As we write this at SIXTY HQ, New York City is getting what is hopefully its final dusting of snow for the season. Spring, despite the tale told on the sidewalk today, is in the air and, with it, a whole host of stunning things to do. If you’re into festivals, we’ve got plenty. Those searching for something more personal, well, there’s some of that, too. It’s a feast–you’ve just got to get out there and dig right in. Herewith, your guide to some of the best things going on in April.
NEW YORK CITY: New York’s best food festival isn’t any sort of exclusive, one-night-only affair–it happens every weekend and getting in is a breeze. The famous, beloved Smorgasburg returns this month, bringing some of the best independent cooks, pastry chefs, and makers to two conveniently-located outdoor markets. On Saturdays, Williamsburg’s East River State Park will feature vendor tents and brilliant views of the city skyline, while the Sunday market in Prospect Park should be a bit more laid-back, with more green space to savor. Either way, come hungry. The 2018 menu features top-notch tacos, shaved ice, baked goods, dumplings, and pizza. Saturdays at East River State Park, 90 Kent Avenue at North 7th Street in Williamsburg // Sundays at Prospect Park, East Drive at Lincoln Road // Free entry
NEW YORK CITY: Faithful cinephiles and casual movie fans alike will want to set aside some time for the Tribeca Film Festival, which will take over almost a dozen theaters across Manhattan for a showcase of the best new features, shorts, and documentaries of 2018. It’s easy to peruse the festival’s website to find a screening that fits your personal taste (and busy schedule). If you’re really in a rush, download the TFF app and take it from there. Leading off this year’s long list of world premieres at the festival is the critically acclaimed biopic Love, Gilda, the dark and dystopian love story Zoe, and the tense political documentary The Fourth Estate. Festival runs Wednesday, April 18th through Sunday, April 29th // Full list of showtimes and theaters here // Tickets $12 and up
LOS ANGELES: With soaring vocal harmonies and beautiful arrangements, Fleet Foxes’s 2017 album Crack-Up is their most accomplished to date. And while the best place to listen to them is probably the tailgate of a truck parked in front of a sweeping mountain vista, the Warner Grand Theater in San Pedro should work just fine. You won’t want to miss Fleet Foxes’ performance on April 12th, which will also feature rising Brooklyn folk-pop songwriter Amen Dunes, who also just released an excellent new record. If you’ve only ever enjoyed “Mykonos” and “White Winter Hymnal” in your headphones, you owe it to yourself to buy a ticket to the real thing. Thursday, April 12th, 8 p.m. // Warner Grand Theater, 478 West 6th Street, San Pedro // Tickets $45 and up
LOS ANGELES: You’ve never seen colors quite like these. In 82 Portraits and 1 Still-life, David Hockney brings a new exhibition to LACMA that turns his own life into a surreal dream. The subjects of these 83 paintings are Hockney’s own close friends, family, and collaborators, each of whom sat for him in his studio as he furiously created the new works. Among the crowd are art luminaries like John Baldessari, Douglas Baxter, Edith Devaney, Larry Gagosian, and Frank Gehry. Fans of vibrant psychedelia and impressionist portraits will find the most to enjoy in this new show, which has already proven to be a hit in Melbourne and Venice, and won’t be shown in any other American museum. Opens Sunday, April 15th // LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles // Admission $25
MIAMI: If you’re in town for spring break, good for you! No judgment, we promise. But if you’re looking to sip beer in a more refined setting, then make time for the Spring Beer Festival, which is taking over the Wynwood Marketplace for a day of over 300 different craft brews, high-end food trucks, and goods made by Miami’s best independent artisans. Organized games of Flip Cup, Beer Pong (why not?), H.O.R.S.E., and Cornhole will make it all too easy to spend the day slightly buzzed under the sun. Bring your friends or make new ones when you arrive, then plan to stick around for live bands, DJs, and more. Saturday April 7th, 2:30-7 p.m. // Wynwood Marketplace, 2250 Northwest 2nd Avenue, Miami // Tickets $40 and up
MIAMI: It’s really all happening at Wynwood this month. If beer festivities aren’t quite your speed, the Wynwood Life art, music, food, and fashion festival will definitely give you a good reason to check out the market. Street artists will be hosting live paintings, a pop-up gallery of finished pieces will be just around the corner, over a dozen bands will hit the music stage, and there’s even a runway where Miami’s fashion elite (and adventurous amateurs) will highlight the best new looks for summer ’18. If you still need convincing, check out a video recap of last year’s festival; it’s all entirely free, but if your RSVP ahead of time you can snag yourself a free drink. Friday through Sunday, April 20-22nd; festival times vary // Wynwood between NW 22nd Street and NW 22nd Lane, map info here // Free admission
Header image: David Hockney, Rufus Hale, 23 – 25 November 2015. Image courtesy of David Hockney. Photo by Richard Schmidt.