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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

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Jul19

Summer in the Square

at North Plaza (in Union Square Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location, South Plaza (in Union Square Park)Manhattan, West Side Seating Area (in Union Square Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

7:00 a.m.8:30 p.m.
Come out to Union Square Park every Thursday this summer for an unforgettable lineup of fitness classes, family-friendly activities, live music + dance performances, and movie nights.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Friday, July 20, 2018

Jul20

Peace in the Park: Bringing Communities Together

at Naumburg Bandshell (in Central Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.
Join Brahma Kumaris in Central Park for kid-friendly arts and crafts, yoga, meditation, artistic entertainment, youth activities, games, Pilates, literature, Tai Chi, and more!
Free!

Jul20

Summer on the Hudson: Films on the Green Festival

at Pier I (in Riverside Park South)Manhattan

8:30 p.m.11:00 p.m.
The French Embassy and NYC Parks present the 11th annual outdoor Films on the Green Festival featuring free French movies in NYC parks. Visit frenchculture.org for more details.
Free!

Jul20

Films on the Green: You Will Be My Son

at Pier I (in Riverside Park South)Manhattan

8:30 p.m.10:30 p.m.
Paul de Marseul is the passionate, demanding proprietor of his prestigious family wine estate in Saint-Émilion. But he has no faith in his son, Martin, who works at the vineyard.
Free!

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Jul21

Rockaway Beach Super Boardwalk Street Fair

at Beach 86th Street and Shorefront Parkway (in Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk)Queens

10:00 a.m.6:00 p.m.
At the fair, craft and gift vendors will be selling handmade and handpicked items and service vendors will provide valuable information about people's homes, businesses, and lifestyles.

Jul21

Arts, Culture & Fun: Queensboro Dance Festival

at Juniper Valley Park 80th Street Entrance (in Juniper Valley Park)Queens

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
The Queensboro Dance Festival is an annual 6-month tour of performances and community dance activities featuring dance companies all from Queens.
Free!

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Jul22

NYLaughs.org Presents: Laughter in the Park 2018

at Old Bandshell Lawn (in Tompkins Square Park)Manhattan

2:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Laughter in the Park is a free, outdoor weekly comedy series, presented by NYLaughs.org, that takes place over the course of five weeks throughout the summer.
Free!

Jul22

Harlem Meer Performance Festival: Brown Rice Family (World Afro-Beat)

at Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Brown Rice Family provides the masses with music that encompasses reggae, hip-hop, dancehall, afro-beat, jazz stylings, rock, Brazilian, Latin, and funk.
Free!

Jul22

Summer on the Hudson: Amplified Sundays

at Pier I (in Riverside Park South)Manhattan

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Enjoy vibrantly-danceable live music accompanied by spectacular sunsets over the Hudson River!
Free!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Jul25

Historic Richmond Town's Cruise Night (Classic Cars)

at Historic Richmond TownStaten Island This is an Accessible location

5:30 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Have dinner at the Cheech A' Cini's food truck, walk the grounds and see the classic cars of a bygone era from Staten Island's best car clubs!

Jul25

Summer on the Hudson: Pier I Picture Show - Toy Story 3

at Pier I (in Riverside Park South)Manhattan

7:00 p.m.11:00 p.m.
Pack a picnic, bring a friend or a few, and settle in for a movie night, featuring Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and friends!
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jul25

Arts, Culture & Fun: Staten Island Film Festival: Bye Bye Birdie

at Greenbelt Recreation Center (in Blood Root Valley)Staten Island This is an Accessible location

8:30 p.m.10:30 p.m.
A high-school girl is chosen from legions of fans to give one last kiss to a drafted rock star before he goes into the Armed Services, and a frustrated tunesmith hopes to capitalize on the stunt.
Free!

