NYC events in April 2018

Check out our picks for the best NYC events in April including awesome outdoor events at NYC parks and great festivals
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The best NYC events in April 2018 are going to make you psyched for spring. Aside from celebrating major holidays like Easter in New York, take a moment to stop and smell the roses at events such as the Macy's Flower Show and The Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden. Speaking of buds, take advantage of checking out the best NYC parks, while all the flowers and trees are starting to bloom. And there’s even more greenery fun for outdoorsy folks—Earth Day, duh!

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Featured events in April 2018

Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival 2011
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Things to do, Festivals

Easter events in New York

Easter Sunday: The day of pastels, egg rolling, and rabbity propaganda doesn’t seem very “cool New York” at first blush, but as with all things to do in spring, they’re as entertaining as you make them. You can gawk at the Easter Parade, seek out the best brunch NYC serves or use this as an excuse for some leisurely day-drinking at an outdoor bar.

Tribeca Film Festival 2005
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Movies

Tribeca Film Festival

Robert De Niro and co.’s Tribeca Film Festival has long shown a spotlight on local indie features, documentaries, foreign films, the latest from big-name talent and the greatest from up-and-coming filmmakers. We’ve got your complete one-stop-shopping guide to this year’s festival: our personal must-see picks, showtimes, ticket info, a list of nearby bars and restaurants and oh-so-much more.

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The Orchid Show 2013 at the New York Botanical Garden
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Things to do, Exhibitions

The Orchid Show in NYC

Not to be confused with the season’s other stupendous garden party, the Macy’s Flower Show, the New York Botanical Garden’s Orchid Show NYC exhibits thousands of species of beautiful blossoming orchids. Learn about the “Orchid Delirium” of the 19th century and view movie screenings and performances while enjoying the lush scents and sights of one of the best gardens in NYC.

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Macys Flower Show
Photograph: Kent Miller
Things to do, Exhibitions

The Macy’s Flower Show

The Macy’s Flower Show is an annual presentation of flower arrangements, bouquets and gardens in Macy’s Herald Square. This year’s theme is America the Beautiful, and the show will display native flora found across the country.

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brooklyn folk festival
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Music

The Brooklyn Folk Festival

The Brooklyn Folk Festival, which has inhabited Kings County live-music venues like the Jalopy Theater and the Bell House in past years, returns to St. Ann’s Church for its ninth-annual iteration. With its cavernous ceilings, the capacious church nave of the historic Brooklyn Heights venue is a great place to hear acoustic music of any genre. Don’t be fooled by the fest’s name: The gathering brings together acts that deal in Americana and blues as well as global sounds from places like the Middle East and Guinea.

Hanami
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Things to do

Earth Day in NYC

Earth Day—it’s a bit like Mother’s Day, but for Mother Nature, although you don’t have to buy her a card. Celebrate and get outdoors at NYC parks, turn off the lights in your apartment, unplug your gadgets, and hit up these fun Earth Day events in New York City.

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Sakura Matsuri at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
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Things to do, Festivals

Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival

Your feed is going to blow up with shots of this weekend-long bash that celebrates Japanese culture—so why miss out on the fun? To celebrate the end of Hanami (read: the season of Japanese flower porn), Brooklyn Botanic Garden unveils cherry blossoms at their picturesque peak for two glorious days. But that’s only part of the draw. There’s also a Japanese tea room, an art gallery and a mini flea market hawking loot such as mouthwatering Raaka chocolates, wall scrolls and silk wraps. Stay for the jam-packed schedule of entertainment, which includes taiko drummers, cosplay actors, samurai sword masters, J-rock bands, stand-up comics and dance parties.

Music events in April 2017

Lorde
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Music, Pop

Lorde + Mitski + Run the Jewels

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This blowout show plucks three unlikely, yet strangely fitting, stars from their respective musical spheres and joins them on one stadium stage. Leave it to New Zealand's pop princess Lorde to assemble such a luminous lineup. A singer with a penchant for the first-person plural ("And we'll never be royals"), she's not one to shirk sharing the throne. In the opening sets, the crown jewel of hip-hop duos, Definitive Jux hero El-P and quick-witted Atlanta MC Killer Mike, spit their braggadocio and cutthroat takedowns, while Mitski Miyawaki bares her talents with dreamily yearning indie rock and pointed lyricism.

