NYC Spring Attractions

Although New York City is great all year long, the spring is an especially good time to visit NYC. In April, the weather gets warmer and the city is filled with many outdoor (and indoor) events such as the Easter parade and the Tribeca Film Festival.

Cherry Blossom

Sakura Matsuri, the traditional NYC Cherry Blossom Festival, takes place in several locations across the city, displaying the peak bloom of the cherry trees as well as Japanese performance art and tea ceremonies. The festival opens at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden on the last weekend of April and making a stop at the Randall’s Island a week later. If you missed those dates, you can see cherry blossom trees on Central Park and Queens Botanical garden from around mid-April.

Brooklyn Satura Matsuri 2014

Randall’s Island Cherry Blossom Festival

Free Walking Tours in NYC

Learn about the past and present of the Lower East Side Manhattan in the weekly, three-hour LES history tour or visit the neighborhood’s artists’ studios and galleries in the monthly, every-last-Sunday tour. Both tours are free and run from April to October–November. Visit Lower East Side website for more details.

The Friends of the High Line are offering free guided tours of the beautiful elevated urban park built on the ruins of a railway in Chelsea, Manhattan, every Tuesday and Saturday, starting May 3.

High Line Tours

Music Concerts in April–May

If you are visiting NYC this coming spring, there’s a big chance you will be able to catch a music concert by some of the biggest pop and rock artists: Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Chick Corea, Rufus Wainwright, Billy Joel, B.B. King and many others are scheduled to perform in NYC this April and May.

NYC Concert Calendar

Tribeca Film Festival

The annual film festival, established by Robert De Niro and associates after the 9/11 attacks, will be held between April 16 and 27, is a great opportunity to watch movie premieres, documentaries and classic films and to listen to discussions about the future of the movie industry.

Tribeca Film Festival

Art Exhibitions in NYC, Spring 2014

The Whitney Museum bi-annual exhibition runs until May 25, displaying over 100 contemporary American artists in various traditional and digital media and techniques, is a must-see for anyone who is interested in the art world.

image: nypl.org

NY Public Library for the Performing Arts and presents “Ladies and Gentlemen… The Beatles”, also known as The Beatles exhibition, until May 10. The exhibition displays photos, videos, photos and other memorabilia from the time the Beatles toured the US in the mid-60s.

NYC Easter Parade 2014

NYC famous Easter Parade takes place on Sunday, April 20, from 10 am to 4 pm, along Fifth Avenue 44 and 57 streets. The colorful event features ten-thousands of participants in spectacular costumes and their costumed pets. Spectators can watch the parade from the elevated seats placed by the Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick’s Church and 55th St.

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