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Visiting NYC in Spring

Enjoy springtime in New York City as we watch the flowers bloom and warmer weather gives way to more outdoor activities in NYC. The Easter Parade in NYC, bike riding in Central Park, Shakespeare in the Park. The Cherry Blossom Festival at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. NY Yankees Baseball games, and more. Exciting new exhibits at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Museum of Natural History, and Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). See it all in NYC!

Highlighted New York City Events for Spring 2017 (see complete NYC calendar of events)
Check back soon for Spring 2017 events in NYC!

American Museum of Natural History: Butterly Conservatory
 NY Yankees Baseball Tickets  Celebrate Easter in NYC  The Butterfly Conservatory at the American Museum of Natural History 

Earth Day in New York City

Sakura Matsura Festival at Brooklyn Botanical Gardens Earth Day Events in New York City NYC Shakespeare in the Park Shakespeare in the Park

Highlighted New York City Events for Spring 2017 (see complete NYC calendar of events

NYC Freedom Comprehensive Tour - 9/11Freedom Comprehensive Tour - Ground Zero 911 Memorial & Statue of Liberty
Date: Daily at 9am
This tour combines a walking tour around the site of the former World Trade Center Twin Towers - Ground Zero - and a tour of historic Lower Manhattan.
The walking tour ends at Battery Park where you'll board the ferry to the Statue of Liberty.
Location: Tours depart from in front of the 53rd Street Gourmet Deli, 53rd Street between 6th & 7th Avenues
Buy tickets to the Freedom Comprehensive Tour - Ground Zero 911 Memorial & Statue of Liberty

NYC Events, Yankee StadiumYankees Baseball Games
Date: April-September
Buy tickets to select NY Yankees games, including transportation to and from the new Yankees Stadium. Or enjoy a NY Yankees Baseball Vacation
Location: Yankees Stadium, Bronx NY

Dark Universe - Space Show at the Museum of Natural HistoryDark Universe Space Show at the American Museum of Natural History
Date: Ongoing
As scientists unravel the complexities of the cosmos, key findings are revealing amazing new frontiers for exploration. Come along on a journey about what we already know -- and about the mysteries we have yet to solve -- in Dark Universe, a new Space Show in the Hayden Planetarium.
Go beyond the night sky and into deep space to find out how discoveries over the past 100 years have led us to two great cosmic mysteries: dark matter and dark energy. You'll hurtle through Jupiter's atmosphere, peer at the web of dark matter holding galaxies together, and watch the colorful remains of the universe's beginnings unfold.
Experience Dark Universe to celebrate the pivotal moments that have brought us unprecedented knowledge of the universe and our place in it -- and glimpse the exciting future of cosmic exploration.
Buy Tickets to Dark Universe at the American Museum of Natural History
Location: American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th Street

The Orchid Show at the NY Botanical GardenThe Orchid Show at the NY Botanical Garden
Date: February-April
Mesmerizing and seductive, The Orchid Show is a yearly celebration of the orchid in all its amazing forms.
The annual exhibition celebrates this storied flower in all its amazing forms with thousands of brilliantly colored orchids. The largest exhibition of its kind in the United States also offers insight into caring for orchids, music from around the world, and a gorgeous setting for evening cocktails.
Elaborate and kaleidoscopic displays throughout the galleries of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory explode with orchids in an amazing array of colors, shapes, sizes, and textures. Tens of thousands of blooms--blue and purple vandas, green and yellow cymbidiums, delicate pink and white moth orchids, and more--stand out amid stately palms and exotic tropical leaves.
Location: 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY - Enid A. Haupt Conservatory

Cherry Blossoms Hanami at Brooklyn Botanical GardenCherry Blossom Season (Hanami) at Brooklyn Botanical Gardens
Date: April
Hanami at BBG follows the Japanese tradition of enjoying each moment of the cherry blossom season. BBG's many species of cherry trees bloom at different times, culminating in a magnificent display on Cherry Esplanade.
Location: Brooklyn Botanical Gardens - 900 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Tribeca Film Festival, New York CityNew York CIty Tribeca Film Festival

