New York City is a melting pot of restaurants and music. Did you know more than 300 concerts are performed in New York City in any given month? From country to opera, there is variety music for every type of music lover to enjoy. However, there is more than the music for visitors and music lovers of New York to enjoy. Did you know a number of festivals are also help in the “Big Apple?” Have you ever wondered how the City got its nickname, the “Big Apple?” Given to New York by sports writer, John J. Fitz Gerald, every column in 1924 started with “The Big Apple…” Why Gerald started calling New York City the “Big Apple” may sometime remain somewhat of a mystery. It is not mystery; however, how many New Yorkers enjoy festivals and music in the City. Here is a look at some of the upcoming events, tourists and New Yorkers may not want to miss.

Justin Timberlake at Barclays Center – Dec. 14

It may be a far cry from his days in 198 degrees, but Timberlake has proven he doesn’t need to be part of a group to make music and isn’t afraid to try his hand at more than being a successful musician. He is a permanent host for Saturday Night Live and is trying music with his 20/20 Experience World Tour. He has a single out, “Not a Bad Thing.” and seeing his performance may not be such a bad thing.

Andrea Bocelli at Madison Square Garden – Dec. 17

Why not take more of a front row seat when it comes to enjoying a great operatic performance? He may be your parents’ favorite tenor, but there is nothing wrong with hearing him flex his pipes.

Rufus and Martha Wainwright’ Noel Nights at the Town Hall – Dec. 17 and 18th

Who doesn’t a family gathering and why not splurge to hear a Carnegie singer singing some of the holiday favorites, surrounded by family and friends. Special guests for the evening include Loudon Wainwright (the dad), Emmylou Harris, CiboMatto and many other special guests. Nothing may be as compelling as to hear siblings headline this Christmas time family tradition. For those who want tickets, visit

Chinese New Year Firecracker Ceremony and Festival – Jan 1st

Bring in the New Year with more than 500,000 fireworks. With the large amount of firecrackers lighting the night, spooks will be sure not to stick around. In addition to the firecrackers, there will also be lion dances, vendors’ booths, arts and crafts, and decoration giveaways. It is said that the more dumplings you eat in the year, the more prosperous that you will become. This free event is held in Sara Roosevelt Park.

Bjork – March 7-June 7

Did you know that the Museum of Modern Art offers a fitting tribute to an Icelandic alt diva whose career has spanned music and fashion as well? This immersive experience includes film and music as well. This allows visitors to the experience to feel the full effects and it almost feel like a concert. The best part is this exhibit is free.