New York City events calendar for February 2016. Best festivals, fun things to do, Valentine's Day shows & events, weekend fairs, free kids' activities in NYC, New York.

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February 2016
February 2016

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

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Italian wine tasting

February 3, 2016 (7 to 10 p.m.)

2.3 miles SW

Taste your way through the regions of Italy during the Slow Wine World Tour, with Italian bites and live entertainment at the Highline Ballroom.

NYC Restaurant Week

February 5, 2016

NYC locations

Get a special deal on a 3-course lunch or dinner at 300 restaurants during NYC Restaurant Week, not on Saturdays. Repeats in July.

Broadway discount week

February 5, 2016 (begins Jan. 19)

0.5 miles west

Get 2-for-1 deals on select theater shows during Broadway Week. Repeats in Sept.

Winter Carnival

February 5 - 6, 2016

0.5 miles south

Winter Carnival includes winter sports, ping pong, skating, a brew house, and a silent disco dance at Bryant Park. Free (unless you rent skates).

Stephen King thriller

February 5 - 14, 2016

0.6 miles SW

Bruce Willis and Laurie Metcalf star in suspenseful, stylish, and scary Misery at Broadhurst Theatre.

Discount tickets weekdays $59 to $99.

American Indian show

February 5 - 7 and 12 - 14, 2016

2.5 miles south

Thunderbird American Indian Dancers play traditional music, dance in elaborate dress, and tell stories. The audience can join the Round Dance, and then the cast mingles with kids at Theater for the New City.

Gritty drama by Arthur Miller

February 5 - 21, 2016

0.5 mile SW

A View From the Bridge is a passionate tragedy about an immigrant longshoreman set in 1950s Brooklyn, at Lyceum Theatre. Discount tickets $59.

Shakespeare comedy

February 5 - 27, 2016 (7 p.m.)

2.4 miles south

As You Like It is a romantic comedy of mischievous misunderstandings, pleasing poetry, and hilarious happenstance at Players Theatre. Discount tickets $15.

Cocktail show

February 5 - April 30, 2016

2.8 miles south

Your ticket to The Imbible includes 3 craft cocktails plus a comic romp through the history of spirits and cocktails at SoHo Playhouse. Discount tickets $28.

Star Wars exhibition

February 5 - May 30, 2016

0.5 miles SW

See 77 costumes worn in all seven films at Star Wars and the Power of Costume at Discovery Times Square.

Discount VIP tickets $28.

Creative percussion show

February 5 - June 26, 2016

0.5 miles SW

STOMP has high-energy dance, acrobatics, comedy, and nonstop rhythym from unusual instruments at the Orpheum Theatre. Discount tickets at Goldstar and Groupon.

Blue Man show

February 5 - June 26, 2016

2.3 miles south

Blue Man Group is back with a new stage show that combines comedy, art, science, visual effects, and music at Astor Place Theatre. Discount tickets $59.

Popular musical: Fantasticks

February 5 - July 3, 2016

0.2 miles west

The Fantasticks is a funny and romantic musical entertaining audiences since 1960, at intimate Snapple Theater in Times Square. Discount tickets $15.

Fiddler on the Roof (live)

February 5 - July 3, 2016

0.4 miles NW

Fiddler on the Roof is a musical about Jewish tradition in Imperial Russia, which has won 10 Tony Awards, at Broadway Theatre. Discount tickets $69.

Family musical

February 5 - July 3, 2016

0.6 miles SW

Based on a book by Roald Dahl, Matilda the Musical is about a girl who dares to take a stand and change her destiny, at Shubert Theatre. Discount tickets $59.

Edgy puppet show

February 5 - Dec. 18, 2016

0.4 miles west

Humans and puppets who live in a shabby neighborhood on Avenue Q entertain mature audiences with sassy songs and funny antics at New World Stages. Discount tickets $49.

Romantic musical

February 5 - Dec. 31, 2016

0.7 miles west

Based on a 1912 novel, Daddy Long Legs is a musical about a girl’s correspondence with an anonymous benefactor as she matures into an intelligent and witty woman, at cozy Davenport Theatre. Discounts tickets at Goldstar and LivingSocial.

Wine tasting

February 6, 2016 (3 & 8 p.m.)

