The Easter Bonnet Parade in New York City (CANCELED)

The Easter Bonnet Parade is an annual celebration in the borough of Manhattan in New York City. Parade-goers flock to 49th Street and 5th Avenue to witness the throng of marchers wearing colorful, one-of-a-kind ensembles, including incredibly imaginative Easter Bonnets. You only need imagine Mardi Gras and Halloween combined to get the idea.

In addition, the Easter Bonnet Parade is a New York City tradition, the roots of which trace back to the 1870’s. Irving Berlin’s 1948 classic Easter Parade, starring Judy Garland and Fred Estaire, enshrined the beloved event in the American consciousness.

The Easter Bonnet Parade starts at 49th Street and rolls down to its terminus at 57th Street. However, our preference is to stay put at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, where many of the marchers pose for photos at the gorgeous church and discuss their amazing outfits with admirers.

In conclusion, it’s a glorious occasion, with a festive atmosphere that exemplifies New York City’s incredible communities. Don’t miss it!

You can find more information about the event here.

For a preview of what to expect at the Easter Parade, check out our post from a past parade here.

-L. & J.

Frick First Fridays at The Frick Collection (CANCELED)

Make sure to take advantage of the museum’s permanent and special exhibition galleries. Besides this, you can listen to talks and lectures by museum educators and curators and enjoy music and dance performances. Or just relax and sketch in the tranquil Garden Court. The museum even provides complimentary materials for guests inspired to be creative.

The Frick Collection is an internationally recognized museum and research center. It’s home to an extensive collection renowned for Old Master paintings and incredible examples of European sculpture and decorative art. In addition, the adjacent reference library is one of the leading institutions for research in the fields of art history and collection. The result of such prestige is a world-class experience for its guests.

Frick First Fridays at The Frick Collection offer museum admission and gallery programs for free from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. This occurs on the first Friday of every month, except January and September.

Finally, a quick reminder. The Frick is located just a stone’s throw away from Central Park and five blocks from another notable institution, The Met Breuer. This makes it a perfect (and most importantly free) end cap to a fun-filled day in New York City.

Important Notes:

  • Entrance is first come, first served.
  • Ages 10 & over.

You can find additional information about Frick First Fridays here.

You can find additional background information about The Frick Collection here.

Macy’s Flower Show at Herald Square NYC (CANCELED)

Macy’s Flower Show transforms store counter-tops and windows, as well as architecture designed specifically for the event, such as bridges, columns and topiaries, by staging new and dramatic themes each year. Previous shows included inspirations such as outer-space (2019), fairy tales (2018), carnival (2017), and many more. The theme this year is “Voyage to Oceanum: A Sea of Inspiration”. Embark on an under-the-ocean odyssey filled with the vibrant vibrant colors of deep-sea floral displays, lush flora and beautiful blooms.

Macy’s Flow Show is free and open to the public during store hours. Participating flagship locations include Herald Square (New York City), State Street (Chicago), and Union Square (San Francisco). Take in the incredible design elements while you enjoy special in-store events such as floral workshops, cooking demonstrations, fashion demonstrations and musical performances.

Macy’s Flower Show at Herald Square NYC is an annual thematic exhibition displaying live flowers, plants and trees from around the world.  It draws floral aficionados from around the country and across the globe. For 70 years, it has marked the transition from winter to spring.

You can find more information here.

For a sneak-peak of what’s in store, you can read our coverage of the 2017 show here.

Frick First Fridays at The Frick Collection

Frick First Fridays at The Frick Collection offer museum admission and gallery programs for free from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. This occurs on the first Friday of every month, except January and September.

Make sure to take advantage of the museum’s permanent and special exhibition galleries. Besides this, you can listen to talks and lectures by museum educators and curators and enjoy music and dance performances. Or just relax and sketch in the tranquil Garden Court. The museum even provides complimentary materials for guests inspired to be creative.

The Frick Collection is an internationally recognized museum and research center. It’s home to an extensive collection renowned for Old Master paintings and incredible examples of European sculpture and decorative art. In addition, the adjacent reference library is one of the leading institutions for research in the fields of art history and collection. The result of such prestige is a world-class experience for its guests.

Finally, a quick reminder. The Frick is located just a stone’s throw away from Central Park and five blocks from another notable institution, The Met Breuer. This makes it a perfect (and most importantly free) end cap to a fun-filled day in New York City.

Important Notes:

  • Entrance is first come, first served.
  • Ages 10 & over.

You can find additional information about Frick First Fridays here.

You can find additional background information about The Frick Collection here.

Chinese New Year Parade in Chinatown

Chinese New Year (AKA Lunar New Year) celebrations occur at various locations throughout the five boroughs. But easily the most festive Chinese New Year parade in New York City can be found in Chinatown. This year’s parade occurs on Sunday, February 9th and is the Year of the Rat according to the Chinese Zodiac.

Dress in your most auspicious reds and make your way out to Mott Street and Canal Street in Lower Manhattan to get in on all the festivities. There will be impressive floats, marching bands, lion dance troupes, dancers and, of course, those colorful confetti sticks popping off along the parade route. The conclusion is at Eldridge street and Forsyth street, next to Sara D. Roosevelt Park. Just make sure to get to the Chinese New Year Parade early for the best vantage, because it can get mighty crowded.

Additionally, Chinatown is a fantastic place to plan an excellent post-parade dinner. Whether you’re looking for Cantonese fare, dim sum, soup dumplings or hand-pulled noodles, you’ll find them in this vibrant NYC neighborhood.

