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.

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

Easter Parade Route
FIfth Avenue between 49th and 57th Streets
New York, NY 10022

Old Stone House Park
4th Street at 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Thomas Jefferson Park
114th Street & First Avenue
New York, NY 10029

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
990 Washington Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225

Dock Street School
19 Dock Street
Brooklyn , NY 11201

(various locations TBA)

Roosevelt Island
Lighthouse Park
New York, NY

Museum Mile
Fifth Avenue between East 82nd and East 105th Streets
New York, NY

Central Park
The Bandshell Enter at 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue
New York, NY

The Museum at Eldridge Street
Eldridge Street between Canal and Division Streets
New York, NY 10002

Prospect Park
9th Street & Prospect Park West Band Shell
Brooklyn, NY 11215

City Wide
City Wide
New York, NY

Pier 17, South Street Seaport
89 South Street
New York, NY 10038

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Hearst Plaza
New York, NY

NYC streets
Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, along Park Avenue and connecting streets
New York, NY

Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Meadow Lake North
Queens, NY

Atlantic Avenue
Atlantic Avenue between Fourth Avenue and Hicks Street
Brooklyn, NY

Little Red Lighthouse (in Fort Washington Park)
West 181 Street and Plaza Lafayette
New York, NY

Online/Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY

Citywide - Online
New York, NY

Fort Tryon Park
99-67 Margaret Corbin Dr
New York, NY 10040

Lincoln Square
Dante Park Broadway & 63rd Street , Time Warner Center to 68th Street.
New York, NY
Right to Vote
Children's Museum of Manattan - 10:00 AM Pick
Monuments Now
Socrates Sculpture Park - 9:00 AM
P.S. Art: Celebrating the Creative Spirit of NYC Kids
The Metropolitan Museum of Art - 1:00 PM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides