

Tartan Week Lunchtime Concerts

at Fountain Terrace (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan

12:30 p.m.1:30 p.m.
The American Scottish Foundation brings a bit of Scotland to the park with a series of lunchtime musical and cultural performances to celebrate Tartan Week.
Free!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Apr 8

Tartan Week Lunchtime Concerts

at Fountain Terrace (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan

12:30 p.m.1:30 p.m.
The American Scottish Foundation brings a bit of Scotland to the park with a series of lunchtime musical and cultural performances to celebrate Tartan Week.
Free!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Apr 9

Tartan Week Lunchtime Concerts

at Fountain Terrace (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan

12:30 p.m.1:30 p.m.
The American Scottish Foundation brings a bit of Scotland to the park with a series of lunchtime musical and cultural performances to celebrate Tartan Week.
Free!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Apr 10

Tartan Week Lunchtime Concerts

at Fountain Terrace (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan

12:30 p.m.1:30 p.m.
The American Scottish Foundation brings a bit of Scotland to the park with a series of lunchtime musical and cultural performances to celebrate Tartan Week.
Free!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Apr 11

Tartan Week Pipe and Drums

at Fountain Terrace (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan

11:30 a.m.1:00 p.m.
The American Scottish Foundation (ASF) brings a bit of Scotland to the park with a series of musical and cultural performances to celebrate Tartan Week. Bring your kilts and swing on…
Free!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Apr 15

Arts, Culture & Fun: The Beginning of Our Universe

at Tony Dapolito Recreation Center , Manhattan

7:30 p.m.9:30 p.m.
Although our observable Universe is almost 14 billion years old, the basis for much of what we see today was laid in the first 400,000 years. In fact, the first tenth of the first…
Free!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Apr 25

Dachshund Spring Fiesta

at Washington Square Park , Manhattan

12:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Come out to the 23rd annual Dachshund Spring Fiesta: a social gathering of dachshunds and their owners!
Free!

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Apr 26

Arbor Festival

at Queens Botanical Garden , Queens

11:00 a.m.6:00 p.m.
Arbor Festival Sunday, April 26, 11am to 6pm Fee: Free with Garden Admission (extra fee for certain activities) It’s a fun-filled day at QBG’s Arbor Festival. Come enjoy a…

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Saturday, May 2, 2015

May 2

Elements Art Expo NYC

at Conference House Park , Staten Island

10:00 a.m.6:00 p.m.
The art scholar and novice alike will delight in finding art along the trails, by the shore and on the open green of the park, in the large tent as well as the Conference House.
Free!

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May 2

Cherry Blossom Festival

at Urban Farm (in Randall's Island Park) , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
The cherry trees are blooming! Come join the Randall’s Island Park Alliance at our free annual Cherry Blossom Festival – all are welcomed!
Free!

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

May 3

Summer on the Hudson: Irish Arts Center Presents Irish Dance Festival

at Pier I (in Riverside Park South) , Manhattan

1:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.
Irish Arts Center returns to Riverside Park South for its 14th annual day-long celebration of Irish dance & culture with traditional music & moves from notable talent & local students.
Free!

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Saturday, May 9, 2015

May 9

Urban Wildlife Appreciation Day

at Indian Road Lawn (in Inwood Hill Park) , Manhattan

12:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Learn about squirrels, coyotes, skunks, urban birds, and more.
Free!

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May 9

Summer on the Hudson: Playdates! in West Harlem Piers Park

at West Harlem Piers Park , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Come have a family & friends play date at this outdoor kiddie party featuring children’s entertainers, arts & crafts, and neighborhood fun!
Free!

Best For
Kids

Sunday, May 10, 2015

May 10

Japan 4M Run and Festival

at East Drive near East 68th Street (in Central Park) , Manhattan

8:00 a.m.
Celebrate traditional and contemporary Japanese culture at this four-mile race in Central Park, now in its ninth year. The race and accompanying kids' races are part of Japan…

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Friday, May 15, 2015

May 15

Summer on the Hudson: Harlem Dances with City Stompers

at West Harlem Piers Park , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.
Wear dancing shoes and join different local companies as they demonstrate and teach you the moves.
Free!

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

May 16

Arts, Culture & Fun: Limited Partnership

at Poe Park Visitors Center (in Poe Park) , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

1:15 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Decades before The Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8, one gay couple, a Filipino American and an Australian, took on the U.S. government to fight for equality.
Free!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

May 17

Summer on the Hudson: Mamapalooza Outdoor Extravaganza

at Pier I (in Riverside Park South) , Manhattan

12:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
Celebrate mothers and the people who love them at our annual music and art-filled festival featuring all-ages bands, kids activities, Gymboree Play Tent, crafts,…
Free!

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Kids

Monday, May 18, 2015

May 18

Summer on the Hudson: Literary Lounge

at Red Shade Plaza (in Riverside Park South) , Manhattan

6:30 p.m.8:00 p.m.
SOH and Lamprophonic team up to bring local writers of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction out into nature. Come hear a reading, a moderated discussion, and join in an open Q&A.
Free!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

May 19

Summer on the Hudson: Make Some Noise: A Celebration of Women and Music

at Crabapple Grove North (in Riverside Park) , Manhattan

5:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Barnard College and Summer on the Hudson present a celebration of women in music with some of finest musicians from NYC colleges and universities at an evening performance.
Free!

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

May 21

Summer on the Hudson: Locomotive Lawn Live

at Locomotive Lawn (in Riverside Park South) , Manhattan

10:30 a.m.11:00 a.m.
Bilingual Birdies celebrates language and culture with fun-filled live music, dance, and puppetry! Concerts may be held in Spanish, French, Mandarin, Hebrew, or English.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Thursday, May 28, 2015

May 28

Summer on the Hudson: Locomotive Lawn Live

at Locomotive Lawn (in Riverside Park South) , Manhattan

10:30 a.m.11:00 a.m.
Bilingual Birdies celebrates language and culture with fun-filled live music, dance, and puppetry! Concerts may be held in Spanish, French, Mandarin, Hebrew, or English.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, May 30, 2015

May 30

Strawberry Festival

at Lower Highland Playground (in Highland Park) , Queens  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
There will be entertainment, crafts, games, inflatables, music, tattoo artist, face painting, strawberry eating contest, carnival games, and much more!
Free!

Best For
Kids

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Jun 4

Summer on the Hudson: Locomotive Lawn Live

at Locomotive Lawn (in Riverside Park South) , Manhattan

10:30 a.m.11:00 a.m.
Bilingual Birdies celebrates language and culture with fun-filled live music, dance, and puppetry! Concerts may be held in Spanish, French, Mandarin, Hebrew, or English.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Jun 7

World's Fair Anniversary Festival

at Unisphere (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park) , Queens

1:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
We're celebrating the 75th and 50th anniversaries of the NYC World's Fair with a full day of free activities for all.
Free!

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Jun 11

Summer on the Hudson: Locomotive Lawn Live

at Locomotive Lawn (in Riverside Park South) , Manhattan

10:30 a.m.11:00 a.m.
Bilingual Birdies celebrates language and culture with fun-filled live music, dance, and puppetry! Concerts may be held in Spanish, French, Mandarin, Hebrew, or English.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Monday, June 15, 2015

Jun 15

Summer on the Hudson: Literary Lounge

at Red Shade Plaza (in Riverside Park South) , Manhattan

6:30 p.m.8:00 p.m.
SOH and Lamprophonic team up to bring local writers of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction out into nature. Come hear a reading, a moderated discussion, and join in an open Q&A.
Free!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Jun 16

Washington Square Music Festival

at Garibaldi Plaza (in Washington Square Park) , Manhattan

8:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
Join us in Washington Square Park for the 57th season of the Washington Square Music Festival, with free al fresco concerts in the square!
Free!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Jun 18

Summer on the Hudson: Locomotive Lawn Live

at Locomotive Lawn (in Riverside Park South) , Manhattan

10:30 a.m.11:00 a.m.
Bilingual Birdies celebrates language and culture with fun-filled live music, dance, and puppetry! Concerts may be held in Spanish, French, Mandarin, Hebrew, or English.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Jun 23

Washington Square Music Festival

at Garibaldi Plaza (in Washington Square Park) , Manhattan

8:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
Join us in Washington Square Park for the 57th season of the Washington Square Music Festival with free al fresco concerts in the Square! Tuesday, June 23, 8pm André Caplet:…
Free!

