There's never a dull moment in the city that never sleeps. Festivals, parades and an abundance of sporting championships are an exciting part of everyday life for New Yorkers and the millions of visitors who flock to the city every year. Don't miss the following:

January / February & July / August: NYC Restaurant Week

Eating out in the city can be pricey, so no wonder NYC Restaurant Week is highly anticipated. Held twice a year, in summer and winter, top chefs including Daniel Boulud and Jean-Georges Vongerichten offer 3-course gourmet meals for a steal. Despite its name, the promotion is usually offered for several weeks. 

February & September: New York Fashion Week

One for the style mavens and Instagrammers: New York Fashion Week is a prime opportunity to observe models, editors, buyers, and exhibitionists on the catwalks and streets of NYC. General admission tickets are available to most shows, though don't expect to be seated next to Anna Wintour. 

April / May: Cherry blossoms

Oh cherry blossoms, how we adore you! After a gruelling winter, the city springs into colourful bloom with flowering pink cherry blossom trees. Have your camera at the ready in Central Park, Brooklyn Botanic Gardens and hundreds of residential streets. 

April / May: Tribeca Film Festival

Film fanatics snap up tickets to the Tribeca Film Festival as soon as they go on sale. Be quick to score entry to thought-provoking films and documentaries, many of them low-budget and limited-release.

June: Museum Mile Festival

Museum Mile Festival closes down 5th Avenue to traffic for one night as nine of the city's best museums throw a family-friendly block party and offer free admission. 

August / September: US Open Tennis Championships

See the world's best tennis players during two weeks of thrilling competition at the US Open Tennis Championships, held in Flushing Meadows, Queens. (August-September) 
Sports nuts will find much to love in NYC year-round. Join the locals at any neighbourhood sports bar for beer and chicken wings to cheer on the home teams in baseball, basketball, NFL football and ice hockey or splash out for tickets to Madison Square Garden, Yankee Stadium, Barclays Center or Citi Field.  

October: Open House New York

Go inside some of NYC's most famous buildings during Open House New York, when the doors to normally-closed-to-the-public locations are open for a limited time. Past highlights have included the Eero Saarinen-designed former TWA terminal at JFK, meeting rooms at the UN and the gloriously restored King's Theatre in Brooklyn. 

October: Village Halloween Parade

Get your spook on during trick-or-treat Halloween season in NYC. Bigger in some ways than Christmas, the ghoulish festivities culminate in the Village Halloween Parade, the largest in the world. Anyone in costume can join the 60,000 street pageant participants, or watch alongside two million other gawkers. Taking place on the last Saturday in October, it's not for the crowd-shy.

November: Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is a spectacle to be seen in person at least once in a lifetime. Dozens of enormous inflatables in the shape of comic characters - Spiderman! Hello Kitty! Snoopy! - float down 6th Avenue to the cheers of spectators. Insiders know to check out the floats the night before the parade, in the streets surrounding the American Museum of Natural History. Stay up all night and be first in line for huge discounts at the Black Friday sales next morning.

November: New York City Marathon

Held on the first Sunday in November, the New York City Marathon is an inspira-thon for entrants and spectators alike. Join the crowds to cheer on runners in all five boroughs as they feel the burn.