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 - 5, 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

Billed as the largest exhibition of its kind in America, 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.

Spectacular show

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

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.

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.

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.

Easter egg hunt

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 Easter Egg Hunt at Queens County Farm Museum.

Easter egg hunts

April 4 - 5, 2015

NYC locations

Find nearby Easter egg hunts, and verify their dates.

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 has a list of restaurants offering special menus for Easter.

Easter train

April 5, 2015 (and 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.

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 - 19, 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.

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.
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Comics festival

April 11 - 12, 2015

1.6 miles south

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 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington Avenue.

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.

Tribeca Film Festival

April 15 - 26, 2015

2 miles south

Tribeca Film Festival is Robert De Niro’s festival of film, music, and culture in Lower Manhattan. You also can apply for free tickets to Film for All Friday.

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

8 miles south

Hear folk, blues, jug-band, string-band, bluegrass, Balkan, and Indonesian music at the Brooklyn Folk Festival, which has vocal and instrumental workshops, a family-friendly square dance, film screenings, and a banjo tossing contest at The Bell House.

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.

Earth Day

April 19, 2015

NYC locations

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

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.

Hot sauce festival

April 25 - 26, 2015

1.1 miles south

You’ll find hot sauce tastings, food vendors, eating challenges, live music, craft beer, and awards at the NYC Hot Sauce Expo at Penn Plaza Pavilion.

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.

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.

Soho film festival

April 30 - May 7, 2015

2.3 miles south

See great films from around the world at the Soho International Film Festival at Village East Cinema.

Nerdy burlesque festival

April 2015 (undated)

NYC locations

The Nerdlesque Festival features burlesque that is inspired by pop culture, geek culture, and nerds.

Street fair

April 2015 (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.

BBQ competition

April 2015 (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.

Cherry blossom day

April 2015 (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.

Custom car show

April 2015 (undated)

1.5 miles SW

DUB Show is billed as the world’s largest custom car show and concert tour, with custom cars, accessories, and entertainment in Jacob Javits Convention Center.

Memorial run

April 2015 (undated)

4 miles south

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

Taste of the Nation

April 2015 (undated)

3 miles south

Enjoy gourmet food, fine wine and beer, cocktails, local music, chef demonstrations, and a silent auction at Taste of the Nation NYC at 82 Mercer St.

Taste of Queens

April 2015 (undated)

9 miles east

Sample food and drink from 50 restaurants and mingle with the borough’s business leaders at the Queens Taste at Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel.
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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.cook@events12.com