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March 2019

Queens World Film Festival

March 21 – 31 / Museum of the Moving Image & Kaufman Astoria Studios n

This festival screens exciting and innovative films from diverse points of view made by maverick filmmakers from around the world. The event also features a Kodak Product Prize for Best Motion Picture Shot on Film.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 16/ Fifth Avenue

Billed as the world’s oldest and largest St. Patrick’s parade, New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade celebrates Irish culture and the Catholic faith on 5th Avenue from 44th to 79th.

Vodka and Pickles Festival

March 18 / Grand Prospect Hall

This fun-packed festival features unlimited tasting of vodka mixed drinks along with pickles and other hors d’oeuvres, live stage entertainment, a modern art exhibition and arts sale, a photo booth, raffles for prizes, and enough dancing to guarantee you a good night’s sleep.

Macy’s Flower Show

March 24 – April 7 / Macy’s Herald Square

Roam the sweet-smelling foliage that appears at one of New York’s best department stores for two weeks each year. See spectacular arrangements of flowers from around the world, all decorated to fit a specific theme.

April 2019


April 3 – 7 / Anthology Film Archives

CineKink NYC showcases movies and videos that celebrate and explore a wide diversity of sexuality over four days. The event also offers panel discussions, audience choice awards, a kick-off party, and an after-party.

Brooklyn Folk Festival

April 5 – 7 / St. Ann’s Church

Listen to folk, blues, jug-band, string-band, bluegrass, Balkan, and Irish music at this popular festival, which has vocal and instrumental workshops, film screenings, a family-friendly square dance, and a banjo tossing contest.

Apple Blossom Children’s Carnival

April 6 – 7 & 13 – 14/ Queens County Farm Museum

Families love this annual event which hosts a huge range of kid-friendly events and activities including carnival rides, midway games, hayrides, and other entertainment, all taking place within the pretty environs of the apple orchard at Queens County Farm Museum.

Tribeca Film Festival

April 24 – 5 May / Venues across Lower Manhattan

This large-scale film festival offers a huge variety of groundbreaking movie screenings, including world premieres, along with celebrity talks, exclusive app-only content and a special Audience Award.

New York International Auto Show

April 19 – 28 / Javits Center

Come and see some of the world’s most beautiful, sought-after and technologically advanced automobiles at one of the most prestigious events on the car calendar, attended by car enthusiasts, industry insiders and global media alike.

Earth Day

April 22 / Venues across New York

The annual outdoor Earth Day features dozens of exhibitors, including environmental non-profits, green businesses, kids’ activities, and live performances, with more than 70 organisations represented.

Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival

April 27 – 28 / Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Sakura Matsuri features 200 blossoming cherry trees and 60 events and performances, all designed to celebrate Japanese culture. There’s also a Japanese tea room, an art gallery and a mini flea market.


April / Tribeca 360

Taste coffee, see exhibits, and attend classes at the New York edition of this consumer-focused festival, featuring gear, classes, tastings, coffee experiences and plenty more.

May 2019

Harlem International Film Festival

May 16 – 19 / Venues across Harlem

Harlem International Film Festival showcases documentaries, shorts, youth projects, and animated works from Harlem to Hong Kong, along with panel discussions, awards and plenty more.

Frieze New York

May 2-5 / Randall’s Island Park

Shop for art from over a thousand contemporary artists, attend talks, and mingle with art-world celebrities at the New York edition of this world-renowned arts fair.

Taste of the Upper West Side

May 17 – 18 / Columbus Avenue & West 77th Street

Delve into New York’s world class foodie scene at this action-packed event, where you’re invited to sample food from 40 restaurants, as well as taste wine, beer, and cocktails, all under one giant tent.

Fleet Week

May 22 – 27 / Venues across New York

Take a wander around real life ships, listen to concerts, watch demonstrations, and see military displays during this time-honoured celebration of the sea service. Entry is free.

Memorial Day

May 27 / Venues across New York

Created to honour the men and women who have died while serving in our US armed forces, Memorial Day features several parades across the city, with some of the largest taking place in Brooklyn, the Bronx and on Staten Island.

Governors Ball Music Festival

May 31 – 2 June / Randall’s Island

A three-day, multi-stage music festival, Governors Ball is a major landmark on New York’s summer cultural calendar. You can expect big-name rappers, beloved veteran acts, rising pop stars and more.

