Around NYC Today (4/21) High Line’s Season Kick-Off, Cherry Blossom Festival


Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival, Pavillion & Astral Foundation in Flushing Meadows Corona Park – Queens, 11am – 1pm

Sakura Matsuri is an annual festival to celebrate the spring blossoming of the cherry trees at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. This event features live drum performances (Taiko), a traditional Japanese chorus, a Japanese folk dance, and a tea ceremony. Free.

Culture Shock: The High Line’s Season Kick-Off, On the High Line between Gansevoort St. and West 26th St., 1pm -7pm

Culture Shock is an annual, full-day festival of music, art, performance, horticulture, and hands-on activities. Featuring DJ April Hunt, poets Najee Omar and Nick Water and Artist Ander Mikalson. Free. RSVP.

Williamsburg Stop ‘N’ Swap, Williamsburg Community Center – Brooklyn, 12pm – 3pm

Bring clean, reusable, portable items such as clothing, housewares, games, books, and toys that you no longer need, and take home something new-to-you, free! You don’t have to bring something to take something. Free.

Cherry Blossom Festival, Urban Park in Randall’s Island Park, 12pm – 4pm

Celebrate the spring season and Japanese culture at this festival at Randall’s Island Park. Events include paper flower making, face painting, kite flying, yo-yo balloon fishing and origami. Performances by J.D Patch Band, NY Suwa Taiko Drumming and Taisan Tanaka Calligraphy. Free.

Public Theater Mobile Unit presents Henry V, Faber Park Field House – Staten Island, 1pm – 2:30pm

Obie Award-winning director Robert O’Hara (Bootycandy, The Brother/Sister Plays (Part 2)) brings a warring King and his band of brothers to communities all across New York with Mobile Unit’s spring production of Henry V. RSVP by emailing .

Tulip Time, Queens Botanical Garden, 12pm – 5:30pm

Celebrate spring during the peak of tulip season. See over 20,000 bulbs. Featuring music by Emily Asher’s Garden Party. Happy Hour between 4pm to 5:30pm.

Spring Double Dutch Tournament, Sorrentino Recreation Center – Queens, 9:30am – 4pm

Register as a team or unattached for this competition. Divisions include novice, intermediate and advanced. Free.

Earth Day Garden Mediation, Wave Hill – Bronx, 11am – 12pm

Use the garden landscape as inspiration this Earth Day weekend, with artist and yogi Sara Hart of iHart Lens. Free with admission to the grounds.



Frankie Consent, Yourszlf, Sofia D’angelo, Clara Joy, Alphaville – Brooklyn, 8pm, $8 – $10.

Spanish Love Songs, Early Riser, Awful Din, Brooklyn Bazaar, 8pm, $10.

Janna Pelle, Chnnll, Mikki Hommel, Cosmonaut Radio, Tiffany Baira, Pianos – LES, 7pm, $10.

The Shacks, Chris Stamey (Record Store Day), Rough Trade – Brooklyn, 12pm, Free.

House of Blondes Time Trip Album Release Party, The Safari Room at El Cortez – Brooklyn, 7pm, $10.



Bomb Shelter Comedy Festival w/ Austin Rogers (Jeopardy Champion, Jimmy Fallon Show), Von Decarlo (ABC, BET, Comedy Central), Krishna Reddy (TBS, MTV), Tyler Richardson (New York Comedy Club), TJ Del Reno (MTV, CollegeHumor), The Gaf West – Midtown, 9pm, $5.

Comedy at Stonewall w/ Matteo Lane (The Late Show w/ Stephen Colbert), Doug Smith (Comedy Central’s This Is Not Happening), Luke Touma (Sirius XM), Margo Reiss (All over NYC!), Ratnesh Dubey (Yoga Teacher from Coincidance YouTube Video), The Stonewall Inn – Greenwich Village, 7:30pm, $5.



The Bronx-La Villette Exhibition: Matteo Pellegrinuzzi, Poe Park Visitor Center – Bronx, Every Tuesday to Saturday until April 28, 9am – 5pm, Free.

Washington Square Park Tour, Meet at Holley Plaza, 1pm – 2pm, Free.

Central Park Tour: Heart of the Park, East 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue – UES, Every Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday until April 30, 2pm – 3:30pm, Free.

Union Square Walking Tour, Meet in front of Barnes and Noble (33 East 17th Street), Every Saturday until June 30, 2pm – 3:30pm, Free.


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