Freeman Alley

Freeman Alley Freeman Alley between Bowery & Chrystie, New York, NY
FREE

Look for all sorts of tags & paste-ups at one of the most famous graffiti spots in NYC, a storied alley on the north side of Rivington Street between Bowery and Chrystie Street. The walls of former horse stables turned marble factory turned residences are crammed with images and messages. Find 'rugged clandestine colonial American…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Essex Market

Essex Market 88 Essex St, New York, NY
FREE

Sample fresh, affordable, and high quality food and other items from 40+ small businesses in this Lower East Side fixture. Shop vendors with individual stories and distinctive personality for delicious treats like cupcakes from Sugar Sweet Sunshine, cheeseburger empanadas from Dominican Cravings, ube ice cream from  L.E.S. Ice Cream…

Suggested Ages: 5 to 13

Shopsin’s

Essex Market 88 Essex St, New York, NY
FREE

This whimsical, family-owned restaurant features a legendary 900-item menu with dozens of wacky (and delicious) pancakes varieties filled everything from s'mores and mac n'cheese. Lots of savory, extravagant egg, sandwiches etc. options also. Small seating area; expect waits on weekends (but lots to explore in the indoor Essex Market while you wait). The owner…

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Economy Candy

Economy Candy 108 Rivington Street, New York, NY
FREE

At this legendary family-owned LES sweets emporium, founded in 1937, shop over 2,000+ items, including international gummies, unique candy bars, a color-sorted jelly belly bar, chocolate covered graham crackers (with and without jelly), bacon and kale lollipops and so much more.  Also find unique toys, Pez, gifts and vintage trading cards featuring fan favorites from…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

The Museum at Eldridge Street

Museum at Eldridge Street 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY
$15/adults, $10/students & seniors, $8/ages 5-17

Step inside history and explore an icon of New York City resilience. Learn the story of the grand 19th-century Eldridge Street Synagogue and the Jewish immigrants who built it. HIGHLIGHTS: 🕍 In self-guided tours, experience life through the eyes of a newly arrived immigrant to New York’s Lower East Side 🕍 Free docent-led tours available…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

The Pickle Guys

The Pickle Guys 357 Grand Street, New York, NY
FREE

Try free samples of old-fashioned pickles, barrel cured from an old Eastern European recipe at this unique friendly LES spot. Rows of barrels features pickled turnips, pineapples and other items along with a wide variety of pickled cucumbers. They even have pickle-flavored cotton candy for sale. Or head next door to Doughnut Plant for…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Some Bunny To Love: Year of the Rabbit, 2023

Emma Lazarus High School 100 Hester St at Eldrige, New York, NY
FREE

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with this new mural by BKFoxx and Claudio Picasso in Chinatown.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Lunar New Year at Essex Market

Essex Market 88 Essex St, New York, NY
FREE

Celebrate the year of the rabbit with variety of all-ages on the mezzanine of Essex Market.  Sample dumpling sand enjoy lantern crafting, giveaways, and a lion dance.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Recurring

Adventures from The Shed

14th Street Y 344 East 14th Street at First Avenue, New York, NY
$15/one adult + one child, $5/additional adult or child

Join talented Chickenshed teaching artists for lively immersive performances featuring puppetry, singing, dancing, storytelling, some American Sign Language and a bit of theatrical magic. Check-in beginning at 9:45 am to get your backpack of props.

Suggested Ages: Toddlers to 6
Recurring

The True Story of Little Red

Teatro SEA 107 Suffolk Street, New York, NY
$15-$20

Teatro SEA's bilingual musical play tells the classic fable, but with a comical twist. A Latina Little Red/Caperucita and the wolf trade places, leading the audience on a journey full of surprises. Performed in Spanish and English simultaneously.

Suggested Ages: 3 to 14+

Eldridge Eats: A History of the Lower East Side Food Tour

Museum at Eldridge Street 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY
$30-$35

Visit historic Lower East Side sites and nosh on delicious rugelach, pickles, knishes, and dumplingsStroll through the neighborhood’s 100-year history with long-time Lower East Side resident and Museum at Eldridge Street Docent Richard Soden. Learn about what life was like for Jewish immigrants at the turn of the last century: Where children played, where…

Suggested Ages: Adult Friendly to Adult Friendly, Adult Friendly

Eldridge Arts & Learning: Stained Glass

Museum at Eldridge Street 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY
$12/adults, $10/students & seniors, $8/ages 5+

Learn about the more than sixty stained glass windows of a historic synagogue and collage a colorful creation of your own. See how the colorful shapes and patterns bring the synagogue to life. from capturing natural light to displaying beautiful designs. Online RSVP required. Included with museum admission.

Suggested Ages: 5 to 14+

Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade And Festival

Sara D. Roosevelt Park Rivington Street between Chrystie Street & Forsyth Street, New York, NY
FREE

This annual spectacle features lion and dragon dancers, floats, marching bands, magicians, acrobats and more. Parade participants gather around noon at Sara Roosevelt Park, then move to Hester and Mott street where the parade starts at 1 pm, winding though the main streets of Lower Manhattan/Chinatown (Mott & Canal to Chatham Square to East Broadway…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly