New York City events calendar for January 2015. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities, and free entertainment in NYC, New York.

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January 2015

Enjoy the best New York City events, festivals, and things to do in January 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.

Poetry marathon

January 1, 2015

2.3 miles south

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

Polar plunge

January 1, 2015

19 miles south

Join 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.

Winter in Bryant Park

January 1 - 4, 2015 (begins Oct. 21)

0.5 miles south

Winter Village at Bryant Park features 125 holiday shops in kiosks and an ice skating rink that stays open until March 1. Free unless you rent skates.

Daily tree lighting

January 1 - 6, 2015 (begins Nov. 25)

1.7 miles north

Watch the lighting ceremony for a Christmas tree adorned with 18-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.).

Holiday Train Show

Jan. 1 - 19, 2015 (begins Nov. 15)

12 miles north

Watch a dozen model trains zip around replicas of 140 New York buildings made from plant materials, and enjoy children’s activities at the Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Garden. Buy tickets online.

The Nutcracker

January 2 - 3, 2015 (begins Nov. 28)

1.2 miles NW

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition with old-fashioned costumes, a tree that grows before your eyes, crystal-shaped snowflakes, fine choreography, and Tchaikovsky’s captivating music at Lincoln Center.

Basketball show

January 2 - 3, 2015 (begins Dec. 27)

multiple locations

The Harlem Globetrotters play at Barclays Center and Madison Square Garden. Discount tickets.

Cocktails in the conservatory

January 2 - 10, 2015 (see dates below)

12 miles north

Sip a cocktail under holiday lights; watch model trains run around a miniature New York, and see ice carvers at work during Bar Car Nights at the Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Garden 7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 21, 22. Dec. 5, 6, 19, 20. Jan. 2, 3, 9, 10.

Experimental theater

January 2 - 18, 2015

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 - 31, 2015 (Tues. & Sat. until noon)

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. No groups. Free.

Alternative wedding show

January 4, 2015 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

5 miles SE

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

Three kings parade

January 6, 2015

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.

Jazz festival

January 7 - 11, 2015

NYC locations

NYC Winter Jazzfest includes 70 groups performing at 6 venues in the Village. Visit them all with a day pass.

Innovative theater festival

January 7 - 18, 2015

NYC locations

See cutting-edge theater from around the world, live and recorded, at Under the Radar. Some have post-show talks, but always an after-party at The Public.
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New opera and theater

January 8 - 17, 2015

NYC locations

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

Experimental art

January 8 - 18, 2015

3.8 miles south

American Realness Festival features 52 performances of 14 productions in 11 days, plus both onsite and offsite exhibitions, at Abrons Arts Center.

Diverse music fest

January 11, 2015

2.2 miles south

Enjoy 12 musical acts on 3 stages from places as diverse as Africa, Bollywood, Hungary, the U.S. Deep South, and Turkey at globalFEST at Webster Hall.

French casserole cook-off

January 11, 2015

2.5 miles

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

American Indian dance

January 12 - Feb. 8, 2015

2.5 miles south

Dance Concert & Pow-wow features traditional music, dances in elaborate dress, and stories. The audience can join the Round Dance, and then the cast stays to mingle with the children, at Theater for the New City.

Jewish film festival

January 14 - 29, 2015

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.

Balkan festival

January 16 - 17, 2015

8 miles south

Zlatne Uste Golden Festival is a music and dance festival with 70 bands on 4 stages, vendors of Balkan art and textiles, and Middle Eastern refreshments at Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn.

Knitting show

January 16 - 18, 2015

0.4 miles SW

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

Pinot Noir tasting

January 17 - 18, 2015

2.8 miles south

The first day, enjoy a winemaker’s dinner. The second day, taste 100 pinots from 35 producers at New York City Pinot Days at City Winery on Varick Street.

MLK inspirational tour

January 18, 2015

NYC locations

Call to reserve a bus seat or show up at one of three locations for the Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Observance for Religious and Racial Harmony. Free.

Artists celebrate Dr. King

January 19, 2015

1.8 miles NW

Attend a panel, workshop, or evening performance to celebrate The Living Legacy of Dr. King at The Jewish Community Center in Manhattan.

MLK tribute

January 19, 2015

6 miles south

Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 2014 had a keynote address by activist Angela Davis, modern jazz, and singers in Howard Gilman Opera House at Brooklyn Academy of Music. Arrive early. Free.

Ceramics show

January 20 - 25, 2015

1.8 miles NE

New York Ceramics & Glass Fair features 36 galleries and a Tues. night preview at Bohemian National Hall.

Boat show

January 21 - 25, 2015

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.

Dance festival

January 22 - 31, 2015

6 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 Fort Greene in Brooklyn.

Travel show

January 23 - 25, 2015

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 the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

Antiques show

January 23 - Feb. 1, 2015

1 mile north

View and purchase exceptional antiques ranging from ancient Roman glass through mid-century modern from 70 exhibitors at the Winter Antiques Show at the Park Avenue Armory. No strollers on weekends.

Snow sports in the park

January 24, 2015

1.2 miles north

Enjoy 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.

Beer, bourbon, barbecue

January 24, 2015

2 miles SW

Sample beer, taste bourbon, hear bluegrass music, and eat barbecue at the Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival at La Venue on W 28th. Sells out.

Beer tasting

January 24, 2015 (uncertain)

6.3 miles NW

Sample 150 beers from 20 countries in an afternoon or evening session at International Great Beer Expo at Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ.

Dance film festival

January 30 - Feb. 3, 2015

NYC locations

Dance on Camera shows documentaries, features, shorts, experimental works, and music videos that combines dance with cinematography in innovative ways, selected by the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

Fresh jokes

January 2015 (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.

Guitar festival

January 2015 (undated)

NYC locations

New York Guitar Festival features familiar and influential guitarists plus new talent and new sounds.

No pants on the subway

January 2015 (undated)

NYC locations

Liven up winter by joining thousands who take a No Pants Subway Ride as instructed on the website. Free.

Chili festival

January 2015 (undated)

2.3 miles SW

Enjoy chili from dozens of restaurants with Samuel Adams beer at NYChiliFest at Chelsea Market, which promises fewer tickets and more elbowroom this year.

Fashion show with music

January 2015 (undated)

1.2 miles NW

Where Music Meets Couture includes a fashion runway show, designer showcase, celebrities, athletes, and an open bar at Maserati of Manhattan on W. 34th Street.

Restaurant Week

January 2015 (undated)

NYC locations

Get a special deal on a 3-course lunch or dinner at 300 restaurants during NYC Restaurant Week, not on Saturdays. Menus on website. Repeats in July.
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