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Preview of Annual Events in NYC – 2016

Everybody likes to have something to look forward to. A fun and easy way to look forward to something is while celebrating annual events. Events so fun that when they are over, people say, “we should do this every year!” In our continuous efforts to “connect the fun to the fun people”, we present our MurphGuide List of Annual Events and how to celebrate them in and around NYC.


polarbearclub1st: Coney Island Polar Bear Plunge

1st: College Bowl Games

3rd: 10th annual 50 First Jokes
6th: Silver Sound Showdown
Silver Sound Showdown is two simultaneous events: A Music Video Film Festival and a Battle of the Bands.
8th-18th: Light of Day Winterfest LightofDay.org
9th-10th: NFL Playoffs – Wild Card Weekend
See our page on where to watch NFL Playoffs
10th: 15th Annual No Pants Subway Ride ImprovErywhere.org
11th: College Football National Championship
13th-17th: Winter Jazz Festival WinterJazzFest.com
15th-17th: Professional Bull Riders Tour PBR.com
15th-16th: NY Hot Jazz Festival NYHotJazzFest.com
16th-17th: NFL Playoffs – Divisional Games
18th: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
18th-Feb 5th: NYC Winter Restaurant Week NYCgo.com
23rd: Queens Baseball Convention QueensBaseballConvention.com
23rd: FrancesaCon: 3rd annual @francesacon
NFL Playoffs—————————————–
24th: NFL Playoffs – Conference Championships
See our page on where to watch NFL Playoffs
25th: Burns Night
See our page on Burns Night Suppers in NYC

25th: National Irish Coffee Day NationalIrishCoffeeDay.com
25th: 23rd Annual Robert Briscoe Awards eiic.org
26th: Australian Day
See our page on where to celebrate Australia Day in NYC
30th: Idiotarod IdiotarodNYC.com
30th: Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival BeerandBourbon.com
30th:Antifreeze 2016: The Gowanus Canal Conservancy’s Annual Fundraising Gala littlefieldnyc.com



2nd: Groundhog Day
5th-6th: Winter Carnival at Bryant Park wintervillage.org
6th: Waitangi Day (New Zealand)
6th: Great Beer Expo in the Meadowlands GreatBeerExpo.com
6th: Bob Marley’s birthday
6th: 5th Annual NYC Huskers Chili Cook-Off NYCHuskers.com
6th-8th: Porkfest at Bohemian Hall
6nations-rugby-logo6th – March 19:
Six Nations Rugby

See our special page on where to watch 6 Nations Rugby in NYC
7th: Super Bowl Sunday
See our special page:
Where to watch the Super Bowl in NYC
8th: Lunar New Year
mardigras-murphguide9th: Mardi Gras
See our special page on how to celebrate Mardi Gras in NYC:
9th: Thurman Munson Awards Dinner AHRCNYCfoundation.org
10th: Love Bites: Cathyland’s 12th annual Valentines concert CathyLand.com
valentinesdaynyc-30014th: Valentine’s Day
see our special page on Valentine’s Day in NYC
14th: Love, Actually: Scene PR’s 9th annul International Short Film Showcase luvfest9.eventbrite.com
14th: NBA All-Star Game

15th: President’s Day

See our special page:
Where to Drink on President’s Day in NYC

15th: Grammy Awards Grammy.com
19th-28th: NYC Beer Week NYCbeerweek.com
National Margarita Day22nd: National Margarita Day

See our special page on where to celebrate National Margarita Day in NYC
24th: Whisky Live WhiskyLiveUSA.com
25th: Party With Purpose Winter Benefit PartywithPurpose.org
26th: 9th annual Irish Echo 40 Under 40 IrishEcho.com

28th: The 88th Academy Awards: oscar.go.com

See our special page on Oscar Parties in NYC


28th: Race to the Top NationalMSsociety.org
29th: Leap Year Day



3rd: 7th annual Good Spirits presented by Edible Manhattan
3rd: Irish Whiskey Day IrishWhiskeyDay.com
craic3003rd – 5th:
Craic Film Fest thecraicfest.com

