A visit to New York is exciting any time of the year. But when Spring begins, it’s particularly enchanting.
This April, when the blossoms bloom and Spring arrives, you’re guaranteed a fun time. Here are seven events happening this month that you shouldn’t miss.
1. Macy’s Flower Show
The city’s iconic department store, Macy’s, holds one of the biggest Spring events in the city. It’s a colorful, floral-filled exhibition! This year is its 44th annual installment with the fitting theme, “Once upon a Springtime.”
Enjoy the blossoms, the flower-bedecked revelers, and the fantasy settings. It will feel as if you’ve stepped into a grand storybook. And in New York, you really have.
Catch this free Flower Show until April 8, 2018, at Macy’s Herald Square (151 W 34th Street).
2. Earth Day NYC
Earth Day is a national holiday, and New Yorkers sure know how to celebrate Mother Nature. Visit all the city’s top flower shops or stroll through one of the many parks in the city. Locals and visitors are encouraged to unplug their gadgets on this special day.
You and your traveling friends could also contribute by eating organic only on this day. Or, you could join a city clean-up. But no matter what you choose to do, head to the main Earth Day Festival on Union Square West. It starts at midday on April 15, Sunday.
This annual outdoor event highlights green businesses and groups, with over 70 represented. There will be kid-friendly activities and something for everyone.
Earth Day is on April 22 every year.
3. Sakura Matsuri, New York’s Cherry Blossom Festival
The sakura blooms are a true must-see at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Celebrating a Japanese tradition, they are one of the most stunning sights in New York this April.
For two whole days, celebrate Japanese traditions and nature. You’ll find a Japanese tea room, a flea market, and even an art gallery. Buy a silk wrap as you stroll, enjoying the Taiko drummers’ entertaining sessions. Be enthralled with the Samurai sword masters’ skills. Soak up the colors and culture.
The Sakura Matsuri is at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (990 Washington Ave) on Saturday, April 28 and 29.
The event runs from 10 am to 6 pm each day and costs $30 for adults and $25 for students and seniors. Kids under 12 years old get in free.
4. The Tribeca Film Festival
Love indie features and foreign films? Then don’t miss the Tribeca Film Festival, founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff.
On this day, the biggest names in the industry share the stage with emerging film personas. Besides the movie screenings, there are plenty of bars and restaurants in the vicinity to enjoy.
The 17th annual Tribeca Film Festival will take place in Lower Manhattan, on Thursday, April 19. Prices start at $10 for the matinee screenings. You can also purchase tickets that give you entry to the entire event.
5. Brooklyn Folk Festival
The Brooklyn Folk Festival is now on its tenth-annual run. This is one you shouldn’t miss if you love grand acoustics. On this day, the biggest names in American folk and blues gather at St. Ann’s Church.
Lots of local talent plus foreign musicians come from all over the world to partake in this huge Spring festival.
This year’s festival runs Friday, April 6-8, 2018. Tickets are available at the official festival website, with full three-day passes available for $85.
6. Take a Romantic Stroll Outdoors on the Brooklyn Bridge
It’s an iconic structure that allows the city’s millions of commuters to cross over from lower Manhattan to Brooklyn. But being here on the bridge is an experience in itself. Come early in the morning or late at night to enjoy it at a less-crowded time of the day.
Once here, you’ll see why the Brooklyn Bridge has inspired endless films, paintings, and photographs. You might find commuters on rollerblades, bikes, or hoverboards, or lovers strolling hand in hand. After enjoying your walk, head to the beautiful City Hall Park in Manhattan for more nature.
7. All the Easter Events
The most appropriate way to enjoy April is in the sunshine. If you arrive during Easter, you’ll be lucky to have all the events in full swing.
Don’t miss dressing up for the annual Easter Bonnet Parade! Afterwards, load up on the delicious cuisine of the city’s sprawling bistros and bars. Fifth Avenue in New York is a fun place to catch the Easter Parade and snap pictures of all those extravagantly decorated hats.
More to See and Do in NYC
There’s so much to see, enjoy and explore in this great big city. These are only a few ideas to get you started.
To save on your travel budget, opt out of expensive taxis and hop onto a fun and affordable Citi Bike or call an Uber instead. You can also plan a day of walking and sightseeing, or dedicate one day to a couple of museums. Food lovers might enjoy just tasting all the international cuisine and cocktails for which the city is well-known.
But of course, if all you do in New York is people-watch and take pictures, it will be enough to fill your Instagram feed for a lifetime.