All across New York City, flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and people can't wait to step out into the fresh air. This can only mean one thing: Spring has finally arrived! The Big Apple loves spring, as it's the time of year when some of its most significant events are taking place in all five boroughs. Each one allows you to step outside, enjoy the flowers beginning to bloom and get in the season's spirit. Here are some great ways to ring in spring when you visit NYC.
Springtime in New York City
The Orchid Show: Jeff Leatham’s Kaleidoscope
One way to appreciate New York City's flowers is by walking through a botanical garden. However, there's one garden in the Bronx that wants you to enjoy its bold colors as well as its sweet scents. Every spring, the New York Botanical Garden hosts "The Orchid Show,” a season-long festival where visitors can get a glimpse of these gorgeous flowers up close. This year’s theme is “Jeff Leatham’s Kaleidoscope,” so you’ll find orchid displays shifting into different colors wherever you go. If you’re a night owl, be sure to check out their Saturday “Orchid Evenings” so you can see the flowers at night along with tasting food from the Bronx Night Market. “The Orchid Show” runs until May 1 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and “Orchid Evenings” last from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Bee-A-Pollinator: Earth Day Service Day
A significant part of spring is Earth Day, a day to bring awareness to the environment and how to keep it healthy. Many people celebrate by going outside and getting their hands dirty, and there's a way you can do that in Queens. Every year, the Queens County Farm Museum hosts Bee-A-Pollinator: Earth Day Service Day. This event allows guests to take part in keeping the grounds beautiful while also learning about the environment. When you volunteer, you’ll help clean up the Children’s Garden, sift compost and learn how to mulch and weed your own gardens. When the work is through, you can have some farm fun by visiting their apiary, taking a tractor-driven hayride or going on a self-guided scavenger hunt on the property. If you’re a fan of gardening in the big city, this is the event for you. Earth Day Service Day happens on April 22 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Ninth Avenue International Food Festival
There's no better feeling than walking around New York City with some food in your hands. If you happen to be in Hell's Kitchen in spring, you're sure to find more food than you ever dreamed of, thanks to this annual festival. The Ninth Avenue International Food Festival is a weekend-long event that runs several blocks in the neighborhood. You can grab a bite of food from around the world created by local chefs along the street. Whether you’re craving Greek, Italian or Chinese, you’re sure to find a mouth-watering meal to take with you on your city stroll. After eating, be sure to stick around and watch the live dance performances or buy a gift from the vendors along the street. The festival runs on May 14 and 15 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
One of the city’s most beloved events is Fleet Week at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in Hell’s Kitchen. After being postponed for two years due to the pandemic, it’s finally coming back to in-person events this year! Fleet Week honors the men and women who serve in the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard over several days of fun, educational activities. You’ll be able to watch their ships pulling into the Harbor and learn more about the work the military does through several displays and activities set up throughout the museum. If you’re looking for a way to celebrate Memorial Day in the city, stop by during Fleet Week to get in the spirit. The event runs from May 27 to May 30.