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

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New York City events April 2019

Racy movies

April 1 - 6, 2019
(begins March 29)
2 miles south
Hump! screens 21 explicit short films (under 5 minutes long) made by amateurs of all persuasions.
  • March 29 to April 4 - Manhattan
  • April 6 - Brooklyn

New directors film festival

April 1 - 7, 2019
(begins March 27)
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
(begins March 24)
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. 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.

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.

Robot competition

April 4 - 7, 2019
7.8 miles north
Watch dozens of student teams compete with the robots they built during FIRST Robotics Competition at Armory Track.

Opera by Mozart

April 4 - 18, 2019
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.

Ticket deal $30 to $98 (weekday)

Spring beer festival

April 5 - 6, 2019
1.7 miles south
Sample 150 craft beers and buy local restaurant food at NYC Craft Beer Festival at Metropolitan Pavilion.

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.

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
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.

Latin opera singers

April 6, 2019
(8:30 p.m.)
1.7 miles NW
Il Divo is three tenors and a baritone singing sultry music from Spain, Cuba, and Central and South America at Beacon Theatre.

Ticket deal $59 to $115

Pillow fight in the park

April 6, 2019
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 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
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
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
4.4 miles SE
Taste 100 wines from around the world during Wine Riot at Brooklyn Expo Center 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.

Easter train

April 13, 14, 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.

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.

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.

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 parade

April 21, 2019
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 closures as “Easter Sunday Mass” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free.

Earth Day tour

April 22, 2019
Manhattan locations
A ticket to Earth Day 5K Green Tour gets you a 3-hour group tour of “green” projects around New York City.

Earth Day

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.

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.

Nonfiction film festival

April 25 - May 5, 2019
1.2 miles NW
See a diverse collection of boundary-pushing nonfiction films at Art of the Real at Lincoln Center.

French film festival

April 26 - 30, 2019
multiple locations
Focus on French Cinema features screenings of French films, receptions, parties, and actor & director Q&As.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ticket deal $35

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.

Pig feast

April 28, 2019
1.3 miles south
Cochon 555 is a stand-up tasting featuring dozens of chef-made dishes plus wine, cocktails, and beer at Second Floor NYC for age 21+.

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.

Duck tasting

April 2019
(undated)
1.5 miles south
Sample 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.

Arts festival

April 2019
(undated)
Lower Manhattan
Downtown Urban Arts Festival (DUAF) showcases urban artists and promotes diversity, featuring music, creative plays, poetry, and films.

Black cinema

April 2019
(undated)
7.8 miles south
See 12 fresh feature films from around the world and 5 short films at New Voices in Black Cinema at BAM Rose Cinemas in Brooklyn.

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