It’s April and the sun is shining. No more spur-of-the-moment snowstorms or sub-20-degree temperatures (…fingers crossed). It’s time to grab your camera and head outside to experience spring in all its glory across the great State of New York this month!

Indulge Your Creative Side

The Tribeca Film Festival, April 15-30, is a must-go for all filmmakers and film-lovers. Preview the best films of the year, from dramas to documentaries to short films, and celebrate new trends in digital and trans-media. It’s the perfect place to indulge your intellectual side.

Ease into spring the right way - take a journey through time at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. See a modern portrayal of multiple classic Shakespearean works in the heart of the Hudson Valley. Nothing says flower blossoms like A Midsummer Night’s Dream!

Get Outside & Ride

It’s been a long winter. Whether you choose a boat or a bike, it’s time for you to get back outside this month and ride around in the fresh spring air.

Soak in the sunshine at the 24th Annual Antique & Classic Bicycle Auction, Swap Meet and Ten Mile Ride in the Hudson Valley. Search for that hard-to-find part or check out the awesome array of collector’s bicycles from across the country. End the day with a scenic, 10-mile country bike ride across beautiful Copake, New York.

Like to feel the wind in your hair…without pedaling? Head to the Thousand Islands-Seaway’s Clayton Spring Boat Show to pick out your new spring toy or browse everyone else’s! See a wide selection of watercrafts, from pontoons to fishing boats to runabouts – even take a Boater’s Safety Course! You’ll be ready to hit the water in no time.

For those of you who prefer to watch rather than to do, head to the Saratoga Invitational for an east coast clash of the titans the last weekend of April. Crews from all over the map will compete in a weekend long regatta in 1,500 meter racing on Saratoga Lake. Exhilarating, to say the least!

What Bikini Season?

Bikini season, shmikini season. There are too many delicious food festivals & events this month across New York State not to indulge!

Have a sweet tooth? The Hadley Maple in April Festival is where you need to be the last weekend of this month. It’s two days of family friendly activities and events…and most important, tons and tons of delicious New York State maple syrup!

All you foodies out there listen up! Long Island Restaurant Week starts April 26. From Sunday to Sunday dine a prix fixe meal at the best restaurants on Long Island for less than $30 a person! Your taste buds – and your wallets – will thank you.

On that same note… Get Your Drink On

There’s nothing better to wash down a tasty meal than an ice-cold beer, and New York State is the prime destination for brews during the month of April. Head to the Bacon & Beer Classic on April 25 at Citi Field in New York City. It’s a one-of-a-kind event that takes your taste buds on a journey through hundreds of craft brew samples and mouth-watering bacon-inspired tastes that local restaurants cook up.

Not much into beer? That’s OK. The Buffalo Wine Festival in Greater Niagara is your perfect opportunity to taste regional wines from more than 30 New York State wineries, and shop for unique gifts and household treasures alike from a myriad of local craft businesses. You’re sure to leave satisfied.

Get away to the beautiful Finger Lakes and enjoy regional wines while walking historic Canandaigua during the Canandaigua Wine Walk! Grab a commemorative wine glass for $8 at the beginning of the walk to enjoy free tastings at any of the participating merchants along the way.

Celebrate Spring…

Celebrate the season in the best way possible at the Arbor Festival in Flushing at the Queens Botanical Garden. The festival celebrates people, plants and cultures through inspiring gardens and environmental displays - perfect for the turn of spring!

Don’t forget to post photos of your New York Spring adventures on Instagram and Twitter with #ILoveNY and #NYLovesSpring and tag us on Facebook!