It’s hard to pick a bad time to visit New York City, but the end of April stands out as one of the best. The spring weather has arrived, so you can take advantage of the city’s green space and nature, as well as outdoor seating at restaurants and bars. It’s an amazing time to find an eclectic mix of concerts and comedic performances. There are a number of fun, free festivals to check out, and you can always count on the city’s world-class museums and lineup on Broadway to dazzle and delight. To help you narrow it down from all the amazing options, we’ve picked out some of the best events and things to do in NYC this April.
Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival
The annual Cherry Blossom Festival at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens is one of the best reasons to visit New York at this time of year. It offers more than 60 events and performances that celebrate traditional and contemporary Japanese culture, including an action-packed Samurai Sword show, Kabuki dancing, and live music by Gaijin a Go-Go and Bo Peep. You can also partake in a traditional tea ceremony and take a guided tour through the Botanical Garden’s cloud-pruned trees, torii and coy koi in the ponds. Head here on April 28–29th to see the cherry blossoms in full bloom.
Tribeca Film Festival
It’s that time of year again for the internationally acclaimed Tribeca Film Festival. The event was founded after the September 11th attacks in order to revitalize the Tribeca neighborhood of Lower Manhattan. Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff came together with the idea of bringing independent cinema to a wide audience, and the festival attracts around 3 million people every year. Check the schedule to find screenings of documentaries, narrative features, short films, discussions with filmmakers and more. The festival takes place at various locations downtown from April 24th to May 5th.
Earth Day in NYC
If you’re in town on the 22nd, don’t forget that it’s Earth Day! This is a great time to take part in some of the epic Earth Day events in NYC and even volunteer your time to help! There are calls to help clean up parks and beaches in the area for those who want to help the city stay litter-free. There are also a free Earth Day festival in Union Square and a 5k Walk and Green Tour that takes you to green sites all over NYC, such as a Broadway Theater that’s going green. It’s a great way to give Mother Nature the celebration she deserves.
Visit New York’s World-Class Museums
This is a great time to check out an exhibit at one of NYC’s finest museums. Peak tourist season hasn’t started yet, so you’ll have a chance to wander the top museums without battling the huge summer crowds. Some of the museums are also free or “suggested donation” to enter, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim. You can catch the last days of the Hilma af Klint exhibit at the Guggenheim, which marks her first major solo exhibition in the United States. And on Friday, April 26th, you can check out one of the Met’s most popular tours, “Gay Secrets of the Met,” which explores some of the museum’s queer treasures.