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New York City events May 2020

Bicycle expo

May 1 - 2, 2020
4 miles south
Visit 100 bicycle and accessory exhibitors, and attend biking presentations and classes at Bike Expo New York at Basketball City. Free. [Do not confuse with NYC Bike Expo.]

New art fair

May 1 - 3, 2020
(begins April 30)
4.4 miles SE
Based in London, The Other Art Fair “leads the way in uncovering and nurturing new and innovative creative talent” exhibiting works by 130 emerging artists at the Brooklyn Expo Center. Held in May and November.

Nonfiction film festival

May 1 - 9, 2020
(begins April 30)
1.2 miles NW
See a diverse collection of boundary-pushing nonfiction films at Art of the Real at Lincoln Center.

Anime convention

May 2 - 3, 2020
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.

Hoboken festival

May 3, 2020
4.7 miles SW
Spring Arts & Music Festival features 300 artists, sculptors, photographers, and crafters, plus three stages of music, rides, games, and food vendors at 94 Washington Street in Hoboken, NJ. Repeats in Sept. Free.

Bike tour

May 3, 2020
5 miles south
Bike 40 miles through New York’s five boroughs on Five Boro Bike Tour, starting north of Battery Park.

Taste of Queens

May 5, 2020
10 miles east
Sample food and drink from 60 restaurants, and mingle with the borough’s business leaders at the $125 Queens Taste at New York Hall of Science.

Art fair on Randall’s Island

May 6 - 10, 2020
6 miles NE
Shop for art from 190 galleries, attend talks, and mingle with art-world celebrities at Frieze New York in tents at Randall’s Island Park.

Bronx Week

May 7 - 17, 2020
6 miles north
Bronx Week includes a breakfast, a softball game, the Bronx Ball, and a parade plus food & arts festival on the last day.

Elite art fair

May 8 - 12, 2020
1 mile north
Shop for exceptional fine and decorative art from international galleries at TEFAF New York Spring in Park Avenue Armory. Repeats in November.

Taste of the Nation

May 9, 2020
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.

Mother’s Day scavenger hunt

May 10, 2020
0.7 miles south
Find hidden clues and complete fun tasks in a race around the city on The Amazing Mother’s Day Scavenger Hunt beginning at Slattery’s Midtown Pub.

Indie film festival

May 10 - 17, 2020
0.9 miles west
NYC Independent Film Festival celebrates the independent filmmaker with screenings, panels, and parties at the Producers Club.

Film festival

May 14 - 17, 2020
4 miles north
Harlem International Film Festival screens 75 features, documentaries, shorts, youth projects, and animated works from 25 different countries, and it includes panel discussions and awards.

Parade of dancers

May 16, 2020
2 miles south
Watch colorful dancers perform ballet, break dance, disco, hula, and samba in the 1 p.m. Dance Parade beginning at Broadway & 21st Street and ending at DanceFest in Tompkins Park from 3 to 7 p.m. Free.

World block party

May 16, 2020
3.3 miles north
East Harlem’s Ethnic Festival has music, dance, arts and crafts, ethnic food, and children’s activities on E. 104th Street (from 2nd to 3rd Avenue). Free.

Korean Street Festival

May 16, 2020
5.2 miles north
Korean Street Festival is a Harlem neighborhood event featuring Korean food, games, entertainment, and crafts at 134th Street and 7th Avenue. Free.

International food fest

May 16 - 17, 2020
1 mile NW
Ninth Avenue International Food Festival features food from around the world, international music and dance, artists and vendors, and children’s rides and games on 9th Avenue (42nd to 57th). Free entry.

Vegetarian festival

May 16 - 17, 2020
1.7 miles south
NYC Vegetarian Food Festival features food samples and meals from vegetarian restaurants, health and wellness vendors, vegetarian and animal-welfare groups, and talks and shows at Metropolitan Pavilion.

Fleet Week

May 20 - 25, 2020
(uncertain)
multiple locations
Tour ships, hear band concerts, watch demonstrations, and see military displays during Fleet Week, which begins with a parade of ships. Tours require ID if you are age 18+. Free.

Festival of the arts

May 22 - 24, 2020
3 miles south
Lower East Side Festival of the Arts features dance, film, music, poetry, theater, and visual art at the Theater for the New City. Free.

African festival

May 22 - 25, 2020
7.9 miles south
DanceAfrica celebrates the dance, music, and culture of Africa at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House. Each year the event focuses on a different African country.

New Jersey Renaissance Faire

May 23 - June 7, 2020
72 miles SW
Relive historical times in the British Isles at The New Jersey Renaissance Faire, which has a merchant village and entertainment (sword fighting, music, comedy, fire breathing, and aerialists) among the trees in Bordentown, NJ.

Taiwan festival

May 24, 2020
1.8 miles south
Passport to Taiwan Festival features “small eats,” stage performances, craft demonstrations, exhibitors, and family activities in Union Square Park North. Free.

Latino festival

May 24, 2020
2.9 miles SE
The Loisaida Festival is a family friendly event with music, shows, and vendors on Losaida Avenue. It begins with a community parade at 11 a.m. Free.

Science festival

May 26 - 31, 2020
NYC locations
Attend dozens of world-class lectures, films, and events on science and innovation during World Science Festival.

Greek festival

May 28 - 31, 2020
26 miles SW
Enjoy Greek music, dancing, cooking demonstrations, kids’ activities, and delicious food at NJ Greek Fest at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Westfield, NJ.

Contemporary book fair

May 29 - June 2, 2020
1.5 miles SW
Interact with authors, publishers, celebrities, and content creators at BookCon “where storytelling and pop culture collide” at Jacob Javits Convention Center.

Brooklyn Film Festival

May 29 - June 7, 2020
NYC locations
Watch 120 films made by independent filmmakers from 27 countries during the Brooklyn Film Festival, mostly at Wythe Hotel and Windmill Studios. The schedule includes a one-day Kidsfilmfest.

Multicultural festival

May 30, 2020
5 miles north
NYC Multicultural Festival promises diverse cultural music, dance, food, fashion, and a kids’ area on St. Nicholas Avenue (from 141st to 145th). Free.

Cool toy & beer festival

May 30 - 31, 2020
4.4 miles SE
“A collision of art, toys, counterculture, and craft beer,” Five Points Fest celebrates art and its creators (whether they make comics, toys, beer, or vegan tacos) at Brooklyn Expo Center. Costumes welcome. Children age 5 and younger are free.

Dog show

May 30 - 31, 2020
5.9 miles NW
Shop from vendors of dog products, watch dog sports, and attend seminars at World Dog Expo at Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ. Children age 12 and younger are free.

African film festival

May 2020
(undated)
NYC locations
New York African Film Festival screens both new and classic African cinema, with a special focus on intergenerational discourse, featuring works by women and younger generations.

Free movies in parks

May 2020
(undated)
NYC locations
Free Summer Movies are shown evenings at parks in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.

Polish film festival

May 2020
(undated)
0.8 miles south
New York Polish Film Festival screens feature films, shorts, and documentaries, which all have English subtitles at Scandinavia House.

Video-game expo

May 2020
(undated)
0.9 miles SW
Play new games from 100 developers at the Spring Play: NYC Game Expo, with pizza at the Microsoft office in Times Square. Register online for free and be sure to bring your ID.

Bicycle expo

May 2020
(undated)
1.1 miles SW
Join 10,000 cyclists visiting exhibitors at the NYC Bike Expo at Penn Plaza Pavilion. Free admission and secure bike check. [Do not confuse with Bike Expo New York.]

Free movies on a ship deck

May 2020
(undated)
1.2 miles west
Arrive early to see movies at sunset during Summer Movie Series at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Held from May to August.

Creative film festival

May 2020
(undated)
1.3 miles NW
Columbia University Film Festival premieres short films, feature screenplays, and teleplays created by graduate MFA students of Columbia University School of the Arts Film Program at Lincoln Center.

Taste of the Lower East Side

May 2020
(undated)
1.7 miles south
Enjoy unlimited tastes from 50 local restaurants plus open bars at the Taste of the Lower East Side in Metropolitan Pavilion for $195+ to support charity.

Taste of the Upper West Side

May 2020
(undated)
1.7 miles north
Sample restaurant food, and taste wine, beer, and cocktails under a tent at Taste of the Upper West Side at Columbus Avenue & West 77th Street.

Whisky tasting

May 2020
(undated)
1.8 miles south
A ticket to Whisky Live includes a dinner buffet, live music, chocolate pairings, and a glass to sample scotches, bourbons, and whiskies from around the world at the Altman Building.

Shakespeare in the Park

May 2020
(undated)
2 miles north
For tickets to Shakespeare in the Park at Delacorte Theater in Central Park, pay $500 as a “supporter” or get free tickets by joining a lottery or waiting in line.

Arts festival

May 2020
(undated)
Lower Manhattan
Enjoy music, creative plays, poetry, and films at Downtown Urban Arts Festival (DUAF), which showcases urban artists and promotes diversity.

Asian burlesque

May 2020
(undated)
2.3 miles SW
This year’s New York Asian Burlesque Extravaganza features Calamity Chang and nine more in glamorous costumes at Le Poisson Rouge for age 18+.

Chili cook-off

May 2020
(undated)
2.3 miles NW
Texas Chili Cook-off serves chili, beer, and a band, rain or shine at Boat Basin Cafe.

Spooky stories

May 2020
(undated)
2.4 miles south
Hear macabre stories read by candlelight during Edgar Allan Poe Festival in St. John’s Lutheran Church.

New-music festival

May 2020
(undated)
3.1 miles east
Queens New Music Festival features live concerts of music written in the last 50 years at the Secret Theatre.

