When summer arrives, it’s time to hit the carnival rides, play midway games and eat classic fair foods. From the largest annual hot air balloon festival in North America to a hometown celebration honoring a beloved figure in the polka world, these festivals and fairs are sure to satisfy your need for a good time.
New York City
With 745 annual events, NYC is the place for family fun. From the interactive Figment art event to the Queens County Farm Museum’s Sheep Shearing Festival, there are tons of family-friendly festivals and events in NYC.
In Brooklyn, check out the Brooklyn Flea for handmade goods and local food from over 200 vendors. There’s also a slew of street fairs and markets that let you sample the best in food, arts and crafts, live music, and family entertainment.
Outside of the city, check out the Staten Island Pirate Festival for fun on the water and in the air. There’s even a sand castle competition, live music, and fireworks for a day of family fun.
WANT TO GO?
The largest festival of its kind in North America, this is an event not to miss. Twice-daily mass ascensions of up to 100 special shape and sport hot air balloons, concerts featuring country superstars, non-stop family entertainment, hundreds of crafters and vendors, great food and fireworks make this festival a one-of-a-kind event.
New Glarus, WI
Get ready for a day of beer, bacon and cheese, all in the name of supporting community non-profits. This annual event features a mix of local talent and national touring favorites, kids games, unique vendors and plenty of food and drink options to try.
Celebrate local flavors, culture and talent with these festival and fairs that put a twist on your favorite traditions. Whether you’re paying homage to Binghamton’s famous local delicacy, spiedies, or sampling the hottest wings in Buffalo, there are tons of festivals and fairs across New York that offer something for every foodie.