New Yorkers and tourists alike keep heading to the streets to check out any of a series of fun New York City street fairs and festivals. Typically providing visitors with rows of NYC souvenirs, handmade crafts and a huge selection of ethnic meals to choose from, NYC street festivals are a perfect way to spend a weekend afternoon during summer 2013 in New York City. Once the warmer weather hits, these are among the most anticipated New York City events, ideal for families or anyone looking for a unique and budget-friendly way to enjoy the city. NYCTourist.com has compiled a list of the top NYC street fairs to attend in May and June 2013.
Teaneck’s Cedar Lane Family Festival - Memorial Day 2013
Still scrambling to find a great way to celebrate Memorial Day 2013 in NYC? This NYC Street Fair is located just a stone’s throw away from Manhattan in nearby Teaneck, New Jersey, and will consist of a variety of activities designed to honor our veterans, along with some fun contests afterwards. Attend the Memorial Day Veteran’s Tribute for an inspiring ceremony that gets to the heart of what the holiday is truly about. After the ceremony, kids can participate in a cupcake eating contest, and and there’s a pizza eating contest for the adults later in the afternoon. Walk off the delicious food by checking out the rest of the festival, and listening to some of the live music this Memorial Day weekend in NYC.
Broadway Spring Crafts Festival - June 2, 2013
From 11 am to 6 pm, check out this NYC festival from 65th to 72nd Street. As the weekend draws to a close, be sure to fit in a trip to the Broadway Spring Crafts Festival, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. This NYC street fair is comprised of live entertainment, dozens of tents and stalls of homemade crafts, jewelry and antiques, and also host food vendors cooking up appetizing meals from a wide variety of ethnic cuisines. After visitors have taken in everything this New York street festival has to offer, they can head over to one of the nearby Broadway shows that the whole family will love, like Annie, the Lion King, Newsies and more! Be sure to check the discounts each show is offering when you buy tickets online!
Grand Central Spring Block Party - June 14, 2013
The fantastic selection of Spring and Summer NYC festivals continues into mid-June, with the Grand Central Spring Block Party on Friday, June 14 from 10 am to 4 pm. Spread out across 43rd Street between Lexington and Third Avenue, expect tons of mouthwatering cheap eats, plus many intriguing knickknacks ranging from one of a kind jewelry, clothes and handmade crafts. Be sure to squeeze a visit into Grand Central Terminal while you happen to be in the area; this iconic NYC attraction is not just one of the busiest transportation hubs in the world - it is also one of the must-see NYC attractions for tourists!
Times Square Block Party - June 23, 2013
The Times Square Block Party is one of the bigger NYC street fairs of the season, and is held on 46th Street, from Broadway to 8th Avenue on June 23rd. This NYC street fair has been delighting families since 1998, and with over 400 exhibitors, it is easy to see why, as there is truly something for everyone! Guests will have their pick of tasty ethnic foods, plus plenty of merchandise, arts and crafts to browse through. This New York festival is a bit different from some of the other ones of the season in that over 100 cultural and non-profit exhibitors will be displayed here. Since Times Square has countless things to explore, the location is a perfect starting point to fit some NYC sightseeing! After checking out the block party, consider one of the best NYC tours for the inside scoop on all things New York City, or use this as a starting point for an afternoon of shopping in NYC!