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.

Discount tickets marked green are from trusted sellers (Goldstar, Groupon, and LivingSocial).

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 and an ice-skating rink open until March 5 (free unless you rent skates).

Internet privacy exhibit

December 1 - 14, 2016 (12 to 8 p.m.)

2.8 miles south

The Glass Room is a free interactive exhibit about preserving your personal data, privacy, and security, with a data detox counter and workshops at Nolita.

Poetry marathon

January 1, 2017

2.3 miles south

Hear 140 poets read works from 3 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 (also Dec.)

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 weekday tickets $65 to $79 (Dec. 5 to 14).

Seductive drama

January 1 - 8, 2017 (from Nov.)

0.5 miles SW

Les Liaisons Dangereuses is a play about seduction and revenge that led to Oscar-winning film Dangerous Liaisons at Booth Theatre. Discount tickets $69-$109.

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 New York Botanical Garden. Closed Dec. 25 and Mondays. Discount tickets $11 to $25 (Dec. 4 and later).

Classic soul & motown revue

January 1 - Feb. 26, 2017 (also Dec.)

0.7 miles SW

A Decade of Soul features R&B music of the classic soul era performed live on stage at B.B. King Blues Club ($10 minimum food/drink). Discount tickets $10.

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.

Cocktail show

January 2 - Feb. 25, 2017 (and earlier)

0.6 miles west

A ticket to The Imbible includes 3 craft cocktails plus a comic romp through the history of spirits and cocktails at New World Stages. Discount tickets $25 to $49.

Blue Man show

January 2 - June 14, 2017 (also Dec.)

2.3 miles south

Blue Man Group puts on an exciting show that combines comedy, theater, music, and special effects at Astor Place Theatre. Discount orchestra tickets $57.

Experimental theater

January 3 - 22, 2017

2.6 miles south

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

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.

Street-wise musical

January 3 - March 30, 2017 (also Dec.)

0.4 miles west

Set in the 1960s, A Bronx Tale is about a young man caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be at Longacre Theatre. Discount mid-week tickets $69.

Broadway “a capella” musical

January 3 - June 25, 2017 (also Dec.)

0.4 miles west

Inspired by the rhythms of life on the subway, In Transit [website has sound] is a “charming slice of life” [Variety] about diverse people whose lives intersect in their pursuit of success, love, and happiness at Circle in the Square Theatre. Discount tickets $59 to $99.

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.

Cirque du Soleil

January 4 - 31, 2017

0.6 miles SW

Paramour tells the story of a young actress torn between love and art in the glamorous world of Golden Age Hollywood with acrobatics, music, and dance at Lyric Theatre. Discount orchestra tickets $56.

Jazz festival

January 5 - 12, 2017

NYC locations

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

New opera and theater

January 5 - 15, 2017

NYC locations

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

Three kings parade

January 6, 2017 (11 a.m.)

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.

Asian dance

January 6 - 7, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)

0.7 miles SE

See groundbreaking artists perform at Contemporary Dance Showcase: Japan + East Asia at Japan Society.

Christmas ghost stories

January 6 - 7, 2017 (begins Dec. 20)

2.4 miles south

Lit by flickering candles, the actors of Radiotheatre NYC tell 4 or 5 stories of yuletide hauntings rooted in the chronicles of downtown Manhattan during Ghosts of Christmas Past at St. John's Lutheran Church on Christoper Street for age 11+. Discount tickets $12.

Bull riding

January 6 - 8, 2017

1.2 miles SW

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


January 6 & 11, 2017

1.1 miles NW

La Bohème is Puccini’s story of youth, loss, and love, set in the Latin Quarter of Paris at the Metropolitan Opera House. Discount tickets $37 to $119.

Adult night - 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 (age 21+) at NY Botanical Garden, Nov. 19, 26; Dec. 2, 3, 16, 17, 23, 30; Jan. 7, 14.

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.

Sleeping Beauty ballet

January 8, 2017 (2 p.m.)

20 miles south

The Sleeping Beauty features 130  young and talented dancers of the New York Children’s Dance Theater performing to the music of Tchaikovsky at Master Theater in Brighton Beach. Discount tickets $13.

Comic opera

January 9 - Feb. 11, 2017

1.1 miles NW

The Barber of Seville is Rossini’s comedy of young love at the Metropolitan Opera House. Discount tickets $30 to $119.

Jewish film festival

January 11 - 24, 2017

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.

Disney spoof

January 13, 2017 (10 p.m.)

1 mile SW

Distorted Diznee has high-energy dancing, comedy, dazzling costumes, and lip synching by drag queens dressed as Ariel, Mary Poppins, and Snow White at Laurie Beechman Theatre for age 17+. Food or drink $20 minimum. Discount tickets $13.

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. Discount tickets $25.

French casserole cook-off

January 15, 2017 (1 to 4 p.m.)

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.

MLK celebration

January 15, 2017 (3 p.m.)

4.2 miles north

WNYC’s Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration is a panel discussion about Dr. King’s legacy and how his teachings affect us today at Apollo Theater. Free.

MLK gospel show

January 16, 2017 (12:30 p.m.)

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. Discount tickets $15.

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.

Broadway discount week

January 17 - Feb. 5, 2017

0.5 miles west

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

Ceramics show

January 19 - 22, 2017

1.8 miles NE

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

Odd art

January 19 - 22, 2017

1.8 miles south

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

Emotional courtroom drama

January 19 - 28, 2017

0.8 miles SW

Based on the classic movie with men starring Henry Fonda, Twelve Angry Women is a riveting drama with an all-female jury at Times Square Arts Center. Discount tickets $10.

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 $30.

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, 26, 30, 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 $30.

NYC Restaurant Week

January 23 - Feb. 10, 2017

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.

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 $72 (Sunday $49).

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.

Travel show

January 28 - 29, 2017

1.5 miles SW

Hear travel talks by experts, browse 500 travel booths, taste international foods, and watch cultural performances at the New York Times Travel Show in Javits Convention Center.

Discount tickets $12 per day.

Pig feast

January 29, 2017 (4 to 8 p.m.)

5.9 miles south

Cochon 555 is a stand-up tasting featuring dozens of chef-made dishes plus wine, cocktails, and beer at Weylin B. Seymours in Williamsburg.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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