New York City events calendar for January 2017. Best festivals, fairs, fun things to do, Martin Luther King Day events, kids activities, free entertainment, NYC, New York.

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

Mileage is from Rockefeller Center in downtown New York City, New York.

Winter in Bryant Park

January 1 - 2, 2017 (begins Oct. 29)

0.5 miles south

Winter Village at Bryant Park has 125 holiday kiosk shops, an ice-skating rink open until March 5, and a Tree Lighting Skate-tacular in Dec. Free unless you rent skates.

Poetry marathon

January 1, 2017

2.3 miles south

Hear 140 poets read works from 2 p.m. until after midnight at New Year’s Day Marathon Benefit Reading at St. Mark’s Church in-the Bowery.

Christmas spectacular

January 1 - 2, 2017 (begins Nov. 11)

0 miles

Radio City Christmas Spectacular is 90 minutes of dance, fireworks, and a flying Santa at Radio City Music Hall. Pre-show, meet a Rockette or Santa, and admire 10,000 crystals hanging in the Grand Foyer. Discount tickets.

Holiday Train Show

January 1 - 16, 2017 (begins Nov. 19)

12 miles north

Watch model trains zip around miniature New York landmarks made of plant materials, and enjoy kids’ activities at the Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden.

Racy Nutcracker

January 2 - 7, 2017 (8 p.m. from Nov. 21)

8.3 miles south

Nutcracker Rouge is a decadently sumptuous baroque burlesque production, including opera, circus, ballet, gorgeous design, and fine music at Irondale Ensemble in Brooklyn.

Free days at Wave Hill

January 3 - 28, 2017 (Tuesdays & Saturdays)

12 miles north

Enjoy Wave Hill cultural center and its 28-acre public garden overlooking the Hudson River in the Bronx on Target Free Days. Free entry if you arrive by noon.

Innovative theater festival

January 4 - 15, 2017

NYC locations

See cutting-edge theater from around the world, live and recorded, at Under the Radar. Some performances have post-show talks or after-parties.

New opera and theater

January 5 - 15, 2017

NYC locations

Prototype: Opera/Theatre/Now offers seven visionary opera-theater and music-theater works.

Bull riding

January 6 - 8, 2017

1.2 miles SW

Professional Bull Riders take on the fiercest bucking bulls at Madison Square Garden.

Cocktails at the train show

January 7 & 14, 2017 (begins Nov. 19)

12 miles north

Sip a cocktail under holiday lights, see model trains circle a miniature New York, and watch ice carvers at Bar Car Nights at the Holiday Train Show for age 21+ at the New York Botanical Garden. Nov. 19, 26, 2016 & Dec. 2, 3, 16, 17, 23, 30, 2016 & Jan. 7, 14, 2017.

Diverse music fest

January 8, 2017

2.2 miles south

Enjoy 12 musical acts on 3 stages from countries all over the world at globalFEST at Webster Hall.


January 9 - Feb. 11, 2017

1.1 miles NW

The Barber of Seville is Rossini’s comedy about young love at Metropolitan Opera House. Discount tickets.

Jazz festival

January 12 - 15, 2017

NYC locations

Winter Jazzfest includes 100 groups playing at 11 venues in the Village. Buy a day or weekend pass.

Balkan festival

January 13 - 14, 2017

10.2 miles south

Zlatne Uste Golden Festival is a music and dance festival with 60 bands on 4 stages, vendors of Balkan art and textiles, and Middle Eastern refreshments at Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn.

Knitting show

January 13 - 15, 2017

0.4 miles SW

Vogue Knitting Live features knitting classes, fashion shows, and vendors at New York Marriott Marquis.

Dance celebration

January 14, 2017 (8 p.m.)

14 miles west

MLK Celebration includes performances by the legendary Dance Theatre of Harlem plus a guest speaker at New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ.

MLK gospel show

January 16, 2017

0.7 miles SW

Harlem Gospel Choir performs a foot-stomping, hand-clapping, joyous gospel show to celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. at B.B. King Blues Club. Food minimum at tables.

MLK Day tribute

January 16, 2017

6 miles south

Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. includes a keynote speaker and choir in BAM Howard Gilman Opera House at Brooklyn Academy of Music. Tickets are available onsite at 8 a.m. Free.

MLK Day concert

January 16, 2017

10 miles south

Arrive early for a seat at A Shared Dream tribute and concert, which includes a gospel singer, bands, and more at Brooklyn College. Free.

Ceramics show

January 19 - 22, 2017

1.8 miles NE

New York Ceramics & Glass Fair features exhibits by 30 galleries at Bohemian National Hall.

Dance festival

January 19-21 and 26-28, 2017

8.2 miles south

FLICfest (Feature-Length Independent Choreography) is a festival of feature-length dance, with complete works by six choreographers, plus informal late-night cabarets, at Irondale Ensemble Project in Brooklyn.

