Things to do in NYC & Brooklyn this spring and summer!
This year is majorly special, as it’s our last few months in the historic building at 120 Essex before moving across the street next fall! So we’re showcasing the finest fare from both current Essex Market vendors, and previewing the new businesses that will join us in the new market.
BRUNCH CON IN BROOKLYN // Sunday, May 20
BrunchCon (founded in 2016) is the world’s biggest food and drink festival all about brunch that is currently travels to eight major metropolitan cities in the U.S. throughout the year. At BrunchCon, attendees can expect to enjoy:
– Bottomless Mimosa Bar
– Open Bloody Mary Bar
– Brunch Bites from 30+ Local Restaurants/Vendors
– Yard Games, Mimosa Pong, and Music
– Countless Photo Booth Opps
– Curated Market of Brunch-Related Goods
New York Botanic Garden: GEORGIA O’KEEFFE: VISIONS OF HAWAI‘I // Saturday, May 19, 2018 – Sunday, October 28, 2018
Discover the artist’s little-known depictions of the Hawaiian Islands—and the plants and landscapes that inspired them.
NYCxDESIGN // May 11-23 // Various Locations
NYCxDESIGN, New York City’s annual celebration of design, attracts hundreds of thousands of attendees and designers from across the globe. Taking place each May—next occurring May 11–23, 2018—the event celebrates a world of design and showcases over a dozen design disciplines through events taking place across the city’s five boroughs.
Join City Farm Presents for the first-ever Brooklyn Reserve Wine, Beer, and Cheese Festival at The Bell House on Friday, May 18. Guests will enjoy extensive sampling from a curated selection of top wine, beer and cheese purveyors including Domaine du Colombier, Champagne 1er Cru Croix d’irval, Montauk Brewing Company, Circa Brewing Company, Crown Finish Caves, and many more! Live jazz from Jerome Sabbagh Trio. Tickets start at $40 for extensive sampling from 35+ vendors and producers in both rooms of The Bell House, a tasting glass, passed food, and live music. Purchase tickets and find more details at brooklynreserve.com.
HIGH LINE SPRING EPHEMERALS TOUR UNTIL MAY 17
Learn more about the cultural significance, survival strategies, and ecology of spring plants. Guided by a High Line gardener, you’ll visit spring favorites and native species, from candy-striped tulips to pearly-petaled native twinleafs.
After May 17, take our Chelsea Market and High Line Food Tour!
Also, don’t miss all the amazing art that is currently on the High Line! The exhibition looks at the power of art to change society, the role of art in public space, and whether art can be a form of protest.
Cherry Blossoms at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Join their seasonal highlights tour through May 31.
JUNE 8 – SEPTEMBER 9 // Bill Cunningham @ NY Historical Society
Celebrating Bill Cunningham marks the New-York Historical Society’s recent acquisition of objects, personal correspondence, ephemera, and photographs that reflect the life and work of Bill Cunningham, one of the late 20th century’s most influential trend-spotters and style authorities.
JUNE 12 // TASTE OF BUSHWICK @ Brooklyn Steel
A food party celebrating the eats, drinks and merriments of Bushwick, Brooklyn, to benefit The Bushwick Starr theater. Early bird tickets are only $45!
CONEY ISLAND MERMAID PARADE // June 16
Since 1983, this only-in-NYC outdoor pageant has offered a chance for folks to show their mastery of seaside mythology and wearable art. It draws thousands of people, so plan to get there early and snag a prime viewing spot; the procession starts at 1pm. More info.
NYC PRIDE MARCH! June 24
Amazing costumes, celebrities, and so much fun! You won’t want to miss it. More info.
FREE TICKETS to Shakespeare in the Park
Opening in June / July: Williamsburg – Domino Park // Domino Sugar Waterfront:
Extending from Grand Street to South 5th Street, it will offer: two bocce courts, a skate park, a 1,750-square-foot dog run, a sand volleyball court and a children’s play area that’s been designed to resemble a miniature Domino Sugar Factory. An “Artifact Walk” will consist of a 450-foot-long elevated walkway that stretches across five blocks, showcasing more than 30 large-scale pieces of memorabilia that have been salvaged from the factory. Restaurateur Danny Meyer is bringing a taco and margarita stand named Tacocina to the park, located below a portion of Artifact Walk.
June 26-28 TASTE OF THE TERMINAL // GRAND CENTRAL
June 26–28, select vendors from around the Terminal will offer tastings, treats, and special offers in Vanderbilt Hall. Come get a taste of the many dining and retail options the Terminal has to offer, and enjoy live performances by Music Under New York.