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.
January 1, 2016
2.3 miles southHear 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.
January 1, 2016 (1 p.m.)
19 miles southJoin the Coney Island Polar Club when they wade into the Atlantic Ocean to celebrate the new year with a New Year’s Day Swim or watch from shore. Donation.
January 1 - 3, 2016
0 milesRadio 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.
Winter in Bryant Park
January 1 - 3, 2016
0.5 miles southWinter Village at Bryant Park has 125 holiday kiosk shops, an ice-skating rink open until spring, and a Tree Lighting Skate-tacular in Dec. Free unless you rent skates.
Holiday Train Show
January 1 - 18, 2016 (also Dec.)
12 miles northWatch 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. Closed Nov. 23, 26, 30; Dec. 7, 25; Jan. 4, 11.
Stephen King thriller
January 1 - Feb. 14, 2016
0.6 miles SWBruce Willis and Laurie Metcalf star in suspenseful, stylish, and scary Misery at Broadhurst Theatre.
Gritty drama by Arthur Miller
January 1 - Feb. 21, 2016 (also Dec.)
0.5 mile SWA View From the Bridge is a passionate tragedy about an immigrant longshoreman set in 1950s Brooklyn, at Lyceum Theatre. Discount tickets $59.
Blue Man show
January 1 - June 26, 2016
2.3 miles southBlue Man Group is back with a new stage show that combines comedy, art, science, visual effects, and music at Astor Place Theatre. Discount tickets $59.
Popular musical: Fantasticks
January 1 - July 3, 2016
0.2 miles westThe Fantasticks is a funny and romantic musical entertaining audiences since 1960, at intimate Snapple Theater in Times Square. Discount tickets $15.
January 1 - July 3, 2016
0.6 miles SWBased on a book by Roald Dahl, Matilda the Musical is about a girl who dares to take a stand and change her destiny, at Shubert Theatre. Discount tickets $59.
January 1 - Dec. 31, 2016
0.7 miles westBased on a 1912 novel, Daddy Long Legs is a musical about a girl’s correspondence with an anonymous benefactor as she matures into an intelligent and witty woman, at cozy Davenport Theatre. Discounts tickets at Goldstar and Groupon and LivingSocial.
January 2, 2016 (7 to 9 p.m.)
8 miles southHear 50 comics each present a first new joke of the year at 50 First Jokes at the Bell House in Brooklyn.
January 2 - 3, 2016 (begins Nov. 27)
1.2 miles NWGeorge Balanchine’s The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition with old-fashioned costumes, a tree that grows before your eyes, crystal-shaped snowflakes, fine choreography by New York City Ballet, and Tchaikovsky’s captivating music at Avery Fisher Hall.
Daily tree lighting
January 2 - 6, 2016
1.7 miles northWatch 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.).
Cocktails at the train show
January 2 - 16, 2016 (see dates below)
12 miles northSip 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 at the New York Botanical Garden for age 21+. Open 7 to 10 p.m. on Nov. 21; Dec. 4, 5, 18, 19; Jan. 2, 8, 9, 15, 16.
Free days at Wave Hill
January 2 - Dec. 31, 2016 (Tues. & Sat.)
12 miles northEnjoy 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.
Star Wars exhibition
January 4 - May 30, 2016
0.5 miles SWSee 77 costumes worn in all seven films at Star Wars and the Power of Costume at Discovery Times Square.
January 5 - 17, 2016
2.6 miles southSee contemporary theater and dance performances and premieres at COIL in Performance Space 122.
Three kings parade
January 6, 2016 (11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
3 miles northChildren 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.
January 6 - 10, 2016
1.5 miles SWSee new boats, marine gear, and accessories plus workshops and TV celebrities at the New York Boat Show at the Jacob Javits Convention Center.
Innovative theater festival
January 6 - 17, 2016
NYC locationsSee 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 6 - 17, 2016
NYC locationsPrototype: Opera/Theatre/Now offers seven visionary opera-theater and music-theater works.
January 7 - 14, 2016
0.5 miles southSee world-class squash players compete at Grand Central Terminal in the Tournament of Champions.
January 7 - 17, 2016
3.8 miles southAmerican Realness Festival features 71 performances of 20 productions, plus exhibitions, mostly at Abrons Arts Center.
January 8 - 10, 2016
1.5 miles SWHear 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.
Alternative wedding show
January 9, 2016 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
7 miles southFind 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.
No pants on the subway
January 10, 2016
NYC locationsLiven 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.
