Families can enjoy all of the classics... everything from fried dough to ferris wheels! Some of these kid-friendly events are a bit of a drive, but they are worth it. Children will love all of the cotton candy, face painting, carnival games, live shows, competitions, and more!
While most COVID restrictions have been lifted it is still a good idea to check in advance whether online ticket purchases, advance reservations, masks or any other precautions are still required.
Check out this list of the upcoming summer carnivals, fairs and festivals for Westchester County families! Also, Playland Amusement Park in Rye opens for the season this Saturday, June 26!
For a full listing of upcoming events, or to add one of your own, visit our free Community Calendar.
Thu Jul 15th - Sun Aug 1st
239 Wisner Ave, Middletown, NY 10940
Music, rides, incredible entertainment and delicious food are on the agenda at the Orange County Fair. Check out the dazzling fireworks display on Friday nights (July 16, 23 & 30), enjoy a Monster Truck Show, sing along at a Stadium concert or just enjoy the thrill of classic carnival rides. There's also a petting zoo, camel & pony rides, Royal Hanneford Circus and much more!
Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays July 15 - August 1, 2021. Weekdays 4pm - 11pm, weekends 12pm - 11pm. The fair will be closed Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.
Admission: Adults: $10.00, Seniors (65 years and older): $7.00, Children (7-12 years old): $7.00, Children (6 years and younger): FREE.
Ulster County Fair
Tue Aug 3rd - Sun 8th
249 Libertyville Rd, New Paltz, NY 12561
Concerts, racing pigs, fireworks, horse shows, over 20 rides, tractor pulls, kids shows and carnival food will keep your family busy at the Ulster County Fair! Don't miss the Kids Daily Show on the Small Stage.
Open Wednesday and Thursday 10am - 10 pm, Friday and Saturday 10am - 11pm, Sunday 10am - 8pm. Pay One Price: $17.00 – 10:00am til closing, Rides Open at 11am.
Dutchess County Fair
Tue Aug 24th - Sun 29th
6550 Spring Brook Ave, Rhinebeck, NY 12572
This is a big one! The Dutchess County Fair hosts approximately half a million people per year, and is the second largest county Fair in New York State. It's a true, traditional carnival experience featuring animals, shows, tons of classic carnival food, rides and games.
Daily Fair Hours: Tues-Sun 10am - 10pm. Rides Run Daily Tuesday thru Sunday starting at 10am.
Tickets will be sold online only! General Admission: $12 (12 years + need an admission ticket), Ride All Day Wristband: $25 pre-sale (Price will increase to $30 on Tuesday 8/24). Everyone needs a ticket or wristband to ride the rides. Ride tickets will be sold at the midway: 1 ticket for $1.50, 20 tickets for $20, 52 tickets for $50.
Additional Fairs & Carnivals
Wed Jun 23rd - Fri 25th
Yorktown Heights Fire Department, 1916 Commerce St, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
Bring the whole family to this annual fun event filled with rides, games and plenty of food!
The Parade is scheduled (rain or shine) for Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 7pm, with the Carnival Opening directly thereafter until 11pm. The carnival will be open 6/23 7pm-11pm, 6/24 6pm-11pm, 6/25 6pm-11pm, 6/26 12pm-11pm and 6/27 12pm- TBD.
Mamaroneck Firemans Carnival, Parade & Fireworks
Fri Jun 25th - Mon Jul 5th
Harbor Island Park, 60-98 Harbor Island Park, Mamaroneck, NY 10543
Enjoy rides, food and games at The Annual Firemen's Carnival. It will take place, in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines, each evening between 6:45pm and 11:30pm from Friday, June 25, through Monday, July 5.
The Firemen’s Carnival will take place each evening, between 6:45pm and 11:30pm, from Friday, June 25, through Monday, July 5, in Harbor Island Park.
The Firemen's Parade is scheduled to kick off at 7:00pm on Wednesday, June 30, and travel down Mamaroneck Avenue to Harbor Island Park.
