New York City events April 2019. Things to do in NYC.

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New York City events April 2019

New directors film festival

April 1 - 7, 2019
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 - 7, 2019
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 2019 outer space theme “celebrates the wonder and mystery of the cosmos.” Free.

Kinky film festival

April 3 - 7, 2019
3 miles south
CineKink NYC shows films and videos that celebrate and explore a wide diversity of sexuality at Anthology Film Archives. It also offers panel discussions, audience choice awards, a kick-off party, and an after-party.

Racy movies

April 4 & 6, 2019
2 miles south
Hump! screens 21 explicit short films (under 5 minutes long) made by amateurs of all persuasions.

Photography show

April 4 - 7, 2019 (preview April 3)
1.3 miles west
The Photography Show by AIPAD exhibits museum-quality work from 120 galleries at Pier 94.

Scottish fashion party

April 5, 2019 (7 to 11 p.m.)
2.2 miles SW
Dressed to Kilt promises “a night of Scottish and Native American fashion, food, drinks [open bar], and dancing benefitting the Navy Seal Foundation” at The Church of the Holy Apostles.

Spring beer festival

April 5 - 6, 2019
2 miles SW
Sample 150 craft beers and buy local restaurant food at NYC Craft Beer Festival at Union West in Chelsea.

Art exposition

April 5 - 7, 2019
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.

Folk music festival

April 5 - 7, 2019
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.

Robot competition

April 5 - 7, 2019
7.8 miles north
Watch dozens of student teams compete with the robots they built during FIRST Robotics Competition at Armory Track. Free.

Tattoo convention

April 5 - 7, 2019
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+.

Scottish parade

April 6, 2019 (2 to 4 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 6, 2019 (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.

Wine tasting

April 6, 2019
2.1 miles SW
Taste hundreds of wines from around the world with with live entertainment, interactive games, and food for sale during New York Wine Fest at The Tunnel for age 21+.

BBQ competition

April 6, 2019 (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 6 - 7, 2019
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 6 - 7 and 13 - 14, 2019
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 7, 2019
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+.

Guitar festival

April 9 - 14, 2019
18 miles SW
Long Island Guitar Festival offers concerts, competitions, and classes by outstanding guitarists and teachers at Long Island University in Brookville.

Latin American film festival

April 9 - 16, 2019
NYC locations
Havana Film Festival New York shows 35 full-length feature films, documentaries, shorts, animation, and classics from Latin America with English subtitles.

Beef tasting

April 10, 2019 (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+.

Taste of Brooklyn

April 10, 2019 (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.

Underground art show

April 11, 2019 (7 p.m.)
3.2 miles south
The NYC Pancakes & Booze Art Show is a traveling exhibition by 100 artists, with free pancakes, DJ music, live body painting, and a bar at M1-5 Lounge for age 21+. Pay cash at the door or buy a line-jumper ticket online.

Whisky tasting

April 11, 2019 (7:30 to 10 p.m.)
5.9 miles SE
The Whisky Extravaganza includes unlimited tastes of more than 100 whiskies, culinary pairings, and master classes at Weylin in Brooklyn for age 21+.

Wine tasting

April 12 - 13, 2019
5.9 miles SE
Taste 100 wines from around the world during Wine Riot at Weylin in Brooklyn for age 21+.

Beer festival in Jersey City

April 13, 2019
7 miles SW
A ticket to Jersey City Craft Brew Fest includes 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 13 - 14, 2019
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.

Greek parade

April 14, 2019 (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.

Jazz cruise

April 14, 2019 (7:15 p.m.)
2.4 miles SW
Enjoy skyline views, jazz performed by a trio, and a complimentary drink during a two-hour Evening Jazz Cruise Aboard Manhattan on a 1920s-style yacht departing from Pier 62 at Chelsea Piers.

Ticket deal $51

Pig feast

April 14, 2019 (5 p.m., VIP 4 p.m.)
5.9 miles SE
Cochon 555 is a stand-up tasting featuring dozens of chef-made dishes plus wine, cocktails, and beer at Weylin for age 21+.

Cherry blossom day

April 14, 2019
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 17, 2019 (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.

Nonfiction film festival

April 18 - 28, 2019
1.2 miles NW
See a diverse collection of boundary-pushing nonfiction films at Art of the Real at Lincoln Center.

Orchid Show

April 18 - 28, 2019
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 except April 22.

Ticket deal $19 to $22


April 19 - 20, 2019 (3 p.m.)
1.2 miles west
Emmy-nominated magician Matt Roberts brings his humorous and surprising interactive magic show for all ages to The Green Room 42.

Ticket deal $7 to $36

Evenings at the orchid show

April 19 - 27, 2019
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+.

Ticket deal $32

Family theater

April 19 - 28, 2019
2.4 miles south
This lively version of Beauty and the Beast features a girl (Beauty) and a prince under a witch’s curse (Beast) in small Players Theatre. Arrive an hour early for the pre-show mask making for kids.

Ticket deal $21


April 19 - May 8, 2019
23.5 miles south
UniverSoul Circus includes Caribbean dancers, Chinese acrobats, African clowns, and extreme motorsports in a heated tent at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn.

