The weather in New York City in May is perfect, and the foliage in Central Park is in full bloom. The city offers an astonishing number of festivals, free events, shows, concerts and Memorial Day Weekend attractions. It’s easy to catch a bus from surrounding communities to spend a day or two in New York. Bus travel enables you to enjoy your trip from the beginning without any worries about traffic, parking and annoying security checks. You can get your friends together for a structured tour, an important event or just to wander around the city that never sleeps. Your Wi-Fi connection on the bus enables you to makes last-minute reservations and change your New York City bus trip itinerary if necessary.
Touring New York in May
New York festivals, art shows and popup events in New York during the fabulous month of May are too many to cover in a brief overview. You don’t necessarily need a top event to visit the city because you can enjoy the atmosphere, sights and energy of the world’s greatest city. Each neighborhood reveals hidden treasures and unexpected block parties and festivals. However, the following five May attractions are great motivators:
Tribeca Film Festival
The Tribeca Film Festival runs from Wednesday, April 24th until Sunday, May 5th in 2019. This signature event attests to the resiliency of New York and its commitment to memorializing the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center by revitalizing Lower Manhattan. Diverse cultural events take place throughout May, and this year’s films include the Ted Bundy movie “Shockingly Evil and Vile,” which stars Zac Efron. Other eclectic choices include “A day in the Life of America,” “Dreamland” and “Extremely Wicked.”
If you travel to New York later in the month, you can check out some of Tribeca’s world-class restaurants at a great tasting event: Taste of Tribeca. This street festival along Duane Street is held on May 18th in 2019, and the tickets cost $40 in advance and $45 on the day of the tasting. You can taste up to six dishes prepared by New York’s finest culinary celebrities, enjoy wine tasting and bring the family to enjoy a safe festival atmosphere where the food is a cut above traditional street fare at street fairs.
Superfine! Art Fair NYC
Art certainly doesn’t have to be stuffy – great art is all about getting people’s attention. The Superfine! Art Fair NYC features innovative art exhibits in multiple media with punk rock spirit. The 2019 event runs from May 1st until May 5th at 105 Grand Street in Soho, which makes it the perfect accompaniment to the Tribeca Film Festival. Unlike in fancy galleries, Superfine! Art follows the concept that art should be affordable and accessible. The prices begin at $100, and 90 percent of the art costs less than $4,000.
Shakespeare in the Park 2019
Every year, Shakespeare in the Park hosts modern interpretations of class Shakespearean plays at the open-air Delacorte Theater in Central Park. In 2019, Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” runs from May 21st until June 23rd. The Delacorte is an ideal venue to watch Shakespeare in a way that mirrors the original productions in Elizabethan England. At the same time, you can enjoy the sights and sounds of New York’s iconic Central Park.
Concerts Galore to Get You in a Summer State of Mind
A New York concert is a great way to get in a summer and New York state of mind. Some of the biggest names in music will be performing in New York throughout the month of May, 2019. These include:
- May 1: The Eels at Irving Plaza
- May 1: Joan Baez at Beacon Theater
- May 2: Cher at Barclays Center
- May 2-11: Morrissey at Lunt-Fontanne Theater
- May 5: Al Green at Radio City Music Hall
- May 6, 12, 16, 25, 28: Björk at The Shed
- May 9: Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden
- May 13: The Who at Madison Square Garden
- May 212, 22: Pink at Madison Square Garden
- May 31, June 1 and June 2: Governors Ball
Get your concert tickets for May concerts in NYC at Concertbloom.com, and check out other concerts in the area.
New York Memorial Weekend Events to Honor Service Men and Women
What better way is there to honor Memorial Day than paying tribute to the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces? There are many Memorial Weekend events in New York in May of 2019 that are based on remembering the contributions of military men and women. During Fleet Week, which runs between May 22nd and May 27th, visitors can tour different types of vessels used by the Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Navy. The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is hosting several events such as a movie screened on a flight deck and a night of swing dancing to commemorate the World War II years.
Hop On and Hop Off Touring Convenience
NYC Sightseeing Pass is an excellent way to tour the city during your free time between key events, and self-directed tours could easily be the highlight of every trip to the city that you make. The NYC Sightseeing Pass includes unlimited hop on hop off transportation and a choice of 1, 2, 3, 5, 7 or 10 days for one low fee. You can also buy your pass based on the number of attractions that you want to visit. That’s a perfect arrangement for people who travel to New York by bus. Take the bus, and book your trip today at Martz Trailways for a turnkey vacation experience by bus.