Events this May in New York City
As the days get longer and the weather gets nicer, we’re starting to notice a positively bright shift in the city, right? More flower bodegas are popping up on the corners, the parks are getting lush and green, and New Yorkers are starting to take the longer walking route to work to take in the early morning sunshine. We have the full lineup of May events to keep your weekends full!
Manhattan’s West Side vs. East SideBelieve it or not, there are quite a few differences between the West and East Sides of Manhattan! From family-style mom and pop shops to vibrant nightlife, which neighborhood best suits your lifestyle?
The Amazing Underground Scavenger Hunt: May 7th
With National Scavenger Hunt Day this month (May 24th!), there’s no better way than to get in the spirit, in true NYC style, than participating in The Amazing Underground Scavenger Hunt, hosted by POGO Events! Gather your friends, family, or coworkers to meet at Slattery’s Midtown Pub, and then a series of clues will lead you around the city (specifically underground!), performing both physical and mental challenges. The hunt is 3 hours long, and you can participate with a team or can be paired once your arrive.
The cost to participate is $39.
At the Zoo with Mom for Mother’s Day: May 14th
If you want to plan something special before your Mother’s Day Brunch, consider booking tickets to the Central Park Zoo’s annual Mother’s Day Celebration!
From 9am to 10:30am, you’ll have the opportunity to meet a variety of zoo mamas and their babies. Seriously, how adorable is that? You can feed the animals, watch them go on a scavenger hunt, and end the morning with crafting a special Mother’s Day gift. This is perfect for moms and their little ones!
Tickets are $75 for the general public, or $65 for zoo members.
Taste of the Upper West Side: May 19th and 20th
If sampling dishes from all of the Upper West Side’s best restaurants and bars is high on your list this month, then grab your tickets to the 10th annual Taste of the Upper West Side! This two day event features a giant tent on Columbus Avenue and West 77th Street, filled with chefs from over 40 restaurants and their prepared dishes for you to indulge on.
Ticket price includes a wine glass, so you can be sure to get your fill of wine, beer, and cocktails too. Along with more food than one could possibly consume, there’s plenty of music and live entertainment to keep the evening interesting!
- May 19th will host a Surf & Turf night
- May 20th will be serving Best of the West
Ticket prices start at $135 for General Admission, or you can snag 2 for $250 and make it a date night.
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Multicultural Festival: May 20th
The Multicultural Festival is the perfect way to get the whole family outside for the weekend! You’ll have plenty of opportunities to experience diverse cultural music, dance, food, fashion, and of course, plenty of activities to keep the kiddos busy. The event is free and is held in Harlem, on St. Nicholas Avenue between 141st to 145th Streets.
We particularly love this event because, unlike so many of the other NYC festivals and parades celebrating only one culture, this showcases every culture who would like to participate. Way to be inclusive, NYC!
Festival of the Arts: May 26th – 28th
The Lower East Side Festival of the Arts is the perfect way to see the best in all the art forms. From dance to film to music to poetry to theater to visual arts, everything is included! It’s the event that will be talked about all summer long among the downtown artsy crowd, you don’t want to miss it!
And the best part is? Admission is completely free.