It’s Gonna Be A-May-Zing! 15 Incredible Things Going Down in NYC This May

Things may start getting crazy around here this month. 

With this gorgeous weather we’ve been having, it’s getting increasingly more difficult to not take advantage of every outdoor opportunity you can get. 

And canceling on friends is pretty hard to do when you can’t just text them “the weather is too shitty”.

You actually have to leave the comfort of your bed sometimes, hermit. Don’t worry though, we’ve got you covered.

You really only gotta make it through the end of the month because, well, A) Memorial Day Weekend is dope—actually, any 3-day weekend is dope, and B) WE’RE BRINGIN’ BACK THE BOAT! 

YUP. We’re kickin’ off Summer ’17 with our friends at FoodKick to bring you an epic 2-hour booze cruise on the Hudson with Circle Line. 

We’re gettin’ down with an open wine & beer bar, open Tito’s Vodka bar, and grubbin’ out with delicious hors d’oeuvres & bites from FoodKick (the hip younger sister of FreshDirect, so you know it’s gonna be mad delicious). 

Don’t. Forget. Your. Tickets

1. Kickoff Summer 17′ Booze Cruise (May 27th)

We’ve been waiting all year for it, and it’s finally here! Our very own, first booze cruise of Summer ’17 goes down May 27th at 7:00pm—boarding starts at 6:00, so don’t be late!

Come one, come all. Bring all of your friends and enjoy a 2 hour open bar and unlimited hors d’oeuvres and bites courtesy of FoodKick while we sail away on the Hudson. Fair warning though, this night is going to be absolutely LIT. 

2. Pit Prom (May 12th)

thepitnyc Great show from @oldschoolsketchshow 📷 from @hunterp . . . . #thepitnyc #improvyourlife #followthefear #yesand #improv #funny #comedy #live #livetheater #nyc #thingstodoinnyc #sketch #sketchcomedy #standup #iloveny #nyccomedy #nycimprov #improvcomedy #applause #improvcomedy

The Peoples Improv Theater is a training and comedy center with three locations in Manhattan.


This year, the PIT is giving you a chance to dress up, grab a date, and get as bougie as you can at their 2017 prom. It’s going to be like prom…only way better. Even if you’re without a date, you’re guaranteed a laugh or two. You can get your tickets right here

3. Brooklyn Crush Wine and Artisanal Food Festival (May 13th)

traci.drescher My favorite table from the Brooklyn Crush Wine and Artisanal Food Festival. So freaking good! #endsmeat #brooklyncrush #foodandwine

Over 175 wines, artisanal foods and incredible tastings from some of Brooklyn’s top restaurants? Sign us up.

Hosted by NYC Food & Drink Guide, this year’s Brooklyn Crush Wine & Artisanal Food Festival will offer charcuterie, sausages, pate, local cheeses, ethnic foods, jams, dips, vegan delights, cakes, cookies, nuts, seasonal specialties, diverse beverages and so much more. Not to mention, the event will have live jazz music and you’ll be able to take home your own souvenir wine glass. 

4. CoffeeCon NYC (May 13th)

coffeeconevent I always stop for a latte when I'm in town. David's place.

We’re so quick to judge people as “addicts”, but rarely do we ever discuss the addiction plaguing all of NYC: coffee. God forbid you snatch a coffee out of a grumpy New Yorker’s hands. All hell might break loose. 

For those of you agreeing with me, CoffeeCon is here. CoffeeCon is the world’s first consumer coffee conference featuring a tasting floor, top coffee experts, tasting seminars and hands-on labs in very brewing method.

5. La Nuit En Rosé (May 13th)

nuitrose La Nuit en Rosé is almost fully sold out & around the corner! Don't miss out & grab your tickets while you can #nuitrosé #rosécruise 🗽🍷🛳

For my fellow rosé lovers, the ultimate alcoholic cruise is upon us. From May 18th to May 20th, La Nuit en Rosé’s New York City flagship event once again boards the Hornblower Infinity Yacht, where guests can soak in sweeping city views and watch as sunset sinks over Manhattan–rosé glass in hand.

2017’s cruise will feature more than 100 rosé wines, an exceptional lineup of delicious snacks by Vin sur Vingt Wine Bars, a Cheese Bar by Président, a Pizza Lounge and a Pasta & Risotto Lounge by Urbani Truffles. You can snag your tickets here

6. Japan Day (May 14th)

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Each year in celebration of Japanese sakura, or cherry blossoms, Central Park is transformed into “Japan Day”.

Japan Day, NYC’s celebration of Japanese culture, features a lineup of performances, activity tents, and other attractions. If it’s anything like years past, it’s going to be one amazing day.

7. Booze & Clues: Back to the 80s & 90s Event (May 16th)

black_humorist Madonna spice looks pretty good tho

Put your wits, detective skills, and 80s & 90s knowledge to good use at this can’t-miss event. If you like escape rooms, trivia nights, scavenger hunts, or just plain ol’ mingling with some cool peeps, you’ll definitely enjoy yourself here.

