Things to do in NYC in April
Spring has officially arrived. And so, of course, it’s brought with it the season’s tumultuous mix of showers and sunshine. Fortunately, New Yorkers know how to make the best of moody April weather. The city hosts a mix of events and festivals both inside as well as out, meaning you never need to lose a day of sightseeing or exploring. And some of the city’s most famed attractions can be enjoyed year-round. Visitors looking for fun things to do in New York City in April can always count on the rich art scene, annuals shows, and world-class sports team for springtime entertainment. Here’s what’s on this month in the Big Apple.
See some hot wheels
Honestly, you don’t need to be a motorhead to enjoy the annual New York Auto Show at the Javits Center (655 W. 34th). From April 14 until April 23, the public can check out more than 1,000 automobiles, ranging from the totally futuristic (like the Lotus 3-Eleven) to the the next, best-selling family sedan. Adults can visit for $17, while children can attend for only $7.
Attend the TriBeCa Film Festival
Skip the standard flicks on your trip to New York City this spring. Instead, on a cool or blustery day, check out one of the shorts of feature films in this year’s TriBeCa Film Festival. Participating theaters are scattered across the area, with matinee screenings during the week being the best bargain: only $12 for a ticket.
Catch a game
Major League Baseball’s opening day was April 3, meaning baseball season is officially ramping up. If you love this great American pastime, consider snagging tickets to a game while you’re in town. During the month of April, the New York Yankees will play the Baltimore Orioles, the Chicago White Sox, the St. Louis Cardinals, and the Tampa Bay Rays.
Sip a brunch cocktail
They say the Bloody Mary was first popularized in New York City, and so it should come as no surprise that the drink is a stalwart fixture in the city’s famous brunch scene. The annual Bloody Mary Fest comes to Brooklyn on April 9 with tickets selling for $50 to $84 (the latter includes early admission and—what else?—limited edition Bloody Mary socks).
Check out the art scene
There’s no better way to spend a rainy New York City day than by perusing the city’s latest art exhibits. Highlights include the Irving Penn centennial photography exhibition (which celebrates Penn’s 100th birthday) at the Met starting on April 20. The Whitney Museum’s Biennial is on for the first time in the new building as of April 5. Meanwhile, in Brooklyn, visitors can check out the Georgia O’Keeffe retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum from April 5 until July 23.