Things to do in NYC May 2018

Things to do in NYC in May include Frieze Week art fairs, art auctions, SummerStage, and New York Dance Parade. It’s National Salsa Month.

Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day, but it is fun

Celebrate the French defeat at Puebla, Mexico with Mexican food, drink, and culture, Fri, May 5, 2017

Frieze New York 2018 is NYC’s big May contemporary art fair

Randall’s Island
Thursday-Saturday
May 3-5, 2018

Shakespeare in the Park

Free Public Theater
Delacorte Theater
Central Park
May 23 – June 18, 2017
Dark Wednesday, June 14
Support the Public Theater

SummerStage 2017 free concerts in NYC parks

Latin artists June 21 – September 10, 2017

Sotheby’s Latin American Contemporary Art Auction in May

Sotheby’s
1334 York Ave
Upper East Side
Viewing Saturday, May 20-25, 2017
Auction Thursday, May 25, 2017

Christie’s Latin American Art auction in May

Christie’s
20 Rockefeller Plaza
Rockefeller Center, Midtown
Viewing May 20-24, 2017
Auction Wednesday-Thursday
May 24-25, 2017


May 2018 Calendar



It’s Frieze Week, a week of art fairs in New York City.


Tuesday, May 1

Celebrate May Day, the ancient European Spring festival; or Workers Day (Día del Trabajador) which is public holiday in many Latin countries.

Watch 2017-2018 UEFA Champions League Semi Finals second leg matches.


Wednesday, May 2

Celebrate the Dos de Mayo (2nd of May) popular uprising in Madrid which sparked the Spanish War of Independence from the French in 1808 (La Guerra de la Independencia Española). These events during the Peninsular War (1807-1814) with Napoleonic France ultimately led to the independence of Latin America.

2017 Tony Awards were announced in a live webcast on TonyAwards.com. Tickets went on sale.

Limón Dance Company presented its Spring season at the Joyce Theater in Chelsea May 2-7, 2017.

The Art New York and Context New York international art fairs are at Pier 94, May 2-6, 2018.

Watch 2017-2018 UEFA Champions League Semi Finals second leg matches.


Thursday, May 3

Celebrate the Day of the Cross (Día de la Cruz), an old Christian feast that celebrates the finding of the “True Cross” in 326, and in Mexico is related to ancient Mayan and Aztec Spring festivals.

Remember The Third of May 1808, the revolutionary painting by Francisco Goya of the horrors of war. It is one of the first great paintings of the modern era.

The 2017 Portal art fair of emerging artists was at Federal Hall National Monument in the Financial District, May 3 – 12, 2017.

New York City Ballet’s 2018 Spring Gala is at the David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center.

New York City Ballet opens its Jerome Robbins centennial celebration with a Tribute to Robbins program at 7 pm. $30 – $151


Friday, May 4

TEFAF New York Spring design fair is at the Park Avenue Armory in the Upper East Side May 4-8, 2018.

New York City Ballet presents an All Robbins No. 1: Bernstein Collaborations program that includes the West Side Story Suite at 8 pm. $30 – $185


Saturday, May 5

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo, the American celebration of Mexican culture.

Tango composer Osvaldo Fresedo was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina on May 5, 1897.

Sotheby’s 2017 Impressionist and Modern Art May auction exhibition was at Sotheby’s in the Upper East Side, May 5-15, 2017.

New York City Ballet presents an All Robbins No. 1: Bernstein Collaborations program that includes the West Side Story Suite at 2 pm. $30 – $185


Sunday, May 6

The first Sunday in May is Spanish, Portuguese, and Romanian Mother’s Day.

Rudolph Valentino, the first Latin film idol, was born in Castellaneta, Apulia, Italy on May 6, 1895.

The  exhibition for Christie’s Spring 2017 Impressionist and Modern Art auction  went on view at Christie’s in Rockefeller Center through May 15, 2017.

Bleeding edge SPRING/BREAK Art Show Brooklyn opens at City Point in Downtown, Brooklyn. Through Sunday, May 14.



Monday, May 7

Eva Peron, the former first lady of Argentina, was born in Los Toldos, Argentina on May 7, 1919.


Tuesday, May 8

Celebrate the birthday of Enrique Iglesias, the King of Latin Pop, in Madrid, Spain on May 8, 1975.

New York City Ballet presents an All Robbins No. 1: Bernstein Collaborations program that includes the West Side Story Suite at 7:30 pm. $30 – $185


Wednesday, May 9


Thursday, May 10

May 10 is Mother’s Day in Mexico, Guatemala, and El Salvador.

Celebrate Romanian Independence Day from the Ottoman Empire on May 10, 1877.

