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Things to Do in NYC in April

Updated: December 26, 2023

This post lists the top things to do in New York in April, updated for 2024.

Below we list free, nighttime, as well as family-friendly events and activities that can be found in New York City this month.

Disclosure: While our recommendations are always unbiased, we may receive a small share of sales through some of the links below at no cost to you. See the full text.


This is our list of the ten best events and things to do in NYC in April. For even more suggestions, see our comprehensive guide to things to do in NYC.  

Several of the items below are already included for free with the purchase of a tourist discount pass.

For tips on the most popular activities in NYC, check out the following posts:

April is one of the best times to visit New York City. New Yorkers throw off their heavy winter coats, grab an umbrella (just to be safe), and head out to enjoy the city.

Layers are the way to go in April. A jacket works during daylight hours which tend to be in the 50s early in the month and 60s late in the month.

Sweaters are a good addition for after sunset. Evenings run from the high 30s early in the month to high 40s late in the month. Read more about April weather here.

1. Go to a Concert

Many amazing performers come through New York City and its surrounding cities.

Whether you're a fan of hard rock, pop music, or even classic 80s tunes, there are plenty of great concerts to be found in the NYC area this April.

Pop/Rock/Country Concerts

Classical/Opera/Theatre Concerts

Music Festivals

For even more choices, check out the full list of April concerts.

2. See a Sports Event

In April, baseball season is in full swing! There's also basketball, ice hockey, and soccer (or 'football' as it is called by the rest of the world!).

Click on the links below to find tickets for the various New York area teams.


To see New York's professional baseball teams in play, check out the Mets and Yankees,

Also, Yankee Stadium offers fun and insightful guided tours. Find out more here


If you're in the mood for a dynamic and fast-paced basketball game, you can find that with the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks.

Ice Hockey

To really appreciate the speed of a hockey game, you might enjoy a live game with the New York Rangers, New Jersey Devils, or New York Islanders.


To catch the most popular sport in the world, purchase soccer tickets for the New York City FC and New York City Red Bulls.

Check here for even more NYC sporting events in April.

3. See a Broadway Show

There will be several great Broadway musicals in New York City this month.

While there aren't many new productions to see, you will be able to see some of the most popular shows of the last few years.

To find tickets to the following shows, click here.

  • Wicked
  • Chicago
  • Hamilton
  • The Lion King
  • Hadestown
  • Aladdin: The Musical
  • Moulin Rouge
  • Sweeney Todd
  • Six the Musical

Be sure to read our posts on how to get cheap Broadway tickets and use the TKTS Booth for tickets.

We list several ways you can save money on what is sure to be a fun night out. 

4. Look into Getting a Tourist Discount Pass

tourist discount pass offers discounted admission into most of NYC’s popular attractions.

Passes themselves aren’t free, but with some advanced planning, you can create an itinerary where you will end up paying nothing for one or two attractions each day.

There are several different types of passes, so be sure to read our comparison post to learn about how you can save the most money on your trip.

5. Take a Walking Tour with Free Tours by Foot

The spring weather is fine for all of our tours and especially good for tours where you can see lots of green space and nature.

In April, the hundreds of different plants, carefully curated by the High Line Park, will be starting to bloom.  

We offer several pay-what-you-wish variations of the High Line Park Walking Tours. You can also use our GPS-enabled audio tour of the High Line.

You may find our post on things to see on the High Line helpful to planning a visit to this must-see sight in NYC.

If you're looking for something else to do, consider a guided Central Park Pedicab tour instead!

For a list of all our tours available in April see our schedule of tours.

6. Go to a Stand-up Comedy Show

The New York area attracts some of the biggest names in comedy, and you'll find some of them performing in April.

For even more chances to chuckle, check this list of live stand-up comedians in New York City this March.

Read our post on things to do in NYC at night for other after-dark activities.

7. Celebrate National Beer Day

While not an official holiday, unfortunately, National Beer Day (April 7) is a perfect time to take a pub crawl in NYC

The holiday is always April 7 because on that date, in 1933, a new federal law went into effect permitting beer to be sold again for the first time since Prohibition began in 1919.

See our post on NYC pub crawls. There are plenty to choose from!

If you prefer to go it alone, be sure to read our post on historic New York City bars.

One spot you should check out is McSorley's Old Ale House. It's so old that Abraham Lincoln drank there!

8. See a Ballet Performance

If you're interested in seeing a more traditional theatrical performance, the New York City Ballet will be hosted by the David H. Koch Theater from April 23rd- 28th, 2024.

