The Japanese Folk Dance Institute of NY performs at the Sakura Matsuri Festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Photo by Julie Markes for BBG
The Japanese Folk Dance Institute of NY performs at the Sakura Matsuri Festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Photo by Julie Markes for BBG

The Best Annual Family Festivals for NYC Kids (Mostly Free)

With so much going on in NYC, it can be overwhelming to sift through all the events to land on something that's truly special. The many annual festivals that the city hosts are a great place to start. Some New York City celebrations are so great they're worth going every year, like the interactive, art-filled Figment on Roosevelt Island, the incredible (and educational) World Maker Faire New York, and Street Games, the Parks Department's tribute to old-school pastimes.

I know I'm not the only mom out there who likes to plan ahead, and since the festival season kicks into high gear this month, we figured it was a great time to round up our top annual festivals for families. Every single pick on our list is really worth your time and money—and in many cases they don't cost a penny.

Places featured in this article:


Queens County Farm Museum

Online

Pier 17, South Street Seaport
upcoming events

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Little Red Lighthouse (in Fort Washington Park)

Online/Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine

Citywide - Online
5th Annual World Refugee Day Music Festival
Lincoln Pl & 7th Ave - 2:00 AM Pick
Kusama: Cosmic Nature
The New York Botanical Garden - 10:00 AM Pick
Father's Day Dash
Riverside Park - 10:30 AM Pick
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides