There is no city alive like New York in the summertime! The feel of sun on your shoulders, a park nap in the shade, people-watching all the faces where residents and tourists become indistinguishable, a film festival under the stars— these are a few of our favorite things to do when the weather warms. In NYC there is no shortage of activities to waste long summer days away, and there’s no way better to get to know a neighborhood and its people through street fairs. Street fairs are the pride of our communities; we get to celebrate identities with ourselves and for visitors to partake, and for some moments in time everything is harmonious. Here’s a roundup of some of can’t-miss street fairs and parades happening this summer, so get ready to plan perfect days with friends, family or even hit the streets solo.
Museum Mile: June 12, 2018 6pm-9pm
Fifth Ave between 85th St and 102nd St
Stroll down 5th Avenue for this art-themed outdoor affair as some of the best museums on Manhattan’s Upper East Side including Museum of the City of New York, The Met and The Guggenheim have joined forces to bring you a blockbuster day of artsy fun, with live music, face painting, arts and crafts, snacks and fun for the entire family. Also, stop by and say hi to Union Settlement as they spread the love for East Harlem!
Brew at the Bronx Zoo: June 15, 2018
2300 Southern Blvd
Head uptown for a night of cool libations at Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo. Complete with unlimited tastings, a live band, a DJ, animal trivia, a games room, and creatures great and small, it’s a night to remember at one of the lushest places in the city.
Roosevelt Island Day: June 16, 2018 9am-8pm
Good Shepherd Plaza, 543 Main St
A hidden gem in the city: visit this island of greenery, waterfront views, mysterious ruins and historical sites and home to NYC’s only tram!
Hester Street Fair: June 16, 2018
Corner of Hester and Essex Streets
Hester Street is the center of the Lower East Side, and this fair filled with foods, craftsmen and women from the neighborhood’s local businesses are what this community’s all about! See Lower Eastside Girls Club at the Fair’s Girl Power Fair, showcasing a line up of female owned and operated businesses, vendors, artists, and performers.
Rubin Museum of Art Block Party: June 17, 2018
150 W. 17th Street
Celebrate Father's Day and the spirit of a neighborhood with Rubin Museum's block party, inspired by Himalayan heritage. See music and dance performances, food trucks, sand mandala art by monks and more.
International Yoga Day: June 20, 2018
United Nations North Lawn, 405 E. 42nd St
Be a yoga Yoda and find your center through stretching and meditation. It's a stress reliever that can't be beat! You can find your yoga zen all year long at Laughing Lotus in Chelsea, as profiled by Manhattan Sideways.
Make Music New York: June 21, 2018
Concerts abound in NYC 24/7, but this is one day of the year where EVERYONE EVERYWHERE can headline their own show! On this first day of summer, grab an instrument, lend your voice (or just rubberneck!) and join in on the stations around the city where the people are meeting up to make music together for a day of unity and harmony.
Gay Pride Rally: June 22, 2018 5pm-7pm
Stonewall National Monument, 33 Christopher St
One of the most popular and colorful parades in the city! Grab your rainbow flag and join in the festivities that welcomes all in a celebration of the LGBTQ community, and swing by the LGBT Center as they get their party on.
Games for Change Festival: June 28-30, 2018 9:30am-6:30pm
Parsons School of Design at The New School, 63 5th Ave between 13th and 14th St
Have a day of fun and discovery for the whole family and learn about the power of video games in the learning process. Gaming is the site of tremendous innovation; take part in this festival with workshops, networking events and more that will inspire you to think differently about the social impact of technology, especially for children, as is the mission for Institute of Play.
Salsa at the Boricua Festival: June 30, 2018 12pm-7pm
Pier 4, 58th St and 1st Ave in Sunset Park, Brooklyn
There’s fire on the dancefloor! Salsa the summer night away at this festival honoring Puerto Rican history and culture, and how the dance came about as a fusion of influences from Latin-American immigrants and New York style.
Summer on the Hudson: Amplified Sundays Between July 1-29, 2018 7pm-8:30pm
Pier i, Riverside Park South at 70th St
A sweet summer treat, check out free musical performances right on the water. Do it for the ‘gram, and stay for eclectic, spectacular shows from a diverse group of entertainers, including legendary pianist and composer, Philip Glass.
Broadway Barks Pet Adoption Event: July 14, 2018 3pm-6:30pm
Shubert Alley, between 44th and 45th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
Open your home and rescue an animal in need. In this event founded by Mary Tyler Moore and Bernadette Peters, theatre stars unite to support shelter animal adoption, provide education on animal ownership and sing the praises of having pets in our lives!
Disability Pride Parade and Festival: July 15, 2018 11am
Union Square Park, traveling up Broadway to Madison Square Park
A day of celebration for people of all abilities. With this year’s theme of “Creativity,” attendees are encouraged to show up decorated in the most inventive garbs to promote visibility in a community that is often ignored and change the narrative around the disabled.
Colombian Day Parade: July 22, 2018 12pm-2pm
Northern Blvd between 69th St and 86th St, Queens
Today Colombia celebrates its independence from Spain. See the effects of being a colony in Cartagena from Jungles In Paris and commemorate with traditional music and dance in tribute to celebrated liberator, Simon Bolivar.
Taste of Haiti: August 4, 2018 12pm-7pm
A street gala of gastronomy in this inaugural festival in the city that has finally made its way to NYC from Miami! Taste the fusion of influences in Haiti’s history through their foods and drinks as patrons enjoy live entertainment, Haitian dance and music.
Battery Dance Festival: August 12-17, 2018 7pm-9pm
More than a celebration of dance, this festival includes free outdoor movie screenings, workshops, and features local and international dance troupes representing NYC’s global heritage, including our partner Calpulli Mexican Dance Company. Enjoy a day of the arts fit for the whole family.
India Day Parade: August 19, 2018
Madison Ave from 38th St to 25th St
Celebrate the spirit of Indian pride! Gather as Southeast Asians across the city observe the largest India Day Parade in the world with cultural festivities, food, dancing and general merrymaking.
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