Spring opens up New York for outdoor fun. Expect lots of bike, art and food events to tempt you to join in. Film festivals are in full swing, as the sailors come to town. Shakespeare hits the parks, as do movie’s for free on blankets. Here is a list that should help you out.
5/ 1- 5: Tribeca Film Festival offers films, music, and cultural events in Lower Manhattan.
5/ 1 – 5: Superfine promises 75 “galleries and artists at the cutting edge of emerging contemporary art, with an array of price points friendly to even the most novice collector” at 107 Grand Street. Tours & parties too.
5/ 1 – 18: Enjoy music, creative plays, poetry, and films at Downtown Urban Arts Festival (DUAF), which showcases urban artists and promotes diversity.
April 11 – music
April 20 – poetry
April 24 to May 11 – theater
May 15 to 18 – films
5/ 2: TechDay is a giant science fair with 400 exhibitors, including innovative startups at the Javits Center. Free.
5/ 2 – 5: Shop for art from 190 galleries, attend talks, and mingle with art-world celebrities at Frieze New York in tents at Randall’s Island Park.
5/ 3 – 4: Visit 100 bicycle and accessory exhibitors, and attend biking presentations and classes at Bike Expo New York at Basketball City. Free.
5/ 3 – 7: See exceptional modern and contemporary art from international galleries at TEFAF New York Spring at Park Avenue Armory.
5/ 4: A ticket to NY Beer Festival includes unlimited beer tastes from 80 breweries, with games, entertainment, and food for sale at Citi Field for
5/ 5: Bike 40 miles through New York’s five boroughs on Five Boro Bike Tour, starting north of Battery Park.
5/ 5 – 12: NYC Independent Film Festival celebrates the independent filmmaker with screenings, panels, and parties at the Producers Club.
5/ 6 – 12: Attend readings, discussions, and workshops with writers addressing contemporary cultural and political issues in other countries at PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature.
5/ 9, 2019 (6 to 10 p.m.): Enjoy unlimited tastes from 50 local restaurants plus open bars at the Taste of the Lower East Side in Metropolitan Pavilion for $195+ to support charity.
5/ 11 – 12: Mother’s Day Weekend Garden Party features live music, games, family activities, tours, food trucks, and casual picnicking at New York Botanical Garden.
5/ 12, 2019 (1:30 p.m.): Find hidden clues and complete fun tasks in a race around the city on The Amazing Mother’s Day Scavenger Hunt beginning at Slattery’s Midtown Pub.
5/ 12: Japan Day @ Central Park includes a 4-mile run, dance performances, music, calligraphy, origami, and food tents at Central Park Bandshell. Free.
5/ 16 – 19: Join 10,000 cyclists visiting exhibitors at the NYC Bike Expo at Penn Plaza Pavilion. Free admission and secure bike check.
5/ 16 – 19: Harlem International Film Festival screens 75 features, documentaries, shorts, youth projects, and animated works from 25 different countries, and it includes panel discussions and awards.
5/ 16 – 20: Columbia University Film Festival premieres short films, feature screenplays, and teleplays created by graduate MFA students of Columbia University School of the Arts Film Program at Lincoln Center.
5/ 17 – 18: Sample restaurant food, and taste wine, beer, and cocktails under a tent at Taste of the Upper West Side at Columbus Avenue & West 77th Street.
5/ 18: Play new games from 100 developers at the Spring Play: NYC Game Expo, with pizza at the Microsoft office in Times Square. Register online for free and be sure to bring your ID.
5/ 18: Watch colorful dancers perform ballet, break dance, disco, hula, and samba in the 1 p.m. Dance Parade beginning at Broadway & 21st Street and ending at DanceFest in Tompkins Park from 3 to 7 p.m. Free.
5/ 18 (1 to 6 p.m.): Texas Chili Cook-off serves chili, beer, and a band, rain or shine at Boat Basin Cafe.
