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 tonne by heading to the Big Apple March-May instead of the pricier summer season. Save even more by skipping the typical spring holiday weeks before and after Easter.
Here are some events and festivals to mark on your calendar:
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 the perfect opportunity to rub elbows with some of the great minds in film and to explore Manhattan’s hip downtown scene. Ticket prices have yet to be announced, but they go on sale on 7 March
Ninth Avenue International Food Festival... 14-15 May: Restaurant Week may be coming 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
High Line Section 2 Opening Spring Benefit... 16 May: Get a chance to see a new section of one of the world's unique parks, the High Line. Built on an abandoned overground railway, the park has been championed by David Bowie, and this event will raise money for the next segment to open. Guests will get a sneak peek, and then enjoy a cocktail reception
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 NYC hotel deals from our Travelzoo US team.