Pickle Day will not be held in 2023. Check back in 2024 for event updates!

The Dill Behind Pickle Day

How did it all begin?

Pickle Day is a slice of the city’s history, reminiscent of when the streets of the Lower East Side were lined with pushcarts peddling their goods and wares for sale to a neighborhood of from immigrants from far and wide. What began in 1999, as a small fair of merchants in an old parking lot on Broome Street is now a 3-block festival that recreates the original market that previously positioned the Lower East Side as ‘The Bargain District.’

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Pickle Day Today

New York’s quintessential fall festival…a dill-ightful collection of merchants fill Orchard Street with the divine scent of brine offering everything from the simple pickle on a stick, to ice cream churned with dill and garnished with gherkins.

Pickle Day is a community celebration that creates a vibrant marketplace of contemporary, local restaurants paired alongside picklers from all over the U.S. The Pickle Guys, a longstanding neighborhood staple, doles out sweet and sour samples and Guss’ Pickles return to their neighborhood roots to tell the stories of Lower East Side yesteryears. Attendees also get a taste of what’s ahead with shops and eateries from the forthcoming Market Line as well bites from the new Essex Market.

Pickle day is for everyone…a kid and kid-at-heart friendly event with a gamut of free activities: giant games, coloring tables, a photobooth and even a giant pickle mascot!

Prospective Pickler? Pucker up for our home pickling contest!

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“Bring on the brine — Pickle Day returns to the Lower East Side.”

- The New York Times

“It’s kind of a big dill.”

- CBS News

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