Celebrate the birthday of Roberto Firpo, the early Argentine Tango pianist, orchestra leader, and composer in Flores, Buenos Aires on May 10, 1884.

LAST CHANCE to see Donizetti’s Italian opera Lucia di Lammermoor at the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center at 7:30 pm. From $25


Friday, May 11

Celebrate the birthday of Buika, the queen of Flamenco Soul, in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, on May 11, 1972.

LAST CHANCE to see Massenet’s French opera Cendrillon at the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center at 8 pm. From $27

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performs at NJPAC Prudential Hall, Friday – Sunday, May 11 – 13 at 8 pm (3 pm Sunday). $25 – $89


Saturday, May 12

LAST CHANCE to see Charles Gounod’s French opera Roméo et Juliette with Placido Domingo conducting at the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center at 1 pm. From $25


Sunday, May 13

Mother’s Day is the second Sunday in May. Love you Mom!

Ballet Hispanico performs at the United Palace in Washington Heights, Manhattan at 2 pm.

The 2017 Miss USA beauty pageant in Las Vegas was broadcast on Fox on Sunday, May 14, 2017 at 8 pm.



In 2017 this was 20th Century Week, a week of Modern and Contemporary art auctions.


Monday, May 14


Tuesday, May 15

May 15 is Paraguayan Mother’s Day.

In 2017, Sotheby’s brought Pre-Columbian antiquities to market at its Art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americasauction on Monday, May 15.

The 2017 Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art Evening auction was at Christie’s in Rockefeller Center on Monday, May 15.

The 2017 National Puerto Rican Day Parade golf outing was at Pelham Bay Golf Course in The Bronx on Monday, May 15.


Wednesday, May 16


Thursday, May 17


Friday, May 18


Saturday, May 19

Jazz legend Chick Corea plays NJPAC Prudential Hall at 8 pm. $39 – $79


Sunday, May 20

Celebrate the Christian holiday of Pentecost.



Monday, May 21

Celebrate the end of the 2018 Jewish festival of Shavouth (Festival of Weeks).


Tuesday, May 22


Wednesday, May 23


Thursday, May 24


Friday, May 25

It’s Memorial Day Weekend!

New York City Ballet’s Coppélia opens at the David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center at 8 pm. Various dates through June 2. $30 – $185


Saturday, May 26

Watch the 2017-2018 UEFA Champions League final at NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine.


Sunday, May 27



Monday, May 28

Celebrate Memorial Day, a day to remember Americans who died serving in the armed forces. It’s a national holiday.


Tuesday, May 29


Wednesday, May 30


Thursday, May 31

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May 2018 Events



‘Hamilton’ is the most influential Broadway show of our generation

New York Puerto Rican writer
Richard Rodgers Theatre
226 W 46th St, Times Square
Tuesday-Sunday 2017

Speak to your members of Congress at a local Town Hall Meeting

Monday – Friday
December 18 – 29, 2017

Barcelona at Real Madrid, El Clásico with Penya FC Barcelona NYC

Penya FC Barcelona
Smithfield Hall NYC
138 West 25th St
between Sixth & Seventh Ave, Chelsea
Saturday, December 23, 2017

Real Madrid Peña Madridista NYC ~ El Clásico Real Madrid vs Barcelona

Peña Madridista NYC
Playwright Irish Pub
27 West 35th St, Chelsea
El Clásico La Liga
Saturday, December 23, 2017

Buika ‘Para Mi’ Grammy nominee

~ Best World Music Album
60th Grammy Awards (2018)
Madison Square Garden
4 Pennsylvania Plaza
Front entrance Seventh Ave
at 32nd St Chelsea, Manhattan
Sunday, January 28, 2018

UEFA Champions League 2017 – 2018 Round of 16

September – May
Round of 16 1st Leg
Tuesday – Wednesday
February 13 – 14, 2018
Juventus vs Tottenham Hotspur
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Osvaldo Fresedo had a long career making melodic Tangos like “Vida Mía”

Celebrate the Argentine bandoneon player, composer, and Tango orchestra leader’s birth in Buenos Aires on May 5, 1897

Celebrate Mother’s Day. We love you Mom!

Most countries celebrate on the second Sunday in May (May 14, 2017). Some celebrate on other days in March, May, August, October, or December.

