New York City events calendar - April 2016. Best film festivals, fun things to do, weekend shows, discount tickets, theater, art, music, and free events in NYC, New York.

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April 2016
April 2016

Enjoy the best New York City events, festivals, and things to do with this calendar of events.

Mileage is from Rockefeller Center in downtown New York City, New York.

Flower show

April 1 - 3, 2016 (begins March 20)

1 mile south

See spectacular arrangements of flowers from around the world and attend scheduled events at Macy’s Flower Show at Macy’s State Street, floor 9. Free.

Auto show

April 1 - 3, 2016 (begins March 25)

1.5 miles SW

New York International Auto Show is billed as the nation’s first and most attended at Jacob Javits Center.

Affordable Art Fair

April 1 - 3, 2016 (begins March 30)

1.7 miles south

Browse contemporary paintings, prints, sculptures, and photographs from 80 galleries at the Affordable Art Fair, with workshops and activities at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea. Repeats in Sept.

Crossword puzzles

April 1 - 3, 2016

36 miles NE

Billed as America’s oldest and largest, the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament awards prizes for solving eight original crosswords and has speakers and a reception at the Marriott in Stamford, CT.

French film festival

April 1 - 5, 2016

NY & CT

Focus on French Cinema has French films and special events with actors and directors in New York and Connecticut.

Romantic Spanish music

April 1 - 5, 2016

1.1 miles NW

Spanish Nights features the New York Philharmonic playing gypsy tunes, flamenco ballet, and Spanish dances at Lincoln Center.

Arts festival

April 1 - 9, 2016 (begins March 4)

Lower Manhattan

See creative plays, films, and more at the Downtown Urban Arts Festival (DUAF), which showcases urban artists and promotes diversity.

Orchid Show - daytime

April 1 - 17, 2016 (begins Feb. 27)

12 miles north

The Orchid Show fills the conservatory at the New York Botanical Garden with thousands of orchids in an amazing array of colors, shapes, sizes, and textures.

Tony-winning musical

April 1 - July 3, 2016

0.3 miles west

The show-business musical Chicago has sizzling songs, seductive dance numbers, and a powerful story at Ambassador Theatre. Discount tickets $33 to $91.

Science magic

April 1 - July 30, 2016

0.7 miles SW

A physics demonstrator from Rutgers University performs amazing feats in That Physics Show [sound] using cold liquid nitrogen, burning hydrogen, and bright laser lights at Elektra Theatre. Discount tickets $20.

Psycho the musical

April 1 - Sept. 25, 2016

0.5 miles SW

American Psycho is a “brilliant and absorbing musical” about a slick investment banker living in decadent 1980s Manhattan, at Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. Discount tickets $49 to $89.

Pillow fight in the park

April 2, 2016 (3 to 6 p.m.)

2.1 miles south

Pillows fly and teddy bears soar at the giant urban Pillow Fight NYC. Bring a soft pillow that does not contain feathers to Washington Square Park. Free.

Distillers festival

April 2, 2016

2.5 miles south

NYC Craft Distillers Festival has samples of 60 craft spirits, a 1920s jazz band, and a prohibition theme at The Bowery Hotel.

Craft beer festival

April 2, 2016

19 miles east

Sample two-ounce samples of 100 U.S. craft brews at the Spring Craft Beer Festival at Belmont Park Race Track for age 21+.

Comics festival

April 2 - 3, 2016 (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

1.2 miles west

The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art MoCCA Arts Festival features celebrity cartoonists and illustrators, art on display, and hundreds of small-press exhibitors at Metropolitan West.

Peace films

April 2 - 3, 2016 (free party April 1)

2 miles north

See films focused on humanitarian causes at the New York Peace Film Festival at All Souls Unitarian Church.

Orchid Show - evening

April 2 - 16, 2016 (begins March 5)

12 miles north

Wander through the Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden with a cocktail in hand and romantic music playing during Orchid Evenings, which are March 5, 12, 19, 24 (LGBT), 26, and April 2, 9, 15, 16.

Cute family musical

April 2 - 26, 2016 (weekends)

2.4 miles south

This lively version of Beauty and the Beast features a girl (Beauty) and a prince under a witch’s curse (Beast) in small Players Theatre. Morning show includes pre-show mask making for kids.

Flute fair

April 3, 2016

3.8 miles north

The New York Flute Fair features performances, workshops, exhibits, master classes, and a competition at Columbia University.

Taste of the Lower East Side

April 6, 2016 (6 p.m.)

1.7 miles south

Enjoy unlimited tastes from 50 local restaurants plus open bars at Taste of the Lower East Side in Metropolitan Pavilion to support charity.