See our special page:
The Craicfest 2016

7th: Jackie Robinson Foundation Awards Dinner JackieRobinson.org
8th: International Women’s Day InternationalWomensDay.com
9th-12th: Big East Tournament

See our special page for Big East Tournament Viewing in NYC

9th: The 30th Annual Daddy Tapes Benefit BillPopp.com
10th: American Ireland Fund Young Leaders St. Patrick’s Celebration TheIrelandFunds.org
10th: Mario Day (get it? Mar 10?)
11th: Village Voice Choice Eats choiceeats.villagevoice.com
11th: Happy Faces Casino Night rmh-NewYork.org
BarCrawls-StPatricksDay-Generic11th-12th: St. Patrick’s Weekend Bar Crawl
BarCrawls.com annual St. Patrick’s Weekend Bar Crawl
11th: Kickoff Happy Hour pre-party
12th: “Brunch Me I’m Irish” pre-crawl brunch
12th: Leprechaun Lap bar crawl
12th: “Get Sham-rocked” official after-party
12th: NYC Hope Gala NYCHopeGala.com
12th: Fare Plate: Celebrating Irish Food + Drink FarePlate.com
12th: Big Apple Feis & Fleadh: BigAppleFeis.com
15th-16th: March Madness – NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament: First Four
16th: Brisket King NYC BrisketKingNYC.com
17th: St. Patrick’s Day
17th: NYC St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl BarCrawls.com
17th-18th: March Madness – NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament: First Round
joehurleysirishrockrevue2016d19th: Joe Hurley’s Irish Rock Revue
featuring Joe Hurley & the Gents and a cast of thousands
General admission: $25 in advance [tickets], $30 at the door
Reserved: $60 (balcony, or side booths)
doors open 6pm, showtime 7pm
Highline Ballroom
431 W. 16th St. (between 9th & 10th Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 414-5994
19th: Coney Island USA Spring Gala: ConeyIsland.com
19th: Gotham Girls Roller Derby opening night GothamGirlsRollerDerby.com
19th: Cocktail Magic CocktailMagic.com
19th: 20th annual Rockville Centre St. Patrick’s Day Parade: RVCstpatrick.com
19th-20th: March Madness – NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament: Second Round
24th-25th: March Madness – NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament: Sweet Sixteen
25th-26th: NYC Craft Beer Fest NYCcraftbeerfest.com
25th-April 3: NY Auto Show AutoshowNY.com
26th-27th: March Madness – NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament: Elite Eight
27th: Easter



craft-distillers-festival4-2-161st: April Fool’s Day
2nd: NYC Craft Distillers Festival NYCCraftDistillersFest.com
2nd: March Madness – NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament: The Final Four
2nd: International Pillow Fight Day Newmindspace.com
2nd: Spring Craft Beer Festival Belmont Park Racetrack, Elmont, NY
3rd: MLB Opening Day/Night (Mets vs. Royals 8:30pm)
4th: March Madness – NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament: Championship Game
yankeeslogo25th: NY Yankees Home Opener 1pm
6th: Taste of the Lower East Side TasteofLES.org
7th: National Beer Day NationalDayCalendar.com
8th: Mets Home Opener (1:10pm vs Phillies)
8th-10th: Brooklyn Folk Festival BrooklynFolkFest.com
9th: The Concern Spring Run Concernusa.org
9th: Firefighter Michael J Cawley Benefit FFMichaelJCawley.org
9th: Winston Churchill Day
9th: The 18th Annual New York Tartan Day Parade
11th: 8th Annual Shorty Awards ShortyAwards.com
12th: An Evening of Practical Magic CityHarvest.orgmason-jar_mets
13th-24th: Tribeca Film Festival TribecaFilm.com
13th: NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs begin NHL.com
15th: Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival (through May 15) CentralBrooklynJazzConsortium.org
16th: Record Store Day RecordStoreDay.com
16th: NBA Playoffs begin
16th: Spartan Citifield Sprint Spartan.com
16th: Blue Point Cask Ales Festival Blue Point Brewery, Patchogue, NY CraftBeerFestivals.com
taste-the-flavors-2016-30016th: Foursquare Day 4sqday.com
18th: Taste the Flavors of the Emerald Isle
20th: 420 Day
22nd, 23rd: Bacon & Beer Classic BaconandBeerClassic.com
23rd: St. George’s Day EnglandDay.nyc
23rd, 24th: Tap New York Craft Beer & Food Festival Tap-NY.com
23rd, 24th: NYC Hot Sauce Expo NYChotsauceexpo.com
25th: ANZAC Day (Australia New Zealand)
26th: National Pretzel Day


