What to do month by month in New York?

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Here I will leave a list of the main activities that can be done every month in New York, they are not all but if they are all that I like, and which, without a doubt, I would recommend you do if you agree with them in New York This article will keep it alive, because we will update it to put the dates of these activities in the year, as they get to know each other.

January

The first month, and one of the coldest of the year, brings the following activities:

  • Restaurant Week: Some of the best restaurants in the city offer a closed menu, which costs $ 26 for food and $ 42 for dinner, a good opportunity to discover the best restaurants in New York at a very good price.
  • Broadway Week: All Broadway musicals offer offers during this period, up to an 50% discount.
  • Must-see Week: Unbeatable prices for the main tourist attractions of New York, including the Empire State, Top of the Rock, etc.
  • Ice skating: All ice skating tracks are still open
What to do in January in New York
Ice Skating at Rockefeller Center

February

One of the coldest months of the year, if it is not the most, a good snowfall is almost guaranteed if you go to New York at this time. These are the activities you can do in February:

  • New York Fashion Week Autumn / Winter: The world fashion center moves for a few days to New York, where, at the beginning of the month, some of the main designers will show their proposals for the autumn / winter season this year on the catwalks that are mounted throughout of the whole city.
  • During the first week you can continue enjoying the Restaurant Week, Broadway Week and the Must-see week, of which we speak to you in January.
  • Chinese New Year: Queens and Chinatown are filled with a party to celebrate the arrival of the Chinese New Year, I recommend you go there and mingle with the Chinese community of New York, one of the largest in the world.
  • Ice skating: All ice skating tracks are still open, for more information go to the month of October.
What to do in February in New York
Celebration of the Chinese New Year

March

Spring finally arrives, but it's still very cold, so it's good to be warm. These are some of the activities that take place in New York in March:

  • Time change: The second Sunday of March changes the time in the United States. In the early morning of the 7 to the 8 of March of 2020 the change of time will be made, the 2 will be the 3 of the morning.
  • New York Half Marathon: It takes place in mid-March, and for me it is the most beautiful route to run around the city.
  • St. Patrick's Day Parade: One of the most beloved parades by New Yorkers, the March 17 takes place along Fifth Avenue.
  • Macy's flower show: With the arrival of spring, Macy's throws the house out the window and assembles some spectacular shop windows and decorates the Herald Square shop with thousands of flowers, it's worth going to see it.
  • Ice skating: With the arrival of good weather the ice skating rinks begin to close, that of Bryant Park will close at the beginning of the month and the rest will last until April.
What to do in March in New York
People cheering in the Plaza

April

Spring comes strongly to the Big Apple, and all kinds of activities are beginning to take place:

  • Cherry Blossom Festival: At the end of April it is a show to enjoy the cherry blossoms in the botanical garden of Brooklyn or on Roosevelt Island, in Four Freedoms Park.
  • Holy Week in New York: All kinds of activities take place in the city during Easter, my favorite is the Easter Parade & Bonnet Festival, a parade through Fifth Avenue where everyone goes with extravagant hats and headdresses, and it's a very funny tradition and New York that goes back to 1870.
  • Tribeca Film Festival: The film festival organized by Robert de Niro is held from the end of April to the beginning of May in this area of ​​the city, and usually brings together a constellation of Hollywood stars in New York.
  • During this month you can still enjoy the Macy's flower show, of which we speak to you in March.
  • Ice skating: By the middle of the month all the ice skating rinks in the city will have closed.
What to do in April in New York
Loreena McKennitt at Radio City Music Hall

May

In May, all the parks and gardens begin to open, so that people can enjoy the good time laying on the meadows and having a picnic with spectacular views. These are some of the activities you can do in May in New York:

  • The Governors Island season begins: From May to October opens Governors Island, an island located between the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn, which was a former military fort, and that allows you to enjoy a beautiful day with views, ideal if you go with children and need a place where can play and run at ease without danger or to discover a new unknown corner for the general public, if you have time to spare in your visit to the Big Apple.
  • Opening of the prairies: In May they open the prairie Bryant Park, with its tables and chairs scattered throughout the park, and which is the favorite place to eat or meet friends from the people who work around, and my favorite park in the city, and Sheep Meadow, a meadow in Central Park with spectacular views of Manhattan, and which I recommend you go on a picnic, especially during the weekend.
  • Ends the Tribeca film festival, which was being made since the end of April and which we talked about last month.
  • Shakespeare Festival in the Park: This festival begins at the end of the month, where you can enjoy free classical Shakespeare plays at Delacorte Theater, in the heart of Central Park. The festival takes place until mid August.
  • Manhattanhenge: At the end of May is the first of the two opportunities to enjoy this curious phenomenon, in which the sun aligns at sunset with the streets of New York and illuminates the entire street.
What to do in May in New York
Going to Governor's Island

