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Best time of year to visit New York

There is always a pack of reasons to visit the Big Apple in every season. Mild weather and slightly thinner crowds make April to June and September to early November the best time to visit New York. Warm, gorgeous spring with a sprinkle of rain calls New Yorkers for outdoor brunches and picnics in the Central Park. A popular period from July to August brings heat and humidity alongside with tourists. However, this is the high time for a variety of family activities like outdoor music concerts, open-air movie nights, and waterfront workouts. Over 3 million people gather to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in November, and it's the official start of Christmas season. Cold January and February will warm up your heart with good deals.

30 THINGS TO DO IN NEW YORK (MAY 27 - JUNE 05)

Manhattanhenge

Manhattanhenge

May 29–May 30 | July 11–July 12 • event

A magnificent view of the setting sun right between the buildings in Manhattan

Summer Music Events

Summer Music Events

May–September • event

New York offers a wide range of free and open-air music festivals and concerts with fun and vibrant atmospheres

Street Fairs and Festivals

Street Fairs and Festivals

April–October • event

The street fairs in New York are all about tasting great food, finding bargains, and enjoying a little people watching​

Secret Gardens

Secret Gardens

April–October • nature

While the parks can be crowded and noisy, these little oases are perfect for escaping from Hell's Kitchen

Flea Markets

Flea Markets

April–November • activity

A New York favourite and a must see for any traveler

Open-Air Movie Nights

Open-Air Movie Nights

May–September • activity

Movie screenings beneath the starry sky are a nice tradition for summer in the city

Shakespeare in the Park

Shakespeare in the Park

late May–mid-August • event

Central Park turns into a theatre for Shakespeare lovers, during the open-air summer productions

The High Line Sightseeing

The High Line Sightseeing

April–October • activity

The only elevated urban park and a very pleasant place to be on a sunny afternoon

Rooftop Gardens and Farms

Rooftop Gardens and Farms

May–September • nature

It may sound strange but even in a concrete jungle of New York City you'll find farms and gardens. Although they are a bit unusual!

Rooftop Bars

Rooftop Bars

April–October • activity

The views make the drinks even better!

Broadway

Broadway

All year • event

The heart of theater production and the Big Apple's main attraction

Picnic Season in Central Park

Picnic Season in Central Park

May–mid-October • activity

Take a checkered blanket, some snacks, and enjoy the sun on the lush green lawn of Sheep Meadow

Al Fresco Brunch

Al Fresco Brunch

April–October • food

Brunch is a New Yorker's favourite meal, especially outdoors

Waterfront Workouts

Waterfront Workouts

June–September • event

New York is not only about bars and parties. It's also about exercise and wellness

Baseball

Baseball

April–October • event

Watch the most famous players of America's favourite sport

Bike the Big Apple

Bike the Big Apple

April–October • activity

The best way to explore the scenic views of the Big Apple on a nice warm day is by bike ​

Sailing

Sailing

late April–October • activity

Explore the skyline of the city while sipping a cocktail and enjoying a cool breeze

Kayaking on the Hudson

Kayaking on the Hudson

May–September • activity

Being on the water in New York City is an unforgettable experience

Empire State Building

Empire State Building

all year round • activity

While visiting the iconic monolith of Manhattan, plan wisely to avoid lines

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

October–March (all year round) • activity

Four million visitors come yearly to see American icon in person

Top of the Rock

Top of the Rock

all year round • activity

See the most iconic landmarks of the Big Apple in one grand panorama

9/11 Memorial & Museum

9/11 Memorial & Museum

all year round • activity

The most tragic place in New York City is also among the most visited ones

Beach Season

Beach Season

June–August • activity

The water that surrounds New York helps to survive​ a hot summer in the concrete jungle

Smorgasburg

Smorgasburg

April–late October • event

Visit the largest weekly open-air food market in America

Ellis Island

Ellis Island

March–November • activity

Visit the famous immigration museum that once was a station receiving millions of immigrants

Freshkills Park

Freshkills Park

April–November • activity

The former largest landfill in the world is being transformed into a park

SummerStage

SummerStage

late May–late September • event

New York's largest free outdoor performing arts festival

Celebrate Israel Parade

Celebrate Israel Parade

June 02, 2019 • event

The largest gathering in the world in support of Israel

One World Observatory

One World Observatory

all year round • activity

The tallest building in the Western Hemisphere provides great views and unique experience

