Easter in NYC guide

Celebrate Easter in NYC and soak up spring in the city during the always-fun Easter Bonnet Parade and various egg hunts

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As with all things to do in spring, one of the best ways to celebrate Easter in NYC is to spend time discovering the best things to do outside. One of our favorite outdoor events is the annual Easter Bonnet Parade where marchers sport whimsical hats. That's still happening this year, but it's taking place virtually. Check out the annual event and grab some brunch followed by leisurely day-drinking at one of the city’s finest outdoor beer gardens. In case the weather is lousy, there are plenty of indoor Easter events (and indoor egg hunts), too. Unfortunately, many classic events won't be taking place this year. But you can get your flower fix by visiting the New York Botanical Garden, which is currently showing a small version of its annual orchid show. For more ideas on how and where to celebrate, use our handy guide to plan the ultimate Easter weekend in New York equipped with pastel eggs, chocolate bunnies and more.

When is Easter 2021?

This year, Easter is on Sunday, April 4, 2021.

Easter in NYC 2021

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Yes, it may be a bit overcast at the moment. Still, with daily temperatures solidly hovering around 50 degrees, nary a snowflake in sight and many of the city’s most popular boatstaurants now officially taking reservations—spring has officially sprung.  Balancing all of our desires to get out there and explore the city with up-to-date safety regulations and Covid-19 precautions can be difficult, but we’ve got a handful of surefire ways you can get out there and enjoy the sunshine. (This weekend, at least.) RECOMMENDED: The best things to do in April in NYC

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Imbibing alfresco at one of New York’s best outdoor bars is one of our favorite things to do in summer, or at least when the weather gets warmer, especially at a craft beer hall or beer garden in NYC. We're excited that there's a growing emphasis on experimentation, sour ales, and lower ABV booze in New York right now. And what's better than a sunny day with cold brews and summer drinks? A growing number of beer halls in New York are becoming breweries, too. And if you like what you taste, many are not only taprooms but sell the beer for take-home, when you want to savor a sip of summer later on.  For every type of brew lover out there, here are the best beer gardens and beer halls in New York City. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to things to do outside in NYC

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Cherry blossoms will be blooming later this month in NYC and we're so ready! Since the Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden isn't on the calendar this year, here are few other popular New York attractions boasting those pink-petal, Japanese shrubs. From the best NYC parks to hidden spots around town, here’s where you can gaze at the flowers. Take the perfect warm-weather-ready photo for your Instagram feed and get ready for the best things to do in spring. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to March in New York City

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