You can't go wrong expecting the unexpected in New York City. One of the most unexpected events to come down the pike is Summer Streets, a wild and wacky street fair. The City actually closes down nearly seven miles of public streets so locals and visitors alike can do, well, just about anything (within reason and the law, of course). Actually, it's quite an organized affair, which is scheduled for three consecutive Saturdays, August 2, 9 & 16, 2014, from 7:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. What you'll find when you arrive is quite amazing. Since the designated streets are all closed, you'll be enveloped by bike riders, joggers and walkers as well as hoppers, skippers and jumpers. You'll also be entertained by performers of all types, such as the 91 trumpet players who will line Park Avenue for almost 30 blocks playing their hearts out. In addition, you will be treated to comedy groups, a cappella groups and dance troupes.
Make sure to check out the multitude of activities that are made available for your enjoyment. Take part in arts-and-crafts workshops or get physical by tackling the rock-climbing wall. Put a little zip in your day by grabbing onto the zip line. And soak up a lot of culture at the dozens of art installations. There's even a bit of education going on thanks to the Department of Sanitation's Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling. They'll be offering tips on how to compost, how to recycle electronics and even how to donate your old clothes. Of course, since this is New York, there will be no shortage of phenomenal food. Learn all you can about Summer Streets at www.nyc.gov/html/dot/summerstreets/html/home/home.shtm.