New York City events calendar for May 2014. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities, and free entertainment in NYC, New York.

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May 2014

Enjoy the best New York City events, festivals, and things to do in May 2014 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.

Inspirational authors

May 1 - 4, 2014 (begins April 28)

NYC locations

Attend readings, lectures, and workshops with authors embracing bravery in art, politics, and personal life at PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature.

Bicycle expo

May 2 - 3, 2014

3 miles south

Visit 90 bicycle and accessory exhibitors, and attend biking presentations and classes at Bike Expo New York at Basketball City (Pier 36). Free.

Long Island Marathon

May 2 - 4, 2014

27 miles east

Long Island Marathon Weekend features a marathon, half marathon, 5K, 10K, 1-mile run and kids’ fun run.

Creative film festival

May 2 - 8, 2014

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 the Lincoln Center.

Hoboken festival

May 4, 2014

4.7 miles SW

Spring Arts & Music Festival features 300 artists, sculptors, photographers, and crafters, as well as rides, games, entertainment and food vendors. Free.

Bike tour

May 4, 2014 (sold out)

5 miles south

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

Dutch Festival

May 4, 2014

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.

Jazz festival

May 4 - 10, 2014

4 miles north

Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival features new and established artists in historic Harlem venues.

Student monologue contest

May 5, 2014

0.5 miles east

Watch the best high-school students from six cities perform monologues from August Wilson’s Century Cycle to win the August Wilson Monologue Competition at August Wilson Theatre. Free.

African film festival

May 7 - 26, 2014

NYC locations

The New York African Film Festival is held May 7 to 13 at Lincoln Center, May 15 to 18 at Maysles Cinema Institute, and May 23 to 26 at BAM Rose Cinemas.

Bronx Week

May 8 - 18, 2014

6 miles north

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

Design celebration

May 8 - 20, 2014

NYC locations

NYCxDesign includes hundreds of exhibitions, installations, trade shows, talks, launches, and open studios that deal with graphic design, architecture, urban design, fashion design, and product design.

Arts festival in Brooklyn

May 8 - July 26, 2014

8 miles south

Celebrate Brooklyn! is a performing arts festival of music (sometimes combined with film), theater, and dance at Prospect Park Bandshell in Brooklyn. Free.

Cajun, Creole, zydeco festival

May 9 - 11, 2014

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.

Art fair on Randall’s Island

May 9 - 12, 2014

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.

Cocktail festival

May 9 - 13, 2014

NYC locations

Manhattan Cocktail Classic offers nearly 100 events, including a black-tie opening-night gala, tastings, parties, pairings, seminars, and a trade conference.

Film festival

May 10, 2014

NYC locations

NYLA International Film Festival shows work by independent filmmakers and provides networking opportunities at Producers Club & Millennium Theater.

Kite making

May 10, 2014

4.2 miles NE

Sign up for a workshop to build and decorate a paper kite and fly it, and then watch a kite battle at 3 p.m. during Kite Flite at Socrates Sculpture Park. Free.
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Gospel festival

May 10, 2014

13 miles SW

Gospelfest is a talent competition that also features top gospel singers at the Prudential Center in Newark.

Run from zombies

May 10, 2014

14 miles SE

Run three miles and overcome eight insane obstacles as 700 zombies try to steal the life belts around your waist at The Zombie Run, or be a zombie in Brooklyn.

Beer festival

May 10, 2014

32 miles SW

Taste the offerings of 30 brewers with food and music at Garden State Brewfest in Berkeley Heights, NJ.

Food enthusiasts’ convention

May 10 - 11, 2014

2 miles south

Edible Institute features talks and panels by farmers, chefs, journalists, and food & drink enthusiasts, plus networking, tastings, and a gala at The New School.

Japanese festival

May 11, 2014

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.

Comedy festival

May 14 - 18, 2014

multiple comedy clubs

Laughing Devil Comedy Festival has a star-studded kick off and 60 comedians in many rounds.

Soho film festival

May 15 - 22, 2014

2.8 miles south

See great films from around the world at the Soho International Film Festival in Sunshine Cinema.

Fishing tournament

May 16, 2014 (9 a.m.)

