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

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 (also March)

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.

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.

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. Orchid Evenings add music and cocktails.

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.

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

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

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

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.

Easter on the farm

April 4, 2015

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

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.

Easter parade

April 5, 2015

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. It’s “Easter Sunday Mass” on street closure page. Free.

Easter restaurants

April 5, 2015

NYC locations

OpenTable lists restaurants offering special menus for Easter.

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

Scottish parade

April 11, 2015

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

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.

Bloody Mary Festival

April 12, 2015

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 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

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.

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.

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.

LGBT book fair

April 18, 2015

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.

Children’s Carnival

April 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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Street fair

April 25, 2015

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Spring festival

April 26, 2015

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 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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April 2015 calendar of events in NYC, NY. Best events, fairs, festivals, and things to do in New York City, New York.