New York City Travel Guides

January

New York Antiques & Fine Art Fair: this eclectic exhibition features American, Asian, and English works from the ancient world through the 20th century including furnishings, paintings, accessories, ceramics, sculpture, maps and posters as well as antique and estate jewellery.

February

International Art Expo: paintings, prints, posters, sculpture, photography, jewellery and more are on display at the Javits Convention Center, bringing together dealers, retail galleries, interior designers, publishers, private collectors and other professionals.

March

St Patrick's Day Parade: the city turns green along Fifth Avenue, from 44th to 86th streets, on 17 March when the world-famous parade starts at 11:00.

South Street Seaport Irish Stroll: South Street Seaport, Pier 7, is the scene for this annual New York tradition, with food, drink and other festivities to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.

April

New York International Auto Show: the Javits Convention Center holds this week-long auto show highlighting the newest concept cars as well as the latest consumer models.

May

Ninth Avenue International Food Festival: portions of Ninth Avenue from 37th to 5th street are transformed into one of New York's best street fairs, where food isn’t the only priority.

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit: for more than 70 years, the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit has featured around 250 local and national artists in Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village to show off their latest works.

June

Puerto Rican Day Parade: Latinos make up a substantial portion of New York City’s population. The Puerto Rican Day Parade attracts about three million spectators to celebrate this festive culture.

Shakespeare in the Park: the Delacorte Theater in Central Park presents free performances under the stars with avid Shakespeare fans lining up hours in advance for tickets.

JVC Jazz Festival: for several weeks, jazz greats play at venues including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, the Beacon Theater and Town Hall.

July

Independence Day: on 4 July, New York City activities include tall ships sailing up the Hudson River and a Macy's fireworks extravaganza over the East River.

Lincoln Center Festival: the Lincoln Center presents an array of dance, theatre, music, opera and circus performances from around the world during this renowned event.

August

Harlem Week: concerts, poetry readings, children’s activities, sporting events, fashion shows and more celebrate the colourful and fascinating historic Harlem culture.

New York International Fringe Festival: held in the Lower East Side of Manhattan at over 20 venues, the New York International Fringe Festival features theatre, musicals, dance and comedy.

September

Feast of San Gennaro: this Italian street festival honours the patron saint of Naples, with carnival rides, food, floats and music filling the streets of Little Italy.

New York Film Festival: this 17 day festival showcases new cinematic works from around the world.

October

NYC Underground Comedy Festival: a showcase for the emerging and established comedians of the world, NYC’s Underground Comedy Festival features more than 350 laughter artists over seven nights at assorted venues.

Union Square Autumn Fair: over 200 American and international merchants, restaurants and others celebrate the end of summer along Park Avenue.

NYC Oktoberfest: more than 500 ethnic food, art, craft, and other exhibitors create a vibrant Oktoberfest midway along Lexington Avenue.

November

Lighting at Rockefeller Center: New York City’s holiday season kicks off with Rockefeller Center’s annual tree lighting and ice skating show.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: Times Square provides an excellent view of this spectacular parade, known for its elaborate floats and marching bands.

December

Times Square New Year’s Eve: crowds begin gathering early in the day for the thrill of watching the Times Square ball drop at the stroke of midnight.