And since about 80% of the crowd will be single, you might just find bae there (probably with some Spice Girls playing in the background). Buy your tickets here

8. Choice Eats Food Festival (May 19th)

nycwff #Repost We agree, this Popcorn BBQ Chicken Waffle Cone (winner of the #NYCWFF fried chicken extravanganza) from @boilermakernyc looks insanely delicious. #fridayfavorite @devourpower ・・・ We interrupt our Napa trip with an important #NYC announcement. 📣 Our friends over at @boilermakernyc just launched a NEW BBQ Popcorn Chicken Waffle Cone! 😮 This picture-perfect creation recently won @nycwff's Chicken Coupe Contest hosted by @whoopigoldberg & @andrewcarmellini. 🏆

You might have to starve yourself a couple days for this one. 

The epic Choice Eats Food Festival, hosted by The Village Voice, is celebrating its 10th annual run. With over 50 handpicked food and alcohol vendors, this fest is going to be one for the books. Grab tix here

9. 11th Annual Dance Parade and Festival (May 20th)

danceparadenyc Dance Parade 2016 Photo by Peter Cai #dancepassion #dancestagram #danceparadenyc #DANCEFORPEACE #danceparade #annual #parade #festival #newyorkcity #multicultural

Upwards of 10,000 dancers will groove their way down Broadway from West 21st Street to Tompkins Square Park to the theme “dance for peace” on May 20th. 

Dance Parade is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to inspire dance through the celebration of diversity. Following Dance Parade, DanceFest will come to life in Tompkins Square Park on 5 Stages with free Performances and dance instruction. It’s time to put your dancing shoes on!

10. 9th Avenue International Food Fest (May 20th- 21st)

thomasofnewyork Ninth Ave Food Festival!!! #ninthavefoodfestival #hellskitchen #iloveny #nyc #newyork #newyorkcity

I don’t know about you, but nothing sounds like a more perfect day than walking around the streets of NYC with your hands full of delicious food from all over the world. 

The 9th Ave International Food Fest is going down between 42nd and 57th street. Prepare yourself for the ultimate gluttonous feast of foreign flavors. 

11. Shakespeare in the Park (May 23rd)

we_the_creatives Shakespeare in the park - we love trying to figure out what the actors are talking about #freeconcert #shakespeareinthepark#lifestyleoflearning #communitytheatre #thisisschool #thisislearning #shakespeare #actors#artists #familytime#springishere #creatives

You’ve read him all throughout high school and college. And you can’t really hate on the guy. After all, he is responsible for over 100 common phrases we use every day.

Brush up on your Shakespearean drama at this month-long celebration of one of literature’s greatest. May 23rd is the first night of “Julius Caesar”, but “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will also be performed July 11th to August 13th. There are four ways you can get your ticket for free. 

12. Rosé All Day at Petaluma (May 23rd) 

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Rosé lovers unite! Kick off summer the right way with the Rosé All Day Patio Party at Petaluma.

They’ll be featuring 7 different Rosè wines from all over the world! Each ticket includes an assorted selection of Hors D’oeuvres as well as UNLIMITED Rosè wine from 7pm-9pm. 

13. Fleet Week (May 24th)

fleetweeknyc Sailors prepare to raise the national ensign during morning colors at Fort George G. Meade, March 30. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

Is it just me or is there nothing sexier than a guy in uniform?

Jokes aside though, our brave service members deserve a nice welcome to our NYC shores. Every year, Fleet Week kicks off with the Parade of Ships—a flotilla of visiting vessels and tall ships that cruise along the Hudson river—and continues with military demonstrations, a Memorial Day ceremony and more. You’ll have a chance to meet members of the United States Navy, Coast Guard, and Marine Corps.

14. Rosé on the Roof (May 25th)

thisgirlcaneat palming frosé @eatalyflatiron 🌴🍹💕🍓 sabbia, eataly's italian seaside-themed #summer pop-up, is officially back! we're talking coastal fare (#oysters, #seafood & more), 50 different rosés, frozen #negronis & frosé cocktails (loved this refresher made with rosé, tito's vodka, peach liqueur, prickly pear pureé & grapefruit juice) in a beautiful rooftop paradise boasting palm trees & pretty parasols. you know where i'll be all summer. check out my #instastories for more from last night's kick off party. 💃🏽 #sabbia #myeatalynyc #eataly #nyc #rooftop #rosé #frosé #vino #wine #cocktails #roséallday #thisgirlcaneat

Do we love rosé or what? If you can’t catch all day rosé at Petaluma, you can redeem yourself at Rosé on the Roof at Eataly in the flatiron district.

You’ll have the opportunity to sample over 30 different kinds of rosé. What could possibly be better? Find tickets here

15. The Color Run 5k (May 27th)

thecolorrun It's FRI-nally, FRI-YAY!! #Happiest5K #DreamInColors #FRIYAY 😍🦄

Does the word “5k” give you a panic attack too? You’re not alone. Many New Yorkers hate running just as much as you do. 

But would you maybe change your mind if the run could be a bit more…colorful? Dig out that white tee from your closet and snag your tickets here

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