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, all the city’s gorgeous spring blooms.
That said, we’ve put together a giant list below of all the must-do activities happening this month in the city. Get to it!
Join your favorite characters and explore a medley of locations and fan-favorite moments at NYC’s epic ‘Stranger Things’ experience. Uncover dangerous secrets about Hawkins Lab and see what it’s like in the Upside Down—but beware of the demodogs lurking! There may also be the occasional testing, analysis, or psych evaluation. But don’t worry—it’s safe… perfectly safe… Check out this totally tubular event and score your tickets today.
We’ve launched a brand new NYC Foodie Guide and we’re kicking it off with our first-ever burger week. Chow down on delicious deals ranging from vegan Impossible patties to juicy double brisket burgers, perfect for vegetarians and meat lovers alike! You won’t want to miss out on all the epic deals we’re offering. See details and get your tickets to this tasty event here.
Delve deeper into the mysterious career of Banksy as visitors will get a rare opportunity to explore over 100 pieces of original and verified art! The exhibit will take you on an incredible journey through 20 years of work, from exclusive posters to Banksy of England banknotes. Buy tickets now!
- If you’d like to hear beautiful melodies surrounded by the flickering glow of candlelight in a stunning NYC church, this one at St Ann & the Holy Trinity Church from Bach to the Beatles or this one at the Church of the Heavenly Rest that’s a tribute to Coldplay will surely impress.
- If you’d rather listen to more modern jazz, try this Amy Winehouse tribute at the Williamsburg Hotel
- Or, for anime lovers, take in the greatest anime songs of all time at Candlelight: Favorite Anime Themes
Travel to a galaxy far, far away at NYC’s out-of-this-world Star Wars fan exhibit. See more than 600 official items from the Star Wars Universe that have been collected and displayed by the franchise’s biggest fans. Stand next to replicas of your favorite characters and see iconic movie recreations. Get your tickets here.
Get your gang together and enter into the classic NYC sitcom like never before at The FRIENDS Experience. Take a load off on the iconic orange couch, order a coffee from Central Perk, and even take a seat at Monica & Rachel’s kitchen table. There’s tons of memorable set recreations, costumes, and props to explore. Buy your tickets today!
9-11. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo
Here are some events going on in NYC (that yes, involve margarita deals!):
- 10 Boozy And Adventure Filled Cinco De Mayo Plans You Can’t Miss In NYC
- Be the first to hop aboard NYC’s first-ever floating Mexican restaurant for the season
- Cinco De Mayo Boat Party NYC
12-15. Appreciate the best in art around NYC
One of NYC’s best assets is its accessibility to beautiful art. Everywhere you look there’s new installations popping up and incredible museums to visit. Here are some you should check out this May:
- Join the waitlist for Magritte: The Immersive Experience
- Check out this daring new production inspired by Andy Warhol’s life that will transport you to 1960s NYC
- NYC’s Epic New Basquiat Exhibit Featuring Over 200 Never-Before-Seen Works
- See Lady Liberty Wearing A Cartoonish Mask On The High Line
Embark on a tantalizing experience for your tastebuds with Fever Original’s Dining in the Dark. You’ll be completely blindfolded while you enjoy a unique tasting experience that livens your remaining senses. Be the first to know when tickets go on sale and join the waitlist here.
Hear a nostalgic reenactment of all your favorite Queen hits like We Will Rock You, Another One Bites The Dust, and Bohemian Rhapsody at this unforgettable concert coming to NYC. Broadway stars will take to the stage alongside a giant 15-piece orchestra for a night that will have you rockin’ out. Get your tickets here.
18-21. Beat the Sunday scaries with brunch!
