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Best things to do in spring in NYC

The sun will come out—eventually! Our guide to spring in NYC has flower shows, outdoor fests and cultural musts.

The Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival
Photograph: Courtesy Brooklyn Botanic Garden/Julie Markes The Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival
By Jennifer Picht, Miles Raymer and Time Out contributors |
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Once the weather warms up, these unmissable things to do in the spring in NYC will give you an excuse to spend some time soaking up the vitamin D. As the flowers begin blooming, New York will be booming with delightful events held in NYC parks as well as NYC street fairs and food festivals in NYC. Plus, get revved for spring's biggest event: the opening of Time Out Market New York in Dumbo.   

RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the NYC event calendar for 2019

Best things to do in spring in NYC

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Things to do

Queens Night Market

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Consider yourself a travel-loving foodie? Queens Night Market is your one-stop shop in NYC to discover bites from 80 countries. Try a diverse range of grub that runs the gamut from Middle Eastern stews and Barbadian fishballs to Romanian-Hungarian chimney cake and tacos al pastor. The open-air bazaar operates from 5pm to midnight every Saturday, but the market has more to offer aside from fulfilling your late-night food cravings. Plus, stick around for the performances of Bollywood dancers, Indian electronica tunes, DJs and more.

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Movies

Nine conversation starters for this spring’s movies

You know how it goes: Everybody’s already seen the hot new movies and (show-offs) have their opinions pre-sculpted. You could always talk about Game of Thrones again. Or complain about your salad. But we say be bold. Bring up these nine questions. Embrace your inner film geek. Here are the burning issues that will spur the most discussions this spring. Who knows? You might even love the films, too.

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Pelham Bay Park
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Attractions, Parks and gardens

The best NYC parks

NYC parks offer verdant green spaces to relax, get some sun, have a picnic and more. Here are our favorites.

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Major spring events guide

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Events by month

St. Patrick's Day Parade 2013
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NYC events in March

Make the most of the last month in winter by partaking in the best NYC events in March including St. Patrick’s Day

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NYC events in April

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NYC events in May

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