Date: April
Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff founded the Tribeca Film Festival in 2001 following the attacks on the World Trade Center, New York City to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of the lower Manhattan district through an annual celebration of film, music and culture.
The Festival’s mission is to help filmmakers reach the broadest possible audience, enable the international film community and general public to experience the power of cinema and promote New York City as a major filmmaking center. Tribeca Film Festival is well known for being a diverse international film festival that supports emerging and established directors.
Location: Throughout downtown Manhattan

New York International Auto Show at Javits CenterNew York International Auto Show
Date: April 14-23, 2017
The New York International Auto Show is North America's first and largest attended auto show. Featuring 1,000 vehicles plus the latest in tech, safety and innovation in nearly 900,000 sq ft. It is one of the hottest tickets in town.
Location: Jacob Javits Convention Center - 11th Avenue between 34th and 40th Streets

Earth Day Events in New York City
Earth Day Events in New York City

Date: April
On April 22, 1970, in response to widespread environmental degradation, Gaylord Nelson, a United States Senator from Wisconsin, called for an environmental teach-in, or Earth Day. Over 20 million people participated that year, and Earth Day is now observed each year on April 22 by more than 500 million people and national governments in 175 countries.
Location: Citywide
New York City Green Festival
NYC Green Festival Expo
Date: Late April, 10am-6pm
New York continues to be on the forefront in reducing energy consumption and has one of highest percentages of green space among US cities. It also has the highest percentage of workers commuting by public transportation, bicycle, or by foot. The city’s sustainability program PlaNYC has helped achieve the cleanest air in 50 years, adding 865,000 trees and five million feet of reflective rooftop to the urban landscape and has helped to reduce the carbon emissions by 19% since 2005.
Location: Jacob Javits Convention Center - 11th Avenue between 34th and 40th Streets

Sakya Matsuri Festival - Brooklyn Botanic GardenSakura Matsura Festival at Brooklyn Botanical Gardens
Date: Late April, 10am-6pm
Sakura Matsuri, the annual cherry blossom festival at BBG, offers over 60 events and performances that celebrate traditional and contemporary Japanese culture. The festival marks the end of Hanami, the Japanese cultural tradition of enjoying each moment of the cherry blossom season.
Location: Brooklyn Botanical Gardens - 900 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Shorewalkers NYC - The Great SaunterThe Great Saunter
Date: May 6, 2017
Experience New York City like you never have before! The annual Great Saunter is a 32-mile walk around Manhattan's rim. The pace is steady, but not fast. Most of the route is fairly flat. We keep to the waterside as much as possible. There is no rain date; we will go rain or shine. The Great Saunter is a World Famous Civic Event that attracts tourists and walkers from New York, as well as other states, and countries. It is truly an international event in an international city! The Great Saunter has received support from New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, NYC Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, and the Manhattan Borough President.
Location: Meet at Fraunces Tavern, 54 Pearl St.  off Broad St.

New York City 5 Boro Bike Ride5 Boro Bike Ride in NYC
Date: May 7, 2017
Held annually the first Sunday in May, the TD Five Boro Bike Tour presented by REI is America’s largest cycling event. The Tour is co-produced by Bike New York and the New York City Department of Transportation. The event provides participants the unique and fun experience to bike through all five boroughs – a 40 mile, car-free ride for 32,000 cyclists.
More information about the 5 Boro Bike Ride in NYC

Ninth Avenue Food Festival NYCNinth Avenue International Food Festival
Date: Mid-May, 12-5pm
The Ninth Avenue International Food Festival, blends international cuisine, art and soul in one of the country’s most unique neighborhoods. Adjacent to Times Square, America’s number one tourist destination. The Festival is New York’s oldest and largest continuous Food Festival, drawing over 200,000 visitors over the corse of the two day festival weekend. From open to close, visitors can browse the offerings of 15 City Blocks of gourmet food and beverages. Asian to Cajun and everything edible, along with fine art and crafts and an entire city block of family friendly children’s games and entertainment.
No entrance fee.
Rain or Shine!
Location: 9th Avenue from 42nd to 57th Street

