New York City Festivals

Hi, I’m back with a new article about some of the festivals that might be on depending on when you want to make your trip to New York City (after winning our contest of course! Sign up here if you haven’t already!)

Here’s some familiar New York City festivals and not so familiar ones.  You’ll find out what’s going on during the year at our NYCityVacay Facebook Fanpage. Go there when you’re curious about what New Yorkers are up to at any given time of the year!

I listed one for each month of the year, if applicable:

1) January Winter Jazzfest

It’s a two-night jazz marathoners featuring well known jazz musicians and new up-an-comers. You buy one ticket to attend as many shows as you want during this musical marathon.

Here’s their suggested lineup for 2017:

(Video cortesy of youtube channel for

2) February Central Park Ice Festival

What could be more fun than watching a bunch of artists and technicians create something WONDERFUL in the middle of winter for you to feast your eyes upon!

Be sure to be dressed warmly now!

And of course before and after you view the icy sculptures, take a stroll in Central Park.

3) March  St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Every March 17, it starts at 11 AM ET and runs along 5th ave. It can start anywhere on the street so check before going.

Celebrations continue long into the night!

(Video courtesy of Talon Sei on Youtube)

4) April Tribeca Film Festival

This is actor Robert Diniro’s baby.

He shows “buzzworthy premieres, under-the-radar docs and breakout indies.” Passes are priced as high as $1,250 for total access to all events and talks to as low as  $10 for matinees and $21 for evening and weekend attendance.

This is truly one of the premier events among New York City festivals!

Visit this special event the last week in April.

5) May (and September) Washington Square Art Exhibit

Actually this event is held on two weekends in May and June for Memorial Day Weekend and also in September for two weekends starting on Labour Day weekend.

This art exhibit is a sidewalk show, not a street fair.

It showcases fine artists and craft artisans from around the New York metropolitan area and also attracts other American and International artists. People come from all over to view the work of these artists and artisans.

6) July 4th of July Fireworks

Come celebrate America’s birthday with a wonderful and famous display of Macy’s $1 Million fireworks at the Hudson River (east river).

Get there early!

7) October New York City Comedy Festival

Many of the worlds greatest and funniest comedians come from or first got started in this city. So it’s no surprise that this would be a much sought after event among New York City festivals.

This one rolls in in October every year.  Plan well because locals love their comedy and buy up the tickets!

(Video courtesy of TBS on Youtube)

8) November NYC Craft Beer Festival

Early November, first weekend of November. You’ll be able to sample some 150 rare and seasonal brews, ciders and meads from American and international brewers.

Find out more at

9) Also in November,  we can’t forget the New York City Marathon! New Yorker happily support the 30,000 marathoners who flock to the city every year.

It’s held the 1st weekend of November.

10) December Christmas Tree Lighting  at Rockerfeller Center occurs on the first week of December.

11) December 31 at Midnight.

You cannot forget about New Year’s Eve Ball Drop in Times Square! Here’s what it was like in 2016:

(Video courtesy of New China TV)

Pretty cool, huh?