We're celebrating the start of spring -- and Essex Street Market's 76th birthday! -- with a good ol' fashioned Block Party!

That's right, we're bringing out the pushcarts, astroturf, grills and picnic tables so you can get a taste of Essex Street Market -- plus, some of our favorite Lower East Side restaurants are joining the party, including: Pies 'n' ThighsGrey LadyCafe KatjaThe Fat Radish/The Leadbelly, and Ice & Vice, who will be pulling out all the stops and creating a specialty ice cream flavor inspired by the Market.

This is a true neighborhood bash: grilling, chilling, and jamming -- what more do you need? And for all our history buffs out there, Turnstile Tours will be offering FREE Market tours on the half hour, so you can learn more about Essex Street Market's past, present and future in the new space.

Market vendors such as Saxelby CheesemongersArancini Bros.Puelba, and Osaka Grubcan't wait to show off their warm-weather fare. Did we mention there will be live music and majority of food items for $5 and under? In addition to all of that, we'll have DJ DejaDJ Kai Song and DJ Kyle on the decks so don't leave home without your dancing shoes!

Join us on May 21st from 12pm-5pm for the Essex Street Market Block Party -- this event is FREE but we appreciate an RSVP!