New York City Spring 2018 Events

Spring is here which means you’re fresh out of excuses to stay home all weekend in sweats. The spring months in New York City bring a plethora of festivals, fairs, art, nature and overall great events for which you’ll want to get into the fresh air again. Here are some of my favorite upcoming events to add to your spring to-do list. 

Orchid Show
Saturday, March 3 to Saturday, April 22, 2018
New York Botanical Garden 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx
$20
The New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show showcases thousands of orchid species at the Enid A. Haupt Observatory inside the New York Botanical Gardens. This year’s installations are by world-renowned floral artist Daniel Ost, known in his home country of Belgium as “The Picasso of Flower Arranging.”

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Affordable Art Fair
Wednesday, March 21, 6:00 PM – Sunday, March 25, 5:00 PM
Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th Street b/t 5th and 6th Avenues
New York, NY 10011
$10- $80
As the name implies, this event is perfect for all aspiring art collectors on a budget. Peruse the sculptures, photography, paintings and prints of 300+ up-and-coming artists. Artwork prices range between $100 – $10,000.

Architectural Digest Design Show
Thursday March 22nd- Saturday, March 25th
Piers 92 & 94
55th Street at 12th Avenue
New York City 10019
$30-95
Gathering world-class design brands showcasing thousands of the most interesting and forward furniture and accessories for kitchens, bedrooms and bathroom, this show is the ultimate inspiration you’ll need to kick off that spring redecorating around your apartment.

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Macy’s Flower Show
Sunday, March 25 – Saturday, April 8, 2018
Macy’s Herald Square
Free
Celebrate Spring in New York with the Macy’s Flower Show. Explore must-see gardens and bouquets and listen to special talks tailored to plant lovers.

Night of 1,000 Carries
Tuesday, March 27, 6-8 PM
Therapy, 348 W. 52nd Street (between Eighth and Ninth Aves)
Suggestion donation of $5
This comedy fundraiser celebrates the legacy of Carrie Fisher and benefits the International Bipolar Foundation. Expect Performances from Elizabeth James, Jan Sport, and Sherry Vine, to name a few.

New York International Auto Show
Friday, March 30 – Saturday, April 7, 10AM–10PM
Sunday, April 8, 10AM-7PM
655 West 34th Street at 11th Avenue
New York, NY 10001
$17/adult, $7/child
Famously known as the nation’s first and most popular auto show, this is a must for casual and die-hard car lovers alike. This year’s event will feature four floors displaying 1,000 of the most innovative and cutting edge cars in the industry. Get tickets here before they sell out.

The Photography Show presented by AIPAD
Thursday, April 5th & Saturday, April 7th, 12PM-8PM
Friday, April 6th, 12PM-6PM
Pier 94
711 12th Avenue at 54th Street
New York, NY 10019
$30-60
When it comes to photography shows, this is the gold standard. Featuring everything from 19th century photographs to new media to top-notch museum-ready photographs by leading artists, this show is a feast for the eyes.

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Brooklyn Folk Festival

Friday, April 6th- Sunday, April 8th
157 Montague Street between Clinton and Henry Streets
Brooklyn, NY 111201
Friday/$25, Saturday/$40, Sunday/$40, 3-Day Pass/$85
With a lineup consisting of old mainstays in the folk scene as well as new, exciting voices, the Brooklyn Folk Festival celebrates the best that the community has to offer with concerts showcasing national and international traditional and folk music.beer

Beer Mansion
Friday, April 13th & Saturday, April 14th
Weylin 175 Broadway, Williamsburg Brooklyn
Tickets $55-$65
Sample more than 30 local brews to the backdrop of local bands performing and local bites available for purchase. Cornhole will also be available in case you’re looking for the complete beer-drinking experience. Ticket includes a tasting glass for unlimited beer tastings and free reign at the four parties under one roof.

Earth Day New York 2018
Sunday, April 15th, 12PM-7PM
Union Square
New York, NY, 10003
Free
With over 70 major organizations participating, Union Square will be converted into a hub of environmental activism on Earth Day. Explore exhibits by environmental non-profits and green businesses. Programming includes live performances and kid-friendly art activities.

PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature
Monday, April 16th – Sunday, April 22nd
Venues across New York City
Free-$35
This event was founded in the aftermath of September 11th with the goal of creating wider channels for cross-cultural communication between the United States and other countries around the world. Since then, it’s brought hundreds of top literary talent from across the globe for panels, lectures, and book signings. Many of the events are free and tickets can be purchased or reserved here.

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Artexpo New York
Thursday, April 19th – Sunday, April 22nd
Pier 94
711 12th Avenue at 54th Street
New York, NY 10019
Free-$40
Head down to Pier 94 to check out the 40th edition of New York’s best contemporary art event. You’ll get the chance to join over 35,000 art lovers as you peruse cutting-edge art from over 400 contemporary artists, galleries and publishers. Tickets available here.

Sixth Annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo
Saturday, April 21st – Sunday, April 22nd
Brooklyn EXPO Center
72 Noble Street at Franklin Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222
$10
Hot sauce lovers in the know will all trek out to the Brooklyn Expo Center for the chance to enjoy free hot sauce tastings, craft beers, and the very best BBQ from carefully-curated vendors hailing from all over the world.

