New York City events calendar - April 2017. Best film festivals, fun things to do, weekend shows, discount tickets, theater, Easter parade, egg hunts, 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.

Distance is from Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan.

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Craft beer festival

April 1, 2017

18.4 miles east

Taste two-ounce samples of 150 U.S. craft brews at the Spring Craft Beer Festival at Belmont Racetrack in Elmont for age 21+.

French film festival

April 1 - 2, 2017 (begins March 27)

multiple locations

Focus on French Cinema features screenings of French films, receptions, parties, and actor & director Q&As.
  • March 27 - Stamford, CT
  • March 28 to 30 - Manhattan, NY
  • March 31 to April 2 - Greenwich, CT

Comics festival

April 1 - 2, 2017

1.2 miles west

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 Metropolitan West.

Photography show

April 1 - 2, 2017

1.3 miles west

The Photography Show by AIPAD exhibits museum-quality work from 115 galleries at Pier 94.

Tattoo convention

April 1 - 2, 2017

11.8 miles SE

No Limits Tattoo Expo promises live entertainment, live music, live tattooing, and 30 vendors at Resorts World Casino in Jamaica for age 18+.

Latin American film festival

April 1 - 7, 2017

NYC locations

Havana Film Festival New York shows 40 full-length feature films, documentaries, shorts, animation, and classics from Latin America with English subtitles.

Flower show

April 1 - 9, 2017

1 mile south

See spectacular arrangements of flowers from around the world and attend scheduled events at Macy’s Flower Show on Herald Square.

Orchid Show

April 1 - 9, 2017

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.

Children’s Carnival

April 1 - 2 and 8 - 9, 2017

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.

Guitar festival

April 1 - 9, 2017

18 miles SW

Long Island Guitar Festival offers concerts, master classes, and workshops by outstanding guitarists and teachers at Long Island University in Brookville.

Taste of Brooklyn

April 4, 2017 (6:30 to 9:30 p.m.)

10.2 miles south

Sample Brooklyn restaurant and bar offerings with DJ music at A Taste of Fifth in Grand Prospect Hall.

French classical concert

April 5, 2017 (7 p.m., doors 6 p.m.)

2.5 miles south

Join the French Embassy in celebrating 100 years since America entered World War I with an all-ages concert by NoMad Ensemble at Le Poisson Rouge. Free.

Science fiction convention

April 7 - 9, 2017

26 miles north

Lunacon is a science-fiction and fantasy convention that includes discussions, author readings, writing workshops, a costume contest, an art show, and vendors at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown.

Scottish parade

April 8, 2017 (2 p.m.)

0.3 miles south

Celebrate Scotland by watching bagpipers, dogs, men in kilts, and women in plaid marching up Sixth Avenue from 45th to 55th in the New York Tartan Day Parade. Free.

Easter eggs of the Ukraine

April 8, 2017 (1 to 5 p.m.)

2.4 miles south

See artists make beautiful Ukrainian pysanky (eggs) using wax-resist batik, watch an excellent 14-minute film about pysanky, and visit the exhibition of pysanky at the Ukrainian Museum. Best to arrive by 4 p.m.

Wine tasting

April 8, 2017 (12 and 5:30 p.m.)

4.4 miles SE

Brooklyn Wine Fest includes tastes of wine from nine countries, plus food for sale and live music at Brooklyn Expo Center for age 21+.

Soccer & beer

April 8, 2017 (9 p.m.)

5 miles SE

Join soccer fans at Kicking + Screening Spring Social for an open beer bar and soccer films on a big screen at Brooklyn Brewery to support charity.

BBQ competition

April 8, 2017 (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.

Robot competition

April 8 - 9, 2017 (practices on April 7)

1.5 miles SW

Watch a tournament of 48 teams at FIRST Robotics Competition at The Armory on Fort Washington Ave. Free.

Easter train - Whippany

April 8, 9, 15, 2017

30 miles west

A ticket to Easter Bunny Express includes a 10-mile roundtrip train ride as the big bunny greets kids and the crew hands out treats, plus a visit to the train museum in Whippany, NJ.

Art & science for adults

April 13, 2017 (7:30 to 9 p.m.)

2.5 miles SW

Relive your childhood as you explore the wonders of art and science at ARTech, with light bites and refreshments at 459 W 14th Street. Tickets online.

Auto show

April 14 - 23, 2017

1.5 miles SW

New York International Auto Show is billed as the nation’s first and most attended at Jacob Javits Center.

Easter on the farm

April 15, 2017 (SOLD OUT)

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 Egg Hunt at Queens County Farm Museum. You must buy a ticket online and bring a basket.

