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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.

24 THINGS TO DO IN NEW YORK (JULY 09 - JULY 18)

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

Manhattanhenge

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

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

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

April–October • nature

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

Open-Air Movie Nights

May–September • activity

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

Flea Markets

April–November • activity

A New York favourite and a must see for any traveler

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

April–October • activity

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

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

April–October • activity

The views make the drinks even better!

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

Al Fresco Brunch

April–October • food

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

Waterfront Workouts

June–September • event

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

Baseball

April–October • event

Watch the most famous players of America's favourite sport

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

Sailing

late April–October • activity

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

Beach Season

June–August • activity

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

Empire State Building

all year round • activity

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

Statue of Liberty

October–March (all year round) • activity

Four million visitors come yearly to see American icon in person

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

all year round • activity

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

Freshkills Park

April–November • activity

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

56 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

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

September 03, 2018 • event

A colourful and vibrant celebration of the Caribbean culture

Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival

April 21, 2019 • event

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

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

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.

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!

New York Comic Con

October 04–07, 2018 • event

A popular culture convention for adults and kids

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

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?

Metropolitan Opera in the Parks

June 29, 2018 • event

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

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

June 07–09, 2019 • event

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

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

March 17 • event

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

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

November 22, 2018 • event

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

Sakura Matsuri: Cherry Blossom Festival

April • nature

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

No Pants Subway Ride

January 07, 2018 • activity

An annual prank originated in NYC in 2002

4th of July Fireworks & Parade

July 04 • event

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

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

November 28 2018–January 07 2019 • activity

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

New York City Marathon

November 04, 2018 • event

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

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

Electric Zoo Festival

August 31–September 02, 2018 • event

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

Empire State Building Run-Up

February 06, 2019 • event

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

Coney Island Mermaid Parade

June 16, 2018 • event

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

Times Square New Year's Eve

December 31–January 01 • event

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

Ice Skating

late October–early April • activity

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

NYC Restaurant Week

July 23–August 17, 2018 • event

Incredible occasion for food fanatics

SantaCon

December 08, 2018 • event

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

Frieze New York

May 03–06, 2018 • event

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

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

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

New York Renaissance Faire

August 04–September 30, 2018 • event

Are you ready to escape modern reality?

Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade

October 20, 2018 • event

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

Independence Day BBQ

July 04 • food

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

New York Film Festival (NYFF)

September 28–October 14, 2018 • event

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

Global Citizen Festival New York

September 29, 2018 • event

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

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

Fleet Week NYC

May 23–29, 2018 • event

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

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

Labor Day Weekend

August 31–September 02, 2019 • event

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

Tribeca Film Festival

April 18–29, 2018 • event

This vibrant film festival brings life to the Tribeca neighbourhood

Columbus Day Parade

October 08, 2018 • event

The celebration of the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the Americas

Earth Day

April 22 • event

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

Oyster Season

September–April • food

Oyster culture has a special place in the New York lifestyle

Go Topless Day

August 26, 2018 • event

Take off your top to support gender equality

Pickle Day

October 14, 2018 • event

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

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

New York Fashion Week

September 06–14, 2018 • event

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

New York Road Runners Midnight Run

December 31–January 01 • activity

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

The Color Run

September 15, 2018 • event

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

Veterans Day Parade

November 11 • event

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

New York Coffee Festival

October 12–14, 2018 • event

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

Bastille Day

July 15, 2018 • event

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

Celebrate Israel Parade

June 02, 2019 • event

The largest gathering in the world in support of Israel

The Great New York State Fair

August 22–September 03, 2018 • event

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

Thanksgiving Day Food

November 22, 2018 • food

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