It’s Spring (*Finally*): Here’s Everything You Need to Do
At this rate, we’re not even sure if we’re going to have spring at all or if it’s going to go from snowstorms one day to 85 degrees the next. Regardless, we’re planning to pack the next few months with as much fun as possible. Here’s what to put on your agenda, rain or shine.
1. Despite the fact that there’s still snow on the ground (ugh), inside Macy’s it’s peak spring when the annual Flower Show returns this Sunday (through April 8).
2. Your college days might be behind you, but you can still have spring break—in the form of Nitehawk Cinema’s Spring Break series, which includes Magic Mike, Spring Breakers and There’s Something About Mary. (Hint: They all take place in Florida.)
3. Easter falls on April Fool’s Day this year, and while we’re not sure what kind of egg-based pranks will ensue, it shouldn’t stop you from having an over-the-top brunch. A few ideas: the Mexican-themed spread at Rice & Gold; Sardinian eats and charming patio vibes at Le Fanfare; or a hot chicken feast with chef David Santos.
5. Chosen ones and their pals will have an equally epic Passover seder at Vic’s (tzimmes pancakes, brisket polpette), Boulud Sud (slow-baked king salmon, toffee matzo), Jeffrey’s Grocery (braised lamb shank, fried baby artichokes). Or just eat all the macaroons and flourless chocolate torte from Padoca Bakery.
6. We’ll temporarily remove our earbuds for once to see some of our favorite audio shows—like "Employee of the Month" and "Risk!"—at NYC Podfest April 6 to 8.
7. Feast on pastries for a good cause when Café Altro Paradiso hosts a bake sale for Planned Parenthood on April 8. You’ll find treats from dozens of restaurants including Flora Bar, Mah Ze Dahr, Daily Provisions, Ovenly and many more.
8. Get a glimpse into the life of an enigmatic artist (and one of our all-time favorite style icons) in Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami when it opens in NYC April 13.
9. We wouldn’t get excited about any old beer festival, but when Brooklyn Brewery takes over Weylin (a gorgeous, dome-ceilinged former bank) for Beer Mansion April 13 and 14, expect a boozy wonderland complete with live music, games and four different parties to explore.
10. The lineup at the PEN World Voices Festival (April 16 to 22) is so extensive, it’s almost stressful trying to navigate it, but we’ll find a way to manage if it means we get to see Roxane Gay, Jhumpa Lahiri, Ron Chernow, Colm Toibin and Akwaeke Emezi (among dozens upon dozens of others).
11. Marvel at the quietly haunting photographs of Zoe Leonard in the Whitney’s retrospective of her work through June 10.
12. The Tribeca Film Festival (April 18 to 29) wows us as usual with a lineup that includes the high-tech love story Zoe, the documentaries Love, Gilda (about SNL legend Radner) and The Gospel According to André (Leon Talley, aka the former Vogue editor-at-large) and the magical-realist coming-of-age tale We the Animals.
13. Is French toast your brunch entrée of choice? Then you’re going to want to head to Kay’s Boutique Café, a mega-popular Bangkok spot (popping up in Nolita through June 30) that takes the dish to new, Instagrammable heights.
14. Ready thy sundresses: One of NYC’s loveliest rooftop gardens, Gallow Green, reopens April 20. (But you can still stop by until April 1 to soak up the hygge chalet vibes of its winter iteration, The Lodge.)
15. Speaking of rooftops, you’re definitely going to want to check out Ophelia, the brand-new lounge atop the Beekman Tower.
17. Check out NYC’s first sake brewery and taproom, Brooklyn Kura, now serving at Industry City every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
18. Spring may be taking its sweet time to get here, but eventually, cherry blossoms are going to explode their pink-hued splendor over the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Keep an eye on their progress here and head to Sakura Matsuri April 28 and 29.
19. Leave it to the city’s largest borough to organize a correspondingly huge food festival. The World’s Fare (we see what you did there) celebrates Queens’ diversity by bringing in vendors from more than 100 different cultures to Citi Field, April 28 and 29.
20. Finally admit that those late-night WebMD spirals aren’t serving you and head to the Women’s Health Summit at the 92nd Street Y April 29. You’ll hear from panels on topics including mental health, IVF, nutrition and more.
21. Swoon over the voice of Audra McDonald—just the most decorated performer in American theater, NBD—when she joins the New York Philharmonic for its Spring Gala on May 1.
22. Soak up cutting-edge art at Frieze New York, when dozens of contemporary galleries from around the world descend on Randall’s Island May 3 to 6.
23. Hey, you, bingeing on YouTube kitten videos: Check out the IRL version at Cat Camp May 5 and 6. Cat moms can shop for goodies, attend talks on behavior and animal welfare, and meet dozens of adorable kitties up for adoption.
24. Warmer weather calls for tacos—a lot of them, plus unlimited margaritas—at the Taco Takeover May 12.
25. In the mood to swoon over theater legends onstage? We have good news: Condola Rashad tackles the tragic title role in Saint Joan; Idina Menzel stars in Skintight (a new play that explores the murky themes of youth and attraction); and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Three Tall Women boasts the likes of Glenda Jackson, Laurie Metcalf and Alison Pill.
27. Get to know a historic ’hood (by way of some really good food) at Harlem EatUp, a weeklong fest that includes guest chef dinners, an outdoor marketplace, culinary demos and more.
28. We’re still waiting for our invite to the royal wedding, but our backup plan is to watch Meghan and Harry tie the knot on May 19 at Harvey in the Williamsburg Hotel (the Meghan to the Plaza’s Kate, if you will): The restaurant will be up bright and early to screen the event and serve its three-tiered high tea service, along with royal wedding-themed specials (here’s hoping for an avocado toast-Yorkshire pudding mash-up).