Whether you want to experience the outdoors, beer or fine art, there are numerous things to do in New York City this spring. Here are a few activities that you can enjoy as the weather warms up:
- Fishing at the Harlem Meer in Central Park
The Meer is one of the popular areas for catch-and-release fishing in Central Park. You can borrow fishing poles at the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, which is located on the Meer's north shore. Instructions along with bait are available along with the poles. It will be necessary to provide a picture ID.
The Harlem Meer is home to a many different types of fish, turtles and plants. You can fish for largemouth bass, bluegill sunfish and carp among other varieties. Fishing at the Meer is free for individuals and families; however, groups of more than five people will have to make reservations. You can fish at the Meer from April 1 to November 30.
- Foraging With the "Wildman"
There are dozens of edible, delicious plants that come up in Central Park during the spring. These plants are often considered weeds and destroyed. They include chickweed, black locust flowers and sassafras. Steve "Wildman" Brill is a naturalist and author who will show you how to find and harvest them as well as how to prepare them for food or use as medicines. You will have to call to sign up and reserve a place. Call (914) 835-2153.
- Tribeca Film Festival
This is one of the most important events for New York City's sophisticated lovers of film. This festival is in its 15 year and will take over lower Manhattan providing a variety of experiences for movie fans. The Tribeca Film Festival runs from April 13-24 and offers everything from screenings for independent films attended by Hollywood A-list actors to numerous documentaries and short films. The 2016 festival will open with the documentary, The First Monday in May. There are evening/weekend tickets available via the website as well as tickets for matinees and Tribeca Talks.
- Artexpo New York
Artexpo has been around for over 38 years and has changed the way that art is bought and sold. Every year, the works of hundreds of emerging artists are brought before the largest international gathering of trade buyers (including publishers, galleries and collectors) to create an enormous fine art marketplace. For 2016, Artexpo New York is being held over the Hudson River on Pier 94 and runs from April 14-17. Artexpo expects to have more than 25,000 attendees in 2016.
- Sakura Matsui Cherry Blossom Festival
The Sakura Matsui Cherry Blossom Festival consists of two days worth of activities that include a cosplay fashion show along with Japanese folk dance and demonstrations of origami. There are more than 60 events and performances planned for 2016. The festival is returning for its 35th year of appreciating cherry blossoms and is being held at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden from April 30 to May 1.
- Five Boro Craft Beer Fest
The Five Boro Craft Beer Fest is considered New York's main beer fest and shows off the best of the city's local craft beers. It is being held for the third year in a row and will allow you to experience over a hundred craft beers from roughly 40 small breweries. This fest being held at The Well in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on May 6 (doors open at 6:30PM) and you will be able to get unlimited 2-ounce tastings along with food from local restaurants and food trucks.
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