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Things to Do on the Upper West Side this May

May 01 2019

Manhattan is becoming more animated as the weather heats up. Check out these five May events held on and around the Upper West Side, all just a short walk or train ride away from Hotel Beacon.

NY Handmade Collective’s Spring Pop-Up at the Grand Bazaar

May 12
This Mother’s Day, think outside of the box and take mom to shop for handmade items at the biannual NY Handmade Collective’s Spring Pop-Up at the Grand Bizarre. It’s like Etsy but in real life. It’s less than two blocks from Hotel Beacon and right near Central Park. Afterward, swing by the park’s bandshell to enjoy Japanese food as part of the Japan Day celebrations. See event info here.

Japan Day at Central Park

May 12
The 4-mile Japan Run is set for Central Park on Mother’s Day, May 12! Following the timed race, attendees can enjoy contemporary and traditional Japanese culture through activities, performances and food in tents set up around the bandshell. Bring out the whole family for the Rising New York Road Runners at Japan Run - Entry is free for all participants. Visit for more information.

Taste of the Upper West Side

May 17-18
The aptly-named annual event gives attendees a taste of neighborhood restaurant fare while raising money for beautification projects on Columbus Avenue. Approximately 80 chefs show off seasonal plates at this two-night gathering that runs from 7 pm to 10 pm. Paid entry includes unlimited wine, spirits and music. Purchase tickets.

Summer on the Hudson

May through September
The season of events at nearby Riverside Park begin in May, bringing a mix of outdoor concerts, wellness activities, performances for kids and movies to the green space that stretches from 59th to 153rd Street along the Hudson River. All events are free and open to the public! Check out the event calendar to see what’s going on while you’re here.

Shakespeare in the Park: Much Ado About Nothing

May 21 to June 23
The 2019 season of Shakespeare in the Park begins May 21 at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park with a modern take on Much Ado About Nothing. Directed by leading Broadway director and Tony Award winner Kenny Leon, the “bold new take” on this timeless comedy will be one to be remembered this summer. Tickets are free but tricky to get a hold of. Read up on Time Out’s tips on how to secure a ticket for the city’s beloved event.


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