Travel Guide

Manhattan, New York City 

Events & Festivals 


St. Patrick's Day Parade
Festival Period: March 17th

St Patrick’s Day Parade in Manhattan is an Irish festival honoring St. Patrick and is one of the oldest festivals in New York City. More than 100,000 people from various groups including the military and marching bands participate in the parade. The parade passes through Fifth Avenue, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Metropolitan Museum of Art.

TriBeCa Film Festival
Festival Period: April-May

New York's TriBeCa Film Festival (co-founded by Jane Rosenthal and Robert De Niro) takes place at several cinemas in Manhattan including the TriBeCa Cinemas. The festival screens independent films including foreign films, short films, and documentaries.

Museum Mile Festival
Festival Period: Second Tuesday in June

The Museum Mile Festival is a yearly event in New York City offering free entrance (6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.) to participating museums located between 82nd and 104th Streets. These museums include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim Museum, Jewish Museum, and National Academy Museum.

Bryant Park Summer Film Festival
Festival Period: June-August

The Bryant Park Summer Film Festival is an open-air film festival held at Bryant Park in Downtown Manhattan. This is a free outdoor festival held every Monday (Tuesday if Monday rains) screening some of the most memorable film classics.

St. Patrick's Day Parade, New York City

St. Patrick's Day Parade by MuZemike

Summer in Little Italy Festival
Festival Period: June to August

The Summer in Little Italy Festival takes place every Friday and weekends along Downtown Manhattan’s Mulberry Street. Plenty of Italian foods and desserts are served along the street as well as street entertainment and competitions.

Central Park Summer Stage
Festival Period: June-August

The Central Park Summer Stage held at Central Park's Rumsey Playfield is an outdoor festival hosting a variety of performances including music and dance. Most performances are free (though donations at the gate are welcomed) but a few require payment.

River to River Festival
Festival Period: June-September

New York’s River to River Festival features free music, dance, and cultural programs at various public venues in Downtown Manhattan. These include Battery Park, World Financial Center, Chambers Street, and South Street Seaport.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, New York City

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade by tweber1

Macy's Fourth July Fireworks
Festival Period: July 4th

Every evening on July 4th, New York City celebrates America’s independence with the Macy’s July 4th Fireworks. The event takes place on the East River with an amazing display of colorful fireworks lighting the city's night sky.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Festival Period: November 26th

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is an annual parade that began in 1924, initially by Macy’s department store employees. The parade includes large balloons and floats, marching bands, and performances on the streets of one of New York’s five boroughs.

Taste of Chinatown
Festival Period: December-January

Taste of Chinatown is a food festival held in Downtown Manhattan's Chinatown. This is a popular food festival in the city especially those wanting to sample varieties of Asian foods especially Chinese and Vietnamese for just $1-$2 a plate. 


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