New York City events calendar for May 2016. 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 with this calendar of events.

Mileage is from Rockefeller Center in downtown New York City, New York.

African authors

May 1, 2016 (begins April 25)

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.

Indie film fest

May 1, 2016 (begins April 27)

0.9 miles west

NYC Independent Film Festival celebrates the independent filmmaker with screenings, panels, and parties at the Producers Club.

African films

May 1, 2016 (begins April 29)

4 miles north

See eight films focused on the lives of African people at the African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) at Teachers College at Columbia University.

Games festival

May 1, 2016 (begins April 29)

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.

Hoboken festival

May 1, 2016

4.7 miles SW

Spring Arts & Music Festival features 300 artists, sculptors, photographers, and crafters, plus top music acts, rides, games, and food vendors. Free.

Bike tour

May 1, 2016

5 miles south

Bike 40 miles through New York’s five boroughs on Five Boro Bike Tour, starting north of Battery Park.

Cherry blossom festival

May 1, 2016 (begins April 30)

7.5 miles SE

Sakura Matsuri features 200 blossoming cherry trees and 60 events and performances celebrating Japanese culture at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Food Book Fair

May 1 - 2, 2016

4 miles SE

Food enthusiasts, chefs, artists, writers, designers, and publishers attend Food Book Fair to celebrate, discuss, and sample fine food at Wythe Hotel.

Craft fair

May 1 - 15, 2016 (weekends from April 30)

2 miles north

Spring Crafts on Columbus features 100 juried artists near the American Museum of Natural History. Free.

Circus in Queens

May 1 - 15, 2016 (begins April 27)

17 miles SE

UniverSoul Circus includes Caribbean dancers, Chinese acrobats, African clowns, and exotic animals in a heated tent at Roy Wilkins Park. Discount tickets $20.

Children’s musical

May 1 - 22, 2016 (also April)

1.5 miles NW

Pinkalicious is a girl who eats so many pink cupcakes she turns pink. Kids 2 to 7 enjoy seeing how she gets out of this predicament with help from her brother, playing at 152 West 71st Street. Discount tickets $25 (May 7 & 22).

The Tin Man of Oz

May 1 - 29, 2016 (also April)

0.4 miles west

The Woodsman is the story of the Tin Woodsman, the woman he loved, and the witch who would keep them apart, with life-sized puppets and original music at New World Stages. Discount tickets $29.

Skyline cruise

May 1 - 31, 2016 (also April)

2.4 miles SW

Enjoy 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.

Sailboat ride on Clipper City

May 1 - 31, 2016 (also April)

4.5 miles south

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

Family musical

May 1 - June 5, 2016

0.6 miles SW

Based on a book by Roald Dahl, Matilda the Musical is about a girl who dares to take a stand and change her destiny, at Shubert Theatre. Discount tickets $69.

Classic soul & motown revue

May 1 - June 26, 2016 (also April)

0.7 miles SW

A Decade of Soul features the best R&B music of the classic soul era at B.B. King Blues Club. Discount tickets $10.

Tony-winning musical

May 1 - July 3, 2016 (also April)

0.3 miles west

The show-business musical Chicago has sizzling songs, seductive dance numbers, and a powerful story at Ambassador Theatre. Discount tickets $33 to $91.

Science magic

May 1 - July 30, 2016 (also April)

0.7 miles SW

A physics demonstrator from Rutgers University performs amazing feats in That Physics Show [sound] using cold liquid nitrogen, burning hydrogen, and bright laser lights at Elektra Theatre. Discount tickets $20.

Champagne Sunset Cruise

May 1 - Aug. 29, 2016 (also April)

2.4 miles SW

The Champagne Sunset Cruise includes 1.75 hours of views and a glass of champagne or other beverage on Yacht Manhattan, leaving Chelsea Piers (Pier 62). Discount tickets $35.

“Best play” Tony Award

May 1 - Sept. 4, 2016 (also April)

0.4 miles west

Based on a best-selling book, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a highly acclaimed play about an extraordinary teenager solving a mystery at Barrymore Theatre. Discount tickets $94.

Award-winning “Jersey Boys”

May 1 - Sept. 25, 2016 (also April)

0.4 miles NW

Hit musical Jersey Boys is the rags-to-riches story of 20-somethings Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons live at August Wilson Theatre. Discount tickets on weekdays: $40 to $104.

