If there is a city in the world where there is no shortage of activities, this is the Big Apple and if you are planning a trip to Manhattan in the April, then it may be useful to know the climate and the events that await you.
Spring is one of the better seasons to see the city: the winter with its sub-zero temperatures is over, the green areas are coming back to life, the sun, despite the sudden changes in temperature, peeps out and is getting hotter. Most people then experience the improvement of the climate and are more sunny and welcoming ... almost always!
April is one of the spring months with a large number of events in New York: from cinema to folklore parades, from celebrating spring to safeguarding our planet.
- Climate in New York in April
- Main events in New York in April
- Tribeca Film Festival
- The Orchid Show
- Easter Parade e Easter Bonnet Festival
- New York Tartan Day Parade
- Greek Independence Day Parade
- Macy's flower show
- Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival
- Earth Day
- Pillow Fight Day
Climate in New York in April
The average temperatures in April in New York are between 7 and 17 degrees, so I recommend that you dress in layers and take off or put on shirts or jackets according to the time of day. Sometimes the temperature range between the external spaces and the internal rooms (museums, restaurants, skyscrapers) is still quite high: in closed rooms it is not uncommon to find a New Yorker with a cotton t-shirt or shirt next to us while we still have a sweater. woolen! For more details on the climate of the Big Apple, read our article on when to go to New York.
The good thing is that generally in the month of April there are on average 19 sunny days and between 7 and 10 of rain. In any case, an umbrella or a raincoat are accessories not to be forgotten absolutely.
Main events in New York in April
In addition to taking the opportunity to take beautiful walks in city parks such as Central Park, Battery Park and Washington Square Park or to walk along the High Line, in April the weather could also be perfect for seeing New York's famous landmarks and streets. York or take some cruises and maybe visit Governors Island or Ellis Island.
April also has an eventful calendar, especially if Easter falls in this very month. Here is a list of festivals and shows that may interest you.
Tribeca Film Festival
If you are a movie lover, the Tribeca Film Festival is a major annual event that takes place in various New York locations generally in the month of April. The event was first opened in 2002 thanks to Robert De Niro, Craig Hatkoff and Jane Rosenthal to launch independent directors and promote films, documentaries and TV series bringing new life to the neighborhood. TriBeCa, in crisis after the 11/XNUMX attacks.
On the festival website, you can buy tickets for free movie previews, shows, concerts and related free events, as well as learn all about Tribeca Immersive's interactive and virtual reality installations.
The Orchid Show
Between February and April the New York Botanical Garden offers the opportunity to enjoy the flowering of thousands of orchids. A show of real live installations that color and surprise anyone who looks at them. It all comes from the talent of Daniel Ost who has been embellishing the area since 2002 Enid A. Haupt Conservatory of NYBG. Numerous concerts and performances make a visit to the botanical garden located at 2900 Southern Boulevard, in the Bronx even more impressive. And if this neighborhood intrigues you, take a look at our article what to see in the Bronx!
Easter Parade e Easter Bonnet Festival
If you are in New York during the Easter period, try not to miss the parade that has taken place every year for over a century. Easter Sunday. The parade parades up Fifth Avenue between 49th and 57th Street Street, which for the occasion are closed to traffic. Hundreds of people don colorful and extravagant costumes and parade in an atmosphere of fun and euphoria. Anyone can participate as long as they have the appropriate clothing and above all a hat: bonnet, in fact, means hat and the creativity of the eccentric participants is seen above all in their hats of unique shapes, colors and sizes.
New York Tartan Day Parade
Bagpipes, men in kilts, women in traditional dress parade through New York on Tartan Day, usually one of the Sundays in April. The parade begins at the intersection of 44th Street e Sixth Avenue. The Scottish community actually celebrates a whole week there New York City Tartan Week. In addition to the parade, musical events in New York's most famous Scottish pubs and presentations of Scottish literature, the post parade party and brunch the next day are great occasions to share good beer, food and a true Scottish atmosphere . On the official website you will find all the details and the locations where the celebrations take place from year to year.
Greek Independence Day Parade
In April, the Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York organizes a parade to commemorate the independence of Greece and Cyprus from the Ottoman Empire. The official day would be March 25, but the event is often postponed to first Sundays of April. The Greek Independence Day parade takes place on Fifth Avenue from 64th Street to 79th Street. Over 25.000 attendees wear traditional Greek costumes and the event features music, fun and great food.
Macy's flower show
Macy's celebrates the arrival of spring by organizing a display of over 30.000 flowers and plants on the ground floor of the shopping center Macy's Herald Square. This amazing show of colors and scents is accompanied by events organized especially for the occasion such as cooking lessons, creation of centerpieces, seminars and prize draws. In addition, to get to know the plants on display and appreciate even more the riot of flowers present, the shopping center organizes guided tours every thirty minutes between 11:00 and 16:00. The event takes place in spring, usually between April and May, but sometimes it was also held in late March.
Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival
The official cherry blossom time is the month of April and you don't need to go to Japan to enjoy the pink and white atmosphere of a garden full of cherry trees in bloom: if you're in New York, just go to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden at 990 Washington Avenue. During this month you will then have the opportunity to see performances by samurai, Japanese dancers in traditional costumes and manga artists… traditional and contemporary Japan meet among the flowers of their tree, symbol of unique beauty and the fragility of life.
New York is a city where the problem of climate change is deeply felt, so much so that numerous events related to the protection and safeguarding of our planet are hosted here in April. The most important is theEarth Day Outdoors which since 1970 takes place in Union Square in April (this year Tuesday 23 April 2019) and hosts dozens of 'green' exhibitors, interactive shows, music and shows to sensitize families to issues related to climate change.
Pillow Fight Day
Every year in April we celebrate the Pillow Fight Day. The organizers indicate a date and in various squares around the world the participants, mostly unknown to each other, take a pillow. Obviously New York is one of the cities with the largest number of people flocking to Washington Square Park every year for this curious event. Whether you want to participate, or you just want to have fun watching pillows, goose feathers and pillow cases fly in the air, don't miss out on this quirky spring event.