New York City events calendar for May 2017. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities, and free entertainment in NYC, New York.

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Enjoy the best New York City events, festivals, and things to do with this calendar of events.

Distance is from Rockefeller Center in downtown New York City, New York.

International authors

May 1 - 7, 2017

NYC locations

Attend readings, discussions, and workshops with writers addressing contemporary cultural and political issues in Mexico and other countries at PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature.

Taste of Queens

May 2, 2017

10 miles east

Sample food and drink from 60 restaurants, and mingle with the borough’s business leaders at the Queens Taste at New York Hall of Science.

Indie film fest

May 2 - 7, 2017

0.9 miles west

NYC Independent Film Festival celebrates the independent filmmaker with screenings, panels, and parties at the Producers Club.

Taste of the Lower East Side

May 3, 2017

1.7 miles south

Enjoy unlimited tastes from 50 local restaurants plus open bars at Taste of the Lower East Side in Metropolitan Pavilion to support charity.

Arts festival

May 3 - 20, 2017 (begins April 8)

Lower Manhattan

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

Film festival

May 4 - 7, 2017

4 miles north

Harlem International Film Festival shows features, documentaries, shorts, youth projects, and animated works, and it includes panel discussions and awards.

Women’s festival

May 4 - 7, 2017

4.2 miles north

Women of the World Festival features performances, talks, films, workshops, and music celebrating women’s talents at the Apollo Theater in Harlem.

Bad films

May 4 - 7, 2017 (uncertain)

6 miles SE

Bad Film Fest screens weird, wild, and outrageous films by new filmmakers that are supposed to be so bad they’re good at Cloud City.

Elite art fair

May 4 - 8, 2017

1 mile north

See exceptional modern and contemporary art from international galleries at the TEFAF New York Spring Fair at Park Avenue Armory. Repeats in October.

Bicycle expo

May 5 - 6, 2017

1.1 miles SW

Visit 100 bicycle and accessory exhibitors, and attend biking presentations and classes at Bike Expo New York at Penn Plaza Pavillion. Free. [Do not confuse with a different bike expo on May 19 to 20.]

Art fair on Randall’s Island

May 5 - 7, 2017 (preview May 4)

6 miles NE

Shop for art from 1000 contemporary artists, attend talks, and mingle with art-world celebrities at Frieze New York in tents at Randall’s Island Park.

Steampunk festival

May 5 - 7, 2017

42 miles SW

Combine mad science with the Victorian era and you have The Steampunk World’s Fair, which features music, entertainment, costumes, games, social activities, and friendly people at the Embassy Suites in Piscataway, NJ.

Family festival

May 6, 2017 (11 a.m.)

1 mile NW

Kids Spring Fling has sing alongs, dance performances and lessons, and short films at Lincoln Center. Free.

Beer run

May 6, 2017

23 miles SE

Run a mile, stopping to drink beer every quarter mile on the National Beer Mile, followed by an open beer bar with food vendors and music at Aviator Sports in Brooklyn for age 21+. Discount tickets $28.

Hoboken festival

May 7, 2017

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. Free.

Bike tour

May 7, 2017

5 miles south

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

Bronx Week

May 11 - 21, 2017

6 miles north

Bronx Week includes a film festival, neighborhood tours, Bronx Ball, parade, and a food & arts festival.

Beer festival

May 12, 2017

5.9 miles SE

Five Boro Craft Beer Fest features 30 craft brewers, local food vendors, and a band at The Well in Brooklyn.

Mother’s Day R&B

May 12, 2017 (8 p.m.)

8 miles south

Arriving a day early, the Mother’s Day Good Music Festival features R&B superstars Keyshia Cole, Monica, Tank, Ginuwine, Joe, and Avant at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Dance party

May 12 - 14, 2017

NYC locations

Do the dances you love with fun people, to live music and seasoned DJs at Big Apple Balboa, Blues and Lindy Exchange (BABBLE).

Brooklyn wine tasting

May 13, 2017

10 miles south

Sample 200 wines with hors d’oeuvres at Brooklyn Crush Wine & Artisanal Food Festival at Industry City. Repeats in Nov. Coupon code “events12” saves 10%.

Coffee festival

May 13 - 14, 2017

4.2 miles south

Taste coffee, see exhibits, and attend classes at the consumer CoffeeCon in Broad Street Ballroom.

Mother’s Day in the garden

May 13 - 14, 2017

12 miles north

Mother’s Day Weekend Garden Party features live music, dancers, games, food trucks, and casual picnicking at New York Botanical Garden.

Mother’s Day restaurants

May 14, 2017

NYC locations

OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special brunch, lunch, and dinner menus on Mother’s Day. Also see:

Approved Guide to Mother’s Day Brunch and

Mother’s Day NYC.

Mother’s Day scavenger hunt

May 14, 2017

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.

Mother’s Day at Wave Hill

May 14, 2017 (11 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.)