New York AIDS WalkAnnual New York AIDS Walk
Date: Sunday, May 17, 2015
AIDS Walk New York is a powerful and inspiring day in Central Park and on the streets of New York City. Each year we will honor those who continue to fight, embrace new allies, remember loved ones lost, and work to realize a future without AIDS.
Location: Central Park

American Museum of Natural History: Butterly Conservatory
Date: December 10, 2016-May 29, 2017
This exhibition, an annual favorite, features up to 500 live, free-flying tropical butterflies from the Americas, Africa, and Asia. The butterflies are housed in a vivarium that approximates their natural habitat, includes live flowering plants that serve as nectar sources, and features controlled artificial light, temperature, and humidity. Featured species include iridescent blue morpho butterflies, striking scarlet swallowtails, and large owl butterflies. Text panels located immediately outside the vivarium offer information about the evolution and life cycle of butterflies, including explanations of mimicry, diversity, and butterflies’ important role in conservation.
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NYC Governors Ball Music FestivalGovernors Ball Music Festival
Date: June 2-4, 2017
The Governor’s Ball Music Festival is a 3-day festival featuring some of the biggest and best live acts in electronic, dance, hip hop, and indie music.
Location: Randall's Island Park

Museum Mile Festival NYCAnnual New York City Museum Mile Festival
Date:  2nd Tuesday in June, 6-9pm
One day a year, for almost 40 years, ten of the country’s finest museums —all ones that call Fifth Avenue home— collectively open their doors from 6pm – 9pm for free to New Yorkers and visitors for a mile-long block party and visual art celebration. This traffic-free, music- and art-filled celebration fills the street and sidewalks of Fifth Avenue from 82nd to 105th street, the mile now officially designated as Museum Mile. Over 50,000 visitors attend the festival annually.
Location: Fifth Avenue between 82nd and 105th Streets
Buy tickets in advance to your favorite New York City museums and attractions

NYC Calendar Big Apple Barbecue Block PartyAnnual NYC Big Apple Barbecue
Date: June TBA, 11am-6pm
The BIG BARBECUE BLOCK PARTY is one of the country's premiere festivals, attracting people from near and far to celebrate America's authentic culinary and musical traditions. Event admission is free for this weekend long event that boasts award-winning barbecue and Southern-inspired fare from the country's top pitmasters, live performances from emerging and established musical artists, and daily seminars that include cooking demonstrations from top chefs. Proceeds from the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party support the Madison Square Park Conservancy, the organization responsible for the beauty, ongoing maintenance, and programming of this historic park.
Location: Madison Square Park, Madison Avenue Between 23rd and 26th Street
Puerto Rican Day Parade in NYCNYC National Puerto Rican Day Parade
Date: 2nd Sunday in June, begins at 11am
The parade marches along Fifth Avenue from 44th Street to 79th Street and has grown to become the largest demonstration of ethnic pride in the nation. Since 1957, the parade has been a cultural icon and a permanent fixture of the Puerto Rican diaspora. Over 80,000 people participate in the Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City each year. Over two million people attend the Puerto Rican Day Parade and many more watch it on television.
Location: Fifth Avenue from 44th to 79th Street

Coney Island Mermaid ParadeAnnual Coney Island Mermaid Parade
Date: June
The Mermaid Parade is the largest art parade in the nation. A celebration of ancient mythology and honky-tonk rituals of the seaside, it showcases over 1,500 creative individuals from all over the five boroughs, opening the summer with incredible art, entrepreneurial spirit and community pride. The parade highlights Coney Island Pageantry based on a century of many Coney parades, celebrates the artistic vision of the masses, and ensures that the summer season is a success by bringing hundreds of thousands of people to the amusement area in a single day.
Founded in 1983 by Coney Island USA, the not-for-profit arts organization that also produces the Coney island Circus Sideshow, the Mermaid Parade pays homage to Coney Island's forgotten Mardi Gras which lasted from 1903 to 1954, and draws from a host of other sources resulting in a wonderful and wacky event that is unique to Coney Island. The Mermaid Parade specifically was founded with three goals: it brings mythology to life for local residents who live on streets named Mermaid and Neptune ; it creates self-esteem in a district that is often disregarded as “entertainment”; and it lets artistic New Yorkers find self-expression in public.
Location: The Parade will start on West 21st and Surf Avenue. It will roll East to West 10th Street, the marchers and push pull floats will go to the Boardwalk and march to Steeplechase Plaza, where the Parade will disband.

