Warm weather is upon us, and everyone is gearing up to get outside and have some fun. And, like every spring, there are myriad festivals occurring throughout the city. Here are the five New York City spring festivals that you need to hit.
Brooklyn Folk FestivalApril 8-10
No better reason to head over to creative and trendy Brooklyn than to clap your hands and stomp your feet to some old-time string music at the Brooklyn Folk Festival. This long-running gathering of folk, blues, bluegrass and Irish step bands promises three days of family fun, especially when film screenings, square dancing workshops and banjo tossing contests are thrown into the mix.
Tribeca Film Festival
An annual staple in our very own neighborhood, the Tribeca Film Festival is one of the most prestigious cinematic gatherings in the world. Co-founded by Robert De Niro, it’s a haven for film lovers, screening works from heretofore unknown names and A-listers alike. This year, look forward to everything from a new Banksy documentary to a sneak peek at the season finale of Broad City.
New York City Green FestivalApril 15-17
Duane Street Hotel, and the entire Independent Collection take environmentalism seriously, and always recommend the annual New York City Green Festival, a hotbed of emerging technologies and business ideas in the sustainability industry. Influential exhibitors like NYC Parks and Indigo Apparel will present the latest in eco-friendly practices, and visitors can expect to shop for new products, learn about emerging trends and meet some industry influencers.
Head to the Five Boro Craft Beer Festival in the hip neighborhood of Bushwick to experience NYC breweries, including Sixpoint, Kombrewcha and Third Rail Beer, showcase their best products while local blues-jam phenoms The Rusty Cannons and Jersey natives Stolen Rhodes will perform.
Ninth Avenue International Food Festival
Enjoy fair classics like zeppoles and fried oreos, or indulge in the wide variety of fine foods at the city’s oldest and largest food festival, where vendors from around the city gather in Hell’s Kitchen for a two-day culinary bonanza.