Truth be told, life in NYC kicks butt on a daily basis. But this year, between making a triumphant comeback post-Hurricane Sandy, electing a hipster mayor, and playing host to some of the best events this side of anywhere, a dull moment was nowhere in sight.

Of all the incredible events of 2013, here are my top 5. The best part? They’ll be back again next year!

5. Vendy Awards

Photo via Lea Faminiano for The Couch Sessions
Photo via Lea Faminiano for The Couch Sessions

Kind of like “Thanksgiving in September”, it’s totally acceptable at the Vendy’s to eat until you pop a button off your skinny jeans. A street food showcase and intense cook-off between the best sidewalk chefs, this event continues to capture NYC’s intense love for quick and artful eats.

4. Maker Faire

Maker Faire

This science-meets-county fair is an all-ages festival for tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, engineers, artists, and more. These so-called “makers” come together to show off and share what they’re all about. Between the life-sized version of Mousetrap, robo-cupcake-mobiles, and music made with Tesla coils, this is a creative’s paradise.

3. Northside Festival

Photo via L Magazine
Photo via L Magazine

Who needs SXSW when you have Northside Fest? L Magazine has been bringing eight days of music, art, and film to Brooklyn since 2009. As NYC continues to become the country’s next great center of innovation, heavy hitters in entrepreneurship and technology were invited to join the mix at Northside NExT this year.

2. Tribeca Film Festival


Is it a bird? A plane? No, it’s infamous internet cat Lil’ Bub rocking the red carpet at the Tribeca Film Festival. Since its founding, NYC’s favorite film festival has attracted more than 4 million attendees and screened over 1400 films from over 80 countries. And, things keep getting more interesting with 6-second Vine video competitions and lolcats on the big screen.

1. Governors Ball

Photo via Getty Images
Photo via Getty Images

This June, a torrential downpour turned Randall’s Island into a mud pit that rivaled Woodstock ‘94. But, that didn’t stop the beloved music festival that is Governor’s Ball. The best part? After Kanye, Guns N’ Roses, and Kings of Leon killed it on stage, Founders Entertainment worked to fully restore the grounds.

Don’t forget! 2013 isn’t over yet. Check out my top recommendations for New Year’s Eve here. See you in 2014!


  • Was this article worth your time?
  • yes   no