New York City Events May 2018

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NYC 2018 May Activities, Things to Do and Events Calendar

New York City Events May 2018 include Billy Joel and Bon Jovi in concert, Ninth Avenue Food Festival, Fleet Week, Memorial Day, Mother’s Day, Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit, Manhattan Cocktail Classic, Five Boro Bike Tour and so much more. Our newest Broadway Shows include Frozen, Harry Potter, and Denzel Washington in The Iceman Cometh.

The weather in NYC in May is delightful and the Central Park foliage is fully blooming, making one of their free tours an ideal thing to do in May. Check our calendar for Things to do in NYC in May, NYC Events May 2018, Shows in NYC in May, events in NYC tonight, NYC events this weekend and more New York City upcoming events. Memorial Day Weekend is officially the start of the summer, so expect New York City to clear out on May 25th for the whole weekend. Please check sightseeing hours for Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, 2018 and be sure to treat Mom on Sunday, May 13th.

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Concerts NYC May Shows, Events, Things to Do

May New York City Concerts Shows

See All: NYC Concerts Shows May – includes Good Morning America Summer Concert Series, Today Show Summer Concert Series, Jones Beach, Central Park Summerstage, Coney Island, Forest Hills and more.

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Spacious Suite Hotels in Midtown NYC

Many NYC visitors love staying in Midtown, putting them within a mile of Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park, Grand Central, Empire State Building, Broadway, Times Square and tons of restaurants and shopping. One could easily spend 2-3 days in Midtown alone and only see a fraction of all there is to offer. Some of our top spacious and family-friendly Midtown Suite Hotels include:

Spacious Suite Hotels in Midtown NYC

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Sports New York City Events May 2018

May is a great sports month in NYC! Baseball and Football Club seasons are well under way and, hopefully, we have a basketball or hockey team in the Playoffs. The sports atmosphere in New York is exhilarating year round and some of the most intense competition is within our own rivalries.

If the Rangers or Islanders are in the the playoffs, schedules will be posted here. Make sure to add a NYC Game Day to your NYC vacation – it’s an absolute MUST in NYC!

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Mothers Day in New York City

Mother’s Day in New York City offers a ton of choices for every budget and interest.

Mothers Day in New York City

Choose from special Brunches and Dinners, Broadway shows, free cocktails and open bars, tons of special Manhattan Cruises, chocolate tours, the Mets, Broadway, private movie screenings and so much more.

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NYC Insider Print Map and Guide to Manhattan

This guide is incredible! I wish I had found it months ago. I like that it has suggested locations (shopping, restaurants and things to do) in each neighborhood. I can plan out days in each area and have activities, lunch, and maybe even dinner while in that area. Thank you so much – you have done an outstanding job covering everything – all in one reference! - Cindy (November 2017)

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Popular New York City Tours and Activities

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Empire State Building: Silver Access (86 + 102 for Fee)

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Gulliver's Gate Exhibit NYC

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Ocean Odyssey Exhibit Times Square NYC

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May Things to do with Kids in New York

Things to do with Kids in New York

Festivals, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Baseball, Central Park, the Zoo and more. Great things to do with kids in May include:

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Best May New York City Vacation Packages

Memorial Day & Fleet Week NYC Vacation Package

With the great weather, and many New Yorkers escaping on the weekends, May is a great time to book your NYC Vacation Package. Choose from all inclusive:

All New York City Vacation Packages include Hotel, Taxes, Free Attractions and Museums, Discounts, Maps, Vacation Planning Assistance and more.

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Memorial Day Weekend NYC

Memorial Day NYC

May 25-28, 2018

Memorial Day Weekend New York City offers a ton of choices for enjoying NYC and paying tribute to those who fought in our US Armed Forces. Free Museum Admission for Military Members, FREE outdoor movies, Art Exhibits and much more!