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Jun 24

Latin Dancing Festival

at Fountain Terrace (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan

5:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
Come to midtown's biggest social dance party, with three bands and three different dancing styles. Hosted and produced by Talia Castro-Pozo.
Free!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Jun 25

Summer on the Hudson: Locomotive Lawn Live

at Locomotive Lawn (in Riverside Park South) , Manhattan

10:30 a.m.11:00 a.m.
Bilingual Birdies celebrates language and culture with fun-filled live music, dance, and puppetry! Concerts may be held in Spanish, French, Mandarin, Hebrew, or English.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Jun 30

Washington Square Music Festival

at Garibaldi Plaza (in Washington Square Park) , Manhattan

8:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
Join us in Washington Square Park for the 57th season of the Washington Square Music Festival, with free al fresco concerts in the square!
Free!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Jul 7

Washington Square Music Festival

at Garibaldi Plaza (in Washington Square Park) , Manhattan

8:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
Join us in Washington Square Park for the 57th season of the Washington Square Music Festival.
Free!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Jul 11

Summer on the Hudson: Playdates! in West Harlem Piers Park

at West Harlem Piers Park , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Come have a family & friends play date at this outdoor kiddie party featuring children’s entertainers, arts & crafts, and neighborhood fun!
Free!

Best For
Kids

Monday, July 20, 2015

Jul 20

Summer on the Hudson: Literary Lounge

at Red Shade Plaza (in Riverside Park South) , Manhattan

6:30 p.m.8:00 p.m.
SOH and Lamprophonic team up to bring local writers of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction out into nature. Come hear a reading, a moderated discussion, and join in an open Q&A.
Free!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Jul 22

Water Festival

at Beach 108th Street (in Seaside Playground) , Queens

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
There will be water inflatables, bounce houses, cotton candy, popcorn, and giveaways.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Aug 8

Summer on the Hudson: Playdates! in West Harlem Piers Park

at West Harlem Piers Park , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Come have a family & friends play date at this outdoor kiddie party featuring children’s entertainers, arts & crafts, and neighborhood fun!
Free!

Best For
Kids

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Aug 9

Canine Ice Cream

at Rockaway Freeway Dog Park (in Rockaway Freeway) , Queens  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Enjoy music, games, dog-friendly ice cream treats, and more! Giveaway bag for the first 25 people.
Free!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Aug 13

Kids In Motion Festival

at Columbus Park , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
Join us for a day of free and fun activities! There will be arts & crafts, fun games, Zumba, and much more! This event is open to boys and girls of all ages.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Friday, August 14, 2015

Aug 14

Water Festival

at Bay 32nd Street and Beach Channel Drive (in Bayswater Park) , Queens

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
There will be water inflatables, bounce houses, cotton candy, popcorn, and giveaways.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Monday, August 17, 2015

Aug 17

Summer on the Hudson: Literary Lounge

at Red Shade Plaza (in Riverside Park South) , Manhattan

6:30 p.m.8:00 p.m.
SOH and Lamprophonic team up to bring local writers of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction out into nature. Come hear a reading, a moderated discussion, and join in an open Q&A.
Free!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Aug 20

Sports Festival

at De Witt Clinton Park , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
Join us for an exciting variety of sports including learn-to-play clinics, fitness activities, and large group games.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Sep 12

5th Annual Honey Festival

at Beach 97th Street and Shorefront Parkway (in Rockaway Beach) , Queens

10:00 a.m.6:00 p.m.
Learn about and taste honey from NYC and beyond with kids' activities, bee-keeping demos, a marketplace of bee-related products, and much more.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Monday, September 21, 2015

Sep 21

Summer on the Hudson: Literary Lounge

at Red Shade Plaza (in Riverside Park South) , Manhattan

6:30 p.m.8:00 p.m.
SOH and Lamprophonic team up to bring local writers of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction out into nature. Come hear a reading, a moderated discussion, and join in an open Q&A.
Free!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Oct 17

Fall Festival

at Victory Field (in Forest Park) , Queens  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Have fun at the pumpkin patch and enjoy games, crafts, entertainment, shows, music, and more!
Free!

Best For
Kids

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Oct 18

Rockaway Fall Festival

at Bay 32nd Street and Beach Channel Drive (in Bayswater Park) , Queens

12:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
The 9th annual festival includes a pumpkin patch, pony rides, hayrides, and entertainment.
Free!

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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Oct 31

Canine Costume Carnival

at Rockaway Freeway and Beach Channel Drive, at Beach 84th Street (in Rockaway Freeway) , Queens

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Enjoy a costume contest for dogs with carnival games, face painting, and a photo booth.
Free!

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