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15 Best Things To Do In May In New York City

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15 Best Things To Do In May In New York City
It’s gonna be May! 

It may not feel like it by the weather, but we are in the heart of springtime in NYC. With summer just around the corner, it’s time to take advantage of the cooler days before the city turns into a massive oven. There’s so much to look forward to in May, from “cinco de Mayo” to exciting new exhibitions and of course, the series finale of “Game of Thrones.” (Maybe not looking forward to that last bit, but definitely to all the fun events surrounding the hype!) That said, we’ve put together a short list below of all the must-do activities happening this month in the city.

  1. Randall’s Island Cherry Blossom Festival, May 4
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Much like other parks around the city, Randall’s Island will host a fabulous cherry blossom festival! A bit later than some of the others, this one will take place on Saturday, May 4, but you can certainly stop by anytime before to see the beautiful trees at their peak!

2. Cinco de Mayo, May 5

Your margarita options for cinco de mayo are endless in New York. If you haven’t already set a plan for the festive occasion, check out some of our recommendations for bar crawls, parties, and adventures you can still join!

3. Prohibition Dive Bar Tours, Until July 5

Hell’s Kitchen might be known as one of the up-and-coming neighborhoods of New York City nowadays but this wasn’t always the case. Back in the days of prohibition it was home to bootleg whiskey, speakeasies, and a number of shady characters. And while those days might be long gone, there’s a chance to learn more about them on this new dive bar tour,  hosted by Aaron Tabackman, founder and principal guide of Urban Village Tours. Spend two hours touring a series of dive bars while learning about the history of the post-Prohibition era, 1934 and the arrival of staple whiskey brands like Seagram’s 7, and the rise of dive bars! Here’s how to come along. ⭐️Sponsored⭐️

4. Mother’s Day Brunch & Terrarium Class, May 12

This year, give mom a present that will last way longer than flowers. You and your mom are invited to create your own mini greenhouses using succulent or air plants and cute accessories Luludi Living Art in Astoria. While there, a breakfast of fruits, pastries, coffee/tea and champagne will be served to fuel your creativity! You won’t have to scramble to get her something beforehand either since this doubles as a gift and quality time. Here’s all of the info.

5. World’s Fare, May 18 – 19

Celebrate NYC’s diversity through cuisine at the 2nd Annual World’s Fare at Citi Field! Honoring the legacy of the 1964 World’s Fair by bringing everyone together around what makes us unique, come and spend the day enjoying and exploring the expertly curated, hand-picked NYC restaurants, chefs and street food vendors that represent why NYC is the best city in the world for global cuisine.Check out some of the participating vendors and craft brewers here.

6. A “GoT” Inspired Fantasy Tour at the MET, Until May 21

Game of Thrones is in full swing, and with only a few episodes left we’re all feeling tense. But while you’re waiting for Sunday night to come along, test your fantasy knowledge at the Epic Fantasy Adventure at the MET, where you’ll be able to explore the museum in a completely unique perspective. You’ll discover works of art that will definitely remind you of places and spaces from your favorite classic fantasy stories.

7. Getaway for Memorial Day Weekend, May 24
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Play every sport under the sun, take lessons from experts, eat delicious food, make friends and dance all night or simply relax and unwind. This Adult Camp has something for everyone! The long weekend will be filled with activities like bloody mary bingo, white water canoeing, mixology with liquid lab and cooking classes, among others. Take a look at all the details here.

8. Fleet Week, May 22 – 28
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The 31st annual Fleet Week New York will kick off on May 22 with a Parade of Ships. The event will take place from about 8 a.m. until noon and can be seen along the Hudson River as the ships come in through the NY Harbor.

9. Makers Market at Bryant Park, May 10 – June 2

Bryant Park is getting its first ever Urbanspace Makers Market this spring, and they’re kicking it off on Mother’s Day weekend. At the outdoor market you’ll find over 100 local vendors and food shops selling an array of items (think holiday shops, but spring!).

10-13. Check Out These Exhibits

Frida Kahlo Exhibit At The Brooklyn Museum, Until May 12

The Country’s Largest J.R.R. Tolkien Exhibit At New York’s Morgan Library & Museum, Until May 12

“Camp: Notes on Fashion” Exhibit at Metropolitan Museum of Art, from May 9 – September 8

Dinosaur Safari at Bronx Zoo, Until November 3

14. Dogville, Until June 2

Dogville is a unique experience for dogs and anyone who loves them–which is pretty much everyone, right? The brand has partnered with Google’s Nest to creative an interactive play space for you and your fur baby. The “pup-up” will be filled with installations you’ll be wagging about (and so will your pooch!). There’s plenty of instagrammable moments designed to show the world you’re giving your dog his or her best life. Whether you have a furry friend or not, you’re still welcome to join in on the fun. Check it out, here.

15. Queens Night Market, Until August 17

One of the best parts about spring is the abundance of outdoor markets and food trucks, and the Queens International Night Market is just one of those awesome events. Last year, the event averaged over 10,000 attendees each Saturday night and this year is expected to be just as successful.


Also published on Medium.