It’s almost springtime and that means it’s time to get excited about all of the upcoming festivals in New York City. From art to film to music, NYC offers visitors and residents plenty of outdoor fun in the sun.
Tribeca Film Festival
The Tribeca Film Festival is Robert De Niro’s baby. This festival has been around since 2002, shining a light on local indie features, foreign films and documentaries as well as the newest films from up-and-coming filmmakers and big names in show biz.
It takes place in Lower Manhattan from April 13th through the 24th across a number of venues. Ticket prices vary and can be purchased online.
NYC Independent Film Festival
The NYC Independent Film Festival takes place in April, too. It starts April 27th and runs through May 3rd. It takes place in Times Square, the hub of entertainment in NYC, and celebrates the independent documentaries, short- and full-length films, music videos and animation. All weekend long festival-goers can attend panels, screenings, and parties!
Frieze New York
Frieze New York is one of the world’s leading contemporary art fairs. It takes place in May, from the 5th through the 8th (preview day is May 4th). Over 200 of the world’s leading galleries showcase their art at the Frieze and there are innovative curated sections as well as daily talks from cultural figures and site-specific artist commissions. This fair is also held on Randall’s Island.
NYC Vegetarian Food Festival
Hosted at the Metropolitan Pavilion on May 7 and 8, the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival is great for vegetarians and vegetable lovers, in general. Along with showcasing vegetarian cuisine, there are also lectures and presentations by leading experts in vegetarianism and members of the medical profession extolling the virtues of plant-based diets.
Electric Daisy Carnival
EDC New York is the Big Apple’s entry in this global series of electronic dance music events. It features some of EDM’s biggest names and occurs in one of the most well-known venues in the country, Citi Field, on May 14 and 15. This year’s lineup includes 4B, Adventure Club and Afrojack on day one and Alison Wonderland, Audiotistic State and Bassrush Experience on day two.
New York African Film Festival
With events throughout the city in the month of May, the New York African Film Festival is more than just great movies. There are works by visual and performing artists and presentations by scholars, chefs and critics. The goal is to have festivalgoers understand the “reinvention of Africa through the movement of its people across the globe.”
The Governors Ball
The Governors Ball is a music festival that runs for three days in June (June 3rd through the 5th). It takes place on Randall’s Island, on a variety of stages. There is music of all genres, as well as plenty of art and food.
The festival first started in 2011, and it features hip hop, rock, electronic, indie, folk and more. In addition to all the great music, attendees can enjoy food from the best food trucks in New York, as well as fun activities such as lawn games, ping pong and photo booths.
NYC Wine and Food Festival
The NYC WFF (Wine and Food Festival) is held from October 13th through the 16th. It raises money for the Food Bank of New York City and the No Kid Hungry campaign.
This star-studded event brings together renowned wine and spirits producers, TV personalities, amazing chefs, and some of the best loved culinary personalities in the world, all to showcase great wine and food. It features more than 100 events and is the largest food and wine festival in New York.
The festival celebrates delicious food, allows attendees to enjoy private dinners with world-renowned chefs, offers late night parties and hands-on classes as well as educational seminars and wine tastings. This is the festival’s 9th year, and tickets go on sale in June.