Top June Festivals and Street Fairs in NYC for Families

The Mermaid Parade at the Coney Island is a joyful summer rite of passage. Photo by Raven Snook
The Mermaid Parade at the Coney Island is a joyful summer rite of passage. Photo by Raven Snook

The summer festival season kicks into high gear in June with tons of family-friendly street fairs in NYC. The debut of warmer weather prompts a head-spinning number of fantastic fairs, parades, carnivals, and other fetes—we've found more than two dozen street fairs in NYC this June.

We're not talking about street fairs selling random tchotchkes and tube socks. These are over-the-top celebrations we anticipate annually—some returning after a pandemic hiatus—including Museum Mile, Egg Rolls, Egg Creams & Empanadas, the Figment Festival, which finds a new home on Staten Island, and Coney Island's iconic Mermaid Parade. Each of these festivals and street fairs in NYC ranks on our list of the top annual festivals for NYC families.

So get your calendar; you're going to want to write these dates down. Even better: Most of them are FREE. Be sure to bookmark our Family Activity Calendar and Guide to Summer Fun in NYC for more great things to do all summer long.

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As always, if an event piques your interest, click through to our listing for all the details, including addresses, times, and recommended ages. And keep in mind: Really cool things to do with kids often book up quickly, so register or buy your tickets ASAP.

Please check with each venue for current COVID protocols before heading out to any event.

Places featured in this article:


Louis Valentino Jr Park & Pier

Pier 25 at Hudson River Park

Josie Robertson Plaza at Lincoln Center

Josie Robertson Plaza at Lincoln Center

Brooklyn Bridge Park

Greenwich Village
Taikoza
Alley Pond Park - 1:00 PM Pick
Cymbeline
Brooklyn Commons at Metrotech - 7:00 PM Pick
Movies under the Stars: Cars (G)
Harris Brothers Park - 8:30 PM Pick
Amazing Race/Creature Creator Robotics Camp
The Afterschool Collective Company - 8:30 AM
TAWCS C.A.M.P. [Combining Art and Math with Purpose]
The Art of Words Community School (TAWCS) - 9:00 AM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides