Like a crocus peeking its head up through the mud, April calls you out to enjoy events that will warm your body and spirit. We have one rec for each day with the promise they will make you feel happy once again to be living in a place with such diverse and enjoyable offerings.
Begin by moving your body, calming your mind and raising your vibration at Higher Levels: A Yoga Experience inside Madison Square Garden (Monday, April 1st, 7:30PM).
April is World Autism Month and on Tuesday, join the community raising awareness and understanding for the disease by wearing blue and sharing the #LightItUpBlue hashtag on social media (Tuesday, April 2nd). At night, check out the opening night of the Havana Film Festival with a screening of The Extraordinary Journey Of Celeste Garcia.
One of the hottest tickets in town is the Broadway revival of Lanford Wilson’s drama Burn This, starring Adam Driver and Keri Russell. Catch a performance of this limited engagement still in previews before it opens on April 16th (Wednesday, April 3rd, 2PM and 8PM).
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is a rip-roaring success and the show’s brilliant creator/showrunner/director Amy Sherman-Palladino (also of Gilmore Girls fame) is being honored Woman of the Year at The Fusion Film Festival. Catch her Master Class one night only at this celebration of women in Film, TV and New Media (Thursday, April 4th, 6:30PM).
As the popularity of NYC festivals continues to grow, April is the time to get out and enjoy. Kick back with your favorite IPA or pale ale at the NYC Craft Beer Festival (Saturday, April 6th, 1:00PM-4:30PM). Or on Sunday, visit Day 2 of the MoCCA Arts Festival, a multimedia event featuring over 400 exhibiting artist creators of independent comics, cartoons and animation (Saturday, April 6th and Sunday, April 7th).
The Jewish holiday of Passover arrives on April 19th, but if you want to celebrate the holiday a little early, City Winery’s 19th Annual Downtown Sedar 2019 features Judy Gold, Laurie Anderson, Esther Perrel and others who will entertain you over a vegetarian meal, Matzoh and other Passover traditions (Monday, April 8th, 7PM).
Two April dance offerings will have you sashaying in your seats, starting with The Choreographer’s Carnival at (le) poisson rouge (Tuesday, April 9th, 10:45PM) and the Dance Theatre of Harlem: 50th Anniversary Celebration Honoring Arthur Mitchell at New York City Center (Wednesday, April 10th).
Spring is a great time for to reignite your job search, and Talent Career Fairs brings recruiters and hiring managers to the Marriott Marquis at the 2019 Manhattan Career Fair (Thursday, April 11th, 9:30AM-12:30PM).
Netflix’s Queer Eye reboot now in its third season is a revelation, and the boys have been rocking heartfelt, tears-inducing makeovers like nobody’s business. Standout star Jonathan Van Ness, the show’s beauty/grooming expert, podcaster and ice skating Queen of Gorg brings his stand-up comedy show “Road to Beijing” to Radio City Music Hall (Friday, April 12th, 7PM).
Unlike Austin or LA, New York City has never really been known for its food truck culture. Maybe that is changing? The largest of its kind, this year’s NYC Food Truck Fest 2019 features 15 of the best gourmet food trucks and over 30 unique weekly vendors, so get ready to enjoy all the tacos, mac+cheese, lobster rolls and more (Saturday, April 13th, 11AM).
Runners take your mark. The SHAPE Women’s Half Marathon is a 13-mile outdoor fitness challenge you will want to participate in or support by cheering your friends and hashtagging #WomenRunTheWorld on social (Sunday, April 14th, 8AM).
We know dating in New York can be a sore subject, but it’s a brighter one than taxes! So on the 15th if you’re a woman seeking a woman, attend Lesbian Speed Dating at Flute in midtown (Monday, April 15th, 8PM-10PM).
The New York International Music Festival supports young musicians by offering high school, college and community bands, choirs and orchestras the chance to perform at Carnegie Hall. Support these bright, young artists from across the country (Tuesday, April 16th, 1PM)
We love spotlighting organizations that increase diversity, which brings us to the Gotham Knights Rugby Football Club, the premier gay/inclusive rugby team in New York City. This D-III mens rugby club in the Empire RFU GU of New York are a member of International Gay Rugby (IGR) and work to refute negative stereotypes of the LGBTQ athletic community. To support their mission, attend the 6th Annual Drag Show at Therapy NYC (Wednesday, April 17th, 7PM-10PM).
