January in the Big Apple brings about a variety of excellent annual special events, including the Jewish Film Festival, the New York Boat Show, NYC’s Three Kings Day Parade and Celebration, New York’s Chinese New Year Celebration and Lunar New Year Parade and Festival, and the New York Times Arts and Leisure Weekend.
Fashionistas flock to New York each February for NYC Fashion Week, one of the biggest events in designer fashion worldwide which is held semi-annually in New York in both February and September. February also brings about the Westminster Dog Show, an event which is well over 100 years and running, as well as the first installment of the semi-annual NYC Restaurant Week, generally running from late January through early February.
NYC’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the Big Apple’s longest-running festival, having first been held in 1762 and still going strong. Not only is the parade itself a beyond-classic NYC staple, but there are of course a variety of St. Paddy’s Day party festivities going on each year throughout NYC. Other events worth checking out in March include the New York International Children’s Film Festival, and the Armory Show, one of the most important events in modern art in both NYC and worldwide.
Robert DeNiro’s famous Tribeca Film Festival is considered one of the top events in cinema in the world, while the New York International Auto Show is the longest-standing and most-attended auto show in the US, making April a major month in New York City for high-profile events. April also brings about the Mets and Yankees season openers, a variety of Earth Day/Week festivities throughout the city, as well as the annual Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival.
Lovers of Japanese and Japanese-American culture should be sure to pay a visit to the Cherry Blossom Festival held in the beautiful Brooklyn Botanic Garden each year, while bicycling enthusiasts should consider embarking on the Five Boro Bike Tour. Another major May event in New York well worth checking out is the Ninth Avenue International Food Festival, a veritable epicurean paradise featuring a culturally diverse assortment of some of the best food the Big Apple has to offer.
Summer Stage, an annual music event held in parks throughout New York City’s five boroughs over the course of June and July is an excellent free yearly outdoor concert series well worth attending. June in NYC also means it’s time for the 35+ year and running Museum Mile Festival, New York City Pride Week, Celebrate Brooklyn, and the Puerto Rican Day Parade.
Lovers of great hip-hop in NYC have reason to celebrate each July when the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival rolls around, a yearly event showcasing the best in underground and mainstream hip-hop alike. Other events worth attending in July include Harlem Week, The Lincoln Center Festival, the MoMA PS1 Warm Up, and the Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks.
Prominent NYC events in August include the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, one of the largest of its kind in America, the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament (running from late-August into September), the free Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival, and the New York City International Fringe Festival, a unique event of almost 20 years celebrating the arts in all shapes and sizes.
September in New York brings about the second installment of the aforementioned New York Fashion Week, as well as the celebrated New York Film Festival, and the Feast of San Gennaro, an event of 80+ years held in New York City’s Little Italy. Other events well worth checking out include the Atlantic Antic, one of the top annual street fairs in NYC held in Brooklyn each year, the BAM Next Wave Festival, and the Dumbo Arts Festival.
October is a busy month when it comes to special events in NYC; film and music enthusiasts will be sure to delight in the CMJ Music Marathon and Film Festival, while lovers of comics, fantasy, sci-fi, and anime should be sure to check out New York City’s Comic-Con/Anime Festival. October also brings about the annual New Yorker Festival, a celebration of all things intellectual, as well as the Village Halloween Parade, a New York City All-Hallows’-Eve staple since the early 1970s.
November in New York is known for major happenings such as the annual televised Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, as well as the celebrated NYC Marathon and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. November also means it’s time for the New York City Chocolate Show, and the New York Comedy Festival, taking place throughout the city at various venues and featuring a who’s who of the top comics in the industry each year.
There is no better place to celebrate New Year’s Eve than in New York City’s Times Square, home of the biggest and most beloved NYE celebration in the country. There are also of course a variety of festivities taking place at various venues throughout the city to entertain NYE revelers after the ball drops and into the wee hours of the night.