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Four Festival Freebies

Nothing says July more than free ­family-­friendly festivals (try to say that three times fast). Which is why there are currently so many to choose from. A few highlights:

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SUMMER ON THE HUDSON’S ACCORDION FESTIVAL
7/12, 2 to 9 p.m. Riverside Park South, Pier I at 70th St. (riversideparkfund.org)
This third annual “squeezebox” party features music from around the world, a flea market, and a Kids’ Corner with plenty of activities geared toward helping young’uns learn the quirky instrument.

BROOKLYN HIP-HOP FESTIVAL
7/12, noon to 8 p.m. Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park/Brooklyn Bridge Park, Main St. at Plymouth St. (brooklynbodega.com)
Live performances plus D.J.’s spinning all day in Brooklyn Bridge Park will be as much fun for parents as for kids. Nosh on barbecue, and take part in family activities. Drop in whenever is best for you, or arrive early and stick around for hours.

BASTILLE DAY ON 60TH STREET
7/13, noon to 6 p.m. French Institute Alliance Française, 60th St. bet. Fifth and Lexington Aves. (212-355-6100 or fiaf.org)
The Alliance Française takes over its home block for an annual salute to France’s national celebration. Les enfants will enjoy the usual fare like music, arts and crafts, face painting, and storytelling plus Franco-centric amusements like a “Tour de France” stationary bike race and pétanque and French food.

SUMMERSTAGE’S GLOBAL FAMILY DAY
7/13, 3 to 7 p.m. Rumsey Playfield, enter Central Park at 69th or 72nd St. at Fifth Ave. or 72nd St. at Central Park W. (212-360-2777 or summerstage.org)
The perfect spot to spread out a blanket, lie down, and let others do the entertaining. The music includes Big Nazo and Baby Loves Salsa featuring Jose Conde. Fun bonus: a performance of “Cinderella Samba” by the puppeteers from the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre.


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