There's always so much to do in NYC.
But you know that already.
Of your many, many options, here are our picks.
5/25: American Cancer Society's Taste of Hope
Celebrate more birthdays and ongoing cancer research at this annual tasty event. Local celebrity chef David Burke will be honored and bites from AG Kitchen, Almond, BLT Prime, Calle Ocho, Fresco By Scotto, La Fonda Del Sol, Magnolia Bakery, Nobu, Rock Center Café, STK Downtown, Telepan, Voilà Chocolat and more will be offered along with an open bar. $200, 7 p.m., 125 W. 18th St., tasteofhopenyc.org (Credit: Stephen Smith/Guest of a Guest for ACS)
5/25: Classic Cocktail Class
Learn to make the classics with local booze, Queens Courage gin. Astoria Distilling Company will teach you all the basics to become your own bartender. $45, 6:30 p.m., fareharbor.com (Credit: Astoria Distilling Company )
Through 5/26: Nashville Hot Chicken at Chefs Club
Chefs Morgan McGlone (Belles Hot Chicken, Melbourne) and Matty Matheson (Parts & Labour, Toronto) are serving a special $100 collaborative menu celebrating all things fried, hot and chicken. Dishes will include Hush Puppies with bacon and crab, chicken katsu with foie gras torchon and buckwheat pancake, fried chicken with ranch and blue cheese dressing and plenty of delicious sides. 275 Mulberry St., chefsclub.com (Credit: Nikki To )
Through 5/27: South Street Seaport Walking Tours
For a dose of history along the waterfront, head to the South Street Seaport for a guided walking tour. One series commemorates the sinking of the Titanic, another discusses the secrets of the Brooklyn Bridge and a third is about the Fourth Ward, an historic NYC neighborhood known for being crime-ridden. For more info visit: southstreetseaportmuseum.org (Credit: Linda Rosier)
Through 5/29: Nofit State Circus
Enter a giant Big Top below the Brooklyn Bridge and prepare to be amazed by Bianco, performed by this contemporary circus company from Wales. Audiences don't sit but are directed to move through the space. Between the flying trapeze and the live rock band, there's not likely to be a dull moment. Tent across the street from St. Ann's Warehouse, 45 Water St., Brooklyn, $35-$40; 718-254-8779, stannswarehouse.org. (Credit: Richard Davenport)
Through 5/29: New York City Ballet spring season
Celebrate spring with six weeks of dancing. The NYCB season includes old favorites by the company's iconic choreographers George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, as well as world premieres by Christopher Wheeldon and Nicolas Blanc. Try evening-length pieces such as "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Jewels" -- pictured, with Andrew Vyette and Sterling Hyltin -- or come see combined programs with dances such as "Everywhere We Go" by Justin Peck, set to music by Sufjan Stevens. $30-$170. David H. Koch Theater, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, 212-496-0600, nycballet.com (Credit: Paul Kolnik)
Through 5/30: 'From Ship to Shore: Reginald Marsh & The U.S. Custom House Murals'
Check out rarely-seen pieces by the American painter Reginald Marsh at this uptown museum devoted to the city's arts history. Featured are paintings of the "beaches of Coney Island to the burlesque stage" as well as New York Harbor. Marsh was commissioned to paint a series of murals for the rotunda of the United States Custom House, part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Treasury Relief Art Program, according to a news release. Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave., mcny.org (Credit: Reginald Marsh via The Museum of the City of New York)
Through 5/31: Fleet Week
Ships dock and sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen pour into New York City for this annual weeklong celebration. Festivities include a parade of ships, public ship tours, Navy band concerts, readings with sea service members at public libraries, Military Day at Battery Park, search-and-rescue demonstrations and Memorial Day parades and ceremony at the Intrepid Museum. Various locations including the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, Pier 86, W. 46th St. and 12th Ave., fleetweeknewyork.com. (Credit: Getty Images/Spencer Platt)
Through 5/31: Il Mulino's 35th Anniversary
Celebrate thirty-five years of Il Mulino in NYC with a special 1981 menu throwing back to the year the flagship opened in Greenwich Village. Choose from classic or contemporary versions of celebratory Italian foods including langostines with risotto, porcini ravioli, lamb ribs and more. $81 at al Il Mulino locations in New York, 86 W. Third St., 37 E. 60th St., 331 W. Broadway and 36 E. 20th St/ (Credit: Il Mulion, )
6/2: LUCKYRICE Grand Feast
LUCKYRICE is back in NYC for a 7th annual feast, this year hosted by Brooklynite Dale Talde. Bites from the city's top Asian spots will be available along with cocktails from Bombay Sapphire East, beer, wine and sake. $88, Industry City, 233 37th St., Brooklyn, luckyrice.com (Credit: LUCKYRICE)
6/2: (RED) Supper with Mario Batali
In honor of (RED)'s 10th Anniversary, EAT (RED) SAVE LIVES host Mario Batali and celebrity chefs are teaming up for a tasty evening. Anthony Bourdain will create the appetizers during cocktail hour and Dominique Ansel is lined up for dessert. $100, Brookfield Place, 43rd Floor, 230 Vesey St., 6 p.m., ticketmaster.com (Credit: (RED))
