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Annual events in NYC
New York City is the A must-see, do-anything place - including some of the world's most famous recurring events. Whether you are planning a visit next week or next year, the list below will help you find what will be events during your stay - along with details of what each major event is about. For each month, the events are roughly listed in chronological order (although the dates for certain events vary from year to year). Since the scheduling for many events has been changed by the health and safety restrictions, we have tried to provide the latest schedule information, both when the event normally happens and when it actually takes place in 2021; Always make sure that you check the event website and direct with the venue ahead of time.
The Armory Show
2021 details can be found in the following September events.
The New York International Children's Film Festival
The New York International Children's Film Festival, which is helping to redefine the children's film genre, highlights some of the most unique, engaging, and thought-provoking youth-oriented films made outside of the Hollywood system. From obscure animated shorts to full-length live-action dramas, the NYICFF covers almost every style, age group and cultural background, making it an ideal event for the whole family. the 2021 iteration takes place online.
The Big East tournament
The Big East Men's Basketball Championship has called Madison Square Garden home for more than 30 years. Ten schools are competing for the title and an automatic bid for the NCAA tournament later in March.
Asia Week New York
For a week and a half, Asian art and culture will take over New York City. Galleries and cultural institutions such as the Rubin Museum of Art, The Met Fifth Avenue and the China Institute show works from the distant continent and host a full program of films, lectures, symposia, curatorial lectures, guided tours and auctions.
The St. Patrick's Day Parade
You don't have to be Irish to get a kiss at the famous St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City. The parade, which first took place in 1762, is the oldest and largest in the city. The parade, led by the Archbishop of New York, celebrates Irish culture and the Catholic faith. The parade occurs in 11th, led by members of the National Guard 69th Infantry Regiment, known as the "Fighting 69th"; It runs along Fifth Avenue between 44th and 79th streets; However, 2020 was the first year that Ort hadn't taken. on the website you can find more information about virtual activities in 2021.
Macy's Flower Show
2021 details can be found under may events below.
The Mets and Yankees season opener
Take a trip to Queens or the Bronx (or both!) To see these two teams start their season. the 2020 schedule was played without fans; make sure to stay updated on the 2021 plans (governor Cuomo has stated that arenas can operate at 10 percent capacity, although confirm with the teams and / or stadiums about your plans). If spectators are allowed, you can enjoy the outdoor and delicious stadiums snacks while taking America's favorite pastime. Both ball parks are easily accessible by underground, making a trip all the more engaging.
The New York International Auto Show
For details, see the events listed below for August 2021.
The Easter Parade and the Easter Bonnet Festival
Every Easter (which happens between late March and late April), festive New Yorkers show off their best bonnets as they march down Fifth Avenue. The parade heads north on the thoroughfare starting on 49th Street, but the best place to watch the parade is from the St. Patrick's Cathedral area.
The Tribeca Film Festival
2021 details can be found in the following June events.
Earth Day / Week
Celebrate the greenest time of the year in New York City by attending one of the many events held throughout the week. The city encourages locals and visitors to be environmentally friendly in every area of their lives and hosts art exhibits, educational forums, entertainment, and outdoor events in the parks.
The cherry blossom festival
Each spring, more than 200 cherry trees are in full bloom in the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. To celebrate, the Botanical Garden hosts the weeklong Cherry Blossom Festival, known by the Japanese name Sakura Matsuri. During the festival, visitors enjoy a variety of events that celebrate Japanese culture, including J-pop concerts, traditional Japanese music and dance, taiko drums, martial arts, bonsai cutting workshops, tea ceremonies, and manga art.
TD Five Boro Bike Tour
The Five Boro Bike Tour is an annual tradition that draws 32,000 cyclists of all ages and ability levels. The terrain along the 40-mile drive is mostly flat (and completely car-free) so you don't have to be an experienced cyclist to ride. Take the time to drive over five bridges between the boroughs - including the Queensboro and the Verrazano-Narrows - and take in breathtaking views of the city from all angles. The organizers have announced that the event will not take place in May 2021 but are confident of rescheduling for the fall. Check back for updated information.
Macy's Flower Show
Macy's Annual Flower Show, one of the largest in the city, has been postponed from March to May for 2021. The show features blooms from all over the world-the rare, the exotic, and the simply beautiful. You can also enjoy specially designed garden settings and guided tours.
Frieze New York
The Frieze New York was launched in 2012 and is an art fair in a spectacular setting: Randall's Island Park, where the organizers set up a gigantic tent, an outdoor sculpture park and a rich selection of restaurants. Art buyers and viewers meet to see the latest contemporary works and to attend lectures by artists and curators.
While New York City celebrates design year-round, creativity reigns during NYCxDESIGN, the city's official tribute to global design. The diverse program includes exhibitions, installations, lectures, trade fairs and open studios. Shows and festivals include BKLYN Designs, Collective Design, Frieze New York, the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) and Wanted Design.
The Ninth Avenue International Food Festival
Try what Hell's Kitchen cooks up at this annual food festival, where restaurants and outdoor vendors offer something for every taste. The gastronomic extravaganza with 15 blocks offers culinary art from Greece, Brazil, Italy, Morocco, Senegal, Ukraine, Thailand and everywhere in between, with suitable music and dance.
Shakespeare in the Park (until August)
Shakespeare in the Park is a perfect New York institution that has drawn more than 5 million people since it premiered at Central Park's Delacorte Theater in 1962. Theater lovers can see free outdoor productions of the poet's plays, mostly staged by well-known actors.
Summer on the Hudson (through September)
This free festival by the Parks Department takes place in and around Riverside Park. The festival includes concerts, dance performances, wellness activities, films, and children's shows. Karaoke evenings, a kite flying festival, life-size chess tournaments and Make Some Noise - an evening dedicated to women in music - are among the special events.
The Bronx Week
In a city with countless islands, the Bronx stands out as New York City's link to the mainland. Perhaps this connection with the rest of the continent gives the Bronx its unmistakable taste and calm aura. Regardless of where the district's charm comes from, the city meets every year - a tradition that dates back to the 1970s - around the district with a parade, festivals, live music, a one-of-a-kind wagon tour, and of course the inauguration of the latest additions to celebrate the Bronx Walk of Fame.
SummerStage (until October)
Since 1986, Central Park's SummerStage has been the perfect place for great live music in a scenic outdoor setting - for free. Although it started in the Rumsey Playfield venue (and is still taking place) in the park's Park Stadium, today there are more than five boredom in more than 15 parks from May to October that host about 100 screenings. The offerings of the annual outdoor festival series of outdoor artists cover all genres and bring famous artists and rising stars from around the world to local city parks associated with indie, reggae, afrobeat, soul, jazz and hip hop - in addition to an event -Event in July and much more.
The Museum Mile Festival
Some of the best museums in the country offer free entry during this car-free Upper East Side Block Party that features live music, street performers, and activities for kids. Along Fifth Avenue, between the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the El Museo del Barrio, you have the option of taking a cheap crash course on New York City culture - rain or shine.
The Tribeca Film Festival
Robert De Niro's Tribeca Film Festival is an integral part of the entertainment scene. Founded following 9/11 to support the revitalization of Lower Manhattan, the annual festival celebrates film, music and culture and turns the neighborhood into a hub for glamorous red carpets and gala affairs. The festival shows more than 100 films from around the world and even offers free "drive-in" outdoor screenings - no car required. The 2021 edition is slated to take place in June instead of April, the usual date.
The National Puerto Rican Day Parade
In celebration of their community, country and culture, more than 80,000 Puerto Ricans march on Fifth Avenue from 44th to 79th Streets in Manhattan for the annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade. The word "alive" does not even come close to describing this event, which receives around 2 million viewers, energetic musical performances, floats and a multitude of Puerto Rican celebrities every year.
Westminster Dog Show
Every year, dog fans flock to piers 92/94 and Madison Square Garden in February to find out which pooches are dubbed best on the show from the Westminster Kennel Club, America's oldest organization dedicated to the sport of purebred dogs. For 2021, the show moves through June and takes place outdoors in Tarrytown, in the north of the city. The favorites, including terriers, retrievers, dachshunds and the stylish poodle, will compete for the coveted canine honor throughout the competition.
The River To River Festival
Head downtown to the River to River Arts Festival, which offers free dance performances, concerts, and events. Highlights from recent years have included Night at the Museums, site-specific pieces by Twyla Tharp, Trisha Brown Dance Company and Eiko Otake, as well as shows by The Bang on a Can All-Stars and Superchunk.
Celebrate Brooklyn (through August)
Celebrate Brooklyn has been providing free music, dance, theater, film, and special projects for four decades. It's one of the city's longest-running outdoor arts festivals, featuring acts like They Might Be Giants and Maceo Parker. Don't miss the Music & Movies program, where artists play along with screenings of silent, animated and short films.
The Pride Week
New York City is home to one of the most vibrant and thriving gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities in the world. The city welcomes its incredible diversity as a source of strength, and this is never more evident than during Pride, when the five boroughs celebrate the advances made in New York and beyond since the 1969 Stonewall Riots. The week ends with the famous march down Fifth Avenue on the last Sunday in June.
NY Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks
The New York Philharmonic's annual weeklong tour of the city's parks brings free classical music to all five boroughs, with performances in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, Great Lawn in Central Park, Cunningham Park in Queens and Prospect Park in Brooklyn . The celebration ends with an indoor concert at Staten Island's Music Hall on Snug Harbor.
Macy's Fourth of July fireworks
Celebrate America's independence with the nation's most dazzling pyrotechnics. Fireworks light up the skyline with musical accompaniment, and you can enjoy it all from a variety of prime waterfront vantage points across the city.
Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest
With a combination of tough stamina and highly elastic stomachs, the participants of the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog eating contest compete against the NYC dogs, much to the delight of the cheering fans. A select group of experienced eaters meets at lunchtime, eats Nathan's Dogs for exactly 10 minutes and doesn't stop for anything - not for ketchup, not for mustard, not even for french fries.
MoMA PS1 Warm Up (until September)
The MoMA PS1 Warm Up is an immersive multimedia experience: an exuberant outdoor concert housed in an installation designed by the winner of the PS1 and MoMA Young Architects Program. In addition to live music, DJs, and dancing, guests are encouraged to explore all that PS1 has to offer - entry to Warm Up includes access to all exhibitions.
Broadway in Bryant Park
Pack your lunch and head to Bryant Park for these hour-long midday concerts performed by cast members from Broadway's most popular musicals. You can set up one of the chairs on the lawn or bring your own blanket to enjoy the music on the grass.
Summer at Lincoln Center
During the summer, Lincoln Center hosts a number of annually recurring programs, each with a slightly different theme. First is Midsummer Night Swing, which allows you to take dance lessons and try your moves to live music under the stars. Out of Doors includes music, dance, speaking events, family shows, and special projects - all for free. And finally, Mostly Mozart includes the performance of works by the renowned composer.
NYC Restaurant Week®
The famous dining program, which takes place every winter and summer, offers the opportunity to dine on two-course fixed-price lunches and three-course dinners at hundreds of world-class New York City restaurants. Guests can enjoy a range of dishes from some of the best chefs in town. earlier this year, Restaurant Week to go debuted, running January through February and offering takeaway and delivery deals from around 800 NYC restaurants. Check back for information on future restaurant weeks.
Harlem Week (through August)
Don't let the name fool you –Harlem The Week lasts for a whole month. That also makes sense, because seven days is hardly enough time to capture the entire history and culture of this vibrant district. The annual celebration features performances, vendors, and tributes in a variety of locations. This makes it even more of a must: most of the celebrations are free.
The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
To mark the fifth month of the lunar calendar (which actually happens long before this event), 200 dragon boat teams gather at Meadow Lake in Flushing Meadows Corona Park to take part in one of America's largest dragon boat festivals. Watch the spectacle on the water and enjoy a wide range of international music, martial arts, handicrafts, dance and cuisine.
The Summer Streets
Between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. on three Saturdays in August, large parts of Park Avenue and the connecting streets will be closed to traffic and open to the public, from cycling to strolling to dancing. Haven't you always wanted to walk (or slide or slide) in the middle of Park Avenue, free from honking and jostling on the sidewalks?
The New York International Auto Show
See tomorrow's hottest cars before they hit the streets at the New York International Auto Show, held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The oldest auto show in North America, this high octane event features the most innovative automotive technology, the hottest exotic and the latest green initiatives. In 2021, the show will take place in late August instead of its usual April time slot.
The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival
Charlie Parker's home was in Alphabet City in the early 1950s; although Bird has been gone a long time, the area has not forgotten him. The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival made its 1993 debut in Tompkins Square Park, across from the block he called home. Events are still held there, but some performances are taking place downtown, at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem.
US Open Tennis (until September)
It is the last Grand Slam tournament of the year that determines the season and sometimes also the career. The US Open is a legendary event in American sport surpassed only by the Masters, World Series and the Super Bowl. No matter how the tournament turns out, it's always fun to watch it live. The games will take place at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
New York Fashion Week (Spring / Summer)
Fashion Week promises a week of star-studded soirees showcasing the latest styles for the upcoming spring season. The world's top designers present their collections on the catwalk, while style-conscious celebrities and industry insiders watch. Land on a guest list and you can be right with them. Meanwhile, fans of up-and-coming designers will turn their attention to MADE Fashion Week, which is taking place in the Meatpacking District.
The Armory Show
The world's leading fair for contemporary art has been a destination for art enthusiasts, collectors and gallery owners since its founding as the Gramercy international art fair in 1994 (it was renamed and postponed in 1999 and finally moved to piers 90/94 as a location). The 2021 edition will take place at the Javits Center in September instead of its traditional month of March.
The Feast of San Gennaro
Manhattan's Little Italy is very busy all year round - and the excitement peaks with this annual salute to the patron saint of Naples. Banners and lights line the streets, and the crowds fill every block. Join the revelers for 11 days with parades, entertainment, Italian food, and a cannoli eating contest.
In memory of 9/11
Every September, New York City commemorates the victims of the attacks on the World Trade Center and honors them at a variety of memorial services. Churches, temples, and synagogues across the city host special events for those affected by the tragedy, as well as memorial concerts and fundraisers throughout the month. The 9/11 Memorial & Museum in the World Trade Center serves as a year-round tribute to those who visited on September 11, 2001 or September 26, 2001. Lost her life in February 1993. Here, in a public square, two large memorial pools, as well as a museum presenting the history of 9/11 along with educational resources and works of art, commemorate the victims.
The Richmond County Fair
Fun for all the family is at the Richmond County Fair, an ancient Staten Island tradition revived in 1979. Kids can enjoy circus performers, a petting zoo, and even visiting cartoon characters while their parents groove to live music and other performances on two stages. Rides, food and typical fairground attractions such as a cake eating competition round off the weekend.
The New York Film Festival (through October)
Since 1963, this festival has brought some of the world's most innovative films to New York City. Here you can watch innovative films before they hit the market - the festival has shown films by Jean-Luc Godard, Pedro Almodóvar and Martin Scorsese in the past. Adventurous movie buffs will want to visit the Projections Sidebar, a selection of new avant-garde films.
The Metropolitan Opera season autumn / spring (until May next year)
The Metropolitan Opera always promises a sensational cast with world premieres, new productions and exciting revivals. noteworthy appearances were georges bizets Carmen, Julie Taymor's production of The Magic'John Adams' Nixon in China and Gioachino rossini's seldom staged french opera Le Comte-, under the direction of Bartlett Sher. the entire 2020–21 season was canceled; check back in 2021 for updated information.
