New York City events calendar - April 2015. 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 2015 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.

Brooklyn tasting

April 1, 2015 (6:30 to 9:30 p.m.)

7.4 miles south

Sample Brooklyn restaurant and bar offerings with DJ music at A Taste of Fifth in Grand Prospect Hall, which is near Fifth Ave. & Prospect Ave. in Brooklyn.

Flower show

April 1 - 4, 2015 (begins March 22)

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.

Easter egg hunts

April 1 - 5, 2015 (also March)

Confirm date, time, and rain policy.

Weird Easter carnival

April 1 - 5, 2015

3.2 miles south

Full Bunny Contact has insane games, contests, live DJs, a dance floor, food trucks, and an on-site bar at Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center.

Discount tickets.

Tragic opera

April 1 - 10, 2015 (also March 28)

1.1 miles NW

Heroine Lucia di Lammermoor goes mad after being manipulated into marrying a man she doesn't love, at the Metropolitan Opera House. Discount tickets.

Orchid Show

April 1 - 19, 2015 (also March)

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:

discount tickets weekdays $17.

Orchid Evenings add music and cocktails:

discount tickets Fri./Sat. $30.

Popular musical

April 1 - May 3, 2015 (also March)

0.2 miles west

The Fantasticks is a funny and romantic musical entertaining audiences since 1960, at intimate Snapple Theater in Times Square.

Discount tickets.

Diverse circus

April 1 - May 25, 2015 (also March)

NYC locations

UniverSoul Circus features flashy Caribbean dancers, amazing Chinese acrobats, funny South African clowns, and exotic animals inside a heated tent.
  • April 1 - 5 in the Bronx (also March)
  • April 8 - 26 in Brooklyn
  • April 28 - May 17 in Jamaica/Queens
  • May 19 - 25 in Newark, NJ

Horror show

April 1 - May 31, 2015 (also March)

2 miles west

Put on a white mask and take a 3-hour walk through 90 rooms of scenes from a Hitchcock-like Macbeth at provocative and disturbing Sleep No More at the McKittrick Hotel for age 16+. Bar available. Review.

Winston Churchill

April 1 - July 12, 2015 (also March)

0.5 miles west

The Chicago Tribune calls Churchill, a one-man show about the Prime Minister who led Britain in her finest hour, “very enjoyable and surprisingly emotional.” See it live at New World Stages. Discount tickets.

Family comedy

April 1 - Aug. 29, 2015 (also March)

0.6 miles NW

Kids howl with laughter at funny improvised skits, and some join onstage at family-friendly Improv 4 Kids [sound] at Broadway Comedy Club.

Discount tickets.

Glamorous comedy

April 1 - Aug. 2, 2015

0.4 miles west

Living on Love stars world-renowned soprano Renée Fleming in a new comedy about music, marriage, and celebrity at Longacre Theatre. Discount tickets.

Poignant play

April 1 - Aug. 9, 2015 (also March)

0.6 miles west

The Heidi Chronicles returns with a stellar cast to tell a poetic story about coming-of-age in the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s at Music Box Theatre.

Discount tickets.

Sexy musical

April 1 - Sept. 6, 2015 (also March)

0.7 miles SW

50 Shades! The Musical is a humorous satire of the bestseller “50 Shades of Grey” with song, dance, and adult lyrics at Elektra Theatre.

Discount tickets.

Blue Man show

April 1 - Sept. 27, 2015 (also March)

2.3 miles south

Blue Man Group is back with a new stage show that combines comedy, art, science, visual effects, and music at Astor Place Theatre.

Discount tickets $67.

Catch Me If You Can

April 2 - 4, 2015 (8 p.m.)

2.2 miles south

Based on the film, Catch Me If You Can is a musical about a high-flying charmer who gets money, a girl, and an FBI pursuit, with a young cast at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.

Discount tickets.

Disney family show

April 2 - 17, 2015

9 miles south

Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales features scenes of Cinderella, Beauty & The Beast, and Snow White.

Rockettes show

April 2 - May 3, 2015 (also March)

0 miles

New York Spring Spectacular is a new musical about springtime in New York, starring high-tech puppets and the dancing Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall.

Discount tickets $48 to $83.