5/ 18: East Harlem’s Ethnic Festival has music, dance, arts and crafts, ethnic food, and children’s activities on E. 104th Street (from 2nd to 3rd Avenue). Free.
5/ 18: Korean Street Festival is a Harlem neighborhood event featuring Korean food, games, entertainment, and crafts at 134th Street and 7th Avenue. Free.
5/ 18 – 19: Ninth Avenue International Food Festival features food from around the world, international music and dance, artists and vendors, and children’s rides and games on 9th Avenue (42nd to 57th). Free entry.
5/ 18 – 19: NYC Vegetarian Food Festival features food samples and meals from vegetarian restaurants, health and wellness vendors, vegetarian and animal-welfare groups, and talks and shows at Metropolitan Pavilion.
5/ 18 – 19: A ticket to Ultimate Grand Tasting (highlight of Harlem EatUp!) gets you unlimited food tastes and samples of wine, beer, and cocktails, plus entertainment and a marketplace at Morningside Park for age 21+.
5/ 21 – Aug. 11: Shakespeare in the Park at Delacorte Theater in Central Park, get free tickets by joining a lottery or waiting in line.
May 21 to June 23 – Much Ado about Nothing
July 16 to Aug. 11 – Coriolanus
5/ 22: The International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) is a showcase for 800 exhibitors from May 19 – 22, 2019, and the public can buy tickets to attend on the last day in Jacob Javits Convention Center.
5/ 22: A ticket to Whisky Live includes a dinner buffet, live music, chocolate pairings, and a glass to sample scotches, bourbons, and whiskies from around the world at the Altman Building.
5/ 22 – 28: Tour ships, hear band concerts, watch demonstrations, and see military displays during Fleet Week, which begins with a parade of ships. Tours require ID if you are age 18+. Free.
5/ 22 – 25: New York Polish Film Festival screens feature films, shorts, and documentaries, which all have English subtitles at Scandinavia House.
5/ 23 – 6/9: New York African Film Festival screens both new and classic African cinema, with a special focus on intergenerational discourse, featuring works by women and younger generations.
5/ 24 – 26: Lower East Side Festival of the Arts features dance, film, music, poetry, theater, and visual art at the Theater for the New City. Free.
5/ 24 – 27: DanceAfrica celebrates the dance, music, and culture of Africa at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House. The 2019 theme is Rwanda.
5/ 24 & 31: Doors open at 7 p.m. to see movies at sunset during Summer Movie Series at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Held in May, June, July, and August.
5/ 24 – 9/ 8: Free Summer Movies are shown evenings at parks in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.
5/ 25: 152nd Street Cultural Festival celebrates Puerto Rican culture with live music, dancing, comedy, art and food vendors, celebrity appearances, and a children’s pavilion with storytelling, face painting, and crafts on 152nd Street (Jackson Ave. to Union Ave.). Free.
5/ 25 – 27 and 6/ 1 – 2: Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit features 120 artists on the sidewalks of University Place. Repeats in Sept. Free.
5/ 26: Mamapalooza offers music, art, kids’ activities, food vendors, and crafts for mothers and the people who love them at Riverside Park South. Free.
5/ 26: Passport to Taiwan Festival features “small eats,” stage performances, craft demonstrations, exhibitors, and family activities in Union Square Park North. Free.
5/ 28 – 6/ 2: Attend dozens of world-class lectures, films, and events on science and innovation during World Science Festival.
5/ 29 – 6/ 30: See hundreds of art exhibitions, concerts, dance, and literary events at Uptown Arts Stroll in Northern Manhattan. Free. Open studios held 1 to 6 p.m. on:
6/ 8 – from West 179th to 220th Street
6/ 15 – from West 135th to West 178th Street
5/ 31 – 6/ 2: Governors Ball is a three-day outdoor music festival with 65 acts “featuring music of all genres, foods of all flavors, arts of all variety” at Randall’s Island Park.