Join them as they celebrate their 75th year, with performances of works by Balanchine and Robbins in April.

Purchase tickets or learn more.

9. Go to the Opera

The award-winning classical music organization known as The Met (the Metropolitan Opera) will have three shows in April.

They bring some of the best talent from around the world for their performances.

Turandot | April 3rd, 6th, 11th, 14th, and 19th

La Rondine | April 2nd, 5th, 9th, 13h, 16th, and 20th

Fire Shut up in My Bones | April 8th, 12th, 17th, 20th, 24th, 27th

10. Attend the Orchid Show

The Orchid Show returns for its 21st year, this year bringing a fashion-inspired celebration of orchids.

The show runs from February 17th - April 21st at the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory of the New York Botanical Gardens.

There will also be nighttime events with food, cash bars, and music for those aged 21 or older.

Tickets and additional information can be found here.

For even more suggestions for April, see our comprehensive guide to things to do in NYC.  

See the Cherry Blossoms

One place to visit is the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens which for 40 years or so had the Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival NYC celebrating these beautiful and delicate trees.

They still keep a "cherry watch" with the blossoms expected to arrive at some point in April.

Roosevelt Island has its own Cherry Blossom festival.

This is a great excuse to take the Roosevelt Island Tram for the incredible 360 views of NYC!

These are other locations that have cherry trees on their grounds. 

TIP: If you are considering purchasing a tourist attraction discount pass, then know that the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens is included in the Explorer Pass. Click here for more ideas of things to do in Brooklyn.


In April, NYC's long-running year-round food festival, Smorgasburg, moves outdoors to its Williamsburg location.

This is the largest of the outdoor food festivals in the country with over 100 food vendors dishing out innovative snacks that attract thousands of people each Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

If you would prefer to try delicious food in a smaller environment, try one of our pay-what-you-wish food tours.

Amongst our most popular food tours are our Greenwich Village Food Tour and our Lower East Side Food Tour.

On each tour, you will have a chance to try out some of NYC's best foods while your guide tells you about the history and culture of the neighborhood you are in.

Visit the New York International Auto Show

The first New York Auto Show took place in 1900!

For over 120 years now they have been sharing what's new and interesting in the auto industry. All of the big names in the industry bring in cars, some of which can be driven.

The show takes place March 29th - April 7th, 2024 at the Javits Convention Center.

Hours are Mondays-Saturdays, 10:00 am-10:00 pm, and Sundays 10:00 am - 7:00 pm.

Tickets can be purchased here.


Many of the activities included in our top 10 section above can be enjoyed at night as well such as attending a concert, a sporting event, or the Tribeca Film Festival.

Here are a few more ideas on how to spend a great night in New York City.

For even more ideas, see our master post on things to do in NYC at night year-round and our New York night tours.

Take a Night Walking Tour 

April evenings are quite pleasant to explore the city at night. We have many evening tours in April including: 

  • Brooklyn Bridge and the 9/11 Memorial
  • Midtown Manhattan
  • High Line 
  • Central Park

You can go directly to our schedule of tours to see what we have on offer each day or you can visit our night tours page for more information. 

Our guided walks are free to join and operate on a pay-what-you-like basis, which means you decide what a tour was worth or what you could afford (even free) when the tour is over.

If walking isn't your thing, then consider a night bus tour. Many of these night tours are already included for free in bus tour packages.

Easter Supper on a Cruise

Most of the cruise lines in NYC have special Easter Supper menus so you can enjoy the traditional foods of the season while gazing at the stunning views of the Statue of Liberty to the Brooklyn Bridge.

In addition to dinner cruises, there are lunch/brunch cruises as well as Easter-themed cruises which are family-friendly.

Take a look at our post about which New York boat tour or cruise is best to find one that is right for you. 

Orchid Evenings at the New York Botanical Garden

As part of the annual Orchid Show at NYBG (April 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th, and 20th), you can attend an Orchid Nights.

This event features music, tours, and special performances all amidst the gorgeous flower displays.

There will be cash bars offering beer, wine, and cocktails for purchase.

Visit their website for more information

View the New York Skyline

For spectacular nighttime views of New York City and beyond, visit one of the city's observation decks:

Each deck has its own vantage point, as well as different prices of admission, varying wait times, and opening/closing hours.

Our post comparing NYC's observation decks breaks down the pros and cons of each to help you choose which view is right for you. 