The Fireworks Display in Harbor Island Park will begin after sunset around 9:15pm/9:30pm on Sunday, July 4. (Rain date is Monday, July 5.). Unfortunately there will not be music this year.
Ride pricing is as follows: $30 wristbands each night except June 30, July 4th and 5th. Ride tickets are $1.25 each, 20 tickets for $20 and 45 tickets for $40. All rides are between 3-7 tickets each.
Sun Jun 27th 10:00am - 4:00pm
Southside Avenue MTA Commuter Lot Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706
The Hastings Flea is a curated specialty flea market that features regular and rotating vendors, a few food vendors, as well as live music and entertainment through out the day. Enjoy a rocking day filled with community, crafts, music, good food, family and new surprises!
It will be open on June 27 and September 12. Get your flea fix on and enjoy meeting vendors with home goods, collectibles, vintage items, crafts, jewelry, clothing, handmade and artisan gifts for everyone. Enjoy tasty food truck treats, face painting, psychic readings and other surprises
Mest Fest 2021
Sat Aug 7th 11:00am - 3:00pm
Camp Kiwi, 825 Union Valley Rd, Carmel Hamlet, NY 10512
Have fun for a good cause the the Mest Fest! In support of the Muddy Puddles Project, the official charity of Peppa Pig, families can forget about the stresses of everyday life and get messy.
The eighth annual Muddy Puddles “Mess Fest” honors Ty Louis Campbell, a young boy from Pawling, NY, who lost his battle with brain cancer at the age of five in 2012. In remembrance of Ty, Mess Fest is a day devoted to setting free the inner child reminding everyone -- of all ages -- to laugh, play, and most importantly, get messy!
The event will include a visit with Peppa Pig (the most popular animated preschool program in the US, who absolutely loves jumping in muddy puddles), along with zip lines, splatter paint, pie tosses, slip ‘n’ slides, food fights, muddy puddle jumping, a “slopstacle course” and so much more. The event will include a visit with Peppa Pig (the most popular animated preschool program in the US, who absolutely loves jumping in muddy puddles), along with zip lines, splatter paint, pie tosses, slip ‘n’ slides, food fights, muddy puddle jumping, a “slopstacle course” and so much more.
Sat Aug 21st - Sun Oct 3rd
The New York Renaissance Faire, 600 NY-17A, Tuxedo Park, NY 10987
2021 marks the 44th Anniversary Celebration of the New York Renaissance Faire, located in Tuxedo, New York. The Faire is a unique experience taking place in "Elizabethan England", set within the Majestic Groves of Sterling Forest.
Travel back in time to an age of adventure! Join Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth I on a grand visit to a beautiful 16th century English village. Cheer your favorite knight at the Joust Tournament. Meet Robin Hood and his Merry Band. Feast on savory sweets and tempting treats. See amazing acrobats, magical fairies, swashbuckling pirates, and more! Play a game of skill or chance. Stroll the quaint village as the music of the Renaissance surrounds you. Shop the Marketplace, featuring over 100 Artisans offering the finest in handmade wares.
The Faire is open Saturdays, Sundays, and Labor Day Monday, August 21 through October 3, 2021, 10am – 7pm.
Ticket prices are as follows: Adult tickets $29.95, Child (5-12) $13.00, Child (0-4) FREE, Senior (62) / Military $25.95, Season Pass $175.
Fri Sep 3rd - Sun 5th
Tymor Park Road, Tymor Park Rd, Union Vale, NY 12540
The 30th Annual Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival will be held on September 3rd through 5th 2021 at Tymor Park in Union Vale, NY. The festival will feature fireworks each night, balloon rides, evening hot-air balloon illumination moon glows, helicopter rides, live music, entertainment, family activities, food trucks, vendors and more!
Bring your blankets and chairs to watch hot-air balloons ascend from the designated picnic area. Watch in awe as hot-air balloons fill the skies and as they light the night with an illumination moon glow with fireworks on full display.
Reservations can be made on a per person basis for a donation of $14 for evenings and $7 for mornings. A reservation must be made in advance as donations will not be accepted at the gate.