This weekend: pony rides, sheep shearing, and food from all over the world!

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WEEKEND ROUNDUP: May 20-21
This weekend is all about outdoor fun with festivals of every variety: fly a kite, ride a pony, or sample the cuisine from an exotic land. No worries if you prefer to stay indoors, there are also some great concerts for the whole family. Enjoy yourselves, and be sure to visit SkipKid for even more fun!
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BROOKLYN THIS WEEKEND
Bike The Branches, Brooklyn Public Library, Various Locations
Saturday
Every BPL branch will host a variety of fun programs and activities for all ages, including story times, scavenger hunts, musical performances and more.Art Fest + Walk, Fort Greene and Clinton Hill
Saturday
Art lovers of all ages will appreciate this colorful Art Walk event and exhibition along two main commercial avenues. The mapped route includes over 30 exhibits and will highlight artists, businesses and the vibrant communities that are Fort Greene and Clinton Hill.Pop-up performance by the Buttons, Carroll Park Fair, Carroll Gardens
Saturday
Come on out and support Carroll Park and have a great time doing it! Enjoy a pop-up show by the Buttons from 12pm-1pm, a bouncy room for small children, live music, face painting and more.

The Good Ms Padgett, Jalopy Theatre, Red Hook
Saturday
The Good Ms Padgett sings wise and wild and wonderfully absurd songs for children and babies and their grownups. Think of her as the Pied Piper, but with a guitar.

BK Block Party, Albee Square Downtown Brooklyn
Saturday
From 11am – 1pm, bring the kids for live music, double dutch with Double Dutch Empire, face painting, balloon animals and more. Enjoy Live music with Jah Pan, Steel drum and calypso musicians from Trinidad and Tobago who play island classics and Caribbean-influenced interpretations of today’s hit songs.

Sunfest, St. Joseph’s College, Ft. Greene
Saturday
The Dillon Center is hosting this fun event which includes pony rides, a mini carousel, raffles, arts and crafts, face painting, games, music, and the sunfest cafe and boutique.

23rd Annual Fleece Festival, Prospect Park Zoo, Crown Heights
All Weekend
After a long winter, the sheep are ready to get their thick, wooly coats sheared. Enjoy felt-making and some special wool activities.

The Fabulous Fifth Avenue Street Fair, Park Slope
Sunday
Families will enjoy this street fair which features good eats, rides, music and more!

PS 132 13th Kite Festival, East River State Park, Williamsburg
Sunday
Field day activities, kite decorating, live music, food, face painting and more!

City Stomp benefit concert, Old First Nursery School, Park Slope
Sunday
Old First Nursery School invites you to enjoy an awesome, all-ages music show by popular local kids’ band City Stomp! The show benefits Old First Nursery School.

MANHATTAN THIS WEEKEND
Essex Street Market Annual Birthday Block Party, LES
Saturday
Get a taste of this authentic food destination, including everything from fresh-cut coconuts to homemade tamales to Japanese street fare. Live music, face-painting, temporary tattoos, and balloon-making — perfect for families and kids-at-heart, too.Ninth Avenue International Food Festival, Midtown West
All Weekend
Sample foods from all over the world at the the oldest and largest continuing food festival in New York City.CityParks PuppetMobile presents Cinderella Samba, Seward Park, LES
Sunday
This lively production, based on Cinderella, features an original commissioned musical soundtrack that brings samba center-stage; handcrafted Carnival festival floats on parade; and one-of-a-kind marionettes donning their most vibrant Carnival costumes, created by the expert puppeteers from the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater in Central Park. Free.
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