What Are Some Popular Street Fairs in New York City?


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Some of the most popular street fairs in New York City include the San Gennaro Festival, the Columbus Avenue Festival and the West Indian American Day Carnival. Each of these festivals is held once a year. While many annual fairs in New York celebrate specific religious dates or ethnic groups, they are open and welcoming to all.

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The San Gennaro Festival is held annually in Manhattan's Little Italy in September. The 2015 event marked the festival's 89th year, making it one of the longest running street fairs in New York. The Catholic feast day of San Gennaro, around which the festival centers, is September 19. The 11-day fair features traditional Italian food, music and a large religious procession on the feast day.

The Columbus Avenue festival, also in Manhattan, is a fundraiser for area non-profit organizations. This event brings together all kinds of local foods, arts and crafts vendors, as well as popular musical acts.

During the Labor Day holiday each year, Brooklyn plays host to the city's West Indian American population for a celebration of traditional music, food and culture. Events typically begin on the Thursday before Labor Day and include steel drum band performances, a college fair for high school students and a large parade on Labor Day.

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