Outdoor Activities in April

Incredible scene - Cherry blossom snow, with green garden and a lake in the background
Tokyo Japan

The weather is finally starting to heat up and it’s finally time to get outdoors after a long winter! Step outside your Octagon apartment to take part in some of the events happening on Roosevelt Island and the local area.


Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossom Festival – You don’t have to travel very far to take part in Roosevelt Island’s own cherry blossom festival! From April 21 from 11am – 5pm, Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park is hosting the celebration with an ode to Japanese culture. A traditional tea ceremony will kick off the celebration at 11am, followed by a Japanese cultural fair and performances running until 5pm, with a number of string ensembles, dancers, and drummers.


Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival – If you happen to miss the Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossom Festival, you can always head down to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden to see the cherry trees in bloom. This April 28th and 29th, celebrate the end of Hanami, the full blooming of the cherry blossoms, by taking in the beauty of the scenery, but also exploring the ground of the festival, which feature a Japanese tea room, an art gallery, and a flea market which you can pick up delicious Raaka chocolates. Tickets are $30, and the event runs from 10am-6pm each day.


Daffodil Celebration and Wine Weekend– The New York Botanical Garden is hosting a Daffodil Celebration and Wine Weekend on Saturday April 28th and Sunday April 29th. From 12pm – 4pm, you can explore the scenery of 670,000 freshly planted daffodils, while sampling wines from over a dozen New York wineries. Admission is $43 per person and includes a souvenir tasting glass. While exploring the grounds, feel free to explore NYBG’s 250 acres, which compromise the Perennial Garden and the Native Plant garden, among other exhibits.



Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossom Festival

Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park

1 FDR Four Freedoms Park, Roosevelt Island, NY 10044

(212) 204-8831


Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival

Brooklyn Botanic Garden 

990 Washington Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11225

(718) 623-7200


Daffodil Celebration and Wine Weekend

New York Botanical Garden 

2900 Southern Blvd. Bronx, NY 10458

(718) 817-8700


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