Best Family Festivals and Street Fairs in NYC This May

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

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.

Places featured in this article:


Randall's Island Urban Farm & Fields 62/63

Japan Society Online

Online

Staten Island Children's Museum @ Snug Harbor

Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian

Various locations
The Paper Bag Players: Big Bag of Laughs
The Kaye Playhouse - 10:30 AM Pick
Color Factory's Winter Colorland
Color Factory - various times Pick
Bryant Park Bumper Cars on Ice
Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park - various times
Neighborhood Guides
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