1st: NY Five Boro Bike Tour Bike.nyc
1st: Hoboken Arts & Music Festival HobokenNJ.org
1st-7th: NYC Burger Week: NYCBurgerWeek.com
4th: Star Wars Day (get it, May the 4th be with you)
5th: Cinco de Mayo
6th: 3rd Annual Five Boro Craft Beer Fest FiveBoroCraftBeerfest.com
7th: Kentucky Derby KentuckyDerby.com
7th: Big Brew for National Homebrew Day HomeBrewersAssociation.org
7th: The Great Inflatable Race TheGreatInflatableRace.com
7th: Cannabis Parade CannabisParade.org
13th-22nd: Queens Beer Week QueensBeerWeek.com
14th-15th: 9th Ave. International Food Festival NinthAvenueFoodFestival.com
19th-22nd: NYC Pop Fest NYCPopFest.org
20th-22nd: NYC Podfest NYCPodfest.com
21st-22nd: Vulture Festival VultureFestival.com
21st: Dance Parade DanceParade.org
21st: Hoboken Irish Festival HobokenNJ.org
21st: 141st Preakness Stakes Preakness.com
21st: Hudson River Park Games HudsonRiverPark.org
21st: Asian Burlesque Spectacular ThirstygirlProductions.com
23rd: Origin Theatre Gala OriginTheatre.org
24th: Answer the Call Kickoff to Summer Benefit AnswertheCall.org
24th: Taste of Sunnyside SunnysideShines.org
25th: Taste of Hope TasteofHopeNYC.org
25th-31st: Fleet Week New York FleetWeekNewYork.com
26th: Brooklyn Uncorked EdibleBrooklyn.com
26th: Summer Stage Kicks Off CityParksFoundation.org
26th: Red Nose Day RedNoseDay.org
27th-30th: Memorial Day Weekend
28th-29th: East Durham Irish Fest EastDurhamIrishFestival.com
30th: Memorial Day
Taste of Tribeca




1st-30th: Blue Note Jazz Festival BlueNoteJazzFestival.com
2nd-3rd: New York New Belfast Conference Aisling-Events.com
2nd-4th: Rooftop Crawl RooftopCrawl.com
3rd, 4th: 4th annual Rockaway/Breezy Point Irish Fest Irishfest21.com
3rd, 4th, 5th: Governor’s Ball Music Festival GovernorsBallMusicFestival.com
4th: Lower Hudson Valley Craft Beer Festival LHVcraftbeerfest.com
6th: Taste of Times Square TimesSquareNYC.org
6th: Musical Chairs in Bryant Park BryantPark.org
6th-12th: The Northside Festival NorthsideFestival.com
celticcruise20166th-12th: Negroni Week NegroniWeek.com
8th: The Celtic Cruise CelticCharity.com
9th-16th: Lower East Side Film Festival LESFilmFestival.com
10th-July 10th: Euro 2016 UEFA.com
10th-11th: NY Boylesque Festival BoylesqueFestival.com
11th: 148th Belmont Stakes BelmontStakes.com
11th: 2nd Annual Pour The Core: Hard Cider Festival PourTheCore.com
11th: Bubble Battle Newmindspace.com
11th-12th: Big Apple BBQ BigAppleBBQ.org
11th-12th: Staten Ireland Festival StatenIrelandIrish.com
12th: National Puerto Rican Day Parade NPRDPinc.org
12th: New Jersey Irish Festival at Monmouth Park: NJIrishFestival.com
15th-17th, 20th, 21st: Philharmonic in the Park NYPhil.org
16th: Bloom’s Day
16th: Tips for Parkinsons MichaelJFox.org
16th-18th: Rooftop Crawl RooftopCrawl.com
17th:Brooklyn Cyclones Opening Day BrooklynCyclones.com
17th-19th: Farmborough Festival FarmboroughFestival.com
17th – 19th: Fairfield Irish Festival IrishFestival.org
18th: Coney Island Mermaid Parade ConeyIsland.com
18th: The 11th Annual Tavern Cup 10k TrimaraSports.com
rbmf-201619th: Father’s Day
19th: Punk Island PunkIslandNYC.com
20th: Bryant Park Summer Movie Series BryantPark.org
20th: First Day of Summer
21st: Make Music NY MakeMusicNY.org
21st-26th: NYC Pride Week NYCPride.org
21st – July 6: Midsummer Night Swing MidsummerNightSwing.org
23rd: NBA Draft NBA.com
24th-26th: Del Close Marathon DelCloseMarathon.com
25th-26th: Rockland-Bergen Music FestivalRocklandMusicFestival.com [tickets]
26th: NYC Pride March NYCPride.org
27th: IBO Golf Outing IBONewYork.org


