New York City events calendar for February 2015. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities, and free entertainment in NYC, New York.

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February 2015

Enjoy the best New York City events, festivals, and things to do in February 2015 with this calendar of events.

Events are listed by starting date, and all dates are confirmed. Mileage is from Rockefeller Center in downtown New York City, New York.

Antiques show

Feb. 1, 2015 (begins Jan. 23)

1 mile north

View and purchase exceptional antiques ranging from ancient Roman glass through mid-century modern from 73 exhibitors at the Winter Antiques Show at the Park Avenue Armory. No strollers on weekends.

Dance film festival

February 1 - 3, 2015 (begins Jan. 30)

NYC locations

Dance on Camera shows documentaries, features, shorts, experimental works, and music videos that combines dance with cinematography in innovative ways, selected by the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

American Indian dance

February 1 - 8, 2015 (begins Jan. 12)

2.5 miles south

Dance Concert & Pow-wow features traditional music, dances in elaborate dress, and stories. The audience can join the Round Dance, and then the cast stays to mingle with the children, at Theater for the New City.

Groundhog Day

February 2, 2015

13 miles SW via ferry

Staten Island Zoo opens at 6:30 a.m., and Chuck the groundhog looks for his shadow at 7:30 a.m. on Groundhog Day. Free. Buy breakfast afterwards if you made a reservation.

Short-film festival

February 6, 2015

9 miles SW

Black Maria Film and Video Festival shows diverse, expressive, and passionate short films and videos under 60 minutes by independent makers, premiering at New Jersey City University in Jersey City, NJ.

Wine festival

February 7, 2015

0.5 miles SW

Attend an afternoon or evening session of NYC Winter Wine Fest to enjoy 250 wines, light hors d’oeuvres, and live jazz at Best Buy Theater in Times Square.

Italian wine tasting

February 11, 2015 (uncertain)

1.7 miles south

Taste your way through the regions of Italy during the Slow Wine US Tour NYC at Metropolitan Pavilion.

Cocktails & food

February 12, 2015 (uncertain)

2.9 miles south

Good Spirits pairs fine spirits with local-restaurant food to delight your taste buds, at 82 Mercer Street.

Valentine’s weekend jazz

February 13, 2015

1 mile NW

Dianne Reeves performs songs of love and romance at Lincoln Center on Valentine’s Day weekend.

Valentine’s Day restaurants

February 14, 2015

NYC locations

OpenTable lists restaurants in greater New York City that offer special menus for Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day in Times Square

February 14, 2015

0.5 miles west

Renew your marriage vows on the red glass steps, or take a photo together in front of the heart sculpture in Times Square at W. 46th Street & Broadway. Free.

Valentine’s Day wine tasting

February 14, 2015

0.8 miles east

Taste wine, eat appetizers, and meet new people at Wine Lovers Valentine’s Day Event at the World Bar.

Run in your underwear

February 14, 2015

1.1 miles NW

Cupid’s Undie Run includes a half-naked run through the streets and a party at Stage 48 to support charity.

Valentine’s Day tango class

February 14, 2015

1.7 miles south

Valentine’s Day Beginner Workshop is a 90-minute tango lesson plus champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries at Triangulo for $110 per couple.

Valentine’s Day under the stars

February 14, 2015

2 miles north

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with jazz, champagne, chocolate, and hors d’oeuvres, and then sit back for a view of the stars and love stories based on mythology at Romance Under the Stars in Hayden Planetarium.
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Valentine’s Day concert

February 14, 2015

2.5 miles south

Hear lush, romantic vocal music of 19th-century composers in Greek-revival double parlors of the Merchant’s House Museum at Love in the Parlors.

Valentine’s Day cabaret

February 14, 2015

4.2 miles south

La Vie Parisienne: Saint Valentine’s Masquerade Ball transforms a private Victorian clubhouse into a 1930s Parisian cabaret hall with a costumed or masked masquerade and optional dinner at DTA, 60 Pine St.

Dog show

February 16 - 17, 2015

NYC locations

Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show has breed judging and benching at the Piers, with best-in-show and junior showmanship at Madison Square Garden.

Unusual film festival

February 18 - 26, 2015

1.3 miles NE

See at least 20 rare and underrated films of all kinds at Film Comment Selects at Walter Read Theater.

Fringe theater festival

February 18 - March 8, 2015

2.6 miles south

Since participants are chosen by lottery, you never know what to expect at Frigid New York, which brings 30 affordable shows to two East Village theaters.

Chinese firecrackers & culture

February 19, 2015 (11 a.m.)

3 miles south

New Year Firecracker Ceremony & Cultural Festival [scroll down] has 600,000 firecrackers to scare away evil spirits and a festival with dancers, singers, and food vendors at Sara Roosevelt Park. Free.

