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Greenwich Village Street Fair When the warm spring weather begins in April, New Yorkers take to the streets.

Just try to imagine a state fair - without the livestock - arranged within a few city blocks and you'll begin to see why these fairs and street festivals are so popular with New Yorkers and visitors alike.

Forget the calories and start with the food

You'll be walking enough to burn off a few of the calories in the delicious zeppoles or the sausage and pepper heros. Stop by a crepe stand for the closest thing to Paris street food that you'll find on this side of the Atlantic.

Chinese, West Indian and Indian food can be found at most of the fairs - along with gyros, lots of other ethnic foods and a good sampling of traditional American treats. One of the most famous street fairs, The Ninth Avenue Food Festival, provides samples of gourmet restaurant offerings from some of the top chefs in the area in mid-May. Another great New York tradition, the Feast of San Gennaro, rounds out the New York street fair schedule with a Festa Italiana not to be missed in mid-September.

Walk, eat, shop

At most New York street fairs, there are bargains to be had - especially if you're looking for socks or cosmetics, rugs, houseplants, hand crafted jewelry... the list goes on. While some of the pricier items are for tourists, you may find a keepsake that is worth spending a bit extra for.

Most of the vendors are willing to haggle a little, especially at the end of the day. Know your prices and don't assume that because it's being sold at a street fair you are getting a bargain.

Music of the streets

As you walk through the streets, you'll be entertained by local radio stations booming out their sounds, along with live performances drawing crowds of appreciative listeners. The demonstration infomercials by vendors of kitchen slicers often combine with the music and the hum of the crowd - to create a city symphony you won't find in any concert hall.

2015 New York street fairs & festivals schedule

Dates subject to change - Check back often for updates.

• April 18, 2015 - Upper Broadway Spring Festival, Broadway from 110 to 116 Streets
• April 18, 2015 - Broadway Festival, Broadway from 14th to 8th Streets
• April 25 - October 31 - Hester Street Fair - every Saturday and Sunday, corner of Hester and Essex Streets
• April 25, 2015 - 6th Avenue Chelsea Festival, 6th Avenue from 23rd to 32nd Street
• April 26, 2015 - West Side Spring Festival, 96-106th Streets, East Side of Broadway
• May 2, 2015, Lexington Avenue Festival, Lexington Avenue from 60th to 66th Street
• May 3, 2015 - Cinco de Mayo Parade, Central Park West between 97th Street to 110th Street
• May 3, 2015 - Broadway Spring Festival, 86-93 Streets, East Side of Broadway
• May 9, 2015 - 2nd Avenue Festival, 2nd Avenue from 14th to 4th Streets
• May 10, 2015 - Columbus Avenue Fair, Columbus Avenue from 72nd to 66th Street
• May 16-17, 2015 - 9th Avenue Food Festival, Ninth Avenue between 42nd and 57th Streets
• May 23 - May 31, 2015 - Washington Square Spring Outdoor Art Exhibit
• May 25, 2015 - 6th Avenue Festival, 6th Avenue from 23rd to 14th Streets
• May 30, 2015 - 3rd Avenue Community Benefit Festival, 3rd Avenue from 86th to 66th Street
• May 30, 2015 - St. Nicholas Avenue Festival, St. Nicholas Avenue from 181st to 188th Street
• May 31, 2015 - Bleecker Street Festival, Bleecker Street from Christopher to 8th Avenue
• May 31, 2015 - Spring Crafts Festival, 65-72 Streets, West Side of Broadway
• June 6-7 & 13-14, 2015 - American Crafts Festival at Lincoln Center, Columbus Avenue between 63rd and 65th Street
• June 13-14, 2015 - Big Apple BBQ Block Party, Madison Square Park, 23rd between Madison and 5th Avenue
• June 7, 2015 - Egg Rolls and Egg Creams Festival, Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
• June 9, 2015 - Museum Mile Festival, Fifth Avenue from 82nd to 105th Streets
• June 13, 2015 - 116th Street Festival, 116th St between 3rd Avenue and Lexington Aves.
• July 16 - 19, 2015 - Giglio di Sant' Antonio Feast, East Harlem between 114th and 116th Streets
• September 10- 20, 2015 - Feast of San Gennaro, Mulberry Street, Little Italy

More about New York City street fairs and festivals around the Web:

Schedule - NYC Street - A mega directory of when and where for major street fairs throughout the year from April to November.

New York Street Fairs - Facts and information on city sponsored street fairs by location and neighborhood throughout the year.

also see -> New York City Travel Guide | NYC Gay Pride Parade | NYC Beaches Guide

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