1st: Canada Day Special MurphGuide section: where to celebrate Canada Day in NYC
4th: Independence Day
4th: Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest NathansFamous.com
4th: Macy’s Fireworks Macys.com
8th-9th: Come Out & Play Festival ComeOutandPlay.org
9th: Village Voice 4 Knots Festival VillageVoice.com
9th: Body Painting Day BodyPaintingDay.org
11th: MLB Home Run Derby
12th: Party With Purpose 5K PartywithPurpose.org
12th: MLB All-Star Game: MLB.com
13th: IBO Summer Party IBONewYork.org
13th-16th: Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival BkHipHopFestival.com
14th: Bastille Day
14th-17th: Great South Bay Music Festival GreatSouthBayMusicFestival.com
15th-17th: NY Empire State Tattoo Expo WorldTattooevents.com
23rd: Long Ireland’s Pintwood Derby Long Ireland Brewery, Riverhead, NY LIPintwoodDerby.com
23rd: Coney Island Talent Show ConeyIslandTalentShow.com
24th: NYC Triathalon NYCTri.com
25th – Aug. 19: NYC Summer Restaurant Week NYCgo.com
30th: New York Super Craft Beer Festival NewYorkSuperCraft.com
30th: Farm On! Foundation Hoot! FarmonFoundation.org
30th-31st: NYC Poetry Festival NewYorkCityPoetryFestival.com
31st: Big Apple Grapple – NY Arm Wrestling Championships NYCArms.com



1st-2nd: Subway Series (Yankees at Mets)
3rd-4th: Subway Series (Mets at Yankees)
3rd – 5th: Long Beach International Film Festival LongBeachFilm.com
4th: IPA Day
5th: National Oyster Day NationalOysterDay.com
5th-21st: 2016 Summer Olympics Olympic.org
6th: American Homebrewers Association Mead Day HomeBrewersAssociation.org
6th-7th: The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival HKDBF-NY.org
7th: Queens Book Fest QueensBookFestival.nyc
12th-18th: NYC Fringe Festival FringeNYC.org
13th: 10th Annual North Fork Craft Beer Festival Calverton Links Golf Course, Calverton, NY NorthforkCraftBeerFestival.com
14th: Brooklyn Mile BrooklynMile.com
14th: Run for Rose FI5K.org
16th: National Rum Day RumDay.com
20th: Flynn’s Fire Island Craft Beer Fest Flynn’s Fire Island, Ocean Beach, NY FlynnsFireIslandBeerFest.com
20th: Coney Island Busker Fest ConeyIslandBuskerfest.com
22nd: Hudson River Park’s Blues BBQ Festival HudsonRiverPark.org
26th-28th: Charlie Parker Jazz Festival CityParksFoundation.org
27th: Long Island Scottish Festival & Games LIScots.org
27th-28th: Afro Punk Festival AfroPunkFest.com
28th: International Go Topless Day GoTopless.org