Carmen opera

January 19 - Feb. 18, 2017

1.1 miles NW

Carmen is Bizet’s classic opera about a hot-tempered Spanish gypsy woman who seduces a corporal, at Metropolitan Opera House. Discount tickets.

Antiques show

January 20 - 29, 2017

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.


January 20 - April 27, 2017

1.1 miles NW

The Metropolitan Opera sets Verdi’s classic opera Rigoletto in decadent 1960s Las Vegas. It’s sung in Italian with subtitles at the Metropolitan Opera House. Discount tickets.

Boat show

January 25 - 29, 2017

1.5 miles SW

See new boats, marine gear, and accessories plus workshops and TV celebrities at the New York Boat Show at the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

Convention for theater fans

January 27 - 29, 2017

1.5 miles SW

BroadwayCon promises “performances, panels, workshops, autographs, photobooths, Q&As, meet-and-greets, singalongs, and much more” for people who love live theater at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. Discount tickets.

Travel show

January 27 - 29, 2017

1.5 miles SW

Hear travel tips from experts, browse hundreds of travel booths, watch cultural performances, and try international foods at the New York Times Travel Show in Javits Convention Center.

Discount tickets.

American Indian show

January 27 - 29 & Feb. 3 - 5, 2017

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.

Beer, bourbon, barbecue

January 28, 2017

2 miles SW

Sample beer, taste bourbon, hear bluegrass music, and eat barbecue at the Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival in Manhattan at 608 W. 28th Street.

No pants on the subway

January 2017 (undated)

NYC locations

Liven up winter by joining thousands who follow the instructions for taking a No Pants Subway Ride, followed by an after party at Webster Hall. Free.

NYC Restaurant Week

January 2017 (undated)

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.

Swimming pool party

January 2017 (undated)

0.3 miles SW

The infamous Birthday Pool Party returns with a cash bar and DJ music at Room Mate Grace Hotel for people 21+ who look good in bathing suits.

Broadway discount week

January 2017 (undated)

0.5 miles west

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

Snow sports in the park

January 2017 (undated)

1.2 miles north

Enjoy skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and sledding during Winter Jam, when the Central Park bandshell area is covered with blown-in snow. Bring equipment or borrow it free. Bring photo ID for sports. Free.

Jewish film festival

January 2017 (undated)

1.5 miles NW

The New York Jewish Film Festival showcases films that investigate, record, and celebrate the Jewish experience at Walter Reade Theater in Lincoln Center.

Odd art

January 2017 (undated)

1.8 miles south

Outsider Art Fair shows self-taught art created outside the mainstream at Metropolitan Pavilion. See photos.

Beer and whiskey tasting

January 2017 (undated)

2.2 miles south

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

French casserole cook-off

January 2017 (undated)

2.5 miles south

Taste competing chefs’ versions of this slow-cooked casserole from the south of France made with meat and beans at Cassoulet Cook-Off at Jimmy’s No. 43.

Experimental theater

January 2017 (undated)

2.6 miles south

See contemporary theater and dance performances and premieres at COIL in Performance Space 122.

Three kings parade

January 2017 (undated)

3 miles north

Children wearing crowns join real camels, sheep, a donkey, colorful puppets, musicians, and community leaders dressed as kings in the festive Three Kings Day Parade and Celebration in East Harlem. Free.

Experimental art

January 2017 (undated)

3.8 miles south

American Realness Festival features 71 performances of 20 productions, plus exhibitions, mostly at Abrons Arts Center.

Alternative wedding show

January 2017 (undated)

7 miles south

Find vendors of handmade items and innovative services for unique weddings at Lovesick, plus fashion makeovers, neo-burlesque performances, live music, and a bar in Brooklyn.

Fresh jokes

January 2017 (undated)

8 miles south

Hear 50 comics each present a first new joke of the year at 50 First Jokes at the Bell House in Brooklyn.

Bronx restaurant week

January 2017 (undated)

10.5 miles north

Enjoy a fixed-price lunch or dinner on the eastern end of the Bronx during Throggs Neck Restaurant Week. Repeats in Aug.

Film festival

January 2017 (undated)

13 miles north

The Bronx International Film Festival [slow website] screens local and international films at Lehman College, 250 Bedford Park Boulevard W.

MLK celebration

January 2017 (undated)

4.2 miles north

WNYC’s Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration is a panel discussion at the Apollo Theater. Free registration.

Daily tree lighting

January 2017 (undated)

1.7 miles north

Watch the lighting ceremony for a Christmas tree adorned with 18th-century Neapolitan angels and cherubs at the Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche in The Metropolitan Museum of Art at 4:30 p.m. (plus 5:30 & 6:30 p.m. on Fri. and Sat.).
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