You can find more information on the parade, including the complete route, and other Chinatown celebrations here.

To get a preview of the event, check out our coverage of 2018’s Year of the Dragon here.

Image of a lion dancer's dragon head at the Year of th Dragon Chinese New Year Parade in Chinatown, New York City via Mad Hatters NYC

Frick First Fridays at The Frick Collection

Frick First Fridays at The Frick Collection offer museum admission and gallery programs for free from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. This occurs on the first Friday of every month, except January and September.

Make sure to take advantage of the museum’s permanent and special exhibition galleries. Besides this, you can listen to talks and lectures by museum educators and curators and enjoy music and dance performances. Or just relax and sketch in the tranquil Garden Court. The museum even provides complimentary materials for guests inspired to be creative.

The Frick Collection is an internationally recognized museum and research center. It’s home to an extensive collection renowned for Old Master paintings and incredible examples of European sculpture and decorative art. In addition, the adjacent reference library is one of the leading institutions for research in the fields of art history and collection. The result of such prestige is a world-class experience for its guests.

Finally, a quick reminder. The Frick is located just a stone’s throw away from Central Park and five blocks from another notable institution, The Met Breuer. This makes it a perfect (and most importantly free) end cap to a fun-filled day in New York City.

Important Notes:

  • Entrance is first come, first served.
  • Ages 10 & over.

You can find additional information about Frick First Fridays here.

You can find additional background information about The Frick Collection here.

Frick First Fridays at The Frick Collection

Frick First Fridays at The Frick Collection offer museum admission and gallery programs for free from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month, except January and September.

During this once-a-month event, take advantage of the museum’s permanent and special exhibition galleries. In addition, listen to talks and lectures by museum educators and curators and enjoy music and dance performances. Or just relax and sketch in the tranquil Garden Court. The museum provides complimentary materials for guests inspired to be creative.

The Frick Collection is an internationally recognized museum and research center. It’s extensive collection is renowned for its Old Master paintings, as well as incredible examples of European sculpture and decorative art. In addition, the adjacent reference library is considered one of the leading institutions for research in the fields of art history and collection.

Important Notes:

  • Entrance is first come, first served.
  • Ages 10 & over.

You can find additional information about Frick First Fridays here.

You can find additional background information about The Frick Collection here.

Frick First Fridays at The Frick Collection

Frick First Fridays at The Frick Collection offer museum admission and gallery programs for free from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month, except January and September.

During this once-a-month event, take advantage of the museum’s permanent and special exhibition galleries. In addition, listen to talks and lectures by museum educators and curators and enjoy music and dance performances. Or just relax and sketch in the tranquil Garden Court. The museum provides complimentary materials for guests inspired to be creative.

The Frick Collection is an internationally recognized museum and research center. It’s extensive collection is renowned for its Old Master paintings, as well as incredible examples of European sculpture and decorative art. In addition, the adjacent reference library is considered one of the leading institutions for research in the fields of art history and collection.

Important Notes:

  • Entrance is first come, first served.
  • Ages 10 & over.

You can find additional information about Frick First Fridays here.

You can find additional background information about The Frick Collection here.

Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade

The Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade is a Halloween celebration, costume parade and competition…for, well, dogs and their parents. Yep, you read that right. Through 2017, the annual event was held at Tompkins Square Park, for which it is named. However, due to alleged insurance and overcrowding issues back in 2018, the venue is now the East River Park Amphitheater. Contestants have the opportunity to earn bragging rights and compete for thousands of dollars in prizes.

History

Twenty-eight years ago, the inaugural Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade began as a small, casual, low-key event held by neighborhood locals. It wasn’t just a Halloween celebration, though, it was also the after-party for a hard-fought community victory: the successful launch of the city’s first dog run. From there, word spread and the event grew in popularity every year thereafter. The number of participants (now in the hundreds), along with spectators (now in the thousands), have markedly increased year after year.

Nothing is off-limits at the Tompkins Square Dog Parade. You’ll see dogs and their owners dress up as pop culture icons, historical figures, politicians and much, much more. So visit one the year’s premier local Halloween events and get your phones and cameras ready to capture this one-of-a-kind New York City event.

You can find more information about the parade and competition here.

You can also get a bird’s-eye view of the parade from our visits in 2018 here.

Open House New York Weekend

Every October, Open House New York Weekend offers extraordinary access to some of New York City’s most iconic buildings. Many of these sites are off-limits to the public throughout the year.

Open House New York (known by its acronym, OHNY) allows participants to meet the people who design, build, and preserve New York City. The focus is simple: deepen participants’ understanding and appreciation of architecture and urban design. Simultaneously, it seeks to open dialogue about planning, preservation, infrastructure, and contemporary design that will impact the city far into the future.

OHNY Weekend offers two types of access: open and reserved. Open access sites are available to everyone, though there may be hours restrictions. Reserved sites only offer access limited to only those with reservations. Sites range from historical to contemporary and residential to industrial across all five New York City boroughs.

Open House New York Weekend visits may include tours, talks, performances, and other special events throughout the weekend.

Mark your calendars for two very important dates. On October 1st 2019, during “The Big Reveal”, the full lineup of more than 300 sites is released to the public. Then, on October 7th, reservations are open to the public at 11:00 pm EST.

Remember, ten’s of thousands of visitors attend OHNY each year, so tickets can go very quick. Don’t miss your chance to get in on the fun and explore the city in a whole new way.

Check dates, times, and participating locations, as well as make reservations for limited access sites here.

For a comprehensive guide to Open House New York, check out our post here.