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April Starts off With Easter and Some Amazing Events

April Starts off With Easter and Some Amazing Events
From Easter parades, displays of flowers, art, film, parades, the earth and more, April’s events have something for everybody.
Easter Parade
4/1: 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 5 p.m. Free.
4/1: 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.
4/1 – 8 (begins March 28): See films by emerging or not-yet-established international filmmakers at New Directors/New Films at Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art.

Macy's Flower Show

4/1 – 8, (begins March 25): See spectacular arrangements of flowers from around the world and attend scheduled events at Macy’s Flower Show in the store on Herald Square. Free.

New York International Auto Show

4/1 – 8 (begins March 30): New York International Auto Show is billed as the nation’s first and most attended at Jacob Javits Center.

 The Orchid Show

4/1 – 22 (begins March 3): 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. Closed Mondays except April 2.

4/ 5, (6 to 9 p.m.): A ticket to the Chef Showdown includes tasty bites prepared by three local chefs, beer, and wine at FEDCAP Career Design School.
4/ 5 – 8: The Photography Show by AIPAD exhibits museum-quality work from 115 galleries at Pier 94.
4/6 – 17: Havana Film Festival New York shows 40 full-length feature films, documentaries, shorts, animation, and classics from Latin America with English subtitles.

4/7: Celebrate Scotland by watching bagpipers, dogs, men in kilts, and women in plaid marching up Sixth Avenue from 44th to 55th in the New York Tartan Day Parade. Free.
4/7 (3 to 5 p.m.) 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/(12 to 4 p.m.): Sample barbecue from the contestants and hear live entertainment at the New York City BBQ Cookoff at Historic Richmond Town on Staten Island.

4/7 – 8: The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art MoCCA Arts Festivalfeatures celebrity cartoonists and illustrators, art on display, and hundreds of small-press exhibitors at Metropolitan West.

4/7 – 8: Taste coffee, see exhibits, and attend classes at the consumer CoffeeCon at Tribeca 360°.

4/7 – May 12: See creative plays, films, music, and poetry at the Downtown Urban Arts Festival (DUAF), which showcases urban artists and promotes diversity.

4/8: A ticket to The Bloody Mary Festival – New York City includes unlimited tastes of creative Bloody Marys, a bagel bar, a cheese table, artisan food samples, and live music at Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn for age 21+.

4/5, (12 to 7 p.m.): Earth Day features environmental exhibitors, green businesses, kids’ activities, and live performances at Union Square. Free.

4/18 – 2: Tribeca Film Festival is a giant festival offering films, music, and cultural events in Lower Manhattan.
4/20 – 22: 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.

4/20: A ticket to Earth Day 5K Green Tour gets you a group tour of “green” projects around New York City, which lasts three to four hours.

4/20 – 21: Sample 150 craft beers and buy local restaurant food at NYC Craft Beer Festival at Metropolitan Pavilion.
4/22, (1:30 p.m.): 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.
4/22: 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 until 2 p.m.

4/26 – May 6: See a diverse collection of boundary-pushing nonfiction films at Art of the Real at Lincoln Center.

4/27 – 29: Hear speakers share travel tips and stories, attend a workshop, and visit exhibitors at the New York Travel Festival in multiple Manhattan locations.

4/27 – May 1: Focus on French Cinema features screenings of French films, receptions, parties, and actor & director Q&As.

4/28: 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.

4/28, (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.): 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 East Harlem. Free.

4/28 – 29(noon to 10 p.m.): The Margarita March includes eight tequila drinks in different bars. Buy online and check in by 3 p.m.


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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