Over 1,000 dancers plus DJs and live bands will light up NYC at the annual Dance Parade. Photo courtesy of the event
Over 1,000 dancers plus DJs and live bands will light up NYC at the annual Dance Parade. Photo courtesy of the event

Weekend Fun: Spring Flings, Dance Parades, Food Fests, Ninja Turtles

Spring fling takes on a whole new meaning this weekend at Saturday's spectacular 13th Annual Dance Parade, plus Brooklyn's Spring Fling in Prospect Park, and the bound-to-be-wild Swamp in the City Cajun Family Dance in Red Hook. Speaking of swamp things, the Paley Center's new Teenage Mutant Ninja celebration may be right down your manhole—er, up your alley, with giveaways and a meet-and-greet with the rad reptiles on Saturday.

Fairs and festivals are everywhere, of course. The 9th Avenue International Food Festival takes over the west side all weekend—though vegetarians might want to detour to 18th Street for the Vegetarian Food Fest. Truck afficionados can touch their fill at PS 295's Touch-a-Truck extravaganza, and the Bronx Kid Fest promises deep sea VR fun in addition to the usual kids' activities.

On Sunday, don't miss Brooklyn's Fabulous Fifth Street Fair, the Annual Fleece Fest at the Prospect Park Zoo, and the National Museum of the American Indian's annual Children's Festival. Ferry to Ellis Island for the Asian American & Pacific Islander Fest. Or get your barbecue on at the Essex Street Market Block Party.

Looking for evening entertainment under the stars? Shakespeare in the park kicks off with an abbreviated, female-led Hamlet: Princess of Denmark in Bryant Park. Bring blankets and other critical movie-watching paraphernalia to FREE evening screenings of Sing in Queens, Ralph Breaks the Internet and Teen Titans Go! to the Movies in Brooklyn, or Incredibles 2 on the Upper East Side, in the Bronx, and in Brooklyn

Planning ahead? Today would be the perfect time to sign up for a 4th of July cruise to maximize fireworks fun (before they all sell out!).

Meanwhile, the MommyPoppins events calendar continues its breakneck buildup of spring and summer events. Dig in! 


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

9th Avenue
42nd - 57th Streets
New York, NY

The Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th Street
New York, NY 10011

Prospect Park Zoo
450 Flatbush Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225

Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian
One Bowling Green
New York, NY 10004

Prospect Park
Brooklyn, NY

The Paley Center for Media
25 West 52 Street
New York, NY 10019

Industry City - Building 1
274 36th Street Brooklyn
New York , NY 11232

The Old Stone House
336 3rd Street
Brooklyn , NY 11215

21st Street and Broadway to
Tompkins Square Park
New York, NY

PS 163
163 West 97th Street Between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues
New York, NY 10025

Clinton Dewitt Pari
11th Avenue and 52nd St
New York, NY 10019

PS295
330 18th Street between 6th & 7th Aves
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Essex Street Market
88 Essex Street
New York, NY 10002

Snug Harbor Cultural Center
1000 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, NY 10301

Carl Schurz Park Playground
East End Ave at East 84th Street
New York, NY 10128

Bronx Terminal Market
610 Exterior Street
Bronx, 10451

John Jay Park
FDR Dr., E 76 St. to E 78 St.
New York, NY

Hunter's Point South Park
Hunter's Point South Park Borden Avenue and Center Boulevard
Queens, NY

Bensonhurst Park
2134 Cropsey Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11214

5th Avenue
Sterling to 12th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Chabad Upper East Side
East 77th Street btwn First & York
New York, NY 10021

Jalopy Theatre and School of Music
315 Columbia Street
New York, NY 11231

American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street Hayden Planetarium at 81st
New York, NY

Reviewing stand, Mosholu Parkway E. at Van Cortlandt Ave.
Bronx, NY

Ellis Island
Ferry from Battery Park
New York, NY

East River State Park
90 Kent Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Mauro Playground
Park Drive East and 73rd Avenue Terrace
Queens, NY

Riverside Park
116th Street Overlook
New York, NY 10025

Lt Joseph Petrosino Park
16 Ave., New Utrecht Ave. bet. 70 St. and 71 St
Brooklyn, NY

Maria Hernandez Park
Starr St and Irving Ave
Brooklyn, NY

Children's Museum of the Arts
103 Charlton Street
New York, NY 10014