New York City, NY Festivals

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Big Apple Film Festival

Big Apple Film Festival

Over five days each November, the Tribeca Cinemas play host to the Big Apple Film Festival. The festival screens a variety of specially selected films from New York's independent film community, as well as a number of selections from across the country and around the world. The festival includes New York City premieres, interactive panel discussions with industry professionals, honorary award presentations to individuals who have played an influential role in independent filmmaking in the New York City area, networking parties and events, as well as a closing night ceremony in which awards are presented for achievement in filmmaking, screenwriting and acting.

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Brooklyn Folk Festival

Brooklyn Folk Festival

They hang a little looser over the bridge in Brooklyn. For three days this Spring, head for heavenly St. Ann's Church in Brooklyn Heights and relish the relaxed vibe at the Brooklyn Folk Festival. Experience 30 bands as they serve up a smorgasbord of folk, old-time string-band music, jug band, bluegrass, traditional Irish and Balkan jazz. There's vocal and instrumental workshops, family-friendly square dance and swing dance sessions, film screenings, the famous Banjo Toss contest and a whole lot more.

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Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival

Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival

From the Beastie Boys and Run D.M.C., to Jay-Z and Lil' Kim, New York City is home to a lavish slice of hip hop royalty. Come July for four days they celebrate that heritage, the present and the future of the genre at the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival. On top of performances from a ton of contemporary hip hop stars and up-and-comers, the festival offers up panel discussions, exhibitions, parties, an award show and a family-friendly block party. Dig out your favourite sneakers and oversized tee, head to Brooklyn and fight for your right to party.

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Human Rights Watch Film Festival

Human Rights Watch Film Festival

Human Rights Watch is one of the world's leading independent organisations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. Through the Human Rights Watch Film Festival they bear witness to human rights violations and create a forum for courageous individuals on both sides of the lens to empower audiences with the knowledge that personal commitment can make a difference. The touring film festival brings to life human rights abuses through storytelling in a way that challenges each individual to empathise and demand justice for all people. Each year, the festival's programming committee screens more than 500 films and videos to create a program that represents a range of countries and issues. In selecting films for the festival, Human Rights Watch concentrates equally on artistic merit and human rights content. The festival encourages filmmakers around the world to address human rights subject matter in their work and presents films from both new and established international filmmakers.

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Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

The iconic American hot dog fittingly takes centre stage each fourth of July at Nathan's Famous flagship restaurant in Coney Island, during Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest. What began as a little friendly patriotic-based rivalry between friends has grown to become a competitive eating behemoth, attracting more than a million television viewers across the country, along with a selection of the world's finest power eaters. The International Federation of Competitive Eating (IFOCE) — yes, there is such a thing — has sanctioned the event since 1997. So today, only entrants currently under contract by the IFOCE can compete in the event. Those fortunate few have ten minutes to shovel down as many hot dogs and hot dog buns as their digestive tracts can handle. Provided they stay down, the contestant who consumes the most hot dogs is declared the winner. In 2013 Joey Chestnut consumed 69 of those tasty medleys of meat to claim the men's record, whist a year earlier Sonya Thomas put away 45 to set the bar in the women's event. Pepto-Bismol anyone?

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New York City Marathon

New York City Marathon

Join the 50,000 plus finishers and the millions who cheer them on from every possible vantage for the annual New York City Marathon. Widely recognised as one of the biggies on the world marathon stage, the course kicks off on Staten Island, meanders through the five boroughs before finishing in Manhattan's Central Park. New York City and its residents rarely need an excuse to party but on the first Sunday of November they pull out all stops for an event which literally brings the Big Apple to a standstill.

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New York City SantaCon

New York City SantaCon

A slew of Santas takes to the streets of the Big Apple for a day each December for SantaCon. The reason? Well there is none, that is according to the official literature: SantaCon is a charitable, non-commercial, non-political, nonsensical, Santa Claus convention that happens once a year for absolutely no reason. Having said that, for those Santas on the ground, drinking the five boroughs dry seems quite high on the agenda. While the date is known in advance, the actual route is not divulged until the night before SantaCon (via Twitter and on the website). To participate you'll need to ensure your Christmas Worker Union dues are in (you've made your donation) and you're completely decked out, Yuletide style. No simple Santa hat will do, we're talking head to toe and the full trimmings, fat-boy!

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New York City Wine and Food Festival

New York City Wine and Food Festival

What began as a humble one night starter back in 2007 has evolved into the New York City Wine and Food Festival — a four-day buffet serving up the world's most renowned wine and spirits producers, chefs, culinary personalities, along with America's most beloved television chefs. Considered the largest food and wine festival in New York City with more than 100 events, the New York City Wine and Food Festival is widely recognised for its tastings in celebration of America's favourite foods, intimate dinners with world-renowned chefs, late night parties, hands-on classes, educational seminars, coveted wine tastings and more. Join over 50,000 passionate gourmands and aficionados and get ready to sip, swirl and savour the world-class cuisine, wine and spirits served up by more than 500 of the industry's finest.

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New York Coffee Festival

New York Coffee Festival

The New York Coffee Festival is the Big Apple's flagship coffee event. Celebrating the city's burgeoning specialty coffee scene, the three day event attracts in the region of 10,000 coffee aficionados and key industry stakeholders from the US and further afield. The NYCF features a program of interactive workshops, demonstrations from world-class baristas, delicious street food, live music, latte art and more. Oh, and endless free coffee tastings. Visitors can brand up at the NYCF shop with a selection of caffeine inspired goodies or grab an indulgent and creamy caffeinated cocktail at the Coffee Cocktail Bar.

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New York Comedy Festival

New York Comedy Festival

With more comedy clubs than you can shake a rubber chicken at, if funny has an American address it's just got to be New York City. Since 2004 the New York City Comedy Festival has featured headline performances from some of comedy's biggest names — think the late great Robin Williams, Kevin Hart, Ricky Gervais and Louis C.K. — as well as providing a fertile breeding ground for the next generation of comedic up-and-comers. Held over six days in November across all five Boroughs, tickets for the 200 odd shows sell out quick, so get in early then get your laugh on.

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The Governors Ball Music Festival

The Governors Ball Music Festival

The Governors Ball Music Festival is young but fast gaining a rep' as one the east coast's biggest summer bashes. For three days in June, Randall's Island in New York City is party central attracting some of the biggest names in rock, indie, pop and electronica from the States, Europe and beyond. Bust some inaudible dance moves at the silent disco, show you skills on the ping pong table on chow down on some of NYCs finest fare.

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Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade

Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade

In New York City's Tompkins Square Park, in the lead up to Halloween proper, our four-legged friends get the opportunity to take to the canine catwalk in their own ghoulish outfits for the annual Halloween Dog Parade. Hot dog dachshunds, pixie pugs and labrador superheroes, all strut their stuff. Cute is the order of the day. CNN calls it, "the largest dog costume parade in the world", with hundreds of decked-out dogs and thousands of spectators on hand.

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Tribeca Film Festival

Tribeca Film Festival

Believed to have been conceived by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff following the tragic events of September 11 in lower Manhattan, and the consequent loss of vitality in the Tribeca neighbourhood, the Tribeca Film Festival first opened its doors in 2002. Today it's a hugely important event on the film festival calendar that attracts large numbers of film lovers from New York City and beyond for a 12 day program of independent cinema that includes documentaries, narrative features, shorts and family-friendly titles. Due in no small part to the vibrancy of the film and art community in New York City, the festival's red carpets, Q&A sessions and panels are packed with VIPs. The festival screens films from around the world, but also features a strong focus on films conceived and filmed in the Big Apple.

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