New York City events calendar - April 2017. Best film festivals, fun things to do, weekend shows, discount tickets, theater, art, music, and free 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 downtown New York City, New York.

Pillow fight in the park

April 1, 2017

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.

French film festival

April 1 - 2, 2017 (begins March 27)


Focus on French Cinema has French films and special events with actors and directors in New York and Connecticut.

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 (begins March 30)

1.3 miles west

The Photography Show by AIPAD exhibits museum-quality work from 85 galleries at Pier 94.

Orchid Show - evening

April 1 - 8, 2017 (begins March 4)

12 miles north

Wander through the Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden with a cocktail in hand and romantic music playing on Orchid Evenings for age 21+. 2017 dates: March 4, 11, 18, 25, (31 LGBT); April 1, 7, 8.

Orchid Show

April 1 - 9, 2017 (begins Feb. 18)

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.

Volunteer day

April 2, 2017

0.8 miles south

Connect with 40 organizations that need your help at Good Deeds Day, with live music in Herald Square. Free.

Guitar festival

April 2 - 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

10.2 miles south

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

Italian opera

April 4 & 11, 2017 (also March)

1.1 miles NW

La Traviata is a bittersweet love story by Verdi at the Metropolitan Opera House. Discount tickets $30.

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

0.3 miles south

Celebrate Scotland by watching bagpipers, 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 4 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.

Jazz musical

April 8, 2017 (7 p.m.)

4.5 miles north

Hear rowdy, humorous songs by Fats Waller from the early days of jazz at Ain’t Misbehavin’ at Harlem Repertory Theatre.

Discount tickets $13.

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

1.5 miles SW

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

Arts festival

April 8 - 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.

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 egg hunts

April 15 - 16, 2017

Confirm date, time, and rain policy.

Easter egg scavenger hunt

April 16, 2017


Follow clues around New York City with the help of a smartphone app to find hidden eggs.

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 described in the official street closure as “Easter Sunday Mass” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free.

Easter restaurants

April 16, 2017

NYC locations

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

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.

Tribeca Film Festival

April 19 - 30, 2017

2 miles south

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

Travel festival

April 20 - 23, 2017

7.3 miles south

Hear speakers share travel tips and stories, attend a workshop, and visit exhibitors at New York Travel Festival at St. Francis College in Brooklyn.

Art exposition

April 21 - 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.

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.

Earth Day

April 23, 2017 (12 to 6 p.m.)

NYC locations

Earth Day features a green-vehicle show, exhibits, family activities, music, and entertainment at Union Square. Free.

Memorial run

April 23, 2017

3.5 miles south

The 9/11 Memorial 5K Run/Walk 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.

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.

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.

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.

Wine in the garden

April 29 - 30, 2017 (12 to 5 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. (Buy a $20 garden pass online, and pay $5 in person for a glass.)

Latin American film festival

April 2017 (undated)

NYC locations

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

Festival of colors

April 2017 (undated)

0.7 miles east

Throw brightly colored powder, dance to the music, and buy Indian food to celebrate spring at Holi Hai festival in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza. Buy non-toxic color on site, don’t bring your own. Free entry.

Flower show

April 2017 (undated)

1 mile south

See spectacular arrangements of flowers from around the world and attend scheduled events at Macy’s Flower Show at Macy’s State Street, floor 9. Free.

LGBT book fair

April 2017 (undated)

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.

Nonfiction film festival

April 2017 (undated)

1.2 miles NW

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

Tasting event

April 2017 (undated)

1.2 miles south

Brews, Bites and Wines Charity Tasting promises bites and desserts from local artisan bakers and sweet makers, local craft beers, and wine tasting at Grind on Park Avenue South for age 21+.

Food and wine tasting

April 2017 (undated)

1.3 miles east

Enjoy good food and wine at Global Food and Wine Experience at Espace to support diversity in the hospitality and culinary industries.

Polish film festival

April 2017 (undated)

2.6 miles south

New York Polish Film Festival screens feature films, shorts, and documentaries, which all have English subtitles at Anthology Film Archives.

Wine tasting

April 2017 (undated)

2.7 miles south

Wine on Wheels features 175 wines served by 50 sommeliers with hors d’oeuvres, plus 20-minute wine seminars, and a silent auction at City Winery.

Games festival

April 2017 (undated)

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.

Street games day

April 2017 (undated)

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 Harlem. Free.

Taste of the Nation

April 2017 (undated)

4 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 225 Liberty Street.

Bordeaux wine tasting

April 2017 (undated)

4.4 miles south

Taste fine wine from 22 French wineries and passed hors d’oeuvres at Le Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux at Pier A Harbor House, Battery Park.

Pajama party

April 2017 (undated)

6.6 miles SE

Wear pajamas and slippers to After Brunch Pajama Party, which has 9 independent acts (rock. pop, soul, folk), board games, activities, cupcakes, and blankets at The Paper Box in Brooklyn to support charity.

Festival of colors

April 2017 (undated)

6.9 miles SE

Throw brightly colored cornstarch (one bag included), dance to 10 bands, shop from artists, buy food, and visit the cash bar at Festival of Colors - Holi NYC [sound] at 485 Johnson Avenue in Brooklyn.

Black cinema

April 2017 (undated)

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.

Spring festival

April 2017 (undated)

11 miles east

Arbor Day is April 28, 2017. Celebrate spring at the Arbor Fest with food and craft vendors, a beer tent, petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, music, and composting workshop at Queens Botanical Garden.

Craft beer festival

April 2017 (undated)

28 miles east

Taste two-ounce samples of 100 U.S. craft brews at the Spring Craft Beer Festival at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale for age 21+.

Weird Easter event

April 2017 (undated)

3.2 miles south

Full Bunny Contact is an extreme Easter egg hunt with photo opportunities, a bunny joust with music, and an on-site bar at The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center. Some sessions are labeled “family hours.”

Easter on the farm

April 2017 (undated)

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.

Easter train - Whippany

April 2017 (undated)

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.
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