Explore the customs and traditions behind the harvest Mid-Autumn Moon Festival with a mooncake tasting, arts and crafts, story time, and more family fun at MOCA. Photo  courtesy of the museum
Explore the customs and traditions behind the harvest Mid-Autumn Moon Festival with a mooncake tasting, arts and crafts, story time, and more family fun at MOCA. Photo courtesy of the museum

Things to Do in NYC This Weekend: West Side County Fair, Harvest Moon Fests, Ferragosto

School is back in session, but for NYC kids there's so much fun to be had, it might as well still be summer. In Manhattan, check out the popular West Side County Fair, a family-friendly art show in Carl Schurz Park, and Sunday's Folk Music fest in Washington Square Park, or hit a harvest moon festival in Queens, Staten Island, or Chinatown. Head to Arthur Ave in the Bronx for Ferragosto, where you'll find great food, live music, and fewer crowds than Little Italy's San Gennaro fest.

Birds and other high fliers get their due this weekend, too. Don't miss the Migration Celebration in South Cove, Randall's Island's Fairy Workshop, and Socrates Sculpture Park's Kite Making Workshop. You can also learn about bird migration at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

All that, plus...Fall theater for families is ready for a round of applause. Check out Mettaee River Theatre Company's The Ringdove, Water, Water, Everywhere on Governors Island, and Lear: That Old Man I Used to Know for a jump on the season.

Keep our September GoList handy, and our roundup of the Best Fall Festivals for NYC Kids in September, packed with more apple-bobbing, Halloween festivities, and harvest celebrations than you can shake a cornstalk at. As always, our trusty Event Calendar stands at the ready with daily activities and details.


New York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024

Carl Schurz Park
East End Avenue from 84th Street to 89th Street and within the Park at East 86th Street.
New York, NY

Queens Botanical Garden
43-50 Main Street
Flushing, NY 11355

Wave Hill
West 249th Street and Independence Avenue Ecology Building
Bronx, NY

Children's Museum of Manhattan
212 West 83rd St Tisch Building
New York, NY 10024

Lefferts Historic House
Intersection Ocean & Flatbush Aves. and Empire Blvd.
Brooklyn, NY

Cathedral of St. John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 111th Street Outdoor Garden
New York, NY 10025

Governors Island
404A, Colonels Row
New York, NY 11231

A.R.T./New York Theatres
502 West 53rd Street
New York, NY 10019

Randall's Island
Harlem River Pathway
New York, NY 10035

New Museum
235 Bowery
New York, NY 10002

Conference House Museum
298 Satterlee Street
Staten Island, NY 10307

South Cove, Battery Park City
On the Esplanade, between First Place and Third Place.
New York, NY 10280

Museum of Chinese in America
215 Centre Street
New York, NY 10013

St. Vartan Park
613 1st Ave
New York, NY 10016

Socrates Sculpture Park
32-01 Vernon Boulevard
Long Island City, NY 11106

McNally Jackson
4 Fulton Street
New York, NY 10038

Riverside Park South
Riverside Drive bet. 68 St. and 70 St.
New York, NY

Washington Square Park
5th Avenue/Washington Square North
New York, NY

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
1000 Washington Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11225

Arthur Avenue
Arthur Avenue between Crescent Avenue and 187th Street
Bronx, NY

Commonpoint Queens' Central Queens
67-09 108th Street
Forest Hills, NY 11375

New York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024

Chinese Scholar's Garden, Snug Harbor Cultural Center
1000 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, NY