French casserole cook-off
January 10, 2016 (12 to 3 p.m.)
2.5 miles southTaste 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.
January 13 - 17, 2016
NYC locationsWinter Jazzfest includes 100 groups playing at 11 venues in the Village. Buy a day or weekend pass.
Jewish film festival
January 13 - 26, 2016
1.5 miles NWThe New York Jewish Film Festival showcases films that investigate, record, and celebrate the Jewish experience at Walter Reade Theater in Lincoln Center.
January 14 - 17, 2016
3.1 miles southPhilip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival [sound] screens dozens of unusual films at Tribeca Cinemas.
January 15, 2016 (8 p.m.)
14 miles westMLK Celebration includes performances by the legendary Dance Theatre of Harlem plus a guest speaker at Prudential Hall in Newark, NJ.
January 15 - 16, 2016
8 miles southZlatne 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.
January 15 - 17, 2016
0.4 miles SWVogue Knitting Live features knitting classes, fashion shows, and vendors at New York Marriott Marquis.
January 15 - 17, 2016
1.2 miles SWProfessional Bull Riders take on the fiercest bucking bulls at Madison Square Garden.
Beer and whiskey tasting
January 16, 2016
2.2 miles southSample beer and whiskey with live entertainment (burlesque, jazz, circus) and food for sale at East Ville Des Folies - Acte Quatre in Webster Hall.
Diverse music fest
January 17, 2016
2.2 miles southEnjoy 12 musical acts on 3 stages from countries all over the world at globalFEST at Webster Hall.
January 17, 2016 (3 to 5 p.m.)
4.2 miles northWNYC’s Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration is a panel discussion at the Apollo Theater. Free registration.
Gospel R & B concert
January 17, 2016 (4 p.m.)
10.6 miles eastBebe Winans: A Special Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration promises “powerful vocals that soar, harmonies that chime, and lyrics that touch the heart and soul” plus a keynote address at the Kupferberg Center in Queens.
MLK gospel show
January 18, 2016 (12:30 p.m.)
0.7 miles SWHarlem 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 18, 2016 (10:30 a.m.)
6 miles southBrooklyn 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 18, 2016
10 miles southPre-register and arrive early for a seat at A Shared Dream tribute and concert, which includes a gospel singer, bands, and more at Brooklyn College. Free.
Bronx restaurant week
January 18 - 24, 2016
10.5 miles northEnjoy a fixed-price lunch or dinner on the eastern end of the Bronx during Throggs Neck Restaurant Week.
NYC Restaurant Week
January 18 - Feb. 5, 2016
NYC locationsGet a special deal on a 3-course lunch or dinner at 300 restaurants during NYC Restaurant Week, not on Saturdays. Repeats in July.
Broadway discount week
January 19 - Feb. 5, 2016
0.5 miles westGet 2-for-1 deals on select theater shows during Broadway Week. Repeats in Sept.
January 21 - 24, 2016 (preview Jan. 20)
1.8 miles NENew York Ceramics & Glass Fair features exhibits by 30 galleries at Bohemian National Hall.
January 21 - 24, 2016
1.8 miles southOutsider Art Fair shows self-taught art created outside the mainstream at Metropolitan Pavilion. See photos.
January 21 - 31, 2016
8.2 miles southFLICfest (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.
January 22 - 31, 2016 (party Jan. 21)
1 mile northView 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 22 - 31, 2016
13 miles northThe Bronx International Film Festival [slow website] screens local and international films at Lehman College, 250 Bedford Park Boulevard W.
Snow sports in the park
January 23, 2016
1.2 miles northEnjoy 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.
Pinot Noir tasting
January 23, 2016
2.8 miles southTaste 100 pinots from 35 producers on Sunday at New York City Pinot Days at City Winery on Varick Street.
Creative percussion show
January 27 - June 26, 2016
0.5 miles SWSTOMP has high-energy dance, acrobatics, comedy, and nonstop rhythym from unusual instruments at the Orpheum Theatre. Discount tickets at Goldstar and Groupon.
January 28 - 31, 2016
1.2 miles northNew York Wild Film Festival shows 20 films about wildlife and wild places at The Explorers Club.
Swimming pool party
January 30, 2016 (8 p.m.)
0.3 miles SWThe 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. (Moved from Jan. 23 due to weather.)
Beer, bourbon, barbecue
January 30, 2016
2 miles SWSample beer, taste bourbon, hear bluegrass music, and eat barbecue at the Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival in Manhattan at 608 W. 28th Street.