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Weekend Market Picks July 16 & 17, 2016: National Ice Cream Day

Ice & Vice Collaborates with Squish Marshmallows to Create Marshmallow Ice Cream Cones at the Hester Street Fair (This gorgeous photo is by Ice & Vice)


President Ronald Reagan established National Ice Cream Day in 1984 with Joint Resolution 298 (thanks, Wikipedia!), making him the one president to bring the entire country together over a common idea that ice cream is creamy and delicious.

We now celebrate this national holiday in July each year when we’re all melting ourselves from the heat and humidity. The markets are fully on board with National Ice Cream Day! We have at least 4 ice cream events going on this weekend. So grab a spoon and go taste fine artisanal ice cream all over town!

Weekend Market Picks: 

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Astoria Flea & Night Market: Hello, Saturday Night! The LIC Flea is once again hosting fabulous food, flea, vintage, and handmade vendors at the lovely space outside the Kaufman Astoria Studios. Bring your friends, bring your family, bring a date! 6PM – 11PM, Kaufman Astoria Studios, 34-12 36t Street, Queens

Full Moon Market X: I’m loving the sound of this “Market of Curiosities And Magick.” Check out unusual and magical handmade wares,  including jewelry, crystals, and glass, as well as a live improvisational performance by the Sacred Circle Theatre Company. 1PM – 6PM, Catland, 987 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn

Hester Street Fair Ice Cream Social: Always on trend, the Hester Street Fair is not only hosting an ice cream-based event, but they are also letting us be food judges, which could prove to be the best experience of our lives. For a small fee ($10), you can sample the ice cream from at least 8 vendors and vote for the Audience Award winner. 11AM – 6PM, Hester & Essex Streets, Manhattan

Queens International Night MarketSo, you’ve been playing Pokemon too, right? Well, Pokemon hunting is welcome and encouraged at the Night Market (unlike in my apartment). Plus live music, artisanal food, and cool handmade crafts! 6PM – 12AM, New York Hall of Science, Flushing Meadow, Queens

Keep Your Cool Vegan Shop Up: This monthly vegan pop up market has some fantastic food! Vegan burgers and sandwiches, and lots of delicious vegan baked goods. Take home vegan salsa and slurp down a vegan Bloody Mary while you’re there. 12PM – 5PM, Pine Box Rock Shop, 12 Grattan Street, Brooklyn

Saturday & Sunday, July 16 & 17, 2016

Broadway Market by The Market NYC: Grand Opening! The Market NYC has opened a new venue in Soho! The core group of designers have been working hard on their unique spaces in the market, and more brands are coming soon. It’s a beautiful space in a great location downtown. 11AM – 7PM, 483 Broadway between Broome and Grand, Manhattan 

Brooklyn Flea’s National Ice Cream Day BonanzaIf you aren’t taking full advantage of National Ice Cream Day all weekend, you’re missing out! The Brooklyn Flea is hosting 6 fantastic local ice cream vendors, including a Make Your Own Donut Ice Cream Sandwich collaboration between Underwest Donuts and Il Laboratorio del Gelato! 10AM – 5PM; Saturday in Fort Greene, 176 Lafayette Avenue; Sunday at the Manhattan Bridge Archway Plaza, 80 Pearl Street, Brooklyn

LIC Flea Ice Cream Festival: The LIC Flea is on board with National Ice Cream Day too! Their selection of food, handmade, vintage, and flea vendors is outstanding every weekend, and this weekend they are featuring local artisan ice cream makers. Don’t forget the beer garden with craft beers made in Queens. 11AM – 6PM, 525 46th Avenue, Long Island City, Queens

Ridgewood Market at Out In The Streets: Out in the Streets is a lively music festival in the park around the historic Vander Ende-Onderdonk House, the oldest Dutch Colonial House in the city. Go there for the music, art, food and handcraft artisans from the Ridgewood Market!  Tickets required.  1PM – 11PM Saturday, 1PM – 9PM Sunday, Onderdonk House, 18-20 Flushing Avenue, Queens

Sunday, July 17, 2016

National Ice Cream Day at the Grand Bazaar NYC: They keep bringing the hits to this new market in a classic location. The new market management is infusing new energy and cleverness into the former Greenflea every Sunday. This weekend, enjoy free ice cream from Häagen-Dazs all day long! And pick up a beautiful vintage Tiffany silver spoon at the market to eat it with. 10AM – 5:30PM, 100 West 77th Street at Columbus Avenue. Manhattan

Q.E.D.’s 1st Ever Craft Bazaar: Q.E.D. describes itself as an “after school program for adults.” Nurture your creativity, or enjoy the creative talents of others at this curated marketplace with 25 local makers of jewelry, cards, collectibles, treats, and much more. 1PM – 6PM, 27-16 23rd Avenue, Queens

Vendy Plaza: If you love street food and food TV, you’ll want to come to this market up in East Harlem on Sunday. The market features amazing food entrepreneurs every weekend, and this weekend they are hosting a screening of the Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods,” featuring Vendy Plaza vendor Angel Jimenez, “the machete-wielding Puerto Rican Soul Food King.” Can you miss this? No, you can’t. And neither can I. 12PM – 6PM, 1616 Park Avenue between 115th & 116th, East Harlem, Manhattan

~ Karen Seiger, Markets of New York City

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