Hundreds of vendors, local businesses and not-for-profits set up stands to offer their goods and services. Festival-goers can enjoy bargains in ethnic foods, ethnic music, jewelry, clothing, gift items, toys, pony rides, games and massages, along with free popcorn, cotton candy, face paintings, balloons, pretzels, spin art, bounce rides, hula hoops and general information from elected officials and local organizations. Any BID business taking part receives a banner which they can display to identify their participation. Make sure to look out for these banners to know which of your favorite 5th Ave businesses are taking part in the festival.
Two stages are set up - one on 44th Street and the other on 54th Street. They provide all-day live entertainment beginning at noon. Crowds can hear bands performing mariachi, salsa, bachata, rock and more. Local entertainers, such as Young Dancers in Repertory, Regina Opera Company and OLPH Twirlers, thrill young and old. If you head over to Johnny's Pizzeria on 58th Street, you can catch the always-popular band, Closenuf, performing.
One whole block, 45th to 46th Street, contains giant inflatable rides from Lifetime Vending & Amusement, which are free courtesy of the BID for the children to enjoy all day. Throughout the years, extra special offerings of the festival have included: NYC Transit Authority’s Vintage Jackie Gleason bus, the Brooklyn-Staten Island Bloodmobile, free Child ID kits with fingerprinting by the 72nd Precinct Auxiliaries, the Fire Department’s Smokehouse, and the Brooklyn Public Library’s Bookmobile and Kidsmobile.