The 2024 Guide To NYC Pop-Up Street Fairs & Food Events

For people visiting New York City, getting an invitation to a block party is difficult. That’s why we put together a list of the 2024 pop up street fairs and food events in New York City.

May 3, 2024

The 2024 Guide To NYC Pop-Up Street Fairs & Food Events

When the weather gets warm in NYC street fairs are the place to be. There’s so many to take advantage of. Last week we published a list of the most popular annual street fairs in New York City, but the city has more to choose from. Any native New Yorker knows how much fun a block party is. For the non-New Yorkers a block party is a BBQ party in the street within a local neighborhood. The street is usually blocked off on both ends to stop cars from driving on the street so kids can play and neighbors can enjoy barbecue for adults.

For people visiting New York City, getting an invitation to a block party is difficult. That’s why we put together a list of the 2024 pop up street fairs and food events happening this summer in New York City.

Check the dates and location for each of these fairs before creating your travel plan for NYC. If you need help, our team creates custom tailored travel plans. We help travelers enjoy the New York City experiences they want based on the time they have. Contact us to build your tailored plan.

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Ninth Avenue Food Festival

When: Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19, 2024

Where: Ninth Avenue between 42nd and 57th Streets, Manhattan, New York City

In the heart of New York City's culinary scene, Hell's Kitchen transforms every May for the Ninth Avenue Food Festival. This culinary extravaganza boasts over 100 food vendors serving up a diverse range of international cuisines, from Thai to Mexican to Italian, ensuring there's something to satisfy every craving. But the festival isn't just about the food; it's a vibrant celebration with live music, entertainment, and engaging arts and crafts activities for kids. So, don't miss out! Take a leisurely stroll along Ninth Avenue from 42nd to 57th Streets and treat yourself to a feast for the senses from 10 am to 6 pm. Plus, since Hell's Kitchen is just a stone's throw away from Times Square, there's no reason not to.

San Gennaro Festival

When: September 12 to September 22, 2024

Where: Little Italy, Manhattan

The San Gennaro Festival is a must-do during any fall trip to NYC. Its roots trace back to 1926 when immigrants from Naples, residing on Mulberry Street, held the first feast. This cultural gem, perhaps the last authentic Italian-American tradition left in the neighborhood, invites you to indulge in Italian street food classics. Wander through the lively streets, full of carnival games and booths, and savor the aroma of pizzas, sausage & peppers, and irresistible treats like cannoli and zeppole.

Arthur Avenue’s Ferragosto

When: September 12 to September 22, 2024

Where: Arthur Avenue & East 187th Street, The Bronx

Arthur Avenue's annual Ferragosto festival is a touch more authentic than San Gennaro (although both are must-do's). With roasting pigs, live cigar rolling, live traditional Italian music, and more, it's a vibrant celebration that's well worth a trip to the middle of the Bronx. But the festivities are just the beginning. In this neighborhood, you'll also discover some of the city's best Italian American restaurants, markets, bakeries, and even an Italian American library and cultural center—the Belmont Library.

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New York City Wine & Food Festival

When: October 17 to October 20, 2024 (for a full schedule, visit the festival website)

Where: Various locations throughout NYC, including the Javits Center, Central Park, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

The New York City Wine & Food Festival, presented by Food Network, is a star-studded four-day culinary extravaganza held in October. Featuring top chefs, restaurateurs, and wine tastings, it's a must-visit for sampling the best of NYC's food and wine scene. From immersive cooking demonstrations to exciting food-related events, the festival delves into the city's rich culinary history. It also serves as a major fundraiser for God's Love We Deliver, providing meals to those with severe illness. Unlike most festivals on this list, the NYCWFF is a ticketed event. Tickets for the festival, ranging from $99 to $400, depending on the package, will be available for purchase over the summer.

NYC Restaurant Week

When: January - February, 2024 (Check website for announcements)

Where: Restaurants all over New York City participate in NYC Restaurant Week. You can find a list of participating restaurants on the NYCTourism website. Reservations are recommended, especially for popular restaurants.

The best way to experience NYC's world-class dining scene is during the annual NYC Restaurant Week! Since 1992, this beloved event has been a must-visit for foodies looking to explore the city's diverse restaurants. Enjoy fixed-price menus at various price points in restaurants across all five boroughs. Whether you're craving upscale dining or neighborhood favorites, there's something for everyone. Keep an eye on the official NYC Restaurant Week page for updates on upcoming events. This year’s winter Restaurant Week has already passed, but there’s always a chance for a summer event, so check before your trip out to NYC

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Jazz Age Lawn Party

When: June 8–9 and August 10-11, 2024

Where: Governors Island

If you're seeking a unique and immersive food festival experience, step into the vibrant world of the Roaring Twenties at the Jazz Age Lawn Party. Held on Governors Island in New York City, this extraordinary event brings the spirit of the 1920s to life over two weekends during the summer. Immerse yourself in the infectious rhythms of live jazz music, savor vintage cocktails, and indulge in delectable bites from local vendors. Explore the captivating motor car exhibit, join dance lessons, test your skills at croquet, unwind in the beer garden and enjoy the charm of the old-school barber shop pop-up. Families can also participate in the Children's parade and enjoy a dedicated kid's area. Tickets are required for entry, with early bird general admission starting at $55 (available now!). As a bonus, purchase now and receive 50% off an original Jazz Age Brunch by Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra in NYC!

Latin Restaurant Week

When: June 7 to June 21, 2024

Where: Various restaurants throughout NYC.

Discover the flavors of Latin America during NYC's Latin Restaurant Week! With over 30 participating restaurants, this event promises a tasty journey for food lovers. From Mexican to Peruvian dishes, each spot offers a unique taste of Latin cuisine. Embracing Latin hospitality with the slogan "Buen Provecho," (meaning Bon Appétit in Spanish) diners are invited to enjoy every bite. Whether you're a foodie or just love trying new flavors, Latin Restaurant Week celebrates diversity in food and community. See a map of all participating latin restaurants around the city here.

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