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Taste of Brooklyn

April 1, 2020
CANCELED
10.2 miles south
Sample Brooklyn restaurant and bar offerings with DJ music at A Taste of Fifth in Grand Prospect Hall.

New directors film festival

April 1 - 5, 2020
CANCELED
NYC locations
See films by emerging or not-yet-established international filmmakers at New Directors/New Films at Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art.

Macy’s Flower Show

April 1 - 5, 2020
CANCELED
1 mile south
See spectacular arrangements of flowers from around the world and attend scheduled events at Macy’s Flower Show in the store on Herald Square. The 2020 theme is “under the ocean.” Free.

Guitar festival

April 1 - 5, 2020
CANCELED
18 miles SW
Long Island Guitar Festival offers concerts, competitions, and classes by outstanding guitarists and teachers at Long Island University in Brookville.

Orchid Show

April 1 - 19, 2020
CANCELED
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. Closed on Mondays.

Photography show

April 2 - 5, 2020
CANCELED
1.3 miles west
Paris Photo New York [formerly The Photography Show by AIPAD] exhibits museum-quality work from 120 galleries at Pier 94.

Evenings at the orchid show

April 3 - 18, 2020
CANCELED
12 miles north
Wander through the Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden, buy a cocktail, and hear romantic music playing on Orchid Evenings for age 21+.

Free museum day

April 4, 2020
CANCELED
NYC locations
Get a free ticket that allows two people to visit one of the many museums participating in Museum Day Live.

Scottish parade

April 4, 2020
CANCELED
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.

Wine tasting

April 4, 2020
CANCELED
2.7 miles SW
Wine on Wheels features 200 wines served by 60 sommeliers with hors d’oeuvres, plus 20-minute wine seminars and an auction at City Winery on Pier 57.

BBQ competition

April 4, 2020
CANCELED
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.

Comics festival

April 4 - 5, 2020
CANCELED
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.

Comic Con

April 4 - 5, 2020
CANCELED
3.6 miles south
Smaller and homier than New York Comic Con held in October, Big Apple Comic Con includes special guests, panel discussions, seminars, film previews, costumes, cosplay, and vendors at The New Yorker Hotel.

Robot competition

April 4 - 5, 2020
CANCELED
7.8 miles north
Watch dozens of student teams compete with the robots they built during FIRST Robotics Competition at Armory Track. Free.

Easter train

April 4, 5, 11, 2020
CANCELED
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 admission to the train museum in Whippany, NJ.

Scottish fashion party

April 10, 2020
RESCHEDULED
1.3 miles NE
Dressed to Kilt promises “a night of Scottish and Native American fashion, food, drinks [open bar], and dancing benefitting the Navy Seal Foundation” at Harold Pratt House. Moved from April 10 to November 13.

Auto show

April 10 - 19, 2020
RESCHEDULED
1.5 miles SW
New York International Auto Show is billed as the nation’s first and most attended at Jacob Javits Center. Moved from April to: Aug. 28 - Sept. 6.

Bacon and beer

April 11, 2020
CANCELED
4.4 miles SE
Enjoy craft beer, bacon-inspired tastes from local restaurants, DJ music, dancing, and interactive games at Bacon and Beer Classic at Brooklyn Expo Center.

Easter on the farm

April 11, 2020
CANCELED
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 parade

April 12, 2020
UNCERTAIN
0 miles
Wear an extravagant hat or festive costume and join the people strolling on Fifth Avenue from 47th to 57th Streets in the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival. The city’s department of transportation describes it as Easter Sunday Mass on the street closure map, usually from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free.

Tribeca Film Festival

April 15 - 26, 2020
CANCELED
2 miles south
Tribeca Film Festival is a giant festival offering films, music, and cultural events in Lower Manhattan.

Spring beer festival

April 17 - 18, 2020
CANCELED
5.9 miles SE
Sample 150 craft beers and buy local restaurant food at NYC Craft Beer Festival at Weylin in Williamsburg.

Folk music festival

April 17 - 19, 2020
RESCHEDULED
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. Moved from April to November 6 - 8.

Musical about love in NYC

April 17 - May 31, 2020
0.6 miles west
“With a score that shines and four strong performers each struggling through very different love stories” [Talkin’ Broadway], Love Quirks is about thirty-somethings exploring love, friendship, and the blurry lines in-between at St. Luke’s Theatre.

Goldstar tickets

Street games day

April 18, 2020
CANCELED
4 miles north
Play classic low-tech games like hula hoops, yo-yos, pogo sticks, ultimate disc, and obstacle course during Street Games at Thomas Jefferson Park in East Harlem, subject to weather. Children under age 18 may need a guardian with ID for some activities. Free.

