The Japanese Folk Dance Institute of NY performs at the Sakura Matsuri Festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Photo by Julie Markes for BBG
The Japanese Folk Dance Institute of NY performs at the Sakura Matsuri Festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Photo by Julie Markes for BBG

The Best Annual Family Festivals for NYC Kids (Mostly Free)

With so much going on in NYC, it can be overwhelming to sift through all the events to land on something that's truly special. The many annual festivals that the city hosts are a great place to start. Some New York City celebrations are so great they're worth going every year, like the interactive, art-filled Figment on Roosevelt Island, the incredible (and educational) World Maker Faire New York, and Street Games, the Parks Department's tribute to old-school pastimes.

I know I'm not the only mom out there who likes to plan ahead, and since the festival season kicks into high gear this month, we figured it was a great time to round up our top annual festivals for families. Every single pick on our list is really worth your time and money—and in many cases they don't cost a penny.

Places featured in this article:

Easter Parade Route (map ) FIfth Avenue between 49th and 57th Streets New York, NY 10022
Old Stone House Park (map ) 4th Street at 5th Ave Brooklyn, NY 11215
Thomas Jefferson Park (call) (212) 360-1319. (map ) 114th Street & First Avenue New York, NY 10029
Dock Street School (map ) 19 Dock Street Brooklyn , NY 11201
Citywide (map ) (various locations TBA) NY, NY
Roosevelt Island (map ) Lighthouse Park New York, NY
Museum Mile (call) 212-606-2296 (map ) Fifth Avenue between East 82nd and East 105th Streets New York, NY
Central Park (call) 311 (map ) The Bandshell Enter at 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue New York, NY
The Museum at Eldridge Street (call) 212.219.0302 (map ) Eldridge Street between Canal and Division Streets New York, NY 10002
Prospect Park (map ) 9th Street & Prospect Park West Band Shell Brooklyn, NY 11215
City Wide (call) 917-779-9709 (map ) City Wide New York, NY
Pier 17, South Street Seaport (map ) 89 South Street New York, NY 10038
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (call) (212) 875-5000 (map ) Hearst Plaza New York, NY
NYC streets (call) Call 311 for info (map ) Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, along Park Avenue and connecting streets New York, NY
Flushing Meadows Corona Park (map ) Meadow Lake North Queens, NY
Atlantic Avenue (map ) Atlantic Avenue between Fourth Avenue and Hicks Street Brooklyn, NY
Little Red Lighthouse (in Fort Washington Park) (call) 311 (map ) West 181 Street and Plaza Lafayette New York, NY
Online/Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine (map ) 1047 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY
Citywide (map ) various New York, NY
Fort Tryon Park (call) 212) 795-1388 (map ) 99-67 Margaret Corbin Dr New York, NY 10040
Lincoln Square (call) 212.581.3774 (map ) Dante Park Broadway & 63rd Street , Time Warner Center to 68th Street. New York, NY
Family Art Project: Dear Decay
Wave Hill - 10:00 AM Pick
Bronx Zoo: Boo at the Zoo
The Bronx Zoo - 11:00 AM Pick
The Amazing Maize Maze at Queens County Farm
Queens County Farm Museum - 11:00 AM Pick
Queens Farm Pumpkin Patch
Queens County Farm Museum - 11:00 AM Pick
Queens Botanical Garden Pumpkin Patch
Queens Botanical Garden - 11:00 AM Pick
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