Spring Break Guide

Top 5 Things to Do in NYC During Spring Break

It’s that time of year: We’re well into winter and hints of spring bring new energy and new opportunities. In New York, there is never a shortage of things to do during spring break, so make sure to take advantage of it and explore all the city has to offer. Use this guide to help you find the perfect activity to build your ideal day, rain or shine.

If you’re looking for a high-energy day in the sun

Springtime in the city means festivities galore! Dig up your favorite costume or themed attire and take to the streets for one of many exciting parades.

St. Patrick's Day Parade
St. Patrick’s Day Parade

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Grab your shamrock swag and green garb and get ready to celebrate at the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which is back again on March 17. The parade can be viewed along Fifth Avenue between 44th and 79th Streets (with grandstands located at 63rd) from 11 AM to 5 PM. It will also be streamed on NBCNewYork.com.

Dance Parade & Festival

Whether you’re a dance enthusiast or simply just looking for a good time, the Dance Parade and Festival is the place for you. The 15th annual tradition will take place May 16. The parade begins at 1 PM at 21st Street and Broadway and will feature live bands, djs, and more than 100 unique styles of dance. 

If you need an escape from the April showers

When the weather doesn’t cooperate, check out a few of our favorite museums that may be particularly appealing to fellow theater lovers.

The Museum of the City.
The Museum of the City.

Museum of the City of New York

The Museum of the City of New York has a special exhibit for theater lovers: an entire collection dedicated to documenting the art form in New York. With objects from 1785 to present-day Broadway, the museum has a wide range of materials on display, such as posters, props, scores, and more. In addition to this exhibit, it has rotating collections on view, including its ongoing New York at Its Core, where you can see how the city is today’s “Capital of the World.”

Museum of Broadway

As of now, we have very little information about this mysterious pop-up, but we’re excited to see it nonetheless. The Museum of Broadway pop-up will be coming to Times Square in April and will feature a comprehensive history of Broadway with a variety of immersive exhibits. Broadway enthusiasts: You won’t want to miss this! We will be updating this section as we find out more information, so stay tuned.

The Brooklyn Museum
The Brooklyn Museum

The Brooklyn Museum

Starting March 13, the Brooklyn Museum will open Studio 54: Night Magic, a gallery dedicated to exploring the history and cultural significance of the famous and beloved club. According to the exhibition page, “Organized chronologically, Studio 54: Night Magic uses photography, fashion, drawing, and film, as well as never-before-exhibited costume illustrations, set proposals, and designs, to place the nightclub within the wider history of New York, from Prohibition through the 1970s.” The exhibition will run through July 5. Tickets are required. And, if you’re interested in seeing Studio 54 in modern-day action, consider buying tickets to Caroline, or Change, which begins performances March 13.

If you’re eager to celebrate the May flowers

You may have heard New York described as a concrete jungle, but never fear: There are plenty of opportunities to get your fix of springtime flowers and greenery. For some particularly extravagant displays, consider checking out one of the following floral exhibitions:

New York Botannical Garden
New York Botannical Garden

The New York Botanical Garden

The 18th annual Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden will be open from February 15 through April 19 and will feature floral creations designed by Jeff Leatham. The exhibit will be set up to resemble a kaleidoscope, with the designs transforming each section into a different color experience. If you want to check out this once-in-a-lifetime event, make sure to grab tickets in advance — it does sell out.

Macy's Flower Show
Macy’s Flower Show

Macy’s Flower Show

An annual event, the Macy’s Flower Show blooms all over at the largest Macy’s in the United States, on 34th Street. This event is free and never disappoints, so this is a spectacle you don’t want to miss. Amazing floral arrangements decorate the store according to a specific theme; this year’s theme is “Voyage to Oceanum,” which will embrace bubbly under-the-sea colors that are reminiscent of stunning marine life!

If you want to sing or laugh your heart out

We know planning the perfect night out in New York can be a daunting endeavor. You can never go wrong with a joyful sing-along or a well-timed joke, so stop by a karaoke bar or comedy club to ensure a fail-safe night on the town.

Marie’s Crisis Piano Bar

Located in the heart of Greenwich Village, the legendary piano bar Marie’s Crisis is the place for any show-tune fans. Grab your friends and head downtown for a theater geek’s dream night. You never know who you may see — Cynthia Erivo and other Broadway stars have been spotted there.

Comedy Cellar
Comedy Cellar


Regularly rated by the New York Post as one of the best comedy clubs in New York, the Comedy Cellar boasts a reputation of hosting New York’s top comedians. Located in the heart of Greenwich Village on 117 Macdougal Street between West 3rd Street and Minetta Lane, this spot may not be for you if you’re looking to stay in Midtown. If that’s the case, consider checking out Upright Citizen’s Brigade, located at 555 West 42nd Street between 10th and 11th Avenues. Upright Citizen’s Brigade is a renowned one-stop shop for all things comedy, including improv, sketch, and stand-up comedy as well as variety shows, among other special events.

If you want to experience the incomparable thrill of Broadway

The coming of spring bears more than blossoming flowers and burgeoning seasonal allergies; with it comes a host of glorious new shows opening on Broadway that you won’t want to miss. We’re particularly excited for these shows:

Six on Broadway

SIX, the highly anticipated musical tell-all from the perspectives of King Henry VIII’s six wives, began performances February 13 and officially opens March 12 in the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Check out this article for some background on the world of SIX.


Company returns to Broadway in its fourth revival, this time with a fun new twist: a gender-flipped protagonist. Tony Award–winning Katrina Lenk will star as Bobbie, and Patti LuPone will reprise her Olivier Award–winning performance as Joanne. Company starts performances March 2 and opens March 22 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.

For more information on all of the new shows coming to Broadway this spring, check out our 2020 Broadway Spring Preview.