Taste of Brooklyn

April 6, 2016 (6:30 p.m.)

10.2 miles south

Sample Brooklyn restaurant and bar offerings with DJ music at A Taste of Fifth in Grand Prospect Hall.

Rare book fairs

April 7 - 10, 2016

1 mile north

Antiquarian Book Fair has 200 dealers of rare books, maps, and manuscripts, plus lectures and panel discussions at Park Avenue Armory. New York City Book and Ephemera Fair is a mile away on April 9.

Funny dance festival

April 7 - 10, 2016 (8 p.m.)

5 miles SE

Comedy in Dance Festival has juried performances of humor in motion at Triskelion Arts in Greenpoint.

Latin American film festival

April 7 - 15, 2016

NYC locations

Havana Film Festival New York shows 40 full-length feature films, documentaries, shorts, animation, and classics from Latin America with English subtitles.

Food and wine tasting

April 8, 2016 (7 to 10:30 p.m.)

1.3 miles east

Enjoy good food and wine at Global Food and Wine Experience at Espace to support diversity in the hospitality and culinary industries.

Wine tasting

April 8, 2016

6 miles SW

Taste 90 wines with food and desserts at the Wine Tasting to support Hudson County CASA on the waterfront at Batello in Jersey City, NJ.

Folk music festival

April 8 - 10, 2016

6 miles south

Hear folk, blues, jug-band, string-band, bluegrass, Balkan, and Irish music at the Brooklyn Folk Festival, which has vocal and instrumental workshops, film screenings, a family-friendly square dance, and a banjo tossing contest at St. Ann’s Church.

Nonfiction film festival

April 8 - 21, 2016

1.2 miles NW

See a diverse collection of boundary-pushing nonfiction films at Art of the Real at Lincoln Center.

Japanese film festival

April 8 - 23, 2016

0.7 miles east

Discover the astonishing world of Japanese musical films starring teen idols and TV stars from the ‘50s and ‘60s during Japan Sings at the Japan Society.

Skyline cruise

April 8 - Dec. 29, 2016

2.4 miles SW

Enjoy 90 minutes of views on an afternoon Statue of Liberty & Skyline Sightseeing Cruise, with a free glass of champagne or other beverage on Yacht Manhattan, from Chelsea Piers (Pier 62). Discount tickets $28.

Scottish parade

April 9, 2016 (2 p.m.)

0.3 miles south

Celebrate Scotland by watching bagpipers, men in kilts, and women in plaid marching up Sixth Avenue from 45th to 55th in the New York Tartan Day Parade. Free.

LGBT book fair

April 9, 2016 (12 to 6 p.m.)

1.1 miles NW

Meet 100 publishers, writers, poets, editors, and booksellers of gay and lesbian literature at the Rainbow Book Fair at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Free.

BBQ competition

April 9, 2016 (12 to 4 p.m.)

17 miles south via ferry

Sample barbecue from the contestants and hear live entertainment at the New York City BBQ Cookoff at Historic Richmond Town on Staten Island.

Children’s Carnival

April 9 - 10 and 16 - 17, 2016

16 miles east

Children’s Carnival has carnival rides, midway games, hayrides, and children’s entertainment in the apple orchard at Queens County Farm Museum.

Greek parade

April 10, 2016 (1:45 p.m.)

0.8 miles north

The Greek Independence Day Parade features traditional costumes, music, and lots of blue and white flags on 5th Ave. from 64th to 79th St. Free.

Volunteer day

April 10, 2016

0.8 miles south

Connect with 40 organizations that need your help at Good Deeds Day, with live music in Herald Square. Free.

Vegan wine & cheese

April 12, 2016 (7 to 9 p.m.)

2.5 miles south

Sample vegan wine, plant-based cheese, chips, and salsa at The Big Cheese competition at VSpot Organic.

Guitar festival

April 13 - 17, 2016

18 miles SW

Long Island Guitar Festival offers concerts, master classes, and workshops by outstanding guitarists and teachers at Long Island University in Brookville.

Tribeca Film Festival

April 13 - 24, 2016

2 miles south

Tribeca Film Festival is a giant festival offering films, music, and culture in Lower Manhattan.

Shakespeare

April 13 - May 1, 2016

7.6 miles south

Henry V by the Royal Shakespeare Company gets rave reviews at BAM Harvey Theater in Brooklyn.

Photography show

April 14 - 17, 2016 (preview April 13)

1 mile north

The Photography Show by AIPAD exhibits museum-quality work from 85 galleries at the Park Avenue Armory.