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New York City Hotel Rooftops

New York City Hotel Rooftops offer some of the best skyline views and amenities in the whole City. Our top picks for the most surreal views and cocktails include:

New York City Hotel Rooftops

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Shakespeare in the Park 2018

Shakespeare in the Park NYC

May 29 – August 19, 2018
Delacorte Theater, Central Park

Every year, stars such as Meryl Streep, Al Pacino and James Earl Jones perform modern interpretations of various Shakespeare plays in Central Park at the 1,800 seat open-air theater and they are attended by over 80,000 people. 2018 Shakespeare in the Park plays are Othello (May 29 – June 24) and Twelfth Night (July 17 – August 19).

NYC Insider Guide knows just how you can get tickets. Learn More at Shakespeare in the Park 2018

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Central Park NY Hotels

These are NYC Insider hand picked hotels that are not just “near” Central Park, as most NYC hotels claim to be…but on the Park itself, either Central Park South, Central Park West or Fifth Ave. Many other hotels are nearby, or within a few blocks, but these are the closest, and all offer Park views from select rooms.

Central Park NY Hotels

Some of our top value picks near Central Park include:

See the Insider Guide for dozens more Central Park NY Hotels and download our free Central Park map at Central Park NY Guide

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Broadway Shows May 2018 Top Picks

Broadway has a TON of new shows and legends on stage.

The Boys in the Band Play

The Boys in the Band - Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer & Andrew Rannells

A group of gay men gather in an NYC apartment for a friend's birthday and slowly the fault lines beneath their friendships and self-inflicted heartache begins to surface. Limited Engagement, April 30 - August 12, 2018.

The Iceman Cometh Denzel Washington

The Iceman Cometh - Starring Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington returns to Broadway this Spring in Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh, as the central character of Hickey, a conflicted man who passionately encourages fellow alcoholics in a New York City bar to abandon their pipe dreams and take hold of harsh realities. Previews March 22nd. Opens April 26th. Through July 1, 2018 only.

Harry Potter on Broadway

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - 2018 TONY Award Winner Best Play

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father to three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. Previews March 16, Opens April 22, 2018. (Ages 10+).

Frozen Broadway Musical

Frozen on Broadway Tickets

With twice as many songs as the movie, Frozen on Broadway, is the timeless tale sisters, Elsa and Anna, pulled apart by a mysterious secret. As one young woman struggles to find her voice and harness her powers within, the other embarks on an epic adventure to bring her family together once and for all. Both are searching for love. They just don’t know where to find it. Previews Feb 22, 2018, Opens March 22, 2018. (Ages 8+).

Once on this Island Broadway Musical

Once on this Island - A modern, socially-aware fairytale musical based on both Romeo and Juliet and The Little Mermaid. Transporting audiences to a small village across the sea, Once on This Island tells the tale of love and culture on the Broadway stage. After a terrible storm, Ti Moune, a loving and fearless peasant girl is left caring for an ailing but wealthy boy Daniel Beauxhomme. While their cultures divide them and the island, their love transcends the divide.

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Celebrities on Broadway

The Iceman Cometh Denzel Washington

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Lincoln Center - Opera, Ballet, NY Philharmonic, Jazz, Broadway

You really haven't been to NYC until you experience THE beating heart of our Arts & Culture scene, Lincoln Center, home to the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, NYC Ballet, Julliard School, Broadway and so much more. See what NYC's (always amazing) classic cultural scene has to offer while you are here.

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NYC Ballet Spring Season: April 24 – June 3, 2018

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Fleet Week New York City

Fleet Week New York City

May 23-29, 2018

Thousands of Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen from U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard ships have come to NYC nearly every year since 1984. Fleet Week is the City’s celebration of the sea services and provides an opportunity to see the latest capabilities of today’s Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Team.

Fleet Week includes dozens of military demonstrations and displays, as well as public visitation of many of the participating ships. Ship Tours are held at Pier 88 and in Staten Island, daily Thursday – Tuesday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Things To Do in New York in May

The best Things To Do in New York in May include boat & sailing tours, exploring NYC on bike, volleyball, tennis, cheering on the Mets and Yankees and basically anything else outdoors as May is a phenomenal weather month.

