• Free Family Events This Weekend! (September 14-16)

    The best weekend events are free!

    By New York Family

    The 2018 NYC Honey Fest will take place this Saturday on Rockaway Beach! Photo by Chris Taylor Studio via nychoneyweek.com.

    Have an amazing weekend without opening your wallet! For even more activity inspiration, check out our Weekend Planner.

    Through Sunday, September 30

    11th Annual Governors Island Art Fair
    11am-6pm
    Governors Island
    All Ages
    Check the installations across Colonels Row as well as a diverse portfolio of art outdoors. Open on Saturdays and Sundays only.

    Through Sunday, September 23

    92nd Annual Feast of San Gennaro
    Various times
    Mulberry Street (between Canal and Houston Streets)
    All Ages
    This annual celebration of faith is well-known for its festive atmosphere. The 11-day event features religious processions and colorful parades, live musical entertainment, ethnic food delicacies, dining at Little Italy’s famous restaurants and cafes and a world-famous cannoli-eating competition. A celebratory mass is held at the Most Precious Blood Church annually on September 19, the official Saint Day, followed by a religious procession where the statue of San Gennaro is carried from its home in the church through the streets of Little Italy.

    Saturday, September 15

    Brooklyn Book Festival: Children’s Day
    10am-4pm
    MetroTech Commons
    All Ages
    The Brooklyn Book Festival claims the distinction of being NYC’s largest free literary festival—and the day prior to Sunday’s festivities is dedicated to all things kid-lit. The fest’s Children’s Day will feature acclaimed kids’ authors like Alexandra Penfold and Tad Hills, in addition to theatrical performances, an “Illustrator Smackdown,” workshops, picture book and young readers stages, and a Story Pirates show. This event will take place rain or shine.

    Kids Fest: Stages in the Square
    11am-3pm
    Madison Square Park
    Ages 12 and under
    Join other NYC families in Madison Square Park this Saturday for the park’s fourth annual performing arts fest for children! Throughout the day four stages will feature musical and theatrical performances, workshops, and storytelling for ages 0 through 12 and their families. Performers scheduled to appear include The Amazing Max, WonderSpark Puppets, Sammie and Tudie’s Comedy Magic Circus, LARD Dog & The Band of Shy, Mario the Maker Magician, the Kotchegna Dance Company, the Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre, and others. There will also be face painting, lawn games, and much more. Plus fill up on mouth-watering grub from local eateries.

    2018 NYC Honey Fest
    11am-6pm
    Rockaway Beach
    All Ages
    Rockaway Beach will be buzzin’ this Saturday during the 8th annual NYC Honey Fest! This year, this bee-utiful festival will feature honey tastings from local hives such as Andrew’s Honey, Astor Apiaries, Brooklyn Grange, Honey Gramz, and others. Activities for children include face painting, bee-hat and costume making, honey extraction demos, interactive activity stations, a honey-tasting contest, and a raffle.

    Raptor Fest
    12-3pm
    Van Courtlandt Park
    All Ages
    Join Van Courtlandt Park for an afternoon of live bird demos and more during Raptor Fest. Visitors will have the opportunity to see owls, falcons, hawks, and other birds of prey up close during bird viewings and flight shows. The Urban Park Rangers will be on hand to answer questions and lead owl pellet dissections.

    House Party: Happy Birthday to Us!
    12-5pm
    BRIC House
    All Ages
    Celebrate BRIC’s 40th year with fun, interactive activities, and end the day with an all-ages dance party. Craft activities include party hat-making, piñata decorating, and paper lantern-making. RSVP required.

    Viva La Comida
    12-7pm
    82nd Street, Queens
    All Ages
    Explore the cultural diversity of Queens with music, art, food, and more. Located on 82nd Street in Queens.

    Monarch Celebration
    1-4pm
    Randall’s Island
    All Ages
    Visit Randall’s Island during the height of butterfly migration! Learn all about monarchs and participate in crafts during this afternoon celebration.

    Sunday, September 16

    A La Calle Block Party
    12-4pm
    Ballet Hispanico
    All Ages
    At this event, enjoy performances by the Ballet Hispanico Company and its students, as well as live music, free dance classes, kids’ activities, raffles, food, and more.

    Adoptapalooza
    12-5pm
    Union Square Park
    All Ages
    Are you considering adopting a pet? Here’s your chance! Meet wonderful cats, dogs, and even rabbits up for adoption at the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals’ Adoptapalooza in Union Square Park. This free event will feature activities such as pet care advice, training, grooming, product giveaways, microchipping, a Kids’ Korner, and much more.

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