Sorority Noise
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Music, Rock and indie

Sorority Noise + Remo Drive + Jelani Sei

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Connecticut's positively cathartic Sorority Noise writes mature lyrical exorcisms of addiction, depression and suicide that skyrocket into scream-along choruses and make key changes sound somehow punk rock, rather than Bon Jovi-cringeworthy. You'll hear from last year's commanding You're Not As ____ As You Think at tonight's show.

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Juana Molina
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Music, Pop

Juana Molina + Maria Usbeck

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Argentine singer Juana Molina’s soft songs are worldly, intrinsically musical and, at times, even funny. On her latest effort, Halo, her songs roll forth placidly, circling back on themselves as if Molina is soundtracking a dream. It's a superb addition to her catalogue and will make for transfixing live fare.

Ought
Photograph: Victoria Davis
Music, Rock and indie

Ought + Cold Specks + Katie Von Schleicher

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Montreal standouts Ought craft homespun post punk with ticking-time-bomb urgency and arty impulses à la the Talking Heads, thanks in no small part to charismatic maniac frontman Tim Beeler. The band performs behind its latest, Room Inside the World.

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Yo La Tengo
Photograph: Carlie Armstrong
Music, Rock and indie

Yo La Tengo

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As beloved an indie-rock institution as Hoboken has ever spat out, Yo La Tengo is known for employing its compendious knowledge of covers in its live shows (and also on 2015's Stuff Like That There), so it's possible you'll hear anything from Hank Williams to Sun Ra at this outing. Here the group celebrates its latest triumph, There’s a Riot Going On.

Superchunk
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Music, Rock and indie

Superchunk

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Superchunk’s importance has been eclipsed by that of Merge, the indie-rock label launched by two of its members to release their band's records, and later the home of Neutral Milk Hotel, the Magnetic Fields, Arcade Fire, etc. But Superchunk itself—which returns this year with its 11th album, What a Time to Be Alive—remains beloved as the living embodiment of the American indie-rock dream.

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The War on Drugs
Photograph: Dusdin Condren
Music, Rock and indie

The War on Drugs

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Adam Granduciel's ability to channel the holy trinity of Dylan, Petty and Springsteen means his music often begs to be played on a road trip or on a sunny back patio. But we suppose a springtime evening under the cavernous ceilings of Brooklyn Steel will do, too. Expect some tunes from the band's recent album, A Deeper Understanding.

The Gories
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Music, Punk and metal

The Gories

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Years before the greater rock world identified Detroit with garage rock, the Gories made ferocious noise in their hometown. Mick Collins went on to lead the ever-cool Dirtbombs and Dan Kroha gained recognition with the Demolition Doll Rods, but three decades on, the trio still manages to reconvene for a show every now and again. Catch the seminal garage punks when they take the stage at Elsewhere.

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U.S. Girls
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Music, Rock and indie

U.S. Girls

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As U.S. Girls, multidisciplinary artist Meghan Remy crafts a warped brand of lo-fi soul that is both inviting and disconcerting. She takes the stage in the wake of her second album for 4AD, In A Poem Unlimited, which finds Remy trading her previous sample-based compositions for live instrumentation courtesy of Toronto-based instrumental collective the Cosmic Range. She takes the stage at Baby's All Right backed by a seven-piece band. Remy has always been a compelling performer; this expanded live incarnation will only increase her appeal.

Hurray for the Riff Raff
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Music, Rock and indie

Hurray for the Riff Raff + Waxahatchee + Bedouine

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Dwelling comfortably within the framework of a bygone era, singer-songwriter Alynda Lee Segarra, who performs as Hurray for the Riff Raff, doesn’t directly reimagine roots music—she sings with a worn-denim beauty that evokes Gillian Welch and Lucinda Williams. But the radical women-to-the-front ethos of the riot-grrrl shows Segarra used to attend on the Lower East Side is also embedded in the songs. It's a spirit shared by opener Katie Crutchfield, whose DIY punk scene roots wield a clear presence in her confessional solo project, Waxahatchee.

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