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.

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 discount week

February 1 - 5, 2015

0.5 miles west

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

Italian wine tasting

February 2, 2015

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

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.

American Indian show

February 6 - 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.

Wine tasting

February 7, 2015

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.

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.

Beer and whiskey tasting

February 7, 2015

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 7, 2015

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 7 - 8, 2015

6 miles south

BAMkids Film Festival shows the best features and shorts from around the globe at BAM Rose Cinemas. (Also see February 27 for a similar film festival.)

Kosher tasting

February 9, 2015

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+.

Dance festival

February 12 - 15, 2015

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.

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. Repeats in Sept.

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.

Games festival

February 13 - 15, 2015

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.

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. Also see recommendations from Eater and NY Magazine.

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 love songs

February 14, 2015

0.5 miles north

Hear classics from musical theater and the Great American Songbook at Hooray for Love! at Carnegie Hall. Sounds just as good in the available back rows.

Central Park Ice Festival

February 14, 2015

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.

Valentine’s Day formal soiree

February 14, 2015

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.

Valentine’s Day burlesque

February 14, 2015

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 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.

Valentine’s Day family party

February 14, 2015

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 music in a mansion

February 14, 2015

15 miles north

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

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 – scroll down to see restaurants. Repeats in July.

Mardi gras

February 17, 2015

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.

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 is 30 affordable shows at two East Village theaters.

Chinese firecrackers & culture

February 19, 2015

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.

Latino 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.

Wine tasting

February 20, 2015

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.

Beer week

February 20 - March 1, 2015

NYC locations

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

Unusual film festival

February 20 - March 5, 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

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.

Beer tasting

February 24, 2015

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

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.

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, for age 21+ at 135 W 18th Street.

Benefit concert

February 26, 2015 (7 to 10 p.m.)

3 miles south

Local artists play at Oxfam Jam Benefit Concert for age 21+ upstairs in Pianos for charity donations.

Family drama

February 26 - 28, 2015

1 mile west

Snow Orchid is an explosive drama about an Italian family confronting emotional secrets, fears, and dreams at The Lion Theater.

Award-winning drama

February 26 - March 1, 2015

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.

Tango show

February 26 - March 1, 2015

0.5 miles north

Milonga is a 90-minute show by 12 dancers and a five-member Argentinean tango band at New York City Center. Optional lesson/party.

Circus

February 26 - 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.)

Carmen opera

February 26 - March 7, 2015

1.1 miles NW

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

New Jersey circus

February 26 - March 15, 2015

50 miles SW

Metamorphosis is a classic show by Big Apple Circus with animals, aerialists, contortionists, jugglers, and magicians in Bridgewater, NJ.

Discount tickets.

Brooklyn skating

February 26 - March 20, 2015 (closed Mondays)

8.3 miles south

Enjoy Ice Skating both outdoors and under cover on two large connected rinks at LeFrak Center in Prospect Park.

Discount tickets include skate rental.

Star-studded comedy

February 26 - March 29, 2015

0.6 miles west

Matthew Broderick and Martin Short star in It’s Only a Play, a sharp satire about the business of big-budget theater at the Jacobs Theatre.

Discount tickets.

Sexy musical

February 26 - April 5, 2015

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.

Horror show

February 26 - May 3, 2015

2 miles west

Put on a white mask and take a 3-hour walk through 90 rooms of scenes from a Hitchcock-like Macbeth at provocative and disturbing Sleep No More at the McKittrick Hotel for age 16+. Bar available. Review.

Gothic musical

February 26 - May 31, 2015

0.6 miles SW

Nevermore: The Imaginary Life & Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe is a stylish show using haunting music, poetic storytelling, and stunning stagecraft to tell the fascinating, gloomy story of author Edgar Allan Poe at New World Stages.

Discount tickets.

Dance show and party

February 26 - May 31, 2015

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 Feb. 27.

Poignant play

February 26 - Aug. 9, 2015

0.6 miles west

The Heidi Chronicles returns with a stellar cast to tell a poetic story about coming-of-age in the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s at Music Box Theatre.

Discount tickets.

Tony winning musical

February 26 - Aug. 30, 2015

0.6 miles SW

Matilda the Musical, by Roald Dahl, is about a girl who dares to take a stand and change her own destiny, at the Shubert Theatre.

Discount tickets.

Classic musical

February 26 - Sept. 1, 2015

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.

Feel-good musical

February 26 - Sept. 6, 2015

0.6 miles west

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

Les Misérables

February 26 - Sept. 27, 2015

0.5 miles SW

Les Misérables is the Broadway revival of the popular musical at the Imperial Theatre.

Blue Man show

February 26 - Sept. 27, 2015

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.

Puppet musical

February 26 - Nov. 22, 2015

0.4 miles west

Humans and puppets live in a shabby neighborhood on Avenue Q and entertain mature audiences with sassy songs and funny antics at New World Stages.

Discount tickets.

Award-winning show

February 26 - Dec. 31, 2015

0.5 miles SW

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

Discount tickets.

Sesame Street show

February 27 - 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.

Shakespeare comedy

February 27 - 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.

Avante-garde music

February 27 - 28 and March 6 - 7, 2015

3 miles south

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

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.

Popular musical

February 27 - June 28, 2015

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.

Puppet show

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

3.6 miles south

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

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 & exhibits for parents, to encourage healthy eating, at Bryant Park. Free.

Ballet

February 28 - March 1, 2015

1 mile NW

New York City Ballet performs two works by George Balanchine in All Balanchine III: Hear the Dance Italy at Lincoln Center.

LGBT expo

February 28 - March 1, 2015

1.5 miles SW

See exhibitors of gay and lesbian products, services, and weddings, at The Original LGBT Expo in the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

Discount tickets.

French opera

February 28 - March 21, 2015

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.

Cinderella musical

February 28 - 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.

Orchid Show

February 28 - April 19, 2015

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.

Discount show tickets.

Family comedy

February 28 - June 27, 2015

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.

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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.evans@events12.com