12 miles north

Wave Hill offers family art projects and garden walks in the Bronx, plus a Mother’s Day Brunch.

Restaurant tasting

May 19, 2017

1.7 miles south

Sample food from 50 restaurants and 35 nations as chosen by Village Voice food critics, plus drinks at Choice Eats at the Metropolitan Pavilion for age 21+.

Bicycle expo

May 19 - 20, 2017

1.5 miles south

Join 15,000 cyclists visiting exhibitors at the NYC Bike Expo at 69th Regiment Armory. Secure bike check. Free. [Do not confuse with the bike expo on May 5-6.]

Taste of Upper West Side

May 19 - 20, 2017

1.7 miles north

Sample food from 45 restaurants and taste wine, beer, and cocktails under a tent at Columbus Avenue & West 77th Street.

New-music festival

May 19 - 21, 2017

3 to 10 miles east

Queens New Music Festival features live concerts of music written in the last 50 years at the Secret Theatre (first day at Church-in-the-Gardens).

Parade of dancers

May 20, 2017

2 miles south

Watch colorful dancers perform ballet, break dance, disco, hula, and samba in Dance Parade, which ends at DanceFest in Tompkins Square Park 3 to 7 p.m. Free.

Ethnic Festival

May 20, 2017

3.3 miles north

East Harlem’s Ethnic Festival has music, dance, arts and crafts, ethnic food, and children’s activities. Free.

Multicultural festival

May 20, 2017

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.

International food fest

May 20 - 21, 2017

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 20 - 21, 2017

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.

Waterfront celebration

May 21, 2017

17 miles south

Bayfest is 8 blocks of local food vendors, live music, and kids’ crafts on Emmons Ave. in Brooklyn. Free.

Contemporary design fair

May 24, 2017

1.5 miles SW

The International Contemporary Furniture Fair is a showcase for 500 exhibitors from May 21 - 24, 2017, and it opens to the public on the last day in Jacob Javits Convention Center.

Festival of the arts

May 26 - 28, 2017

3 miles south

Lower East Side Festival of the Arts [sound] features dance, film, music, poetry, theater, and visual art at the Theater for the New City. Free.

African festival

May 26 - 29, 2017

7.9 miles south

DanceAfrica celebrates the dance, music, and culture of Africa with performances, classes, films, a dance party, and a craft & food bazaar at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House.

Art fair

May 27 - June 4, 2017

2 miles south

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit [sound] features 120 artists on the sidewalks of University Place, May 27-29 and June 3-4. Repeats in Sept. Free.

Mothers celebration

May 28, 2017

2 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.

Latino festival

May 28, 2017

2.9 miles SE

The Loisaida Festival is a family friendly event with music starting at noon, shows, and vendors on Losaida Avenue, plus a kids’ parade. Free.

Book expo

May 31 - June 2, 2017

1.7 miles SW

Book Expo America includes 1000 exhibitors, author lectures and autographing events, and publishing-industry sessions at the Javits Center.

Science festival

May 31 - June 4, 2017

NYC locations

Attend 50 world-class lectures, films, and events on science and innovation at World Science Festival.

African film festival

May 2017 (undated)

NYC locations

The New York African Film Festival screens films at three venues: Lincoln Center, Maysles Cinema Institute, and BAM Rose Cinemas.

Free Summer Movies

May 2017 (undated)

NYC locations

Free Summer Movies are shown evenings at parks in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.

Guitar festival

May 2017 (undated)

NYC locations

New York Guitar Festival features familiar and influential guitarists plus new talent and new sounds.

Internet conference

May 2017 (undated)

NYC locations

Internet Week includes talks, interviews, panels, and discussions with celebrities, business executives, founders of New-York-based startups, and leaders.


May 2017 (undated)

NYC locations

Enjoy outstanding music, comedy, theater, dance, lectures, and films during SummerStage in city parks. The (mostly) free concerts are popular, so arrive early.

Wine tasting

May 2017 (undated)

0.1 miles north

Taste 200 wines with hors d’oeuvres and live jazz at NYC Spring Wine Festival at 7 West 51st Street.

Spirits tasting

May 2017 (undated)

0.4 miles south

Sample handcrafted spirits and meet the makers at NY Indie Spirits Expo at the Penn Club of New York.

Eat breakfast for dinner

May 2017 (undated)

1.2 miles west

Your ticket to Brunch Eats includes samples of brunch dishes and cocktails from 20 restaurants and bakeries selected by the Village Voice, set among World War II airplanes atop the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

Japanese festival

May 2017 (undated)

1.2 miles north

Japan Day @ Central Park includes dancing and singing, calligraphy and origami, activity tents, and food tents at Central Park Bandshell. Free.

Chili cook-off

May 2017 (undated)

1.3 miles west

Texas Chili Cook-off serves chili, beer, and a band, rain or shine at Pier 84 at Hudson River Park.

Creative film festival

May 2017 (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.

