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.
April 1 - 3, 2016 (begins March 20)
1 mile southSee 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.
April 1 - 3, 2016 (begins March 25)
1.5 miles SWNew York International Auto Show is billed as the nation’s first and most attended at Jacob Javits Center.
Affordable Art Fair
April 1 - 3, 2016 (begins March 30)
1.7 miles southBrowse contemporary paintings, prints, sculptures, and photographs from 80 galleries at the Affordable Art Fair, with workshops and activities at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea. Repeats in Sept.
April 1 - 3, 2016
36 miles NEBilled 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
NY & CTFocus on French Cinema has French films and special events with actors and directors in New York and Connecticut.
Romantic Spanish music
April 1 - 5, 2016
1.1 miles NWSpanish Nights features the New York Philharmonic playing gypsy tunes, flamenco ballet, and Spanish dances at Lincoln Center.
April 1 - 9, 2016 (begins March 4)
Lower ManhattanSee creative plays, films, and more at the Downtown Urban Arts Festival (DUAF), which showcases urban artists and promotes diversity.
Orchid Show - daytime
April 1 - 17, 2016 (begins Feb. 27)
12 miles northThe 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.
April 1 - Sept. 4, 2016
0.3 miles westThe show-business musical Chicago has sizzling songs, seductive dance numbers, and a powerful story at Ambassador Theatre. Discount tickets $33 to $95.
Pillow fight in the park
April 2, 2016 (3 to 6 p.m.)
2.1 miles southPillows 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.
April 2, 2016
2.5 miles southNYC Craft Distillers Festival has samples of 60 craft spirits, a 1920s jazz band, and a prohibition theme at The Bowery Hotel.
Craft beer festival
April 2, 2016
28 miles eastSample two-ounce samples of 100 U.S. craft brews at the Spring Craft Beer Festival at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale for age 21+.
April 2 - 3, 2016 (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
1.2 miles westThe Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art MoCCA Arts Festival features celebrity cartoonists and illustrators, art on display, and hundreds of small-press exhibitors at Metropolitan West.
April 2 - 3, 2016 (free party April 1)
2 miles northSee films focused on humanitarian causes at the New York Peace Film Festival at All Souls Unitarian Church.
Orchid Show - evening
April 2 - 16, 2016 (begins March 5)
12 miles northWander through the Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden with a cocktail in hand and romantic music playing during Orchid Evenings, which are March 5, 12, 19, 24 (LGBT), 26, and April 2, 9, 15, 16.
Cute family musical
April 2 - 26, 2016 (weekends)
2.4 miles southThis lively version of Beauty and the Beast features a girl (Beauty) and a prince under a witch’s curse (Beast) in small Players Theatre. Morning show includes pre-show mask making for kids.
April 3, 2016
3.8 miles northThe New York Flute Fair features performances, workshops, exhibits, master classes, and a competition at Columbia University.
Taste of the Lower East Side
April 6, 2016 (6 p.m.)
1.7 miles southEnjoy unlimited tastes from 50 local restaurants plus open bars at Taste of the Lower East Side in Metropolitan Pavilion to support charity.
Taste of Brooklyn
April 6, 2016 (6:30 p.m.)
10.2 miles southSample Brooklyn restaurant and bar offerings with DJ music at A Taste of Fifth in Grand Prospect Hall.
Rare book fairs
April 7 - 10, 2016
1 mile northAntiquarian 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 SEComedy in Dance Festival has juried performances of humor in motion at Triskelion Arts in Greenpoint.
Latin American film festival
April 7 - 15, 2016
NYC locationsHavana 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 eastEnjoy good food and wine at Global Food and Wine Experience at Espace to support diversity in the hospitality and culinary industries.
April 8, 2016
6 miles SWTaste 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 southHear 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.
Nonfiction film festival
April 8 - 21, 2016
1.2 miles NWSee a diverse collection of boundary-pushing nonfiction films at Art of the Real at Lincoln Center.
Japanese film festival
April 8 - 23, 2016
0.7 miles eastDiscover the astonishing world of Japanese musical films starring teen idols and TV stars from the ‘50s and ‘60s during Japan Sings at the Japan Society.
April 8 - Dec. 29, 2016
2.4 miles SWEnjoy 90 minutes of views on an afternoon Statue of Liberty & Skyline Sightseeing Cruise, with a free glass of champagne or other beverage on Yacht Manhattan, from Chelsea Piers (Pier 62). Discount tickets $28.
April 9, 2016 (2 p.m.)
0.3 miles southCelebrate 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 NWMeet 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.
April 9, 2016 (12 to 4 p.m.)
17 miles south via ferrySample barbecue from the contestants and hear live entertainment at the New York City BBQ Cookoff at Historic Richmond Town on Staten Island.
April 9 - 10 and 16 - 17, 2016
16 miles eastChildren’s Carnival has carnival rides, midway games, hayrides, and children’s entertainment in the apple orchard at Queens County Farm Museum.
April 10, 2016 (1:45 p.m.)
0.8 miles northThe Greek Independence Day Parade features traditional costumes, music, and lots of blue and white flags on 5th Ave. from 64th to 79th St. Free.
April 10, 2016
0.8 miles southConnect with 40 organizations that need your help at Good Deeds Day, with live music in Herald Square. Free.
Vegan wine & cheese
April 12, 2016 (7 to 9 p.m.)
2.5 miles southSample vegan wine, plant-based cheese, chips, and salsa at The Big Cheese competition at VSpot Organic.
April 13 - 17, 2016
18 miles SWLong 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 southTribeca Film Festival is a giant festival offering films, music, and culture in Lower Manhattan.
April 13 - May 1, 2016
7.6 miles southHenry V by the Royal Shakespeare Company gets rave reviews at BAM Harvey Theater in Brooklyn.
