With summer ending, it’s easy to get remorseful, mourning the ending of everything the Big Apple has to offer this time of the year. Don’t fret; the fun will continue as the weather cools. During the fall season, the festival options are diverse and varied. There’s everything from farm festivals to Italian feasts to the ultimate street fair in Brooklyn — all out of this world and great for kids. Don’t miss these upcoming fests.
Feast of San Gennaro
Sept. 10 to Sept. 20
For culinary lovers of all ages, the Feast of San Gennaro is the place to go in September. It’s the area’s annual Salute to the Patron Saint of Naples. Little Italy will hold religious celebrations, colorful parades, musical entertainment, and a street fair full of food for 10 days. This area of Lower Manhattan served as the first home in America for hundreds of thousands of Italian immigrants who came here seeking to improve their lives at the beginning of the 20th century.
Queens County Fair
Sept. 19 to Sept. 20
The 32nd Annual Queens County Fair is as traditional as it gets with blue ribbon competitions in livestock, produce, home crafts, arts and crafts, and more. The fair features pie eating and corn husking contests, pig races, hayrides, carnival rides, midway games, and kids’ entertainment by Big Apple Circus To-Go. You can dance the day away at the Bavarian Garden with an Irish band and German band. At the Con Edison Ecology booth, kids can adopt a worm for the home compost or get gardening and recycling tips. They’ll also enjoy arts and crafts, a corn maze and food vendors.
Atlantic Antic Street Fair
The 41st Atlantic Antic Street Fair in Brooklyn is a massive, festive street fair that stretches along two miles of Brooklyn’s centrally located thoroughfare. The entire street is closed to traffic, making way for food vendors and stalls selling clothing, artwork, jewelry, pottery, and T-shirts. Local restaurants and bars set up stalls in front of their businesses offering special deals. You’ll find great bands and music, dance performances, speeches, and raffles.
Fort Tryon Park Medieval Festival
The Medieval Festival brings to life the customs and spirit of the Middle Ages. Every year, Fort Tryon Park warps back to the Middle Ages with knights in shining armor, strolling musicians, minstrels, juggling jesters and many a lady fair. Authentic medieval music, dance, magic, and minstrels, as well as jugglers and jesters, greet visitors. The afternoon concludes with a joust between four knights on horseback. The festival is free!
Village Halloween Parade
Kids’ eyes will pop as they watch hundreds of puppets and dancers, dozens of bands and thousands of New Yorkers on the 6th Avenue parade route between Spring and Broome Streets during their favorite holiday of the year.
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— Holly Fink
Holly Rosen Fink is a mother, marketing consultant, writer and blogger for a number of sites, as well as her own, The Culture Mom.