Dumbo arts festival and weekend plans

September 30, 2014 |  Category:   art + design life nyc outings










Do you know how sometimes among friends it can be hard to collectively agree on plans? Everyone throws out ideas and then you do this back and forth dance until a decision is finally made. It ends up sounding a little something like this:


So what do you guys want to do today?
Do you want to go to a museum?
Do you want to go to the street fair?
Do you want to go to the East Village? I think there’s a traveling circus performing today.
Do you want to go to Dumbo? There’s an art festival there.
I don’t want to go to Dumbo, I don’t want to go anywhere.

When your kids get older and start expressing their opinions about weekend plans, it gets much harder to motivate the family out of the house sometimes because there’s always that one person who disagrees and throws everything off when you have 4 people trying to make decisions. Sure, we can exercise our parental powers and make all the decisions – and we often do otherwise we’d be going to Coney Island every single weekend if they had their way – but we do like to give the kids a vote on how we spend our weekends sometimes. But holy hell! It can be a painful process.
When we finally got out of the house in the afternoon on Sunday after much group deliberation, Dumbo was already teeming with people. The Dumbo Arts Festival is an annual three day art event with exhibits, open studios and plenty of tables and supplies on the street to make your own little pieces of art. Despite the crowds, it was one of those weekend days that made the effort of getting out of the house quite worth it. Sometimes crowds can be draining and other times it can be energizing, and Sunday was one of those days where it felt good to be out in the city amongst other New Yorkers, looking at art, getting inspired and enjoying what is probably the last of the lingering summer weather. NY was full of energy last weekend; so many different kinds of events happening all over the city. And thank you to those who stopped by our booth at the Chile Festival on Saturday. If we appeared frazzled, I apologize. It’s always our biggest event of the year and this year proved no different. It isn’t often that I’m at these events, so it makes me really happy to hear people come back to say that the Chocolate Curry Fudgsicles were the best thing they had at the Festival or that they had never tasted this flavor combination before. And to that man who enjoyed the Massaman Curry Peanut Butter Sandwiches so much that he saved the last bite in a napkin to enjoy later because he didn’t want the cookie to end – you made my day.

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  • I October 1, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    I rode the F train with you and your family from York to Bergen. I thought about saying hello but transcending the boundaries of virtual to real often seems… I don’t know… uncanny.

    DAF was so inspiring yet overwhelming! My 7 year old is now starting to voice her opinion about weekend activities and she chose to go to the Renaissance fair with her uncle instead.

    • Jenna October 1, 2014 at 8:23 pm

      Hi! It can be a little weird, right? This happens to me too when I see someone I recognize. It’s a little startling because you see that person out of their usual context. We haven’t taken the girls to the Ren Fair (and I haven’t gone myself in about 20 years). There really was too much to choose from last weekend!

  • Kareem Rose October 4, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    I went the last day. Which was Sunday I believe, OMG! It was an amazing experience. I like all your photos, which is why I visit your site from time to time. I wish I had time to stop by your booth, DAF is truly amazing.

  • Vanessa January 5, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    I tried so hard to do this when the boys were younger, to teach them to make decisions, to honor the things they wanted. It was more about picking a restaurant and we often were dealing with them picking Burger King and then trying to talk them out of it. I also found that my youngest could be easily influenced if I worked it the right way and that my oldest would always pick Sushi if I dropped a few hints. I was able to make a lot of “their choices.” We finally dropped it as a family endeavor. It was better that way.