Our post on things to do in NYC at night has tons more suggestions for activities to do when the sun sets on the Big Apple.


Below is just a handful of the endless list of free things you can do in New York City in April.

Some of the events in the Top 10 section above, like walking the High Line or watching the Easter Bonnet Parade are free. 

For year-round no-cost activities and events, see our in-depth post on free things to do in NYC.  

Watch the New York Tartan Day Parade

Celebrate all things Scottish on April 6th, 2024, by watching bagpipers, men in kilts, and women in plaid, march in the Tartan Day Parade.

It is part of Tartan Week which schedules cultural events around the city from contemporary Scottish bands playing in bars to pub crawls, readings, and the Scotland Run in Central Park. 

Read more about it on the Tartan Week website.

Watch the Greek Independence Day Parade

This annual parade runs down 5th Avenue between 64th and 79th Streets on April 14th, 2024.

There will be loads of bands and floats and people wearing traditional costumes.

Read more about it on the NY Greek Independence Day Parade Facebook page.

Take a Stroll in Central Park

In April, the park will be blooming all over and the trees will be filling out. Central Park is a wonderful way to experience springtime in NYC. 

Central Park is larger than you may think! Seeing it all would take all day, if not more.

A guided walking tour can help you get the most out of the park in just a few hours.

We offer several pay-what-you-like tours of Central Park and a GPS-enabled audio tour of Central Park. We also offer bike tours which are super fun for the kids!   

If you can’t join us, explore the park on your own using our guide to things to do in Central Park.

Macy's Flower Show

The free and famous Macy's Flower Show runs somewhere between mid-March and mid-April each year.

The show includes beautiful, bright floral arrangements, special events including live music, and kids' activities.

The family-friendly event takes place in Marcy's Herald Square.

For more information, and to confirm the 2024 dates, click here.

Macy's is located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, so if you join one of our Midtown Manhattan Walking Tours, you can spend a good part of the day without busting your budget.

Be sure to check out our post about free things to do in NYC for more activities for April and year-round.

Enjoy Free Admission to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

On select Fridays every month, you can visit this highly interactive and engaging museum for free between 5 pm and 9 pm.

This museum is housed on an aircraft carrier whose exhibits include a Concorde, submarine & space shuttle, and much more.

In 2024 their free night in April is on the 4th

If you aren't here for the free dates, find out how to get discounted tickets from our post on Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.


In the above sections, we noted which activities are kid-friendly, such as going to a sports game or watching one of the many parades.

Below are a few more free activities for the family to enjoy in April. 

Be sure to see our posts, Top Things to Do with Kids in New York City, our 3-day itinerary for families, and our list of over 100 things to do in New York City which includes dozens of kid-friendly activities. 

Visit the Natural History Museum

The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) has an exciting special exhibit covering sharks. It includes life-sized models up to 33 feet long, interactive exhibits, and fossils.

Note that the exhibit requires that you purchase tickets. (See their website for more information.)

However, if you are watching your budget, you can visit the AMNH for free (not including special exhibits).

To find out how to visit the museum for free and other ways to save money, see our post, American Museum of Natural History Tickets and Discounts.

Pillow Fight in the Park

In past years this fun, feather-filled event has attracted over 5,000 participants. This year it should be held on a day in April, in the late afternoon, at Washington Square Park.

Just bring a soft pillow and be ready to engage in a jovial public pillow fight.

While you are there, take advantage of exploring the fabulous neighborhood of Greenwich Village.

We offer several pay-what-you-wish guided walking tours as well as a GPS-enabled audio tour.

Celebrate Earth Day

Earth Day, on April 22nd, 2024, is celebrated in NYC with a festive, family-friendly outdoor fair in Union Square.

There will be dozens of exhibitors, interactive displays, a green-vehicle show, family activities, music, and entertainment at Union Square Park at E. 17th St. and Park Ave. See their website for details.

TIP: While you are there, enjoy our free Self-Guided Tour of Union Square and nearby Gramercy Park.

Find many more ideas from our post, Things to Do with Kids in New York City.


About The Author

Stephen Pickhardt

Stephen is the CEO of Free Tours by Foot and has overseen the transformation of a local walking tour company into a global tour community and traveler’s advice platform. He has personally led thousands of group tours in the US and Europe, and is an expert in trip planning and sightseeing, with a focus on budget travelers. Stephen has been published and featured in dozens of publications including The Wall Street Journal, BBC, Yahoo,, and more.
Updated: December 26th, 2023
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