Fairs and Carnivals

  • Voice Choices

    March 5, 2014


    Wake up with The City of Lost Children

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2013

    The New York City of They Might Be Giants

    They formed here. They came up here. They've been mugged here. They've collectively eaten hundreds of pastrami sandwiches at Katz's here. They Might Be Giants are, through and through, a New York City band, one that's cut its teeth, had its gear stolen and inked its first record deal in its infancy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2013

    Converse Rubber Tracks Live Is Back Tonight!

    The much ballyhooed and successful Converse Rubber Tracks Live series is back tonight with a free, incredibly diverse and "sold out" in minutes show featuring venerable Long Island post-punk mathletes Glassjaw, the frenetic/psychedelic (and ironically named) Balance & Composure, and Queens' rappers ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    July 24, 2013


    Be swept away by the coolest poets today

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2013

    Meet World's Fair, the Rap Kids From Queens

    Tonight, the World's Fair hip-hop collective will be bringing their brand of ruggedly charming rap to the Knitting Factory. Broadcasting from Queens, the crew caught a profile bump last year with the release of Children Of The Night's stellar Queens... Revisited mixtape and are set to build on that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2012

    Big Tex, Icon of Texas State Fair, Burns to the Ground

    Burn, baby, burn Big Tex, the 52-foot-tall symbol of the Texas State Fair, smoldered, caught fire, and was finally engulfed in flames late last week at the fairgrounds in Dallas before firefighters could arrive and put it out. As the above video demonstrates, the process took only six minutes. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2012

    Five Questions To Ask About An MLS Soccer Stadium In Flushing Meadows Park

    The week before last, rumors began cropping up that Major League Soccer's long-running search for a place to put a new New York City team -- a search that had circumnavigated the boroughs from Pier 40 in the West Village to Randall's Island and Willets Point -- had settled on a site: the northeast c ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    June 20, 2012


    Get all your DIY needs here

  • Books

    May 30, 2012

    Howl! Festival Swoops Into East Village This Weekend

    The weekend gathering celebrates the seminal poem with readings, art, dance, and more.

  • Voice Choices

    April 11, 2012


    BUST's Craftacular is back

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2011

    Langos Will Fry You in a Good Hungarian Way

    Lauren BloombergA handful of Budapest​ Everything is better fried. Case in point...cheese. Sure, it's one of the most amazing foods, well, ever. Now dip it in a little batter and fry it--voila! A crisp crust yielding to oozing, molten curds. Brilliant. Now, for a little pop quiz: What's bette ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    August 24, 2011


    Someone have a feather headpiece we can borrow?

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2011

    Lady Gaga's "Yoü And I" Video: Ten Pounds Of NEBRASKAAAAAAAA! In A Five-Pound Sack Of Corn

    ​The video for "Yoü And I," the big, gooshy ballad on Lady Gaga's Born This Way, has leaked two days in advance of its scheduled Thursday premiere on MTV and Logo. The clip was shot in Nebraska—which gets copious shoutouts in the song, and which is the ancestral land of her "friend" Lu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2011

    A Look at the Great Art of Norma Lyon, the Butter-Cow Lady

    iowastatefair.orgAmerican Gothic, in butter​Of all the culinary arts that exist, none is greater than the fine craft of butter sculpture carving. And, to that extent, the greatest artist was Norma Lyon, the dairy farmer's wife who carved pounds of salted butter each year into life-size figure ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    June 15, 2011


    One-of-a-kind items for you, your home, and even your garage

  • Voice Choices

    June 1, 2011


    Shop for cool crafts and make some yourself

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2011

    Live: Bamboozle Stimulates Every Sense (And Then Some)

    So much to see, everywhere. ​The Bamboozle Meadowlands April 29-May 1, 2011 Better than: Watching scene reports scroll by on Twitter. In a lot of ways, the Bamboozle is a festival tailor-made for the current moment of constant distraction. The festival's running time over three days totals ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    Carnival Workers Mad at Obama; Nation's Political Discourse To Be Taken Off Life Support

    ​A subset of nomadic amusement park workers have issued grievance towards President Obama for remarks he made during yesterday's birth certificate press conference. During the press conference, which was held to disprove a bunch of lunatics, Obama said, "We're not going to be able to solve our ... More >>