The New York City Ballet Repertoire Fall Season
The New York City Ballet's fall season typically includes favorites like Balanchine, Robbins, and Tchaikovsky, all of which are performed at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater. the season starts with the autumn gala and culminates with performances by the nutcracker, a Christmas highlight. the fall season for 2020 has been canceled; check back in 2021 for updated information.
NYC Broadway Week℠
In January and September, NYC Broadway Week gives audiences the chance to get 2-for-1 tickets to exciting Broadway shows. The popular program includes new productions and long-running hits, such as The Lion King, The Phantom of the Opera and Wicked.
The BAM Next Wave Festival (until December)
In order to be consistently at the forefront of the industry, the Brooklyn Academy of Music organizes this showpiece of creative dance, theater, film and literature from all over the world. Earlier productions included the Philip Glass Opera Kepler (with his fame of planetary motion), Isabelle Huppert with Phaedra (s) and Ivo van Hove with his The Fountainhead Staging.
Autumn at the Queens County Farm Museum
Every fall, the Queens County Farm Museum hosts a number of family-friendly, harvest-related events, including the annual Queens County Fair, with various blue-ribbon competitions in livestock, produce and handicrafts, not to mention cake-eating competitions, hay drives and live music. On the weekends through October, enjoy the Amazing Maize Labyrinth, harvest pumpkins, and sample New York apples. The series of events ends with the Children's Fall Festival with games for children, bouncy castles, pig races and a petting zoo.
For New York City architects and builders, October is Architecture and Design Month. On 31 days, the city's design community opens up for more than 100 guided tours, lectures, films and celebrations and offers insights behind the scenes of the buildings that characterize this metropolis. Participants include well-known institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim, Central Park Conservancy and 9/11. Memorial & Museum.
The New York Festival
The New York Festival brings together world-class talent and leaders from politics, the arts, journalism, television and everything in between. Past events and special guests have included Ta-Nehisi Coates, Sleater-Kinney, Mindy Kaling, Elmore Leonard, Matt Groening, Sherman Alexie, and Zaha Hadid. The three-day program and schedule of the festival will be presented in September.
The New York Comic Con
With geek culture having had an undeniable influence on mainstream entertainment, Comic Con is gaining ground. Expect to see many costumed cosplayers at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, who will leave you in awe of the many stands, panels, and screenings of the festival.
Open House New York
New York's towering skyscrapers and charming brownstones give the city much of its character. The Open House New York (OHNY) weekend, which celebrates architecture and design, includes free tours of buildings and facilities, many of which are normally closed to the public.
Opening of the outdoor ice rinks
The many ice rinks in New York City are synonymous with winter and the first taste of the holiday season. If you prefer to combine your ice skating experience with a great view, enjoy the spectacular surroundings of the seasonal ice rink at Rockefeller Center (the famous tree will also be there in December). The Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park, which is usually open from late October to early March, is another great option with stunning architecture nearby.
The butterfly house (until May)
Celebrate the return of the American Museum of Natural History's seasonal terrarium, filled with hundreds of living butterflies. The creatures whiz around in a summery environment: tropical flowers and lush vegetation at 27 degrees Celsius. It is a perfect exhibition for a cold autumn or winter day (but of course also in spring).
Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival
NYCWFF includes a couple of food and drink-filled days with food network personalities like Rachael Ray and Ted Allen, as well as an extensive selection of local all-star chefs, restaurateurs and vendors. Past events have included the Blue Moon Burger Bash, a quiz-oriented food fight with Guy Fieri, bagel making with Black Seed Bagels, and dinner with Alain Ducasse - just a few of the hundreds of events taking place across the city.
The Rangers and Islander opening game
Fans of the blueshirt, as the Rangers are affectionately known, fill Madison Square Garden even when the team is having a bad year, giving the arena one of the more intense atmospheres in New York sport. To see the bleachers supercharged, come to a game when the Rangers welcome their inner-city rivals, the Islanders, who moved to Brooklyn's Barclays Center in 2015 and that inaugural year by winning their first playoff series since marked more than two decades. The season usually starts in October and runs through spring, but due to delays in the 2019-20 season, the 2020-21 season does not start until mid-January 2021. check the teams' websites for news and schedules, including any implications for the 2021-22 season opener.
The Knicks and Nets opening games
The Knicks, Manhattan's NBA team, have a rich history that includes a few titles, periods of meaninglessness, and plenty of new hope. The fanatical fans always make the games at Madison Square Garden seem like a real festival, while celebrities often sit on the sidelines. The Brooklyn Nets made their Barclays Center debut in 2012 and are a team that is rising. Their black and white gear has become a staple of the county's streets. The season usually starts in October and runs through spring, but due to delays in the 2019-20 season, the 2020-21 season doesn't appear until late December 2020. check the teams' websites for news and schedules, including any impact on the 2021-22 season start.
The Village Halloween Parade
The Village Halloween Parade had its tentative beginnings back in 1974, when the neighborhood kids in the West Village moved from house to house with their friends. Over the years it has become a massive party with wildly costumed characters, dolls, bands, dancers and around 2 million viewers - although there are not events in 2020, except for a virtual component. look for her again in October 2021.
The TCS New York City Marathon
This is the big sporting event that often proves to be a life changing experience as well as a physical challenge. Like all marathons, the New York City Race covers 26.2 miles from start to finish — but no other city offers competitors the sights, sounds, and sheer excitement of the NYC Marathon's traditional five-borough course that stretches from Staten Island to Central Park. The 2020 marathon took place as a virtual event in which runners from around the world can participate from their hometowns; 2021 should see the return of the in-person run.
The New York Comedy Festival
Almost every big name in comedy tends to grace a New York City stage during NYCF. Past participants have included Norm MacDonald, Bridget Everett, Ricky Gervais, Hannibal Buress, Judd Apatow and Iliza Shlesinger. Reputable, professionally trained panels share the schedule with over-the-top improvisation nights at small venues as well as large-format shows at venues like Madison Square Garden and City Hall. Unfortunately the 2020 festival has been canceled, but you can look forward to its return in 2021.
The Art Show
The Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA) annual exhibit features carefully curated exhibits at the Park Avenue Armory; Group exhibitions and individual projects from the late 19th century to the present day are shown. Special events take place each year, including panel discussions and a preview gala that benefit Henry Street Settlement-a Lower East Side social services, arts and health organization. note: this is usually a spring event but has been postponed to november 2021.
Radio City Christmas Spectacular (until early January)
New York City's most famous Christmas production, which began in 1933, has adapted over time to include original scenes and Rockettes numbers, as well as special special effects that include fireworks, snowflakes, and animated projections. The traditional parts of the exhibition - such as "The Living Nativity" and "Parade of Wooden Soldiers" - remain audience favorites in Radio City Music Hall's annual showcase. 2020 production was canceled, but in 2021 production should be back on track as before.
The Holiday Train Show (until January)
As a family favorite, the Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden features toy trains that snake through approximately 175 replicas of the city's landmarks made from bark, seeds, and other plant materials. Highlights include tributes to Yankee Stadium, various downtown skyscrapers, famous Coney Island rides and a George Washington Bridge spanning the entrance to the exhibition, as well as a sound and light show. only members could participate in the 2020-21 version; Further information on 2021–22 can be found on the back page.
Holiday Train Show under Grand Central Terminal (until February)
The New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex and Store at Grand Central Terminal is home to this annual Holiday Train Show, the structure of which features Lionel trains traveling through the two-story, 34-foot-long miniature New York City and landscape. Vintage trains from the museum's collection, including New York Central models, travel to the North Pole in the showcase.
The origami Christmas tree (until the beginning of January)
The classic Christmas decorations are historically refreshed with the origami Christmas tree at the American Museum of Natural History. The museum draws inspiration from its own collection for the 1,000 or so folded paper works that volunteers create throughout the year. Explore the permanent exhibition halls, current exhibitions, and extensive collections to see which pieces made their way onto the 13-foot tree.
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Marching bands, celebrity guests, and big-name performers add excitement to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, but they step back behind the real stars of the show - the balloons. Spongebob, Snoopy, Hello Kitty, and other giant helium-filled characters soar along the typically 2.5-mile route, from the Upper West Side to Macy's Herald Square. for 2020, the event was broadcast by Herald Square, where the celebrations took place without a spectator or parade.
The Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting
The lighting of the Christmas tree lights at Rockefeller Center, on the first Wednesday after Thanksgiving, heralds the Christmas season in New York City. Brave the cold in the weeks that followed to see the huge tree adorned with tens of thousands of colored lights. The tree remains lit until the first week of the new year.
Satisfy your shopping list and get in the holiday mood by checking out one of the many outdoor Christmas shops that pop up all over the city. Hundreds of merchants have set up stores in Union Square, Grand Central Terminal, Bryant Park, and Columbus Circle selling clothing, jewelry, groceries, and many other gift items. Besides helping the local dealers, you might find a little something for yourself.
The inflammation of the world's greatest Hanukkah, Hanukkah
Celebrate Hanukkah with the light of the world's greatest menora. One of them is in Manhattan, on Fifth Avenue and 59th Street (right in front of the Plaza Hotel). This 32-foot, gold-colored, 4,000-pound steel holiday icon is a visual feast for the eyes. A similar menorah is across the river, in Brooklyn's Grand Army Plaza (at the top of Prospect Park). Each menorah is lit with a candle every evening of the holiday.
George Balanchines The Nutcracker
For more than 50 years, the New York City Ballet has awakened with its Lincoln Center production of The Nutcracker Visions of the Sugar Fairy, marching toy soldiers and the Mouse King come to life.The performance is characterized by old-fashioned costumes, the spectacle of an onstage snowstorm, magical sets with a one-ton Christmas tree and of course Tchaikovsky's timeless music. Although 2020 production has been canceled, the ballet plans to bring the classical back for 2021 and beyond.
The Kwanzaa Celebrations
This celebration with an African American background takes place every year from December 26th to January 1st and culminates in a festive and gift ritual. The city's biggest Kwanzaa celebrations usually take place at the American Museum of Natural History, which hosts a one-day fete of African dancing, live musical performances, and traditional crafts - and the Harlem Apollo Theater, where you can find dance, music, and various family-friendly activities become.
Times Square New Years Eve
It wouldn't be New Year's Eve without the crystal ball fall in Times Square. In typical years, crowds gather in the surrounding streets to see the performances and countdown to midnight, but the NYC event that kicked off in 2021 was mostly virtual. Check back for information on the celebrations of the next one.
New York Road Runners Midnight Run
this annual race through Central Park serves as an active alternative to the Times Square New Year's Eve ritual (although it did not take place when the clock struck in 2021).
Three Kings Day Parade
El Museo del Barrio of the Three Kings Day Parade is a tradition that goes back more than four decades. The celebrations are always equipped with a variety of family-friendly performances. More information at elmuseo.org.
Winter jazz festival
The Winter Jazzfest offers a dazzling variety of musical talents and is both a forum for discovery and a guaranteed sensation. More than 100 sets take place at the venues including Le Poisson Rouge, Webster Hall and the Bitter End; Dee Bridgewater, Colin Stetson and Russell Gunn's Ethnomusicals are among the last artists.
New York Boat Show
Don't miss the boat. Yachts, boats, kayaks - you can find them all at the New York Boat Show, an urban institution for more than a century. Thousands of visitors come to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center each year to check out the latest in boats and fishing equipment. Visitors can also attend daily seminars with a variety of fishing and boating professionals. For 2021, social distancing and wearing masks will be enforced and the number of guests will be reduced from previous levels.
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