15 Fun NYC Events To Hit This Year

New York Skyline With NYC just a quick train ride away, I thought it would be fun to offer up my 2014 bucket list of events to hit in the city. Whether you’re local to NYC or are planning a visit later in the year, there is always something going on in the big apple. Here are 16 of my picks for fun New York festivities.



1. Wine Riot

February 28th – March 1st (tickets $55 – $60)
Coming up soon, Wine Riot is you, a few thousand people, and 250 wines to taste. They have their own app, Second Glass, to help you track your tastings too. Check out the video below for a peek inside past Wine Riot events.

This is Wine Riot from Second Glass on Vimeo.

2. Macy’s Flower Show
March 23rd – April 6th (free)
Flower lovers in and around the city flock to the annual Macy’s Flower Show in a grand welcome to Spring. If you haven’t been, fyi that the decadent floral scenes that are staged there make unique settings to snap some pics.

3. The Village Voice Choice Eats Tasting Event
Tuesday, March 25th – 7:00 – 10:00 pm ($60 $85) – 21 and over only
In an everlasting effort to crank up the yum factor whenever possible, I must point out Choice Eats. At this event, you can take in the entertainment and indulge in tastings from 60+ handpicked restaurants from The Village Voice.

4. The Zombie Run
May 10th ($35 -$45 for zombies, $65 – $85 for humans)
You can be a zombie (cheaper) or just be chased by them in the race  to the finish line. Classified as: Eww but sounds really fun to do with a group of friends.

5. Solstice in Time Square Yoga
June 21st (free)
Meet folks from near and far while you find tranquility in the heart of the bustling city in this free Times Square Yoga event sponsored by Athleta.

6. Movies in the Park Bryant Park Summer Film Festival 
June 2014 (TBD) (free) 
I love Bryant Park movies in the summer. You should join in the fun! Note that there are some other free movie and play events throughout the summer in the city if you want to hit more than just the Bryant Park Selection.

7. New York Asian Film Festival
June undated (tickets $13)

Yes, there are better known happenings, like the TriBeca film festival, but I wanted to branch out and support some of the less publicized events and the trailer from last year definitely piques my interest.

8. An Evening of Free Museum Admissions at the Museum Mile Festival 
June 2014 (TBD) (free)
I’ll post the official date when it’s available, but this is one event to watch for if you can make it. Dubbed the “Musuem Mile” by the City of New York, participating museums from 82nd to 105th street host a yearly day of free admissions and street festivities. You can take a look around the Museum of African Art, peruse the Guggenheim, and meander the artful halls of the MET all in one day. Heaven.

9. Waterfight NYC
June 2014 (TBD) (free) – must go!
Umm, why wouldn’t you want to go to a mass water gun fight in the park? Link up with their Facebook page to keep up on the latest. I’ll also update this list when the date is available.

10. Bushwick Block Party 
July 2014 (TBD) (free) 
According to Gothamist, this is not the place for Hipster-haters. While I do think the trash and the supposed long lines are pretty rank, I’m still going to go see what this event is all about, thank you very much. There are contests, musical performances and probably overpriced little gourmet pizzas. But, I still think it might be a good time. I’ll take pics and report back for those who miss it.

11. Afro-Punk Festival
August (TBD) (free)
See what the nonconformist urban culture movement is all about in yet another festival (er..block party) of music, food vendies and skating. I can’t wait to see how this compares to the Bushwick event.

12. Electric Zoo Electronic Music Festival
August (TBD) (tickets required)
There’s no such thing as too old for electronic. Electronic is love, if you haven’t heard 🙂 So, get your hippy gear on and come mosh in an enormous crowd to uplifting electronic sets along the Hudson.

13. West Indian American Day Carnival
September 1st (free)
Because when happy West Indian people dance, we really want you to join us.

14. World Maker Faire
September 20th -21st
To nerdy tech DIYers and those who love them, the Maker Movement of hobbyist product and technology innovators is super cool. Come see and support the innovations of these brilliant young minds at the 2014 Faire to showcase their talents.

15. NYC Comedy Festival 
November 6th – 10th
Laughter is the ultimate happiness. This is a must see for me.

If you have more suggestions or your own handpicked lists from other metropolitan areas around the globe, please post or link them in the comments below!

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