Special Events in NYC
Festivals, Concerts and More
Visit the city any time of year and you will find a variety of special events in NYC. From the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade to the Tribeca Film Festival, there is always something to do and see and celebrate. Learn about some of our favorite things to do in NYC when staying with Hotel St. James, located at the heart of Manhattan in the vibrant Times Square neighborhood.
Times Square New Year's Eve
Dating back to 1904, every year over a million people gather at Times Square on December 31 to ring in the New Year and watch the ball drop from the One Times Square tower. The evening features live musical performances, an amazing fireworks display and a mega shower of confetti at the stroke of midnight.
Tribeca Film Festival
Actor Robert De Niro and producer Jane Rosenthal founded the Tribeca Film Festival in 2002, and since then the festival has screened more than 1,500 films—independents, documentaries and shorts—from 80 different countries.
Museum Mile Festival
Every summer, from 82nd to 105th streets on Fifth Avenue, 10 museums open their doors to the public for free and host a block-party style festival with live music, street performers, face painting and chalk drawing.
Central Park Summerstage
Also held in the summer months, Central Park Summerstage is held in 17 parks across all five New York City boroughs, encompassing 100 free shows, featuring music, modern dance, theatre and spoken word performances.
Every year, the 26-match U.S. Open takes place in the borough of Queens, where professional tennis players try at winning the final major in the Grand Slam, which also includes Wimbledon and the Australian and French opens.
Feast of Saint Gennaro
This annual 11-day Italian festival draws nearly 1 million visitors to Little Italy each year for religious processions, parades, live music, delicious food vendors and even a cannoli-eating competition.
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Though the city is home to many parades throughout the year, none is more famous than Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, a tradition since 1924 that includes live performances and larger floats and inflatable balloon characters each year.
Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting
Crowds gather at Rockefeller Center every December to witness the giant evergreen get decked out with more that 25,000 lights, famously televised since 1966.