Psycho the musical

May 1 - Sept. 25, 2016 (also April)

0.5 miles SW

American Psycho is a “brilliant and absorbing musical” about a slick investment banker living in decadent 1980s Manhattan, at Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. Discount tickets $49 to $89.

Blue Man show

May 1 - Sept. 25, 2016 (also April)

2.3 miles south

Blue Man Group puts on an exciting show that combines comedy, theater, music, and special effects at Astor Place Theatre. Discount tickets $58.

Feel-good musical

May 1 - Nov. 20, 2016 (also April)

0.6 miles west

Kinky Boots, based on a true story about a shoe factory owner and a drag queen, has an inspiring and joyful score by Cyndi Lauper at Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Discount tickets $50 to $90.

Party cruise

May 1 - Dec. 17, 2016 (also April)

4.2 miles south

Enjoy DJ music, a cash bar, and hours of views on a Hornblower Cruise leaving Pier 15 on South Street.

Creative percussion show

May 1 - Dec. 25, 2016 (also April)

0.5 miles SW

STOMP has high-energy dance, acrobatics, comedy, and nonstop rhythm from unusual instruments at the Orpheum Theatre. Discount tickets $50.

Brunch cruise circles Manhattan

May 1 - Dec. 31, 2016 (weekends)

2.4 miles SW

Around Manhattan Brunch Cruise offers three-hour of views as you circle Manhattan Island in a classic 1920s yacht and eat a buffet brunch with a complimentary beverage, departing from Chelsea Piers (Pier 62). Discount tickets $56.


May 2 & 6, 2016 (also April)

1.1 miles NW

Otello is a “powerful new production of Verdi’s passionate and masterful rendering of one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays” [Huffington Post] at the Metropolitan Opera House. Discount tickets $111.

Award-winning drama

May 2 - June 11, 2016 (also April)

0.4 miles south

Michelle Williams and Jeff Daniels unleash pent-up emotions in Blackbird, 15 years after their underage affair, at Belasco Theatre. Discount tickets $29 to $61.

Taste of Queens

May 3, 2016 (6 to 9 p.m.)

10 miles east

Sample food and drink from 60 restaurants, and mingle with the borough’s business leaders at the Queens Taste at New York Hall of Science.

Modern circus show

May 3 - 29, 2016

7 miles south

Enter the spaceship tent under the Brooklyn Bridge to see Bianco, an all-ages show with amazing aerial spectacles, a live rock band, and a cash bar in Brooklyn. No seating. Discount tickets $15 to $25.

Mets baseball

May 3 - 31, 2016

8 miles east

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

African film festival

May 4 - 10, 2016

NYC locations

The New York African Film Festival screens films at three venues: Lincoln Center, Maysles Cinema Institute, and BAM Rose Cinemas.

Sherlock Holmes

May 4 - 14, 2016 (also April)

2.5 miles south

French police ask famous detective Sherlock Holmes to solve a murder and a diamond theft in Arsène Lupin vs Sherlock Holmes at The Gene Frankel Theatre.

Discount tickets $13.

Films about dating

May 4 - 17, 2016

7.8 miles south

See 20 films ranging from cautionary silent dramas about the perils of unsupervised courtship to iconic romantic comedies, plus films of feminism and gay liberation at Labor of Love at BAM Rose Cinemas.

Free Summer Movies

May 4 - Aug. 31, 2016

NYC locations

Free Summer Movies are shown evenings at NYC parks in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.

Cinco de Mayo party

May 5, 2016 (7 to 10 p.m.)

2.9 miles south

Cinco Strut is a Mexican themed party with open bar, appetizers, a DJ, and six Latin American artists at Rayuela.

Latino film festival

May 5 - 8, 2016

2.6 miles south

Viva! Latino Film Festival screens subtitled shorts, feature films, documentaries, and music videos at Anthology Film Archives.

Art fair on Randall’s Island

May 5 - 8, 2016

6 miles NE

Shop for art from 1000 contemporary artists; attend talks, and mingle with art-world celebrities at Frieze New York in tents at Randall’s Island Park.

Bronx Week

May 5 - 15, 2016

6 miles north

Bronx Week includes a film festival, neighborhood tours, Bronx Ball, parade, and a food & arts festival.