0.5 miles SW

NYC Winter Wine Festival features 250 wines, light hors d’oeuvres, and live jazz at PlayStation Theater in Times Square. Coupon code “events12” saves 10%.

Fireworks

February 6, 2016

1.5 miles west

Celebrate Chinese New Year watching a world-class Fireworks Spectacular over the Hudson. Free to watch from shore, or see it on a dinner cruise:

Skating party

February 6, 2016 (1:30 to 3:30 p.m.)

3 miles north

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

Beer tasting

February 6, 2016 (12:30 & 5:30 p.m.)

6.3 miles NW

Sample 150 beers from 70 brewers at Great Beer Expo at Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ.

Beer festival

February 6, 2016

26.6 miles north

Sample 200 craft beers with food and music at Big Brew NY at Westchester County Center in White Plains, a two-minute walk from the train station. Discount tickets $52.

Opera

February 6 - 13, 2016

1.1 miles NW

Il Trovatore by Verdi is an action-packed opera that features powerful songs and dramatic music at the Metropolitan Opera House. Discount tickets $60 to $155.

Children’s musical

February 6 - 28, 2016 (1 p.m.)

1.7 miles NW

Pinkalicious eats so many pink cupcakes that she turns pink. Kids 2 to 7 enjoy seeing how she gets out of this predicament with help from her brother, at McGinn Cazale Theatre, 2162 Broadway. Discount tickets $25.

Zombie escape

February 7 - March 19, 2016

1.2 miles south

You and 11 others are Trapped in a Room with a Zombie [sound] on a chain and have one hour to solve clues and escape, at 355 7th Avenue. Discount tickets $21.

Dancing with the Stars

February 8, 2016 (7:30 p.m.)

1.7 miles NW

Shaping Sound performs an electrifying mashup of dance styles and musical genres that made it famous on TV’s Dancing With the Stars, at Beacon Theatre. Discount tickets $35.

Chinese firecrackers & culture

February 8, 2016 (11 a.m.)

3 miles south

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

Magic show

February 8 - March 28, 2016 (Mondays)

2.4 miles south

Five professional magicians perform card tricks and feats of wonder with plenty of humor at Monday Night Magic in cozy Players Theatre. Discount tickets $26.

California wine tasting

February 9, 2016 (6 to 8:30 p.m.)

2.7 miles south

Taste wines from dozens of West Sonoma Coast vintners at West of West NYC at City Winery.

Mardi Gras evening

February 9, 2016 (also Jan.)

5 miles SE

New Orleans Mardi Gras Crawfish Boil [scroll down] features a brass band and optional crawfish dinner at The Hall in Brooklyn. Discount tickets $8, with dinner $22.

Beach Boys

February 9, 2016 (8 p.m.)

11 miles south

Hear the music of unfading youth when The Beach Boys (Good Vibrations) perform at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn. Discount tickets $15 to $35.

Basketball

February 9 - March 20, 2016

1.2 miles south

The New York Knicks play at Madison Square Garden.

Discount tickets $69 to $99.

  • Feb. 9 - Washington Wizards
  • Feb. 26 - Orlando Magic
  • March 20 - Sacramento Kings

Three-way romance

February 9 - May 8, 2016

1 mile SW

Straight is a funny and reflective off-Broadway drama about three Millennials in a romantic entanglement at Acorn Theatre. Discount tickets $35.

New York Fashion Week

February 10 - 18, 2016

NYC locations

Top models, photographers, and designers attend invitation-only events unveiling fall collections during New York Fashion Week [sound]. Repeats in Sept.

Witty comedy

February 11 - 14, 2016

0.7 miles SW

An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde weaves together blackmail, political corruption, and public and private honor in late 19th-century England at Times Square Arts Center. Discount tickets $10.

Sesame Street show

February 11 - 21, 2016

1.2 miles south

Families love joining in when their favorite characters sing and dance onstage in Sesame Street Live at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.

Discount tickets $13 to $31.

Wine & chocolate tasting

February 12, 2016

0.3 miles SE

Enjoy wine, chocolate, entertainment, food for purchase, and a silent auction at Ripple Effect Artists Chocolate & Wine Gala at People’s United Bank on Park Avenue.

