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Street Festival Season in Full Swing in NYC


A Typical NYC Street FairWhen it gets warm out, it’s time for street festivals and fairs galore to spring up all around New York! These vary from free to less easy on the wallet, and from neighborhood to type specific. It’s gorgeous outside, go out and explore, be it in your borough or a friend’s.

For Manhattanites, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, you can expect to find a different set of vendors with offerings from roasted corn and fried ice cream to socks. Check out the full schedule of official NYC Free Street Festivals so you can roam around any neighborhood, enticed by the smell of fried foods and wondering exactly how many colors those “I Heart NY” shirts can come in.

Brooklynites have a wider variety of specific festivals and fairs going. The month of June begins with the Gay Pride Festival, which runs from June 11th to the 13th and covers everything from a festival to a 10K run to sing-a-longs, but you better be looking fabulous if you want to participate. Take a rest for a week after that one, cos next up is the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival, running June 18th to the 20th in DUMBO, and consisting of a vast array of activities from Family Day to performances to a photo exhibit to the best part, the after party! While the after party will be at Southpaw in Park Slope, the $10 cover makes it an easy decision to hop the F train and ride on over.

Queens residents also get the more traditional neighborhood street fair experience, although the sponsors are less neighborhood based and more so either community spiritual groups or small business associations. Check out the calendar here, and who knows, you may discover a great new local business while you try to keep the funnel cake sugar from getting in your eyes!

Now, if food is really your big love, you may want to save up your loose change and drop $8 a plate on the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party. This year, on June 13th and 14th, Madison Square Park will be overrun yet again by smokers, grillers, pit masters, and all the other wonderful accouterments of a great BBQ experience. Go hungry, go early, and feast in true BBQ style (off a paper plate with food all over your face and hands).

Last but not least, once the summer begins to wind down and we’re all cooling off a bit, the big kahuna will arrive in NYC. That’s right, the Food Network Wine and Food Festival will return to NYC on the weekend of October 8th to 11th, and with events hosted by your favorite celebrity chefs all over the boroughs, you can be sure you’ll find something that will fit in your budget as well as your stomach. Tickets don’t go on sale til mid June, so you have some time to plan out your feasting potential.