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
9th-10th: NFL Playoffs – Wild Card Weekend
See our page on where to watch NFL Playoffs
10th: 15th Annual No Pants Subway Ride
11th: College Football National Championship
13th-17th: Winter Jazz Festival
15th-17th: Professional Bull Riders Tour
15th-16th: NY Hot Jazz Festival
16th-17th: NFL Playoffs – Divisional Games
18th: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
18th-Feb 5th: NYC Winter Restaurant Week
23rd: Queens Baseball Convention
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
25th: 23rd Annual Robert Briscoe Awards
26th: Australian Day
See our page on where to celebrate Australia Day in NYC
30th: Idiotarod
30th: Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival
30th:Antifreeze 2016: The Gowanus Canal Conservancy’s Annual Fundraising Gala



2nd: Groundhog Day
5th-6th: Winter Carnival at Bryant Park
6th: Waitangi Day (New Zealand)
6th: Great Beer Expo in the Meadowlands
6th: Bob Marley’s birthday
6th: 5th Annual NYC Huskers Chili Cook-Off
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
10th: Love Bites: Cathyland’s 12th annual Valentines concert
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
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
19th-28th: NYC Beer Week
National Margarita Day22nd: National Margarita Day

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

28th: The 88th Academy Awards:

See our special page on Oscar Parties in NYC


28th: Race to the Top
29th: Leap Year Day



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

See our special page:
The Craicfest 2016

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

See our special page for Big East Tournament Viewing in NYC

9th: The 30th Annual Daddy Tapes Benefit
10th: American Ireland Fund Young Leaders St. Patrick’s Celebration
10th: Mario Day (get it? Mar 10?)
11th: Village Voice Choice Eats
11th: Happy Faces Casino Night
BarCrawls-StPatricksDay-Generic11th-12th: St. Patrick’s Weekend Bar Crawl 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
12th: Fare Plate: Celebrating Irish Food + Drink
12th: Big Apple Feis & Fleadh:
15th-16th: March Madness – NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament: First Four
16th: Brisket King NYC
17th: St. Patrick’s Day
17th: NYC St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl
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:
19th: Gotham Girls Roller Derby opening night
19th: Cocktail Magic
19th: 20th annual Rockville Centre St. Patrick’s Day Parade:
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
25th-April 3: NY Auto Show
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
2nd: March Madness – NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament: The Final Four
2nd: International Pillow Fight Day
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
7th: National Beer Day
8th: Mets Home Opener (1:10pm vs Phillies)
8th-10th: Brooklyn Folk Festival
9th: The Concern Spring Run
9th: Firefighter Michael J Cawley Benefit
9th: Winston Churchill Day
9th: The 18th Annual New York Tartan Day Parade
11th: 8th Annual Shorty Awards
12th: An Evening of Practical Magic CityHarvest.orgmason-jar_mets
13th-24th: Tribeca Film Festival
13th: NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs begin
15th: Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival (through May 15)
16th: Record Store Day
16th: NBA Playoffs begin
16th: Spartan Citifield Sprint
16th: Blue Point Cask Ales Festival Blue Point Brewery, Patchogue, NY
taste-the-flavors-2016-30016th: Foursquare Day
18th: Taste the Flavors of the Emerald Isle
20th: 420 Day
22nd, 23rd: Bacon & Beer Classic
23rd: St. George’s Day
23rd, 24th: Tap New York Craft Beer & Food Festival
23rd, 24th: NYC Hot Sauce Expo
25th: ANZAC Day (Australia New Zealand)
26th: National Pretzel Day


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




1st-30th: Blue Note Jazz Festival
2nd-3rd: New York New Belfast Conference
2nd-4th: Rooftop Crawl
3rd, 4th: 4th annual Rockaway/Breezy Point Irish Fest
3rd, 4th, 5th: Governor’s Ball Music Festival
4th: Lower Hudson Valley Craft Beer Festival
6th: Taste of Times Square
6th: Musical Chairs in Bryant Park
6th-12th: The Northside Festival
celticcruise20166th-12th: Negroni Week
8th: The Celtic Cruise
9th-16th: Lower East Side Film Festival
10th-July 10th: Euro 2016
10th-11th: NY Boylesque Festival
11th: 148th Belmont Stakes
11th: 2nd Annual Pour The Core: Hard Cider Festival
11th: Bubble Battle
11th-12th: Big Apple BBQ
11th-12th: Staten Ireland Festival
12th: National Puerto Rican Day Parade
12th: New Jersey Irish Festival at Monmouth Park:
15th-17th, 20th, 21st: Philharmonic in the Park
16th: Bloom’s Day
16th: Tips for Parkinsons
16th-18th: Rooftop Crawl
17th:Brooklyn Cyclones Opening Day
17th-19th: Farmborough Festival
17th – 19th: Fairfield Irish Festival
18th: Coney Island Mermaid Parade
18th: The 11th Annual Tavern Cup 10k
rbmf-201619th: Father’s Day
19th: Punk Island
20th: Bryant Park Summer Movie Series
20th: First Day of Summer
21st: Make Music NY
21st-26th: NYC Pride Week
21st – July 6: Midsummer Night Swing
23rd: NBA Draft
24th-26th: Del Close Marathon
25th-26th: Rockland-Bergen Music [tickets]
26th: NYC Pride March
27th: IBO Golf Outing


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



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


1st-irish20161st-3rd: NCAA College Football Season Week 1 schedule:
2nd – 4th: Electric Zoo Festival
3rd: Coney Island Beard & Mustache Competition
5th: Labor Day
6th- Oct. 2: Origin Theater 1st Irish Festival
7th-15th: New York Fashion Week
7th: National Beer Lovers Day
8th: NFL Opening Night
10th: Pig Island
10th: GAA Bronx Irish Music Festival
10th: NYC Illini Club annual Pub Crawl
10th: RVC Food & Wine Festival
11th: NFL Opening Week
11th – 18th: Coney Island Freak Week
12th: Great Sports Legends Dinner
12th-18th: Brooklyn Book Festival
13th: The Stone Street Streetfest for Self Help Africa
15th-25th: 90th Feast of San Gennaro
15th-17th: Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival
16th: The Joy of Sake
16th-18th: Coney Island Film Festival
16th-Oct. 1st: NY Oyster Week
17th: German-American Steuben Day Parade
17th: NYC Pizza Run
17th: Rockaway Oyster Fest
17th: The Vendy Awards
17th: Taste of the East Village
17th – Oct. 3: Oktoberfest
17th – Oct. 1: World Cup of Hockey
17th – Oct. 8: NY Gypsy Fest
18th: The Brew Hop 5K
18th: Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint
18th: Prime Time Emmys
18th – 21st: Bullish Conference
19th: Sunnyside Restaurant Week
22nd: Harvest in the Square
23rd-24th: Wine Riot
24th: Stone Street Oyster Festival
24th: Village Voice Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival
24th: Hudson Valley Irish Fest
24th-25th: Great Big Bacon Picnic:
25th: Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run
25th: Atlantic Antic:
26th: Fans for the Cure All-Star Dinner
27th-29th: New York Media Fest
29th-Oct. 2: The NY Burlesque Festival
30th: Tech Munch NYC
30th – Oct 2: Irish Screen America



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

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



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

Date pending:
Moby Dick Marathon (won’t be held in 2016)



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

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