June

In June comes summer, and with it comes the heat, here we indicate some of the activities you can do in the city:

  • Free summer cinema: In many city parks, they set up a movie screen and offer you free movies at nightfall. The most famous is Bryant Park, but there are many more throughout the city, and you can even watch movies on the deck of the Intrepid aircraft carrier.
  • Museum Mile Festival: A festival in which you have free entry to the museums in the area (Guggenheim, Met, etc ...) and where you can enjoy all kinds of free activities.
  • Gay Pride's dayAt the Stonewall Inn, next to Christopher Park, where you'll find a memorial, the struggle of the LGBT community began for their rights, so the Gay Pride parade is one of the most crowded and famous in the entire United States.
  • Paul Winter Summer Solstice: If you like Paul Winter, or that style of music, you can not miss his traditional concert, which he performs at St. John the Divine, to celebrate the summer solstice.
  • Summerstage: This music festival begins, with concerts, many of them free, that take place throughout different stages located in parks throughout the city, and that will last until the end of September. The main stage is in Central Park, and there the mythical nights are performed with the Philharmonic, a concert of classical music that ends with fireworks. It also includes a jazz festival, dedicated to the great Charlie Parker, which you can enjoy during July and August.
  • You can continue enjoying Governors Island y Shakespeare in the Park, of which we speak to you in May.

July

Very hot in July, and much patriotic feeling, celebrating the 4 of July, Independence Day.

  • Fireworks for Independence Day: If you are the 4 of July, you can not miss the fireworks, that this year 2019 will be made right next to the Brooklyn Bridge.
  • Restaurant Week: Some of the best restaurants in the city offer a closed menu, which costs $ 26 for food and $ 42 for dinner, a good opportunity to discover the best restaurants in New York at a very good price. This year the 22 from July to the 16 of August of 2019 is celebrated.
  • Manhattanhenge: The 11 and 12 of July will have the second and last opportunity of the year to enjoy this curious phenomenon, which we have talked about in depth in May.
  • You can continue enjoying Governors Island, free summer cinema, Summerstage and Shakespeare in the Park, of which we spoke to you in the previous months.
What to do in July in New York
The Manhattanhenge from Times Square

August

August is a very hot month, in which the streets of the city are filled with all kinds of activities:

  • Summer Streets: During the first three Saturdays of August, Park Avenue and the adjacent streets are closed to traffic, and you can enjoy all kinds of free activities throughout the morning.
  • US Open Tennis: During the last week of August and the first of September the US Open is disputed. The main racquets of the circuit meet in New York in the last Grand Slam of the year, all matches are held in Queens.
  • You can continue enjoying Restaurant Week, Governors Island and Summerstage, and in the middle of the month they end el summer cinema y Shakespeare in the Park, of which we spoke to you in the previous months.
What to do in August in New York
US Open Tennis

September

At last the temperatures drop, and it is one of the most pleasant times to visit the city. Here I leave some of the activities that can be done in September in New York:

  • New York Fashion Week Spring / Summer: The world center of fashion moves for a few days to New York, where some of the leading designers will show their proposals for the spring / summer season next year on the runways that are mounted throughout the city. The 5 is celebrated at the 13 in September.
  • Broadway Week: All Broadway musicals offer offers during this period, up to an 50% discount, and the 3 is celebrated at the 16 of September of 2019. Tickets can be purchased from the August 14.
  • Ends el US Open Tennis and Summerstage, and you can continue enjoying Governors Island, events of which we have spoken to you in the previous months.
What to do in September in New York
Walking through DUMBO

October

Autumn arrives, for me one of the most beautiful times to take a walk through Central Park, you will also find the following activities:

  • Ice skating: New York ice skating season opens in October. The earliest runway is Rockefeller Center, which usually opens in the middle of October, and by the end of the month they usually open the Bryant Park or Central Park tracks.
  • The October 31 the season ends Governors Island, which we have been talking about in the previous months.
  • Halloween Parade in New York: On the night of the 31 of October to the 1 of November Halloween is celebrated, if you are in New York I recommend you to go to enjoy the parade that is organized in Greenwich Village, and that the New York night does not confuse you.
What to do in October in New York
Halloween

November

The marathon and Thanksgiving take place this month's celebrations, but also other things you can do during November in New York:

  • Time change: The first Sunday of November changes the time in the United States. In the dawn of the 2 to the 3 of November of 2019 the change of hour will be made, the 3 will be the 2 of the morning.
  • New York City Marathon: The first Sunday of November celebrates this traditional race, one of the most spectacular in the world. If you are the 3 of November in the city, I recommend you go to see it, and join the million New Yorkers who will be cheering for the streets through which the marathon sufferers pass.
  • Thanksgiving Day: It is celebrated the last Thursday of November, and it is the quintessential family holiday of the Americans.
  • Black Friday: The day after Thanksgiving, Black Friday is celebrated, the biggest discounts for the whole year, a good time to go shopping if you do not scare the crowds, and remember that they tend to extend the sales throughout the weekend .
  • Christmas Trees: Christmas trees begin to be inaugurated throughout the city, the most famous being the Rockefeller Center, which is usually inaugurated at the end of November with a great ceremony.
  • Christmas markets: At the end of the month, Christmas markets are opened throughout the city, which give it a very special atmosphere.
  • Ice skating: All ice skating tracks are still open, for more information go to the month of October.
What to do in November in New York
New York City Marathon

December

Christmas in New York is one of the most beautiful times of the year, the city is full of activities and has a special atmosphere. These are some of the activities you can do in December in the city:

  • Lights and Christmas trees: The city is adorned with all kinds of Christmas lights, the most spectacular designs you will see in the Rockefeller Center area. If you want to go to see spectacular Christmas decorations of individuals, as in the typical movies, I recommend going to the neighborhood of Dyker Heights, in Brooklyn.
  • They continue to perform Christmas markets in all the city: Most of them will close the December 24.
  • Paul Winter's Winter Solstice: If you like Paul Winter or that style of music you can not miss his traditional concerts, which he performs at St. John the Divine, to celebrate the winter solstice.
  • The Rockettes and their incredible Christmas Spectacular: One of the Christmas traditions of New Yorkers is going to see the Rockettes at the Radio Music City Hall, an ideal Christmas show to go with the family.
  • Ballet Nutcracker: It is also traditional to go see the Nutcracker Ballet with the youngest of the house, the performances are held at the Lincoln Center.
  • New Year's Eve in Times Square: It is a burden and you have to wait many hours with cold to see it, but there is nothing more famous than the descent of the Times Square ball to welcome the New Year.
What to do in December in New York
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

The sports seasons of the professional teams of New York

If you like sports, New York has some of the most legendary teams in the US major leagues. The New York Knicks, the New York Yankees or the New York Giants are some of the most successful franchises of professional American sports. If you want to get tickets and read some tips to get them at a good price, I recommend you read our article about watch sports in New York.

This is the duration of the seasons of the main sports.

  • NBA: The regular basketball season begins in mid-October and ends in mid-April, the playoffs are played until June. In the city there are two franchises, the New York Knicks, who play at Madison Square Garden, and the Brooklyn Nets, who play at the Barclays Center.
  • NHL: The regular ice hockey season is very similar to the NBA, they usually even share the pavilions, the New York Rangers with the New York Knicks and the New York Islanders with the Brooklyn Nets, while they build their new pavilion. The season starts at the beginning of October and ends at the beginning of April, the playoffs are played until June.
  • MLB: The regular baseball season is done with the arrival of good weather, from the end of March to the end of September, and the playoff usually ends at the beginning of November. In New York there are two franchises: the mythical New York Yankees, who play at Yankee Stadium, in the Bronx, and the New York Mets, who play at Citi, in Queens.
  • NFL: The quintessential American sport, football, is played the regular season from September to December, playing the playoffs until February, which is when the country is paralyzed to see the grand final, the Superbowl. There are two teams that play in New York, the New York Giants and the New York Jets, but both play at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, you will have to take a bus in Port Authority to go see them.

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