Discount tickets $25.

Valentine’s Day drag show

February 12, 2016 (9:30 p.m.)

1 mile SW

Distorted Valentines twists together iconic pop-culture moments to destroy the holiday at Laurie Beechman Theatre for age 17+. Discount tickets $11.

Valentine’s Day cocktail class

February 12, 2016 (6:30 to 9:30 p.m.)

1.5 miles south

Sample a wide variety of cocktails and create your own at Couples Romantic Cocktails for Valentine’s Day at Institute of Culinary Education for $195 per couple.

Wine & cheese cruise

February 12, 2016 (also March)

2.4 miles SW

Taste five wines with artisan cheese and see city views during a Wine & Cheese Pairing Class aboard the Yacht Manhattan, departing from Chelsea Piers (Pier 62). Discount tickets $51.

Party cruise

February 12 - 13, 2016

4 miles south

Rock the Yacht is a 3-hour cruise with city views, DJ dance music, and cash bar leaving Pier 15 at South Street Seaport for age 21+. Discount tickets $15.

Valentine’s Day jazz

February 12 - 14, 2016

1 mile NW

Vocal wonder Cécile McLorin Salvant gives a Valentine’s Day-inspired performance at Lincoln Center.

Valentine’s haunted house

February 12 - 14, 2016

3 miles south

Blood Manor opens its doors for a horrifying Bloody Valentine’s Weekend at 163 Varick Street.

Discount tickets $20.

Dance film festival

February 12 - 16, 2016 (gala Feb. 10)

NYC locations

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

Dance party: ‘80s & ‘90s

February 13, 2016 (10:30 p.m.)

1 mile south

The ‘80s vs ‘90s Party features your favorite songs played by a cover band and DJ, props, movie clips, costumes, and sound bites at the Cutting Room for age 21+. Discount tickets $11.

Central Park Ice Festival

February 13, 2016 (3 to 7 p.m.)

1.1 miles north

See carvers make romantic statues with chisels and power tools. At 5 p.m. trade ID for headphones and dance outdoors at a “silent disco” with DJs and colored lights during Ice Festival at Naumburg Bandshell. Free.

Run in your underwear

February 13, 2016 (noon)

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 champagne

February 13, 2016 (6:30 to 8:30 p.m.)

1.5 miles south

Champagne Gala for Valentine’s Day is a talk about sparkling wine, a tasting, hors d’oeuvres, and a buffet at Institute of Culinary Education for $300 per couple.

Valentine’s Day soul concert

February 13, 2016 (3 & 8 p.m.)

1.7 miles NW

The ‘70s Soul Jam Valentine’s Concert has five acts in a revival of R&B, disco, and soul at Beacon Theatre.

Valentine’s Day formal soiree

February 13, 2016 (9 p.m.)

2.1 miles south

Sweetheart Soirée features plush seating, dancing, entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, sweets, (wine and cocktails for sale) on 4 floors of Norwood mansion for age 21+.

Valentine’s Day concert

February 13, 2016 (7:30 p.m.)

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. A post-performance reception is optional.

Valentine’s Day masquerade party

February 13, 2016

4.2 miles south

Carnival of Venice Masquerade is an edgy Venetian Carnival masked ball, which requires a costume, at Down Town Association (DTA).

Valentine’s Day art tour

February 13 - 14, 2016

0.2 miles north

Valentine Tours begin with a candlelit reception, including a glass of wine and fine hors d’oeuvres, followed by a private guided tour after the museum closes at The Museum of Modern Art, $225 a couple.

Valentine’s Day tango class

February 13 - 14, 2016

1.7 miles south

Come as a couple to the Valentine’s Day Workshop for an introductory tango lesson plus champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries at Triangulo.

Valentine’s Day cruise

February 13 - 15, 2016

2.4 miles SW

Enjoy 90 minutes of views on a Statue of Liberty & Skyline Sightseeing Cruise, including a glass of champagne or other beverage on Yacht Manhattan, from Chelsea Piers (Pier 62). Discount tickets $26.

