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April in New York

April in New York


4/1-3 See spectacular arrangements of flowers from around the world and attend scheduled events at Macy’s Flower Show Free.

New York International Auto Show is billed as the nation’s first and most attended at Jacob Javits Center.

Browse contemporary paintings, prints, sculptures, and photographs from 80 galleries at the Affordable Art Fair, with workshops and activities at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea. Repeats in Sept.

4/1-5 Focus on French Cinema has French films and special events with actors and directors in New York and Connecticut.

4/1 – 9 See creative plays, films, and more at the Downtown Urban Arts Festival (DUAF), which showcases urban artists and promotes diversity.

4/1 – 10, 2016 Watch the New York Knicks play an exciting game at Madison Square Garden. Orchid Show – daytime

4/1 – 17 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.

4/1-30 Enjoy a reception, a three-course dinner, and a DJ dance with three hours of views on a Manhattan Dinner Cruise by Hornblower Yachts, departing from Pier 40 at 353 West Street.

Party cruise: Rock the Yacht is a 3-hour cruise with city views, DJ dance music, and cash bar leaving Pier 15 at South Street Seaport

4/2 Pillows fly and teddy bears soar at the giant urban Pillow Fight NYC. Bring a soft pillow that does not contain feathers to Washington Square Park. Free.

4/2 NYC Craft Distillers Festival has samples of 60 craft spirits, a 1920s jazz band, and a prohibition theme at The Bowery Hotel. .

Sample two-ounce samples of 100 U.S. craft brews at the Spring Craft Beer Festival at Belmont Park Race Track for age 21+.

4/2-3 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.

See films focused on humanitarian causes at the New York Peace Film Festival at All Souls Unitarian Church.

4/2 – 12 Madama Butterfly is a young Japanese geisha who mistakenly believes her arrangement with a visiting American naval officer is a loving and permanent marriage, at the Metropolitan Opera House.

4/2-16 Orchid Show – evening Wander through the Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden with a cocktail in hand and romantic music playing during Orchid Evenings, which are March 5, 12, 19, 24 (LGBT), 26, and April 2, 9, 15, 16.

The Young Garden Circle Lounge includes an open bar and appetizers on April 2 & 9, strictly for ages 21 to 40.

4/3 The New York Flute Fair features performances, workshops, exhibits, master classes, and a competition at Columbia University.

4/3-24 Enjoy a buffet, live jazz, and two hours of views on the Jazzy Champagne Brunch Cruise by Hornblower Yachts, departing from Pier 40.

4/4 – 5/8 New York Yankees package deal includes a field-level seat and unlimited picnic food until 30 minutes after game time at Yankee Stadium.

4/6 Enjoy unlimited tastes from 50 local restaurants plus open bars at Taste of the Lower East Side in Metropolitan Pavilion to support charity.

4/7 – 10 Antiquarian Book Fair has 200 dealers of rare books, maps, and manuscripts, plus lectures and panel discussions at Park Avenue Armory.

4/7 – 15 Havana Film Festival New York shows 40 full-length feature films, documentaries, shorts, animation, and classics from Latin America with English subtitles.

4/7 -24 Watch the Yankees play from a suite-level indoor seat with sweeping views, high-def TV, all-you-can-eat buffet, non-alcoholic drinks, and cash bar in the Audi Yankees Club in left field.

4/8 Enjoy good food and wine at Global Food and Wine Experience at Espace to support diversity in the hospitality and culinary industries.

4/8 – 21 collection of boundary-pushing nonfiction films at Art of the Real at Lincoln Center.

4/8-9 and 22-23 Taste five wines with artisan cheese and see city views during a Wine & Cheese Pairing Class aboard the Yacht Manhattan, departing from Chelsea Piers (Pier 62).

4/8 – 30 Enjoy 90 minutes of views on an afternoon Statue of Liberty & Skyline Sightseeing Cruise, with a free glass of champagne or other beverage on Yacht Manhattan, from Chelsea Piers (Pier 62).

New York Tartan Day Parade

4/9 Celebrate Scotland by watching bagpipers, men in kilts, and women in plaid marching up Sixth Avenue from 45th to 55th in the New York Tartan Day Parade. Free.

4/9 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.

4/10 The Greek Independence Day Parade features traditional costumes, music, and lots of blue and white flags on 5th Ave. from 64th to 79th St. Free.

Connect with 40 organizations that need your help at Good Deeds Day, with live music in Herald Square. Free.

Tribeca Film Festival

4/13 – 24 Tribeca Film Festival is a giant festival offering films, music, and culture

4/14 – 17 The Photography Show by AIPAD exhibits museum-quality work from 80 galleries at the Park Avenue Armory.York Ceramics & Glass Fair features exhibits by 30 galleries at Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd St.

4/15 – 17 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.

The Green Festival has exhibitors, an organic food court, a sustainable beer and wine garden, a kids eco-fun zone, and a yoga pavilion at Javits Convention Center.

4/16 Wine on Wheels features 175 wines served by 50 sommeliers with hors d’oeuvres, plus 20-minute wine seminars, and a silent auction at City Winery.

4/17 Earth Day features a green-vehicle show, exhibits, family activities, music, and entertainment at Union Square. Free.

4/ 21 TechDay is a giant science fair with 400 exhibitors, including innovative startups at Pier 94. Free.

4/24 The 9/11 Memorial 5K Run/Walk 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.

4/25 Enjoy gourmet food, fine wine and beer, cocktails, local music, chef demonstrations, and a silent auction at NYC Taste of the Nation at 225 Liberty Street.

4/25 – 5/1 Attend readings, discussions, and workshops with writers who share their ideas about contemporary cultural and political issues in Africa at PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature.

4/27 – 30 New York Polish Film Festival screens feature films, shorts, and documentaries, which all have English subtitles at Anthology Film Archives.

4/27 – 5/1 NYC Independent Film Festival celebrates the independent filmmaker with screenings, panels, and parties at the Producers Club.

4/ 28 – 5/1 Bad Film Fest screens weird, wild, and outrageous films by new filmmakers that are supposed to be so bad they’re good at Cloud City.

4/29 – 30 Visit 100 bicycle and accessory exhibitors, and attend biking presentations and classes at Bike Expo New York at Basketball City on Pier 36. Free. [Do not confuse with the bike expo on May 13-14.]

4/30 Throw brightly colored powder, dance to the music, and buy Indian food to celebrate spring at Holi Hai festival in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza. Do not bring your own color; buy non-toxic color on site. Free entry.

4/30 Learn how to prevent and manage diabetes at the American Diabetes Association Expo, which has health screenings, cooking demonstrations, experts, and exhibitors in the Jacob Javits Convention Center. Free.

4/30 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.

4/30 – 5/15, 2016 (weekends) Spring Crafts on Columbus features 100 juried artists near the American Museum of Natural History. Free.


Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:

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