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Jul26

Summer in the Square

at North Plaza (in Union Square Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location, South Plaza (in Union Square Park)Manhattan, West Side Seating Area (in Union Square Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

7:00 a.m.8:30 p.m.
Come out to Union Square Park every Thursday this summer for an unforgettable lineup of fitness classes, family-friendly activities, live music + dance performances, and movie nights.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jul26

Summer on the Hudson: Children's Performance Series

at Pier I (in Riverside Park South)Manhattan

10:00 a.m.10:45 a.m.
This children's series features music, storytelling, and theater for young audiences up to age 7. Wear sunscreen!
Free!

Best For
Kids

Friday, July 27, 2018

Jul27

Panorama Music Festival

at Randall's Island ParkManhattan This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.11:00 p.m.
This multi-day music festival showcases music artists across all genres!

Jul27

Thunderbird 40th Annual Grand Mid-Summer Pow Wow

at Queens County Farm Museum (in Queens Farm Park)Queens This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
New York City's oldest and largest pow wow will feature three days of intertribal Native American dance competitions to which the public is invited.

Must See
Event
Jul27

Summer on the Hudson: Friday Freshen Up

at 125th Street and Marginal Street (in West Harlem Piers)Manhattan

7:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Get out to the park and kick off the weekend with some local sounds at this monthly musical get-happy hour.
Free!

Jul27

Summer on the Hudson: Films on the Green Festival

at Pier I (in Riverside Park South)Manhattan

8:30 p.m.11:00 p.m.
The French Embassy and NYC Parks present the 11th annual outdoor Films on the Green Festival featuring free French movies in NYC parks. Visit frenchculture.org for more details.
Free!

Jul27

Films on the Green: Haute Cuisine

at Pier I (in Riverside Park South)Manhattan

8:30 p.m.10:30 p.m.
Hortense, a renowned chef from Perigord, is astonished when the President of France appoints her as his personal cook, responsible for creating all his meals at the Elysée Palace.
Free!

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Jul28

Thunderbird 40th Annual Grand Mid-Summer Pow Wow

at Queens County Farm Museum (in Queens Farm Park)Queens This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.10:00 p.m.
New York City's oldest and largest pow wow will feature three days of inter-tribal Native American dance competitions.

Must See
Event

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Jul29

Thunderbird 40th Annual Grand Mid-Summer Pow Wow

at Queens County Farm Museum (in Queens Farm Park)Queens This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
New York City's oldest and largest pow wow will feature three days of inter-tribal Native American dance competitions.

Must See
Event
Jul29

Performance: Ballet Folklórico Mexicano de Nueva York’s Guelaguetza Festival

at Socrates Sculpture ParkQueens

2:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
The Guelaguetza Festival New York City comes to the park for a cultural celebration of joy and pride through music, dance, and crafts from the eight regions of the state of Oaxaca.
Free!

Jul29

Harlem Meer Performance Festival: Willie Villegas y Entre Amigos (Salsa)

at Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Entre Amigos (Among Friends) are a two trombone-led salsa group based in Brooklyn and presided over by the formidable figure of Willie Villegas.
Free!

Jul29

Summer on the Hudson: Amplified Sundays

at Pier I (in Riverside Park South)Manhattan

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Enjoy vibrantly-danceable live music accompanied by spectacular sunsets over the Hudson River!
Free!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Aug 1

Historic Richmond Town's Cruise Night (Classic Cars)

at Historic Richmond TownStaten Island This is an Accessible location

5:30 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Have dinner at the Cheech A' Cini's food truck, walk the grounds and see the classic cars of a bygone era from Staten Island's best car clubs!

Aug 1

Summer on the Hudson: Pier I Picture Show - Coco

at Pier I (in Riverside Park South)Manhattan

7:00 p.m.11:00 p.m.
Pack a picnic, bring the kids, and settle in for a movie night featuring this Oscar-winning animation film!
Free!

