It may not feel like it, but it is, in fact, spring.

The official first day of the season was March 20th.

New York City offers some great activities during spring. The winter cold has started to wear off, and the summer heat hasn't set in yet, so it's a great time to take advantage of the outdoors.

From food and drink festivals to art fairs to bike and boat tours and park visits, there's something for everyone in our guide.

Practice your skills at one of Bryant Park's ping pong tables, which are open to the public April through September. Paddles and balls are provided for free.

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Sample some of the best treats NYC restaurants have to offer at Smorgasburg, which returns April 4th and continues every weekend till November.

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Picnic in Central Park. If you're too lazy to pack your own food, both Delivery.com and Seamless deliver directly to you at the park.

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Check out Brooklyn Museum's Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks, which features artist Jean-Michel Basquiat's (a Brooklyn native) notebooks that are filled with little pieces of NYC-centered sketches, fragments, and poetry. The exhibit runs from the beginning of April till the end of August.

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Discover some not-so-new treasures at the Brooklyn Flea Market; the Fort Greene market reopens April 4th, and the Williamsburg market reopens in May.

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Tour the High Line by participating in one of the many activities offered by the park there's even meditation in the mornings starting in June.

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Stroll leisurely under the cover of Brooklyn Botanic Garden's beautiful cherry blossom trees, which start blooming in April.

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Learn while munching at the Food Book Fair in Brooklyn, which goes from April 10th-12th and includes panel discussions, tastings, and dinners there's even an oyster happy hour.

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Spice up your life with a Bloody Mary from the Bloody Mary Festival, which comes to Brooklyn on April 12th.

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Take a run or walk along the Hudson River Greenway; you'll catch a great breeze and enjoy the scenery.

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Treat yourself to free ice cream on April 14th for Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Day.

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Watch a movie at the Tribeca Film Festival, which runs from April 15-26th.

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Admire the elegance of the orchid chandeliers featured in this year's Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden. The show goes till April 19th.

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Catch the first Yankees vs. Mets baseball game of the season at Yankee Stadium on April 24th.

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Listen to members of the Brooklyn Poets read their work at the BRIC House for the Brooklyn Poets Reading Series on April 24th.

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Savor the mouthwatering combination of bacon and beer at NYC's Bacon and Beer Classic at Citi Field, which takes place on April 25th.

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Cozy up to a good bowl of chili choose from traditional, verde, or salsa at the NYC Chili Cookoff on April 25th in Staten Island.

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Fire up your taste buds at the NYC Hot Sauce Expo where you can sample a variety of hot sauces from around the world and vote for your favorite. The expo takes places the last weekend in April.

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Dance till you drop at NYC's Electric Daisy Carnival during the weekend of May 23rd; the festival features some of the biggest names in electronic dance music, along with crazy stages and carnival rides.

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Join 32,000 of your best friends in biking on car-free streets throughout New York City's five boroughs on the first Sunday of May for the TD Five Boro Bike Tour.

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Appreciate the work from over 190 art galleries around the world, which are brought together in the Frieze New York Art Fair, taking place in mid-May along the East River on Randall's Island.

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Jam out to headliners that include Drake, Florence and the Machine, Deadmau5, Lana Del Ray, and the Black Keys at NYC's Governor's Ball, which runs June 5th to 7th at Randall's Island Park.

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Ride the Staten Island Ferry it provides great views of the city, it's free, and it's not as long as your typical city boat tour.

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Sip on a multitude of exotic beverages at the Manhattan Cocktail Classic, which spans four days (May 16th-19th) and features tastings, seminars, and of course, parties.

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Travel back in time while watching a performance of William Shakespeare's "The Tempest" at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, as part of The Public Theater's Free Shakespeare in the Park. Performances start at the end of May and run through the summer.

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Peruse countless works of art during the Museum Mile Festival, where 9 of NYC's big name museums open their doors to all visitors for free between 6 and 9 pm on June 9th; Fifth Avenue between 82nd and 105th Streets turns into a pedestrian only zone just for the festival.

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Marvel at the crazy costumes in the Mermaid Parade, which caps off the spring season on June 20th in Coney Island.

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