1st-irish20161st-3rd: NCAA College Football Season Week 1 schedule: espn.go.com
2nd – 4th: Electric Zoo Festival ElectricZooFestival.com
3rd: Coney Island Beard & Mustache Competition ConeyIsland.com
5th: Labor Day
6th- Oct. 2: Origin Theater 1st Irish Festival 1stIrish.org
7th-15th: New York Fashion Week FashionWeekOnline.com
7th: National Beer Lovers Day NationalDayCalendar.com
8th: NFL Opening Night NFL.com
10th: Pig Island PigIsland.com
10th: GAA Bronx Irish Music Festival
10th: NYC Illini Club annual Pub Crawl NYCIllini.org
10th: RVC Food & Wine Festival FoodandWineRVC.com
11th: NFL Opening Week NFL.com
11th – 18th: Coney Island Freak Week ConeyIslandBeer.com
12th: Great Sports Legends Dinner TheMiamiProject.org
12th-18th: Brooklyn Book Festival BrooklynBookFestival.org
13th: The Stone Street Streetfest for Self Help Africa SelfHelpAfrica.org
15th-25th: 90th Feast of San Gennaro SanGennaro.org
15th-17th: Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival facebook.com/eugenemirmancomedyfestival
16th: The Joy of Sake JoyofSake.com
16th-18th: Coney Island Film Festival ConeyIslandFilmFestival.com
16th-Oct. 1st: NY Oyster Week OysterWeek.com
17th: German-American Steuben Day Parade GermanParadeNYC.org
17th: NYC Pizza Run NYCPizzaRun.com
17th: Rockaway Oyster Fest facebook.com/rockawayoysterfest
17th: The Vendy Awards StreetVendor.org
17th: Taste of the East Village CookoutNYC.com
17th – Oct. 3: Oktoberfest
17th – Oct. 1: World Cup of Hockey NHL.com
17th – Oct. 8: NY Gypsy Fest NYGypsyFest.com
18th: The Brew Hop 5K TheBrewHop5K.com
18th: Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint TasteWG.com
18th: Prime Time Emmys Emmys.com
18th – 21st: Bullish Conference BullishConference.com
19th: Sunnyside Restaurant Week SunnysideShines.org
22nd: Harvest in the Square HarvestintheSquare.nyc
23rd-24th: Wine Riot WineRiot.com
24th: Stone Street Oyster Festival UlyssesNYC.com
24th: Village Voice Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival VillageVoice.com
24th: Hudson Valley Irish Fest HudsonValleyIrishFest.com
24th-25th: Great Big Bacon Picnic: GreatBigBacon.com
25th: Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run Tunnel2Towers.org
25th: Atlantic Antic: AtlanticAve.org
26th: Fans for the Cure All-Star Dinner fans4thecure.org
27th-29th: New York Media Fest MeFest.com
29th-Oct. 2: The NY Burlesque Festival TheNewYorkBurlesqueFestival.com
30th: Tech Munch NYC TechmunchNY.com
30th – Oct 2: Irish Screen America IrishScreenAmerica.com



mlb-post-season20161st-31st: Breast Cancer Awareness Month
1st: Pour the Core Long Island A Hard Cider Fest PourTheCore.com
1st: Lit Crawl LitCrawl.org/nyc
4th – Nov. 2: MLB Playoffs MLB.com
5th: The Event Planner Expo TheEventPlannerExpo.com
5th: Dollar Slice Night SliceOutHunger.org
6th: German-American Day
6th-9th: New York Comic Con NewYorkComicCon.com
7th: American Celtic Ball ICCUSA.org
7th-9th: New Yorker Festival festival.NewYorker.com
8th: Hump Film Festival HumpFilmFest.com
9th: International Beer & Pizza Day BeerandPizzaDay.com
10th: Columbus Day
11th: National Coming Out Day
12th: Stitch Chicken Wing Eating Contest
13th-16th: New York City Wine & Food Festival NYCWFF.org
nyc-hand-crafted-beer-festival14th-15th: NYC Craft Beer Festival NYCcraftbeerfest.com
15th: Beer for Beasts BeerforBeasts.com
15th: 96th Running of the Far Hills Race Meeting FarHillsRace.org
15th: NYC Cupcake Run NYCCupcakeRun.com
15th: Glow Sword Battle: GlowBattleTour.com
15th: Taste of the Seaport TasteoftheSeaport.org
15th: ZombieCon ZombieCon.com
15th-16th: 33rd Annual Oyster Festival – Oyster Bay, NY TheOysterFestival.org
16th: UCD Smurfit School Benefit Dinner SmurfitSchool.ie
21st-30th: Cider Week NYC: CiderWeekNYC.com
21st: Plate by Plate: Annual Tasting Benefit PlatebyPlate.org
22nd: Blocktoberfest NewYorkCityBrewersGuild.com
22nd: Long Beach Oyster Festival facebook.com/LongBeachOysterFest
halloween2016_barcrawls28th, 29th, 31st: Halloween Pub Crawls: PubCrawls.com
29th: Night of the Crawling Dead BarCrawls.com
30th: Brooklyn Bluegrass Bash [tickets]
30th – Nov. 6: Long Island Restaurant Week LongIslandRestaurantWeek.com
31st: Halloween
31st: Halloween Parade Halloween-NYC.com
31st: Night of the Crawling Dead BarCrawls.com