Five Points Festival

Five Points Festival

June 01–02, 2019 • event

An unusual mix of art, designer toys and counterculture

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The 9th Avenue International Food Festival

The 9th Avenue International Food Festival

May 18–19, 2019 • event

Try out some of the best food Hell's Kitchen can offer

West Indian or Labour Day Parade

West Indian or Labour Day Parade

September 02, 2019 • event

A colourful and vibrant celebration of the Caribbean culture

Village Halloween Parade

Village Halloween Parade

October 31 • event

The Village Halloween Parade is the world’s largest Halloween procession as well as the only major nighttime parade in the U.S.

International Pillow Fight Day

International Pillow Fight Day

April 06, 2019 • event

If you see feathers all over the street, it's probably the International Pillow Fight Day, the fluffiest fight in the world

Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival

Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival

April 21, 2019 • event

One of the best Easter traditions is the bonnet parade on Fifth Avenue

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo

May 05 • event

Bring your amigos and enjoy the fiesta with some Mexican flavour. There will be the fair, fresh margaritas, and mariachi music!

Empire State Building Run-Up

Empire State Building Run-Up

February 06, 2019 • event

Only 1,576 stairs and you're on the top of the city

New York Comic Con

New York Comic Con

October 03–06, 2019 • event

A popular culture convention for adults and kids

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

February 05, 2019 • event

Dragons, dancers, and some of the best Chinese food highlight the celebration of Lunar New Year in Chinatown

Metropolitan Opera in the Parks

Metropolitan Opera in the Parks

June 29, 2018 • event

Beautiful opera music in the relaxed atmosphere during the Summer Recital Series

Macy's Flower Show

Macy's Flower Show

April 01–09, 2019 • event

When spring has sprung what better way to celebrate than to stop by and adore some blooming flowers?

Lincoln Center Out of Doors

Lincoln Center Out of Doors

July 24–August 12, 2018 • event

Performers from around the world make this summer festival wonderful

Governors Ball Music Festival

Governors Ball Music Festival

June 07–09, 2019 • event

A hot summer music festival on the island known for its numerous athletic fields

Sakura Matsuri: Cherry Blossom Festival

Sakura Matsuri: Cherry Blossom Festival

April • nature

One of the best ways to celebrate the arrival of spring is viewing cherry blossoms

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

November 28, 2019 • event

Giant balloons and millions of people on the streets of the Big Apple during Thanksgiving Day

Tribute in Light

Tribute in Light

September 11 • event

The solemn annual commemoration of the victims of 9/11 attack lights up the sky

St. Patrick's Day Parade

St. Patrick's Day Parade

March 17 • event

Watch the 5th Avenue turn green and celebrate the Irish culture

4th of July Fireworks & Parade

4th of July Fireworks & Parade

July 04 • event

Celebrate one of America's favourite holidays in its most iconic city

No Pants Subway Ride

No Pants Subway Ride

January 13, 2019 • activity

An annual prank originated in NYC in 2002

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

November 28 2018–January 07 2019 • event

For over seven decades, the Christmas Tree at the Rockefeller Center has stood as a holiday beacon for New Yorkers

Electric Zoo Festival

Electric Zoo Festival

August 31–September 02, 2018 • event

A wild music festival is a perfect place to spend a hot summer night

New York City Marathon

New York City Marathon

November 03, 2019 • event

The NYC Marathon, the largest in the world, is a nice sporting tradition for a great cause

Vintage Trains and Buses

Vintage Trains and Buses

late November–December • activity

It must be programmed in human nature to feel some nostalgy for yesteryear—New York's vintage train on Christmas provides a chance to soothe that pain

Coney Island Mermaid Parade

Coney Island Mermaid Parade

June 22, 2019 • event

One of the weirdest and freakiest parades that celebrates the beginning of summer

Columbus Day Parade

Columbus Day Parade

October 14, 2019 • event

The celebration of the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the Americas

Ice Skating

Ice Skating

late October–early April • activity

Visit the iconic ice skating rinks in Central Park or next to the Rockefeller Center

Times Square New Year's Eve

Times Square New Year's Eve

December 31–January 01 • event

Join the world's biggest New Year's Eve party!

