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The best things to do in spring in NYC

Spring in NYC has spring! Get excited for flower shows, festivals, street fairs and awesome outdoor flea markets

Photograph: Filip Wolak

The best things to do in spring in NYC require you to spend some much-needed time outdoors. (No complaints here.) There’s no shortage of delightful events and happenings in the city when the flowers are in bloom. From strolling through some of the best NYC parks, to scoring vintage duds at outdoor flea markets and street fairs, to pigging out at the best food festivals, we have everything you need to enjoy this supremely lovely season.

Best things to do in spring in NYC

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The Orchid Show

The Orchid Show—NYC’s ode to springtime—should not to be confused with the season’s other stupendous garden party, the Macy’s Flower Show. However, both bloom fests are worth a visit. If you’re not familiar, The New York Botanical Garden’s Orchid Show exhibits thousands of species of beautiful blossoming orchids, and it’s one of the best NYC events in March, which lasts through April.

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By: Jennifer Picht
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"David Bowie Is"

Over the course of five decades, David Bowie drafted the new rules of rock & roll—and the rest of us are still trying to keep up. After breaking ticket records at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the touring exhibition “David Bowie Is” hits NYC in March, with more than 400 objects from the celestial pop icon’s life, including costumes, lyric sheets and performance clips. Here’s what you should look (and listen) for in this celebration of all things Thin White Duke.

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Brooklyn Museum | Brooklyn, NY , Prospect Park Until Sunday July 15 2018
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The Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival

Sakura Matsuri, one of Brooklyn's best spring festivals, is an annual celebration of Japanese culture. At the Cherry Blossom Festival, NYC-folk and out-of-towners can partake in a bunch of activities while being surrounded by blooming, pink-petal trees at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, which beckons the beloved tradition as one of the best things to do outside in the city.

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By: Jennifer Picht
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The Macy’s Flower Show

New Yorkers and out-of-towners alike flock to this floral-filled exhibition, where jaw-dropping arrangements decorated to fit a specific theme are on display for two weeks. The theme for this 44th annual installment at the megachain’s Herald Square location is "Once Upon A Springtime," so expect to see a lot of plays on fantasy-inspired settings and storybook scenes.

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By: Jennifer Picht
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Women’s History Month

NYC offers a bevy of ways you can show solidarity for your sisters during Women’s History Month. New York ladies are getting in formation by hosting a series of cool events that range from nabbing beauty services at one of the best blow dry bars to an all-female jazz festival, comedy show and more. You can even attend a global protest to fight for women’s rights!

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By: Jennifer Picht
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Frieze New York

Every May, Randalls Island becomes the epicenter of the art world for four days thanks to Frieze New York, the art fair housed under a massive tent. Every year since 2012, dealers and deep-pocketed collectors have descended on the fair from all over the planet, and Frieze New York will be no different, as more than 200 art galleries bring bushels of artworks of every conceivable size and medium and then some.

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By: Howard Halle
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The 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 Tribeca Film Festival: our personal must-see picks, movie screenings, ticket info, a list of nearby bars and restaurants and oh-so-much more.

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By: Joshua Rothkopf
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Night of 1,000 Carries

Some of the city's sharpest comedians and drag queens gather to toast the legacy of the eternal, indelible Carrie Fisher at this fund-raiser for the International Bipolar Foundation. Show up in your finest look from Fisher's numerous film roles—or dress as Debbie Reynolds to one-up your competition—and gag to performances by Brita Filter, Sherry Vine, Jan Sport, Elizabeth James, Bobby Hankinson, George Civeris and other acts.

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Until Tue Mar 27
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The Bloody Mary Festival

Trick out your brunch-time cocktailing at this afternoon fest hosted by the tomato-and-vodka obsessed Bloody Mary Liberation Party. Sample various inventive pours from New York watering holes over the course of 2.5 hours while getting down to beats by a live DJ.

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Until Sun Apr 8
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Daffodil Celebrate and Wine Weekend

We all know spring is the season for garden parties, and it’s hard to think of a lush green space more perfect for a booze-filled afternoon than the New York Botanical Garden. Take in the fairy-tale–like scenery of 300,000 freshly planted daffodil bulbs while sipping glasses of New York and out-of-state wine from your souvenir chalice and listening to live music. And don’t stop there: Your ticket grants entry to all of the NYBG’s 250 acres, including the Perennial Garden, with its colorful tulips and pansies, as well as the Native Plant Garden, which is filled with wildflowers and ferns.

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New York Botanical Garden , The Bronx Saturday April 28 2018 - Sunday April 29 2018
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Comments

6 comments
Robert L

May I suggest taking a 20 minute PATH train ride to Newark to see the largest and most beautiful display of Japanese Cherry Blossoms in the country. Why not see the best, especially since it is closer than Brooklyn Botanical Gardens for many New Yorkers.

John W

I've never seen that tour company Bruce, thanks for the heads up. It's always nice to have a couple recommendations when family and friends come into town. I'm always referring them to Get Up and Ride in Brooklyn since I'm a Brooklynite myself and have gotten amazing feedback. Check them out at http://getupandride.com. I'm really looking forward to trying their new sunset bike tour and rustic dinner bbq in May. 

Bruce S

One of the joys of living or visiting New York is to rent a bicycle in Central Park, and bring a picnic lunch with a bottle of vino. Let the sun shine in. And later in the afternoon keep your aerobic muscles working by taking a walking food tour; http://walkingtoursmanhattan.com