Easter egg scavenger hunt

April 16, 2017 (1:30 p.m.)


Follow clues around New York City with the help of a smartphone app to find hidden eggs on The Amazing Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt starting at Slattery’s Pub.

Easter parade

April 16, 2017

0 miles

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. It is usually described in the official street closure as “Easter Sunday Mass” from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free.

Easter restaurants

April 16, 2017

NYC locations

OpenTable lists restaurants offering special menus for Easter. For additional recommendations, see:

Easter dining cruise

April 16, 2017

NYC locations

Take an Easter brunch or dinner cruise with views.

Earth Day

April 18, 2017 (12 to 7 p.m.)

NYC locations

Earth Day features environmental exhibitors, green businesses, kids' activities, and live performances at Union Square. Free.

Interested in technology?

April 18, 2017

1.3 miles NW

TechDay is a giant science fair with 400 exhibitors, including innovative startups at Pier 94. Free.

Fake wedding

April 19, 2017 (7 p.m.)

1.3 miles south

Attend an emotional wedding ceremony, eat a light dinner, and dance at a reception to check out the wedding vendors in action at The Big Fake Wedding NYC at Midtown Loft & Terrace. No gifts required!

Beef tasting

April 19, 2017 (6 to 9:30 p.m.)

7.8 miles south

A ticket to Brisket King includes tastes of beef brisket cooked by a dozen competing chefs, beer, wine, and spirits at 1 University Plaza in Brooklyn for age 21+.

Travel festival

April 20 - 23, 2017

7.3 miles south

Hear speakers share travel tips and stories, attend a workshop, and visit exhibitors at the New York Travel Festival in multiple Manhattan locations.

Free Summer Movies

April 21, 2017 (and May to Sept.)

NYC locations

Free Summer Movies are shown evenings at parks in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.
  • April 21 (7 p.m.) - The Secret Life of Pets

Environmental rally

April 21, 2017 (7 p.m., doors open 6:15)

2.3 miles south

Earth2Trump is an evening of music by a singer-songwriter and a hip-hop artist, plus speeches by environmental activists in The Great Hall at Cooper Union. Free.

Beer festival

April 21 - 22, 2017

6.7 miles SE

Beer Mansion promises “an immersive room-by-room journey through the world of beer, complete with food, live music, games, prizes, and a handful of surprises” for age 21+ in Brooklyn. Beer & small bites included.

Beer tasting

April 22, 2017 (12 and 5:30 p.m.)

2.1 miles SW

Big Apple Brew Fest promises unlimited samples of 150 styles of craft beer with live entertainment and food for sale at 269 11th Avenue for age 21+.

Hot sauce festival

April 22 - 23, 2017

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.

Memorial run

April 23, 2017 (8 a.m.)

3.5 miles south

The 9/11 Memorial 5K Run/Walk [sound] 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 until 2 p.m.

Cherry blossom day

April 23, 2017

16 miles west

Bloomfest 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.

Art exposition

April 24, 2017

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. Discount tickets $6 (Monday only).

Taste of the Nation

April 24, 2017

4.2 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 180 Maiden Lane.

Champagne Sunset Cruise

April 24 - 26, 2017

2.4 miles SW

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

Charming musical

April 24 - 30, 2017

0.4 miles west

The Fantasticks is a funny and romantic musical entertaining audiences for years, in intimate Anne Bernstein Theater. Discount tickets $38.

Tribeca Film Festival

April 24 - 30, 2017

2 miles south

Tribeca Film Festival is a giant festival offering films, music, and cultural events in Lower Manhattan.


April 24 - Aug. 31, 2017

multiple locations

These discount ticket prices include all taxes and fees.

Blue Man show

April 25 - 30, 2017

2.3 miles south

Blue Man Group puts on a colorful show that combines comedy, theater, music, and special effects for all ages at Astor Place Theatre. Discount tickets $55.

Nonfiction film festival

April 25 - May 2, 2017

1.2 miles NW

See a diverse collection of boundary-pushing nonfiction films at Art of the Real at Lincoln Center.

Star-studded dramatic comedy

April 25 - July 16, 2017

0.5 miles west

Six Degrees of Separation is a fast-paced story about how the threads of chance link one person to another, at Barrymore Theatre. Discount tickets $49 to $69.

Black cinema

April 26 - 30, 2017

7.8 miles south

See 11 fresh feature films from around the world and 14 short films at New Voices in Black Cinema at BAM Rose Cinemas in Brooklyn.

Video-game expo

April 27, 2017 (6 & 7:30 p.m.)

0.9 miles SW

Join 800 players at NYC Game Expo trying out the latest games from hundreds of developers at Microsoft Technology Center, followed by a 9 p.m. after party at Iron Bar. Discount tickets $5.