Best For
Kids

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Aug 2

Summer in the Square

at North Plaza (in Union Square Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location, South Plaza (in Union Square Park)Manhattan, West Side Seating Area (in Union Square Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

7:00 a.m.8:30 p.m.
Come out to Union Square Park every Thursday this summer for an unforgettable lineup of fitness classes, family-friendly activities, live music + dance performances, and movie nights.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Friday, August 3, 2018

Aug 3

Summer on the Hudson: #TotallyPublicKaraoke

at Pier I (in Riverside Park South)Manhattan

6:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
Amaze the crowd when you rock the mic at #TotallyPublicKaraoke nights. Bring your friends, your voice, and your courage. All ages!
Free!

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Aug 4

Arts, Culture & Fun: Queensboro Dance Festival

at Lost Battalion Hall Recreation CenterQueens This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.1:30 p.m.
The Queensboro Dance Festival is an annual 6-month tour of performances and community dance activities featuring dance companies all from Queens.
Free!

Aug 4

Performance: INSITU Site-Specific Dance Festival

at Socrates Sculpture ParkQueens

1:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
INSITU is a unique, two-day site-specific dance festival presented at Socrates and three other Long Island City public waterfront parks.
Free!

Aug 4

Summer on the Hudson: Sweet Spot Festival

at On the Pier (in West Harlem Piers)Manhattan This is an Accessible location, 125th Street and Marginal Street (in West Harlem Piers)Manhattan

3:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
The Sweet Spot Festival features Reggae, Soulful House, Disco and Afro-Beat spun by a rotating collection of North America's most-renowned sound architects.
Free!

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Aug 5

Performance: INSITU Site-Specific Dance Festival

at Socrates Sculpture ParkQueens

1:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
INSITU is a unique, two-day site-specific dance festival presented at Socrates and three other Long Island City public waterfront parks.
Free!

Aug 5

Harlem Meer Performance Festival: Calpulli Mexican Dance Company (Mexican Folk Dance)

at Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
The Queens-based Calpulli Mexican Dance Company’s returns to the Harlem Meer Performance Festival for a free performance featuring traditional Mexican music and dance.
Free!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Aug 7

National Night Out Against Crime

at Beach 17th Street and Seagirt Boulevard (in Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk)Queens This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
BBQ and festivities celebrating community and police coming together for National Night Out Against Crime.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Aug 8

Historic Richmond Town's Cruise Night (Classic Cars)

at Historic Richmond TownStaten Island This is an Accessible location

5:30 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Have dinner at the Cheech A' Cini's food truck, walk the grounds and see the classic cars of a bygone era from Staten Island's best car clubs!

Aug 8

Summer on the Hudson: Pier I Picture Show - Summer Wars

at Pier I (in Riverside Park South)Manhattan

7:00 p.m.11:00 p.m.
Pack a picnic and settle in for a movie night featuring the animation film, Summer Wars.
Free!

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Aug 9

Summer in the Square

at North Plaza (in Union Square Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location, South Plaza (in Union Square Park)Manhattan, West Side Seating Area (in Union Square Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

7:00 a.m.8:30 p.m.
Come out to Union Square Park every Thursday this summer for an unforgettable lineup of fitness classes, family-friendly activities, live music + dance performances, and movie nights.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Aug11

Arts, Culture & Fun: Queensboro Dance Festival

at Parade Grounds (in Fort Totten Park)Queens

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
The Queensboro Dance Festival is an annual 6-month tour of performances and community dance activities featuring dance companies all from Queens.
Free!

Aug11

Arts, Culture & Fun: Celebration of Ingmar Bergman - Movie Screening: Autumn Sonata

at Garibaldi Plaza (in Washington Square Park)Manhattan

8:30 p.m.10:00 p.m.
Autumn Sonata was the only collaboration between cinema’s two great Bergmans: Ingmar, the iconic director of The Seventh Seal, and Ingrid, the monumental star of Casablanca.
Free!

