The beautiful weather is here, and it’s time to wander outside and enjoy some of the springtime festivities and events happening in NYC. With St. Patrick’s Day and Easter just around the corner and plenty of events coming our way, it’s time for New Yorkers to get outside. Even if you don’t attend an event, get out, stretch, and enjoy the sunshine! In the meantime, know that there are some great things happening nearby.
Whether you want to celebrate the American love song to the Irish with a parade, green beer, dancing, or storytelling, NYC has everything on St. Patrick’s Day:
- Saturday, March 12: The London Irish versus Saracens rugby match is happening in New Jersey for those who want an authentic Irish game to kick of their St. Patrick’s festivities.
- Sunday, March 13: The Irish Arts Center will be having an open house with tea, crafts, dances, authentic music, and fun for the whole family.
- Thursday, March 17: Get there early and enjoy one world-famous, amazing parade, with bagpipes and marching along Fifth Avenue.
- Thursday, March 17: At Webster Hall, there’ll be Irish bands that can rock your socks off: The Narrowbacks and Girsa.
- Thursday, March 17: Fans of the cult classic Leprechaun can enjoy a showing party at Nitehawk Cinema.
For those who celebrate Easter, don’t miss out on these fun events:
- Sunday, March 27: After getting up early and going to church, you’ll be able to view some out-of-style, in-style headgear during the Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival.
- Sunday, March 27: If you were one of those kids who took the easter egg hunt way to seriously, as an adult, you can have some fun at the Amazing Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt starting at Slattery’s Midtown Pub.
Doesn’t the blue sky make you want to go for a walk in the park? And then possibly hug a tree? It’s time to celebrate Earth Day in NYC:
- Sunday, April 17: It might seem a little odd to celebrate Earth Day in the middle of sprawling Manhattan, but Union Square is going to fill up with live performances and environmental campaigns.
- Sunday, April 17: You can also head to Prospect Park if you want a tad more nature in your Earth Day.
Then there are the events anyone can enjoy that just seem to capture the elegance of spring:
- Sunday, March 20, through Sunday, April 3: The Macy’s flower show is possibly the biggest springtime event of the season, and definitely worth checking out at Macy’s Herald Square (unless you’re allergic to pollen).
- Now to April 17: The New York Botanical Garden is hosting its orchid show. Orchids, which tend to be the most expensive flowers, are delicate beauties, and rarely can you find so many varieties in one place.
- Saturday, March 19, through Sunday, March 20: The Black Party, which is a celebration of all things gay, is going to take over Brooklyn this weekend (and is not the kid-friendly type of gay festival).
- Wednesday, April 13, through Sunday, April 24: The Tribeca Film Festival in NYC is possibly the most important film festival on the East Coast and always brings creative and fascinating independent films to the table. Either attend some individual screenings (at $20 each), or film fanatics can splurge on a 12-day pass (at $550).
- Friday, April 8, through Sunday, April 10: Listen to the beautiful music of banjos, jugs, and fiddles at the Brooklyn Folk Festival, coming to numerous locations in Brooklyn.
- Saturday, April 30, through Sunday, May 1: Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s annual event celebrates both the blooming of the cherry blossoms and all things Japanese. People from all over are drawn to the Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival), so don’t miss out!