NYC Restaurant Week

NYC Restaurant Week

July 23–August 17, 2018 • event

Incredible occasion for food fanatics

Holiday Train Show

Holiday Train Show

November 17 2018–January 21 2019 • event

Marvel at half-mile train track by 150 miniature NYC landmarks at New York Botanical Gardens

Five Boro Bike Tour

Five Boro Bike Tour

May 05, 2019 • event

One of the most massive recreational cycling events in New York City

Frieze New York

Frieze New York

May 01–05, 2019 • event

Wander around Randell's Island and observe some of the best works of contemporary artists

SantaCon

SantaCon

December 08, 2018 • event

If you are not afraid of looking a bit silly join New Yorkers in this fun tradition

Christmas Markets

Christmas Markets

mid-November–December • event

New York City markets will help you get into the festive spirit and buy some presents for the whole family

Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade

Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade

October 28, 2018 • event

Pooches let their ego shine at the largest dog costume parade in the world

New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC)

New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC)

October 01–31, 2018 • event

The f​est​ival with over a thousand performances is a true celebration of talent and creativity

NYC Wine and Food Festival

NYC Wine and Food Festival

October 11–14, 2018 • event

A great chance to indulge in food and wine feasts and meet celebrity chefs in the foodie heaven

New York Renaissance Faire

New York Renaissance Faire

August 17–October 06, 2019 • event

Are you ready to escape modern reality?

Tournament of Champions Squash

Tournament of Champions Squash

January 16–24, 2019 • event

The only sports event held in the iconic Grand Central Terminal

Big Apple Circus

Big Apple Circus

October 20 2018–January 27 2019 • event

A well-known tourist attraction of New York City

The Great New York State Fair

The Great New York State Fair

August 21–September 02, 2019 • event

Discover lots of delicious food, exciting competitions, exhibits, and thrilling entertainment at the oldest state fair in the U.S.

Global Citizen Festival New York

Global Citizen Festival New York

September 29, 2018 • event

Top artists and world leaders get together to make commitments toward ending extreme poverty

Winter Jazzfest

Winter Jazzfest

January 04–12, 2019 • event

A key event of the New York City jazz scene featuring prominent musicians from around the world

New York Film Festival (NYFF)

New York Film Festival (NYFF)

September 27–October 13, 2019 • event

How about a meeting hundreds of filmmakers at one of the longest-running film festivals in the United States?

Independence Day BBQ

Independence Day BBQ

July 04 • food

There's only a few things more American than a classic backyard barbeque

Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day Weekend

August 31–September 02, 2019 • event

New York City knows how to say 'adios' to summer with long-weekend blowout

Fleet Week NYC

Fleet Week NYC

May 22–27, 2019 • event

A week during which the city is flooded by sailors in beautiful white uniforms

Tribeca Film Festival

Tribeca Film Festival

April 24–May 05, 2019 • event

This vibrant film festival brings life to the Tribeca neighbourhood

Pickle Day

Pickle Day

October 14, 2018 • event

A slice of pickle on this day—another slice of history to discover

Brazilian Day

Brazilian Day

September 01, 2019 • event

If it's not a sign to take your green and yellow clothes on, then what is it? Celebrate Brazil's independence day NYC style

Oyster Season

Oyster Season

September–April • food

Oyster culture has a special place in the New York lifestyle

Go Topless Day

Go Topless Day

August 26, 2018 • event

Take off your top to support gender equality

Earth Day

Earth Day

April 22 • event

The annual Earth Day is made to show that being eco-friendly doesn't have to be a burden

Feast of San Gennaro

Feast of San Gennaro

September 12–22, 2019 • event

Eat the best Italian food, watch colorful parades, and attend free concerts

New York Comedy Festival

New York Comedy Festival

November 05–11, 2018 • event

Spend an evening in a bar with drinks and great jokes like a real New Yorker

New York Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week

February 07–15, 2019 • event

Stay on top of fashion trends at one of the "Big 4" fashion weeks

Brooklyn Book Festival

Brooklyn Book Festival

September 16–23, 2019 • event

The largest free literary event in New York City

The Color Run

The Color Run

September 15, 2018 • event

This race is often called “The Happiest 5K on the Planet”

