May is a great time to visit NYC. The weather is sunny, warm, and pleasant, and the trees and flowers are in full bloom - the perfect weather for exploring the city's major attractions or attending the schedule of seasonal events and outdoor restaurants. Let's see what to do in New York in May!

New York Weather in May

Spring is in full swing in May. With an average temperature of around 64°F during the day and 49°F in the evenings. Average high temperatures are around 68-72°F, and average low temperatures of around 49-55°F.

There are still some rainy days and cloud cover in the month of May, wth an average rainfall of around 4 inches and ten days with measurable precipitation for the entire month.

The average wind speed is around seven mph, so it probably won't interfere with your trip. Unlike April, where the average snowfall is around 1.1 inches, there's virtually no chance of snow in May.

It's a good idea to pack a light jacket and waterproof shoes, in case of rain, along with a few summer outfits to make the most of sunny days.

Events in New York in May

Events in New York in May

May is the perfect month if you love events. There are plenty of fun things that the whole family can enjoy. A few of the highlights:

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume exhibition : The Met presents its major fashion exhibit annually in May. It's one of the most exciting fashion events in the world, and you can try to catch a glimpse of your favorite celebrities as they strut their stuff.

  • The Tribeca Film Festival: Film buffs can enjoy this showcase of the best independent movies and features the world has to offer.

  • Fleet Week: Fleet Week is a celebration of the Marine corps and other sea services. There are plenty of outdoor activities, like ship tours and military demonstrations, along with live entertainment.

  • The New York International Fringe Festival : This performing arts festival takes place across 20 stages in lower Manhattan, including the famous Delacorte Theater in Central Park West. It's a must-see if you love stagecraft, comedy, and dance.

  • Memorial Day: New Yorkers use Memorial Day Weekend to honor the men and women who served in the US military. It's the perfect time for observing troops in action at the Memorial Day parade or visiting the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum.

  • The New York City Jazz Festival: This festival brings you the best in jazz, with artists from around the globe performing.

  • The New York City Cinco de Mayo Parade: Celebrate New York's Mexican heritag e and culture and soak up the sun in East Harlem at the annual Cinco de Mayo parade. There are activities suitable for everyone, and the live music and food vendors are incredible.

Things to Do in New York in May

Things to Do in New York in May

NYC dons its spring colors in May, making it a perfect month to explore the city with a walking tour and enjoy the restaurants and bars that come alive at night.

You can see the cherry blossoms in Central Park at the Cherry Hill fountain or walk through the Cherry Esplanade at the NYC botanical gardens.

You can also enjoy nature with a bird's eye view of the city by visiting the High Line, the Met Rooftop Garden, or the Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm.

You can take advantage of the warmer weather to book a sightseeing cruise to watch the lights turn on in the skyscrapers as the sun sets over the city or book a bike tour to ride through the streets and parks like a local. You can explore the markets and art of the Lower East Side or visit the amusement parks at Coney Island.

Head to Fifth Avenue for some shopping at Saks, Macy's, or Bergdorf Goodman. You'll find everything, from vintage stores with quirky gear from the 1960s to high-end fashion retailers where you can ship champagne and browse designer wear.

Alternatively, get your fill of culture and history by exploring the NYC Natural History Museum or the 9/11 Memorial.


May in New York is resplendent with cherry blossoms and exciting entertainment and festivals to enjoy. Whether you enjoy music, sport, good food, or arts, history, and culture, NYC has something to offer that you will love.

Book your May trip and experience it for yourself.

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