Travel festival

April 14 - 17, 2016

7.3 miles south

Hear speakers share travel tips and stories, attend a workshop, and visit exhibitors at New York Travel Festival at St. Francis College in Brooklyn.

Dance show

April 14 - 18, 2016

0.4 miles north

Martha Graham Dance Company performs classics plus a new premiere each night at New York City Center.

Art exposition

April 15 - 17, 2016

1.3 miles west

Billed as the world’s largest fine art trade show, Artexpo New York offers new works by 400 exhibitors, educational seminars, and cocktail parties at Pier 94.

Green Festival

April 15 - 17, 2016

1.3 miles west

The Green Festival has exhibitors, an organic food court, a sustainable beer and wine garden, a kids eco-fun zone, and a yoga pavilion at Javits Convention Center.

Beatles festival

April 15 - 17, 2016

25 miles NE

The Fest for Beatles Fans [sound] has celebrity guests and speakers, Beatles vendors and auction, a dance party, a look-alike contest, games, exhibits, and re-enactments at Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook.

Sherlock Holmes

April 15 - 23, 2016

5.6 miles south

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes features the famous detective solving cases with trusted sidekick Dr. Watson and unrequited love Irene Adler at 29 Jay Street in Brooklyn.

Tasting event

April 16, 2016 (3 to 7 p.m.)

1.2 miles south

Brews, Bites and Wines Charity Tasting promises bites and desserts from local artisan bakers and sweet makers, local craft beers, and wine tasting at Grind on Park Avenue South for age 21+.

Wine tasting

April 16, 2016 (1 p.m.)

2.7 miles south

Wine on Wheels features 175 wines served by 50 sommeliers with hors d’oeuvres, plus 20-minute wine seminars, and a silent auction at City Winery.

Earth Day

April 17, 2016 (12 to 7 p.m.)

NYC locations

Earth Day features a green-vehicle show, exhibits, family activities, music, and entertainment at Union Square. Free.

Pajama party

April 17, 2016 (5:30 to 11:30 p.m.)

6.6 miles SE

Wear pajamas and slippers to After Brunch Pajama Party, which has 9 independent acts (rock. pop, soul, folk), board games, activities, cupcakes, and blankets at The Paper Box in Brooklyn to support charity.

Award-winning drama

April 18 - June 11, 2016

0.4 miles south

Michelle Williams and Jeff Daniels unleash pent-up emotions in Blackbird, 15 years after their underage affair, at Belasco Theatre. Discount tickets $29 to $61.

Interested in technology?

April 21, 2016

1.3 miles NW

TechDay is a giant science fair with 400 exhibitors, including innovative startups at Pier 94. Free.

Romeo and Juliet

April 21 - 22, 2016

5 miles south

Romeo and Juliet is “fast paced, visually arresting, physically engaging, emotionally electric” [New York Theatre Guide] at Gelsey Kirkland in Brooklyn.

Black cinema

April 21 - 24, 2016

7.8 miles south

See 11 fresh feature films from around the world and 14 short films at New Voices in Black Cinema at BAM Rose Cinemas in Brooklyn.

Bacon and beer

April 22 - 23, 2016

8 miles east

Enjoy craft beer, bacon-inspired tastes from local restaurants, DJ music, dancing, and interactive games at Bacon and Beer Classic at Citi Field.

BBQ and dance

April 22 - May 28, 2016 (Fridays)

6 miles SE

Brooklyn Pig Roast serves roasted pig platters, live music, and a happy hour at The Hall in Brooklyn. Discount tickets $5, with food $27.

Tribeca street fair

April 23, 2016 (10 a.m.)

3.6 miles south

Tribeca on Location features events, workshops, and screenings about filmmaking, gaming, sports, and the performing arts on Greenwich Street (Hubert to Chambers). Free.

Festival of colors

April 23, 2016 (1 p.m.)

6.9 miles SE

Throw brightly colored cornstarch (one bag included), dance to 10 bands, shop from artists, buy food, and visit the cash bar at Festival of Colors - Holi NYC [sound] at 485 Johnson Avenue in Brooklyn.

Monster trucks

April 23, 2016 (7 p.m.)

10 miles NW

Big trucks with big wheels create big noise and excitement at Monster Jam at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.

Hot sauce festival

April 23 - 24, 2016

4 miles SE

You’ll find hot sauce tastings, food vendors, eating contests, live music, craft beer, and awards at the NYC Hot Sauce Expo at Brooklyn Expo Center.

Anime convention

April 23 - 24, 2016

5 miles SW

Castle Point Anime Convention has panels and workshops, a dealer’s room, artist’s alley, gaming, anime music videos, costume play, and a dance at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ.

