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

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NYC Restaurant Week

February 1 - 5, 2016 (begins Jan. 18)

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 1 - 5, 2016 (begins Jan. 19)

0.5 miles west

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

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.

Winter Carnival

February 5 - 6, 2016 (12 to 10 p.m.)

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).

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.

Wine tasting

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

0.5 miles SW

The NYC Winter Wine Festival features 250 wines, light hors d’oeuvres, and live jazz at PlayStation Theater in Times Square.


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

1.5 miles west

Celebrate Chinese New Year watching a world-class Fireworks Spectacular over the Hudson. Free.

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 (4 to 8 p.m.)

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.

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. Free.

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.

Valentine’s Day humor

February 11, 2016 (8 p.m.)

8.4 miles south

Adults tell stories about their lives by sharing embarrassing childhood artifacts (diaries, letters, lyrics, poems, and home movies) at Mortified Doomed Valentine Show at Littlefield in Brooklyn for 21+.


February 11 - 16, 2016

1.1 miles NW

New York Philharmonic performs Mahler Symphony No. 6 at Lincoln Center.

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.

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.

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.

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 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 cupcakes & wine

February 13, 2016 (4 to 6 p.m.)

2.5 miles south

Learn how to decorate cupcakes as you sip fine wine at Cupcakes and Vino at Camaje, and bring 6 home.

Valentine’s Day concert

February 13, 2016

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 Grand Masquerade Ball is a party with edgy entertainment, which requires a costume at Down Town Association (DTA).

Valentine’s Day art tour

February 13 - 14, 2016 (8 p.m.)

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 dinner blindfolded

February 13 - 14, 2016

2.5 miles south

Your senses are heightened when you can’t see your four-course meal at Dinners in the Dark at Camaje.

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.

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.

Valentine’s Day jazz

February 14, 2016 (9:30 p.m.)

1 mile NW

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

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

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.

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.

Chinese parade

February 14, 2016 (1 to 5:30 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 Day romantic film

February 14, 2016 (2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 p.m.)

7.8 miles south

See Humphrey Bogart and Audrey Hepburn in the charming, romantic comedy Sabrina at BAM Rose Cinemas in Brooklyn.

Valentine’s music in a mansion

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

15 miles north

Hear a quartet play romantic Winter Chamber 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.

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.

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.

Bloody Mary festival

February 20, 2016 (12 to 3 p.m.)

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.

Photo contest & meetup

February 20, 2016 (1 p.m.)

4 miles south

Join photographers taking portraits to enter in a contest at In The Mood For Love in Battery Park, go roundtrip on the Staten Island Ferry, and end up at a 6 p.m. after-party at the Malt House. Free.

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.

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.

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.

Polish film festival

February 25 - 28, 2016

7.8 miles south

See contemporary films from Poland at Kino Polska: New Polish Cinema at BAM Rose Cinemas in Brooklyn.

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.

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.

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 - daytime

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.

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.

Brussels sprout tasting

February 29, 2016 (7 to 10 p.m.)

2.5 miles south

Eight chefs prepare crispy, crunchy, roasted, and fried green treats for you to eat with chips and salsa at Battle of Brussels at VSpot Organic.
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