New York City is one of the places you can always find something to do, whether it’s snowing outside, the sun is shining, or you are stuck in the midst of a spring shower – the Big Apple always has something to offer. Below you can find all of our favorite things to do in the city in April, in case you are in need of some inspiration.
April is a great month to visit NYC. The weather is changing, spring is coming, and Central Park is transitioning back to its green state. If you are visiting NYC during April, we have summarized our 25 favorite things to do below so that you can plan ahead for your trip. We have included everything from massive public pillow fights to sports you can watch, concerts to go to, or even as simple as having brunch outside – one thing is for sure, you will have an amazing time if you are visiting NYC in April!
The Weather in New York in April 2019
Our 25 Favorite Things To Do in NYC in April
1. From April 1: Cherry Blossom Season in Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Why fly to Japan to look at the beauty of the cherry blossoms if you can experience the same in Brooklyn, New York in April? In the popular Brooklyn Botanic Garden, you can expect a yearly bloom of cherry blossoms. From April 1st to the end of the month is the official time of the Cherry Blossom exhibit at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Visitors come from all over the world to watch this spectacle, due to the beauty of the blossoms and the celebration of the beginning of Spring. The botanical garden itself is also worth a visit! You will hardly believe that you are seeing this many rare and beautiful plants in a city like New York! (Address: 990 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn)
2. From April 1: Smorgasburg Season in Brooklyn
At the beginning of April, Brooklyn’s most popular flea market is here at last. Every weekend in Williamsburg on Saturday and Prospect Park on Sunday, you can try out nearly 100 different food stands! Come hungry – they will have everything your heart desires.
3. A Boat Trip on the Hudson River
Now that the weather is finally a little bit warmer, a boat trip on the Hudson River is very worthwhile. Take a look at the many worthwhile dinner cruises, and you can also book a ride on the Circle Line. Enjoy the views, catch some sun rays, and a grab a cool drink. Just sit back, relax and enjoy the view of the city from a boat.
4. April 24 – May 5, 2019: Tribeca Film Festival
These film-filled days each year are the highlight for Tribeca, the trendy hip neighborhood in the city. Robert De Niro’s Film festival attracts over 400,000 film fans every year to watch one or more of the 1000 new films shown. The star show is big these days, Tribeca turns into a red carpet of Hollywood stars, paparazzi and those who want to be.
Robert De Niro also accommodates the Hollywood stars at his hotel in Tribeca, so that all the restaurants and bars in the area have many familiar faces when they need a break from the Tribeca Film Festival. For tickets, click here.
5. A Spring Walk on the High Line
The green terrace in the middle of Manhattan is a great experience in fine weather. Walk from the Meatpacking District (Gansevoort Street) on the High Line towards Uptown and enjoy the beautiful spring weather. For a total of six years, Manhattan has been enjoying this highlight and attracts countless visitors every day. The High Line is the ideal place for a relaxing rest in April, or as a wonderful walking distance (1.5 miles). All the details of the High Line Park you can read here.
6. Until April 28, 2019: Orchid Show New York Botanical Garden
The New York Botanical Garden show is constantly changing exhibitions and displaying different plants. In the spring, the New York Botanical Garden presents the Orchid’s Show. In an impressive greenhouse, botanical garden visitors can admire the Orchid’s Show from the end of February all the way through April 2019. Last years exhibit was all true to the motto “Thailand”. This year, the inspiration comes from Singapore. We recommend you to marvel at this blooming during the time they are open. You will find all the details here.
7. April 19–28, 2019: New York International Auto Show
They say it’s the most important event in your automotive calendar. If you love cars and everything else that comes with it, you will enjoy the New York International Auto Show. The set up is just as impressive as the fancy cars. Clearly an event you shouldn’t miss. Find your tickets here.
8. April 22: Earth Day – The celebration in honor of our Earth
A tribute to nature and our wonderful planet Earth – this is celebrated in New York on April 22nd, 2019. Where? Everywhere with a whole host of events in parks, beaches and everything our favorite outdoor town has to offer. Earth Day is used here in New York to be conscious of the impact each of us has on nature. Therefore, there are many ways to get involved and to discuss the topic of “ecological footprint”. One of the most popular events is held at the Union Square Park, where local bands play at a block party. There are delicious, environmentally-friendly snacks and stands from environmental organizations that present many interesting campaigns.
9. March 24–April 7: Macy’s Flower Show
Spring brings in more and more flowers to the concrete jungle! If you can not get enough of blooming New York from the Botanical Gardens, Macy’s also gives you the chance to admire beautiful flower decorations right in the heart of the city! The whole shopping center at Herald Square becomes a sea of flowers. This sounds like a unique shopping experience, so be sure to check it out! This event will be running during April in 2019 at Macy’s Herald Square (151 W. 34th St).
10. April 21: Easter Parade & Bonnet Festival
New York City decorates itself with about 300 colorful painted XL Easter eggs. They are laid out throughout the city and are a popular photo-motif. The annual Easter Parade & Bonnet Festival runs from the 49th to 57th Street.
