Things To Do In April
Move over, April showers! We won’t let the rain ruin our parade of events this month. With temperatures perking up into the 60’s and flowers on the bloom, there’s plenty of reasons to be excited about spring in the city! From Easter to Earth Day, we’ve rounded up eight events we sure are looking forward to this month.
Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival: April 12th-15th
The great wealth of culture we have available at our fingertips is one of the reasons living in NYC is so great. Take advantage of just that this month by attending a screening of a Balkan film at the 14th Annual Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival, taking place at the School of Visual Arts in Chelsea. The festival will include film premiers, Q+A’s with directors, and free Bosnian food.
Smorgasburg: Every Weekend from April-October
Opening at the beginning of the month to kick off all things food is Smorgasburg. I always say that spring in NYC isn’t complete without a visit to the largest open air food market in America.
Featuring over 100 vendors and drawing crowds of 30,000 a weekend (but not all at once, don’t worry!), you’ll feel spring in the air with picturesque views of Manhattan from the waterfront. You can look forward to Ethiopian dishes to artisan ice cream, and everything in between!
The best part of Smorgasburg? There are two spots to indulge all month long – Williamsburg and Prospect Park!
Bonnet Festival: April 16th
Each Easter in NYC, New Yorkers don their finest bonnets and parade up Fifth Avenue, from 49th Street to 57th Street. The parade lasts throughout the day (10 am to 4 pm). Whether you choose to prance up 5th in your own masterpiece or simply want to spectate, this is an April activity not to be missed!
The Big Fake Wedding: April 19th
Don’t have any weddings lined up this spring? You don’t have to crash one, but instead attend The Big Fake Wedding at Midtown Loft and Terrace!
From an emotional wedding ceremony, traditional wedding dinner dishes, dancing the night away at the reception, it’s practically like the real thing. Only, no gifts required! It’s also a great way to check out local wedding vendors if you’re in the planning stages of your own wedding. See florists, djs, caterers, photographers, and other vendors in action!
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Tribeca Film Festival: April 19th-30th
The Tribeca Film Festival is the pinnacle of springtime must-do’s in the city. Besides films, the festival also offers music (Aretha Franklin will be performing!) and tons of culture. Not to mention big name celebrities in attendance. The tickets sell fast to this one, so grab them while you still can!
Hot Sauce Fest: April 22nd and 23rd
Got a love for all things spicy? Then the Hot Sauce Festival is not to be missed! From hot sauce tastings to food vendors, and of course eating contests with the most kick, all set to the tunes of live music at the Brooklyn Expo Center, this is for sure the hottest event of the month (like what we did there?).
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9-11 Memorial Walk/Run: April 23rd
A great way to reach those spring work out goals as well as support a fantastic cause is to help raise funds for the National September 11th Memorial and Museum through the 9/11 Walk/Run. The race starts at 8 am, and the route will take participants past all the important places that are part of the story of 9/11.
Even if you’re not participating in the race, you can enjoy the Community Day afterwards. From 9 am to 2 pm, there will be free music, kids’ activities, and food vendors on nearby Greenwich Street.
Beer and Bacon Classic: April 29th and 30th
This festival combines two of what very well could be your favorite things: beer and bacon. Come out to Citi Field for the Bacon and Beer Classic, featuring over 100 craft beers, 50 bacon inspired bites (peanut and pretzel coated bacon with white chocolate, anyone?), music and dancing, and interactive games, such as giant Jenga.