Japan Day

May / Central Park

A vibrant celebration of Japanese culture, Japan Day includes a four mile run and kids’ race, dancing and singing, calligraphy and origami, not to mention food tents serving up mouth-watering Japanese cuisine.

June 2019

New York City Multicultural Festival

June 1 – June 8 / Jackie Robinson Park, Harlem

Organised by the community for the community, this fun-filled and free-to-enter festival celebrates all forms of cultural expression, including music, dance, poetry, food, fashion and art. There’s also a dedicated kids’ area to keep the little ones entertained.

Northside Festival

6-10 June / Brooklyn

Northside Festival presents a diverse programme of music shows at several venues around Williamsburg and Greenpoint in Brooklyn, with both big names and rising local acts performing.

Taste of Times Square

8 – 12 June / Broadway to 10th Avenue

Dedicated gastronomes descend on 46th Street for this annual foodie extravaganza. There’s international cuisine from 40 local restaurants, plus live music, stretching all the way from Broadway to 10th Avenue.

Jazz Age Lawn Party

15-16 June / Colonel’s Row, Governors Island

An essential annual summer stop for revellers looking to dance in the open air, Jazz Age is themed around the Prohibition-era (including “speakeasy” summer drinks) – so be sure to dress the part with period-appropriate attire.

Coney Island Mermaid Parade

22 June / Coney Island

One of New York’s most unusual events, each year thousands of spectators flock to Surf Avenue on Coney Island to watch King Neptune and Queen Mermaid lead a procession of semi-nude marchers in costumes through the neighborhood.

BBQ Block Party

June / Madison Square Park

Enjoy award-winning barbecue food, cooking seminars, and live rock, blues, and soul at this hugely popular, free-to-enter party. Picnics and pets are welcome.


1 June-24 September / Venues across New York

Enjoy top class music, comedy, theatre, dance, lectures, and films during this hugely popular festival that takes place in parks across the city. Most of the events are free, so arrive early to grab a decent spot.

July 2019

New York Asian Film Festival

1-14 July, Lincoln Center

Film lovers can come and watch the latest hit movies hailing from China, Japan, South Korea and other Asian countries at this popular film festival.

Fourth of July in NYC

4 July, Venues across New York

This raucous day of celebrations features live music, stage entertainment, a carnival, food trucks, a beer garden, and a stunning fireworks display after dark.

International African Arts Festival

4-7 July, Commodore Barry Park

Celebrate African art with a diverse programme of music, dance, storytelling, handcrafted goods, food vendors, and plenty more at this action-packed festival.

Fresh Fruit Festival

8-21 July, The Wild Project Theater

Featuring 20 performances of gay and lesbian plays, musicals, and solo shows, this is another event designed to promote acceptance of the LGBT community.

Afro-Latino Festival

12-13 July, Venues across NYC

A wide assortment of talks on Friday are followed by films and lashings of wine on Saturday, culminating with a dazzling music concert with arts & crafts vendors on Sunday.

Dance on Camera Festival

12-15 July, Venues across NYC

Documentary screenings, features, shorts, experimental works, and music videos that combine dance with cinematography in innovative ways are what to expect at this annual event.

Bastille Day

14 July, Venues across New York

Celebrate Bastille Day by eating crêpes and éclairs, tasting wine and cheese, watching mimes and cancan dancers, and visiting a dedicated kids’ corner.

NYC Restaurant Week

22 July-16 August, Venues across New York

More than 300 New York restaurants take part in this annual event, designed to promote the city’s food scene and encourage visitors to sample some of their faire. Look out for special lunch and dinner deals across the Big Apple.

Lincoln Center Out of Doors

24 July-11 August, Lincoln Center

Three weeks of world-class music, dance, and spoken word take over the spacious and scenic plazas of Lincoln Center at this popular free-to-enter annual event.

August 2019

Harlem Week

1-24 August / Venues across Harlem

This month-long celebration of local culture and history includes performances, tributes, films, fashion, a children’s festival, sports events, and a 5K run/walk. Most events are free.

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival

3-4 August / Flushing Meadows, Queens

Watch a huge number of colourful dragon-boat teams compete on Meadows Lake, and enjoy music, dance, martial arts, folk art, and Chinese food at this free-to-enter event.


4 August / Times Square

Free-to-enter, Ecofest has a vast mix of exhibits showcasing alternative energy and the environment, green vehicles, food, and entertainment in the iconic setting of Times Square.

