Street Fairs in New York City

Street Fairs in New York City

Street Fairs NYC

There are seemingly countless New York street fairs, markets and festivals in NYC each year that allow locals and NYC tourists alike to enjoy and support the community. When planning your trip to NYC, be sure to check out which NYC street fairs will be taking place during your stay.  From May through November, you'll be sure to find a New York festival that will spark your interest.

When partaking in NYC street fairs, prepare yourself for a day of walking, crowds and cash-only vendors. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, keep a close eye on children and avoid bank fees at on-site ATMs by brining cash. In the summer months, bottled water and sunscreen are also a great idea.

For more information on street fairs NYC, visit our NYC Street Fairs Calendar page.

Family Friendly Street Fairs in New York

Washington Square Park- located in the heart of Greenwich Village
  • Tribeca Family Festival Street Fair: May 1, 10am-6pm (Greenwich Street from Chambers to Harrison St.) Enjoy performances on indoor and outdoor stages with special guest appearances by characters from movies, books and television. Live music, kite flying and the arts & crafts pavilion make this a fun-filled family day adventure.
  • Calhoun Carnival Broadway Spring Festival: May 1, 2011 (81st Between West End Ave & Riverside Dr.) Perfect for children ages 3-12 years old, entrance to this NYC street fair is free and the crafts and games cost just $1-$4 on Saturday and Sunday.
  • NYC Children's International Film Festival: Greenwich Village: From March 4-27, 2011, this NYC street fair offers a selection of intelligent and provocative cinematic works and workshop activities for ages 3-18.

NY Street Fair Markets

Street Fair Market
  • La Plaza da Las Americas Vendor's Market: April 2-30 on West 175th Street between Broadway and Wadsworth Avenue, this NY street market in Washington Heights is open all month, excluding Thursdays and Sundays. Offering a diverse selection of vendors selling clothing, toys, movies, arts & crafts, home furnishings and novelties, guests can find many items at discounted prices.
  • Housing Works Street Fair Market: Taking place June 4 on Crosby Street between Houston and Prince, this all day shopping extravaganza offers some great bargain prices, such as $1 books, movies and CD's and even $20 "all you can stuff" bags of clothing. All profits pay for Housing Works' services for homeless and low-income New Yorkers living with HIV and AIDS.

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Holiday Markets in New York City

  • Holiday Shops at Bryant Park: November-January at 6th Avenue and 42nd Street, this NY market takes place Mon.-Fri. 11am-8pm, Sat. 10am-9pm and Sun. 10am-6pm. Bryant Park is transformed into an old-fashioned European holiday market for the season. This free fair features more than 120 merchants and artisans. While you're there you can also take part in the free ice skating at the Pond in Bryant Park. 
  • The Grand Central Terminal Holiday Fair: This NYC holiday fair takes place November 15-December 24 at Vanderbilt Hall on 42nd Street and Park Avenue, daily from 10am-8pm,  excluding Thanksgiving Day. This annual Holiday Fair features hand-picked vendors who sell unusual, beautiful and exotic goods that are rare elsewhere in the city.

Cultural and Specific Interest Events and Festivals NY

    • National Tartan Day ParadeCelebrate Tartan Day NYC from 2pm-4:30pm starting on April 9, 2011 at 6th Avenue between West 44th and West 58th Streets. This is a whole week's worth of events sponsored and run by the New York Scottish community in celebration of the Scottish-American heritage and culture. Activities include a Dress to Kilt event, Tartan Day Parade and Whistkey Live 2011 at Chelsea Piers.
Tribeca Film Festival

The Tribeca Film Festival NYC is regarded as one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world

  • Tribeca Film Festival: April 20-May 1, the 10th annual awards festival will be held in Lower Manhattan where you can experience many different events and screenings of the latest movies from some of today's most talented entertainment artists.
  • St. Demetrios Cathedral Hellenic Festival 2011: Experience this NY street fair from May 19-22 at 30-11 30th Drive in Astoria, NY Thu.- Fri. 5-11pm and Sat.-Sun. 1-11pm. Fill up on a gyro or spanikopita while enjoying an array of Greek cultural music and dance.
  • Brooklyn's West Indian Carnival: This Labor Day Weekend event in NYC will be located between Utica Avenue to Grand Army Plaza along the Eastern Pkwy in Brooklyn. The largest parade and fair in New York City allows guests to take their pick of local food such as Jamaican jerk chicken and Bajan fried flying fish, literally cooked in someones front yard. Celebrate and dance with West Indian Americans, Caribbeans, Brooklynites and visitors alike.

Grand Central Earth Fair New York

EarthFair at Grand Central Terminal

EarthFair at Grand Central Terminal is heald between April 18-23.

March-May, 2011, visit Vanderbilt Avenue at 42nd Street and come celebrate the 41st annual Earth Day in NYC with many unique and fun-filled events that will get you pumped and eager to recycle, reduce and reuse.

  • Earth Day at Grand Central Terminal: Grand Central Terminal is the site of the actual EarthFair that is held normally between April 18-23 from 10am-7pm and outside the terminal April 22, 12pm-7pm and April 23, 11am-5pm. Inside you'll find a series of environmentally friendly art, exhibits from green businesses and action groups, educational displays, activities and live bands.
  • Earth Day in Times Square: Attend this free Earth Day celebration in Times Square from 11am-2pm. For three hours, entertainers, business leaders, government officials, activists and those committed to protecting Mother Earth will take the stage on Broadway between 45th and 46th streets.