Things to Do Festivals in NYC: From music to beer, there's a festival for you By amNY.com staff Updated March 21, 2018 6:36 PM Print Share Share Tweet Share Email No matter your interest, there's a festival for you. Several events are on the horizon. From RuPaul's Drag Con to Macy's Flower Show, there is much to do coming up. Mark your calendars for these upcoming events happening in the city — and remember that New Yorkers buy tickets quickly. What the Fest!? (March 29-April 1) Photo Credit: Neon This four-day showcase of "outrageous content" -- horror, sci-fi, documentary, thrillers and more -- will feature the New York premiere of Coralie Fargeat's "Revenge" (pictured). It's about a mistress who takes revenge on her married lover and his friends during their annual hunting trip. Other films like Jenn Wexler's "The Ranger," about teens who hide from cops in a remote cabin," and a U.S. premiere of "Curse of Snakes Valley," otherwise known as the "Soviet Indiana Jones," will screen, too. There will also be a sneak peek of an episode of the new AMC show "The Terror," with Jared Harris of "Mad Men." He'll be there for a Q&A session. (IFC Center, 323 Sixth Ave., whatthefestnyc.com) The Bloody Mary Festival (April 8) Photo Credit: The Bloody Mary Festival The Bloody Mary Festival, now in its fifth year, will offer up drinks from notable area restaurants and bars like Amanda Cohen's vegetable-centric Dirt Candy, Greenpoint seafood shack Lobster Joint, hip Alphabet City bar Loverboy and the Lower East Side's new Lebanese spot, Lil' Gem. You'll get to vote for the cocktail that wins the "People's Choice Award." Attendees of its two two-and-a-half-hour sessions will have access to a "bagel & cheese station," bites from local shops like Jomart Chocolates and Brooklyn Whatever, non-alcoholic drinks from Brooklyn-based Pilot Kombucha and enjoy live music by the reggae fusion band Blue Dahlia. ($50, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Ave., Brooklyn, thebloodymaryfest.com) Japan Drum and Dance Festival (April 14) Photo Credit: Kenji Mori Musicians from Japan, like shamisen master Katsuhiro Chiba, drumming group Sukeroku Taiko, and dance ensemble Minbuza, which has performed with Madonna and Action Bronson, will perform folk dances from as far back as 1,000 years ago. They'll also premiere "Onikenbai" (demon masked sword dance from Iwate prefecture), Tsugaru Ohara Bushi and Tsugaru San Sagari (umbrella dances from Aomori prefecture). ($30, 7 p.m., Abrons Arts Center Playhouse Theater, 466 Grand St., japanesefolkdance.or) MLB FoodFest (April 21-22) Photo Credit: MLB FoodFest The first-ever MLB FoodFest will feature bites from ballparks around the country, including the classic deli pastrami sandwich available at the Mets' CitiField. ($25 to $40 with beer, Center415 on Fifth Avenue, mlb.com) World’s Fare (April 28-29) Photo Credit: Getty Images / Ezra Shaw Indonesian coconut pancakes from Moon Man, Spanish paella and tapas from In Patella, Turkish small plates from Sip Sak and Neapolitan pizza from Kesté are among the international bites you'll be able to taste at the World's Fare, taking over Citi Field this April. Organizers have announced 54 of the fair's more than 100 vendors, who will assemble in Flushing from their corners of the five boroughs and beyond. For every ticket sold, $1 will be donated to Brooklyn-based community culinary center The Melting Pot Foundation USA. (Prices start at $19, plus fees, for general admission or $49, plus fees, to also access the beer garden, Citi Field, theworldsfare.nyc) Site-specific Dance Festival (Aug. 4-5) Photo Credit: Alice Gosti and Tim Summers INSITU is a group that works to make dance accessible to everybody and it's taking the Long Island waterfront by storm this August. For two days (32 hours), INSITU will perform 160 dances at Hunters Point South Park, Gantry Plaza State Park, Queensbridge Park and Socrates Sculpture Park -- that's four 90-minute performances at each per day. If you want to take part, you can learn to dance in 20-minute workshops that will be done after the first three performance rounds at each park. (Free, 1, 3, 5 and 7 p.m., insitudancefestival.com) International Puppet Fringe Festival (Aug. 6-12) Photo Credit: Teatro SEA This new festival will feature puppet troupes from around the world with performances, exhibits and symposiums. Shows will span genres from classical to experimental and musical. Teatro SEA's acclaimed production "Sueño" will be part of the programming each night of the festival from 7 to 9 p.m., however it will be free and open to the non-ticketed public as well. puppetfringenyc.com Nitehawk Shorts Festival (Nov. 7-12) Photo Credit: Nitehawk Cinema Nitehawk's six-day festival will feature short films under 20 minutes, special events and parties, which will include prizes, workshops and the cinema's new second location. Films will span genres, from animation, documentary and narrative to artist films, music videos and more -- all by local, national and international filmmakers. The festival's opening night and weekend matinee programs will include a speciality music program called "Music Driven," the popular "Midnite horror program," and a "Contenders" secret screening. nitehawkshortsfestival.com Queens World Film Festival (March 15-25) Photo Credit: Ken Brown 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. queensworldfilmfestival.com Dessert Goals (March 17-25) Photo Credit: Dessert Goals 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., dessertgoals.com) Macy's Flower Show (March 25-April 8) Photo Credit: Getty Images / Brad Barket 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. Macys.com Red Hook Fest (June 1-2) Photo Credit: Red Hook Fest The summer celebration has a lineup of musicians and dancers, and activities like kayak rides, face painting and a scavenger hunt. The festival kicks off with a cookout and dance party on Friday, followed by performances on Saturday. (Free, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday and 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, P.S. 15 and IKEA's Erie Basin Park, dtetc.org) Coney Island Mermaid Parade (June 16) Photo Credit: Getty Images / Alex Wroblewski Don your fin and glitter and get down to Coney Island for the 36th annual Mermaid Parade. About 3,000 people are expected to join in their creative get-ups and march to the beach for the official Beach Ceremony that opens the ocean for the summer swimming season. Register online. (Free to attend, $30 to march, 1 p.m., West 21st and Surf Avenue, coneyisland.com BookCon (June 2 & 3) Photo Credit: Getty Images / Jemal Countess 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., thebookcon.com) Battery Dance Festival (Aug. 12-18) Photo Credit: The Battery Dance Festival 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, batterydance.org) Flame Con (Aug. 17-19) Photo Credit: Flame Con 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. eventbrite.com) RuPaul's Drag Con (Sept. 28-30) Photo Credit: Getty Images / Chelsea Guglielmino Tickets for the second annual Drag Con at the Javits Center go on sale on May 14 for three whole days of fabulousness. In addition to RuPaul, the "Drag Race" darlings slated to attend include Trixie Mattel, Aja, Eureka O'Hara, Jasmine Masters and Milk. rupaulsdragcon.com By amNY.com staff Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments Comments section is temporarily on hold. Here’s why.