They say April showers bring May flowers, but in New York the flower shows are in full bloom in April. Easter delights, car shows, film festivals and fun for the whole family as spring starts to make it’s mark.
4/1 – 2: The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art MoCCA Arts Festival features celebrity cartoonists and illustrators, art on display, and hundreds of small-press exhibitors at Metropolitan West.
4/1 – 2: The Photography Show by AIPAD exhibits museum-quality work from 110 galleries at Pier 94.
4/1 – 2: Described as “indefatigable, virtuosic, and relentlessly sexy” by the Los Angeles Times, Ailey II Dance Company performs exhilarating new works at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.
4/1 – 7: Havana Film Festival New York shows 40 full-length feature films, documentaries, shorts, animation, and classics from Latin America with English subtitles.
4/1 – 9: The Orchid Show fills the conservatory at the New York Botanical Garden with thousands of orchids in an amazing array of colors, shapes, sizes, and textures.
4/1 – 9: See spectacular arrangements of flowers from around the world and attend scheduled events at Macy’s Flower Show on Herald Square.
4/ 8: Celebrate Scotland by watching bagpipers, dogs, men in kilts, and women in plaid marching up Sixth Avenue from 45th to 55th in the New York Tartan Day Parade. Free.
4/8: See artists make beautiful Ukrainian pysanky (eggs) using wax-resist batik, watch an excellent 14-minute film about pysanky, and visit the exhibition of pysanky at the Ukrainian Museum. They close at 5 p.m.
4/8: Sample barbecue from the contestants and hear live entertainment at the New York City BBQ Cookoff at Historic Richmond Town on Staten Island.
4/8-9: Watch a tournament of 48 teams at FIRST Robotics Competition at The Armory on Fort Washington Ave. Free.
4/8,9, and 15: A ticket to Easter Bunny Express includes a 10-mile roundtrip train ride as the big bunny greets kids and the crew hands out treats, plus a visit to the train museum in Whippany, NJ.
4/8,9, 15, 16 and 18: Easter Egg Hunts for Kids in New York City.
4/8: Head to Carl Schurz Park for a egg hunts. The line forms early along East 87th Street. FREE
4/9: NYC Fire Museum Easter Egg Hunt – Soho. Head to the popular museum and hunt for eggs inside the firehouse. Bags are provided to collect treats and museum admission is included. This popular event sells out early and advance tickets are required.
4/14- 16: Head to the Minus5 Ice Experience for a new take on this traditional activity. Admission grants each guest a mocktail as they hunt through the city’s only ice bar to search for five eggs frozen throughout the venue. Guests who find them leave with a gift basket.
4/15: Join community organization NYSoM for its fourth annual egg hunt in the Target and Home Depot East Harlem Gardens. The fun includes an egg race, egg decorating, crafts, and face time with the Easter Bunny. FREE
4/15: Riverside Park is the place to be for Think ‘N’ Fun’s annual egg hunt. After you’ve gathered your eggs, take a picture with the bunny, and enjoy some springtime treats. Advance registration required. Rain date: Easter Sunday, April 16.
4/15 – 18: Children’s Museum of Manhattan has you going on a scavenger hunt for egg icons hidden throughout the museum. At the end, show off your completed booklet to collect a prize. Icons are hidden throughout, including at exhibits Hello Japan and America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far.
4/8 – 5/20: See creative plays, films, and more at the Downtown Urban Arts Festival (DUAF), which showcases urban artists and promotes diversity.
4/14 – 23: New York International Auto Show is billed as the nation’s first and most attended at Jacob Javits Center.
4/16: Follow clues around New York City with the help of a smartphone app to find hidden eggs on The Amazing Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt starting at Slattery’s Pub.
4/16: Wear an extravagant hat or festive costume and join the people strolling on Fifth Avenue from 49th to 57th Streets in the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival. It is usually described in the official street closure as “Easter Sunday Mass” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free.
4/18: Earth Day features environmental exhibitors, green businesses, kids’ activities, and live performances at Union Square. Free.
4/18: TechDay is a giant science fair with 400 exhibitors, including innovative startups at Pier 94. Free.
4/19: Fake wedding (7 p.m.) Attend an emotional wedding ceremony, eat a light dinner, and dance at a reception to check out the wedding vendors in action at The Big Fake Wedding NYC at Midtown Loft & Terrace. No gifts required!
4/19 – 30: Tribeca Film Festival is a giant festival offering films, music, and culture in Lower Manhattan.
4/20 – 23: Hear speakers share travel tips and stories, attend a workshop, and visit exhibitors at the New York Travel Festival in multiple Manhattan locations.
Nonfiction film festival
4/20 – 5/2: See a diverse collection of boundary-pushing nonfiction films at Art of the Real at Lincoln Center.
4/22 – 24: Billed as the world’s largest fine art trade show, Artexpo New York offers new works by 400 exhibitors, educational seminars, and cocktail parties at Pier 94.
4/23: The 9/11 Memorial 5K Run/Walk [sound] at Pier 26 in Lower Manhattan supports the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. Afterwards, visit free Community Day on Greenwich Street near the 9/11 Memorial for food trucks, music, and kids’ activities until 2 p.m.
4/ 24: Enjoy gourmet food, fine wine and beer, cocktails, local music, chef demonstrations, and a silent auction at NYC Taste of the Nation at 180 Maiden Lane.
4/29: (12 to 6 p.m.): Meet 100 publishers, writers, poets, editors, and booksellers of gay and lesbian literature at the Rainbow Book Fair at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Free.
4/29: Wine on Wheels features 200 wines served by 60 sommeliers with hors d’oeuvres, plus 20-minute wine seminars, and a silent auction at City Winery.
4/29: Play classic low-tech games like stickball, hula hoop, pogo stick, and yo-yo. Bring a helmet & parent with ID for skateboard, bikes, and skates at Street Games in Thomas Jefferson Park in Harlem. Free