April 14 - 17, 2016 (preview April 13)
1 mile northThe Photography Show by AIPAD exhibits museum-quality work from 85 galleries at the Park Avenue Armory.
April 14 - 17, 2016
7.3 miles southHear speakers share travel tips and stories, attend a workshop, and visit exhibitors at New York Travel Festival at St. Francis College in Brooklyn.
April 14 - 18, 2016
0.4 miles northMartha Graham Dance Company performs classics plus a new premiere each night at New York City Center.
April 15 - 17, 2016
1.3 miles westBilled 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.
April 15 - 17, 2016
25 miles NEThe Fest for Beatles Fans [sound] has celebrity guests and speakers, Beatles vendors and auction, a dance party, a look-alike contest, games, exhibits, and re-enactments at Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook.
April 15 - 23, 2016
5.6 miles southThe Adventures of Sherlock Holmes features the famous detective solving cases with trusted sidekick Dr. Watson and unrequited love Irene Adler at 29 Jay Street in Brooklyn.
April 16, 2016 (3 to 7 p.m.)
1.2 miles southBrews, Bites and Wines Charity Tasting promises bites and desserts from local artisan bakers and sweet makers, local craft beers, and wine tasting at Grind on Park Avenue South for age 21+.
April 16, 2016 (1 p.m.)
2.7 miles southWine on Wheels features 175 wines served by 50 sommeliers with hors d’oeuvres, plus 20-minute wine seminars, and a silent auction at City Winery.
April 17, 2016 (12 to 7 p.m.)
NYC locationsEarth Day features a green-vehicle show, exhibits, family activities, music, and entertainment at Union Square. Free.
April 17, 2016 (5:30 to 11:30 p.m.)
6.6 miles SEWear pajamas and slippers to After Brunch Pajama Party, which has 9 independent acts (rock. pop, soul, folk), board games, activities, cupcakes, and blankets at The Paper Box in Brooklyn to support charity.
Interested in technology?
April 21, 2016
1.3 miles NWTechDay is a giant science fair with 400 exhibitors, including innovative startups at Pier 94. Free.
Romeo and Juliet
April 21 - 22, 2016
5 miles southRomeo and Juliet is “fast paced, visually arresting, physically engaging, emotionally electric” [New York Theatre Guide] at Gelsey Kirkland in Brooklyn.
April 21 - 24, 2016
7.8 miles southSee 11 fresh feature films from around the world and 14 short films at New Voices in Black Cinema at BAM Rose Cinemas in Brooklyn.
Bacon and beer
April 22 - 23, 2016
8 miles eastEnjoy craft beer, bacon-inspired tastes from local restaurants, DJ music, dancing, and interactive games at Bacon and Beer Classic at Citi Field.
Tribeca street fair
April 23, 2016 (10 a.m.)
3.6 miles southTribeca on Location features events, workshops, and screenings about filmmaking, gaming, sports, and the performing arts on Greenwich Street (Hubert to Chambers). Free.
Festival of colors
April 23, 2016 (1 p.m.)
6.9 miles SEThrow brightly colored cornstarch (one bag included), dance to 10 bands, shop from artists, buy food, and visit the cash bar at Festival of Colors - Holi NYC [sound] at 485 Johnson Avenue in Brooklyn.
April 23, 2016 (7 p.m.)
10 miles NWBig trucks with big wheels create big noise and excitement at Monster Jam at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.
Hot sauce festival
April 23 - 24, 2016
4 miles SEYou’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.
April 23 - 24, 2016
5 miles SWCastle 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.
Wine in the garden
April 23 - 24, 2016 (12 to 5 p.m.)
12 miles northSample wine from nine New York vintners and tour the gardens during Daffodil Celebration and Wine Weekend at New York Botanical Garden. (Buy a $20 garden pass online, and pay $5 in person for a glass.)
April 24, 2016 (8 a.m.)
3.5 miles southThe 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.
April 24, 2016
11 miles eastArbor 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 westBloomfest features 4,000 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 southEnjoy 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.
April 25 - May 1, 2016
NYC locationsAttend readings, discussions, and workshops with writers addressing contemporary cultural and political issues in Mexico and other countries at PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature.
Bordeaux wine tasting
April 27, 2016 (7 p.m., VIP 6 p.m.)
4.4 miles southTaste fine wine from 22 French wineries and passed hors d’oeuvres at Le Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux at Pier A Harbor House, Battery Park.
Polish film festival
April 27 - 30, 2016
2.6 miles southNew York Polish Film Festival screens feature films, shorts, and documentaries, which all have English subtitles at Anthology Film Archives.
Indie film fest
April 27 - May 1, 2016
0.9 miles westNYC Independent Film Festival celebrates the independent filmmaker with screenings, panels, and parties at the Producers Club.
April 28 - 30, 2016
6 miles SEBad Film Fest screens weird, wild, and outrageous films by new filmmakers that are supposed to be so bad they’re good at Cloud City.
April 29 - 30, 2016
4 miles southVisit 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.]
April 29 - May 1, 2016
4 miles eastIndieCade 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.
Festival of colors
April 30, 2016 (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
0.7 miles eastThrow brightly colored powder, dance to the music, and buy Indian food to celebrate spring at Holi Hai festival in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza. Buy non-toxic color on site, don’t bring your own. Free entry.
April 30, 2016
1.5 miles SWLearn 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.
Street games day
April 30, 2016 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
4 miles northPlay 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.
April 30, 2016
10 miles NWOff-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 SESakura Matsuri features 200 blossoming cherry trees and 60 events and performances celebrating Japanese culture at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
April 30 - May 15, 2016 (weekends)
2 miles northSpring Crafts on Columbus features 100 juried artists near the American Museum of Natural History. Free.