Comedy about motherhood

May 5 - July 2, 2016 (also April)

0.4 miles west

A former Miss New Jersey is One Funny Mother with a hilarious show about raising kids at New World Stages. Discount tickets $35.

Cocktail show

May 5 - July 16, 2016 (also April)

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 $39.

Amazing dog tricks

May 6, 2016 (7 p.m.)

1 mile NW

The Olate Dogs won $1 million on the TV show America’s Got Talent. Watch these wonder dogs from rescue shelters perform live at New York Society for Ethical Culture. Discount balcony tickets $14.

Beer festival

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

5.9 miles SE

Five Boro Craft Beer Fest features 30 craft brewers, local food vendors, and a band at The Well in Brooklyn.

Baseball meal deal

May 6 & 8, 2016

8 miles north

New York Yankees package deal includes a field-level seat and unlimited picnic food until 30 minutes after game time at Yankee Stadium. Discount tickets $75.

Disney spoof

May 6 & 20, 2016 (9:30 p.m.)

1 mile SW

Distorted Diznee has high-energy dancing, comedy, dazzling costumes, and lip synching by drag queens dressed as Ariel, Mary Poppins, and Snow White at Laurie Beechman Theatre for age 17+. Discount tickets $10 (and $20 food minimum).

BBQ and dance

May 6 - 28, 2016 (also April)

6 miles SE

Brooklyn Pig Roast serves roasted pig platters, live music, and a happy hour at The Hall in Brooklyn. Discount tickets $5, with food $27.

Wine tasting

May 7, 2016 (2 & 7 p.m.)

0.1 miles north

Taste 200 wines with hors d’oeuvres and live jazz at NYC Spring Wine Festival at 7 West 51st Street.

Coupon code “events12” saves 10%.

Mother’s Day R&B

May 7, 2016 (8 p.m.)

8 miles south

Arriving a day early, the Mother’s Day Good Music Festival features R&B superstars Keyshia Cole, Monica, Tank, Ginuwine, Joe, and Avant at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Discount tickets $64.

Gospel festival

May 7, 2016 (4 p.m.)

13 miles SW

Gospelfest is a talent competition followed by a gospel concert at the Prudential Center in Newark.

Chicken wings festival

May 7, 2016 (1 to 5 p.m.)

18.8 miles east

A ticket to Ultimate Wing Fest “includes all you can eat wings cooked by local wingmasters with their special sauces” plus beer, wine, cider and live music at Belmont Park Race Track in Elmont.

Dutch Festival

May 7, 2016

28 miles east

The Dutch Festival features jazz music, blooming tulips, face painting, craft vendors, and authentic Dutch food and beverages outdoors on the campus of Hofstra University in Hempstead. Free.

Vegetarian festival

May 7 - 8, 2016

1.7 miles south

NYC Vegetarian Food Festival features food samples and meals from vegetarian restaurants, health and wellness vendors, vegetarian and animal-welfare groups, and talks and shows at Metropolitan Pavilion. Coupon code “earlycow212” saves 50%.

Mother’s Day in the garden

May 7 - 8, 2016

12 miles north

Mother’s Day Weekend Garden Party features live music, dancers, games, food trucks, and casual picnicking at New York Botanical Garden.

Funny Cinderella

May 7 - July 16, 2016 (Saturdays)

2.7 miles south

The Commedia Cinderella is a zany musical version full of comedic improvisations, surprise gags, and gimmicks in “commedia dell’arte” style for adults & kids 5+ at Soho Playhouse. Discount tickets $20, child $13.

Mother’s Day restaurants

May 8, 2016

NYC locations

OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special brunch, lunch, and dinner menus on Mother’s Day. Also see 17 Excellent Options for Mother’s Day Brunch and Where to Brunch with Mom on Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day dining cruise

May 8, 2016

NYC locations

Take a Mother’s Day brunch or dinner cruise with views.

Mother’s Day at the zoo

May 8, 2016 (SOLD OUT)

0.7 miles north

A $75 ticket to Mother’s Day Celebration at Central Park Zoo includes baby animal feeding, a scavenger hunt, craft making, and treats for an adult and child.

Mother’s Day scavenger hunt

May 8, 2016 (2 to 5 p.m.)

0.7 miles south

Find hidden clues and complete fun tasks in a race around the city on The Amazing Mother’s Day Scavenger Hunt beginning at Slattery’s Midtown Pub.