Through 6/12: Big Apple Circus
New York's hometown circus pitches its tent in Queens with "The Grand Tour!" a 1920s travel-themed show featuring clowns, jugglers, acrobats and aerialists as well as ponies, puppies, hula hoops and a live seven-piece band. Cunningham Park, Union Turnpike and 196th St., $12.50-$69; 800-922-3772, bigapplecircus.org.(Credit: Maike Schulz)
Through 6/13: Munch and Expressionism
Edvard Munch's most famous painting, "The Scream," is instantly recognizable. A new exhibit places the Norwegian Munch (1863-1944) in the context of fellow expressionist artists in Germany and Austria. It includes 35 paintings and 50 works on paper, including some shown in the United States for the first time. $20, Neue Galerie, 1048 Fifth Ave., 212-628-6200, neuegalerie.org (Credit: Artists Rights Society)
Through 6/16: Chinese Textiles and Lacquer
A pair of exhibitions at the Met explores the use of lacquer and textiles such as silk through several centuries of Chinese history. The textiles exhibit features tapestries, embroidery, theatrical garments and court costumes. The companion exhibit showcases lacquer screens, boxes and trays, such as this 14th century Ming Dynasty dish depicting birds and hollyhock. $25, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org. (Credit: Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Through 6/18: 'The Art of Her Story'
Two Bed-Stuy galleries showcase 26 female artists in this Women's History Month-inspired exhibition. Women of African heritage share their journeys through art exploring personal narratives and journeys paved by self-reflection and an examination of the cultural roadblocks that women everywhere commonly face in their work. Welancora Gallery, 33 Herkimer St. and the Skylight Gallery at Restoration Plaza, 1368 Fulton St., 718-636-6953, welancoragallery.com (Credit: Courtesy of Skylight Gallery)
3/24 - 6/18: 'Gods and Mortals at Olympus'
Newly excavated Greek artifacts are on display in this new exhibition at the Onassis Cultural Center. The artifacts, from mosaics to sculptures, are from Dion, a city built on the slopes of Mount Olympus. The "Mosaic of the Epiphany of Dionysus" (pictured) is part of the exhibit. Through June 18. Onassis Cultural Center, Olympic Tower, 645 Fifth Ave. onassisusa.org (Credit: Onassis Cultural Center)
Through 7/16: 'Skeleton Crew'
A hit at Atlantic Theater Company's second stage, Dominique Morisseau's drama about an endangered auto plant in Detroit is moving to the main stage. Ruben Santiago-Hudson again directs. With Jason Dirden and Nikiya Mathis, pictured. $65, 336 W. 20th St., 212-352-3101, atlantictheater.org.(Credit: Ahron R. Foster)
Through 7/27: Edgar Degas 'A Strange New Beauty'
MoMA's new exhibit focuses on the famous 19th century French artist's monotypes. It features 120 monotypes along with dozens of related works -- paintings, drawings, pastels, sketchbooks and prints -- and explores his technical innovations and creativity. The subjects of his work here range from the well-known scenes of ballet to cafe singers, landscapes and the brothel. Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St., $25, 212-708-9400, moma.org. (Credit: MOMA)
Through 7/31: 'New York's Yiddish Theater: From the Bowery to Broadway'
How did Second Avenue become "Yiddish Broadway"? That's the question the Museum of the City of New York hopes to answer with its new exhibit, which "tells the uniquely American and quintessentially New York story of the overcrowded and tenement filled Lower East Side's evolution as an incubator of cultural activity that boiled over and gave rise to a theater district rivaling Broadway itself," according to a press release. 1220 Fifth Ave., mcny.org (Credit: Museum of the City of New York)
Through 8/7: Magnum Dipping Bar
This international ice cream sensation has landed in SoHo. Customize your very own Magnum ice cream bar with a variety of chocolates and premium toppings. $7 gets you this delicious experience, plus the ice cream Instagram of the summer. 134 Prince St., 12 p.m. - 9 p.m., details at amny.com/eat-and-drink (Credit: Jason DeCrow for Magnum )
Through 8/18: Free outdoor movies
Grab a blanket, snacks, drinks and extra popcorn -- there's a free movie showing outside almost every night this season. Check out the complete lineup at amny.com/entertainment. (Credit: Dan Nguyen via Flickr (CC BY-SA))
Through 9/1: Lana Turner Hat Collection at Red Rooster
Harlem fashion icon Lana Turner is displaying 40 pieces from her legendary collection of over 500 hats. Skip the lines at the Met and enjoy this fashion exhibit at Red Rooster while feasting on the chef's special Lana Turner prix fixe ($55) which includes coconut tuna ceviche, spiced gazpacho with blue crab, crispy red snapper with braised cranberry beans and yellow wax beans, braised short rib and seasonal desserts. 310 Malcolm X Blvd., redroosterharlem.com (Credit: Red Rooster )
La Pittura BYOB paint class
Every Friday and Saturday nights beginning April 1 opt for a night of art -- created by you. La Pittura Lounge hosts guests looking to paint and imbibe at the same time. It's BYOB, but easels, paint, aprons and brushes are supplied. Good for groups. Contact for pricing. 257 W. 39th St., 10th floor, 646-944-8802, lapitturalounge.com (Credit: La Pittura)