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Aug12

Harlem Meer Performance Festival: Anthony Morgan Gospel Ensemble (Gospel)

at Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
These unique and highly sought after powerhouse voices bring their love of God, music, and gift of song that transcends and transforms the human spirit.
Free!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Aug15

Historic Richmond Town's Cruise Night (Classic Cars)

at Historic Richmond TownStaten Island This is an Accessible location

5:30 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Have dinner at the Cheech A' Cini's food truck, walk the grounds and see the classic cars of a bygone era from Staten Island's best car clubs!

Aug15

Summer on the Hudson: Pier I Picture Show - WALL·E

at Pier I (in Riverside Park South)Manhattan

7:00 p.m.11:00 p.m.
Pack a picnic and settle in for a free screening of this Oscar-winning classic!
Free!

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Aug18

Rockaway Beach Super Boardwalk Street Fair

at Beach 86th Street and Shorefront Parkway (in Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk)Queens

10:00 a.m.6:00 p.m.
Enjoy the feeling of a street fair next to the beach!

Aug18

Summer on the Hudson: FlyNYC

at Pier I (in Riverside Park South)Manhattan

12:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
Music and kites fill the air at this festival for all ages! Kite kits are provided free for children (while supplies last), or bring your own favorite kite from home.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Aug18

2018 Jazz Festival

at Morris-Jumel Mansion (in Roger Morris Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Enjoy the great outdoors in our beautiful park with two days of classic jazz, brought to you by local icon Marjorie Eliot and Parlor Entertainment. Free, no registration is required.
Free!

Must See
Event

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Aug19

2018 Jazz Festival

at Morris-Jumel Mansion (in Roger Morris Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Enjoy the great outdoors in our beautiful park with two days of classic jazz, brought to you by local icon Marjorie Eliot and Parlor Entertainment. Free, no registration is required.
Free!

Must See
Event
Aug19

Harlem Meer Performance Festival: CASYM (Caribbean American Sport & Cultural Youth Movement) Steel Orchestra - Steel Pans

at Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
he band performs a repertoire of music that includes the soca and calypso of their Caribbean roots, classical, soul, pop, jazz and more.
Free!

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Aug22

Historic Richmond Town's Cruise Night (Classic Cars)

at Historic Richmond TownStaten Island This is an Accessible location

5:30 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Have dinner at the Cheech A' Cini's food truck, walk the grounds and see the classic cars of a bygone era from Staten Island's best car clubs!

Aug22

Arts, Culture & Fun: Dance Away the Night with the City Stompers

at South Beach Gazebo (in Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk and Beach)Staten Island

6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.
NYC Parks and the City Stompers invite you to get on your feet and move to the sounds of live American fiddle music.
Free!

Must See
Event
Aug22

Summer on the Hudson: Pier I Picture Show - Up

at Pier I (in Riverside Park South)Manhattan

7:00 p.m.11:00 p.m.
Pack a picnic, bring the kids, and settle in for a free screening of this Oscar-winning animation film!
Free!

Best For
Kids

Friday, August 24, 2018

Aug24

Summer on the Hudson: Friday Freshen Up

at 125th Street and Marginal Street (in West Harlem Piers)Manhattan

7:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Get out to the park and kick off the weekend with some local sounds at this monthly musical get-happy hour.
Free!

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Aug25

Rockway Caribbean Carnival

at Beach 94th Street, off Shorefront Parkway (in Rockaway Beach)Queens

11:00 a.m.9:00 p.m.
Celebrate West Indian culture with a day of music and dancing.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Aug26

Harlem Meer Performance Festival: Harlem Blues & Jazz Band (Swing/Jazz/Blues)

at Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Get your dance shoes on and be ready to Lindy hop with the Harlem Blues & Jazz Band.
Free!

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Sep 1

Summer on the Hudson: Dance Safari!

at 59th Street Park Entrance (in Riverside Park South)Manhattan

5:00 p.m.6:30 p.m.
Join our guided walk as we seek out site-specific dances choreographed for Riverside Park South.
Free!

