Hope everyone is having a stupendous start to September! If you had to pick just one weekend this month to be out and about, this is the weekend to choose. With so many festivals in store, everyone is bound to find one (or two!) that captures their fancy.
Thursday, September 12-Sunday, September 22
The 87th Annual Feast of San Gennaro
Mulberry Street between Canal and Houston Streets
Little Italy’s Feast of San Genarro is back and better than ever. This annual 11-day celebration pays tribute to the Patron Saint of Naples and features live music, food, games, parades, rides, and street vendors. Plus, families will enjoy watching competitors compete in cannoli, pasta, and pizza eating contests. Admission is free.
Saturday, September 14
Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park
Join other kite-flyers during the Kite Festival in Brooklyn Bridge Park! All ages can spend the morning flying kites while enjoying views of the city’s skyline. Participants are encouraged to bring their own kite. Don’t have one? No problem! Kites will be available for purchase in the park. Festival is free.
Sunday, September 15
Special Day for Special Kids
New York Transit Museum
This Sunday, the New York Transit Museum is hosting its third annual Special Day for Special Kids. The event is exclusively for children with special needs/disabilities and their families. Throughout the morning and afternoon, kids will be treated to science demos, art projects lead by Extreme Kids & Crew, and live music from the M Shanghai String Band. Event is free.
92Y Annual Street Festival
Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street
A favorite with families, the 92Y Annual Street Festival is not to be missed. This year, the festival will include a full city block of activities for children including a gaga pit, arts and crafts, and live musical entertainment at the 92Y Kid Central Stage. Mount Sinai Medical Center’s Wellness Way will provide community health services, and raffles and auctions will be held throughout the afternoon. Festival is free.
Orchard Street between East Houston and Delancey Streets
Check out DayLife 2013, a three-block street fest dedicated to the food and fashion industries of the Lower East Side. Activities include fantastic face painting, an oh-so-cool obstacle course, great games of urban croquet and badminton, and fab free DJ lessons from Scratch DJ Academy. While you’re there, be sure to chow down at food havens like The Meatball Shop, Melt Bakery, Pop Karma, and others. DayLife admission is free.