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NYC events in April 2019

The best NYC events in April include much-needed outdoor activities at NYC parks, fun festivals and pretty flower shows
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By Jennifer Picht and Time Out contributors |
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The best NYC events in April 2019 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 2019

Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival 2011
Photograph: Syd London
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
Photograph: Brian Palmer
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
Photograph by Cinzia Reale-Castello
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.

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. The subject for 2019's installment at the megachain’s Herald Square location is Journey to Paradisios. Translation? It's a cosmic dream offering revelers an out-of-this-world representation of outer space. Flower arrangements are designed to show off the "mystery of the cosmos," so we imagine there will be nods to comets, stars, planets and more astrological wonders.  

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brooklyn folk festival
Photograph: Courtesy Eli Smith
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 tenth-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
Photograph: Antonio M. Rosario
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
Photograph: Filip Wolak
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 2019

Phoebe Bridgers
Photograph: Courtesy Frank Ockenfels
Music, Rock and indie

Better Oblivion Community Center

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This super-duo spans two eras of folk melancholy: fast-rising LA singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers, and quavery-voiced icon of the early aughts, Conor Oberst (better known as Bright Eyes). As heard on their first collaboration, "Would You Rather" from Bridgers' debut, the latter's plainspoken-troubadour style melds seamless with the former's delicately spun lyrical explorations.

Wiki
Photograph: Courtesy Eric Chakeen
Music, Rap, hip-hop and R&B

Wiki

icon-location-pin Mercury Lounge, Lower East Side
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“Let me get that bacon, egg and cheese right quick,” shouted rapper Wiki on his 2017 debut, No Mountains in Manhattan, and just like that, a vital new entry in NYC’s rap canon was born. Though he hasn't yet announced a followup, recent singles like "Cheat Codes"—a moody, hypnotic part-paean to the City—signal the rapper has something in the works. Catch the alumnus of the Ratking hip-hop crew at this special hometown one-off.

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Joshua Redman
Photograph: Jay Blakesberg
Music, Jazz

Joshua Redman Quartet

icon-location-pin Blue Note, Greenwich Village
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One of the biggest saxophone stars of the modern era, Redman plays innovative cuts from an upcoming quartet album—what will be his first in nearly two decades. This agile combo consists of pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Gregory Hutchinson.

L'Rain
Photograph: Courtesy June Canedo
Music, Dance and electronic

L'Rain

icon-location-pin National Sawdust, Williamsburg
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As L’Rain, Taja Cheek brews singularly atmospheric, soul-inflected soundscapes, presented here as a 2019 artist-in-residence at National Sawdust. Expect intricately arpeggiated jazz guitar, tight drumming chops and plenty of psychedelic tape loop ambience.

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Mark Guiliana
Photograph: Courtesy the artist
Music, Jazz

Mark Guiliana

icon-location-pin Rough Trade NYC, Williamsburg
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An acclaimed contemporary innovator behind the set, Guiliana has developed an erratic, explosive style of groove that turns the pocket inside-out as often as it nestles deep within it. Here he celebrates the release of a new album with his project Beat Music.

Touché Amoré
Photograph: Christian Cordon
Music, Rock and indie

Touché Amoré + Pianos Become the Teeth + Soul Glo

icon-location-pin Brooklyn Bazaar, Greenpoint
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L.A. post-hardcore outfit Touché Amoré amplified the profoundly poignant undercurrent in its previous material on 2016's Stage Four to powerful effect, narrating singer Jeremy Bolm's journey grappling with his mother's recent death. The bands teams here with another act known for pairing physicality with emotional sensibilities and a deft evasaion of pigeonholing, Pianos Become the Teeth.

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Music, Rap, hip-hop and R&B

Tommy Genesis

icon-location-pin Elsewhere, Bushwick
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A member of Atlanta collective Awful Records, Tommy Genesis first gained recognition in 2015 collaborating with labelmates like Abra. Nowadays the Calvin Klein model and self-proclaimed “art-hoe” and “fetish rapper” is star in her own right, performing behind her duality-themed self-titled debut (see the sensual cover featuring her face-to-face with her own double).

HEALTH
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Nick Helderman
Music

HEALTH + Youth Code + Pictureplane

icon-location-pin Elsewhere, Bushwick
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HEALTH puts on a completely insane—in a good way—live show. The hard-touring L.A. quartet swarms the stage, performing what feels equal parts postmodern and primal, mashing up art-pop, avant-metal and tons of frenzied positive vibes. 

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Stephen O' Malley
Photograph: Yann Houlberg Ansersen
Music, Punk and metal

Sunn O)))

icon-location-pin Brooklyn Steel, Williamsburg
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Hooded dronemeisters Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson are back in town with the rest of their drone/doom crew for a set of devastatingly heavy, loud and hypnotic chords behind two upcoming Steve Albini-recorded albums. The slow, crushing rise and fall of Sunn O)))’s rhythms has an awesome physical impact and makes for an unforgettable live presence.

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