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.

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.

Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Tour

The famed Dyker Heights Christmas lights in Brooklyn, New York is the epitome of suburban neighborhood one-uppery–all in good fun, of course. Think of it as a whole community chock full of Clark Griswolds, with the will and the means to put up tens of thousands of lights in the hopes of keeping up with or outdoing “the Joneses”. The outcome of such competition is completely bananas and more than worthy of a visit to see for yourself.

Visiting the Dyker Heights Christmas Lights can be accomplished a number of ways. You can opt to drive, but expect traffic congestion and a parking nightmare during peak times. There’s also a public transportation option (the D Train to 79th St and New Utrecht Ave), but you’ll have two walk a good 15 minutes from the nearest station on fairly hilly terrain to get to the area with the lights. Based on our own experiences, the most enjoyable way to see the Dyker Heights Christmas Lights is to take a tour, and there are a plethora of options on that front.

Our recommendation is a tour company we’ve used and worked with twice before: A Slice of Brooklyn. They are well-organized, efficient, create a robust experience, and their buses are clean, modern, and comfortable. They also tend to have personal connections to the businesses and homes they interact with on the tour. In the case of their Dyker Heights Christmas Lights tours, they often know the homeowners in the neighborhood personally.

A Slice of Brooklyn is currently offering a 3.5 hour tour of the Dyker Heights Christmas lights every evening during the month of December, excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The tour start times generally run in 5:00pm, 6:00pm, 7:00pm, and 8:00pm time slots. The cost for adults (12 and above) is $55.00 and for children (under 12) is $45.00.

To avoid the hassle, it’s well worth shelling out the cash for a comfortable seat and a guided tour. Besides, when you need that perfect family Christmas photo or background information on that insane light display, having a well-versed tour guide is a godsend.

Get ticket info for A Slice of Brooklyn here.

Read about our experience on the Dyker Heights Christmas Lights tour in 2017 here.

Additionally, you can also read about our experience on the famed Brooklyn Pizza tour here.

– L. & J.

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.

The Village Halloween Parade

The Village Halloween Parade is an annual street pageant and celebration in New York City. It takes place on Halloween night in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Lower Manhattan (route provided below). The parade has been going on continuously for 46 years, and is akin to a mini Mardi Gras, which is why it is often referred to as “New York’s Carnival”.

If you’re curious about what to expect, think puppets, bands, dancers, and artists galore at the Village Halloween Parade. You’ll also see Basil Twist’s Zora, the iconic spider puppet and official mascot of the parade, hanging from the tower of Jefferson Market Library. And there’s no phoning it in by the participants at this incredible event. The creativity of fellow marchers–locals and visitors alike–is on full display, with the most intricate, creative, amazing homemade costumes you’ll find anywhere.

Pic of a Village Halloween Parade participant dressed as Van Gogh's 1889 self-portrait, courtesy of Village Halloween Parade

Though you may choose to enter the parade in the general public line-up (expect very long lines!), there are other parade access options, though they’ll cost you. For instance, each year the parade has a special theme and that theme has a section in the parade. Attendees can use this theme as inspiration for their costume designs and then join that special section on Halloween night. You can find a specific description of the special theme, ticket prices, and details about the accompanying rules and perks here. Another option to “skip the line” is to join the band section. For a small fee, of course. But how cool would that be?! You can find additional info for all participation options here.

NOTE: All proceeds from ticket sales go to support the parade, which only receives partial public funding.

So don’t miss out on this incredible, fun-filled evening. Get your creativity flowing and make a costume that will blow people’s minds! We’re sure to see you there.

Still craving more Halloween fun? Check out our visit to The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze here.

Can’t get enough of one of the best parade scenes in the country? Plan your next warm weather visit to New York City around the Coney Island Mermaid Parade, one of the most beloved, creative Summer events in the five boroughs.

All photos courtesy of Village Halloween Parade.

-L. & J.

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.