Although the weather might suggest otherwise, spring is just around the corner — and with it comes a variety of exciting activities ranging from food and drink festivals to behind-the-scenes tours. Check out what the coming week has in store and make sure to join in on all the fun:

Friday, March 16th

Pay a visit to the New York Botanical Garden for its Orchid Show, displaying thousands of orchids that come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes.

Saturday, March 17th

The story of Grand Central Terminal is that of New York City itself: the structure embodies the social, cultural, economic and technological evolution around it. It is one of great men, feuding architects, ingenuity, rejuvenation, secrets and surprises. On our Secrets of Grand Central Terminal tour, we will tell you these stories — about what once was, what could have been, and what can be.

Tour of the Secrets of Grand Central Terminal

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! For quirky celebratory activities (beyond bar hopping), check out our guide to alternative events, featuring glass blowing classes, whiskey tours and more.

Sunday, March 18th

End the weekend on a high note with the Vodka and Pickles Festival, taking place at Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn. The event includes unlimited tastings of Vodka mixed drinks, pickles and other Hors d’oeuvres, in addition to live stage entertainment, an art exhibition and fun raffles.

The abandoned Ellis Island Hospital complex — once the standard for United States medical care (and later transformed to the FBI headquarters when the island served as a detention center) — has been left to decay for nearly 60 years. Now, Untapped Cities is bringing you behind-the-scenes for a unique exploration of the abandoned facility; on this experience, you’ll visit the contagious disease wards, the autopsy rooms and have exclusive access to places usually closed to the public.

Behind-the-Scenes Hard Hat Tour of the Abandoned Ellis Island Hospital

The New York City subway system is the largest in the world and with hundreds of art installations scattered throughout its 430 stations, it’s also one of the world’s largest public art galleries. Join Untapped Cities tour guide Justin Rivers as he takes you on an in-depth tour of Art in the NYC Subway, weaved together to tell the complete history of the New York City commuter from Fulton’s first steamboat to the newly minted Second Avenue subway riders.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour of NYC Subway Art

Monday, March 19th

New York Public Library President, Anthony Marx, is bringing together criminal-justice-reform advocates for a conversation about issues surrounding incarceration.

Tuesday, March 20th

There’s a bread lab in Brooklyn that offers bread-making workshops! Earn your carbs at this hands-on experience for beginners.

Wednesday, March 21st

The Museum of the City of New York will host The Subway, a talk with Joseph Lhota, Chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), and transportation advocate and MTA Board Member, Veronica Vanterpool, to delve into what can be done to ensure the future success of the New York subway system. Purchase tickets for $25 here, or go FREE as an Untapped Cities Insider.

Thursday, March 22nd

The Affordable Art Fair kicks off today, featuring contemporary works, ranging from paintings and prints to sculptures and photographs. Workshops and talks will also be taking place throughout the day at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea.

Coming Up: March 24th

Sumo Stew is going down at The Brooklyn Kitchen from 6pm to 9pm! The action-packed event features live stream sumo matches from grand tournaments in Japan, alongside a variety of food and drink options. Dine on bowls of chankonabe (sumo stew) and bento boxes while drinking beer, sake and tea. Japanese artisan vendors will also be present on site.

See all upcoming Untapped Cities Behind the Scenes Tours.