Enjoy the best New York City events, festivals, and things to do in January 2016 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.
January 1, 2016
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.
January 1 - 3, 2016 (begins Nov. 13)
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.
Free days at Wave Hill
January 2 - 30, 2016 (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.
Three kings parade
January 6, 2016
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.
January 6 - 10, 2016
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.
January 7 - 9, 2016
Winter Jazzfest NYC
includes 100 groups playing at 11 venues in the Village. Buy a day or weekend pass.
January 7 - 14, 2016
0.5 miles south
See world-class squash players compete at Grand Central Terminal in the Tournament of Champions
January 7 - 17, 2016
3.8 miles south
American Realness Festival
features 75 performances of 19 productions, plus both onsite and offsite exhibitions, at Abrons Arts Center.
January 8 - 10, 2016
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 Javits Convention Center.
French casserole cook-off
January 10, 2016
2.5 miles south
Taste competing chef’s 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 15 - 16, 2016 (uncertain)
8 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.
January 15 - 17, 2016
0.4 miles SW
Vogue Knitting Live
features knitting classes, fashion shows, and vendors at New York Marriott Marquis.
Snow sports in the park
January 16, 2016 (uncertain)
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.
MLK volunteer day
January 16 - 17, 2016
Volunteer in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Free.