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The best spring festivals in NYC

Take advantage of the warm weather at one of these outdoor (and indoor) spring festivals covering music, food and more

Written by
Jillian Anthony
Jennifer Picht

The best spring festivals in NYC are perfect for drinkers, art lovers and concertgoers. Gorge on BBQ and guzzle beers in the sunshine, listen to live music at one of the best NYC parks and check out some incredible outdoor art. There’s definitely a festival on this list for everyone, so make sure to grab your tickets before they sell out and mark your calendars!

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Best spring festivals in NYC

  • Movies

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 Tribeca Film Festival: our personal must-see picks, movie screenings, ticket info, a list of nearby bars and restaurants and much more. When is Tribeca Film Festival? The 18th annual Tribeca Film Festival will take place in Lower Manhattan, Chelsea and special venues from Thursday, April 25th to Sunday, May 5th. Where is Tribeca Film Festival? The festival mainly takes place at the Regal Battery Park, Cinépolis Chelsea, Beacon Theatre, SVA Theatre and the festival’s own Tribeca Festival Hub, with rare exceptions. How do I get tickets? Buy tickets at the official festival website. Prices ranges from $25.94 to a cool $356 for special gala events. You can also purchase passes for individual days or the entire festival. Visit the official site for details.

  • Things to do

The possibilities for things to do outside in NYC are vast as long as the weather plays nice. One of the best things to do in spring and summer is sift for treasures at flea markets or have a picnic at one of the many NYC parks. When the temperature rises, take advantage of the city’s clean and refreshing public swimming pools and New York beaches. Grab your sunglasses (don’t forget your sunblock) and go check out our favorite things to do outdoors in Gotham.

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