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What to do in May on New York’s Upper West Side

April 18 2022

As the weather gets a little warmer, New York City starts to defrost after the long, cold winter that grips the city. Now with spring here, outside activities can be enjoyed again – and there is something for everyone to enjoy, whether you’re visiting the city as a family, on a romantic break or even for a work or business event.

From spring festivals to alfresco beer tasting, and Mother’s Day weekend to Street BBQs on Memorial Day, May is one of the best times to visit the city – especially if you enjoy a party or two.

Uptown Night Market

As the days grow longer, street food is welcomed back into our lives. On April 14th from 4pm to 10pm (and once monthly from then on) the Uptown Night Market opens to support local businesses, producers and performers. If you love street food and you’re lucky enough to be in the city at the same time as the monthly Uptown Night Market do not miss your chance to sample some of the best street food in the city.

Roller Skating

Too cold to ice skate at Rockefeller over the holiday season? You’re in luck! This April a roller-skating rink will open at the Rockefeller Center and stay until October – meaning you can enjoy a skating session in front of the iconic building, without losing the ability to feel your toes in the process. As well as skating enjoy live music, a range of food stands and a viewing deck for those of you happier to remain on solid ground!

Mother’s Day

If you’re in New York over Mother’s Day Weekend, there are plenty of great ways to show her how much she means to you this year. You could visit the best blooms in the city, book yourselves in for a fine dining experience she will never forget or even just organize a lazy boat trip (with unlimited drinks of course!) to see the city.

beers in plastic cups

Alfresco Bars

As the weather heats up the rooftop bars, the street cafes and the beer gardens all open back up again. New York is a city full of places to enjoy a cold beer in the warm sun as soon as spring hits – this list of the best beer gardens by Timeout is a great place to start.

friends enjoying a bbq outside in the sun. Meat on the bbq, drinks in hand.

Memorial Day BBQ

Having a BBQ in New York City – especially if you’re only visiting, isn’t particularly easy unless you have room for a Weber in your suitcase. But just because you can’t barbecue – it doesn’t mean someone else can’t do it for you, after all, what is Memorial Day without one? New York is home to some of the best smokehouses and BBQ joints outside the south, and Memorial Day weekend is a great time to give them a try!

The First Ever Japanese Festival Heritage Parade 

In 2020 the first ever Japanese Heritage Festival in New York was meant to take place - unfortunately, due to the Pandemic, the event was delayed for two years - but this May 14th it will finally take place. The parade will feature 1700 participants, including; dancers, musicians and martial arts groups - and will take place along Manhattan's Central Park West. 

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