Latino LGBTQ festival

May 2020
(undated)
3.2 miles NE
FuerzaFest includes films, short plays, dance, panel discussions, networking events, and art exhibitions.

Jazz gala

May 2020
(undated)
3.6 miles south
Made in New York Jazz Gala features famous jazz artists plus international guest performers at Tribeca Performing Arts Center.

Children’s food festival

May 2020
(undated)
3.8 miles south
Kids Food Fest encourages healthy eating for kids of all ages, with food tastings, cooking demos, hands-on activities, special guests, and family-focused entertainment at Westfield World Trade Center.

A taste of Harlem

May 2020
(undated)
4.2 miles north
A ticket to Ultimate Grand Tasting (highlight of Harlem EatUp!) gets you unlimited food tastes and samples of wine, beer, and cocktails, plus entertainment and a marketplace at Morningside Park for age 21+.

Beer festival

May 2020
(undated)
5.9 miles SE
A ticket to Five Boro Craft Beer Fest includes beer from 50 craft breweries, food from local restaurants, and music by three bands at The Well in Brooklyn for age 21+.

Food truck festival

May 2020
(undated)
6.5 miles SW
Cinco de Mayo Food Truck Fest has 20 food vendors, live music, and family activities at LM Urby Parking in Jersey City, NJ. Children younger than 12 are free.

Bicycle flea market

May 2020
(undated)
7 miles south
Shop for new and used bicycles, accessories, clothing, collectibles, and artwork during New York Bike Jumble at J.J. Byrne Playground (Fifth Avenue and 4th Street in Park Slope). Held in May and September.

Whiskey tasting

May 2020
(undated)
7.7 miles south
Taste 60 whiskeys and hear the band St. Paul & The Broken Bones at WhiskyX, with food trucks and restaurant food for sale at Duggal Greenhouse in Brooklyn for age 21+.

Brooklyn neighborhood tasting

May 2020
(undated)
9 miles south
A ticket to Carroll Gardens & Cobble Hill Summer Crawl gets you either 4 or 11 tastes in eateries and businesses from Atlantic Avenue south. Dogs welcome.

Uptown Arts Stroll

May 2020
(undated)
9 miles north
See hundreds of art exhibitions, concerts, dance, and literary events at Uptown Arts Stroll in Northern Manhattan. In addition, you can visit artists in their open studios on two days. Free.

Festival in Red Hook

May 2020
(undated)
9.9 miles south
Red Hook Fest includes a barbecue and DJ dance party on Friday (5:30 p.m.) at Public School 15 (Patrick F. Daley), plus performances on the main stage Saturday (2 to 7 p.m.) at Louis Valentino, Jr. Park and Pier. Free.

Beer festival

May 2020
(undated)
10.2 miles east
A ticket to NY Beer Festival includes unlimited beer tastes from 80 breweries, with games, entertainment, and food for sale at Citi Field for age 21+. No dogs.

International fair in Queens

May 2020
(undated)
10.2 miles east
The 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

May 2020
(undated)
12 miles north
Sample wine from a dozen New York vintners and tour the gardens during Spring Uncorked at New York Botanical Garden.

Gospel festival

May 2020
(undated)
16.6 miles SW
Gospelfest is a talent competition followed by a gospel concert at Newark Symphony Hall in Newark, NJ.

Japanese festival

May 2020
(undated)
1.2 miles north
Japan Day @ Central Park includes a 4-mile run, dance performances, music, calligraphy, origami, and food tents at Central Park Bandshell. Free.

Mothers celebration

May 2020
(undated)
1.7 miles NW
Mamapalooza offers music, art, kids’ activities, food vendors, and crafts for mothers and the people who love them at Riverside Park South. Free.

Mother’s Day R&B

May 2020
(undated)
8 miles south
Arriving a few days early, the Mother’s Day Good Music Festival features R&B superstars Jaheim, Ashanti, Joe, Monica, Avant, and Donell Jones at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Mother’s Day in the garden

May 2020
(undated)
11 miles east
Enjoy a catered Mother’s Day Brunch plus a stroll in the gardens at Queens Botanical Garden.

Mother’s Day at Wave Hill

May 2020
(undated)
12 miles north
Wave Hill offers family art projects and garden walks in the Bronx, plus a Mother’s Day Brunch that requires reservations.

Mother’s Day in the garden

May 2020
(undated)
12 miles north
Mother’s Day Weekend Garden Party features live music, games, family activities, tours, food trucks, and casual picnicking at New York Botanical Garden.

Puerto Rican festival

May 2020
(undated)
6.8 miles north
152nd Street Cultural Festival celebrates Puerto Rican culture with live music, dancing, comedy, art and food vendors, celebrity appearances, and a children’s pavilion with storytelling, face painting, and crafts on 152nd Street (Jackson Ave. to Union Ave.). Free.

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