7 Ways to Hop Your Way Through This Easter Weekend in NYC

We know you're too old for Easter Egg Hunts, so we didn't want you to have to hunt for dope things to do this weekend.

Luckily we didn't have to look very hard either, because there's a lot going down in NYC this holiday weekend.

Free is a buzzword this weekend with a Freedom Dance Party, and a free roller skating rink opening up in Brooklyn! You can also get covered in colorful powder for Holi, laugh your butt off for a good cause, and rock the craziest bonnet of all time at the Easter Parade.

Whatever you end up doing this weekend, just be sure to take your allergy medicine, because personally we are struggling over here. Like, love the warm weather, but dayum.

If only they made an allergy medicine for pastel clothing...

Friday, April 14th

1. The Freedom Dance Party (155 Varick Street)


The Freedom Dance Party returns this Friday at City Winery for the ultimate throwback dance party! DJs will spin pop, hip-hop, reggae, rock, and house hits from the '70s through the 2000s from 11:15pm to 4am. 


P.S. if you can prove it, if it's your birthday you can get two free passes!

2. Free Admission Skate Party (Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 2, Brooklyn)


After being postponed for inclement weather last weekend, it's finally the official opening weekend of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Roller Skating Rink! 

The best part? Admission is FREE! Bring your own skates, or rent for $6.

Saturday, April 15th

3. Hester Street Fair Opening Day (Hester Street and Essex Street)


The Hester Fair re-opens for the season on Saturday in the heart of the Lower East Side! 

The large outdoor street fair kicks off season 8 with tons of great vendors, and with Musical Director Tom of England. Check it out from 11am to 6pm on Saturday.

4. Holi in the City (605 West 48th Street)

Celebrate the traditional Indian festival of colors and love at the messiest daytime dance party in the city this weekend! Wear all white and be prepared to be smothered in powdered colors celebrating friendship, happiness, love and freedom.

At Stage 48 from 12pm to 7pm, get your tickets now because TBH we're surprised it's not sold out yet!

5. Lovecraft NYC Music and Comedy Show (50 Avenue B) 

The only thing better than laughing and listening to music is doing it for a good cause. The Set NYC is teaming up with Lovecraft Bar to present an evening of musicians, comedians, artists, producers, media, art lovers, music lovers coming together and helping make the world better. A portion of the proceeds go to Freedom Ladder, and organization working to end homelessness in New York. 

The pre-show party starts at 8pm, with the show kicking off at 9pm. Tickets are only $5 at the door plus a 2 drink minimum, which we're more than happy to do to play our part! 

Sunday, April 16th

6. Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival (Fifth Avenue between 49th Street and 57th Street)


If you're sticking around the city this weekend, regardless of your religious background, you GOTTA check out this Bonnet Festival at the traditional NYC Easter Parade.


If you thought the hats at the royal wedding were crazy hold on to your...well...bonnets. New Yorkers go all out to see who can rock the craziest, most colorful, spring-time Easter bonnet, and the show is spectacular. Head to 5th Avenue between 10am and 4pm on Sunday to get in on the action.

7. Dandy Wellington and St-Germain Presents: Easter Egg Strut (2 Avenue of the Americas)


After the parade, head to the Roxy Hotel to show off your Easter finest at the Easter Egg Strut: An Evening of Sartorialism and Song with jazz's finest, Duke Wellington and His Band.

According to the event description it's a chance to, "Put up your promenaded tootsies, imbibe a St-Germain cocktail and enjoy delicious delicacies to his hot Jazz sounds. Hop downtown and shake your bunny tail!"

There is no cover, and drinks and bites will be available throughout the evening.

[Feature Image Courtesy @nyc.electric] 

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