Before we get outside, spend an evening with Bret Easton Ellis, the critically-acclaimed author of “Less Than Zero” and “American Psycho” (Thursday, April 18th, 7PM) then shift gears with a visit to The New York International Auto Show (Friday, April 19th – Sunday, April 28th).
We’re going to hope that by 4/20 the weather is lovely enough for a night of partying on the water, and suggest you join the 420 Reggae Fiesta on the River cruise aboard The Liberty Belle (Saturday, April 20th, 7PM). We’re also going to hope that on Easter Sunday the weather is as blissful as the beautiful bonnets on display in the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival (Sunday, April 21st, 10AM).
Speaking of weather, Earth Day is here and there has never been a more important time to show your love for the planet. Check out these Earth Day Initiative events, including Monday’s Earth Day 5K Green Tour, which highlights a river ecology school on the Hudson River, a state-of-the-art waste and recycling center, a zero-waste office, and a rooftop farm in Manhattan. (Monday, April 22nd).
Always on the forefront of culture, the last week of April includes events that are sure to inspire and excite audiences, starting with We Are Trans, a variety show featuring trans and non-binary performers across different genres at The Tank in midtown (Tuesday, April 23rd, 7PM). Next up, the world-famous New York original Tribeca Film Festival, with its extensive schedule of features, shorts, talks, directors series, Tribeca TV, and special community events (Wednesday, April 24th – Sunday, May 5th).
If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to make some of your favorite meals and snacks Instagram or YouTube friendly, Eating TV at the Center for Communication is for you. This talk with Samah Dada (Host/Cooking w/ @Dadaeats), Chelsea Lupkin (Creative Video Producer, Delish), Alvin Zhou (Food Video Producer, Tasty and Buzzfeed Food) and others will whet your appetite for producing viral content that make mouths water (Thursday, April 25th, 6:30PM).
There is no better time than Spring for a Shakespearean sonnet, which is why you can’t miss 154 readers of all ages speak all 154 of Shakespeare’s sonnets at the 9th Annual Shakespeare Birthday Sonnet party (Friday, April 26th, 1PM-4PM). Allow us to offer you a sneak peek:
From you have I been absent in the spring,
When proud-pied April dress’d in all his trim
Hath put a spirit of youth in every thing,
That heavy Saturn laugh’d and leap’d with him.
Yet nor the lays of birds nor the sweet smell
Of different flowers in odour and in hue
Could make me any summer’s story tell,
Or from their proud lap pluck them where they grew;
Nor did I wonder at the lily’s white,
Nor praise the deep vermilion in the rose;
They were but sweet, but figures of delight,
Drawn after you, you pattern of all those.
Yet seem’d it winter still, and, you away,
As with your shadow I with these did play.
The last weekend and final few days of April will help you freshen your style and add more light to your life. At the Essence Beauty Carnival, learn from beauty influencers, wellness experts and special guests that include Iman, Ciara, Yandy Smith, Alissa Wilson and Jackie Aina on South Street’s Pier 36 (Saturday, April 27th – Sunday, April 28th).
The bold new Hudson Yards commercial and residential complex on Manhattan’s west side is generating a lot of well-deserved excitement. Hudson Yards: Exploring Light, Angles and Storytelling presented by photojournalist and photo editor, Gary Hershon, invites you to tour the five buildings in close proximity to learn about the architecture, power of light and its important to street photography, point of view in photographing in an urban environment, and more (Sunday, April 28th, 3PM).
Saying ‘I Do’ soon? The Wedding Salon’s New York Spring Showcase at The Stewart Hotel is a special, one-day-only event designed to meet all of your bridal needs and inspire the best wedding imaginable (Monday, April 29th, 4PM).
By the end of the month, we imagine you strolling comfortably along the High Line with favorite beverage and sweet treat in hand. Towards that end, RESOBOX Japanese bakery in Chelsea is finishing its monthly Japanese Themed Sweets Project and April is Matcha! Yet another way to go green in April, treat yourself to these delectable, green tea powder confections from special presenting chefs Cayo, Zen Sweets, HB Kitchen and Katsuki Sweets (Tuesday, April 30th).
We will see you in May!