Celebrate the Indian festival of color and springtime at Holi Hooray at the Brooklyn Children's Museum. Photo courtesy of the musuem
Celebrate the Indian festival of color and springtime at Holi Hooray at the Brooklyn Children's Museum. Photo courtesy of the musuem

Best Family Festivals and Street Fairs in NYC This May

There are street fairs—and then there are street fairs. We don't mean those random ones selling irregular socks and fried Oreos; we're talking about true community festivals. Each one is unique, reflecting the character of its neighborhood, and many feature rides, performances, activities, and food. The hard part, of course, is deciding which community fairs to hit with the family in a calendar packed with options, but don't worry: We've taken the guesswork out of managing your family's busy festival schedule for you.

We've gone through the city's list of top annual festivals, street fairs, and carnivals and put together our roundup of top picks for May—more than two dozen. Most of these fetes are FREE or cost just a couple of bucks, and in many cases your dollars go to support a local charity or school. Here are some awesome fests happening in NYC this May.

You can find even more seasonal activities in our Spring Fun Guide.

Fort Tryon Park and the Cloisters
CPF Lawn 172nd St and Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY

The Calhoun School
433 West End Avenue at 81st St.
New York, NY

Columbia Greenhouse Nursery School
West 116th Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive (Outdoors).
New York, NY 10027

Brooklyn Children's Museum
145 Brooklyn Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11213

Lincoln Center Damrosch Park
W 62nd Street between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues
New York, NY 10019

Randall's Island Urban Farm & Fields 62/63
20 Randall's Island Park
New York, NY 10035

Governors Island
New York, NY

New York Botanical Gardens
2900 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10468

Hippo Playground
Riverside Drive & West 91st Street
New York, NY 10025

Japan Society
333 E 47th St
New York, NY 10017

Riverside Park South
Pier I at W 68th Street
New York, NY

Court Street
Court Street Between Union Street & West 9th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

PS 267
East 63rd Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenue
New York, NY 10065

Dock Street School
19 Dock Street
Brooklyn , NY 11201

W 88th Street Between Broadway and West End Ave
New York, NY 10023

Staten Island Children's Museum @ Snug Harbor
1000 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, NY 10301

Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 5
Where Joralemon Street ends
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Vernon Boulevard
5oth Avenue and 46th Avenue
Queens, NY 11101

PS 84 Playground
32 West 92nd Street
New York, NY 10025

Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Parkway
Queens, NY

221 West Broadway @Cabaret Space
New York, NY 10013

Brookfield Place
230 Vesey Street
New York, NY

Central Park, Bandshell Area
69th and 5th Avenue
New York, NY

330 18th Street between 6th & 7th Aves
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Essex Street Market
88 Essex Street
New York, NY 10002

Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian
One Bowling Green
New York, NY 10004

9th Avenue
42nd - 57th Streets
New York, NY

Prospect Park Zoo
450 Flatbush Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225

Prospect Park
Brooklyn, NY

5th Avenue
Sterling to 12th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Various locations
New York, 10036

Sunnyside Gardens Park
48-21 39th Avenue
Sunnyside, NY 11104

Ashland Pl / Lafayette Ave
between Hanson Pl and Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Pier I, Riverside Park South
Riverside Drive between 65 St. and 72 St.
New York, NY

(various locations TBA)
Jack and the Beanstalk
Puppetworks Inc. - 12:30 PM Pick
Holiday Under The Stars
The Shops at Columbus Circle - 4:00 PM Pick
94th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC - 9:00 AM
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