New York City events calendar - April 2016. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend shows, discount tickets, Easter egg hunts, and kids’ free events in NYC, New York.

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Enjoy the best New York City events, festivals, and things to do in April 2016 with this calendar of events.

Events are listed by starting date, and all dates are confirmed. 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 America’s first and largest at the 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, which includes 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.

Orchid Show

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. Romantic Orchid Evenings add music and cocktails.

Pillow fight in the park

April 2, 2016

2 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

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

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.

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 (undated).

Funny dance festival

April 7 - 10, 2016

5 miles SE

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

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, family-friendly square dance, and banjo tossing contest at St. Ann’s Church.

Scottish parade

April 9, 2016

0.3 miles south

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

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

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.

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.

Photography show

April 14 - 17, 2016 (preview April 13)

1 mile north

The Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) Show exhibits museum-quality work from 80 galleries at the Park Avenue Armory.
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Art exposition

April 14 - 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, sustainable beer and wine garden, kids eco-fun zone, and yoga pavilion at Javits Convention Center.

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.

Memorial run

April 26, 2016

3.5 miles south

The 9/11 Memorial 5K Run/Walk at Pier 26 in Lower Manhattan supports the National September 11 Memorial & Museum and encourages volunteerism.

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.

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.

Brooklyn tasting

April 2016 (undated)

Location uncertain

Sample Brooklyn restaurant and bar offerings with DJ music at A Taste of Fifth.

Latin American film festival

April 2016 (undated)

NYC locations

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

Innovative film festival

April 2016 (undated)

2.7 miles south

Take Two Film Festival shows the work of filmmakers who are “exploring frontiers of artistry and technology” at Anthology Film Archives.

Food Book Fair

April 2016 (undated)

4 miles SE

Food enthusiasts, chefs, artists, writers, designers, and publishers attend Food Book Fair to celebrate, discuss, and sample fine food, mostly at Wythe Hotel.

BBQ competition

April 2016 (undated)

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.

Comics festival

April 2016 (undated)

2.2 miles SW

The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art MoCCA Arts Fest features celebrity cartoonists and illustrators, art on display, and hundreds of small-press exhibitors at Center 548.

Bloody Mary Festival

April 2016 (undated)

5 miles SE

Bloody Mary Festival features tastes of creative Bloody Marys, artisan food samples, live music, and food trucks in Brooklyn.

Tribeca Film Festival

April 2016 (undated)

2 miles south

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

Bad films

April 2016 (undated)

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.

LGBT book fair

April 2016 (undated)

1 mile south

Meet 100 publishers, writers, poets, editors, and booksellers of gay and lesbian literature at the Rainbow Book Fair at Holiday Inn Midtown. Free.

Travel festival

April 2016 (undated)

multiple locations

Hear speakers share travel tips and stories, attend a workshop, and visit exhibitors at NY Travel Festival.

Earth Day

April 2016 (undated)

NYC locations

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

Cherry blossom day

April 2016 (undated)

16 miles west

Bloomfest features 2,700 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.

Bordeaux wine tasting

April 2016 (undated)

0.5 miles SE

Taste fine wine from 35 wineries at Le Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux in Grand Central Terminal.

Games for social good

April 2016 (undated)

2.3 miles south

Explore the ways games can improve lives at Games for Change, which features talks, workshops, a game arcade, vendors, and awards at NYU Skirball Center.

Interested in technology?

April 2016 (undated)

1.3 miles west

TechDay is a giant science fair with 400 exhibitors, including innovative startups at Pier 92. Free.

NJ wine festival

April 2016 (undated)

29 miles west

Taste 150 wines, hors d’oeuvres, cheeses, pasta, and desserts to live jazz at New Jersey Spring Wine Festival at the Hilton Hotel in Short Hills, NJ.

Street fair

April 2016 (undated)

3.6 miles south

Tribeca Family Festival has music and entertainment, food vendors, chef demos, an arts and crafts pavilion, and film screenings on Greenwich Street. Free.

Street games day

April 2016 (undated)

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.

Spring festival

April 2016 (undated)

11 miles east

Arbor Day is April 24. Celebrate spring on Sunday at Arbor Fest with food and craft vendors, a beer tent, petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, music, and composting workshop at Queens Botanical Garden.

Taste of the Nation

April 2016 (undated)

3 miles south

Enjoy gourmet food, fine wine and beer, cocktails, local music, chef demonstrations, and a silent auction at $350 Taste of the Nation NYC at 23 Wall Street.

Coffee festival

April 2016 (undated)

4.2 miles south

Taste coffee, see exhibits, and attend classes at the consumer CoffeeCon in Broad Street Ballroom.
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April 2016 calendar of events in NYC, NY. Best events, fairs, festivals, and things to do in New York City, New York.