Japanese festival

May 8, 2016

1.2 miles north

Japan Day @ Central Park includes dancing and singing, calligraphy and origami, activity tents, and food tents at Central Park Bandshell. Free.

Flamenco guitar

May 8, 2016 (8 p.m.)

2.3 miles SW

Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra play nouveau flamenco, which blends in jazz rhythms and pop music structures, at Highline Ballroom. Discount tickets $19.

Cuban music

May 8, 2016 (7 p.m.)

2.6 miles north

Expect dancing in the aisles when The Pedrito Martinez Group plays Afro-Cuban music with popular salsa vocalist Isaac Delgado at Symphony Space. Discount tickets $18.

Mother’s Day walk

May 8, 2016

Starting location is 3.6 miles south

The Mother’s Day Walk begins at Park Row & Centre Street and crosses the Brooklyn Bridge to a family picnic with dance music in Cadman Plaza Park to celebrate Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day in the garden

May 8, 2016 (10 a.m. & 1 p.m.)

11 miles east

Enjoy a caterred Mother’s Day Brunch plus a stroll in the gardens at Queens Botanical Garden.

Mother’s Day at Wave Hill

May 8, 2016

12 miles north

Wave Hill offers family art projects and garden walks in the Bronx, plus a Mother’s Day Brunch.

Guitar festival

May 8 - 15, 2016

NYC locations

New York Guitar Festival features familiar and influential guitarists plus new talent and new sounds.

Yankees club seats & buffet

May 8 - June 29, 2016

8 miles north

Watch the Yankees play from a suite-level indoor seat with sweeping views, high-def TV, all-you-can-eat buffet, non-alcoholic drinks, and cash bar in the Audi Yankees Club in left field. Discount tickets $125.


May 9 - 14, 2016

1.1 miles NW

American Ballet Theatre explores themes of ambition, obsession, and lost opportunities when a young woman named Sylvia struggles to balance strength and vulnerability, at the Metropolitan Opera House. Discount tickets $30 to $95.

Eat breakfast for dinner

May 11, 2016 (8 to 11 p.m.)

1.2 miles west

Your ticket to Brunch Eats includes samples of brunch dishes and cocktails from 20 restaurants and bakeries selected by the Village Voice, set among World War II airplanes atop the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

Sailboat ride on Shearwater

May 11 - 31, 2016

4 miles south

Your afternoon sail on the historic schooner Shearwater includes a beverage and departs from North Cove Yacht Harbor. Discount tickets $27.

Tasting event

May 13, 2016 (7 p.m., VIP 6)

1.7 miles south

Enjoy bites from 60 restaurants and tastes from breweries, wineries, and distilleries at Spring Taste NYC, which includes live entertainment and cooking demos at Metropolitan Pavilion. Discount tickets $41.

NJ wine festival

May 13, 2016 (7 to 10 p.m.)

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.

Coupon code “events12” saves 10%.

Bicycle expo

May 13 - 14, 2016

1.5 miles south

Join 15,000 cyclists visiting exhibitors at the NYC Bike Expo at 69th Regiment Armory. Secure bike check. Free. [Do not confuse with the bike expo on April 29-30.]

Dance party

May 13 - 15, 2016

NYC locations

Do the dances you love with fun people, to live music and seasoned DJs at Big Apple Balboa, Blues and Lindy Exchange (BABBLE).

Cajun, Creole, zydeco festival

May 13 - 15, 2016

7 miles south

Bayou n’ Brooklyn Music Festival features Cajun-zydeco music and dance of Louisiana, fiddle and guitar workshops, jam sessions, and Southern food at Jalopy Theatre and School of Music in Brooklyn.

Steampunk festival

May 13 - 15, 2016

42 miles SW

Combine mad science with the Victorian era and you have The Steampunk World’s Fair, which features music, entertainment, costumes, games, social activities, and friendly people at Radisson Hotel, Piscataway, NJ.

Creative film festival

May 13 - 17, 2016

1.3 miles NW

Columbia University Film Festival premieres short films, feature screenplays, and teleplays created by graduate MFA students of Columbia University School of the Arts Film Program at Lincoln Center.

Family festival

May 14, 2016 (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

1 mile NW

Kids Spring Fling has sing alongs, dance performances and lessons, and short films at Lincoln Center. Free.