Things To Do in New York in May

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Fun Things to do in New York in Spring

Things to do in New York in Spring

There are hundreds of fun things to do in New York in Spring. With the cherry blossoms, green foliage, sparkling rivers and warm weather as your backdrop, Spring is the time to take advantage of rooftops, biking, tennis, volleyball, walking tours and so much more.

Here are some of our top picks for Fun Things to do in New York in Spring.

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Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met) Rooftop Open

Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met) Roof

April 17 - October 28, 2018
Daily @ 11am, 2pm, 5pm, 8pm (some variations)
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden

Skyline Views, Art and Cocktails - what more could you want?

Every summer, the Met opens the Martini Bar on the Roof Garden Café, an 8,000-square-foot, informal, outdoor setting with breathtaking panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline and Central Park.

More info: 2018 Met Roof Martini Bar Schedule.

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Five Boro Bike Tour (by TD Bank)

NYC Five Boro Bike Tour

Sunday May 6, 2018
(usually the first Sunday in May)

Watch or ride with over 32,000 cyclists spinning 42 miles through all five NYC boroughs, ending in Staten Island, where a fun outdoor Festival awaits. See bike demos, a mountain bike stunt show, food, product samples, massage and more.

More Info: www.bikenewyork.org

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NYC Holi Hai Spring Color Festival 2018

NYC Holi Hai Spring Color Festival 2018

The big apple takes a colorful dive on May 12th as NYC Holi Hai, the largest open festival of its kind on the east coast, returns to Governors Island with a splash! In addition to the traditional color throwing festivities, NYC Holi Hai includes live music performances, dancing, crowd participation, an activity area for kids,and a delicious food & drink.

More Info: NYC Holi Hai Spring Color Festival 2018

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Biking in New York City

Biking in New York City can be incredibly safe and fun, as long as you follow a few rules. If you don’t want to worry about helmets, locks, mapping routes and getting lost, then check our top picks for Bike Tours of NYC:

Things to Do in New York With Kids

See: Biking in New York City – more details on DIY tours, best places to eat on the water and more.

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Ninth Avenue International Food Festival

Ninth Avenue Food Festival NYC

May 19-20, 2018; 12:00 – 5:00 pm
42nd-57th Sts, along 9th Avenue

Voted the Best Street Fair in NYC, taste the best of the best Manhattan food, on the cheap, on one street. Kids and adults will be entertained and fed until you’re stuffed! Admission free, food costs vary.

Come for Argentinian, Brazilian, Cajun, Chinese, Cuban, Dominican, Ethiopian, French, German, Greek, Haitian, Indian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Mexican, Moroccan, Pakistani, Polish, Puerto Rican, Peruvian, Senegalese, Sicilian, Southern, Spanish, Thai, Trinidadian, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese food – and more!

Info: www.ninthavenuefoodfestival.com

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Affordable Times Square Hotels

Some of our top value picks in Times Square include:

Cheap Hotels in Times Square

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Taste of Tribeca

Taste of Tribeca

May 19, 2018

A great event for both adults and kids, this culinary festival brings together Tribeca’s best restaurants: Bouley, Bubby’s, Chanterelle, Tribeca Grill and more. Prior event cook offs included the Lamb Meatball Masters Challenge and Tang’s Natural Dumpling Challenge. General tickets allow for 6 tastes from some of New York’s finest chefs. $40 advance, $45 day of. Info: www.tasteoftribeca.com

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Boutique Downtown Hotels New York

Boutique Downtown Hotels put you right next to some of NYC's most popular attractions: The 9-11 Memorial and Museum, Statue of Liberty, One World Observatory, Wall Street, St. Paul's Cathedral, Charging Bull and every major subway station.