NYC Chili Cook Off
Saturday, April 21st, 12PM – 4PM
Historic Richmond Town
441 Clarke Avenue at Center Street
Staten Island, NY 10306
$8-$15
This event has been sanctioned by the International Chili Society so you know it’s the real deal. Featuring chili tasting, competition, and judging, it’s a chance to suss out the best chili maker in the state. Live entertainment will keep the whole family happy.

9/11 Memorial & Museum 5K Run/Walk and Community Day Run
Sunday, April 22nd, 8AM
Starts at 250 Vesey Street at North End Avenue
New York, NY 10080
$45/adult, $32/student, free/children
Honor the heroes of 9/11 by taking part in the 6th annual Memorial Day run. This race will take runners through lower Manhattan, passing incredible views of the Statue of Liberty and One World Trade along the way.

Festival of Colors
Saturday, April 28th, 1:00 PM – 7:30 PM
485 Johnson Avenue at Porter Street
Brooklyn, NY 11237
$20-30.
This Indian celebration is the ultimate spring party. There will be music, art and enough colorful powder to cover you from head to toe! Tickets available here.

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Sakura Matsuri 2018

Saturday, April 28th- Sunday, April 29th 10AM-6PM
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
990 Washington Avenue at President Street
Brooklyn, NY 11225
$30/adults, $25/seniors & students, free/children

This festival is a celebration of Japanese culture and also the very best time to check out the garden’s famous cherry blossom trees. Programmed with over 60 events like performances by samurai sword master and Taiko drummers, there’s something for everybody. While you’re there, stop by the Japanese tea room, art gallery, and flea market.

Frieze New York
11 AM to 7 PM Friday May 4th and 11 AM to 6 PM Saturday May 5th and Sunday May 6th
Randall’s Island Park
Ticket prices vary on the day visited and the package purchased.
Randall’s Island becomes the center of the art world for four days each spring. This art fair occurs under a huge tent where you can enjoy over 200 art galleries and collections.

Bike Expo New York
Friday, May 4th, 10AM-8PM & Saturday, May 5th, 9AM-6PM
Pier 36 at Basketball City
299 South Street at FDR Drive
New York, NY 10002
Free
Over 60,000 bike-lovers will descend upon Basketball City to enjoy panels, contests, and product giveaways. If you’re brand-new to biking, you can take free lessons and if you’re a seasoned expert, you can stock up on everything you need for your next race.

CoffeeCon
Saturday, May 19th – Sunday, May 20th, 9AM-4PM
New York Hilton Midtown
1335 Avenue of the Americas b/t 53rd and 54th Streets
New York, NY 1001
$20-50
Join New York’s finest coffee fanatics at the world’s first all-consumer coffee festival where you’ll be surrounded by tastings, seminars with coffee experts, and classes in which you can learn every kind of coffee brewing imaginable. Buy tickets here.

NYC Vegetarian Food Festival
Saturday, May 19th- Sunday, May 20th, 11AM-6PM
Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th Street b/t 6th and 7th Avenues
New York, NY 10011
$20-75
This event is a celebration of all things veggie, with speaker presentations by nutrition experts, demonstrations by famous vegetarian chefs, and vendors giving out samples of the best meat-free food you’ll ever taste. There will be plenty of entertainment and even a raffle, all proceeds of which will benefit The Humane League.

 

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International Contemporary Furniture Fair
Wednesday, May 23rd, 10AM-4PM
655 West 34th Street at 11th Avenue
New York, NY 10001
$60/online prior to May 1st, $75/after May 1st & onsite
Design geeks will be in heaven at this famous exhibition, featuring over 800 vendors from all over the world showing off the very best in contemporary furniture, carpet and flooring, lighting, textiles and more.

World Science Festival
Tuesday, May 29th-Sunday, June 3rd
Locations & Ticket Prices to come
This 11th-annual celebration of all things science will attract some of the finest thinkers from all over the world. With over 70 events ranging from debates to films, fireside chats to live experiment discussions and debates, as well as theatrical performances, this is the ultimate scientific immersion.

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Shakespeare in the Park
Tuesday, May 29th – Sunday, August 19th, 2018
Delacorte Theater in Central Park
Enjoy free tickets by waiting in line or joining a lottery.
Enjoy Othello from May 29 to June 24 and Twelfth Night later in the season from July 17 to August 19.

BookCon
Saturday, June 2nd, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM & Sunday, June 3rd, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
655 West 34th Street at 11th Avenue
New York, NY 10001
$35/online, $45/onsite
This event is tailor-made for literary and pop-culture fans, offering them the chance to interact with publishers and creators behind their favorite books, podcasts, and internet content. You’ll have trouble choosing among all the cool events which include storytelling podcasts, Q&As with celebrities, and literary quiz shows. Get discounted tickets when you buy online here.

Rose Garden Weekend

Saturday, June 9th – Sunday, June 10th, 11AM- 4PM
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
990 Washington Avenue at President Street
Brooklyn, NY 11225
This weekend at Brooklyn Botanical Garden is a chance to enjoy the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden in its peak form. Enjoy live music, gardening lessons, and guided tours of the garden led by horticulture experts. Tickets will be available here closer to the event date.

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Puerto Rican Day Parade
Sunday, June 10th, 2018
Fifth Avenue from 44th – 79th Street
Free
This annual parade celebrates Puerto Rican heritage and is sure to be extra special this year with an outpouring of support in honor of the storm-damaged island that is still in need of so much repair.

Header image of Cherry Blossoms courtesy of Antonio Ron on Unsplash.

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