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19 THINGS TO DO IN NEW YORK

Manhattanhenge

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

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

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!

The High Line Sightseeing

April–October • activity

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

Open-Air Movie Nights

May–September • activity

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

Secret Gardens

April–October • nature

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

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

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

Flea Markets

April–November • activity

A New York favourite and a must see for any traveler

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

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​

Rooftop Bars

April–October • activity

The views make the drinks even better!

Baseball

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

Watch the most famous players of America's favourite sport

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

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 ​

38 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

International Pillow Fight Day

April 01, 2017 • 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

October 05–08, 2017 • event

A popular culture convention for adults and kids

Metropolitan Opera in the Parks

June 2018 • event

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

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.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

November 23, 2017 • event

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

Tribute in Light

September 11 • event

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

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

Governors Ball Music Festival

June 01–03, 2018 • event

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

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

No Pants Subway Ride

early January • activity

An annual prank originated in NYC in 2002

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!

West Indian Day Parade

September 03, 2018 • event

A colourful and vibrant celebration of the Caribbean culture

Easter Parade

April 01, 2018 • event

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

Electric Zoo Festival

September 01–03, 2017 • event

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

Lincoln Center Out of Doors

July 26–August 13, 2017 • event

Performers from around the world make this summer festival wonderful

Empire State Building Run-Up

February 01, 2017 • event

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

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

November 29–December 07, 2017 • activity

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

Times Square New Year's Eve

December 31–January 01 • event

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

SantaCon

December 09, 2017 • event

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

New York International Fringe Festival

October 2018 (TBA) • event

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

Coney Island Mermaid Parade

June 16, 2018 • event

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

Frieze New York

May 05–07, 2017 • event

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

The 4th of July

July 04 • event

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

Sakura Matsuri: Cherry Blossom Festival

April • nature

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

St. Patrick's Day Parade

March 17 • event

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

The 9th Avenue International Food Festival

May 19–20, 2018 • event

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

Macy's Flower Show

March 25–April 08, 2018 • event

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

Ice Skating

late October–early April • activity

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

Fleet Week NYC

May 24–30, 2017 • event

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

Chinese New Year

February 16, 2018 • event

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

Tribeca Film Festival

April 19–30, 2017 • event

This vibrant film festival brings life to the Tribeca neighbourhood

Christmas Markets

mid-November–December • event

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

Columbus Day Parade

October 08, 2018 • event

The celebration of the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the Americas

New York Road Runners Midnight Run

December 31–January 01 • activity

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

Independence Day BBQ

July 04 • food

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

Thanksgiving Day Food

November 23, 2017 • food

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

Oyster Season

September–April • food

Oyster culture has a special place in the New York lifestyle

Earth Day

April 22 • event

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