Veterans Day Parade

Veterans Day Parade

November 11 • event

Take a day to honor veterans, the living ones who served in the military

Rooftop Films

Rooftop Films

May 25–July 14, 2018 • event

Rooftop Films travel across the city, holding screenings on rooftops, parks, and other beautiful spots

Open House New York

Open House New York

October 19–20, 2019 • event

Visit some of the architectural masterpieces of New York for free

BroadwayCon

BroadwayCon

January 11–13, 2019 • event

A colorful festival where fans can meet and interact with their favorite Broadway stars

Bastille Day

Bastille Day

July 14, 2019 • event

What an amazing event for all the francophiles—celebrating France’s Independence Day

Winter Jam

Winter Jam

January 26, 2019 (*rain date: February 2, 2019) • event

One day in a year when you can ski in Central Park

Atlantic Antic

Atlantic Antic

September 29, 2019 • event

The oldest and largest street festival in New York

New York International Auto Show

New York International Auto Show

April 19–28, 2019 • event

Held since 1900, this is the oldest automotive exhibition in North America

Oktoberfest New York

Oktoberfest New York

October 11–14, 2018 • event

One of the best fall events in NYC

World Maker Faire

World Maker Faire

September 21–22, 2019 • event

The greatest family-friendly festival of creativity, resourcefulness, and invention

NYC Pride

NYC Pride

June 17–30, 2019 • event

One of the largest Pride celebrations in the world, spanning almost the whole month

Night Nation Run

Night Nation Run

June 09, 2018 • event

A 5K run with live DJs and glow sticks blends sport and partying

Lake George Winter Carnival

Lake George Winter Carnival

February 02–24, 2019 • event

A family-friendly month-long celebration of winter

Memorial Day Parade

Memorial Day Parade

May 27, 2019 • event

One of the most popular public events in May

NYBG Orchid Show

NYBG Orchid Show

February 23–April 28, 2019 • event

Don't miss thousands of beautiful blooms forming amazing installation

Panorama NYC Music Festival

Panorama NYC Music Festival

July 2019 (TBA) • event

One of the most popular summer festivals, often called Coachella of the East Coast

Archtober

Archtober

October 01–October 31 • event

The month-long festival of tours, lectures, films, and exhibitions

New York Road Runners Midnight Run

New York Road Runners Midnight Run

December 31–January 01 • activity

A fun alternative to traditional celebrations that might just define your year

​Winter Village at Bryant Park

​Winter Village at Bryant Park

October 27 2018–January 02 2019 • event

Manhattan's winter wonderland and the oasis of fun in a busy district

NYC Craft Beer Festival

NYC Craft Beer Festival

October 19–20, 2018 • event

About 75 breweries present 150 craft beers for you to enjoy

NYRR Brooklyn Half Marathon

NYRR Brooklyn Half Marathon

May 19, 2018 • event

The largest half-marathon in the United States

AfroPunk Fest

AfroPunk Fest

August 25–26, 2018 • event

This Brooklyn festival celebrates African heritage and rebellious spirit

Rolex Central Park Horse Show

Rolex Central Park Horse Show

September 18–22, 2019 • event

An elite equestrian competition in a unique location

New York Boat Show

New York Boat Show

January 23–27, 2019 • event

The oldest and one of the largest boat shows in the United States

New York Coffee Festival

New York Coffee Festival

October 11–13, 2019 • event

Immerse yourself into demonstrations, tastings and workshops from almost 10o coffee-industry professionals

Fall for Dance Festival

Fall for Dance Festival

October 01–13, 2018 • event

An affordable way to see world-class performers

Museum Mile Festival

Museum Mile Festival

June 2019 (TBA) • event

New York's biggest block party and a chance to visit nine of New York's famous museum for free

NY Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks

NY Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks

June 12–17, 2018 • event

Enjoy your favorite classical sonatas under the stars

Metropolitan Opera Summer HD Festival

Metropolitan Opera Summer HD Festival

August 24–September 03, 2018 • event

Free festival showcases biggest opera stars on a wide screen

NYC Vegetarian Food Festival

NYC Vegetarian Food Festival

May 18–19, 2019 • event

A joyful celebration of everything meat-free from the City's best vegetarian restaurants

Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights

late November–early January • event

All boroughs of New York City put on dazzling winter displays

Thanksgiving Day Food

Thanksgiving Day Food

November 22, 2018 • food

The tastiest food can always be found on the Thanksgiving table!