  • Theater

    April 6, 2011

    The Tremendous Tremendous Parties Like It's 1939

    The Mad Ones head off to the New York World's Fair

  • Voice Choices

    February 9, 2011
  • Voice Choices

    February 9, 2011


    Texas without Bush

  • Voice Choices

    January 5, 2011

    Rocky Mountain High

    Celebrate all things Colorado

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2010

    The Short, Sad History of the Corn Dog

    ​What's the mustard hiding? Read on to find out. When I was a little kid in Minnesota and went to the state fair, one of the main gastronomic attractions were corn dogs, and my brothers and I would beg to have one the minute we hit the fairgrounds on Snelling Avenue in St. Paul. Except they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2010

    Hester Street Fair and the New Amsterdam Market Celebrate Halloween This Sunday

    Dan Haskell​Sunday marks the end of the Hester Street Fair -- at least until next April -- and to mark the occasion, its organizers will be taking part in the Seward Park Halloween carnival, which kicks off at 2 p.m. with a parade. Admission to the carnival is $9, but the fair is free -- and w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    Deep-Fried Margaritas: Coming Soon to the State Fair of Texas?

    Straight up, on the rocks, or fried?​Dallas's State Fair of Texas is officially the Fried Food Capitol of Texas (TM!), and every year it throws the Big Tex Choice Awards to determine what new batter-dipped concoction will join the fried peaches and cream, fried pecan pie, and fried butter that ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    July 20, 2010


    Prepare to have your mind blown

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2010

    The Queens Zoo and Art Museum Are Worth a Trip

    Julie Larson Maher​I'm always so relentlessly Manhattan-centric, as if nothing else exists in New York, but a recent train voyage to Queens proved my self-imposed limitations have been a bit silly.

  • Voice Choices

    June 1, 2010


    Skaters compete for the big cash in Queens

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2010

    Where Should I Go for an Old-Fashioned French Meal That's Not Too Expensive?

    Robert Tréboux, owner of Le Veau D'or​ Welcome to this week's installment of Ask the Critics. Rob wrote in to ask: Where can I get an old-fashioned French meal without it costing me an arm and a leg? Preferably in Manhattan, but I'm willing to travel.

  • Voice Choices

    September 22, 2009


    The Kitchen dishes up a free party

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2009

    This Weekend, A County Fair In the City

    Faye Pini/flickr​ The 27th Annual Queens County Fair takes place this Saturday and Sunday. Queens County Farm is the only working stand-alone farm within the city limits, and its annual fair is a traditional affair, complete with blue ribbons for livestock, produce, and home crafts, as well as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2009

    Vendor crisis averted at Richmond County Fair

    The Staten Island Advance reported yesterday that health inspectors were shutting down food vendors at the Richmond County Fair (warning: blinking type), and that a local politician on the scene was not happy with the situationIn a telephone interview direct from the fair, State Senator Andrew Lanza ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2009

    New Additions to the MN State Fair Food Canon

    Fry dog, photo courtesy Knox News​Ahhh, August, when our thoughts turn to state fairs and their attendant foods. The Minnesota State Fair opens this Thursday, and already there are reports out about this year's new, mindbendingly caloric dishes. The Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal repo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2009

    Weekend Special: State Fair Windows at Cowgirl Hall of Fame

    ​ I feel the same irrational glee whenever I find a corn dog in my mitts. They were called "pronto pups" at the Minnesota State Fair. For the sultry month of August, the West Village old-timer Cowgirl Hall of Fame commemorates state fairs via a series of over-the-top window displays, featurin ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    September 23, 2008


    Making a French connection

  • Voice Choices

    August 19, 2008
  • People

    November 27, 2007

    Asking the Cheese Whiz

    The melting point of dairy products, and other border disputes

  • NYC Life

    December 12, 2006

    Craft Fairs and Cuddle Rooms

    Christmas is upon us, so enjoy yourselves—but don't go around grabbing people's lips

  • Specials

    October 18, 2005
  • Dining

    June 14, 2005

    Happy Days

    Coney Island's former specialty takes hold in the Midwest

  • Books

    June 15, 2004

    Trick and Treat

    A creepy diptych showcases McCormack's Canadian gothic

  • Books

    February 4, 2003

    Hello, Dalí!

    Art, Commerce, and the Persistence of Mammaries

  • NYC Life

    May 29, 2001

    Open City

    Parades, Beaches, Festivals: What's Out There

  • Long Island Voice

    September 7, 1999
  • News

    September 8, 1998

    Crash Rash

    Learning From the Demolition Derby