Chili cook-off

May 14, 2016 (12 to 5 p.m.)

1.3 miles west

Texas Chili Cook-off serves chili, beer, and a band, rain or shine at Pier 84 at Hudson River Park.

Art on Randall’s Island

May 14, 2016

6 miles NE

Attend the grand opening of the Flow.16 outdoor art exhibit and meet the artists at Randall’s Island Park. Free.

Breakdancing qualifiers

May 14, 2016 (noon)

8.7 miles east

Register for free tickets to World BBoy Battle Extreme Breakdancing Championship Qualifiers to see breakdancers perform with music at Queens Community House. (Finals on May 15 are below.)

Dance-music concert

May 14 - 15, 2016

10.5 miles east

Electric Daisy Carnival combines electronic dance music with cutting-edge production to create a unique experience of sight and sound at Citi Field.

Mardi Gras evening

May 14 - July 2, 2016

5 miles SE

New Orleans Mardi Gras Crawfish Boil [scroll down] features a brass band and optional crawfish dinner at The Hall in Brooklyn. Discount tickets $6, with dinner $22.

Cake show

May 15, 2016

0.4 miles SW

See extraordinary decorated cakes and visit vendors at The NY Cake Show at Marriott Marquis. Classes and a Saturday off-site cocktail party are at additional cost.

International food fest

May 15, 2016 (12 to 5 p.m.)

1 mile NW

Ninth Avenue International Food Festival features food from around the world, international music and dance, artists and vendors, and children’s rides and games on 9th Avenue (42nd to 57th). Free entry.

Mothers celebration

May 15, 2016 (12 to 5 p.m.)

1.7 miles NW

Mamapalooza offers music, art, kids’ activities, food vendors, and crafts for mothers and the people who love them on the pier near Pier i Cafe. Free.

Breakdancing finals

May 15, 2016 (3 p.m.)

3.6 miles south

Watch the world’s best compete at World Bboy Battle championships at Tribeca Performing Arts Center in Manhattan. Discount tickets 20% off.

Waterfront celebration

May 15, 2016 (12 to 6 p.m.)

17 miles south

Bayfest is 8 blocks of local food vendors, live music, and kids’ crafts on Emmons Ave. in Brooklyn. Free.

Freshkills Park preview

May 15, 2016 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

18 miles SW via ferry

Get a sneak peak at the park built on Staten Island landfill on Discovery Day, when you can walk 8 miles of trails, bike 5 miles of pavement, run a 5K course, or register for a kayak tour. Free. Repeats June 26.

Internet conference

May 16 - 22, 2016

NYC locations

Internet Week includes 250 talks, interviews, panels, and discussions with celebrities, business executives, founders of New-York-based startups, and leaders.


May 16 - Aug. 13, 2016

NYC locations

Enjoy outstanding music, comedy, theater, dance, lectures, and films during SummerStage in city parks. The free concerts are popular, so arrive early.

Contemporary design fair

May 17, 2016

1.5 miles SW

The International Contemporary Furniture Fair is a showcase for 500 exhibitors from May 14 to 17, which opens to the public on the last day in Jacob Javits Convention Center.

Taste of Greece

May 18, 2016 (7 p.m., VIP 6 p.m.)

2.7 miles south

Taste of Greece features wines from 50 Greek wineries plus Greek appetizers at City Winery.

Funny songs festival

May 19 - 21, 2016

Lower East Side

Hear funny music and witty verses by 75 jokesters and comedians at the NY Funny Songs Fest.

Pop music festival

May 19 - 22, 2016

NYC locations

The upbeat NYC Popfest brings indie-pop bands from around the world to Brooklyn and the Lower East Side.

New-music festival

May 19 - 22, 2016

3 to 10 miles east

Queens New Music Festival features live concerts of music written in the last 50 years at the Secret Theatre (first day at Church-in-the-Gardens).

Parade of dancers

May 21, 2016

2 miles south

Watch colorful dancers perform ballet, break dance, disco, hula, and samba in Dance Parade, which ends at DanceFest in Tompkins Square Park. Free.

Asian burlesque

May 21, 2016

3 miles south

This year’s Asian Burlesque Spectacular features Calamity Chang, Sukki Singapora, and 8 others in glamorous costumes with lavish set pieces at Drom.

