Spring has finally made it to New York right on time for Mother’s Day and the Memorial Day weekend. Rest assured that New York will celebrate this season with all it’s holidays by offering many outdoor activities that are mostly for free!
One of the biggest events in New York in May 2019 is the Five Boro Bike Tour. On this day all five boroughs will transform into a sea of bikers. But also Mother’s Day on May 12, comes with many family-friendly activities that last throughout the whole month. Last but not least, the Memorial Day weekend, starting May 24, will host ceremonies to honor the nation’s war dead.
Don’t miss out on the diversity of events in New York in May 2019! Here are our top picks.
Top Events in New York in May 2019
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What? TechDay 2019
When? May 2, 2019
Where? Javits Center, Hall 1B (Map)
Description: The TechDay 2019 is the largest startup event in US right at the Hudson River! You can either stop by to check out the latest tech innovations, network with other entrepreneurs, attend interesting panels or browse the startup exhibition hall – Or you do all of it! Tickets starting at only $10. Doors open from 10 AM to 5 PM.
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What? Five Boro Bike Tour 2019
When? May 5, 2019
Where? Bike tour through all NYC boroughs (Route)
Free? Yes (Spectators)
Description: This event in New York in May 2019 is one of the most popular sporting competition in Spring. On this day the city transforms into a gigantic bike path that leads through all five boroughs (Manhattan, Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens & The Bronx). Although you can’t actively participate anymore as a rider (sold out!), you can still animate the bikers along the route. Don’t miss out on this sea of bikers!
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What? Mother’s Day Weekend Garden Party 2019
When? May 11 – 12, 2019
Where? New York Botanical Garden (Map)
Free? No (Adult tickets starting at $25 | Children 2-12: $12 | Toddlers: Free)
Description: This is one of the many Mother’s Day events in New York in May 2019 that is perfect for everyone who wants to surprise their mother or mothers with children who want to have a relaxing day. The Mother’s Day Weekend Garden Party at the New York Botanical Garden offers family-friendly activities surrounded by a stunning spring landscape. While kids can enjoy the many outdoor games, adults can relax on Daffodil Hill with a nice picnic and live music performances. Sounds like a great Mother’s Day, right?! Doors open from 10 AM to 6 PM. Tickets starting at $25 for adults and $12 for children.
What? Mother’s Day Dinner Deals
When? May 12, 2019
Where? Various restaurants in NYC
Description: Nobody wants to cook on Mother’s Day? New York’s got your back! The best restaurants in the city are offering affordable dinner deals for the whole family on Mother’s Day, May 12. Make sure you book a table at your mother’s favorite restaurant early before it’s sold out.
What? SummerStage 2019
When? May – October, 2019
Where? Various parks in NYC
Description: Free concerts? Yes, they still exist in New York! The SummerStage features multiple concerts in various parks across all five boroughs from May until October. Most live performances are for free. But even tickets to see superstars, such as Liam Gallagher, on stage are affordable (up to $50). If you’ve already decided to attend one of the shows we recommend you to arrive early as the SummerStage concerts are very popular.
What? Ninth Avenue International Food Festival 2019
When? May 18 – 19, 2019
Where? 9th Avenue between 42nd Street and 57th Street
Free? Yes (Entry)
Description: Spring without a food festival? That’s not going to happen in New York! One of the most delicious foodie events in New York in May 2019 is the Ninth Avenue International Food Festival along… well, 9th Avenue! Enjoy the best food creations from around the world while watching and listening to the many live performances. There are also plenty of activities for children, so make sure you’ll bring them with you!
What? Mamapalooza 2019
When? May 26, 2019
Where? Riverside Park South (Map)
Description: Mamapalooza is a free festival that celebrates Mother’s Day like no other. Bring your family to the Riverside Park South on May 26 and enjoy a variety of activities. From wellness treats to live music and an art exhibition. You and your family will definitely have a great time.
What? Memorial Day Commemoration 2019
When? May 26, 2019
Where? Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Monument, Riverside Park (Map)
Description: Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the US and honors the men and women who died while serving the US armed forces. On May 26 you can join the Memorial Day Commemoration at the Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Monument (Riverside Park) and show compassion to the victims and their families. The commemoration lasts from 10 AM to 12 PM. The procession is starting at 10:30 AM.
There we go, those are the top events in New York in May 2019! We hope you like our list. Comment below if you are planning on going to a particular event or if you’ve already experienced one of the listed activities. We are looking forward to hearing from you!
Happy Mother’s Day!