The temperatures will be rising, flowers will be blooming and the festivities will be plentiful. After a long, cold winter New Yorkers take advantage of every opportunity to celebrate spring.
Savvy travellers can save a ton by heading to the Big Apple from March to May instead of the pricier summer season. Save even more by skipping the typical spring break weeks before and after Easter.
Here are some festivals to look out for:
- St. Patrick’s Day Parade -- 17 March: This event spans more than 40 blocks along Fifth Avenue and dates back to 1762. The parade begins at 11am and is led by members of the Fighting Irish Infantry. Just make sure to pack something green to wear so you don’t get a pinch.
- Macy’s Flower Show -- 27 March-10 April: Take in the sights and smells of hundreds of flowers in bloom plus get a free 20-minute guided tour to learn how the show was installed and more about the plants featured. Tours are available every half hour between 11am-4pm at Macy's 35th and Broadway entrance.
- Tribeca Film Festival -- 20 April-1 May: Robert De Niro’s event is celebrating its 10th year running. This is the perfect opportunity to rub elbows with some of the great minds in film and to explore Manhattan’s hip downtown scene.
- Ninth Avenue International Food Festival -- 14-15 May: Restaurant Week may have come to a close, but foodies still have something to look forward to. This 20-block festival will feature food from around the world, including cuisine from Greece, Brazil, Italy, Morocco, Senegal, Ukraine, Thailand and more.
Get more event information at NYCgo.com. Make sure to book a hotel ahead of time -- prices will continue to rise along with the temperature. Click here to see the top NYC hotel deals from our offices in the US.