National Lampoon musical

April 2 - May 30, 2015

2.5 miles south

Fans of TV show Saved by the Bell are laughing at Bayside! The Musical!, a raunchy, low-brow parody by National Lampoon at Theatre 80.

Discount tickets

Hit musical for adults

April 2 - June 7, 2015 (also March)

0.9 miles west

The Disenchanted Disney princesses sing, dance, and poke fun at pop culture in their hilariously subversive renegade show at Westside Theatre.

Discount tickets.

Auto show

April 3 - 12, 2015

1.5 miles SW

New York International Auto Show is billed as America’s first and largest at the Jacob Javits Center.

Musical comedy in drag

April 3 - May 17, 2015 (also March)

0.7 miles SW

Fabulous is a silly gender-bender onboard a cruise ship at Times Square Art Center.

Discount tickets.

Adult Disney spoof

April 3 - May 29, 2015

1 mile SW

Distorted Diznee has high-energy dancing, comedy, dazzling costumes and lip synching by drag queens dressed as Ariel, Snow White, and Mary Poppins at Laurie Beechman Theatre.

Discount tickets.

Easter egg scavenger hunt

April 4, 2015


Follow clues around New York City with the help of a smartphone app to find hidden eggs.

Pillow fight in the park

April 4, 2015 (3 p.m.)

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.

Cupcake decorating & wine

April 4, 2015 (4 p.m.)

2.5 miles south

Decorate 6 beautiful cupcakes to take home and sip wine at Easter Cupcakes & Vino at Camaje Bistro.

Easter pub crawl

April 4, 2015 (12 to 4 p.m.)

2.6 miles south

Hunt for prize-filled eggs and get drink specials at 3 bars if you register for the free Great Egg Hunt in West Village, which begins at Houston Hall.
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Easter on the farm

April 4, 2015 (12 to 4 p.m.)

16 miles east

Children can hunt for eggs throughout the afternoon, meet a human-sized bunny, play games, visit farm animals, and take a hayride at the Barnyard Egg Hunt at Queens County Farm Museum.

Easter train

April 4, 2015 (also March 28 - 29)

30 miles west

Ride 10 miles roundtrip on the Easter Bunny Express as the big bunny greets kids and the crew hands out treats, then visit the train museum in Whippany, NJ.

Cinderella musical

April 4 - 19, 2015 (also March)

2.4 miles south

Bring your kids early for pre-show family crafts and introductory talk, then see a fun one-hour version of Cinderella at intimate Players Theatre.

Discount tickets.

Black heroes of World War II

April 4 - May 9, 2015 (Saturdays)

0.6 miles west

The NY Times calls Black Angels Over Tuskegee an “uplifting inspirational melodrama...about trailblazing African-American fighter pilots” at St. Luke’s Theatre on West 46th Street.

Discount tickets.

Campy burlesque

April 4 - July 25, 2015 (Saturdays)

4.5 miles north

Burlesque is More gets high marks for its entertaining and funny combination of striptease & improvisation at Annoyance Theatre and Bar.

Discount tickets.

Tony-winning musical

April 4 - Aug. 29, 2015 (Saturdays)

4.5 miles north

The cast of In the Heights sings and dances around you to vibrant hip-hop, pop, and Latin music as they tell the story of tight-knit Dominican-Americans at Harlem Repertory Theatre.

Easter parade

April 5, 2015 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

0 miles

Wear an extravagant hat or festive costume and join the people strolling on Fifth Avenue from 49th to 57th Streets in the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival. See the official street closure a few days before. Free.

Easter restaurants

April 5, 2015

NYC locations

OpenTable lists restaurants offering special menus for Easter.


April 5, 2015 (1:30 p.m.)

2 miles south

Listen to Readings of Four Short Plays in the Quaker Meeting House at 15 Rutherford Place. Free.

Double choral concert

April 6, 2015 (7:30 p.m.)

1.1 miles NW

The National Festival Chorus & Manhattan Chorale both perform at Lincoln Center.

Discount tickets.

Rare book fairs

April 9 - 12, 2015

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 11.

Latin American film festival

April 9 - 17, 2015

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 10 - 12, 2015

2.7 miles south

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

Food Book Fair

April 10 - 12, 2015

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.

Classic play

April 10 - 25, 2015

2.5 miles south

One by one, the village people turn into Rhinoceros in this absurdist play about conformity by Eugene Ionesco at Gene Frankel Theatre.

