Spring break is nearly upon us. If you aren’t part of the masses flocking somewhere warm to drink booze and work on a tan, don’t despair. There are a ton of events going on in and around the East Coast haven of New York City this week that can provide you with content as Instagram-worthy and exciting as what you’d find in Cabo.
For those wishing to kick back and have some fun next week in the Big Apple, here’s a roundup of what’s happing in the New York area.
Annual Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade — March 3
Didn’t get enough wear out of the overpriced State Patty’s Day shirt you bought from Metro? Head to Rockaway Beach in Queens for the annual pre-St. Patty’s Day parade and you can celebrate, literally, all month. The free parade starts at 1 p.m. on Newport Ave. and ends two hours later at 130th Street in Rockaway Beach.
Build-your-own Moscow Mule bar — March 3
If you’re no longer an under-rager and want to join in on the celebration of National Moscow Mule Day, check out this event. PHD Terrace will let you load up a custom Moscow Mule with an unlimited number of toppings starting at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 3. Candy, jalapeños, edible glitter — you name it and you can put it in your drink.
Single drinkers can claim a copper mug for $10, small groups can purchase a 100-ounce version for $45, and those that want to go all-out can buy a 192-ounce fishbowl for $100. The best part — the event will be hosted at PHD’s rooftop bar in Midtown.
See a concert
If you have the money to splurge on tickets, there are some smaller-venue shows happening over break.
Lil Xan — March 2
The 21-year-old California rapper, best-known for his song Betrayed, will perform at the Highline Ballroom at 8 p.m. Resale tickets are available from Vividseats starting at $61.
Alesso — March 2 and 3
Swedish DJ Alesso will perform at 10 p.m. at the Brooklyn Warehouse on Friday and Saturday. Tickets for both shows start at $75 and are also available on Vividseats.
The Big Oscars Quiz Thing — March 4
The Big Oscars Quiz Thing Game Show will test your movie trivia skills before you sit down to watch the awards Sunday night. Doors open at 5 p.m., the pre-show quiz starts at 5:30, and you can stay to watch the Oscars when the ceremony begins at 7. Tickets to the 21-and-over event are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. You can find more information and purchase tickets here.
Enter the Hamilton Lottery — Every day but Monday
If you’re one of the many that have yet to see Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony award-winning musical, take your chances over break and enter the Broadway ticket lottery. Every day that the show runs, 46 people will be chosen at random and given the option to buy up to two tickets for $10. You can enter the lottery here anytime between 11 a.m. two days before the show and 9 a.m. the day of the performance.
If you’re looking for totally Instagrammable pics and good food…
You may not be headed to the cafes of Paris or the beachside bars of Cancun, but that doesn’t mean you can’t step up your Insta game while grabbing a bite to eat. Here are a few of New York’s most picture-worthy restaurant spots:
Cha Cha Matcha — 373 Broome St
Pictures from this green tea cafe will have your feed looking like an influencer’s.
Pietro Nolita — 174 Elizabeth St
This restaurant’s slogan is #pinkaf. What more can we say?
While We Were Young Kitchen and Cocktails
Complete with a neon sign and marble walls to finish off your break aesthetic.
Did we leave something off our list? Leave us a comment and share how you’re spending your break in NYC.