Ticket deal $15 to $24

Stars Wars: The musical

April 19 - June 29, 2019
1 mile SW
Created by “a couple of Star Wars nerds,” A Musical about Star Wars is “an epic songfest that celebrates all the magic, mayhem, and fandom fun” of the beloved film at Kirk Theatre.

Ticket deal $20 to $40

Frozen: The musical

April 19 - Aug. 11, 2019
0.7 miles SW
Based on the film, but with additional new songs, special effects, and spectacular costumes, Frozen tells the story of two sisters pulled apart by a mysterious secret, and the epic adventure that brings them back together at St. James Theatre for age 8+.

Ticket deal $60 to $102

Easter on the farm

April 20, 2019
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 train

April 20, 2019
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.

Arts festival

April 20 - May 18, 2019
Lower Manhattan
Enjoy music, creative plays, poetry, and films at Downtown Urban Arts Festival (DUAF), which showcases urban artists and promotes diversity.
  • April 11 - music
  • April 20 - poetry
  • April 24 to May 11 - theater
  • May 15 to 18 - films

Baroque burlesque show

April 20 - May 19, 2019
7 miles SE
Inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Queen of Hearts delivers “a decadent dreamworld” filled with circus, opera, magic, and baroque dance at Théâtre XIV in Bushwick.

Ticket deal $89 to $129

Mad scientist

April 20 - Sept. 29, 2019
0.4 miles west
A chemistry professor performs amazing feats in That Chemistry Show, which “combines the worlds of chemistry and show business” to surprise and entertain you at The Playroom Theater.

Ticket deal $32

Fun modern musical

April 20 - Oct. 20, 2019
0.4 miles west
When Emma invites another girl to The Prom, the town erupts in chaos. Show-stopping dance numbers keep the mood joyful, and eventually the show ends on an upbeat note, at Longacre Theatre for age 8+.

Ticket deal $45 to $109

Easter parade

April 21, 2019
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.

Amazing science

April 21 - Sept. 28, 2019
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


April 21 - Nov. 24, 2019
0.6 miles west
“A gut-busting hit” [The New York Times], The Play that Goes Wrong features actors who fail hilariously while trying to stage a 1920s murder mystery at New World Stages.

Ticket deal $20 to $59

Earth Day cruise

April 22, 2019 (1:45 p.m.)
2.4 miles SW
Circle Manhattan Island aboard a classic yacht on the 2.75-hour AIANY Earth Day Cruise, with expert narration by the American Institute of Architects, a free drink, and complimentary hors d’oeuvres, departing from Pier 62 at Chelsea Piers for age 14+.

Ticket deal $58

Earth Day celebration

April 23, 2019 (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.

New York’s Got Talent

April 24, 2019 (7 p.m.)
1.2 miles west
Vote for your favorite acts at New York’s Got Talent, which includes singers, dancers, magicians, jugglers, pet tricks, burlesque, bands, guitarists, drummers, acrobats, and comedians at The Green Room 42. Optional food is available for sale.

Ticket deal $16

Tribeca Film Festival

April 24 - May 5, 2019
2 miles south
Tribeca Film Festival is a giant festival offering films, music, and cultural events in Lower Manhattan.

Classical music

April 25, 2019 (7:30 p.m.)
1.1 miles NW
The New York Philharmonic performs works Symphony No. 4 by Brahms, plus Symphony No. 2 by Thomas Larcher at David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center.

Ticket deal $35

Party cruise

April 25 - May 31, 2019
4 miles south
Rock the Yacht is a three-hour cruise with city views, DJ dance music, and a no-host bar departing from Pier 15 at South Street Seaport for age 21+.

Ticket deal $15


April 26, 2019 (8 p.m.)
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.

Ticket deal $30 to $98

French film festival

April 26 - 30, 2019
multiple locations
Focus on French Cinema features screenings of French films with English subtitles in two locations.
  • April 26 to 29 - Greenwich, CT
  • April 30 - New York, NY

People in the street

April 27, 2019
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.

Festival of colors

April 27, 2019 (1 to 8 p.m.)
1.1 miles NW
Throw brightly colored organic cornstarch, dance to music, and buy food and drink at Holi in the City at Stage 48 for age 21+.

Ticket deal $25 (VIP $29)

Wine tasting

April 27, 2019
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.

Margarita bar crawl

April 27, 2019
3.4 miles south
The Margarita March includes eight tequila drinks in Manhattan bars. Buy online and check in by 3 p.m.

Ticket deal $39

Street games day

April 27, 2019
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.

Classic drama about prejudice

April 27, 2019 (3 p.m.)
4.5 miles north
A black family moves to the white side of Chicago in A Raisin in the Sun, a groundbreaking classic that became a movie starring Sidney Poitier, live at Harlem Repertory Theatre.

Ticket deal $15

Margarita tasting

April 27, 2019
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.

Motocross racing

April 27, 2019 (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.

Craft beer festival

April 27, 2019
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+.

Anime convention

April 27 - 28, 2019
5.7 miles NW
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 Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ and the nearby Holiday Inn.

Japanese festival

April 27 - 28, 2019
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.

Women in song

April 27 - May 25, 2019 (Saturday 2 p.m.)
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

Memorial run

April 28, 2019
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 28, 2019
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.

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