Discount tickets.

Scottish parade

April 11, 2015 (2 p.m.)

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.

BBQ competition

April 11, 2015 (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.

Comics festival

April 11 - 12, 2015

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.

Children’s Carnival

April 11 - 12 and 18 - 19, 2015

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.

Bloody Mary festival

April 12, 2015 (sold out)

5 miles SE

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

Classical ballet

April 12, 2015 (4 p.m.)

10 miles north

Russian National Ballet Theatre performs the love story Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts at CUNY.

Discount tickets.

Italian comedy

April 12 - May 31, 2015 (Sundays)

0.2 miles west

Four stand-up comedians act as therapy patients in the comic play Shut Up Sit Down & Eat at Snapple Theater in Times Square. Discount tickets.

Brunch cruise

April 12 - May 31, 2015 (Sundays 12:30 p.m.)

3 miles south

Enjoy a buffet, live jazz, and two hours of views on the Sunday Brunch Cruise by Hornblower Yachts, departing from Pier 40.

Discount tickets $51.

A new way to eat

April 14, 2015 (7:30 p.m.)

2.7 miles south

Learn why billions of people eat with their hands when Micropolis discusses food & culture and serves an Indian meal utensil-free at The Greene Space.

Taste of the Lower East Side

April 15, 2015

1.7 miles south

Enjoy unlimited tastes from 50 local restaurants plus open bars at Taste of the Lower East Side in Metropolitan Pavilion for $195 to support charity.

Tribeca Film Festival

April 15 - 26, 2015

2 miles south

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

Bad films

April 16 - 18, 2015

Location uncertain

Bad Film Fest screens weird, wild, and outrageous films by new filmmakers worldwide in Brooklyn.

Photography show

April 16 - 19, 2015 (preview April 15)

1 mile north

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

Cirque-style acrobatics

April 16 - 26, 2015

0.5 miles north

Sequence 8 is a cool and sexy fusion of acrobatics, hip-hop, humor, and upbeat music performed by a dance troupe from Montreal at New York City Center.

Discount tickets.

Folk music festival

April 17 - 19, 2015

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.

Discount tickets.

LGBT book fair

April 18, 2015 (12 to 6 p.m.)

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 18 - 19, 2015

multiple locations

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

Relive the Ziegfeld Follies

April 18 - May 9, 2015 (8 p.m.)

0.7 miles SW

Ziegfeld’s Midnight Frolic re-imagines Ziegfeld’s extravaganza with lavish showgirls, risqué burlesque, thrilling aerialists at Liberty Theater.

Discount tickets.

Earth Day

April 19, 2015 (12 to 7 p.m.)

NYC locations

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

Cherry blossom day

April 19, 2015

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 20, 2015 (6 to 8 p.m.)

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 21 - 23, 2015

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.

Guitar festival

April 22 - 26, 2015

18 miles SW

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

Interested in technology?

April 23, 2015

1.3 miles west

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

NJ wine festival

April 24, 2015 (7 to 10 p.m.)

29 miles west

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

Coupon code “events12” saves 10%.

Wine tasting

April 24 - 25, 2015

2.1 miles SW

Taste 120 wines and cocktails, eat local cuisine, and meet the winemakers and chefs at Capture Artisan Wine Tour in Chelsea at 222 12th Avenue.

Art exposition

April 24 - 26, 2015 (preview April 23)

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.

Discount tickets.

Green Festival

April 24 - 26, 2015

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.

Discount tickets.

Street fair

April 25, 2015 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

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 25, 2015 (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.

Bacon and beer

April 25, 2015 (brunch & dinner)

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.

Discount tickets.

Motocross racing

April 25, 2015

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.

Discount tickets.

Hot sauce festival

April 25 - 26, 2015

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.

Zine festival

April 25 - 26, 2015

5 miles south

A zine is a cheap, self-published, underground publication. Brooklyn Zine Fest attracts 150 writers, artists, and publishers, who man tables and attend workshops at the Brooklyn Historical Society. Free.

Cherry blossom festival

April 25 - 26, 2015

7.5 miles SE

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

Memorial run

April 26, 2015 (7 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 and encourages volunteerism.

Taste of the Nation

April 27, 2015

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.
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