Dance Parade 2018

Flatiron District to Tompkins Square Park
East Village
Saturday, May 19, 2018

Context New York international art fair

Colombian, Cuban, French, Italian, and Spanish galleries at Pier 94 in Hell’s Kitchen, May 3-7, 2017

TEFAF New York Spring 2017 is NYC’s edition of TEFAF Maastricht

Brazilian, French, French-Canadian, Italian, and Uruguayan galleries show Modern & Contemporary art and design at the Park Avenue Armory in the Upper East Side, Thu-Mon, May 4-8, 2017

Art New York is an international contemporary and modern art fair

Colombian, French, French-Canadian, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Venezuelan galleries at Pier 94 in Hell’s Kitchen, May 3-7, 2017

La verdadera historia de Caperucita (Little Red Riding Hood)

Bilingual children’s puppet theatre
Teatro SEA
Lower East Side
Saturdays, May 2018

May Day or Worker’s Day is a public holiday in many Latin cultures

Celebrate Spring or Worker’s Day on May 1

The New York Salsa and Bachata Festival is all Memorial weekend

Non-stop dance workshops, performances, and parties at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-29, 2017

François Morellet a systematic French approach to geometrical abstraction

Dia:Beacon upstate
Dia:Chelsea
535 West 22nd St
Chelsea, Manhattan
Saturday, October 28, 2017 – June 2, 2018

Cerámica de los Ancestros: Central America’s Past Revealed

Central American artifacts
National Museum of the American Indian
1 Bowling Green
Financial District
EXTENDED
Through October 2018
FREE

New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey (Newark)

Major League Soccer
March – October

VolvoTango is an outdoor milonga with stunning views from river piers

April – November and warm winter days
WEDNESDAY & SUNDAY
Pier 45 at Christopher St, West Village
THURSDAY
LIC Landing in Long Island City, Queens

NYCFC New York City Football Club

Major League Soccer
Yankee Stadium
March – October

Christie’s is the world’s leading art business

Latin American Art auctions in May and November are pillars of NYC’s Latin art scene

Atlético Madrid vs Real Madrid Peña Oficial Atlético de Madrid en New York

The Grafton
126 First Avenue
East Village, Manhattan
Saturday, November 18, 2017

New York Mets 2018 Season Opener

April – October
Citi Field Flushing Meadows – Corona Park, Queens
At the Cardinals
Thursday, March 29, 2018

Misty Copeland and Herman Cornejo in American Ballet Theatre’s “Tchaikovsky Spectacular”

Metropolitan Opera House
Lincoln Center
Monday-Saturday, July 3-8
Misty Copeland & Herman Cornejo
Friday, July 7, 2017

G7 Summit ends badly for the U.S.

President’s first world tour ends with American power thrown away, the impression of weakness, and key allies walking away from American leadership after G7 Summit, May 26-27, 2017

Rivera’s Portrait leads Sotheby’s May Latin America Modern Art auction

Mexican, Cuban, and Chilean modernists on view at Sotheby’s in the Upper East Side, from Sat, May 20 for auction Thu, May 25, 2017

Phillips’ May auction of Latin American art also benefits Colombian FLORA

Brazilian, Colombian, Cuban, Mexican, and Venezuelan art on view Saturday-Wednesday, May 20-24 for auction Wednesday, May 24

Celebrate the May Revolution of Buenos Aires

The May Revolution of May 25, 1810 launched the Argentine War of Independence. It led to the Latin American Wars of Independence which ended with the Spanish-American War of 1898.

Basquiat sets records at Sotheby’s Spring Contemporary Art auction

Basquiat sets records for American artist, Black artist, and art since 1980 at Sotheby’s auction in the Upper East Side, Thu, May 18, 2017

Basquiat is the top cop at Christie’s Post War and Contemporary Art auction

Basquiat’s La Hara (1981) is one of the sale highlights at Christie’s in Rockefeller Center, on view May 5 through the auction on Wed, May 17, 2017

Sotheby’s Brings Pre-Columbian Antiquities to Market

Mexican, Peruvian, and Chilean antiquities are on sale in the Art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas auction, Mon, May 15, 2017

A Picasso shines in Sotheby’s Spring Impressionist and Modern art auction

Picasso’s Tête d’Homme (1969) is on view at Sotheby’s in the Upper East Side for auction on Tue, May 16, 2017

Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art auction gets a good start on 20th Century Week

Brancusi’s La muse endormie sculpture sells for almost double its estimate. Picasso’s Dora Maar portrait also does well at Rockefeller Center on May 15, 2017.

Miss USA 2017

Find out who will represent USA at the next Miss Universe pageant, Sun, May 14, 2017

Titanosaur

This 122-foot-long dinosaur skeleton from Patagonia, Argentina is so big, the head pokes through the door of the hall. American Museum of Natural History through Jan 1, 2020

Sotheby’s November Latin American Modern Art auction

Sotheby’s
1334 York Ave
Upper East Side
Tuesday, November 22, 2016


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