Spring is in the air, and that means one thing: festival time in the city! Now that the temperature is warm, the city is full of life, and New Yorkers are celebrating everything from art and music to film and drink. These festivals are a great place to immerse yourself in American culture, and there’s no better place to practice your English speaking and listening skills. Here are our picks for must-attend spring festivals in NYC.
Brooklyn Folk Festival, April 6-8, St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church in Brooklyn Heights
If you’ve never heard American folk music, this is the place to check it out! This three-day event features string band (think: banjos and fiddles) performances by artists across the country, and they even offer workshops to teach you how to play a string instrument. Prices start at $25, with a three-day pass at $85. Sign up to volunteer to attend free!
Tribeca Film Festival, April 18-29, Various Cinemas Throughout the City
What better way to study the English language than by watching a movie? This film festival, started by the legendary Rober De Niro, shows spectacular independent films, documentaries, foreign films, and more. Prices start at $10 and up.
Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival, April 28-29, Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Celebrate Japanese culture at one of the biggest festivals in the city. The beautiful cherry blossoms at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden will be in full bloom, there will be lots of entertainment, with J-rock musicians, samurai sword masters, comedians, dancing, and more. It is a great way to learn about Japanese culture! Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for students and seniors, and free for children under 12.
Five Boro Craft Beer Fest, May 19, The Well in Brooklyn
This all-you-can-drink beer festival lets you taste more than 100 different beers made by dozens of breweries around the region, with live bands for entertainment. Practice your English skills by speaking with each of the brewmasters, and take some brews home for later. Tickets are $75 for entry and unlimited beer.
So take a break from your course studies, gather your friends, hail a cab, and celebrate the season with the rest of the city! For more information about ALCC American Language and our New York City location, contact us at 212-736-2373.