It’s mid-April, the sun is shining, and New York City is fired up and ready to go! What a great time to visit the Big Apple, check out some fantastic events, and get psyched for spring. From world-famous art and scenic views to live music and the newest culinary trends, you can easily fill your days with fun while you’re here. There is a lot going on in New York this week, as always, which is why we’ve hand-picked some of the best events and things to do while you’re staying in the city that never sleeps.
Easter Parade and Events
NYC does it up big for Easter. This year it falls on Sunday, April 21, and one of the best ways to celebrate is to spend time discovering fun things to do outside. The Easter Bonnet Parade is a fabulous stroll along Fifth Avenue and a great chance to don your favorite, outrageous hat — many of them are decorated to look like infamous New York attractions. After marching, grab Easter brunch and a delicious cocktail at one of the many bars and restaurants with outdoor seating. If you feel like an egg hunt, head to Queens County Farm Museum for a day of Easter-themed activities on Saturday, April 20. And a great way to jazz up your Easter is to take the Easter Sunday Jazz Brunch Cruise, complete with tasty food and drinks, and spectacular views from the water.
New York International Auto Show
The New York International Auto Show is one of the coolest events in NYC. It’s an annual showcase of cutting-edge design and innovation from the world’s automakers and is North America’s first and largest-attended auto show. The event dates back to 1900 and has been drawing in car fanatics, as well as people interested in tech and innovation, for over 100 years. Get a ticket to the public show, which takes place from Friday, April 19, through Sunday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day. You can wander through four floors of displays featuring the newest vehicles and latest futuristic concept cars. Plus you get to check out the Jacob Javits Convention Center, aka the Marketplace of the World!
When the weather warms up, it’s a perfect time to get outside and enjoy all of the sights to take in throughout the city. Head to High Line Park on the west side of Manhattan to check out the hundreds of different plants that have been carefully curated and start to bloom in mid-April. You can hop onto a pay-what-you-wish walking tour complete with GPS audio to learn while you sightsee! April is also perhaps the best month to visit Central Park — you can see everything in the park in full bloom and it is stunning. If you want to do a more in-depth tour of the city and take advantage of the chance to be outside all day, look into the double-decker bus tours with open seating on the top, as well as the boat cruises that take visitors around Manhattan.
A trip to New York City isn’t complete without seeing a show on Broadway. You can always find a world-class musical to entertain you — it’s just a matter of picking one from all the amazing choices! If you are a sucker for Disney classics, check out The Lion King, which features some of the most impressive costumes in Broadway history. The Book of Mormon is a perfect choice if you are looking for some off-color adult humor. And Wicked, also known as “Broadway’s Biggest Blockbuster,” is sure to be a hit with the whole family.