There’s a June bouquet of free street fairs, festivals, parades and other activities in NYC this weekend for the entire family to enjoy.
Head to Harlem for the Hamilton Heights-Sugar Hill Cultural Festival, an all-day party with live entertainment, arts and crafts by local artisans, a heritage walking tour, pony rides and face painting for the kids, zumba classes and a swing dance for the grown-ups with the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra, and more. The street fair takes over two city blocks along Hamilton Place, starting at Johnny Hartman Plaza, West 143rd down to West 142nd Street. There’s also a “Pinkster” marketplace. See the entire schedule here. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Brooklyn Pride Festival is Brooklyn’s the annual celebration of gay rights, with a street fair, 5K run and a parade. The street fair is on Prospect Park West, between 9th and 15th streets, noon to 6 p.m. The parade is at 7:30 p.m., stepping off from Prospect Park West and 15th Street, in Park Slope.
The Puerto Rican Day Parade is one of NYC’s largest and most colorful annual parades, with lots of dancing in the streets. The street is Fifth Avenue, and the parade marches from 44th Street north to 79th Street, beginning at 11 a.m.
In honor of the Belmont Stakes horse race, Woodlawn Cemetary is hosting a tour of the graves of members of the exclusive Jockey Club. The tour is at 11 a.m., and reservations are required; email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are $15, or $10 for students and 65+. Bainbridge Avenue, Norwood, the Bronx.
Riverdale Riverfest celebrates the Hudson River and the Bronx with entertainment, crafts, and displays of environmental programs. At the College of Mount St. Vincent, Riverdale Ave. at West 263rd St. Noon to 6 p.m.
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The American Crafts Festival takes over Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park and the north Plaza this weekend for top quality sculpture, jewelry, paintings and mixed-media offerings. Everything is gallery-quality, several steps up from the ‘usual’ stuff you find at street fairs. It’s free to browse.
The Children’s Museum of the Arts is offering free activities including calligraphy, puppet making and more. On Governor’s Island, 11 .m. to 3 p.m.
Lots to do in New York City this weekend. And these free and frugal events and fairs prove you can have a good time without spending a lot of money.