Toyota Concert Series on NBC's The Today Show in New York CityConcert Series on TODAY Show
Date: May-September 4, every Friday 7-9am
Fans and visitors are encouraged to join us on the plaza for the live performances, every Friday morning. Viewing is on a first-come, first-served basis outside TODAY's window-on-the-world studio. Fans should arrive by 6am for best viewing.

Location: 49th Street and Rockefeller Plaza

Good Morning American Summer Concert Series"GMA" Concert Series on "Good Morning America"
May-September 4, every Friday 7-9am
"Good Morning America's" Summer Concert Series returns, where music’s biggest names will perform live every Friday. GMA's Concert Series lineup is filled with an exciting and eclectic mix of all the hottest and biggest names in music today. All concerts are free and open to the public and will take place live during "Good Morning America," Fridays from 7-9am Eastern Time. Viewers interested in joining "GMA" in Central Park are encouraged to arrive at Rumsey Playfield via the 72nd street entrance on Fifth Avenue at 6am when the park opens to the public.
Location: Central Park, Rumsey Playfield - 69th Street entrance on Fifth Avenue at 6am
More about the "GMA" Concert Series on "Good Morning America" and other free summer concerts in New York City

Shakespeare in the Park
Date: May-August
Enjoy Shakespeare in the Park, New York City's FREE beloved summertime tradition at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.
Location: Delacorte Theater in Central Park. The Central Park entrances closest to the theater are at 81st Street and Central Park West or 79th Street and Fifth Avenue.
More information about Shakespeare in the Park

Celebrate Brooklyn Concert Series in Prospect ParkCelebrate Brooklyn - Free Concerts in Brooklyn's Prospect Park
Date: June-August
Celebrate Brooklyn! is one of New York City's longest running, free, outdoor performing arts festivals. Launched in 1979 as a catalyst for a Brooklyn performing arts scene and to bring people back into Prospect Park after years of neglect, Celebrate Brooklyn! was an early anchor in the park's revitalization and has become one of the city's foremost summer cultural attractions.
Location: Prospect Bark Bandshell, 9th Street and Prospect Park West
More information about Celebrate Brooklyn and other free summer concerts in NYC

Activist New York at the Museum of the City of New York Activist New York Exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York
Date: Ongoing 
Activist New York explores the drama of social activism in New York City from the 17th century right up to the present. In a town renowned for its in-your-face persona, citizens of the city have banded together on issues as diverse as historic preservation, civil rights, wages, sexual orientation, and religious freedom. Using artifacts, photographs, audio and visual presentations, as well as interactive components that seek to tell the entire story of activism in the five boroughs, Activist New York presents the passions and conflicts that underlie the city's history of agitation.  
Location: Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd St. 
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Museum of the City of New York - Gilded New York Gilded New York at the Museum of the City of New York
Inaugurating the Museum’s Tiffany & Co. Foundation Gallery, Gilded New York explores the city’s visual culture at the end of the 19th century, when its elite class flaunted their money as never before. In New York, this era was marked by the sudden rise of industrial and corporate wealth, amassed by such titans as Cornelius Vanderbilt and Jay Gould, who expressed their high status through extravagant fashions, architecture, and interior design. The exhibition presents a lavish display of some 100 works, including costumes, jewelry, portraits, and decorative objects, all created between the mid-1870s and the early 20th century. The dazzling works in the exhibition will illuminate an era when members of the new American aristocracy often displayed their wealth in storied balls in Fifth Avenue mansions and hotels. It was a time when New York became the nation’s corporate headquarters and a popular Ladies’ Mile of luxury retail establishments and cultural institutions helped launch the city to global prominence.
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd St. 
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