New Yorkers meet and walk along Fifth Avenue towards Central Park. The start is at 10:00 am in the morning, ending at 4 PM on Sunday, April 21, 2019. A very popular place to watch the parade is St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue. Look out for all the ravishing hats and make sure you look your best!
11. Take a Horse Carriage Tour through Central Park
With the warmer weather, being outside in NYC in April is such an amazing experience. Locals and tourists alike love to flock to Central Park. It’s such a peaceful place to be in during this time of the year. If you don’t feel like walking, then you always have the option of taking a horse carriage tour through Central Park. For tickets, please click here.
12. April 6: Pillow Fight in Washington Square Park
The largest public pillow fight in the world takes place in New York City, of course. On April 6, 2019, you meet each other with pillows and teddy bears. Even if you do not have a pillow on hand, it will definitely be comical to watch. This is an international event where others will be participating in their city as well! For more information click here.
13. Rooftop Bars Start to Open Up
Yes, rooftop bars in NYC are amazing and that’s why it’s on this list. One of the absolute highlights in April in New York for are the rooftop bars, which allow you to look at the thousand lights of the skyline. During winter, rooftop bars are only half as nice due to the temperatures, so we’re always more than happy when it gets warmer again. Actually, some rooftops aren’t even open at all during the winter. We have put together the trendiest and best rooftop bars for you.
14. Picnic in the Park
Grab a blanket, or a hotel towel and enjoy the sunshine in Central Park at Sheep Meadows. It is hard to imagine that only a few meters away is a big city. It is quiet and ideal. It’s great to be able to switch off from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Columbus Circle which is right next to Central Park has a Whole Foods in the basement of the mall. You can buy snacks and drinks there and enjoy your picnic in Manhattan.
15. NHL Playoff Games
In April, you still have the opportunity to follow the NHL Playoffs, especially if you’re a huge hockey fan. Also, if one of the New York-based teams make the playoffs, there’s a chance to watch one of their home games. In general, you can check out the many bars in New York. Here is all the information.
16. April 14: NYC Maple Fest
At the Grand Bazaar, everything revolves around the sweet maple syrup. Taste your way through the various tastings and make sure you’re hungry. Incidentally, Grand Bazaar NYC is the largest weekly market in New York City. So, if you’re not too interested in maple syrup, be sure to visit New York’s weekly market. Tickets can be bought here.
17. A Visit to the Whitney Museum
The modern art museum in the Meatpacking District attracts thousands of visitors every day. Especially in the spring, it is especially worthwhile because you can visit the great viewing terrace, which offers a view of the Meatpacking District and Lower Manhattan. Here you will find all the information about the Whitney Museum in New York.
18. April 5: National Buritto Day
Celebrate National Buritto Day at Sabrina’s favorite Mexican restaurant, El Vez in Lower Manhattan. From 1 PM to 4 PM there will be delicious burritos for lunch. According to Sabrina, it’s one of the best in the city. In addition, they serve one of the tastiest margaritas in Manhattan. What better way to spend the day and also have a view of the One World Trade Center. You can find more information about El Vez in Downtown Manhattan here.
19. April 5–7: Brooklyn Folks Festival
Over 40 concerts, film screenings, workshops, square dance and much more can be seen at the Brooklyn Folks Festival. This culturally hip event takes place in early April and usually sells out very quickly. Click here for tickets.
20. April 7: National Beer Day
Beer lovers this day is for you! On April 7, the US celebrates National Beer Day. Visit one of the countless beer gardens or pubs in New York and hit the most beautiful city in the world. Bottoms up!
21. April 17: Taste of the Nation
Be there when 40 of the city’s top chefs, as well as cocktail mixers and other restaurateurs, invite you to the Brooklyn Expo Center for the Gastro and Food Event of the Year. Secure your tickets in advance, because the event is always sold out very quickly.
22. April 14: Greek Independence Day Parade
The Greek Independence Day Parade has been a tradition in New York since 1938. It celebrates Greece’s Declaration of Independence, which took place on March 25, 1821. The parade, however, is held on a different day and runs along 5th Avenue from 64th to 79th Street.
23. NBA Playoffs
The NBA season ends and the teams prepare for the playoffs, which takes place in mid-April. If the Brooklyn Nets or the New York Knicks qualify for the playoffs, you may even have the chance to see a playoff game in New York. Right now, it looks like the Nets have a good chance of making it.
24. Football (Soccer) in New York
New York City is home to the New York City FC which is a soccer team. Their home games are held at the famed Yankee Stadium. Compared to the rest of the world, Americans are not considered huge soccer fans. That means you always have a chance of grabbing good tickets.
25. April 6: New York Tartan Day Parade
As a result of the New York Tartan Day on April 6, Tartan Week celebrates numerous events in honor of the Scots and the friendship between the United States and Scotland. The accompanying parade on April 6 is definitely something to check out.