Film festival

February 19 - 22, 2015

NYC location

Viva! Latino Film Festival has feature films, shorts, documentaries, and music videos with subtitles.

Wine festival

February 20, 2015

29 miles west

Taste 150 wines, hors d’oeuvres, antipasto, pasta, and cheese to live jazz at New Jersey Winter Wine Festival at the Hilton in Short Hills, NJ. Optional class.

Beer week

February 20 - March 1, 2015

NYC locations

New York City Beer Week celebrates craft beer with hundreds of festivals, tastings, menu pairings, and beer dinners throughout New York City.

Chinese parade

February 22, 2015 (1 p.m.)

4 miles south

See colorful floats, marching bands, lion and dragon dancers, antique cars, beauty queens, and performers at Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival [scroll down website]. Free.

Dance festival

February 26 - March 1, 2015

0.4 miles SE

Get reserved seats by Feb. 6 for ballroom, Latin, rhythm, and smooth dance heats at New York Dance Festival in the Grand Ballroom of the Roosevelt Hotel.

Children’s film festival

February 27 - March 22, 2015

NYC theaters

New York International Children's Film Festival shows new, inspiring, and thought-provoking films about youth from around the world, suitable for families.

Children’s food festival

February 28 - March 1, 2015

0.5 miles south

Kids food fest has games for children from 6 months to tweens, plus presentations and exhibits for their parents, to encourage healthy eating, at Bryant Park.

GLBT expo

February 28 - March 1, 2015

1.5 miles SW

See exhibitors of gay and lesbian products and services, including weddings, at The Original GLBT Business Expo in the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

Orchid Show

February 28 - April 19, 2015

12 miles north

Billed as the largest exhibition of its kind in America, The Orchid Show fills the conservatory at The New York Botanical Garden with thousands of orchids in an amazing array of colors, shapes, sizes, and textures. Romantic Orchid Evenings add music and cocktails.

New York Fashion Week

February 2015 (undated)

NYC locations

Top models, photographers, and designers attend invitation-only events that unveil fall collections during New York Fashion Week. Repeats in Sept.

Bachelor and bachelorette auction

February 2015 (undated)

1.2 miles west

Bid for a date with an eligible young New Yorker at Cupid Hates Cancer Date Auction at Hudson Terrace.

Skating party

February 2015 (undated)

3 miles north

Skate to soul music at Soul on Ice Winter Skating Party, which includes food, music, and ice skating demonstrations at Lasker Rink in Central Park.

Restaurant Week

February 2015 (undated)

NYC locations

Get a special deal on a three-course lunch for $25 or dinner for $38 at 300 restaurants during NYC Restaurant Week. Menus on website. Repeats in July.

1930s jazz club

February 2015 (undated)

4 miles north

Apollo Club Harlem is a glamorous 1930s nightclub with women in gowns, men in tuxedos and fedoras, and legendary entertainment at the Apollo Theater.

Kinky film festival

February 2015 (undated)

3 miles south

CineKink shows films and videos that celebrate and explore a wide diversity of sexuality at Anthology Film Archives. It also offers panel discussions, audience choice awards, a kick-off party, and an after-party.

Poker tournament

February 2015 (undated)

1 mile south

Play poker or buy a food and drink ticket to watch the Texas Hold ‘Em Fundraiser at Stout on West 33rd St.

Entrepreneurs Festival

February 2015 (undated)

2.5 miles south

Entrepreneurs Festival offers speakers, panels, a party, roundtables, and a showcase of 30 startups for current and future entrepreneurs in Tisch Hall at NYU.

Spring beer festival

February 2015 (undated)

1.5 miles south

Sample 150 craft beers with local restaurant food at NYC Craft Beer Festival, Armory on Lexington Ave.

Whisky tasting

February 2015 (undated)

2.5 miles SW

A ticket to Whisky Live includes a dinner buffet, live entertainment, and a glass to sample the greatest whiskies in the world at Chelsea Piers on the Hudson.

Roaring ‘20s dance

February 2015 (undated)

11 miles NW

Roaring ‘20s Valentine's Dance includes a buffet, cash bar, dance lessons, current and 1920s music, and dancing at American Legion in Leonia, NJ. Bring ID.

Wine class

February 2015 (undated)

1.5 miles south

A wine expert guides you through a range of wines at Wine for Couples at Institute of Culinary Education.

Soul concert

February 2015 (undated)

1.7 miles NW

The ‘70s Soul Jam Valentine’s Concert features 5 acts Saturday afternoon or evening at Beacon Theatre, or Saturday at NYCB Theatre in Westbury, Long Island.
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