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.

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

Romeo & Juliet ballet

April 1 - 2, 2017 (begins March 29)

1.1 miles NW

Joffrey Ballet presents a bold contemporary version of Romeo & Juliet, the timeless story of star-crossed lovers in Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater. Discount tickets $30 to $155.

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 115 galleries at Pier 94.

Young dancers

April 1 - 2, 2017 (begins March 29)

2.2 miles south

Described as “indefatigable, virtuosic, and relentlessly sexy” by the Los Angeles Times, Ailey II Dance Company performs exhilarating new works at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. (March 30 & April 1 are not new.) Discount tickets $32 to $48.

Tattoo convention

April 1 - 2, 2017 (begins March 31)

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 (begins March 30)

NYC locations

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

Orchid Show - evening

April 1 - 8, 2017 (begins March 4)

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 4, 11, 18, 25, (31 LGBT); April 1, 7, 8. Discount tickets $29.

Flower show

April 1 - 9, 2017 (begins March 26)

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 (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.

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.

Wizard of Oz

April 1 & 15, 2017 (3 p.m.)

4.5 miles north

The Wizard of Oz is a one-hour version featuring Dorothy, Toto, the scarecrow, the lion, and the tin man at Harlem Repertory Theatre. Discount tickets $5 to $10.

Mermaid musical

April 1 - 23, 2017

6.2 miles NW

Based on the book by Hans Christian Anderson, The Little Mermaid is about King Triton’s daughter Ariel, who longs to be human, at Players Theatre. Arrive an hour early for a family craft workshop. Discount tickets $20 to $52.


April 1 - 29, 2017 (also March)

0.8 miles west

Birdland showcases jazz orchestras, vocalists, and virtuosos every night on West 44th Street, with a $20 food or drink minimum. Discount tickets $15 to $20.

Blue Man show

April 1 - 30, 2017 (also March)

2.3 miles south

Blue Man Group puts on an exciting show that combines comedy, theater, music, and special effects at Astor Place Theatre. Discount tickets $55.

Science magic

April 1 - 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.

James Cagney musical

April 1 - May 28, 2017 (also March)

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.


April 1 - May 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.

Classic soul & motown revue

April 1 - June 25, 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). Discount tickets $5 to $12.


April 1 - Aug. 31, 2017

multiple locations

These discount ticket prices include all taxes and fees.

Award-winning comedy

April 1 - Sept. 3, 2017 (also March)

0.5 mile SW

Actors fail miserably when they stage a 1920s murder mystery in The Play that Goes Wrong, starring the original British cast at Lyceum Theatre. Discount tickets $30 to $119.

Champagne Sunset Cruise

April 1 - Sept. 30, 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 $40.

Musical: “Groundhog Day”

April 1 - Dec. 30, 2017

0.4 miles NW

Based on the film starring Bill Murray, Groundhog Day is about a big-city weatherman stuck in a small town and mysteriously reliving the same day over and over again, which gives him extra chances to find love, at August Wilson Theatre. Discount tickets $70 to $100.

Family basketball show

April 2, 2017 (noon)

1.2 miles south

Watch the Harlem Globetrotters demonstrate ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, and comedy at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Discount tickets $35 to $58.

Dinner cruise

April 2 - 27, 2017 (7 p.m.)

2.4 miles SW

Enjoy a buffet dinner with 2.5 hours of views on the New York Dinner Cruise by Spirit Cruises, plus a dance with a DJ, leaving Pier 61. Discount tickets $80 - $84.

Jazz brunch on a yacht

April 2 - 30, 2017 (12:30 p.m. Sundays)

3 miles south

Jazzy Champagne Brunch Cruise includes a brunch buffet, a chocolate fountain, unlimited mimosas, a live jazz ensemble, and 2 hours of views on a Hornblower Yacht, leaving Pier 40. Discount tickets $65, child $35.

Jazz Cruise

April 2 - Sept. 29, 2017 (7:15 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.

Magic show

April 3, 10, 17, 2017 (8 p.m.)

2.4 miles south

Monday Night Magic stars five professional magicians performing card tricks and feats of wonder with humor at Players Theatre. Discount tickets $23 to $40.

Kevin Kline in comic play

April 3 - July 2, 2017 (also March)

0.7 miles SW

Noël Coward’s semi-autobiographical comedy Present Laughter follows a self-obsessed actor in the midst of a mid-life crisis indulging in life’s excesses at St. James Theatre. Discount tickets $69 to $99.

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.

Italian opera

April 4 & 11, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)

1.1 miles NW

La Traviata is a bittersweet love story by Verdi at the Metropolitan Opera House. Discount tickets $72 - $98.

Wacky sci-fi show

April 6 - 21, 2017 (8 p.m.)

3.4 miles south

Male astronauts land on a planet of warrior women who’ve never seen men in Wild Women of Planet Wongo, an immersive night of dance, drinks, and laughter at the Parkside Lounge. Discount tickets $23.

Sensual Tango show

April 7, 2017 (8 p.m.)

20.3 miles south

Tango Lovers features elegant and exciting dance and music by South American performers at Master Theater in Brooklyn. Discount tickets $27 to $38.

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. They suggest you arrive by 4 p.m. because they close at 5 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+. Discount tickets $54.

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 to $25.

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.

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.

Multicultural comedy

April 11, 2017 (8:30 p.m.)

6 miles SE

The Most Races Show on Earth “is a stand-up comedy show that finds and features the best multicultural comedians in North America” at the Knitting Factory.

Songs of Whitney & Beyoncé

April 12 & 24, 2017

0.8 miles SW

Hear the famous Harlem Gospel Choir sing songs by Whitney Houston and Beyoncé for an evening at B.B. King Blues Club. Discount tickets $8 to $25

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.

Agatha Christie whodunit

April 14 - 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 $26 to $62.

Easter on the farm

April 15, 2017 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

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 hunts

April 15 - 16, 2017

Confirm date, time, and rain policy.

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 4 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+.


April 19 & 27, 2017

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 $30 to $98.

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 the New York Travel Festival in multiple Manhattan locations.

Nonfiction film festival

April 20 - May 2, 2017

1.2 miles NW

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

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.

Discount tickets $5 to $65.

Art exposition

April 22 - 24, 2017 (preview April 21)

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.

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.

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.

Opera by Mozart

April 26, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)

1.1 miles NW

Don Giovanni is a seduction artist who ends up paying for his immorality in this Italian opera with subtitles at Metropolitan Opera House. Discount tickets $72.

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.

Drama: Twelve Angry Women

April 28 - May 7, 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.

Sailboat ride on Clipper City

April 28 - Oct. 9, 2017

4.5 miles south

Tour New York City Harbor aboard the majestic Clipper City tall ship, departing from Battery Park.

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

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 Harlem. Free.

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 $120.

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. (Buy a $20 garden pass online, and pay $5 in person for a glass.)

Spring festival

April 30, 2017

11 miles east

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.

Brunch on a sailboat

April 30 - Oct. 8, 2017

4.1 miles south

Enjoy skyline views on a two-hour Champagne Brunch Sail Aboard the Shearwater classic schooner, leaving North Cove Marina. No heels. Discount tickets $69.
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