New York City events, festivals, things to do – April 2018

New York City
calendar of events

April 2018
best events in New York City

Easter egg scavenger hunt

April 1, 2018


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 1, 2018

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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 5 p.m. Free.
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Auto show

April 1 - 8, 2018 (begins March 30)

1.5 miles SW

New York International Auto Show is billed as the nation’s first and most attended at Jacob Javits Center.

Orchid Show

April 1 - 22, 2018 (begins March 3)

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.

Photography show

April 5 - 8, 2018 (preview April 4)

1.3 miles west

The Photography Show by AIPAD exhibits museum-quality work from 115 galleries at Pier 94.

Robot competition

April 5 - 8, 2018

7.8 miles north

Watch a tournament of 48 student teams at 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.

Scottish parade

April 7, 2018

0.3 miles south

Celebrate Scotland by watching bagpipers, dogs, men in kilts, and women in plaid marching up Sixth Avenue from 44th to 55th in the New York Tartan Day Parade. Free.

Pillow fight in the park

April 7, 2018

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.

Coffee festival

April 7 - 8, 2018

3.2 miles south

Taste coffee, see exhibits, and attend classes at the consumer CoffeeCon at Tribeca 360°.

Children’s Carnival

April 7 - 8 and 14 - 15, 2018

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.

Taste of Brooklyn

April 10, 2018 (6 to 9 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, master classes, and workshops by outstanding guitarists and teachers at Long Island University in Brookville.

Earth Day

April 15, 2018

1.9 miles south

Earth Day features environmental exhibitors, green businesses, kids’ activities, and live performances at Union Square. Free.

Tribeca Film Festival

April 18 - 29, 2018

2 miles south

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

Art exposition

April 20 - 22, 2018 (preview 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.

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.

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+.

Hot sauce festival

April 21 - 22, 2018

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.

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

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 until 2 p.m.

Travel festival

April 27 - 29, 2018

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.

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.
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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 a silent auction at City Winery.

Cherry blossom festival

April 28 - 29, 2018

7.5 miles SE

Sakura Matsuri features 200 blossoming cherry trees and 60 events and performances celebrating Japanese culture at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Latin American film festival

April 2018 (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.

LGBT book fair

April 2018 (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 2018 (undated)

1.2 miles NW

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

Cider and Ale Tasting

April 2018 (undated)

1.4 miles NE

Enjoy a casual Cider and Ale Tasting in the garden of the historic Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden for age 21+, with after-hours tours of the museum.

Beer tasting

April 2018 (undated)

2.1 miles SW

Big Apple Brew Fest promises unlimited samples of 150 styles of craft beer with live entertainment and food for sale at 269 11th Avenue for age 21+.

Arts festival

April 2018 (undated)

Lower Manhattan

See creative plays, films, and more at the Downtown Urban Arts Festival (DUAF), which showcases urban artists and promotes diversity.

Art & science for adults

April 2018 (undated)

2.5 miles SW

Relive your childhood as you explore the wonders of art and science at ARTech, with light bites and refreshments at 459 W 14th Street. Tickets online.

Street games day

April 2018 (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 East Harlem. Free.

Taste of the Nation

April 2018 (undated)

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.

Margarita tasting

April 2018 (undated)

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.

Beer festival

April 2018 (undated)

6.7 miles SE

Beer Mansion promises “an immersive room-by-room journey through the world of beer, complete with food, live music, games, prizes, and a handful of surprises” for age 21+ in Brooklyn. Beer & small bites included.

Beef tasting

April 2018 (undated)

7.8 miles south

A ticket to Brisket King of NYC includes tastes of beef brisket cooked by a dozen competing chefs, beer, wine, and spirits at 1 University Plaza in Brooklyn for age 21+.

Black cinema

April 2018 (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.

Bacon and beer

April 2018 (undated)

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.

Spring festival

April 2018 (undated)

11 miles east

Celebrate spring at Arbor Fest with live music, a beer tent, food and craft vendors, face painting, puppet shows, and a petting zoo at Queens Botanical Garden.

Wine in the garden

April 2018 (undated)

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.

Cherry blossom day

April 2018 (undated)

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.

Craft beer festival

April 2018 (undated)

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+.

Easter on the farm

April 2018 (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. You must buy a ticket online and bring a basket.