Wine in the garden

April 23 - 24, 2016 (12 to 5 p.m.)

12 miles north

Sample wine from nine New York vintners and tour the gardens during Daffodil Celebration and Wine Weekend at New York Botanical Garden. (Buy a $20 garden pass online, and pay $5 in person for a glass.)

Brunch cruise circles Manhattan

April 23 - Dec. 31, 2016 (weekends)

2.4 miles SW

Around Manhattan Brunch Cruise offers three-hour of views as you circle Manhattan Island in a classic 1920s yacht and eat a buffet brunch with a complimentary beverage, departing from Chelsea Piers (Pier 62). Discount tickets $56.

Memorial run

April 24, 2016 (8 a.m.)

3.5 miles south

The 9/11 Memorial 5K Run/Walk at Pier 26 in Lower Manhattan supports the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. Afterwards, visit free Community Day on Greenwich Street near the 9/11 Memorial for food trucks, music, and kids’ activities.

Spring festival

April 24, 2016

11 miles east

Arbor Day is April 29, 2016. Celebrate spring at the Arbor Fest with food and craft vendors, a beer tent, petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, music, and composting workshop at Queens Botanical Garden.

Cherry blossom day

April 24, 2016

16 miles west

Bloomfest features 4,000 blossoming Japanese cherry trees, Japanese cultural demonstrations, children’s activities, live music, a craft market, and food vendors at Branch Brook Park in Newark, NJ. Free.

Taste of the Nation

April 25, 2016

4 miles south

Enjoy gourmet food, fine wine and beer, cocktails, local music, chef demonstrations, and a silent auction at NYC Taste of the Nation at 225 Liberty Street.

International authors

April 25 - May 1, 2016

NYC locations

Attend readings, discussions, and workshops with writers addressing contemporary cultural and political issues in Mexico and other countries at PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature.

Hidden-camera TV stars

April 26, 2016 (7 & 9:30 p.m.)

5.1 miles SE

The cast of Impractical Jokers, who call themselves The Tenderloins, share never-seen-before video from hidden cameras, stand-up comedy, stories, and insight at The Hall Brooklyn.

Bordeaux wine tasting

April 27, 2016 (7 p.m., VIP 6 p.m.)

4.4 miles south

Taste fine wine from 22 French wineries and passed hors d’oeuvres at Le Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux at Pier A Harbor House, Battery Park.

Polish film festival

April 27 - 30, 2016

2.6 miles south

New York Polish Film Festival screens feature films, shorts, and documentaries, which all have English subtitles at Anthology Film Archives.

Indie film fest

April 27 - May 1, 2016

0.9 miles west

NYC Independent Film Festival celebrates the independent filmmaker with screenings, panels, and parties at the Producers Club.

Bad films

April 28 - 30, 2016

6 miles SE

Bad Film Fest screens weird, wild, and outrageous films by new filmmakers that are supposed to be so bad they’re good at Cloud City.

Bicycle expo

April 29 - 30, 2016

4 miles south

Visit 100 bicycle and accessory exhibitors, and attend biking presentations and classes at Bike Expo New York at Basketball City on Pier 36. Free. [Do not confuse with the bike expo on May 13-14.]

Games festival

April 29 - May 1, 2016

4 miles east

IndieCade East is a festival for independent video games with talks, panels, parties, and plenty of play time at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens.

Festival of colors

April 30, 2016 (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

0.7 miles east

Throw brightly colored powder, dance to the music, and buy Indian food to celebrate spring at Holi Hai festival in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza. Buy non-toxic color on site, don’t bring your own. Free entry.

Diabetes expo

April 30, 2016

1.5 miles SW

Learn how to prevent and manage diabetes at the American Diabetes Association Expo, which has health screenings, cooking demonstrations, experts, and exhibitors in the Jacob Javits Convention Center. Free.

Street games day

April 30, 2016 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

4 miles north

Play classic low-tech games like stickball, hula hoop, pogo stick, and yo-yo. Bring a helmet & parent with ID for skateboard, bikes, and skates at Street Games in Thomas Jefferson Park in Harlem. Free.

Motocross racing

April 30, 2016

10 miles NW

Off-road motorcycles race on dirt tracks with steep jumps, tight corners, and obstacles at AMA Supercross in MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ.

Cherry blossom festival

April 30 - May 1, 2016

7.5 miles SE

Sakura Matsuri features 200 blossoming cherry trees and 60 events and performances celebrating Japanese culture at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Craft fair

April 30 - May 15, 2016 (weekends)

2 miles north

Spring Crafts on Columbus features 100 juried artists near the American Museum of Natural History. Free.
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