Test your sense of adventure—and your balance—at the NYC Unicycle Fest. Photo by Keith Nelson/courtesy of the fest
Test your sense of adventure—and your balance—at the NYC Unicycle Fest. Photo by Keith Nelson/courtesy of the fest

Best Summer Festivals for NYC Kids in August 2021

It's hard to believe August is upon us, ushering with it the last gasp of summer activities and fun. Yet, fun we shall have. Late-summer festivals in NYC are returning in a big way, and we've found nearly a dozen August festivals nearby and city street fairs—as well as a couple of bonus Labor Day weekend picks—worth penciling in on your calendar. We're overjoyed to bring you news that big annual favorites like Manhattan's Summer Streets and the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island are returning, and we can't wait to see the Dragon Boats race through Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens. Read on for details on all these celebrations and find more happenings in our list of 100 FREE things to do in NYC this summer, plus all our top to-do's in our Summer Fun Guide.

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As always, if an event piques your interest, be sure to click through to our listing for all the details, including addresses and times. And keep in mind: In NYC, really cool things to do with kids often get booked quickly, especially these days, so buy your tickets ASAP.

Library of Congress National Book Festival
Library of Congress and Virtual - 9:00 AM Pick
Broadway in Bryant Park
Bryant Park - 12:00 PM Pick
The 95th Annual Feast of San Gennaro
Little Italy - various times Pick
Photoville 2021
Citywide - various times Pick
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides