New York City events calendar for February 2015. 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 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 to mid-century modern from 73 exhibitors at the Winter Antiques Show at the Park Avenue Armory. No baby strollers on weekends.

Odd art

February 1, 2015 (begins Jan. 29)

2.2 miles

Outsider Art Fair shows self-taught art created outside the mainstream at Center548 in Chelsea. See photos.

Dance film festival

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

NYC locations

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

Broadway discounts

February 1 - 5, 2015 (begins Jan. 20)

0.5 miles west

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

American Indian show

February 1, 6, 7, 8, 2015 (begins Jan. 30)

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. Tickets.

Talk of love and sex

February 1 - 14, 2015 (begins Jan. 16)

0.7 miles west

Men and Women Talking Love and Sex is a play that follows a relationship from the giddy beginning to the bitter end, with running commentary from observant friends at Davenport Theatre. Discount tickets are available at Goldstar and LivingSocial.

Madcap comedy

February 1 - 22, 2015 (begins Jan. 15)

0.4 miles west

See James Earl Jones in the Broadway revival of the zany crowd-pleasing play You Can't Take It With You at the intimate Longacre Theatre. Discount tickets.

Feel-good musical

February 1 - 28, 2015 (Dec. 10 to Sept. 6)

0.6 miles west

Kinky Boots is based on a true story about a shoe factory owner and a drag queen, with a joyful and inspiring score by Cyndi Lauper at Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Discount tickets.

Popular musical

February 1 - March 1, 2015 (also Jan.)

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.

Award-winning drama

February 1 - March 1, 2015 (also Jan.)

0.4 miles south

Disgraced is a play “about the stories we tell our friends, the secrets we tell our lovers, and the lies we tell ourselves” at Lyceum Theatre. Discount tickets are available from Goldstar and LivingSocial.

Sexy musical

February 1 - April 5, 2015 (also Jan.)

0.7 miles SW

50 Shades! The Musical is a humorous satire of the bestseller “50 Shades of Grey” with song, dance, and adult lyrics at Elektra Theatre. Discount tickets.

Dance show and party

February 1 - April 19, 2015 (also Jan.)

2 miles south

Wayra: Fuerza Bruta is a spectacular mix of club, circus, rave, and underwater show where you stand and dance at Daryl Roth Theatre. Discount tickets.

Blue Man show

February 1 - June 28, 2015 (also Jan.

2.3 miles south

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

Classic musical

February 1 - Sept. 1, 2015 (also Jan.)

0.6 miles SW

On the Town is a joyful 1940s musical comedy about three sailors on a whirlwind tour of NY full of song, dance, and romance at Lyric Theatre. Discount tix.

Award-winning show

February 1 - Dec. 31, 2015 (also Jan.)

0.5 miles SW

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

Italian wine tasting

February 2, 2015 (6 to 8:30 p.m.)

0.2 miles east

Taste your way through the regions of Italy during Slow Wine US Tour NYC at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

Skating party

February 2, 2015 (6 to 8 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 Trump Wollman Rink in Central Park.

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 to predict the end of winter. Free.

Fremch opera

February 5 - March 21, 2015 (begins Jan. 22)

1.1 miles NW

A young French poet pines after a prima donna and recalls lost loves in Les Contes d'Hoffmann at the Metropolitan Opera House. Subtitles. Discount tickets.

Black Women in Comedy

February 6, 2015 (8 p.m.)

3.6 miles south

Black Women in Comedy is four talented comedians at Tribeca Performing Arts Center. Discount tickets.

Innovative dance show

February 6 - 7, 2015 (7:30 p.m.)

3.8 miles south

Koresh Dance Company juxtaposes Middle Eastern music with classical favorites in Come Together at Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts. Discount tix.

Monster trucks

February 6 - 8, 2015

28 miles east

Big trucks with big wheels make big noise and excitement at Monster Jam in Nassau Coliseum.

Flamenco festival

February 6 - March 7, 2015

multiple locations

See colorful traditional and modern Spanish dancing, both live and on film, at Chicago Flamenco Festival.

National Lampoon musical

February 6 - March 28, 2015 (also Jan.)

2.5 miles south

Fans of the TV show Saved by the Bell are laughing at Bayside! The Musical!, a raunchy, low-brow parody by National Lampoon at Theatre 80. Discount tickets.

Adult Disney spoof

February 6 - April 3, 2015

1 mile SW

Distorted Diznee wows with high-energy dancing, comedy, dazzling costumes and lip synching by drag queens dressed as Ariel, Snow White, and Mary Poppins at Laurie Beechman Theatre. Discount tickets for March

Wine tasting

February 7, 2015 (3 or 8 p.m.)

0.5 miles SW

Attend one of the two sessions of NYC Winter Wine Festival to enjoy 250 wines, light hors d’oeuvres, and live jazz at Best Buy Theater in Times Square. Promotional code “10events” saves 10%.

Run in your underwear

February 7, 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. Discount tickets.
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Women’s benefit

February 7, 2015 (7 p.m.)

1.2 miles SW

Artists and activists will entertain you with dancing, drumming, singing, and speaking at Artistic Uprising at the Hammerstein Ballroom to help end violence.

Family comedy

February 7 - June 27, 2015 (also Jan.)

0.6 miles NW

Kids howl with laughter at funny improvised skits, and some join onstage at family-friendly Improv 4 Kids [sound] at Broadway Comedy Club. Discount tickets.

Family show

February 8, 2015 (3 p.m.)

36 miles west

People dressed as penguins and odd creatures perform acrobatics, comedy, and avante garde art in Frogz, a captivating stage show at Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, NJ. Discount tickets.

Brahms concert

February 10, 2015

1.1 miles NW

Hear the expert Italian pianist, Carlo Grante, perform Masters of High Romanticism III in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. Discount tickets.

Wine & Wildlife

February 12, 2015 (6 to 8 p.m.)

2.5 miles north

Hear zoo experts tell the secrets of animal courtship and sex lives at Animal Attractions for age 18+, with cash bar and light appetizers at Lincoln Park Zoo.

Dance festival

February 12 - 15, 2015

0.4 miles SE

Reserve a seat by Jan. 29 to watch ballroom, Latin, rhythm, and smooth dance heats at New York Dance Festival in the Grand Ballroom of the Roosevelt Hotel.

New York Fashion Week

February 12 - 19, 2015

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 jazz

February 13 - 14, 2015

1 mile NW

Dianne Reeves performs songs of love and romance at Lincoln Center on Valentine’s Day weekend, with optional Valentine’s Dinner and Open Bar on Feb. 14.

Valentine’s haunted house

February 13 - 14, 2015

3 miles south

Blood Manor opens its doors for a horrifying Bloody Valentine's Weekend at 163 Varick St. Discount tix.

Romantic ballet

February 13 - 22, 2015

1 mile NW

New York City Ballet performs the tragic love story of Romeo + Juliet at Lincoln Center.

Shakespeare comedy

February 13 - March 7, 2015

2.4 miles south

Twelfth Night is a gender-bending comedy about mistaken identity, unrequited love, and romantic mischief at Players Theatre. Discount tickets.

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 (7:30 to 9:30 p.m.)

0.7 miles east

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

Valentine’s Day scavenger hunt

February 14, 2015 (1:30 - 5:30 p.m.)

0.8 miles south

Solve clues at romantic city spots on The Amazing New York Scavenger Hunt – Valentines Day Edition, starting at Slattery’s Midtown Pub. Discount tickets.

Valentine’s Day erotica

February 14, 2015

1.2 miles south

Forbidden Kiss is a monthly revue of burlesque, comedy sketches, songs, and improvisation based on audience input at Stage Left Studio. Discount tickets.

Cupcakes and Cocktails

February 14, 2015 (6 to 10 p.m.)

1.5 miles south

Bake and sample exotic cupcakes while mixing and sipping cocktails in Cupcakes and Cocktails class on Valentine’s Day at Institute of Culinary Education.

Valentine’s Day champagne

February 14, 2015 (6:30 to 8:30 p.m.)

1.5 miles south

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

Valentine’s Day soul concert

February 14, 2015 (3 or 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 tango class

February 14, 2015 (8:30 p.m.)

1.7 miles south

Valentine’s Day Beginner Workshop is a beginner lesson plus champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries at Triangulo. Tickets $110 per couple.

Valentine’s Day under the stars

February 14, 2015 (6 or 9:30 p.m.)

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 Latin music

February 14, 2015

2.4 miles south

Hear romantic music performed live at Valentine's Day Tribute to the Gipsy Kings at Cafe Wha? which has a two-drink minimum. Discount tickets.

Valentine’s Day concert

February 14, 2015 (7:30 p.m.)

2.5 miles south

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

Valentine’s cupcakes & wine

February 14, 2015 (noon)

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 dinner blindfolded

February 14, 2015

2.5 miles south

Your senses are heightened when you can’t see your four-course meal at Dinners in the Dark at Camaje Bistro. Click 6 PM or 9 PM for the all-inclusive deal.

Valentine’s Day exotic party

February 14, 2015

4.2 miles south

La Vie Parisienne: Orient Express is a masquerade party with a theme of Parisian luxury and Turkish opulence at DTA, 60 Pine Street. Optional dinner.

Valentine’s Day family party

February 14, 2015 (12 to 3 p.m.)

4.2 miles south

Little Club Heads Family Dance Party includes dancing to popular tunes played by DJs, face painting, balloon twisting, and stage shows at Broad Street Ballroom.

Valentine’s Day concert

February 14, 2015 (8 p.m.)

10 miles north

Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México plays both Spanish & German classical music at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts CUNY. Discount tickets.

Pirate show

February 14 - 16, 2015

0.3 miles east

The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told is a musical comedy with audience input for all ages at Snapple Theater Center in Times Square. Discount tickets.

Dog show

February 16 - 17, 2015

NYC locations

Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show has daytime events at the Piers, with finals and best-in-show evenings at Madison Square Garden. Discount tickets.

Restaurant Week

February 16 - March 6, 2015 (except Sat.)

NYC locations

Get a special deal on a three-course lunch or dinner at 300 restaurants during NYC Restaurant Week. Reservations open on February 2. Repeats in July.

Hawaiian concert

February 18, 2015

2.3 miles south

HAPA plays heavenly Polynesian music influenced by acoustic folk/rock in The Sound of Maui at Highline Ballroom. Food minimum at tables. Discount tickets.

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. For tickets, scroll to Feb. 18 on this events page.

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 - 23, 2015

2.6 miles south

Viva! Latino Film Festival screens subtitled shorts, feature films, documentaries, and music videos at Anthology Film Archives.

Sesame Street show

February 19 - March 1, 2015

1.2 miles south

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

Circus

February 19 - March 1, 2015

6 miles south

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Circus Xtreme has spectacular acrobats, animals, music, and dance at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. (Additional dates for Uniondale, Newark, NJ, and E. Rutherford, NJ.)

Wine tasting

February 20, 2015 (7 to 10 p.m.)

29 miles west

Taste 150 wines, hors d’oeuvres, antipasto, pasta, and cheese while hearing live jazz at New Jersey Winter Wine Festival at the Hilton in Short Hills, NJ. Optional class. Coupon code “10events” saves 10%.

Beer week

February 20 - March 1, 2015

NYC locations

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

Unusual film festival

February 20 - March 1, 2015

1.3 miles NE

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

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. Free.

Tango dancers

February 22, 2015 (4 p.m.)

10 miles north

Tango Buenos Aires is a dramatic show by 25 precise and passionate dancers from Argentina at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts. Discount tickets.

Cinderella musical

February 22 - April 19, 2015

2.4 miles south

Bring your kids early for pre-show family crafts and introductory talk, then see a fun one-hour version of Cinderella at intimate Players Theatre. Discount tix.

Beer tasting

February 24, 2015 (6 to 9:30 p.m.)

6.5 miles SE

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

Kinky film festival

February 24 - March 1, 2015

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.

Whisky tasting

February 25, 2015 (5:30 to 10 p.m.)

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.

Cocktails & food

February 26, 2015 (6 to 9 p.m.)

1.7 miles south

Good Spirits pairs fine spirits with local restaurant food to delight your taste buds, at 135 W 18th Street.

Women’s film festival

February 26 - 28, 2015

NYC locations

Fusion Film Festival is a student-run celebration of women in film, television, and new media by New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Free.

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.

Puppet show

February 28, 2015 (1:30 p.m.)

3.6 miles south

The Very Hungry Caterpillar, who eats a variety of foods and becomes a butterfly in an award-winning book, stars in a delightful black-light puppet show at Tribeca Performing Arts Center. Discount tickets.

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.

LGBT expo

February 28 - March 1, 2015

1.5 miles SW

See exhibitors of gay and lesbian products and services, including weddings, at The Original LGBT 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.
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February 2015 calendar of events in NYC, NY. Best events, fairs, festivals, and things to do in New York City, New York.     steve.davis@events12.com