2.5 miles SW

Register to win prizes for catching striped bass, bluefish, and weakfish from boats at FCA Manhattan Cup, an inshore catch-and-release tournament that ends with awards and a party, at Chelsea Piers.

Ukrainian Festival

May 16 - 18, 2014

2.5 miles south

Enjoy Ukrainian food, music, dance, and artwork at the Ukrainian Festival at St. George Ukrainian Catholic Church on East 7th Street.

New-music festival

May 16 - 18, 2014

3 miles east

Queens New Music Festival is eight live concerts of music written within 50 years at the Secret Theatre.

Steampunk festival

May 16 - 18, 2014

42 miles SW

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

Urban scavenger hunt

May 17, 2014

1.7 miles south

Your team of 2 to 4 people will solve clues, tackle challenges, and race for cash prizes in the Great Urban Race beginning at Heartland Brewery on 5th.

Parade of dancers

May 17, 2014

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.

Ethnic Festival

May 17, 2014

3.3 miles north

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

International food fest

May 17 - 18, 2014

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. Free entry.

Contemporary design fair

May 17 - 20, 2014

1.5 miles SW

The International Contemporary Furniture Fair is a showcase for 500 exhibitors that opens to the public on the last day in Jacob Javits Convention Center.

Waterfront celebration

May 18, 2014

17 miles south

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

African festival

May 18 - 26, 2014

6 miles south

DanceAfrica celebrates African dance, music, and culture with performances, classes, films, a dance party, and a craft and food bazaar in Brooklyn.

Internet conference

May 19 - 24, 2014

1.7 miles south

Internet Week includes 250 talks, interviews, panels, and discussions with celebrities, business executives, founders of New-York-based startups, and leaders in the tech space at the Metropolitan Pavilion.

Chocolate lecture & tasting

May 21, 2014 (6:30 p.m.)

2.5 miles south

America’s Romance with Chocolate is an illustrated lecture about the history of chocolate plus a chocolate tasting with wine at the Merchant’s House Museum.

Festival of the arts

May 23 - 25, 2014

3 miles south

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

Hudson River swim

May 24, 2014

3 miles south

Watch 100 registrants start at Pier 45 on a 1.3-mile swim down river at the Great Hudson River Swim.

Asian/Islander festival

May 24, 2014

53 miles east

The Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration has music, dance, martial arts, crafts, and food in Centereach, Long Island. Free.

Dance-music concert

May 24 - 25, 2014

9 miles NW

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

Wine tasting & comedy

May 28, 2014

2.8 miles south

Taste wine, eat light fare, and laugh out loud when the Stand-Up Sommelier tells jokes about the wine industry at Something to Wine About at City Winery.

Book expo

May 28 - 31, 2014

1.5 miles SW

Book Expo America includes 1000 exhibitors, author lectures and autographing events, and publishing-industry sessions at Jacob Javits Convention Center. (Most of the exhibit hall is closed the first day.)

Science festival

May 28 - June 1, 2014

NYC locations

Attend 50 world-class lectures, films, and events on science and innovation at World Science Festival.

Comedy music festival

May 29 - 31, 2014

Lower East Side

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

Pop music festival

May 29 - June 1, 2014

NYC locations

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

Greek festival

May 29 - June 1, 2014

26 miles SW

Enjoy Greek music, dancing, cooking demonstrations, kids’ activities, and delicious food at NJ Greek Fest at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Westfield, NJ.

Film festival

May 29 - June 5, 2014

NYC locations

Choose from a wide variety of films from around the world at the New York City International Film Festival (NYCIFF), which includes an opening night gala, after parties, and an awards banquet on the last night.

Brooklyn Film Festival

May 30 - June 8, 2014

NYC locations

See more than 100 films made by independent filmmakers in 20 countries during Brooklyn Film Festival at indieScreen and Windmill Studios.

Kids’ film festival

May 31, 2014

5 miles south

Enjoy children’s films followed by a filmmaker’s workshop at kidsfilmfest at indieScreen in Brooklyn.

Pet expo

May 31, 2014

27 miles east

Bring your pet (see rules) to New York Pet Expo, which offers vendors, vaccinations, entertainment, and adoptions at Nassau Coliseum on Long Island. Free except parking.
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May 2014 calendar of events in New York City. What to do in downtown New York City today, this weekend, this month. Special events, festivals, things to do in NYC.