April showers can't stop us from enjoying all the springtime happenings going on this month!
National Cherry Blossom Festival, March 20 – April 12 Greet the long anticipated spring in Washington, D.C. at the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The official festival kicked off on March 20th and carries on until April 12; but the peak bloom dates are anticipated for April 11 through 14. The blushing blooms were first given to the city of Washington, D.C. from Tokyo Mayor, Yukio Ozaki, in 1912 to commemorate and honor the international ties between the United States and Japan.
Food Book Fair, April 10 – 12 Brooklyn’s Wythe Hotel is a fitting place for the fourth annual Food Book Fair: Hotelier Andrew Tarlow first tested his mettle in the restaurant business, opening up foodie hot spots Roman’s, Diner and Marlow & Sons throughout Brooklyn. Walk through the Food Book Fair to shop rare and new cookbooks. Once the cookbooks get your mouth watering, pick up a sample of Bar Tartine’s chicken liver pate or a freshly shucked oyster from Island Creek Oyster Bar. Then, wash down those succulent bites with a signature cocktail crafted by the renowned mixologist and Death & Co. founder, Dave Kaplan.
Speakeasy Dollhouse presents Ziegfeld’s Midnight Frolic, April 18 – May 9 Pull on your fishnets, trim your bob and get transported back to the iconic Ziegfeld Theater’s 1920s cabaret of showgirls and saucy burlesque dancers. An immersive, experiential play, The Midnight Frolic centers on the mysterious poisoning death of Olive Thomas, 1920s silent film star, and suspected involvement of her husband, Jack Pickford. Guests will sip bespoke cocktails and dine on a Parisian dinner at the Liberty Theater before the evening unfolds.
GoodFellas’ 25th Anniversary Celebration, April 25 This year, the GoodFellas’ 25th Anniversary Celebration is TriBeCa Film Festival’s must-have ticket. The closing night event, hosted by pundit Jon Stewart, will reunite the iconic cast: Robert de Niro, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, Ray Liotta and Paul Sorvino. Considered one of the greatest films of all time, Martin Scorsese’s American crime masterpiece follows the rise and fall of the Lucchese family.
9/11 5K Run/Walk and Family Day, April 26 Join more than 4,000 runners for the 9/11 5K Run/Walk and Family Day. The course begins at Pier 26 in Battery Park City. Joggers will run along the waterfront, past the 9/11 Memorial and finish in the Financial District. Proceeds from the day will benefit the National September 11 Memorial and Museum.