Lots of street fairs and craft shows are starting up soon – always a good sign that warmer weather is around the corner.
The Spring Craft on Columbus is one of my favorites. It takes place on the sidewalk next to the American Museum of Natural History on Columbus Avenue from 77th to 81st Street. Rows and rows of tents with great crafts, from ceramics to jewelry. Each weekend about 100 artisans exhibit and sell their own work.
April 30/May 1, 2016
May 7/8, 2016
May 14/15, 2016
West Side Community Garden is hosting a weekend arts festival that includes
poetry readings, a performance by the New York String Orchestra, and artwork
and crafts for sale by local westside artists.
DATES: September 13th and 14th .
TIMES: 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
LOCATION: West 89th Street, between Amsterdam and Columbus
Paintings, photographs, jewelry,
ceramics, quilting and limited edition clothing and more will be sold by the
garden’s West 89th Street entrance (between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues).
On Saturday, September 13th, you can enjoy a free crafts workshop for children (all materials provided) from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m, in a garden setting.. Entertainment starts at 1:00 p.m. and at 3:00 p.m. when Iluminada & Guillermo will play Spanish guitar and lead a folk music singalong for children and adults (in English and Spanish).
On Sunday, September 14th, the New York String Orchestra, conducted
by Stephen Josephs, will present a concert on the garden green from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. From 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. local poets Howard Pflanzer and Rosalie
Calabrese will be featured in readings. Students from NYU’s Creative
Writing programs will join them, with a book signing and reception to follow.
The WSCG Arts & Crafts festival is funded in
part by The Lily Auchencloss Foundation and is an annual event of the West SideCommunity Garden, open year-round from dawn to dusk.
On Saturday, October 6 from 12-4pm, the 20th Anniversary Little Red Lighthouse Festival will take place in Fort Washington Park, to celebrate the only remaining lighthouse in Manhattan.
This year’s event is hosted by New York Restoration Project (NYRP), Historic House Trust, NYC Parks, Riverside Park Fund and Urban Park Rangers. The free event will include tours of the lighthouse, live music and theater performances, arts and crafts, fishing clinics, readings and activities for the family. There will even be an up-close reptile experience!
The Festival celebrates the area and pays tribute to the popular children’s book, “The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge” by Hildegarde H. Swift.
Pelham Bay Park will host four hours of performances, exhibits, arts and crafts, delicious food, storytelling, nature programs, and more. This annual event is a celebration of the unique Native cultures of the Americas.
Guests of all ages will enjoy the ability to interact with many of the performances and activities, while learning about the traditions and lifestyles of such Native groups such as the Taino, Cheyenne-Pawnee, Ojibwe/ Oneida, and more.
Check it out: http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2012/09/23/native-american-festival