April is an excellent month to visit NYC! The weather may be delightful and New York City is just coming out of hibernation. Festivals, flowers, as well as films abound. Loads of free outside events are taking place and also a lot of cultural activities. Below are 7 highlights of NYC in April.
Pillow Fight New York – 4/2/2017 (3pm – 6 pm)
The location is announced by sponsors of the event on the New Mindspace website. The directive is crystal clear: bring a pillow and together, with hundreds of other people, interact in an amazing public pillow fight. It’s a yearly (and multi-city) occasion. Teddy bears and pajamas welcome!
Location: Check New Mindspace’s site for details.
Cost: Free of Charge
Tribeca Film Festival – 4/13-24/2017
In the cinematic world, the event is amongst the seminal film festivals, in conjunction with Sundance, as well as the Montreal Film. Stars are found here and a wonderful array of talent, as well as diversity of films. The cast, director, and crew often are available for a Question and Answer session after screenings. In addition to films, there also are the Family Festival Street Fair, ESPN Sports Film Festival, a variety of Tribeca Talks, as well as free panels for aspiring and working filmmakers. The full schedule of events and films are available on the site.
Location: All screenings will take place at numerous theaters that surround the city. See this list of venues.
Cost: Ranges from $10 – $40 depending upon time, as well as if a director Question and Answer session follows.
Cherry Blossom Festival 4/30/2017 to 5/1/2-17 (10 am to 6 pm)
The year 2017 will mark the Thirty-fifth anniversary of the Brooklyn Botanical Garden’s yearly cherry blossom festival. This weekend will offer more than sixty performances and events which celebrate contemporary and traditional Japanese culture. The highlights include the two-hundred blossoming cherry trees which are the rite of Spring for both visitors and locals of New York. If botanical gardens are your thing, check out a list of the top 55 botanical gardens in the US.
Location: The Brooklyn Botanical Gardens close to Prospect Park. See here for the map.
Cost: All tickets are as follows: Seniors (65 and up), $20; Adults $25; Students (12 and up) who have valid identification $20; Kids below12 or who are BBG Members are free.
Photography Show – 4/14-17/2017
Celebrating its thirty-sixth year The Photography Show, which is presented by Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) will be showcasing works from over eighty of the globe’s top photography art galleries.
Where: Park Avenue Armory on 643 Park Ave. @ 67th Street (see map)
Price: Ticket costs will vary by age, night, and event.
Brooklyn Folk Festival – 4/8-10/2017
Come and head over to Brooklyn n Heights directly near Manhattan to listen to blues, folk, string-band, jug-band, Irish, bluegrass, as well as Balkan music! Providing film screenings, instrumental and vocal workshops, family-friendly square dance, as well as banjo-tossing contest. See here for a schedule of events and bands. The festival’s location alone will be well worth your visit, Saint Ann’s Church’s building will date back to 1847. As a matter of fact, the entire Brooklyn Heights neighborhood is one to stroll around. Use the following self-guided tour which you can print.
Where: Saint Ann’s Church @ 157 Montague Street (in between Henry & Clinton St.)
Price: Ranges from $20 to $35/person.
Rainbow Book Fair – 4/9/2017 (12 pm – 6pm)
In the United States, it’s the biggest LGBT book event, in which 100 writers, publishers, editors, poets, as well as booksellers of lesbian and gay literature are going to be available to sell items, network and celebrate their pride via the written word. This Fair will feature readings, panels, as well as their well-known Poetry Salon.
Where: John Jay College of Criminal Justice on 524 West 59th St., west of 10th Ave.
Price: Free of charge
Earth Day- 4/17/2017 (Noon – 7 pm) & Green Festival Expo – 4/15-17/2017
NYC’s annual Earth Day is always celebrated with a collection inside Union Square in which there is going to be dozens of interactive displays, exhibitors, green-vehicle show, music, family activities, as well as entertainment at Union Square at the Union Square Park at East 17th Street and Park Avenue. Green Festival Expo includes an event on the weekend in which you may check out green services and products, enjoy vegan, shop green, shop vegetarian, organic food sources at the food court, hear inspirational speakers, and experience hands-on demos. There is a sustainable wine and beer garden, yoga pavilion, and kids’ eco-fun zone!
Where: Javits Convention Center on 11th Ave., in between 34th & 35th St.
Price: Adult tickets are $12. Kids who are 16 and under will receive free entry. Military and Seniors get discounted at the door. On Friday, students will receive free admission and get discounted on Sunday and Saturday at the door.