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.
Brunch on a yacht
January 1, 2016 (also Nov./Dec.)
3 miles southEnjoy a buffet, live jazz, and two hours of views on the Sunday Jazz Brunch Cruise by Hornblower Yachts, departing from Pier 40.
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.
Holiday cocktail show
January 1 - 2, 2016
0.7 miles SWThe three Christmas Spirits teach Scrooge how to make cocktails and give each audience member three cocktails at The Imbible: Christmas Carol Cocktails at Elektra Theatre.
January 1 - 3, 2016 (also Nov./Dec.)
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. Discount tickets $35 to $55.
Dog-lover’s romantic comedy
January 1 - 3, 2016
0.2 miles westSylvia is a captivating canine who befriends Matthew Broderick in Central Park and changes his life (and his wife’s), at Cort Theatre. Discount tickets $29 to $95.
Irreverent puppet comedy
January 1 - 3, 2016
0.5 miles SWComedian Bob Saget stars in Hand to God, a sock-puppet comedy with adult language at Booth Theatre. Discount tickets $31 to $89.
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 March 6, and a Tree Lighting Skate-tacular on Dec. 1. Free unless you rent skates.
Holiday Train Show
January 1 - 18, 2016 (begins Nov. 21)
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.
January 1 - 30, 2016
0.6 miles westEight-year-old Tina will do anything to be the lead in the school play in witty and satirical Ruthless! The Musical at cozy St. Luke’s Theatre.
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.
Star Wars exhibition
January 1 - March 31, 2016
0.5 miles SWSee 77 costumes worn in all seven films at Star Wars and the Power of Costume at Discovery Times Square.
Popular musical: Fantasticks
January 1 - April 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 $39.
The King and I
January 1 - June 5, 2016
1.2 miles NWThe King and I is a beloved musical by Rodgers & Hammerstein set in 19th-century Bangkok. This revival at Lincoln Center recently won four Tony Awards. Discount tickets $59 to $119.
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.
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 $39 to $99.
January 1 - Sept. 25, 2016
0.4 miles westAllegiance is the story of George Takei, from his family’s confinement in World War II to his role as Lieutenant Sulu in Star Trek, at Longacre Theatre. Discount tickets $39 to $79.
January 1 - Sept. 30, 2016 (also Nov./Dec.)
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. Discount tickets $50.
January 2, 2016
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 Dec. 24)
0.5 miles NWThe Greatest Pirate Holiday Spectacularrr! is a musical comedy with audience input at Shetler Studios on West 54th. Discount tickets $25.
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.
Funny Hitchcock play
January 2 - 3, 2016
1.7 miles south39 Steps is a classic film by Alfred Hitchcock about a wrongly accused man racing to clear his name while evading the law. This comedic spoof is a fast-paced play at Union Square Theatre.
Discount tickets $20 to $45 for Nov.
Discount tickets $19 to $55 for Dec. & Jan.
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.).
January 2 - 7, 2016 (begins Dec. 4)
1.1 miles NWDie Fledermaus features scheming characters at a glittery masked ball in Vienna, at the Metropolitan Opera House. Discount tickets $25 to $107.
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. Discount tickets $27.
January 2 - 17, 2016 (also Nov./Dec.)
2.4 miles southNutcracker Rouge is a decadently sumptuous baroque burlesque production, including opera, circus, ballet, gorgeous design, and fine music at Minetta Lane Theatre.
January 2 - 30, 2016 (also Nov./Dec.)
2.7 miles southYour ticket to The Imbible includes 3 craft cocktails plus a comic romp through the history of spirits and cocktails at Soho Playhouse. Discount tickets $28.
Free days at Wave Hill
January 2 - 30, 2016 (Tuesdays & Saturdays)
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.
January 2 - May 29, 2016 (weekends)
0.6 miles westSistas the Musical celebrates the history of an African American family using catchy hit songs from each era at St. Luke’s Theatre. Discount tickets $25.
January 4 & 11, 2016
2.4 miles southFive professional magicians perform card tricks and feats of wonder with plenty of humor at Monday Night Magic in cozy Players Theatre. Discount tickets $9 to $40.
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 6 - May 5, 2016 (also Nov./Dec.)
1.1 miles NWLa Bohème is Puccini’s story of youth, loss, and love, set in the Latin Quarter of Paris at the Metropolitan Opera House. Discount tickets $53 to $192.
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 18 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.
Classic drama about prejudice
January 9 - March 12, 2016 (Saturday)
4.5 miles northA black family moves to the white side of Chicago in A Raisin in the Sun, a ground-breaking classic that became a movie starring Sidney Poitier, live at Harlem Repertory Theatre. Discount tickets $15.
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 - 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. Discount tickets $38.
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 Trois 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.
MLK gospel show
January 18, 2016 (12:30 p.m.)
0.7 miles SWCelebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. at a foot-stomping, hand-clapping, joyous gospel show performed by Harlem Gospel Choir at B.B. King Blues Club. Food minimum at tables.
January 18, 2016 (3 to 5 p.m.)
4.2 miles northWNYC’s Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration is a panel discussion and music at the Apollo Theater. Free.
MLK Day tribute
January 18, 2016
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 & Concert, which includes a gospel singer, bands, and more at Brooklyn College. Fre
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.
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 - 30, 2016
6 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 Fort Greene 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
9.3 miles northThe Bronx International Film Festival screens local and international films at Lehman College.
Snow sports in the park
January 23, 2016
1.2 miles northEnjoy skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and games 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.
January 28 - 30, 2016
1.2 miles northNew York Wild Film Festival shows 20 films about wildlife and wild places at The Explorers Club.
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 St. Sells out.
No pants on the subway
January 2016 (undated)
NYC locationsLiven up winter by joining thousands who follow the instructions for taking a No Pants Subway Ride. Free.