Are you planning a trip to New York City, but you don't know exactly when you should visit? These month by month guides highlight some of the most popular events and feature information about weather, crowds, and prices throughout the year.
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. Also many of the holiday lights are still up in the first half of the month, giving you spectacular light displays without the masses.
January brings special annual events including New York Restaurant Week and Broadway Week where you can get discounted set menus and two-for-one tickets. You can also see many local sports teams including the NY Rangers, Knicks, Nets, and Islanders play this month.
February weather tends to be a bit milder than January, but it can still be cold and snowy. Pack accordingly with hats, scarves, gloves, winter coats, and snow boats.
Valentine's Day and Winter Break bring romantics and families to New York City in February. The month also brings the Lunar (Chinese) New Year which is celebrated heavily in Chinatown. Other not to miss events are the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and New York Fashion Week.
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. New York also gets into March Madness, and every bar is filled with packed fans rooting for their teams.
In April spring is in full fling 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 be prepared to see a lot of flowers.
During this month you can celebrate Easter, see celebrity sighting at the Tribeca Film Festival, and surround yourself with pink flowers at the Cherry Blossom Festival at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden.
May is a wonderful time to visit New York City, as the weather is perfect for spending lots of time outdoors during your trip. It's a good time to go on a New York City Walking Tour or just enjoy a picnic in Central Park) without the summer crowds.
During May there are many outdoor festivals across New York City. Don't miss the Ninth Avenue Food Festival, Fleet Week at the Intrepid Museum, and the Five Boro Bike Tour. The Yankees and Mets Baseball teams are also in full fling, and it's a great time to take in a game while the weather is still pleasant.
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.
A local favorite is the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party in Madison Square Park. The New York Philharmonic puts on free performances in parks in all five boroughs. There is also Pride Week which brings visitors from all over the world to the West Village to see the original Stonewall Inn.
In June New York City's numerous public beaches and pools are open and manned with life guards.
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.
Starting in July the weather can get hot, so make sure to drink plenty of fluids and wear loose-fitting clothes. On especially hot days take refuge in museums, restaurants, and indoor shopping centers like the newly opened Hudson Yards.
If you don't mind the heat, visiting New York City in August is a great way to celebrate the end of summer. Many of the locals have gone to the beach or on vacation, so the city feels a little emptier. It's easier to get reservations at restaurants and to enjoy attractions without massive crowds.
Don't miss Summer Streets, where major thoroughfares are closed to cars and open only to pedestrians and cyclists. Many parks across New York City show free outdoor films this month. It's also when the US Open Tennis Championship brings the world's best tennis players to Queens.
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 (especially children who are back in school.)
Take advantage of the last days of summer with outdoor events including the Feast of San Gennaro and the opening football season for both the Jets and the Giants. September is also when the new seasons for the Met Opera and NYC Ballet kick-off.
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. Bring boots and jackets as the weather can get chilly, especially at night.
One of the best events in October is Open House New York where you can go behind the scenes of city landmarks like airports, museums, subway stations, and more. And of course there is Halloween. The Bronx's Boo at the Zoo is a local favorite. The Village Halloween Parade is not to miss for adults looking for a rowdy and colorful holiday.
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.
The leaves ore off the trees, the weather is cool, and it can even snow in this month. Pack accordingly, but don't let it deter you. The weather is crisp and pleasant, especially on sunny days.
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. The entire world watches the ball drop, and you can see it in person.