Play NYC

10 August / Metropolitan Pavilion

Gaming enthusiasts can come and enjoy a fun-packed weekend of playing games and attending talks by key industry figures as they discuss the complex but always fascinating world of game development.

One Love Music Fest

17 August, Newark

Debuting this year, One Love Music Fest promises three stages of renowned musicians and talented dancers in a fun-packed, family-friendly setting. Kids aged 12 and under go free.

Blues BBQ Festival

24 August, Hudson River Park

Pairing great American blues and roots musicians with mouth-watering local barbecue at Pier 97 in Hudson River Park, this free-to-enter event is a foodie and music lover’s paradise.

Afropunk Festival

24-25 August / Commodore Barry Park, Brooklyn

This outdoor summer music festival celebrates multicultural arts, hosting a wide array of well-known musical artists (including some of the biggest hip-hop artists), as well as food trucks, live artworks and the SpinThrift Market.

The U.S. Open Tennis

26 August-8 September / Flushing Meadows, Queens

For two weeks each year, Flushing Meadows morphs into the tennis capital of the world for the U.S. Open tennis. As well as the on-court action, there’s a celebrity-studded crowd, international food vendors and live musicians.

Unicycle Festival

29 August–1 September / The Ritz-Carlton New York Battery Park

Watch 300 unicycles roll around the city, or try it yourself, at this quirky, free-to-enter event that celebrates the famous one-wheeled mode of transport. There’s also unicycle sports, exhibitions, and races.

Electric Zoo Festival

30 August–1 September / Randalls Island Park

This electronic dance-music festival brings together top acts and 150,000 fans on Labor Day weekend for 3 days of tub-thumping electro tunes.

September 2019

Brazilian Day

1 September / Little Brazil, near West 46th Street

This lively and free-to-enter festival celebrates Brazil’s independence with music, dance, and food in 25 blocks of the Big Apple’s vibrant Little Brazil district.

Dream Up Festival

1-15 September / Theater for the New City

Come and watch almost 30 new and innovative works, including top quality comedy, dance, drama, music, and poetry performances at Theater for the New City

West Indian Day Parade

2 September / Brooklyn

The annual West Indian Day Parade draws close to two million people each year, featuring steel-pan and calypso bands in elaborate costumes, and vendors selling homestyle island grub along the route.

New York Fashion Week

5-13 September / Venues across New York

Top models, photographers, and designers attend invitation-only events during the summer edition of one of the wold’s most eagerly awaited fashion shows, complete with spring collection unveilings.

Washington Square Park Folk Festival

8 September / Washington Square Park

An old time string band, blues, early country music, a chorus, and a square dance are just some of what to expect at this hugely popular, free-to-enter annual folk festival.

Urbanworld Film Festival

18-22 September / AMC Empire

There’ll be a huge collection of film screenings and panel discussions that support and develop movie making at one of New York’s most eagerly awaited annual film events.

Harvest in the Square

19 September / North Plaza, Union Square Park

Local chefs prepare signature dishes accompanied by microbrews, wine, and music at Harvest in the Square in the North Plaza at Union Square Park.

Brooklyn Book Festival

21-22 September / Venues across Brooklyn

This free festival features a whole week of events throughout the borough, including a lively book market, author readings, panel discussions, and dedicated children’s day.

The Big Chocolate Show

21-22 September / The New Yorker hotel

Meet chocolatiers, artisans, and chefs, watch demonstrations, classes and chocolate pairings, and tuck into an assortment of chocolate tastings at this annual show.

Queens County Fair

22-23 September / Queens County Farm Museum

Pig racing, pie-eating and corn-husking contests are just some of the eccentric activities that take place at this popular fair. There’s also hayrides, carnival rides, live bands and a beer garden, plus craft and food vendors.

Burlesque Festival

26-29 September / Venues across New York

This festival plays host to four nights of outrageous performances featuring an abundance of feathers and lace. Look out for the glittery razzle-dazzle spectacular on the Saturday.

New York Film Festival

27 September-13 October / Lincoln Center

Come and watch classics, documentaries, and full-length feature films by some of the world’s great filmmakers at this prestigious movie festival.

New York Vegandale

28 September / Randall’s Island Park

Purchase vegan food, beer, wine, and spirits from more than 70 vendors at another of New York’s burgeoning roll-call of vegan-themed event.