What better way to celebrate LES rich cultural diversity than with a festival? As part of LES History Month, we are spoiled for choices on attending just one! Check out some neighborhood favorites below:
Chinatown Street Fair
Sunday, May 15, 11AM-4PM
Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month in Manhattan’s Chinatown, along historic Mott Street, between Canal & Worth Street.
Essex Street Block Party
May 21, 12pm-5pm
After last year’s success Essex Street Market are hosting a second annual block party! Essex Street will be taking over to offer you an array of tantalizing treats and tastes from the market vendors.
The 29th Loisaida Festival
Sunday, May 29, All Day
The Loisaida Festival includes diverse manifestations of the Puerto Rican and Latino cultures expressed through music, cuisine and arts covering six blocks on Avenue C. The festival is in it’s 29th year and attracts over 15,000 every year. It also serves as a vehicle to disseminate critical community information distributed by employees and volunteers of many local and city-wide health and human services organizations. The Loisaida Festival is sponsored by Loisaida Inc., the oldest Puerto Rican non-for-profit organization in the neighborhood. Loisaida, Inc. was founded in 1979 to address the problem of social and economic disenfranchisement of poor, low income and working class residents of the Lower East Side.
Greek Jewish Festival
Sunday, May 21, 12PM-6PM
Celebrate the unique Romaniote and Sephardic heritage, organized by Kehila Janina Kedosha. Get ready for live music, traditional dance, great authentic kosher Greek food, art and educational activities for children!
Friday-Sunday, May 20-22
An annual Ukrainian festival organized by St. George’s Ukrainian Catholic Church. This is the festival of Ukrainian culture and food in East Village.