8 Festivals to enjoy this weekend
The Buzz is that this is “the weekend of festivals” in NYC … here are the 8 Festivals that seemed the most fun for the whole family! Enjoy!
90th annual feast of san gennaro
WHEN: Sep 15 – Sep 25 at Times vary by day, check website for schedule
WHERE: Little Italy , Mulberry Street , New York, Ny
THE SCOOP: If you love Italian food, you’re going to love the 11 day long San Gennaro Festival. Walk through the streets of Little Italy, filled with games, rides and authentic Italian cuisine. Be sure to swing by on Saturday for a parade filled with floats, marching bands and musical entertainers and make sure to check out the cannoli eating contest! Link
WHEN: Sep 18 at 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
WHERE: Inwood , Fort Tryon Park, New York, Ny
THE SCOOP:Take a step back in time as Fort Tryon transforms itself into a Medieval village for a day. Watch knights jousting and blacksmiths forging swords, see trained birds of prey in action, take a mini lesson on swordsmanship from a pro, and try on a chain mail hood for size (you might be surprised at how heavy it is!). Break out that prince or princess dress for this one: dressing up in era-appropriate attire is just part of the fun. Link
92y street festival
WHEN: Sep 18 at 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
WHERE: Upper East Side, Lexington Ave. between 79th & 94th St., Lexington Ave. at 79th St., New York, Ny
THE SCOOP: Hit this multiple stage festival set up along a 15 block stretch of Lexington Ave. Take in a show with your little ones at the KidCentral Stage, where young performers take center stage with ballet, tap, jazz, and musical theater. Make sure to swing by the Tiny Tumblers Toddler Obstacle Course, drawing stations, and a calmer space just for kids under 5. The festival boasts over 225,000 people in attendance last year, and hopes for an even larger turnout this time around, so steel yourself for a lively crowd.
scarecrows & pumpkins in the garden
WHEN: Tues. through Sun. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Garden is closed Mondays)
WHERE: Bronx, New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., New York, Ny
COST: Free with garden admission ($20/adult; $8/child age 2-12; children under 2 are free)
THE SCOOP: Explore more than 30 friendly scarecrows set among rare and unusual pumpkins and gourds in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden. Celebrate the season by putting on a festive fall puppet show and having a spooky tea party in the Victorian playhouse. Guided activities feature making a sprout a seed necklace and exploring flowers, fruits, and seeds. Weekends bring interactive demonstrations featuring bats, reptiles, and other creepy creatures. The garden is open Tues. through Sunday, be sure to check official listing for specific times and dates for guided activities. Link
farm fresh festival
WHEN: Sep 17 at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHERE: Seaport District, South Street Seaport , Fulton St. at Front St. , New York, Ny
THE SCOOP: Imagine spending a day on the farm right here in NYC. That’s exactly what this festival will let your family do. For one day only, the Seaport will be transformed into an interactive and experiential farm environment for kids and families. Meet the Farmers, pet and feed some animals, taste some farm fresh veggies, hop on a tractor, rock out to live music at the Barn stage and more! Link
bring your appetites to the vendy awards
WHEN: Sep 17 at 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
WHERE: Governor’s Island , New York, Ny
COST: $100/person; $60/child 8 to 12; children under 8 are free
THE SCOOP: Bring your little foodies to sample the best food trucks in the city all in one place. And while your little ones are determining which truck has the best ice cream concoction, you can snack on some more adult fare and wash it down with an adult beverage or two. It’s a bonus that this funfilled day includes a boat ride over to Governor’s Island. Link
buzz over to the honey fest
WHEN: Sep 17 at 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WHERE: Rockaway Beach, Rockaway Boardwalk, 8601 Shore Front Parkway, Queens, Ny
THE SCOOP: It’s honey week in NYC, so get out and celebrate our flying friends that work so hard to make the sweet and delicious goo. This free festival presents a day full of buzzing children’s activities, from face painting and bee-themed crafts, to honey-tasting and a honey product marketplace. Children can watch bees at work with demonstration hives, and see how honey is extracted right in front of them. Link
astor alive! festival
WHEN: Sep 16 – Sep 17 at Fri. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. & Sat. 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
WHERE: Greenwich Village , Astor Place, 1 Astor Place , New York, Ny
THE SCOOP: nfuse your fall with some art and culture at the Astor Alive! festival. Performances from over 20 acclaimed local artists will be scattered across four stages in Astor Place, including plenty of kid-friendly entertainment. Stop by the square to see East Village artist Jim Power unveil the restored mosaic poles installation, then take your kids to a beat boxing or mini-cube making workshop. Visit the festival on the final day to watch a parade of banners, paper cubes, and puppets. Link