date pending:
Andy Kaufman Award (won’t be held in 2016) AndyKaufmanAward.com
CMJ Music Marathon (won’t be held in 2016) CMJ.com
Howl Festival (won’t be held in 2016) HowlFestival.com



newyorkcomedyfestival20161st-30th: Movember Movember.com
1st-6th: NY Comedy Festival NYComedyFestival.com
2nd: Go Project Fall Cocktail Party GoProjectNYC.org
3rd: International Stout Day StoutDay.com
3rd: 25th anniversary Stockings With Care Gala StockingsWithCare.org
5th: Learn to Homebrew Day: HomeBrewersAssociation.org
5th: Great Beer Expo: Long Island Belmont Park Racetrack GreatBeerExpo.com
6th: NYC Marathon: tcsNYCMarathon.org
8th: Election Day
8th: Melbourne Cup: wikipedia.org/wiki/Melbourne_Cup
10th: Joe Torre Safe at Home annual gala JoeTorre.org
11th: Veteran’s Day
11th: Change Makers Ball SelfHelpAfrica.org
13th: Felix Unger Day
15th: Legends Youth Dinner: mlbpaa.mlb.com
17th: World Pancreatic Cancer Day WorldPancreaticCancerDay.org
19th: New York Trad Fest NewYorkTradFest.org
19th: Marc S. Zeplin Foundation Benefit Concert: MarcZeplin.com
19th: NYC Beerathon NYCBeerathon.com
19th: Whiskey Feast WhiskeyFeast.com
19th: Posse’s Fall Gathering – Michael J Armstrong Foundation MichaelJArmstrong.com
23rd: Thanksgiving Eve
24th: Thanksgiving
25th: “Black Friday”
28th: Winter’s Eve Winterseve.nyc
29th: Seeds of Hope Awards ConcernUSA.org
30th: Rockefeller Tree Lighting
30th: St. Andrew’s Day

Date pending:
Moby Dick Marathon (won’t be held in 2016) MobyDickMarathonNYC.org
ModErin DarrahCarrDance.com



2nd: 36th annual John Lennon Tribute LennonTribute.org
2nd: Bryant Park Tree Lighting BryantPark.org
3rd: 12 Bars of Christmas bar crawl 12BarsNYC.com
3rd: Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl PubCrawls.com
5th: Repeal Day
concern_worldwide8th – 11th: 25th annual Stockings With Care Gift Drive StockingsWithCare.org
9th: Concern Winter Ball ConcernUSA.org
10th: Santacon NYCSantacon.com
10th: Bad Santa Bar Crawl BarCrawls.com
14th: IBO Christmas Party IBONewYork.org
17th-31st: College Bowl Games
23rd: Festivus (for the rest of us)
24th: Christmas Eve
24th: The Ball LetMyPeopleGo.com
24th: Menorah Horah ThirstyGirlProductions.com
25th: Christmas Day
29th: Major League Dreidel facebook.com/majorleaguedreidel
31st: New Year’s Eve

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