The weather has been teasing us in NYC in a MAJOR way lately. One day it’s 30 degrees, the next it’s 60, and then the day after that it’s back down to 37. What the heck is going on?! Idk about you guys, but I’m ready to break out my florals and peep toes again. With that in mind, I’ve been daydreaming of all the things I’ll be able to do once the weather is warmer again. Check out my list of fun things to do in the city during spring!
- The Bubble Bar: On April 17th, 23rd, 24th and 30th, head to the Rainbow Room at 30 Rock to check out the Champagne Bar pop up that’s sure to be v. instagrammable. Think you’ve had enough overpriced alcohol in this city to last you a lifetime aka you’re wondering why you should go? I’ll tell you why. BECAUSE THERE’S A DESSERT CHAMPAGNE GARDEN. And also a banana soufflé with champagne sorbet. Yeah, I know. You’re welcome.
- Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival: Speaking of flowers, I’m sure you’ve heard of DC’s Cherry Blossom Festival, right? Well did you know Brooklyn has its very own version? On April 28th and 29th, head to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden where you’ll have unlimited access from 10am-6pm for just $30. Idk about you, but I’m obsessed with Cherry Blossoms, so you’ll definitely be seeing me there.
- Five Boro Craft Beer Fest: On May 19th, head to The Well in Brooklyn for the time of your life! TimeOut says, “This all-you-can-drink tasting includes more than 100 event-exclusive small-batch beers by 50 local and out-of-state breweries plus a performance by a live band. Sip unlimited two-ounce pours and pick the brains of craft brewers, then choose your favorite suds from the home-brew contest and take home a glass.” Tickets are a little bit pricier – $75 per person. But considering it’s all you can drink, I’m sure most attendees will get a good amount of bang for their buck!
- Cat Camp: Ok, I feel like I need to state that I am NOT a cat person like, at all. But I need to play to my audience, and I know I have a lot of cat lovers, so here you go. For $20 on May 5th and 6th, you can join fellow kitty lovers and discuss your love for all things feline. There will be meet and greets, talks from Animal Planet experts, even adopt a new furry friend! This promises to be a fun time, as long as you’re not allergic to cats…
- Take a Cruise On The River: I’ve done this before, and I highly recommend it. It’s soo much fun to just be with your friends, enjoying the fact that you can be outside for longer than 6 minutes without the face going numb and getting to see the stunning views. Depending on the cruise you choose, there may be food + alcohol provided as well. 100% recommend trying this out!
- Head to Coney Island: Ok yeah so Coney Island isn’t like, the nicest place on the planet. In fact, it’s kinda dirty. But if you embrace it, it’s also really fun. BE WARNED: The seagulls there to not give a single f*ck about you, and if you’re afraid of birds like me, you will likely need to face your fears and suck it up because they are savages and will circle above you for hours waiting for you to turn away from your food for a millisecond. When it comes to Coney Island, you may convince yourself that you’re going for the rides, or the games or the hotdogs. But the reason you’re really going there is for the people watching. And that, my friends, will not disappoint you.
- Go to a Baseball Game: I absolutely despise watching more than 5 minutes of baseball on TV, but love when I can actually go to a game. I’m not a Yankees fan, or even a Mets fan. If I had to choose, I guess I would be a Dodgers fan because I would go to games with Patrick all the time when I visited him in LA, so I’ve seen them the most. Plus his dad gave me at least 7 pieces of Dodgers apparel, so I’m fully decked out when duty calls. But anyway, being at the ballpark with your friends (especially in the spring when the weather is nice and you’re not sweating your ass is) is a freaking blast. Get a ticket in the cheap seats, buy a beer (that will prob cost more than your ticket), and enjoy sitting there for three hours to watch 15 minutes of actual athletic effort.
- BrunchCon: On May 20th at the Brooklyn Expo Center, because there really are angels among us, you can attend BrunchCon – a brunch-themed convention/festival with 30+ participating vendors. Idk about you, but there is literally nothing in this world that can keep me from attending this. See you there!
- 9th Avenue International Food Festival: Have I made it abundantly clear yet that I love food? Because I do. A lot. May 19th-20th will have thousands of people taste-testing foods from all around the world on a 15 block stretch across 9th avenue. Next to BrunchCon, I truly can’t think of a better way to spend a weekend than hanging out with my friends, trying new types of food and enjoying the beautiful weather.
- Citibike: This isn’t an event or anything that’s time-sensitive, but spring is one of the best times to rent a Citibike and just cruise around. Join hundreds (maybe thousands?) of New Yorkers who are enjoying the sunshine and cruising around Central Park on their rented wheels. Bring a picnic basket with you, and you can make a whole day of it!
Which ones do you think you’ll make it to? Any that are missing from the list? Send me a DM, comment here or shoot me a comment on Instagram – can’t wait to see you there!