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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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.

American modern dance

April 1 - 3, 2016 (begins March 16)

1 mile NW

Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance features a live orchestra, with 2 premieres and 14 classics on different days at Lincoln Center. Discount tickets $20 to $62.

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.

French film festival

April 1 - 5, 2016

1 to 31 miles NE

Focus on French Cinema has French films and special events with actors and directors at Bow Tie Criterion Cinemas in Greenwich, CT (April 1-3,) and French Institute Alliance Francaise in NYC (April 4-5).

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 beginning March 5.

Cocktail show

April 1 - 30, 2016 (from Feb.)

2.8 miles south

Your ticket to The Imbible includes 3 craft cocktails plus a comic romp through the history of spirits and cocktails at SoHo Playhouse. Discount tickets Thurs. & Fri. $33.

Broadway musical

April 1 - Oct. 9, 2016

0.2 miles west

Steve Martin wrote Bright Star, a sweeping tale of love and redemption set in the American South of the ‘20s and ‘40s, with songs by Edie Brickell at Cort Theatre. Discount tickets $39 to $89.

Pillow fight in the park

April 2, 2016 (3 p.m.)

Location uncertain

Pillows fly and teddy bears soar at the giant urban Pillow Fight NYC. Bring a soft pillow that does not contain feathers. The location usually is announced in March. 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.

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.)

2.2 miles SW

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 Center 548.

Opera by Puccini

April 2 - 12, 2016 (begins Feb. 19)

1.1 miles NW

Madama Butterfly is a young Japanese geisha who mistakenly believes her arrangement with a visiting American naval officer is a loving and permanent marriage, at the Metropolitan Opera House. Discount tickets $73 to $158.

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.

Brooklyn tasting

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

Location uncertain

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Photography show

April 14 - 17, 2016 (preview April 13)

1 mile north

The Photography Show by AIPAD exhibits museum-quality work from 80 galleries at the Park Avenue Armory.

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. Discount tickets $3.75.

Beatles festival

April 15 - 17, 2016

25 miles NE

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

Skyline cruise

April 16, 2016 (1:45 p.m.)

2.4 miles SW

Enjoy 90 minutes of views on a Statue of Liberty & Skyline Sightseeing Cruise with an included drink on the Yacht Manhattan or Manhattan II, departing from Chelsea Piers (Pier 62). Discount tickets $26.

Travel festival

April 16 - 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.

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.

Classical music

April 17, 2016 (8:30 p.m.)

0.5 miles north

Hear an orchestra and singers perform the Argentinian Misatango plus works by Stroope, Hampton, and Stopford at Carnegie Hall. Discount tickets $10 to $50.

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.

Innovative film festival

April 22 - 23, 2016

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.

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.

Discount tickets $57.

Sailboat ride on Clipper City

April 22 - May 31, 2016

4.5 miles south

Tour New York City Harbor aboard the majestic Clipper City tall ship, sailing from Battery Park.

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.

Beer on a sailboat

April 23 - Oct. 9, 2016 (weekends)

4.3 miles south

Drink craft beer with skyline views on a Craft Beer Tasting Sail aboard the 158-foot Clipper City Tall Ship departing from Battery Park.

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 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.

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.

African authors

April 25 - May 1, 2016

NYC locations

Attend readings, discussions, and workshops with writers who share their ideas about contemporary cultural and political issues in Africa at PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature.

Low-tech film festival

April 27, 2016 (9 p.m.)

6.4 miles SE

The Disposable Film Festival screens films made on mobile devices like phones, point-and-shoot cameras, DSLRs, and webcams at Videology in Williamsburg. Free so arrive early.

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 - May 1, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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