2018 NYC Spring Festivals Not to Miss

Along with the blooming flowers in New York City comes a bunch of spring festivals. Whether you’re into drinking, eating, the arts or all three, the Big Apple makes it easy to indulge. Get your tickets, mark your calendar and get ready to enjoy the warmer weather in the best way possible.

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2018 Long Island Spring Festivals Not to Miss

Brooklyn Folk Festival

Enjoy the best in American and world folk music right in the heart of Brooklyn. Aside from performances, there will also be workshops, film screenings and contests. April 6-April 8 Click to go

MoCCA Arts Festival

This two-day multimedia event is “Manhattan’s largest independent comics, cartoon and animation festival” that attracts more than 7,000 people every year. Check out the work of 400 exhibiting artists and hear from the field’s top talent. April 7-April 8 Click to go

The Bloody Mary Festival

Head to Brooklyn to sip on the most delicious bloody marys from places throughout the five boroughs. There will also be bites from local companies and live music. April 8, 11am-5:30pm Click to go

Brooklyn Wine Fest

Taste new wines from all over the world in Brooklyn. Along with American wines, expect ones from Europe, South America, Africa and Australia. Guests will also get to enjoy food, interactive games and live music. April 14, 1-4:30pm and 6-9:30pm Click to go

The Tribeca Film Festival

One of the most anticipated film festivals in the country is returning for the seventeenth year. Choose from 96 films (74 of them are world premieres), including Zoe starring Léa Seydoux, Ewan McGregor and Christina Aguilera, and The Fourth Estate, which follows how journalists covered Donald Trump’s election. April 18-April 29 Click to go

NYC Craft Beer Festival

Seasonal beers, cider and spirits await at this massive beer fest with about 75 breweries participating. General admission also comes with a souvenir tasting glass, food and shopping options. VIP ticket holders can enjoy live music, a bloody mary bar and an additional hour of tastings. April 20-April 21 Click to go

Hot Sauce Expo 

Things are going to get spicy when the sixth annual hot sauce extravaganza swings back around. Taste some of the best hot sauce from around the globe. There will also be a cocktail competition, Guinness Book of Records reaper eating contest and a chihuahua beauty pageant. April 21-April 22 Click to go

WestFest Dance

Prepare to be amazed by incredible talent. Taking place at the Westbeth Artists’ Residence in the West Village, this special dance festival features performances from emerging and established movement artists. April 26-April 29 Click to go

The World’s Fare at CitiField

More than 100 vendors are heading to CitiField to showcase their food for two delicious days. Expect food from all different cultures along with live music. There will also be a beer garden with over 80 craft beers. April 28-April 29, 11am-8pm Click to go

Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival

Enjoy cherry blossoms without heading to Washington D.C. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is hosting its special event to celebrate Japanese culture with cherry blossoms and more than 60 events and performances. April 28-April 29, 10am-6pm Click to go

Five Boro Craft Beer Fest

Beer lovers, get ready for another festival. Spend the day tasting beer from 50 local and out-of-state brewers. Food and live music will help to make the event even better. May 19, 4-9pm Click to go


Skip Starbucks for a day and head to NYC’s coffee festival. Taste delicious coffee from places like Oren’s Daily Roast, Nobletree and Toby’s Estate, hear from experts and even learn about brewing methods. May 19-May 20, 9am-4pm Click to go

Northside Festival

Celebrating its tenth anniversary, the Northside Festival will bring about 100,000 creatives and innovators to Brooklyn. Expect interviews, panels, masterclasses and evening parties. Previous years featured Mayor Bill de Blasio, SNL’s Sasheer Zamata and Solange. June 6-June 10 Click to go

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