Ethnic Festival

May 21, 2016

3.3 miles north

East Harlem’s Ethnic Festival has music, dance, arts and crafts, ethnic food, and children’s activities. Free.

Fitness challenge

May 21, 2016

3.5 miles SW

Hudson River Park Games has a body-busting obstacle course called Fear the Pier at Pier 26 and a Team Pentathlon at Pier 40, both in Hudson River Park.

Jazz gala

May 21, 2016 (7:30 p.m.)

3.6 miles south

Hear famous jazz artists at Made in New York Jazz Gala at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center.

Discount tickets $20.

African jazz

May 21, 2016 (8 p.m.)

4.2 miles north

Hear two works from Grammy-winning composer Arturo O’Farrill that explore the connection between jazz and spiritual traditions at Jazz & Spirit, featuring the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra at the Apollo Theater. Discount tickets $27.

Multicultural festival

May 21, 2016 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

5 miles north

NYC Multicultural Festival promises diverse cultural music, dance, food, fashion, and a kids’ area on St. Nicholas Avenue from 141st to 145th. Free.

Brooklyn wine tasting

May 21, 2016 (2 & 7 p.m.)

10 miles south

Sample 200 wines with hors d’oeuvres at Brooklyn Crush Wine & Artisanal Food Festival at Industry City.

Coupon code “events12” saves 10%.

Pop-culture festival

May 21 - 22, 2016

2.4 miles SW

Attend screenings, discussions, and jams with movie, TV, and music icons at the Vulture Festival, mostly at Milk Studios and run by Vulture, the culture and entertainment brand of New York Magazine.

Craft fair

May 21 - 22, 2016 (not public on May 20)

4.4 miles SE

Shop from 200 artisans, chefs, and vintage vendors at Renegade Craft Fair at Brooklyn Expo Center. Free.


May 21 & 29, 2016 (also April)

7.9 miles north

Cheer on New York City FC as they play Major League Soccer at Yankee Stadium. Discount tickets $29 to $61.

Dog party

May 22, 2016 (2 to 8 p.m.)

1.4 miles NW

Bring your dog to Barkfest to enjoy live music, a DJ, celebrity dogs, interactive games, food trucks, and vendors on Hudson River Park’s Pier 97.

Taiwan festival

May 22, 2016 (12 to 5 p.m.)

1.6 miles south

Enjoy traditional dance, drums, crafts, and foods at Passport to Taiwan in north Union Square Park. Free.

Shakespeare in the Park

May 24 - Aug. 14, 2016 (schedule)

2 miles north

Buy a ticket for Shakespeare in the Park at Delacorte Theater in Central Park, or to get a free ticket, wait in line or join an online lottery.

African festival

May 25 - 30, 2016

7.9 miles south

DanceAfrica celebrates the dance, music, and culture of Senegal with performances, classes, films, a dance party, and a craft & food bazaar at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House.

Wine tasting

May 26, 2016 (6 to 9 p.m.)

6 miles south

Sip award-winning New York state wines and taste fine fare at Brooklyn Uncorked at 26 Bridge Street in Brooklyn.

Festival of the arts

May 27 - 29, 2016

3 miles south

Lower East Side Festival of the Arts [sound] features dance, film, music, poetry, theater, and visual art at the Theater for the New City. Free.

Puerto Rican festival

May 28, 2016 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.0

6.8 miles north

152nd Street Cultural Festival celebrates Puerto Rican culture with live music, dancing, comedy, art and food vendors, celebrity appearances, and a children’s pavilion with storytelling, face painting, and crafts on 152nd Street (Jackson Ave. to Union Ave.). Free.

Stamp show

May 28 - June 4, 2016

1.7 miles SW

Get a free evaluation of your postage-stamp collection, and visit 200 dealers and exhibitors (including the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum) at the World Stamp Show in Javits Center.

Art exhibit

May 28 - June 5, 2016

2 miles south

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit features 120 artists on the sidewalks of University Place, May 28-30 and June 4-5. Repeats in Sept. Free.


May 28 - Sept. 4, 2016

0.5 miles SW

Sean Hayes of “Will & Grace” plays the Almighty in An Act of God, setting the record straight by answering the deepest questions plaguing mankind since Creation at Booth Theatre. Discount tickets $99 to $149.
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