Boutique Downtown Hotels New York

Some of our top boutique accomodation picks downtown include:

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More Downtown Hotels: Tribeca/Battery Park and Financial District/ Wall St

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Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit – FREE

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit NYC

Memorial Day Weekend 2018
May 26-28 and June 2-3; 12pm – 6pm

Walk around Greenwich Village browsing tons of artwork displayed by original artists. Paintings, sculpture, eco-friendly art and lots of other unique pieces to see or purchase, at far less than gallery prices.

Location: near NYU, University Place from E 10th Street, South along Washington Square Park to W 3rd Street. The South end of the show, Schwartz Plaza, is also known as Bobkin Lane. More Info: www.wsoae.org

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Molasses in January Musical Off Broadway

Molasses in January Musical Off Broadway

Molasses in January is a historical fiction musical about struggling Italian immigrants swept up in the Boston Molasses disaster of 1919. The play is similar to "Fiddler on the Roof". "Molasses in January" is done in a traditional Broadway musical songbook style and a fun time for the whole family ages 8 and up.rowd participation, an activity area for kids,and a delicious food & drink.

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Annual Intrepid Museum Summer Movie Series

Intrepid Museum Summer Movie Series

May 25 – August 24, 2018

Enjoy FREE sea, air & space themed movies under the stars all summer long on the Flight Deck! 2018 Movies: Top Gun, Wonder Woman (2017), Friday the 13th (1980), Dunkirk (2017), Ghostbusters (1984), Community Choice Pick.

The flight decks opens at 7pm, film begins at sunset. Bring your lawn chairs, picnic baskets and blankets. Guests are encouraged to bring their own food, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages, however no outside alcohol is permitted.

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New York Yankees Schedule

New York Yankees Tickets

The New York Yankees, 27-Time World Series Champions, and likely the most simultaneously loved and hated team in baseball, return to the new Yankee Stadium. There are few things in NYC better than a Yankee game, an old-fashioned hot dog and our new Yankee Stadium.

NY Yankees Schedule – Home Games May

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New York Mets Schedule

New York Mets Schedule

Catch NYC’s National baseball team, and last year’s World Series contenders, in action at the awesome Citi Field, one of baseball’s nicest stadiums. Tickets are easy to get and the Mets are an easy 30 minute subway from Times Square or Grand Central. Grab a burger from Shake Shack and get ready to see some baseball action. Check out the NYC Insider Guide to New York Mets Tickets, Schedule and Directions.

NY Mets Schedule – Home Games

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New York Rangers Schedule

New York Rangers Tickets

Get your New York Rangers tickets and schedule to see our NY hockey team live in action at Madison Square Garden. With our All-Star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, the NY Rangers bring us some serious hockey action. Entering their 91st season, the Rangers have built their reputation on pride, passion, tradition and truly die-hard fans. Their games are the easiest sporting events in NYC to attend, right in Midtown Manhattan, a block from the Empire State Building.

NY Rangers Schedule – Home Games May

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Knicks MSG Schedule

New York Knicks Tickets

The NY Knicks, in their 71st Season, have a great roster, so come join our NY basketball team live in action at Madison Square Garden, “The World’s Most Famous Arena.” As a general rule (with plenty of exceptions), evening basketball games start at 7:30 and daytime at 12:00pm.

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NY Knicks Schedule – Home Games May

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Brooklyn Nets Schedule

Brooklyn Nets Tickets

The Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center is a true NYC experience. They offer classic Brooklyn foods like Nathan’s hot dogs and Juniors’ cheesecake, and have Jay-Z as a part owner! Jay-Z’s 40/40 club in the luxury sections of Barclays center serves drinks until 2am. With 2,000 seats at Barclay’s Center costing $25 or less, professional basketball is now available to everyone! See Brooklyn’s newest team bring it New York style and check our insider guide to Brooklyn Nets Tickets, Schedule and Directions!

Brooklyn Nets Schedule – Home Games May

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Things to Do in NYC by Month

Our Event Calendars show you exactly which events occur by day, but our Things to Do monthly guides highlight seasonal tours, bike rides, best time for boat cruises, when to buy tickets, the biggest sales and all the optimal times to do activities by month.

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