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Spring in NYC: Outdoor concerts, baseball games and more things to strike from the bucket list

It's almost spring — even if the weather doesn't quite agree — which means it's time to start planning how to get the most out of the city.

So stop hibernating and get ready for warmer weather. To help, we've curated a list of activities you should put on your spring bucket list.

Grab drinks and food outside

Spring marks the start of beer garden-, rooftop
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Spring marks the start of beer garden-, rooftop bar- and sidewalk dining-season, and there are plenty of spots in the city to take advantage of the warmer weather.

From Lower East Side's Loreley Beer Garden (7 Rivington St.) to Astoria's Bohemian Hall (2919 24th Ave.), there are plenty of city spots offering large outdoor spaces for the season. Looking for city views? These rooftop bars are sure to be packed during the spring months.

Spend a sunny day at a festival

If you have an interest, there's probably a
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If you have an interest, there's probably a festival for it. With warmer weather, it's a good time to check out what's new, from the Bloody Mary Festival (pictured) to the Creole Food Festival and Opera Fest. Check out our listing of festivals here.

Go thrifting or antiquing

If you're doing your spring cleaning, you'll need
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If you're doing your spring cleaning, you'll need to get out of the house and hunt for new finds. Check out your nearest Goodwill, thrift shop or antiques store for new duds, fun tchotchkes and more. For example, Life Boutique Thrift (6515 Fifth Ave. in Park Slope), pictured, is chock full of good finds: antique crystal, furniture, fixtures, jewelry (Miu Miu, Hermes and Alexis Bittar), art, books, hats, records and a healthy amount of designer handbags, including Dooney & Burke, Juicy, Prada and more. There's a huge downstairs to explore, as well, and sales racks are pulled outside on the sidewalk regularly. Each turn is a new discovery of fun artifacts like an old juke box, a large bird cage with jewelry inside and a hefty chess set.

Go to an outdoor (or indoor) concert

This spring promises great shows, including Mariah Carey,
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This spring promises great shows, including Mariah Carey, Muse, Cher, The Who, Pink and Ariana Grande.

And, there are often free performances throughout the city from a variety of groups, like the Stars in the Alley series that features Broadway's stars.

Dance festivals are coming up, too, including the Japan Drum and Dance, the Queens World Film and the Bloody Mary festivals and more that can be found in ourfestival guide.

Take a tour

Learn more about your city with any one
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Learn more about your city with any one of its many tour companies, especially the more offbeat ones like the "Walk on the Wild Side" tour about the beginnings of Sonic Youth, Madonna, Basquiat and other icons, the "Irish Mob of Hell's Kitchen" tour about the area's history of gang violence, and the "Game of Thrones" and "Lord of the Rings" -inspired tour at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Search out public art

Now that hibernation is behind you, get out
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Now that hibernation is behind you, get out and find the city's amazing collection of public art, from "Tilted Head" at Central Park to The Vessel, which is a climbable sculpture at Hudson Yards, and others you can find out about here.

Cheer on the Mets or the Yankees

Baseball is back with a March 28 opening
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Baseball is back with a March 28 opening day. Even if you're not into the games, the food and atmosphere at either Citi Field or Yankee Stadium are worth it. The Mets' and Yankees' schedules are at mlb.com.

Get back on that bike

It's been a long time since your legs
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It's been a long time since your legs pumped some pedals. It's finally time to break out that bike -- try Citi Bike for the first time.

Take advantage of the plethora of bike paths to enjoy city views, or use a bike share to make your commute to work more green.

Check out the cherry blossoms

In a few short weeks a spray of
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In a few short weeks a spray of pink blossoms will decorate the city, heralding the arrival of spring. There are plenty of places to get awesome views of the cherry blossoms, including at this year's Brooklyn Botanic Garden Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival on April 27 and 28. You also can enjoy them for free in Central Park, Green-Wood Cemetery, Prospect Park and other scenic locales.

Ferry over to Governors Island

After months of being closed for the cold,
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After months of being closed for the cold, Governors Island will finally open to the public on May 1. Get ready to board the ferry, take in the gorgeous views of the Manhattan skyline from a bike, relax in a hammock and enjoy all that Governors Island has to offer, including the annual Holi Hai Festival (pictured) that celebrates the arrival of spring in May.

Reconnect with the greener side of life

It's time to rejuvenate your home and your
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It's time to rejuvenate your home and your diet by bringing greens back into your life. Though many of the Grow NYC Greenmarkets are open year-round -- like its Union Square and Ditmas Park locations -- fresh produce options increase during the springtime. Plus, spending a day at a farmers market in the sunshine is much more enjoyable when you're not freezing your fingers off. To find the closest city greenmarket near you, head to grownyc.org.

Now is also a good time to bring healthy new plants into your home, so check out your local florist or garden center, like the Urban Garden Center in East Harlem, for instance.

Explore city parks

Though known for its skyscrapers, New York's green
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Though known for its skyscrapers, New York's green spaces are pretty spectacular. Even if you've picnicked in Central Park or gone jogging in Prospect Park, there's always a new corner to explore. Check out the High Line or take a tour of Van Cortlandt Park. You really can't go wrong with any of the nature escapes the city has to offer.

Explore a new neighborhood

Take advantage of the spring weather to explore
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Take advantage of the spring weather to explore a new (to you) neighborhood. Whether you're someone who rarely leaves the island of Manhattan, or you haven't gone south of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, there are plenty of spots in all five boroughs that hold eateries, bars and more just waiting to be enjoyed.

Take a trip to Brooklyn's Gowanus (pictured) and even to Jersey City, which are definitely worth a springtime trip.

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