New York City events April 2018
April 1, 2018
0 milesWear 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.
April 1, 2018
NYC locationsOpenTable lists restaurants offering special menus for Easter. For additional recommendations, see:
Easter dining cruise
April 1, 2018
NYC locationsTake an Easter brunch or dinner cruise with views.
LGBT film festival
April 1, 2018
Brooklyn locationsNew York Queer Experimental Film Festival (MIX NYC) includes films, performance art, and installations.
Easter egg hunts
April 1 - 2, 2018
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New directors film festival
April 1 - 8, 2018
NYC locationsSee 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 southSee spectacular arrangements of flowers from around the world and attend scheduled events at Macy’s Flower Show in the store on Herald Square. Free.
April 1 - 8, 2018
1.5 miles SWNew York International Auto Show is billed as the nation’s first and most attended at Jacob Javits Center.
April 1 - 22, 2018
12 miles northThe 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.
April 4, 2018 (6:30 to 8:30 p.m.)
1.5 miles southSample 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.
April 5, 2018 (6 to 9 p.m.)
0.8 miles SEA ticket to the Chef Showdown includes tasty bites prepared by three local chefs, beer, and wine at FEDCAP Career Design School.
April 5 - 8, 2018 (preview April 4)
1.3 miles westThe Photography Show by AIPAD exhibits museum-quality work from 120 galleries at Pier 94.
April 5 - 8, 2018
7.8 miles northWatch 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 southHear 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 locationsHavana 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 northWander 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.
April 7, 2018 (2 p.m.)
0.3 miles southCelebrate 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 southPillows 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.
April 7, 2018 (12 to 4 p.m.)
17 miles south via ferrySample barbecue from the contestants and hear live entertainment at the New York City BBQ Cookoff at Historic Richmond Town on Staten Island.
April 7 - 8, 2018
1.2 miles westThe 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.
April 7 - 8 and 14 - 15, 2018
16 miles eastChildren’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 southA 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 southSample Brooklyn restaurant and bar offerings with DJ music at A Taste of Fifth in Grand Prospect Hall.
April 10 - 15, 2018
18 miles SWLong Island Guitar Festival offers concerts, competitions, and classes by outstanding guitarists and teachers at Long Island University in Brookville.
April 13 - 14, 2018
5.9 miles SEBeer Mansion promises an “interactive, multi-party celebration of beer, food, and music” in four rooms at Weylin for age 21+.
April 14, 2018 (1 and 6 p.m.)
4.4 miles SEBrooklyn 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.
April 14 - 15, 2018
1.1 miles SWSmaller 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.
April 15, 2018 (12 to 7 p.m.)
1.9 miles southEarth Day features environmental exhibitors, green businesses, kids’ activities, and live performances at Union Square. Free.
Cherry blossom day
April 15, 2018
16 miles westBloomfest 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.
April 16 - 22, 2018
NYC locationsAttend readings, discussions, and workshops with writers addressing contemporary cultural and political issues in other countries at PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature.
Taste of the Nation
April 18, 2018 (7 p.m., VIP 6 p.m.)
4.4 miles SEEnjoy 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 locationsA 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 southSample 150 craft beers and buy local restaurant food at NYC Craft Beer Festival at Metropolitan Pavilion.
April 20 - 22, 2018 (trade only April 19)
1.3 miles westBilled 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.
April 20 - 22, 2018
11.8 miles SENo 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 SWA 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 SEYou’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.
April 22, 2018 (1:30 p.m.)
0.8 miles northThe Greek Independence Day Parade features traditional costumes, music, and lots of blue and white flags on 5th Ave. from 64th to 79th St. Free.
April 22, 2018 (register by April 19)
4 miles southThe 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.
April 25, 2018 (6 to 9:30 p.m.)
5.7 miles SEA 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 southTribeca Film Festival is a giant festival offering films, music, and cultural events in Lower Manhattan.
April 25 - May 12, 2018
Lower ManhattanDowntown 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).
April 25 - June 30, 2018
multiple locationsThese discount prices include all taxes and fees.
Rock out with the symphony
April 26 - 29, 2018
0.5 miles NWRocktopia 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.
April 26 - 29, 2018
7.8 miles southSee 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 NWSee a diverse collection of boundary-pushing nonfiction films at Art of the Real at Lincoln Center.
April 26 - Sept. 1, 2018 (8 p.m.)
0.6 miles westYour ticket to A Spirited History of Drinking includes 3 craft cocktails and a comic romp through the history of spirits and cocktails at New World Stages for age 21+.
Harry Potter parody
April 26 - Nov. 4, 2018
0.6 miles westPuffs is about the mediocre students of Hogwarts School, lovable underachieving wizards not destined to save the world from evil, at New World Stages.
Short film festival
April 27, 2018 (6:30 to 9:30 p.m.)
0.4 mile westSee 14 short films at the inexpensive Macoproject Film Festival at The Playroom Theater.
French film festival
April 27 - May 1, 2018
multiple locationsFocus 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 westThis 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.
April 27 - Sept. 30, 2018
2.4 miles SWThe 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.
Live art competition
April 28, 2018 (7 p.m.)
2.5 miles southWatch 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.
April 28, 2018
2.7 miles southWine 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 northPlay 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.
April 28, 2018
4.5 miles SETaste 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 SEThrow 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 eastTaste 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 southThe Margarita March includes eight tequila drinks in different bars. Buy online and check in by 3 p.m.
April 28 - 29, 2018
7.5 miles SESakura 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 eastThe 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.
Wine in the garden
April 28 - 29, 2018 (noon to 4 p.m.)
12 miles northSample wine from a dozen New York vintners and tour the gardens during Daffodil Celebration and Wine Weekend at New York Botanical Garden.
April 29, 2018 (6 p.m.)
10 miles northTexture of a Man features Fred Hammond, Donnie McClurkin, Take 6, James Fortune, and Pastor Charles Jenkins at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts – CUNY.
April 29, 2018
11 miles eastCelebrate 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.
April 29 - May 19, 2018 (weekends)
0.4 miles westA 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.
Brunch on a sailboat
April 29 - Oct. 14, 2018 (11 a.m.)
4.1 miles southEnjoy skyline views on a two-hour Champagne Brunch Sail Aboard the Shearwater classic schooner, departing from North Cove Marina.