In a New York Spring of Mind: 25 Things to Do This Season

Best NYC Spring Events
“Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter…Little darling, it feels like years since it’s been here…Here comes the (spring) here comes the (spring).”  — George Harrison, “Here Comes the Sun”

The little green buds on trees are back and people are starting to flash a little flesh. If you’re wondering how to get “offMetro” to celebrate springtime, take a gander at these 26 activities and events, ranging from cook-offs and rooftop films to tulip festivals, an Earth Day bash, and eco-friendly kites in flight.


Brooklyn Heights | Come springtime, FAD Market will return to the Brooklyn Historical Society with everything from silk-screened totes to handmade toys for kids, and locally-sourced artisanal eats. Check social media for specific dates! Afterwards, enjoy the Historical Society’s exhibits or take a walk through beautiful Brooklyn Heights.

Gowanus | You might not be a chimney sweep, but you will be skimming the rooftops this season with the return of Rooftop Films Summer Series which though centered in Gowanus, stretches to rooftops throughout the boroughs.

Grand Army Plaza | On rainy days, cozy up inside the Brooklyn Public Library for events for the entire family, including themed photography exhibits, old telephone directories, woodcut prints of wild fauna based in Brooklyn, and colorful trading cards.


Long Island City | It’s amazing what you can do with former landfills these days. At the Socrates Sculpture Park, get a whiff of creativity at its finest when the spring exhibit is unveiled in early May. Now that temperatures are on the up and up, outdoor film screenings and free fitness classes will return.

Flushing Meadows Corona Park | The Queens Theatre is chock full of performances this spring that justify crossing the bridge including the BroadwayWorld and Pinocchio. 

Staten Island

Greenbelt | The annual OutdoorFest celebration of all things nature in NYC kicks off with a campout on Staten Island on June 5 and 14 with yoga, trail running, survival skills, a concert in the woods and a bonfire. Hop on the OutdoorFest shuttles from Union Square to head towards a weekend that will make you feel miles away from the hustle bustle.

Richmond | Red and verde chili aficionados can prep their pots and palettes for the annual  New York City Chili Cookoff (April 27) sanctioned by the International Chili Society.


Take the subway to Wave Hill any weekend this spring for a variety of family-friendly events from “Tree Ring Mandalas” (April 27) to “Garden Highlights Walk” (Every Thursday starting April 18). Bonus: the majority of their events are free after you purchase admission to the grounds ($8/adults, $2/children).

Find the wild side of New York City on this Woodlawn Cemetery Photography & Nature Walk! Bring your camera to capture the architecture, birds, and blooming flowers.

Upstate NY/Westchester

Pocantico Hills | Take the train to the Stone Barns Center on any for guided farm tours. Choose from the morning “Insider Tour” or the early afternoon “Family Tour”.

Albany | To see spring bloom in all its colorful glory, we’d suggest a trip to the state capital’s three-day tulip festival.  If that’s not enough for you, there is also a 61-variety Daffodil festival in Connecticut, and Boston will show 400 types of lilacs on Lilac Sunday.

Photo: Courtesy of rmsano