Everyone knows the only way to do a weekend right in NYC is to brunch. Whether you’re looking for insta-worthy spots or bottomless options, East Village locations to West Village favorites, we know just the spots. See below for some favorites:
- 15 Unbeatable Bottomless Brunches In New York City That Won’t Disappoint
- Experience An Enchanting Jazz Brunch At This Historical Carriage House In NYC
- 10 Best Bottomless Brunch Spots In The East Village
- 10 Best Bottomless Brunch Spots In The West Village
Enter into the magical blend of old-world supper club meets New York’s underground queer circus scene at The Rose Room. This cirque variety show will keep you on your toes all night long with an array of mind-blowing performers from America’s Got Talent, Broadway, Cirque Du Soleil, The Box, House of Yes, Company XIV and beyond. Take in the world-class entertainment while enjoying delicious cocktails at this one-stop shop night of adventure in the city! Tickets can be found here.
Take your yoga training 1,100 feet above the city at the return of the Edge’s popular Sky High Yoga series. Move your body while you admire the unbeatable view from the sky deck. Tickets are $50 for a one-hour class and mats are included. Find out more details here. The sessions fill up quick so if you miss your chance, don’t worry, they will release tickets on a monthly basis.
Travel back in time to L.A.’s iconic Flipper’s Roller Boogie Palace that’s been reinvented right here in NYC’s Rockefeller Center. Though Rockefeller transforms into a magical ice rink every year, it’s the first time in over 80 years that it has transformed into a roller rink! Skate all summer long at this exciting pop-up activation. Find out all the details to get your groove on here.
Lace up your skates and glide on over to JFK’s TWA Hotel for an endless amount of fun. From a roller skating rink right on the tarmac to a cocktail lounge inside a historic 1950’s plane, make an entire day out of your time at the hotel. And don’t forget about its rooftop pool as well! Learn more here.
With the warmer weather arriving, there’s no better place to enjoy a spring breeze than at one of NYC’s gorgeous waterfront parks. Whether you’re looking out onto the Hudson or perched near the East River, there are picturesque parks to soak in the sun everywhere you look. Check out these 10 best waterfront parks in NYC with the most amazing views here.
Say goodbye to the days of having to leave the city to pick your favorite fruits! Governors Island has welcomed a new fruit orchard, commissioned by artist Sam Van Aken, that is comprised of 102 NYC-native trees that have gone extinct due to climate change. Open Orchard features different types of apples, peaches, plums, and pears. Visitors can stroll through the orchard and have the opportunity to taste these fruits that have not been available for generations. Find out more here.
Another big May holiday is Mother’s Day of course! Here are some fun ways to celebrate mama in the city:
For more ideas, see here.
On a nice day, there’s nothing better than a refreshing drink or bite to eat on the waterfront. From a historic air craft carrier ship to sweeping rooftops, try one of our favorites below:See our entire list here.
Enjoy elegant venues across the city for a whimsical night of live music bathed in starlight. From Sinatra to Ella Fitzgerald, hear all your favorite songs from some of the most remarkable jazz musicians of all time with a martini in hand. See concerts below:
- Sinatra Under The Stars At 74Wythe
- Rooftop Dinner & Bossa Nova: A Cozy Evening of Brazilian Jazz
- A Rooftop Night in Paris: Music of Edith Piaf & Josephine Baker
- From Ella to Amy: A Tribute to Female Jazz Legends
Pier 17’s exhilarating rooftop concert series is back for the season and tickets to the 60+ shows are now available. Watch some of your favorite artists take the stage while you marvel at the endless views of Brooklyn and the East River around you. Find out more here.
Calling all adrenaline junkies! Take a spin on this splash-tastic thrill ride that revs down the Hudson River at 40 knots. The Beast is NYC’s only jet-powered speed boat ride and it’s the perfect way to see the city for daredevils. Learn more here.
We sure love Bryant Park in the winter with all of its vendors, and lucky for us, this spring we won’t have to wait another winter for their return. Explore over 80 vendors at an exciting spring version of the beloved shopping destination by Urbanspace titled “Makers Market.” Discover artisanal items from local businesses on select weekends this month. Get more details here.
