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Spring Fever: The 22 Best Festivals in NYC

By / March 29, 2018
    Ninth Avenue International Food Festival.
    Ninth Avenue International Food Festival.

With winter finally coming to an end, it’s time to look ahead to warmer days and more excuses to get outside. Because spring in New York City calls for festivals of all kinds coming to town, we can all start dreaming of daylong events filled with music, Bloody Marys, cherry blossoms, oysters, and way more. With 22 amazing fests going down over the next few weeks, there’s absolutely something for everyone.

The Bloody Mary Festival

Grand Prospect Hall

Spend two and a half hours downing the best Bloody Mary concoctions in all of the five boroughs for one solid Sunday afternoon.

$54 - $54 / RSVP

Tribeca Film Festival Hudson Pass


This all access pass will get you into all the action this year has to offer across screenings, talks, live performances, parties, VR experiences, and way more.

$1250 / RSVP

NYC Craft Beer Festival

Metropolitan Pavilion

This booze-tastic event is back, with more than 150 beers, ciders, and meads available to try. Challenge accepted!

$62 - $94 / RSVP

6th Annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo


Check out the hottest festival hitting NYC this spring where you can try dozens of hot sauce samples and see a Guinness Book of Records reaper eating contest, chihuahua beauty pageant, and more!

$12 - $107 / RSVP

MLB FoodFest


From the Dodgers' Cheeto-Lote to the Cubs' Chicago Dog, each of baseball's 30 ballparks will be represented by their signature dish. You don't want miss the chance to try this all-star roster of food!

$25 - $40 / RSVP

NYC Chili Cookoff 2018

Historic Richmond Town

Come by the official NY State cook-off for the International Chili Society to stuff your face with the best chili the East Coast has to offer.

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Brisket King

110 Kent Ave.

This beefy event is back for a seventh year to deliver tons of brisket, beer, wine, and spirits to the masses.

$69 - $1000 / RSVP

Festival of Colors: Holi NYC 2018

The Holi Lot

Celebrate love and diversity at this daylong immersive experience that features music, art, and food.

$21 - $32 / RSVP

Sakura Matsuri

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Mark your calendars for BBG’s annual cherry blossom festival, which includes over 60 events and performances that celebrate traditional and contemporary Japanese culture.

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Brooklyn Crab’s Spring Oyster Fest

Brooklyn Crab

Get ready for a shuckin' good time at this oyster season kickoff party that features unlimited East Coast and West Coast oysters and brews.

$63 / RSVP

The World’s Fare

Citi Field

Culinary offerings from more than 100 international food vendors will take over Citi Field for a weekend of experiencing diversity through cuisine.

$21 - $210 / RSVP

New York Taco Takeover

Brooklyn EXPO Center

The fiesta of the year is going down in Brooklyn at this party that's bringing the best tacos and cocktails together under one roof. With music, contests, games, and more, you won't want to miss it!

$55 - $86 / RSVP

Brooklyn Crush Wine & Artisanal Food Festival: Spring Edition

Industry City, bldg. 2 The Landing

Get access to more than 100 wines, artisanal foods, and incredible tastings from some of Brooklyn's top restaurants.

$55 - $128 / RSVP

9th Annual NYC Multicultural Festival

St.Nicholas Avenue, Between 141st to 145 streets Harlem, NY 10031

Check out live performances that represent cultures from all over the word at this two day fest that celebrates all cultural expressions through music, dance, poetry, art, food, and fashion.

$0 - $371 / RSVP

Five Boro Craft Beer Fest

The Well

This fest will return for its biggest year yet, with more than 50 local and regional breweries offering unlimited exclusive samples.

$81 / RSVP

NYC Vegetarian Food Festival

Metropolitan Pavilion

Check out dozens of meatless exhibitors at this family-friendly fest, where you can count on samples, speakers, and activities.

$23 - $81 / RSVP
happy hour patio with food and drink

Taste of Tribeca

Taste of Tribeca

For a 24th year, Taste of Tribeca will bring the hood’s best eats together for a cause, with all proceeds supporting the arts and enrichment programs at PS 150 and PS 234.

$48 - $1000 / RSVP

Ninth Avenue International Food Festival

Ninth Avenue between 42nd and 57th Street

As one of the largest food festivals that NYC has to offer, expect a diverse array of the city’s best food and live entertainment—not to mention huge crowds!

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Governors Ball Music Festival

Randall's Island Park

You'll be hard-pressed to find a music festival with more swag than this. Eminem, Jack White, Travis Scott, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, N.E.R.D., and more will have you on your feet all weekend long.


OutdoorFest NYC Campout

Henry Kaufman Campgrounds

Sign up for a weekend of adventure with activities such as trail races, yoga, stargazing, backpacking 101, and more nature-inspired experiences to help you disconnect.

$64 - $74 / RSVP

Northside Festival


Join over 100,000 creative and cultural trendsetters in Brooklyn to uncover the future of music, innovation, and content.

$79 - $676 / RSVP

NYC Dance Week Festival

Noted Studios in New York City

Dance studios throughout NYC will be offering 10 days of free dance, fitness, and wellness classes. Get those dancing shoes ready!



Melanie is a Jersey girl who now calls Brooklyn home. She’s written for Fuse TV, MTV News, Interview Magazine and more, and enjoys creating content that informs, inspires and entertains people. She’s passionate about music, running, cheese and dachshunds, and her husband fully accepts her love affair with NYC.

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