Sep 1

Summer on the Hudson: Silent Disco

at Pier I (in Riverside Park South)Manhattan

5:30 p.m.10:30 p.m.
Don headphones and party on the pier with hundreds of all-ages revelers at this Quiet Clubbing event featuring two live DJs spinning tunes of different genres.
Free!

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Sep 2

Harlem Meer Performance Festival: Orlando Marin (Mambo/Salsa)

at Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Considered the longest performing bandleader in New York City after the late Tito Puente, Sr., Orlando Marin is South Bronx native and pioneer of mambo and Latin music.
Free!

Sep 2

Summer on the Hudson: Dance Safari!

at 59th Street Park Entrance (in Riverside Park South)Manhattan

5:00 p.m.6:30 p.m.
Join our guided walk as we seek out site-specific dances choreographed for Riverside Park South.
Free!

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Sep 6

Films on the Green: The Grocer's Son

at Low Memorial Library, Columbia UniversityManhattan

7:30 p.m.9:30 p.m.
Antoine is forced to return to his family in Provence to assume the lifestyle he thought he had shed—driving the family grocery cart from hamlet to hamlet.
Free!

Friday, September 7, 2018

Sep 7

Summer on the Hudson: #TotallyPublicKaraoke

at Pier I (in Riverside Park South)Manhattan

6:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
Amaze the crowd when you rock the mic at #TotallyPublicKaraoke nights. Bring your friends, your voice, and your courage. All ages!
Free!

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Sep 8

Festival Minokan: A Song and Drum Celebration

at Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum (in Fidler-Wyckoff House Park)Brooklyn

2:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Join Fanmi Asòtò for a festival of Haitian singing and drumming. A Lakou Souvenance ceremony honoring the spirits of Dahomey with music, dancing, and food.

Best For
Kids

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Sep 9

Summer on the Hudson: West Side County Fair!

at Pier I (in Riverside Park South)Manhattan

1:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Enjoy a full day of county fair magic in Manhattan with live bands, sideshow performers, aerialists, carnival rides and games, local food and merchandise vendors and more!
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Sep15

Arts, Culture & Fun: Dance Away with the City Stompers

at John J Carty ParkBrooklyn

12:00 p.m.1:30 p.m.
NYC Parks and the City Stompers invite you to get on your feet and move to the sounds of live American fiddle music.
Free!

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Sep29

Summer on the Hudson: Little Red Lighthouse Festival

at Little Red Lighthouse (in Fort Washington Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Celebrate Manhattan's only remaining lighthouse with readings of the eponymous children's book, fishing clinics, live music, food and art vendors, Urban Park Ranger presentations, and activities for all ages!
Free!

Best For
Kids
Sep29

Arts, Culture & Fun: Queensboro Dance Festival

at George Seuffert Bandshell (in Forest Park)Queens

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
The Queensboro Dance Festival is an annual 6-month tour of performances and community dance activities featuring dance companies all from Queens.
Free!

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Oct14

Harvest Festival

at Urban Farm (in Randall's Island Park)Manhattan, Field 62 - 63 (in Randall's Island Park)Manhattan

12:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Join the Randall’s Island Park Alliance for a free, family-friendly celebration of fall, featuring pumpkin decorating, face painting, kite flying, live musical performances, and more.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Oct27

Annual Events: Halloween Harvest Festival

at Socrates Sculpture ParkQueens

12:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
The final event of the 2018 season is our beloved Halloween Harvest Festival, which, this year, is inspired by Fet Gede, the Haitian Festival of the Ancestors.
Free!

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Event

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Dec 8

Summer on the Hudson: Holiday on the Hudson

at 125th Street and Marginal Street (in West Harlem Piers)Manhattan

4:30 p.m.6:30 p.m.
Join us for our holiday tree lighting party and celebrate the season with live music, dancing, tree decoration making, and hot chocolate (while supplies last).
Free!

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