April 27, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)

1.1 miles NW

The Metropolitan Opera sets Verdi’s classic opera Rigoletto in decadent 1960s Las Vegas. It’s sung in Italian with subtitles at the Metropolitan Opera House. Discount tickets $72 to $81.

Arts festival

April 27 - May 20, 2017

Lower Manhattan

See creative plays, films, and more at the Downtown Urban Arts Festival (DUAF), which showcases urban artists and promotes diversity.

James Cagney musical

April 27 - May 28, 2017

1 mile west

Cagney is about the energetic New York actor, singer, and tap dancer famous for his “tough guy” roles in films, at The Westside Theatre. Discount tickets $45 to $49.

Cocktail show

April 27 - June 30, 2017

0.6 miles west

A ticket to The Imbible includes 3 craft cocktails plus a comic romp through the history of spirits and cocktails at New World Stages. Discount tickets $39 to $49.

Cider and Ale Tasting

April 28, 2017 (6:30 to 8:30 p.m.)

1.4 miles NE

Enjoy a casual Cider and Ale Tasting in the garden of the historic Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden for age 21+, with after-hours tours of the museum.


April 28 - 29, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)

3.9 miles south

Uptown/Downtown Dance features the New York Theatre Ballet performing multiple works at Schimmel Center at Pace University. Discount tickets $15.

Folk music festival

April 28 - 30, 2017

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, a family-friendly square dance, and a banjo tossing contest at St. Ann’s Church. Discount tickets $13 (Sunday only).

Agatha Christie whodunit

April 28 & 30, 2017

6.2 miles NW

And Then There Were None is a murder-mystery play about eight strangers on a deserted island by best-selling writer Agatha Christie at Players Theatre. Discount tickets $62.

Harry Potter parody

April 28 - May 27, 2017

0.7 miles SW

Puffs is all about the mediocre students of Hogwarts School, lovable underachieving wizards not destined to save the world from the forces of evil, at Elektra Theatre. Discount tickets $31.

Drama: Twelve Angry Women

April 28 - June 18, 2017

0.8 miles SW

Twelve Angry Women is based on the courtroom drama “Twelve Angry Men” but has an all-female jury at Times Square Arts Center. Discount tickets $10.


April 29, 2017 (7 p.m.)

0.7 miles SW

Talented magician Miles Thorn performs astonishing illusions and incredible feats of juggling at Elektra Theatre. Discount tickets $19 to $36.

LGBT book fair

April 29, 2017 (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.

Wine tasting

April 29, 2017 (1 p.m.)

2.7 miles south

Wine on Wheels features 200 wines served by 60 sommeliers with hors d’oeuvres, plus 20-minute wine seminars, and a silent auction at City Winery.

Street games day

April 29, 2017 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

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 East Harlem. Free.

Margarita tasting

April 29, 2017

4.5 miles SE

Taste the creations of mixologists from 15 restaurants and bars, and then vote for your favorite at Margarita Rumble, with live music and food for sale at Dobbin St in Brooklyn.

Motocross racing

April 29, 2017 (4:30 p.m.)

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.

Anime convention

April 29 - 30, 2017

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.

Cherry blossom festival

April 29 - 30, 2017

7.5 miles SE

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

Bacon and beer

April 29 - 30, 2017

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 $65 to $130.

Wine in the garden

April 29 - 30, 2017 (12 to 4 p.m.)

12 miles north

Sample wine from nine New York vintners and tour the gardens during Daffodil Celebration and Wine Weekend at New York Botanical Garden.

Discount tickets $32.

Science magic

April 29 - May 28, 2017 (weekends)

0.7 miles SW

A physics demonstrator from Rutgers University performs amazing feats in That Physics Show using cold liquid nitrogen, burning hydrogen, and bright laser lights at Elektra Theatre. Discount tickets $32.

Classic soul & Motown revue

April 29 - July 29, 2017

0.7 miles SW

A Decade of Soul features R&B music of the classic soul era performed live on stage at B.B. King Blues Club ($10 minimum food/drink at tables). Discount tickets $10.

Jazz cruise

April 30, 2017 (8 p.m.)

2.4 miles SW

Enjoy skyline views, live jazz, and a complimentary drink on the Evening Jazz Cruise Aboard Manhattan on a decorated 1920s-style yacht that leaves Chelsea Piers (Pier 62). Discount tickets $39.

Spring festival

April 30, 2017

11 miles east

Celebrate spring at Arbor Fest with live music, a beer tent, food and craft vendors, face painting, puppet shows, and a petting zoo at Queens Botanical Garden.
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