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28 Festivals, Foods and Cultural Happenings to Check Out This Spring

It feels like it's been winter for approximately 17 years. That may be a *slight* exaggeration, but we think we speak for all our fellow New Yorkers when we say: It's about damn time spring showed its flowered face. Here's everything you need to eat, see and do this season.

10 Hidden (and Not-So-Hidden) Gems on the Upper East Side


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1. We’re still a few weeks away from cherry blossom season at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (according to this bloom-tracking map), but it’s always all too brief, so start planning your pink-tinged Instagrams now.

2. How could we not be intrigued by a beer fest called Pastrytown? Hosted by Other Half Brewing (March 16 at Industry City), the focus is brews made with dessert-worthy ingredients like chocolate or Cinnamon Toast Crunch (!). Lest you be disappointed in the absence of actual pastries, there’ll be food from spots like Supermoon Bakehouse and Four & Twenty Blackbirds.

3. Whether you celebrate Purim or not, you’re definitely going to want to pick up some of Breads Bakery’s hamentaschen. The traditional buttery, triangular pastries—which come in both sweet (chocolate, apple) and savory (labneh and za’atar, pizza) flavors—are only available for the month of March.

4. Get schooled in self-care at the New York City Wellness Summit (March 19), which features talks on everything from fitness trends to the science of sleep.

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5. If sugar and Instagram are two of your greatest loves, Dessert Goals (March 23 and 24) promises all the photogenic treats your heart desires (like cheesecake bars on a stick from Baked and ice cream–stuffed doughnuts from Stax).

6. The Macy’s Flower Show (March 24 to April 7) goes intergalactic this year, with a space-inspired theme, “Journey to Paradisios.” That means a botanical spaceship and other sci-fi creations.

7. Pick up limited-edition posters, featuring artists like Frank Stella, Cindy Sherman and Robert Indiana, at the pop-up Print Shop at the MoMA Design Store (open through March 25).

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Courtesy of Affordable Art Fair

8. Give your apartment walls something to do other than fail to block the sound of the neighbor’s TV by picking up some new pieces at the Affordable Art Fair (March 28 to 31).

9. There’s no crying in baseball, but there are mimosas at Nitehawk Cinema’s brunch screenings of ’90s classic A League of Their Own (March 30 and 31). P.S. It’s part of the theater’s ongoing series highlighting female filmmakers.

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Liz Clayman

10. Downtown Brooklyn’s food mecca, Dekalb Market Hall, just got even better: It opened an entertainment venue, Dekalb Stage (hosting music, trivia and more), and a cocktail bar, Understudy. Keep in mind this is all in the same complex as Alamo Drafthouse, Target and Trader Joe’s…so yeah, you could basically live here.

11. Sunshine and chirping birds not really your thing? Indulge your more macabre sensibilities at The Oddities Flea Market, popping up at Brooklyn Bazaar April 6 and 7. (Think taxidermy, skulls, medical ephemera, jewelry and more.)

12. Everyone’s already talking about the latest production of King Lear, a gender-blind rendition starring the legendary Glenda Jackson in the title role—so you’d best go see it while you can (pun intended).