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Chinese New Year

This is one of the biggest Chinese New Year celebrations in the country and always draws big crowds. There are several celebrations in New York, with firecrackers, parades and dragon-clad dance troupes.

Date: 05 February 2019 - 05 February 2019
Venue: Chinatown.
Website: http://betterchinatown.com/
Cost:

Free.


The Armory Show

New York has no shortage of art fairs, but the annual Armory Show is considered by dealers and collectors alike to be one of the most important fairs of international modern and contemporary work.

Date: 07 March 2019 - 10 March 2019
Venue: Piers 92 & 94.
Website: http://www.thearmoryshow.com

Tribeca Film Festival

This film festival was founded by actor-director Robert De Niro in 2003 as part of a post-9/11 effort to attract visitors to return to lower Manhattan. In less than a decade, it has become New York's premiere film festival. In addition to film screenings, there are talks, panels and a street fair.

Date: 24 April 2019 - 05 May 2019
Venue: Throughout the city.
Website: http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival
Cost:

Various.


Summerstage

A fantastic free performing arts festival that takes place in Central Park each year. It was founded in 1986 and features a wide range of top-name performers across genres - including music, dance, theatre and spoken word. Many events are free. Other NYC parks also host similar events throughout the summer.

Date: 15 May 2019 - 27 September 2019
Venue: Central Park.
Website: http://www.cityparksfoundation.org/summerstage
Cost:

Varies.


Bryant Park Summer Film Festival

From June to August, this grassy Midtown park screens outdoor films on Monday nights. Picnics abound, and the film choices are usually well-known classics rather than new releases. Films start around sunset, and the lawn opens at 5pm; go early to get a spot.

Date: 15 June 2019 - 17 August 2019
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Bryant Park.
Website: http://bryantpark.org/programs/hbo-bryant-park-film-festival
Cost:

Various.


Mermaid Parade

The city's most informal and most lively parade has a nautical theme, and features women and men alike dressed in glittering and riotous costumes and covered in ample body paint. The city’s classic theme parks provide the perfect backdrop to this celebration of the weird and wonderful.

Date: 22 June 2019 - 22 June 2019
Venue: 1208 Surf Avenue, Coney Island.
Website: http://www.coneyisland.com/programs/mermaid-parade
Cost:

Free.


NYC Pride

More than 3 million people gather to celebrate NYC Pride. The annual lesbian and gay march travels through parts of Manhattan and celebrates with a street festival and dance party. Expect outlandish costumes, but high spirits and inclusive attitudes.

Date: 30 June 2019 - 30 June 2019
Venue: Upper Fifth Avenue to the Village.
Website: http://www.nycpride.org
Cost:

Free.


Fourth of July

Most towns and cities host their own Fourth of July celebrations, but certainly the best known of these is in New York City and is hosted by Macy's. Get a spot early in the day as west side Manhattan streets fill up with spectators eager to see the impressive fireworks show over the Hudson River.

Date: 04 July 2019 - 04 July 2019
Venue: West side, Manhattan
Website: https://www.macys.com/social/fireworks/
Cost:

Free.


Greenwich Village Halloween Parade

Puppeteers, bands, performers and freaks of all persuasions come out to join the exuberant costume parade. Anyone in costume can join in and it's always one of the city's most jubilant celebrations. The parade starts on the edge of SoHo and goes up through Greenwich Village.

Date: 31 October 2019 - 31 October 2019
Venue: Along Sixth Avenue.
Website: http://www.halloween-nyc.com
Cost:

Free.


TCS New York City Marathon

One of the world's most popular marathons, the New York City Marathon has been held since 1970 and attracts 50,000 runners every year. The race route runs through all five of New York City's boroughs.

Date: 03 November 2019 - 03 November 2019
Venue: Throughout the city.
Website: http://www.ingnycmarathon.org
Cost:

Free to spectate; prices vary to run.


Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

This is something of a New York institution, featuring huge hot-air balloons in the shape of cartoon characters, such as Snoopy, the Pink Panther and Mickey Mouse. Arrive early and dress warmly, as it's often a cold day.

Date: 28 November 2019 - 28 November 2019
Venue: 77th Street to 34th Street.
Website: http://social.macys.com/parade
Cost:

Free.


New Year's Eve

A million people come to New York each year with the express purpose of ringing in the New Year by watching the famous ball drop in Times Square. A jubilant celebration if you dare to brave the cold and the crowds.

Date: 31 December 2019 - 31 December 2019
Venue: Times Square.
Website: http://www.timessquarenyc.org
Cost:

Free.


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