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 in February 2016 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.

Wine tasting

February 6, 2016

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.

Skating party

February 6, 2016

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.

Chinese firecrackers & culture

February 8, 2016

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.

Mardi gras

February 9, 2016

6 miles south

NYC Mardi Gras is a new event that promises beer, booze, burlesque, a ragtime band, and samples from a gumbo cook-off at Irondale Center Brooklyn.

Valentine’s Day formal soiree

February 13, 2016

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.

Pageant for pooches

February 13 or 14, 2016 (uncertain)

1 mile west

The NYC Doggies & Tiaras Pageant is a real event awarding trophies and crowns at Toyota of Manhattan.

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 from Eater and NY Magazine.

Valentine’s Day in Times Square

February 14, 2016

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 tango class

February 14, 2016

1.7 miles south

Valentine’s Day Beginner Workshop is a beginner tango lesson plus champagne & chocolate-covered strawberries at Triangulo.

Valentine’s Day under the stars

February 14, 2016 (uncertain)

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 concert

February 14, 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.

Chinese parade

February 14, 2016

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 exotic party

February 14, 2016

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.

Valentine’s Day family party

February 14, 2016

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.

Dog show

February 15 - 16, 2016

NYC locations

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

Fringe theater festival

February 17 - March 6, 2016

2.6 miles south

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

Cocktails & food

February 18, 2016

1.7 miles south

Good Spirits pairs fine spirits with local restaurant food to delight your taste buds, for age 21+ at 135 W 18th Street.
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Wine tasting

February 19, 2016

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.

Avante-garde music

February 19 - March 5, 2016

3 miles south

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

Dance festival

February 25 - 28, 2016

0.4 miles SE

New York Dance Festival may have tickets at the door to see ballroom, Latin, rhythm, and smooth dance heats at in the Grand Ballroom of the Roosevelt Hotel.

Italian wine tasting

February 2016 (undated)

0.2 miles east

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

New York Fashion Week

February 2016 (undated)

NYC locations

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

Beer and whiskey tasting

February 2016 (undated)

2.2 miles south

Sample beer and whiskey with live entertainment (burlesque, jazz, circus) plus local food for sale at East Ville Des Folies - Acte Trois in Webster Hall.

Bloody Mary festival

February 2016 (undated)

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.

Children’s film festival

February 2016 (undated)

6 miles south

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

Kosher tasting

February 2016 (undated)

1.7 miles south

Sample 200 kosher wines and eat food made under kosher supervision of the KAJ at Kosher Food & Wine Experience in the Metropolitan Pavilion for ages 21+.

Games festival

February 2016 (undated)

4 miles east

IndieCade East is a festival for independent video games with talks, panels, parties, and plenty of play time at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens.

Central Park Ice Festival

February 2016 (undated)

1.1 miles north

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

Restaurant Week

February 2016 (undated)

NYC locations

Get a special deal on a three-course lunch or dinner at 300 restaurants during NYC Restaurant Week – scroll down to see restaurants. Repeats in July.

Latino film festival

February 2016 (undated)

2.6 miles south

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

Beer week

February 2016 (undated)

NYC locations

New York City Beer Week celebrates craft beer with events at multiple locations.

Unusual film festival

February 2016 (undated)

1.3 miles NE

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

Beer tasting

February 2016 (undated)

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 2016 (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.

Whisky tasting

February 2016 (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 Pier 60, Chelsea Piers.

Children’s film festival

February 2016 (undated)

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 2016 (undated)

0.5 miles south

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

Orchid Show

February 2016 (undated)

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.

Valentine’s jazz

February 2016 (undated)

1 mile NW

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

Valentine’s haunted house

February 2016 (undated)

3 miles south

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

Valentine’s Day wine tasting

February 2016 (undated)

0.7 miles east

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

Cupcakes and Cocktails

February 2016 (undated)

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 2016 (undated)

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 2016 (undated)

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 cupcakes & wine

February 2016 (undated)

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 burlesque

February 2016 (undated)

2.5 miles south

Filthy Gorgeous Burlesque Valentine’s Spectacular is a night of teasing, live music, and sultry fun at Le Poisson Rouge for age 18+.

Valentine’s dinner blindfolded

February 2016 (undated)

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 music in a mansion

February 2016 (undated)

15 miles north

Musicians of the Crimson Menagerie play romantic chamber music by Mozart, Haydn, Boccherini, and Beethoven in Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum.

Run in your underwear

February 2016 (undated)

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.
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