With Beyoncé dropping surprise albums whenever she pleases (a Saturday night in late April) it's sort of comforting to know that there is still some stability in pop culture release scheduling. To wit, the first weekend in May will likely always belong to the next tentpole Marvel superhero movie until the end of time, or when these things cease being popular. Along with Captain America: Civil War, a team effort featuring more superheroes than it is physically possible to shake a stick at, May will also bring the latest entry in the X-Men franchise, lest you worry that summertime at the movies was not upon us. But if large-scale, action-packed spectacles aren't your thing, there are plenty more entertainment options coming your way this month. Read on for all the other movies, shows, books, and more that will be keeping things interesting this month.
- The EDM festival Electric Daisy Carnival comes to NYC—Citi Field—in mid-May.
- NYCxDesign, NYC's city-wide celebration of global design, runs May 3-17.
- The 10th Annual Japan Day will be held at Central Park on May 8.
- The Steampunk World's Fair is May 13-15 is Piscataway, NJ.
- World B-boy Battle Breakdancing Championship is on May 15th.
[Photo Mash Up: Adriana C. Sánchez for Fast Company, Source Photos: X-Men: Apocalypse: Alan Markfield, courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox; The Nice Guys: courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures; The Darkness: Peter Iovino, courtesy of Universal Pictures; A Bigger Splash: Jack English, courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Films; Snowden: courtesy of Open Road Films; Roots: Casey Crafford, courtesy of A&E Networks; Penny Dreadful: Jonathan Hession, courtesy of Showtime; Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising: Chuck Zlotnick, courtesy of Universal Studios; Money Monster: Atsushi Nishijima, courtesy of TriStar Pictures; Houdini & Doyle: Joseph Scanlon, courtesy of Fox; Grace and Frankie: Melissa Moseley, courtesy of Netflix; Chelsea: courtesy of Netflix; Captain America: Civil War: Zade Rosenthal, courtesy of Marvel; Alice In Wonderland: Through The Looking Glass: Peter Mountain, courtesy of Disney Enterprises, Inc.; The Angry Birds Movie: courtesy of Rovio Animation, Sony Pictures Entertainment.]