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Best Summer Art Festivals In New York City

(credit: Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit)

As the temperature continues to climb in The Big Apple, so do the number of various events to partake in throughout the city. This summer there will be several fun festivals and events in the celebration of artists and their works. Read below for some of the best art festivals this summer in New York City.

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International African Arts Festival
Commodore Barry Park
Navy St. Btw. Park Ave. & Flushing Ave.
Brooklyn, NY, 11201
(718) 638-6700

Get a glimpse of unique African art between July 2 and July 5 this summer. This event has been a part of the Brooklyn cultural scene for more than 40 years, and has grown tremendously as the decades pass. What makes the event so popular is that the International African Festival not only has art available for sale, but also several other fun activities such as street theater and arts and crafts. The cost is $5 for adults and $2 for children. This long-running event will also have music from guests like Living Color and Cita Rodriquez.

Washington Square
Outdoor Art Exhibit
University Place
E. 13th St. to Waverly Place
New York, NY 10003
(212) 982-6255

The Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit in the heart of Greenwich Village will be held Labor Day Weekend Sept. 5, 6, and 7, and Sept. 12 and 13. This popular event began in 1931 during the Great Depression. The exhibits include fine art, photography, crafts and sculpture. The Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit attracts all types of visitors from locals to tourists. Note: This event is a sidewalk show.

Jeppe Hein, "Please Touch the Art"
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 222-9939

Brooklyn Bridge Park has various art events year-round. This summer, one new addition is an exhibit featuring 18 new sculptures by Jeppe Hein. Hein is a Danish artist who is based in both Germany and Denmark. He studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Art and lectures all over the world. What's great about Hein's art is that it's made so that visitors can touch and play with it. The exhibit started May 17 and runs until New Year's Eve.

Related: Best Art Walks In New York City

Affordable Art Fair
The Metropolitan Pavilion
125 W. 18th St.
New York, NY 10011
(212) 255-2003

The Affordable Art Fair will return to New York City this Sept. 10 through the 13. This event features art from more than 1,000 local and international artists. The Affordable Art Fair prides itself in providing a friendly atmosphere for potential buyers. Its website has plenty of tips on how to make the best purchase for your own personal needs. There will also be events for both children and adults. It's a great fair for those who love original art but are on a budget, as items can be purchased for as low as $100.

Black & White Juried Art Show NYC
499 Van Brunt St.
Red Hook, NY 11231
(718) 596-2506 ( weekends) and (718) 596-2507 (weekends)

The Black & White Juried Art Show will be held Aug. 1-23. All different types of art – from mixed media to fabric — will be displayed. The event will focus on Brooklyn artists, and the juror for the event is Christiane Paul. Dr. Paul is a adjunct curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art whose specialty is New Media Arts.

Tracy lives in the downstate area of New York. Some might call her an avid graduation affectionate (MA, Fordham University & MLS, SUNY Buffalo). She'd say she's just waiting for the right degree to come along with a promise and a ring someday. Her work can be found on


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