Bloody Mary Festival

April 18, 2020
CANCELED
10.4 miles south
A ticket to The Bloody Mary Festival - New York City includes unlimited tastes of creative bloody marys, a bagel bar, a cheese table, artisan food samples, and live music at Industry City for age 21+.

Hot sauce festival

April 18 - 19, 2020
RESCHEDULED
4 miles SE
You’ll find hot sauce tastings, food vendors, eating contests, live music, craft beer, cocktails, and awards at NYC Hot Sauce Expo at Brooklyn Expo Center. Your children age 10 and younger are free. Moved from April to September 12 & 13.

Children’s Carnival

April 18 - 19 and 25 - 26, 2020
CANCELED
16 miles east
Apple Blossom Children's Carnival has carnival rides, midway games, a petting zoo, pony rides, and food vendors in the apple orchard at Queens County Farm Museum.

People in the street

April 19, 2020
CANCELED
multiple locations
Walk on city streets in seven neighborhoods when cars are banned to celebrate Car Free Earth Day, with entertainment and information booths along the way. Highlights include 30 blocks of Broadway from Times Square to Union Square, and 9 blocks of St. Nicholas Avenue from 181st to 190th Street. Free.

Earth Day celebration

April 19, 2020
(12 to 6:30 p.m.)
1.9 miles south
Earth Day features environmental exhibitors, green businesses, kids’ activities, and live performances at Union Square. Free. This event in 2020 will be virtual over the Internet.

Cherry blossom day

April 19, 2020
CANCELED
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.

Star Wars: The musical

April 19 & 26, 2020
(7:30 p.m.)
0.7 miles west
Created by “a couple of Star Wars nerds,” A Musical about Star Wars is “the ultimate tribute to the fandom, the legacy, and the galaxy of the greatest story ever told” at St. Luke’s Theatre.

Goldstar tickets

Beef tasting

April 22, 2020
RESCHEDULED
5.7 miles SE
A ticket to Brisket King of NYC includes tastes of beef brisket cooked by 20 competing chefs, beer, wine, and spirits in Williamsburg for age 21+. Moved from April 22 to June 3.

Interested in technology?

April 23, 2020
RESCHEDULED
1.5 miles SW
TechDay is a giant science fair with 400 exhibitors, including innovative startups at the Javits Center. Free. Moved from April 23 to October 23.

Art exposition

April 23 - 26, 2020
RESCHEDULED
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 92/94. Moved from April to October 1 - 4.

French film festival

April 24 - 28, 2020
RESCHEDULED
multiple locations
Focus on French Cinema features screenings of French films with English subtitles in two locations. Moved from April to October 2 - 6.
  • Greenwich, CT
  • New York, NY

Margarita bar crawl

April 25, 2020
RESCHEDULED
3.4 miles south
The Margarita March includes eight tequila drinks in Manhattan bars. Buy online and check in by 3 p.m. Moved from April 25 to August 29.

Wine tasting

April 25, 2020
CANCELED
6.6 miles SW
Taste wine from nine countries at Jersey City Wine Fest, with live music, food vendors, and interactive games at Harborside Plaza for age 21+. Held in April and November.

Craft beer festival

April 25, 2020
CANCELED
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+.

Japanese festival

April 25 - 26, 2020
CANCELED
7.5 miles SE
Sakura Matsuri features 200 blossoming cherry trees and dozens of events and performances celebrating Japanese culture at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Memorial run

April 26, 2020
CANCELED
4 miles south
The 9/11 Memorial 5K Run/Walk at 250 Vesey Street 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 12:30 p.m.

Spring festival

April 26, 2020
CANCELED
11 miles east
Celebrate spring at Arbor Fest with live music, a beer & wine garden, food and craft vendors, face painting, puppet shows, and a petting zoo at Queens Botanical Garden.

Latin American film festival

April 28 - May 5, 2020
CANCELED
NYC locations
Havana Film Festival New York shows 35 full-length feature films, documentaries, shorts, animation, and classics from Latin America with English subtitles.

New art fair

April 30 - May 3, 2020
CANCELED
4.4 miles SE
Based in London, The Other Art Fair “leads the way in uncovering and nurturing new and innovative creative talent” exhibiting works by 130 emerging artists at the Brooklyn Expo Center. Held in April & November.

Nonfiction film festival

April 30 - May 9, 2020
CANCELED
1.2 miles NW
See a diverse collection of boundary-pushing nonfiction films at Art of the Real at Lincoln Center.

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