New York May 2024

New York May 2024 Events

New York May 2024 Events

Head to NYC for Memorial Day Weekend

Average temperature low to high: 54°-72°F
May means Memorial Day Weekend, and what better place to celebrate than in one of America's favorite cities? With its many patriotic parades--including Brooklyn's 157th Memorial Day Parade--there are plenty of places to spend the holiday. The city's warm weather and larger-than-life skyline make a picturesque backdrop for exploring outdoor events and festivals or soaking up those distinctive NYC vibes while sightseeing and people-watching. May's pleasant weather is also great for enjoying the city's outdoor venues--think restaurants and bars with sundecks, rooftop lounges, and panoramic city views, all perfect for soaking up the spring sunshine. 

May Event Calendar

The Book of Mormon

The hit musical The Book of Mormon continues its run at New York's Eugene O'Neill Theatre this spring with several exciting performances. The infamous musical follows the life of a pair of missionaries sent to travel the world to spread the Good Word. Need a reason to attend? Entertainment Weekly quoted the show as “the funniest musical of all time." Purchase tickets now.

NYC Ballet Spring Season 2024

The New York City Ballet's spring season 2024 promises to be a spectacular display of dance artistry. With a lineup that includes a mix of classical ballets and new works, the season is sure to delight audiences of all ages. The Company will showcase the stunning choreography of Balanchine, Masters at Work, and many others. From the timeless grace of "La Source" to the exuberant energy of "Fancy Free", the NYCB spring 2024 season is an unmissable event for those who wish to see displays of emotion, beauty, and athleticism. Performance dates vary.

New York Yankees

You can’t visit New York and escape a baseball game; it’s an iconic tourist activity that’ll leave you with life-long memories. New York Yankees are playing multiple dates in May, so you have a great chance of sporting tickets for at least one game. For top-tier seats, you’ll need to increase your budget, though no matter where you’re positioned, the atmosphere will be thrilling.

New York Empire State Tattoo Expo

New York Empire State Tattoo Expo

The New York Empire State Tattoo Expo is a convention for everyone and anyone who loves tattoos, including their history and development of them. The entire event celebrates tattoos. Expect tattoo artists all in one location showing their best work to guests, and you can even get tattooed when you attend. Tickets are only $39 for the day, or $76 for the weekend.


Ninth Avenue International Food Festival

Ninth Avenue International Food Festival

Celebrate the diversity of Manhattan’s culinary scene with the Ninth Avenue International Food Festival. Taking place on May 18th and 19th along Ninth Avenue from 42nd Street to 57th Street. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience delicious ethnic dishes from a wide range of participating merchants. Some top spots to look out for are Gossip Bar & Restaurant, Vivi Bubble Tea, Valhalla Bar 815, and Nizza 630.

Dance Parade

Dance Parade

On May 18th, Sunset Park will be alive with the vibrant sights and sounds of the Dance Parade. Celebrating its 18th year, watch as colorful floats and costumed dancers will weave through the park, showcasing a variety of dance styles from around the world. In addition to over 10,000 dancers, there will be DJs, live music, and food from various vendors. Guests can also test out their dancing skills by taking dance lessons. Dance Parade is free to the public.

Fleet Week NYC

Fleet Week NYC

Fleet Week is an annual event where the men and women who served our country are honored by the Coast Guard, the Marine Corps, and the United States Navy. There are a ton of events around this time, like enjoying the Parade of Ships, embarking on a General Public Ship Tour, or watching the Navy Dive Tank in Times Square. Some of the ship tour locations include the Staten Island Homport Pier and Manhattan Pier 88 South. The whole thing lasts from May 22nd to May 28th, so there's plenty of time to take in the sights and enjoy the festivities. Times vary depending on the day and event in question, but in general, most of the scheduled times seem to be between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM.

NYC Memorial Day Parades

NYC Memorial Day Parades

Pay tribute and remember those who have served their country at one of New York's Memorial Day Parades on Monday, May 27. The city honors the country's fallen heroes with several parades throughout the five boroughs, including the Little Neck-Douglaston Parade in Queens, Brooklyn's 157th Memorial Day Parade, and Manhattan's uptown parade in Inwood, starting at Dyckman Street and Broadway.

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New York Events in May


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Upcoming Events

Mon, May 20 at Tao Downtown Mondays
Thu, May 23 at House of Yes HOT & FRESH · Burlesque
Thu, May 23 at House of Yes NASTY B!TCH · Dey Phoenix’s Black Phoenix Den
Thu, May 23 at House of Yes PLANET YES · Glam Rock
Thu, May 23 at Tao Downtown Turbz
Fri, May 24 at House of Yes DIRTY CIRCUS · Variety Show
Fri, May 24 at Avant Gardner BAD GYAL
Fri, May 24 at House of Yes MIDNIGHT CAVIAR: Rockstars Only! Mary Jane · ọba+flip · Zoë Violin
Fri, May 24 at House of Yes FULL MOON WHITE PARTY· Pale Blue Live, Acid Alien, Mike Simonetti
Fri, May 24 at Tao Downtown Alex Lake
Sat, May 25 at House of Yes DIRTY CIRCUS · Variety Show
Sat, May 25 at House of Yes BARBIELAND: Amber Valentine · The ScumFrog
Things to do in New York

Things to Do in New York in May

See a Broadway show

See a Broadway show
A New York City visit isn’t complete without seeing a Broadway show. There are a lot of options to choose from like the Broadway-phenomenon, “Hamilton,” the Broadway classic, “Wicked,” “Lion King,” “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” “Mean Girls,” and more. Make sure to grab a ticket in advance!

Experience and play VR games at the city’s best virtual reality spots

Experience and play VR games at the city’s best virtual reality spots
If you haven’t tried virtual reality yet, New York’s a good place to start. The city has a few VR places to check out that’ll allow you to play games by yourself or with other people, like VR World NYC, Hubneo VR Lab, and Vrbar. Jump into the Light at the Lower East Side is also a great place to try, with their VR skydiving, VR boxing, and more. All-access passes there are $30 but they have matinee pricing as well.