Head over to Magnolia bakery or get their famous banana pudding shipped or delivered to see their brand new logo! Otherwise, you can test your skills in the kitchen and try making your own batch at home! And it’s really quite simple. Okay, it does require a whopping eight hours of chill time, but we swear it’s worth it. Check out the recipe here.
NYC’s favorite local island getaway awaits! Catch a ferry and pretend you traveled a lot farther. Our suggestions? Zoom down the longest slide in NYC, relax at the spa, and visit this waterfront oyster bar! Plus, glamping has returned again!! Read more here.
NYC’s magical cherry blossom bloom is almost ending, but you can still catch the beautiful flowers and their confetti on the ground for a little while longer! Check out our top spots in NYC here.
For all you K-pop fans, there’s an imaginative pop-up in NYC that will transport you right into the world of Korean pop culture. Through 15 different immersive environments, you’ll be able to explore all the best in Korean art and design, music, film, and more. And yes, there will be a jaw-dropping BTS installation! Read more here.
Explore the 80,000-square-foot stretch of Pier 57’s new rooftop park, completely free to the public! The 12 year project is mixed-use and shares a home with Google offices plus a a City Winery on the pier. Learn more here.
You might be familiar with Manhattan’s Little Italy, but did you know NYC is actually home to another Little Italy? That’s right, head to the Bronx for another opportunity to feast on traditional Italian cuisine as ‘Piazza di Belmont’ will return with Piazza-style al fresco dining starting this month from East 188th Street to Crescent Avenue. Beyond indulging in some Italian classics, be sure to catch acapella group “The Belmont 4” for a variety of tunes on the last weekend of every month through September. See more here.
48-50. Or discover mouthwatering bites at one of NYC’s many outdoor food markets
Another perk of warmer weather in NYC is being able to check out all of the mouthwatering outdoor food markets. These are some of our favorites:
The Q70 bus, also known as the “LaGuardia Link,” is now offering free, year-round trips to the LGA Airport. Ridership was normally free on certain days and holidays, however, Governor Hochul just announced the bus service will no longer charge riders from now on! Read all the details here.
Yes we all agree that people watching while dining can be very entertaining, however, some nights we understand you just want some privacy. At times like that, you definitely should check out all of the city’s hidden outdoor dining spots. These secluded spaces will help you avoid the crowds as you have to enter through secret staircases and unseen patios. Uncover our full list here.
53. Drink alongside friends at Slate NY‘s Nerd Nite
Head to Slate NY on May 20th for a special evening of games, drinks, powerpoint presentations and more. You and your friends will have to put your brain power together at trivia, followed by three fun-yet-informative presentations. The educational yet amusing event will be easily enjoyed with Slate NY’s delicious cocktails and access to their many exciting games like mini bowling, giant Pac-Man, pool, and foosball. Learn more at their website.
It’s rooftop season, NYC! From Midtown mainstays to backyard escapes, there are tons of amazing options on our top rooftops of NYC list here.
Looking for your next peaceful refuge? We know just the spot! Located on the East Side of the park between 104th and 106th street, is the magnificent Conservatory Garden unlike any other spot in Central Park. Read more about it here.
A kaleidoscope of color awaits you in these gorgeous tulip fields. If you’ve already explored the ancient city of Petra, or marveled at the Northern Lights, you can now see the full bloom of spring with a little online excursion to the Keukenhof Flower Exhibit in The Netherlands.
This tulip farm only an hour and fifteen minutes from NYC also mimics Holland’s gorgeous fields a lot closer to home! Find out more here.
58. Pack a picnic
Grab the gingham and take advantage of NYC’s many gorgeous parks and gardens with a lovely picnic. Here are some of our favorite, under-the-radar spots.
Get all of the fresh produce you need at one of your local farmer’s markets. You’ll find some of the freshest ingredients that will pair perfectly for whatever you decide to cook up at home. Find one near you here.
We already have heard the ice cream trucks blaring their tune on the street so it’s definitely ice cream season. Explore all of the sweetest offerings around town with our 12 must-try ice cream shops in New York City.