Festivals in NYC: From music to beer, there's a festival for you

No matter your interest, there's a festival for you.

Several events are on the horizon. Those who need something lighter in a confusing world can look forward to the return of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and jazz fanatics will have much to do as the Winter JazzFest sets off in January.

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events happening in the city -- and remember that New Yorkers buy up tickets quickly.

Athena Film Festival (Feb. 22-25)

Female powerhouses from real life and fiction are the focus of the Athena Film Festival at Barnard College. Directors Patty Jenkins and Greta Gerwig (pictured), who were both snubbed at this year's Golden Globe Awards, will be included with their critically acclaimed films "Wonder Woman" and "Lady Bird." The festival also includes shorts, panels and virtual reality experiences. In addition, Academy Award-winning documentarian Barbara Kopple is set to be honored with the Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award and director J.J. Abrams will get the Athena Leading Man Award.

($20 to $150, 3009 Broadway,

Five Boroughs Music Festival (Feb. 9 - May 12)

Enjoy world-class, affordable chamber music that not only includes early works but also contemporary, world and non-classical music. This year, the festival will feature the Lorelei Ensemble that comprises nine women who have taken their talents across the globe. Other performers include Tenet and students from International Contemporary Ensemble and UpBeat NYC.

NYC Beer Week (Feb. 24-March 4)

This nine-day event features beer tastings, special dinners, beer deals and prizes at bars across the city. It kicks off with an opening party at the Brooklyn Expo Center, with more than 60 breweries from across the country and 30 from the city, a craft beer food court, music, games and brewery merchandise.

($40 to $110, 6 to 9:30 p.m., 72 Noble St.,


Science Fiction Film Festival (Feb. 23-25)

If you love surrealism, do not miss this festival done in tribute to Philip K. Dick, "the father of science fiction." This year's event will focus on inner worlds, transhuman realities and other types of films, including speculative fiction, magical realism and more, organizers say. Sit in for screenings like "Black Wake" (pictured), directed by Jeremiah Kipp about strange deaths on beaches and the crazed writings of a mysterious homeless man, "The Super Recognizer" by Jennifer Sheridan about a man who has 90 percent facial recollection but may not use it for good, and "Alterscape," by Serge Levin, which follows a depressed man who submits to scientific trials to fine-tune his emotions. (

Queens World Film Festival (March 15-25)

More than 180 locally and globally sourced independent films will be screened at this festival, which will feature an opening night party, film screenings and special events across Queens. The gala will be held at 7 p.m. at the Museum of the Moving Image and feature a block of short films with the theme "Emotional Punch." Guests can meet the filmmakers, directors, producers, actors and actresses, as well as editors and production teams before the program begins. Films to be screened include "Black Cop," "The Magic Bomb," "#Selfie" and "Atomic Mother." A full pass is $150.

Macy's Flower Show (March 25-April 8)

Macy's will bloom into spring with its annual flower show. This year's theme is "Once Upon a Springtime" with fairy-tale characters who will be "brought to life" amid vibrant blooms and whimsical sculptures.

Dessert Goals (March 17-25)

This highly Instagrammable sweets festival returns to New York City in March, bringing with it desserts from Mojo Mousse by Johan, Sugar Monster Sweets, Mochi Doki, Brooklyn Floss (cotton candy) and Rebecca's Cake Pops -- as well as newcomers Tiny Kitchen Treats (cookies), Pop Cake Shop, Supermoon Bakery and more. Expect plenty of photo-worthy installations like last summer's rainbow cotton candy wall and unicorn swim ring. Tickets go on sale on Jan. 31 and again on Feb. 13 and typically sell out in an hour, so act quickly. ($35, March 17, 18, 24, 25, Sound River Studios in Long Island City, 4-40 44th Dr.,

BookCon (June 2 & 3)

Actor Taye Diggs is slated to appear at BookCon alongside an impressive lineup of thriller and sci-fi authors, including Charlie Jane Anders ("All the Birds in the Sky"), Seth Dickinson ("The Traitor Baru Cormorant"), S.L. Huang ("Zero Sum Game"), David Baldacci ("End Game"), Sandra Brown ("Seeing Red"), Walter Mosley ("Down the River Unto the Sea") and Brad Meltzer ("The Escape Artist"). In addition to the panel discussions, new scribes will sign books and chat with fans along with previously announced attendees including authors Chuck Palahniuk and Angie Thomas and actors Diggs and Diane Guerrero. ($30 and up, Javits Center, 655 W. 34th St.,

Battery Dance Festival (Aug. 12-18)

New York City's longest-running free public dance festival is back again with an entire week of performances covering a slew of dance styles from countries such as Sri Lanka, the Dominican Republic, Botswana, Belgium and more. Between 10:30 a.m. and noon each day, there will be free dance workshops. Each night ends with a dance party for everyone. (7 to 9 p.m., Robert Wagner Jr. Park, Battery Park City,

Flame Con (Aug. 17-19)

This comic convention is meant to provide the entire LGBTQ community with the opportunity to experience meaningful, provocative art that reflects itself with collaborative art workshops, Two hundred queer-oriented vendors (comics, arts, crafts, clothes and entertainment) will join creators such as Sina Grace ("Burn the Orphanage," and "Li'l Depressed Boy"), Tee Franklin ("Bingo Love"), Jen Bartel, and more. ($25 to $65, noon to 6 p.m., Sheraton Times Square, 811 Seventh Ave.