New York City events April 2018. Things to do in NYC.

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New York City events April 2018

Easter parade

April 1, 2018
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 closures as “Easter Sunday Mass” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free.

New directors film festival

April 1 - 8, 2018
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 - 8, 2018
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. Free.

Orchid Show

April 1 - 22, 2018
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 Mondays except April 2.

Duck tasting

April 4, 2018 (6:30 to 8:30 p.m.)
1.5 miles south
Sample a dozen chef-made duck dishes like Peking duck and duck ragu with locally made beer during Duck Off at the Institute of Culinary Education.

Vegetarian tasting

April 5, 2018 (6 to 9 p.m.)
0.8 miles SE
A ticket to the Chef Showdown includes tasty bites prepared by three local chefs, beer, and wine at FEDCAP Career Design School.

Photography show

April 5 - 8, 2018 (preview April 4)
1.3 miles west
The Photography Show by AIPAD exhibits museum-quality work from 120 galleries at Pier 94.

Robot competition

April 5 - 8, 2018
7.8 miles north
Watch dozens of student teams compete with the robots they built during FIRST Robotics Competition at Armory Track.

Folk music festival

April 6 - 8, 2018
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.

Latin American film festival

April 6 - 17, 2018
NYC locations
Havana Film Festival New York shows 40 full-length feature films, documentaries, shorts, animation, and classics from Latin America with English subtitles.

Evenings at the orchid show

April 6 - 21, 2018
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+. Open March 17, 24, 31; April 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21.

Scottish parade

April 7, 2018 (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.

Pillow fight in the park

April 7, 2018 (3 to 5 p.m.)
2.1 miles south
Pillows 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.

BBQ competition

April 7, 2018 (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.

Comics festival

April 7 - 8, 2018
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.

Children’s Carnival

April 7 - 8 and 14 - 15, 2018
16 miles east
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.

Bloody Mary Festival

April 8, 2018
10.2 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 Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn for age 21+.

Taste of Brooklyn

April 10, 2018 (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.

Guitar festival

April 10 - 15, 2018
18 miles SW
Long Island Guitar Festival offers concerts, competitions, and classes by outstanding guitarists and teachers at Long Island University in Brookville.

Beer party

April 13 - 14, 2018
5.9 miles SE
Beer Mansion promises an “interactive, multi-party celebration of beer, food, and music” in four rooms at Weylin for age 21+.

Wine tasting

April 14, 2018 (1 and 6 p.m.)
4.4 miles SE
Brooklyn Wine Fest includes unlimited tastes of wine from a dozen countries, with live music and food for sale at Brooklyn Expo Center for age 21+. Held in April and October.

Comic Con

April 14 - 15, 2018
1.1 miles SW
Smaller and homier than New York Comic Con held in October, Big Apple Comic Convention includes special guests, panel discussions, seminars, film previews, costumes, cosplay, and vendors at Penn Plaza Pavilion.

Earth Day

April 15, 2018 (12 to 7 p.m.)
1.9 miles south
Earth Day features environmental exhibitors, green businesses, kids’ activities, and live performances at Union Square. Free.

Cherry blossom day

April 15, 2018
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.

Taste of the Nation

April 18, 2018 (7 p.m., VIP 6 p.m.)
4.4 miles SE
Enjoy gourmet food, fine wine and beer, cocktails, local music, chef demonstrations, and a silent auction at NYC’s Taste of the Nation at Brooklyn Expo Center.

Earth Day tour

April 20, 2018
Manhattan locations
A ticket to Earth Day 5K Green Tour gets you a 3-hour group tour of “green” projects around New York City.

Spring beer festival

April 20 - 21, 2018
1.7 miles south
Sample 150 craft beers and buy local restaurant food at NYC Craft Beer Festival at Metropolitan Pavilion.

Art exposition

April 20 - 22, 2018 (trade only April 19)
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.

Tattoo convention

April 20 - 22, 2018
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+.

Beer festival in Jersey City

April 21, 2018 (1 and 6 p.m.)
7 miles SW
A ticket to Jersey City Craft Brew Fest has beer and cider tasting, live music, interactive games, and food for sale at Harborside Plaza in Jersey City, NJ for age 21+. Held in April and November.

Hot sauce festival

April 21 - 22, 2018
4 miles SE
You’ll find hot sauce tastings, food vendors, eating contests, live music, craft beer, cocktails, and awards at the NYC Hot Sauce Expo at Brooklyn Expo Center.

Greek parade

April 22, 2018 (1:30 p.m.)
0.8 miles north
The Greek Independence Day Parade features traditional costumes, music, and lots of blue and white flags on 5th Ave. from 64th to 79th St. Free.