Dog party

May 2017 (undated)

1.4 miles NW

Bring your dog to Barkfest to enjoy live music, a DJ, celebrity dogs, interactive games, food trucks, and vendors on Hudson River Park’s Pier 97.

Tasting event

May 2017 (undated)

1.7 miles south

Enjoy bites from 60 restaurants and tastes from breweries, wineries, and distilleries at Spring Taste NYC, which includes live entertainment and cooking demos at Metropolitan Pavilion.

Taiwan festival

May 2017 (undated)

1.8 miles south

Passport to Taiwan Festival features night-market foods, teas, Taiwanese crafts, and aboriginal music and dance in Union Square Park North. Free.

Shakespeare in the Park

May 2017 (undated)

2 miles north

For tickets to Shakespeare in the Park at Delacorte Theater in Central Park, become a $200 “supporter,” or get free tickets by joining a lottery or waiting in line.

Pop-culture festival

May 2017 (undated)

2.4 miles SW

Attend screenings, discussions, and jams with movie, TV, and music icons at the Vulture Festival, mostly at Milk Studios and run by Vulture, the culture and entertainment brand of New York Magazine.

Taste of Greece

May 2017 (undated)

2.7 miles south

Taste of Greece features wines from 50 Greek wineries plus Greek appetizers at City Winery.

Asian burlesque

May 2017 (undated)

3 miles south

This year’s Asian Burlesque Spectacular features Calamity Chang, Sukki Singapora, and 8 others in glamorous costumes with lavish set pieces at Drom.

Fitness challenge

May 2017 (undated)

3.5 miles SW

Hudson River Park Games has a body-busting obstacle course called Fear the Pier at Pier 26 and a Team Pentathlon at Pier 40, both in Hudson River Park.

Jazz gala

May 2017 (undated)

3.6 miles south

Hear famous jazz artists at Made in New York Jazz Gala at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center.

Food Book Fair

May 2017 (undated)

4 miles SE

Food enthusiasts, chefs, artists, writers, designers, and publishers attend Food Book Fair to celebrate, discuss, and sample fine food at Wythe Hotel.

Games festival

May 2017 (undated)

4 miles east

IndieCade East is a festival for independent video games with talks, panels, parties, and plenty of play time at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens.

Craft fair

May 2017 (undated)

4.4 miles SE

Shop from 200 artisans, chefs, and vintage vendors at Renegade Craft Fair at Brooklyn Expo Center. Free.

Art on Randall’s Island

May 2017 (undated)

6 miles NE

Attend the grand opening of the Flow.17 outdoor art exhibit and meet the artists at Randall’s Island Park. Free.

Wine tasting

May 2017 (undated)

6 miles south

Sip award-winning New York state wines and taste fine fare at Brooklyn Uncorked at 26 Bridge Street in Brooklyn.

Cajun, creole, zydeco festival

May 2017 (undated)

7 miles south

Bayou n’ Brooklyn Music Festival features Cajun-zydeco music and dance of Louisiana, fiddle and guitar workshops, jam sessions, and Southern food at Jalopy Theatre and School of Music in Brooklyn.

Freshkills Park preview

May 2017 (undated)

18 miles SW via ferry

Get a sneak peek at the park built on a Staten Island landfill on Discovery Day, when you can walk 8 miles of trails, bike 5 miles of pavement, run a 5K course, or register for a kayak tour. Free. Repeats June 26.

Chicken wings festival

May 2017 (undated)

18.8 miles east

A ticket to Ultimate Wing Fest “includes all you can eat wings cooked by local wingmasters with their special sauces” plus beer, wine, cider and live music at Belmont Park Race Track in Elmont.

Dutch Festival

May 2017 (undated)

28 miles east

The Dutch Festival features jazz music, blooming tulips, face painting, craft vendors, and authentic Dutch food and beverages outdoors on the campus of Hofstra University in Hempstead. Free.

NJ wine festival

May 2017 (undated)

29 miles west

Taste 150 wines, hors d’oeuvres, cheeses, pasta, and desserts to live jazz at New Jersey Spring Wine Festival at the Hilton Hotel in Short Hills, NJ.

Mother’s Day at the zoo

May 2017 (undated)

0.7 miles north

A $75 ticket to Mother’s Day Celebration at Central Park Zoo includes baby animal feeding, a scavenger hunt, craft making, and treats for an adult and child.

Mother’s Day walk

May 2017 (undated)

Starting location is 3.6 miles south

The Mother’s Day Walk begins at Park Row & Centre Street and crosses the Brooklyn Bridge to a family picnic with dance music in Cadman Plaza Park to celebrate Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day in the garden

May 2017 (undated)

11 miles east

Enjoy a catered Mother’s Day Brunch plus a stroll in the gardens at Queens Botanical Garden.

Gospel festival

May 2017 (undated)

13 miles SW

Gospelfest is a talent competition followed by a gospel concert at the Prudential Center in Newark.

Puerto Rican festival

May 2017 (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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