New York City Month By Month

Decide When to Visit NYC With These Helpful Monthly Guides

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Wondering when you should visit New York City? These month by month guides highlight some of the most popular events and feature information about weather, crowds, and prices throughout the year in New York City.

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    Winter in New York City
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    January is a great time for bargain hunters who don't mind the cold to visit New York City. The holiday season crowds will have left New York City, leaving great shopping bargains and hotel savings for January visitors.

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    Dragon dance at traditional Chinese Lantern festival
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    February weather tends to be a bit milder than January, but Valentine's Day and Winter Break bring romantics and families to New York City in February.

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    St. Patrick's Day parade, New York City
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    Despite March's rainy reputation, March can still be a great time to visit New York City. New York City celebrates St. Patrick's Day with great vigor, making it a fun holiday to experience in New York City.

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    The Easter Parade On Fifth Avenue
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    April marks the beginning of Spring in New York City, making it a wonderful time to visit! Early April can still be chilly, so pack some warm clothes and your umbrella but don't let it keep you from visiting during April, or else you'll miss out on celebrating Easter, celebrity sighting at the Tribeca Film Festival and the Cherry Blossom Festival at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden.

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    Blooming trees in Central Park in spring
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    May is a wonderful time to visit New York City, as the weather is perfect for spending lots of time outdoors during your trip (whether you want to go on a New York City Walking Tour or just enjoy a picnic in Central Park) without the summer crowds.

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    Sheep Meadow, Central Park on a Summer day, New York City, New York, USA
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    June's warm weather welcomes visitors to New York City who want to enjoy walking around the streets of New York City, and many of New York City's exciting summer activities begin.

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    Fourth of july fireworks over Manhattan
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    If you want to see some amazing fireworks, you can't beat ​Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks in New York City. There are many other reasons to visit New York City during July, including​ Shakespeare in the Park and Central Park SummerStage.

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    Streets of Soho, New York City, USA
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    If you don't mind the heat, visiting New York City in August is a great way to celebrate the end of summer.​

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    Bow Bridge over Lake
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    Labor Day might mark the official end of Summer, but it also makes for a great long weekend visit to New York City. September continues to be warm, but nights are a bit cooler, offering visitors lovely weather for exploring New York City without the summer crowds.

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    Halloween Parade along 5th Avenue, Manhattan, New York City, USA
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    October is probably my favorite month in New York City. Warm days and cool nights make for comfortable exploring, and seeing the leaves change colors in Central Park is a sure sign that autumn has arrived in New York City.

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    90th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
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    November begins with the New York City Marathon, a great event for runners and spectators alike. Of course, November's most famous event is the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade—if you haven't experienced it in person, you should definitely plan a trip to New York City to see the balloons floating down Central Park West on Thanksgiving Day.

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    84th Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting
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    The holiday season is a popular time to visit New York City—whether you want to do some holiday shopping, check out the Holiday Window Displays or visit the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, there are festive events and sights to experience in New York City throughout December. And of course, there's nowhere like Times Square to celebrate New Year's, Eve.