New York City events calendar for April 2015. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities, and free entertainment 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.

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 Herald Square. Free.

Orchid Show

April 1 - 19, 2015 (begins Feb. 28)

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.

Discount show tickets.

Rockettes show

April 1 - May 3, 2015 (begins March 12)

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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.

Horror show

April 1 - May 3, 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.

Diverse circus

April 1 - May 25, 2015 (begins March 18)

NYC locations

UniverSoul Circus features flashy Caribbean dancers, amazing Chinese acrobats, funny South African clowns, and exotic animals inside a heated tent.

Family comedy

April 1 - June 27, 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.

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.

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.

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.

Adult Disney spoof

April 3 - May 29, 2015 (also March)

1 mile SW

Distorted Diznee wows with 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 tix.

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.

Easter egg hunt

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 Easter 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.

Easter egg hunts

April 4 - 5, 2015 (begins March 28)

NYC locations

Find nearby Easter egg hunts. Please verify dates.

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.

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.

Easter parade

April 5, 2015

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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.

Storytelling

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.
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Yankees baseball

April 8 - 26, 2015

6 miles north

Watch the New York Yankees play at Yankee Stadium.

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.

Yankees club seats

April 9 - 29, 2015

6 miles north

Watch the Yankees play from your suite-level indoor seat with sweeping views, high-definition televisions, all-you-can-eat buffet and non-alcoholic drinks in the Audi Yankees Club in left field.

Discount tickets $145.

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.

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.

Classical concert

April 12, 2015 (8:30 p.m.)

0.5 miles north

Grant Us Peace features an orchestra and singers performing uplifting music by Mozart and Williams at Carnegie Hall.

Discount tickets.

Bloody Mary festival

April 12, 2015 (1 to 4 p.m.)

5 miles SE

Bloody Mary Liberation Party 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.

Photography show

April 16 - 19, 2015

1 mile north

Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) Show includes a gala Wednesday evening, panel discussions Saturday, and an exhibition of museum-quality work 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, a family-friendly square dance, and a 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.

Mets baseball

April 18 - May 2, 2015

8 miles east

Watch the New York Mets play a game at Citi Field.

Earth Day

April 19, 2015

NYC locations

Earth Day features a green-vehicle show, exhibits, performances, and family activities 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.

Games for social good

April 21 - 23 and 25, 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.

Art exposition

April 23 - 26, 2015

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.

Bad films

April 23 - 26, 2015

6 miles SE

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

Wine festival

April 24, 2015

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 in Short Hills, NJ. Optional class.

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.

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 Jay Street. 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 tix.

Hot sauce festival

April 25 - 26, 2015

4 miles SE

You’ll find hot sauce tastings, food vendors, eating challenges, 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.

Rock posters

April 26, 2015

4 miles SE

See modern and vintage posters for bands at Rock and Roll Poster Bowl at the Brooklyn Bowl. Free.

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.     steve.evans@events12.com