Classic drama about prejudice

February 13 - March 12, 2016 (Saturdays)

4.5 miles north

A black family moves to the white side of Chicago in A Raisin in the Sun, a ground-breaking classic that became a movie starring Sidney Poitier, live at Harlem Repertory Theatre. Discount tickets $11.

Valentine’s Day restaurants

February 14, 2016

NYC locations

OpenTable lists restaurants in greater New York City that offer special menus for Valentine’s Day. Also see recommendations by NY Magazine and Zagat.

Valentine’s Day in Times Square

February 14, 2016

0.5 miles west

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

Valentine’s scavenger hunt

February 14, 2016 (2 to 5 p.m.)

0.8 miles south

The Amazing Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt begins at Slattery’s Midtown Pub, and then you follow a series of clues around the city performing physical and mental challenges. Discount tickets at Goldstar and LivingSocial.

Valentines’ Day burlesque

February 14, 2016 (7 to 8:30 p.m.)

1 mile SW

Le Scandal Valentine’s Day Show is a burlesque variety show with live music and an available dinner and bar menu at Laurie Beechman Theatre.

French Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2016 (5 p.m.)

1.1 miles south

Your ticket to Maison D’Amour: a Celebration of Love includes wine, cheese, and chocolate by candlelight, plus live French music, entertainment, and a rose at Interface NYC for age 21+.

Valentine’s Day under the stars

February 14, 2016 (sold out)

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.

Bossa Nova brunch

February 14, 2016 (12:30 p.m.)

2.3 miles SW

Hear the world’s most romantic music at The Girl From Ipanema at Highline Ballroom.

Discount tickets $11 (plus $10 food minimum).

Valentine’s Day burlesque

February 14, 2016 (7:30 p.m.)

2.3 miles SW

Filthy Gorgeous Burlesque Valentine’s Spectacular is a night of teasing, live music, and sultry fun at Highline Ballroom. Discount tickets $15.

Chinese parade

February 14, 2016 (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. Free.

Valentine’s Day family party

February 14, 2016 (12 to 3 p.m.)

5.1 miles SE

Little Club Heads Family Dance Party includes dancing to popular tunes played by DJs, face painting, balloon twisting, and stage shows at Verbotem in Brooklyn for children age 1 to 12, plus their older siblings.

Valentine’s music in a mansion

February 14, 2016 (4:30 p.m.)

15 miles north

The Rivertown String Quartet plays romantic music by Schubert, Beethoven, and Ginastera at Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum at Pelham Bay. Afterwards, attend an opening reception for the Gilded Age Glamour fashion exhibit.

Dog show

February 15 - 16, 2016

NYC locations

Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show has daytime events at Piers 92/94 with finals and best-in-show evenings at Madison Square Garden. Discount tickets $20.

Fringe theater festival

February 16 - March 6, 2016

2.6 miles south

Since participants are chosen by lottery, you never know what to expect at Frigid New York, which has 30 affordable shows at two East Village theaters. Scroll down their page to see all shows.

Unusual film festival

February 17 - 24, 2016

1.3 miles NE

See 18 rare and underrated films of all kinds at Film Comment Selects at Walter Read Theater.

Classical concert in NJ

February 18, 2016 (8 p.m.)

36 miles west

Polish Baltic Philharmonic of Gdansk performs works by Chopin, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Tchaikovsky at Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, NJ. Discount tickets $21.

Cinderella ballet

February 18 - 20, 2016

0.4 miles north

Les Ballets de Monte Carlo perform a dark and sensual version of Cinderella choreographed by Jean-Christophe Maillot at New York City Center. Discount tickets $20 to $53.

Chaka Khan

February 19, 2016 (9 p.m.)

11 miles south

Queen of Funk Chaka Khan performs with Vivian Green at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn. Discount tickets $57.

Beer week

February 19 - 28, 2016

NYC locations

New York City Beer Week celebrates craft beer with special tastings, pairings, and dinners at many venues.

Dinner cruise

February 19 - March 5, 2016 (7 p.m.)

3 miles SW

Enjoy a reception, a three-course dinner, and a DJ dance with three hours of views on a Manhattan Dinner Cruise by Hornblower Yachts, departing from Pier 40 at 353 West Street. Discount tickets $102, child $60.

