Stop and Smell the Flowers
Sakura flowers, or cherry blossoms, are famous in Japan, but you can also see them here in NYC. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden hosts an annual festival called the Sakura Matsuri to celebrate the blooms. There are also cherry trees in Central Park, Sakura Park in Morningside Heights, and Randall’s Island, which also hosts its own cherry blossom festival.
Then there’s the Orchid Show, which is at the New York Botanical Garden. Aside from the flowers, enjoy a complementary schedule of events from day to evening while you are there.
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 990 Washington Av. Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 (718) 623-7200
New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd. Bronx, NY, USA, +1 (718) 817-8700
Festivals and Fairs
The Tribeca Film Festival is arguably what first made Tribeca famous. Film buff or not, get in on the action by catching a premiere, or glimpsing a celebrity. You can also attend the accompanying Tribeca Family Festival Street Fair.
The Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival is a tribute to the old masters of jazz at the places they once played. It’s also an opportunity to visit Harlem, once and still a great place for jazz. It’s also a changing neighborhood worth experiencing – along with some of the best soul food north of the south worth tasting.
The annual Frieze Art Fair will bring together galleries and artists from the USA and Europe to New York City’s very own island paradise – Randall’s Island. In a specially designed venue overlooking the East River, it’s an art and culture affair that will have you feeling sophisticated upon arrival.
Randall’s Island Park, 1 Randall’s Island Park, New York, NY, USA, +1 (212) 463-7488
Do the Fun Holidays
The season of fun holidays kicked off with St. Patrick’s Day, but don’t stop there.
The Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival is a tradition stretching back to the late 1870s. More like a pageant of hats and a costume party, it is Sunday best at its best.
Holi (the Festival of Colors) is a Hindu religious festival celebrating spring, and is so fun that everyone else has taken to celebrating it too. The annual Holi Hai Festival will have you covered head to toe in different colored powders, which represents the rich colors of spring.
Cinco de Mayo is another holiday where indulging in too much food and drink is practically sanctioned. Look forward to the annual street fair outside of Grand Central Terminal, then pub-crawl your way through New York City’s best Mexican bars.
NYC’s favorite flea markets are set to re-open as the weather gets warmer. Whether you are looking for that one-of-a-kind vintage find or simply enjoy meandering through the stalls, it’s worth checking out at least one of the below:
Farmer’s markets have also begun re-opening around the city, and there’s nothing like carrying fresh produce and flowers home to feel that spring is here and summer just around the corner. See where all the farmer’s markets in NYC are located here.