New York feels fresh and vibrant in the spring. Festivals celebrate everything from flowers to films, parades brighten the streets and the season begins on Broadway (and in the baseball stadiums). This is our not-to-be-missed list for anyone visiting the city in spring 2019.
See the city in bloom
This year, the New York Botanical Garden’s Orchid Show celebrates Singapore, so expect a vivid, impressive display. Orchid Evenings – held on selected nights in March and April, with lightshows, cocktails and DJs – are a lively, alternative way to see the spectacle.
Journey to Paradisios is the theme for the 2019 Macy’s Flower Show, and we can’t wait to see how the wonders of the cosmos will be explored through the usual dramatic floral arrangements. The striking displays are all free – just admire while you shop.
In the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, April is all about Japanese cherry blossom. The pinnacle of the event is the weekend-long festival known as Sakura Matsuri, where, as well as seeing the trees blossom, you can enjoy events celebrating Japanese culture.
Enjoy arts and culture
The first Affordable Art Fair of the year will be happening at the Metropolitan Pavilion at the end of March. It’s a unique opportunity to browse thousands of original artworks – there’s something to suit every style and budget – and attend art workshops too.
An industry favorite, the Tribeca Film Festival takes place between April 24th and May 5th (the first tickets go on sale 19th February). The festival focuses on screening independent films, and you’ll be able to get the first look at some real gems.
Spring ushers in the start of the season on Broadway. This year we’re especially excited about Beetlejuice (first preview March 28th) and Moulin Rouge (first preview June 28th)
May sees the return of the 9th Avenue International Food Festival, a two-day event that celebrates New York’s rich culinary heritage. You’ll find stalls serving dishes from all over the world, and there’s entertainment (as diverse as the cuisine) too.
In New York, spring is the season of street parades. First up, on March 17th, is the ever-lively St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and then on April 21st there’s the Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival, always a colourful spectacle.
New York baseball teams return to the field in early spring, with the first games for both the Mets and the Yankees set for the end of February. Catching a game in a New York stadium is a great experience, with upscale food stalls catering for even the most discerning of locals.
Holi Hai – an ancient Hindu festival to welcome the spring – is celebrated on Governors Island every year with color splashing and diverse food and drink stalls. In 2019, Holi Hai is coming up on March 21st.
Spring’s the perfect time to explore the city’s many parks. Central Park is a must-see (we really recommend taking a boat trip on the famous lake), but we also love Brooklyn’s newly opened Domino Park, with its elevated walkway overlooking the historic waterfront.
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