Unmissable New York Events in 2015

by Travelbag on 08 December 2014, 11:12AM

It goes by many names – the big apple, the city that never sleeps, the melting pot. The city of New York, no matter what moniker you use to refer to it, is one of those wow locations. As soon as you step off the plane and your feet hit the tarmac, everything is different. In New York, life is big. The food is immense, the people are whirlwinds of personality, and the buildings are lost to the sky. 

It is generally agreed that New York is one of ‘those’ places, one of the destinations that you need to put right at the top of your list. If you’re looking to plan your holiday to New York in 2015, check out our handy guide of things to see and do in the city that never sleeps. 



Winter Antiques Fair – this huge antiques fair is due to celebrate its 61st birthday in 2015. It is held at Park Avenue, on East 66th Street, and is one of the biggest events of its kind in the city. 

National Boat Show - this boating exposition is the perfect chance to see how ‘the other half’ live. It lasts for a week, so book yourself a swanky hotel, put on your poshest outfit and have fun window shopping for luxury yachts. 


Black History Month - this is one of the most important social events on the calendar for many New Yorkers. If you want to get involved, you can visit one of the many exhibitions or lectures that occur throughout the city.

Valentine’s Day Marriage Marathon – every February 14th, more than 100 couples are married at the top of the tallest skyscrapers in the city. Can you think of a more memorable way to tie the knot? 



Greek Independence Day Parade – this lively event celebrates the date of Greek independence, all the way back in 1821. It is a colourful and energetic affair, with plenty of flags, smiling faces and interesting market stalls. It takes places on Fifth Avenue, between 59th and 79th street.

St Patricks Day Parade – this is the single greatest civilian parade on the planet, and annually involves more than 150,000 marchers. It is held on Fifth Avenue, from 44th to 86th street, but is known to burst at the seams and spill out into other areas of the city. It is more than 150 years old, making it an intrinsic part of NYC history. 


New York International Auto Show – remarkable cars, from all over the world, converge on the Jacob K Javits Convention Centre, in March every year. This auto show is one of the largest in the world.

Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival – this rather charming event is held in Central Park, at the Conservatory Garden, and in Brooklyn, at the Botanic Gardens. It is designed to celebrate the relationship between the US and Japan, and involves a host of Japanese themed performances. Why not stay at the Japanese-influenced Yotel to enhance your trip? 



Bike New York – the Great Five Borough Bike Tour, as it is known in the city, is the largest cycling event in the United States. It attracts more than 30,000 cycling fans from all over the world, who start out at Battery Park and take a tour around New York.  

International Food Festival – this festival lasts for two days, and is a celebration of the different kinds of ethnic cuisine popular within the city. It takes place on Ninth Avenue, between 37th and 57th street, and is bound to get food lovers all in a lather. 


Lesbian and Gay Pride Week – this is one of the largest incarnations of an event that is now popular all across the world. The legendary gay pride march is held along Fifth Avenue to Washington Street, surrounding Greenwich Village, and it is a notable event for the LGBT community.

Summer Stage – from June to August, New York hosts a series of free, or reduced cost, concerts in Central Park. If you are looking for light-hearted entertainment, check out the Summer Stage events. 



Independence Day Celebrations – an extravaganza of food, fireworks, fun and fantastical sights, the Independence Day Celebrations in New York are something to behold. They include the legendary Macy’s firework display, conducted from barges along the Hudson River. 

Mostly Mozart Festival – this is a series of summer concerts, held at the Lincoln Centre, and other venues around the city, designed to celebrate the work of Amadeus Mozart. 


New York Fringe Festival – this wildly popular arts festival is held in a variety of small venues, in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. It is one of the most diverse events of the year, so pop along if you fancy yourself as a bit of a thespian. 

US Open Tennis Championships – for sports fans, there is the US Open and the final Grand Slam of the tennis season, held at Flushing Meadows Park, in Queens. This is a major sporting event, so pick up tickets for this one nice and early. 



New York Book Fair – held between 48th and 59th street, on Fifth Avenue, the New York Book Fair is one of the largest events of its kind, and a haven for international authors and publishers. 

Feast Of St Genarro – this popular ethnic feast takes place along Mulberry Street, in Little Italy. For ten days, there are food stalls, rides, music performances, community shows and much more. 


Feast Of St Francis – this is another religious event, but it is a little stranger than the Feast of St Genarro. As St Francis is the patron saint of animals, hundreds of New Yorkers bring their pets to be blessed at the Cathedral of St John the Divine every October.

 New York City Marathon – as the largest marathon on the planet, the New York City Marathon is sight for sore eyes. You do not have to work up a sweat to enjoy it either – grab a picnic stool and find yourself a good spot along the route from Verrazano Narrows Bridge to Central Park.  



Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – this event has been featured in countless American movies, over the years. It is a dazzling, dancing extravaganza of lights, colour, laughter, fireworks and balloons; a real highlight of the New York calendar. 

Big Apple Circus – this not for profit circus is held at Damrosch Park, in Lincoln Square. It does involve animals, so be aware of this before you purchase tickets. 


Rockefeller Centre Christmas Bash – the lighting of the Christmas tree, at the Rockefeller Centre, is legendary in New York City, as it marks the start of Christmas festivities. The Edison Hotel is one of the great hotels within walking distance of Rockefeller Centre.

New Year Celebrations – if you want to see just how loud, and how joyful, a New Year countdown can be, get yourself over to Times Square for the official ‘shout down’ to the New Year. Christmas celebrations and New Year’s Eve in New York are truly something to behold. 

If you are looking for the holiday of a lifetime, you can’t simply go wrong with a stay in New York City. Check out our great range of New York holidays online or call us on 0845 543 6615. 

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