Even though New York City enjoyed a mild winter this year, New Yorkers are still eager to get out of stuffy apartments and onto the streets. Luckily, the city is brimming with seasonal and outdoor activities, so you’ve got no shortage of options for soaking up those springtime rays.
Spring-Like Spots in New York
Many of the city’s most beloved springtime events are already in full swing, while others are just about to kick off this week.
- Macy’s Flower Show – This beloved explosion of blooms has an Outer Space theme this year, providing plenty of exotic arrangements to get the sap flowing. The show ends this week, so visit while you can!
- Pillow Fight! – Join the locals in stretching those winter muscles with a bit of wholesome pillow fighting. Pillow Fight in the Park is held on April 6 from 3-5 p.m. in Washington Square Park.
- Orchids at Night – The city’s Orchid Show is a great daytime visit, but the mood shifts once the sun sets. Orchid Evenings provides a 21+ chance to sip a cocktail while listening to romantic music among the blooms.
- Brooklyn Cherry Blossoms – The Brooklyn Botanical Garden is world-famous for its gorgeous setting and exotic plants. This week marks the kick-off of cherry blossom season at the garden, with plenty of local restaurants and bars nearby to keep the relaxation going.
Adult Fun, Dives, and Night Life
- Bloody Mary – April 7 marks the kickoff for the Bloody Mary Festival at Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn. It’s your one-stop destination for every type of bloody mary under the sun, along with cheese tables and samples of local artisan cuisine.
- Old Souls – The Blue Note Jazz Club holds A Decade of Soul on April 6 at 1:30 p.m., so you can experience this legendary jazz venue while taking some heat out of the day.
- Celebrate Beer – The NYC Craft Beer Festival runs April 5-6 at Union West in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, serving up micro-brewed suds all day long.
- Burlesque Down the Rabbit Hole – Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighborhood features the iconic Theatre XIV, which is overrun with fantastical burlesque from April 4-5. This year’s theme is Queen of Hearts, offering up all the sexy and surreal entertainment you could ask for.
Family and Kids
- Robots Take Manhattan – The FIRST Robotics Competition serves up dozens of teams of top student robot designers who’ll be putting their creations through a variety of (often action-packed) tests and trials. The event is hosted at Armory Track in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan.
- Folksy Brooklyn – Every year the Brooklyn Folk Festival serves up the best and brightest of contemporary and classic folk music. This year’s event is held April 5-7 at St. Ann’s Church in Brooklyn.
- Scots on Parade – April 6 sees Sixth Avenue taken over by the best and brightest of local Scottish heritage, with the New York Tartan Day Parade winding its way from 45th to 55th Street in an explosion of kilts and bagpipes.
- Kiddie Carnivale – If you’ve got a bunch of kids in tow and are willing to take a jaunt on the Long Island Railroad, the Queens County Farm Museum is holding its annual Children’s Carnival on April 6 and 7. The festivities include carnival rides complete with a midway, along with plenty of fair food, a petting zoo, and a food bazaar in the orchards.
Whether you’re new to New York or an old hand with the Big Apple, spring is a fantastic time to see the sights before the summertime tourist crush begins. Step out, snap a ‘gram, and soak in that glorious NYC sunshine!