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20 THINGS TO DO FOR SELECTED DATE RANGE

Shakespeare in the Park

May–August • event

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

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!

Electric Zoo Festival

September 01–03, 2017 • event

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

Open-Air Movie Nights

May–September • activity

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

The High Line Sightseeing

April–October • activity

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

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

Secret Gardens

April–October • nature

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

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​

New York International Fringe Festival

August 2017 (TBA) • event

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

Flea Markets

April–November • activity

A New York favourite and a must see for any traveler

Waterfront Workouts

June–September • event

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

Al Fresco Brunch

April–October • food

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

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

Broadway

All year • event

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

Baseball

April–October | April 02, 2017 (Opening Day) • event

Watch the most famous players of America's favourite sport

Rooftop Bars

April–October • activity

The views make the drinks even better!

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 ​

Kayaking on the Hudson

May–September • activity

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

Beach Season

June–August • activity

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

Sailing

late April–October • activity

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

37 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Manhattanhenge

not in rangeMay 29–May 30 | July 11–July 12 • nature

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

International Pillow Fight Day

not in range • event

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

New York Comic Con

not in rangeOctober 05–08, 2017 • event

A popular culture convention for adults and kids

Metropolitan Opera in the Parks

not in range • event

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

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

not in rangeNovember 23, 2017 • event

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

Governors Ball Music Festival

not in rangeJune 01–03, 2018 • event

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

New York City Marathon

not in rangeNovember 05, 2017 • event

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

Tribute in Light

not in rangeSeptember 11 • event

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

Village Halloween Parade

not in rangeOctober 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.

West Indian Day Parade

not in rangeSeptember 04, 2017 • event

A colourful and vibrant celebration of the Caribbean culture

Lincoln Center Out of Doors

not in rangeJuly 26–August 13, 2017 • event

Performers from around the world make this summer festival wonderful

Cinco de Mayo

not in rangeMay 05 • event

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

Easter Parade

not in rangeApril 01, 2018 • event

One of the best Easter traditions is the bonnet parade on 5th Avenue

Vintage Trains and Buses

not in rangelate 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

No Pants Subway Ride

not in rangeearly January • activity

An annual prank originated in NYC in 2002

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

not in range • activity

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

Empire State Building Run-Up

not in range • event

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

St. Patrick's Day Parade

not in rangeMarch 17 • event

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

Coney Island Mermaid Parade

not in rangeJune 16, 2018 • event

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

SantaCon

not in rangeDecember 09, 2017 • event

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

The 4th of July

not in rangeJuly 04 • event

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

Sakura Matsuri: Cherry Blossom Festival

not in rangeApril • nature

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

The 9th Avenue International Food Festival

not in rangeMay 19–20, 2018 • food

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

Frieze New York

not in range • event

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

Times Square New Year's Eve

not in rangeDecember 31–January 01 • event

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

Ice Skating

not in rangelate October–early April • activity

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

Macy's Flower Show

not in range • event

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

Christmas Markets

not in rangemid-November–December • event

Get into the festive spirit and buy some presents for the whole family

New York Road Runners Midnight Run

not in rangeDecember 31–January 01 • activity

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

Chinese New Year

not in rangeFebruary 16, 2018 • event

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

Fleet Week NYC

not in range • event

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

Independence Day BBQ

not in rangeJuly 04 • food

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

Columbus Day Parade

not in rangeOctober 09, 2017 • event

The celebration of the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the Americas

Tribeca Film Festival

not in range • event

This vibrant film festival brings life to the Tribeca neighbourhood

Thanksgiving Day Food

not in rangeNovember 23, 2017 • food

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

Oyster Season

not in rangeSeptember–April • food

Oyster culture has a special place in the New York lifestyle

Earth Day

not in rangeApril 22 • event

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