Memorial run

April 22, 2018 (register by April 19)
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.

Beef tasting

April 25, 2018 (6 to 9:30 p.m.)
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+.

Tribeca Film Festival

April 25 - 29, 2018
2 miles south
Tribeca Film Festival is a giant festival offering films, music, and cultural events in Lower Manhattan.

Arts festival

April 25 - May 12, 2018
Lower Manhattan
Downtown Urban Arts Festival (DUAF) showcases urban artists and promotes diversity, featuring music (April 7), creative plays (April 13-28), poetry (May 5), and films (May 8-12).
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Rock out with the symphony

April 26 - 29, 2018
0.5 miles NW
Rocktopia features vocalists, rock musicians, and an orchestra performing a crowd-pleasing mix of Queen, Mozart, Journey, Handel, U2, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Heart, Pink Floyd, and Copland at Broadway Theatre.

Ticket deal $39 to $75

Black cinema

April 26 - 29, 2018
7.8 miles south
See 12 fresh feature films from around the world and 5 short films at New Voices in Black Cinema at BAM Rose Cinemas in Brooklyn.

Nonfiction film festival

April 26 - May 6, 2018
1.2 miles NW
See a diverse collection of boundary-pushing nonfiction films at Art of the Real at Lincoln Center.

Harry Potter parody

April 26 - Nov. 4, 2018
0.6 miles west
Puffs is about the mediocre students of Hogwarts School, lovable underachieving wizards not destined to save the world from evil, at New World Stages.

Ticket deal $27 to $47

Short film festival

April 27, 2018 (6:30 to 9:30 p.m.)
0.4 mile west
See 14 short films at the inexpensive Macoproject Film Festival at The Playroom Theater.

French film festival

April 27 - May 1, 2018
multiple locations
Focus on French Cinema features screenings of French films, receptions, parties, and actor & director Q&As.
  • April 27 to 29 - Greenwich, CT
  • April 30 - Stamford, CT
  • May 1 - Manhattan, NY

Women in song

April 27 - July 4, 2018
0.6 miles west
This One’s for the Girls is a high-energy celebration of women, featuring popular songs like I am Woman, Respect, and I Will Survive at cozy St. Luke’s Theatre.

Ticket deal $34

Jazz cruise

April 27 - Sept. 30, 2018
2.4 miles SW
The Evening Jazz Cruise features jazz performed by a trio, with beverages for sale (one drink included) and two hours of Manhattan views aboard a 1920s-style yacht departing from Pier 62 at Chelsea Piers.

Ticket deal $39 to $64

Live art competition

April 28, 2018 (7 p.m.)
2.5 miles south
Watch 12 artists compete to win your vote as they transform blank canvases into beautiful pieces of original artwork during Art Battle at Le Poisson Rouge. Afterward, you can bid for the art in a silent auction.

Ticket deal $7.50

Wine tasting

April 28, 2018
2.7 miles south
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.

Street games day

April 28, 2018 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
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.

Margarita tasting

April 28, 2018
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.

Festival of colors

April 28, 2018 (1 to 7:30 p.m.)
6.8 miles SE
Throw brightly colored cornstarch, dance to live music, shop from artists, and buy food and drink at Festival of Colors - Holi NYC at 485 Johnson Avenue in Brooklyn for age 18+. Includes color, do not bring your own.

Craft beer festival

April 28, 2018 (1:30 p.m., VIP 12:30)
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+.

Margarita bar crawl

April 28 - 29, 2018 (noon to 10 p.m.)
3.4 miles south
The Margarita March includes eight tequila drinks in different bars. Buy online and check in by 3 p.m.

Japanese festival

April 28 - 29, 2018
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.

New festival in Queens

April 28 - 29, 2018 (noon to 8 p.m.)
10.2 miles east
The World’s Fare has music plus international food & drink for sale “curated by New York City’s leading taste makers” with a focus on equality and cultural diversity at Citi Field.

Ticket deal $29 ($49 with beer)

Gospel concert

April 29, 2018 (6 p.m.)
10 miles north
Texture of a Man features Fred Hammond, Donnie McClurkin, Take 6, James Fortune, and Pastor Charles Jenkins at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts – CUNY.

Ticket deal $33

Spring festival

April 29, 2018
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.

Science magic

April 29 - May 19, 2018 (weekends)
0.4 miles west
A physics demonstrator from Rutgers University performs amazing feats in That Physics Show using cold liquid nitrogen, burning hydrogen, and bright laser lights at The Playroom Theater.

Ticket deal $32