Opera by Puccini

February 19 - April 12, 2016

1.1 miles NW

Madama Butterfly is a young Japanese geisha who mistakenly believes her arrangement with a visiting American naval officer is a loving and permanent marriage, at the Metropolitan Opera House. Discount tickets $73 to $158.

Musical comedy

February 19 - June 12, 2016

0.5 miles NW

In sentimental She Loves Me, two sparring store clerks unknowingly write each other secret love notes at Studio 54. Discount tickets $67.

Bloody Mary festival

February 20, 2016 (sold out)

2.6 miles south

Taste Bloody Marys from 18 restaurants with brunch snacks, and then vote for your favorite at Eat, Drink and Bloody Mary at L’Apicio.

Avant-garde music

February 20 - March 5, 2016

3 miles south

Avant Music Festival devotes each night to music by a single contemporary composer at the Wild Project.

Jazz brunch on a yacht

February 21 - March 6, 2016 (Sundays)

3 miles south

Enjoy a buffet, live jazz, and two hours of views on the Jazzy Champagne Brunch Cruise by Hornblower Yachts, departing from Pier 40.

Discount tickets $57, child $27.

Concert for Tibet

February 22, 2016 (7:30 p.m.)

0.6 miles north

Expect big-name performers at the Tibet House Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall to raise funds for Tibetan culture. Optional gala dinner afterwards.

Italian wine tasting

February 23, 2016 (4 to 8:30 p.m.)

2.4 miles SW

Sample 295 wines from 100 Italian vintners at Great Wines of Italy, with cheese & meat appetizers and music from a singer/songwriter at IAC on W. 18th St.

Whisky tasting

February 24, 2016

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 Pier 60, Chelsea Piers.

Beer tasting

February 24, 2016 (6 to 9:30 p.m.)

6.5 miles SE

Taste 40 beers and meet the brewers at NYC Brewer’s Choice at Sanders Studios in Brooklyn.

Seattle ballet

February 24 - 27, 2016

0.4 miles north

The renowned Pacific Northwest Ballet and its orchestra perform three works by Ballanchine (Feb. 24 & 25) and a contemporary program (Feb. 26 & 27) at New York City Center. Discount tickets $38 to $79.

Dance festival

February 25 - 28, 2016

0.4 miles SE

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

Classic opera

February 25 - March 26, 2016

1.1 miles NW

The Marriage of Figaro is a popular comic opera by Mozart, which is sung in Italian with multi-language subtitles at the Metropolitan Opera House. Discount tickets $53 to $124.

Broadway musical

February 25 - Oct. 9, 2016

0.2 miles west

Steve Martin wrote Bright Star, a sweeping tale of love and redemption set in the American South of the ‘20s and ‘40s, with songs by Edie Brickell at Cort Theatre. Discount tickets $39 to $89.

NJ wine tasting

February 26, 2016 (7 to 10 p.m.)

29 miles west

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

Coupon code “events12” saves 10%.

Children’s film festival

February 26 - March 20, 2016

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.

Science magic

February 26 - May 1, 2016

0.7 miles SW

A physics demonstrator from Rutgers University performs amazing feats in That Physics Show [sound] using cold liquid nitrogen, burning hydrogen, and bright laser lights at Elektra Theatre. Discount tickets $20.

Cask beer tasting

February 27, 2016 (afternoon & evening)

1.7 miles south

Sample 150 cask beers with light fare, meet the brewers, and watch the awards at Beer Week Cask Fest and Awards Gala at The Altman Building.

Children’s film festival

February 27 - 28, 2016

6 miles south

BAMkids Film Festival shows the best features and shorts from around the globe at BAM Rose Cinemas.

Orchid Show

February 27 - April 17, 2016

12 miles north

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 beginning March 5.

Kosher tasting

February 29, 2016

1.7 miles south

Sample 200 kosher wines and kosher food at Kosher Food & Wine Experience [sound] at Chelsea Piers (Pier 60) and on an adjacent yacht with a band for ages 21+.

Breakfast at night

February 29, 2016 (6:30 to 9 p.m.)

2.4 miles SW

Sample breakfast items made by 17 restaurant chefs, vote for your favorites, hear live music, and visit the cash bar (open bar tickets available) at Breakfast for Dinner in the meatpacking district.
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