New York City events February 2020. Things to do in NYC.

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New York City events February 2020

Snow sports in the park

February 1, 2020 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
1.2 miles north
Enjoy free skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, ice bowling, curling, and dodgeball during Winter Jam, when Rumsey Playfield in Central Park is covered with blown-in snow. Bring equipment or borrow it free. Bring photo ID for sports or a legal guardian if under age 18. Food and drinks for sale.

Introspective films

February 1, 2020 (9 p.m.)
4.2 miles SE
Watch 10 short films about “looking within, engaging either mind, body, blood, or spirit” at Secrets of Inner Space at Film Noir Cinema in Greenpoint.

Beer tasting

February 1, 2020 (12:30 & 5:30 p.m.)
6.3 miles NW
Sample 150 beers from 70 brewers and attend beer seminars at Great Beer Expo at Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ for age 21+.

Tasting in Brooklyn

February 1, 2020
10.5 miles south
Best of Brooklyn Food & Beer Festival offers unlimited Brooklyn craft beer tastings, food for sale from 20 Brooklyn chefs, and DJ music at Industry City for age 21+.

Winter festival

February 1 - 2, 2020
0.5 miles south
FrostFest has ice skating, bumper cars on ice, and food for sale, plus special events: dueling pianos, wellness day, dogs in sweaters, ice carving, silent disco, a skating show, lunar new year, and skating in kilts at Bryant Park. Mostly free.

Antiques show

February 1 - 2, 2020
1 mile north
Shop for exceptional antiques ranging from ancient Roman glass to mid-century modern from 70 exhibitors at The Winter Show at Park Avenue Armory. See the schedule for special events. No baby strollers on weekends.

Children’s film festival

February 1 - 2, 2020
6 miles south
BAMkids Film Festival shows “the best features and shorts from around the world” at BAM Rose Cinemas.

Restaurant week

February 1 - 9, 2020
NYC locations
Get a special deal on a 2-course lunch or a 3-course dinner at 364 restaurants during NYC Restaurant Week. Saturdays excluded, Sundays included at some restaurants. Held in winter and summer.

Broadway discount week

February 1 - 9, 2020
0.5 miles west
Get 2-for-1 deals on select theater shows during NYC Broadway Week. Repeats in Sept.

Beethoven’s birthday

February 2, 2020 (4 to 6 p.m.)
2.6 miles north
Celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday at a discussion about Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, then hear a full performance by American Symphony Orchestra, and a question-and-answer session at Symphony Space.

Beer tasting

February 5 - 6 and 12 - 13, 2020 (4 to 9 p.m.)
4 miles south
Buy a flight of five beers from different local breweries on tap each week and then vote for your favorite at Best Brews of New York, with food for sale in the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place for age 21+. Open Wednesday and Thursday. Free admission.

Fitness festival

February 7 - 10, 2020
1.8 miles south
Get in shape at a different event each day during Sweat Fest in the neighborhood surrounding Union Square.

Women’s Fashion Week

February 7 - 12, 2020
NYC locations
Top models, photographers, and designers attend invitation-only events unveiling fall collections during New York Fashion Week. Repeats in Sept.

Disney Valentine’s Ball

February 8, 2020 (10 p.m.)
1.2 miles south
Disney Valentine’s Ball is a “rock ‘n roll sing along” featuring Disney cover band The Little Mermen dressed as characters from Disney films at The Cutting Room for age 21+.

Smart talks

February 8, 2020 (1:30 to 5 p.m.)
2.5 miles north
A ticket to One Day University includes three classes taught by expert professors from different schools at 92nd Street Y.
  • The Scientific Genius of Marie Curie
  • The Remarkable Genius of Einstein
  • The Political Genius of Frederick Douglass

Skating party

February 8, 2020 (1:30 to 3:30 p.m.)
3 miles north
Skate to soul music at family-friendly Winter Skating Party, which has ice skating demonstrations, music, and a bake sale at Lasker Rink in Central Park. Your ticket includes skate rental.

Run in your underwear

February 8, 2020 (12 to 4 p.m.)
3.2 miles south
Run through the streets without pants at 2 p.m. to support charity in Cupid’s Undie Run, with a party before and after at The DL for age 21+.

Wine tasting

February 8, 2020
4.4 miles SE
Brooklyn Wine Fest includes unlimited tastes of wine from 10 countries, with live music and food for sale at Brooklyn Expo Center for age 21+. Held in February and October.

Young pop culture festival

February 8 - 9, 2020
0.8 miles east
FanfaireNYC features 125 artists and vendors selling comics, prints and swag, plus award-winning guest speakers, costume contests, panel discussions, workshops, and portfolio reviews at the High School of Art & Design.

Dog show

February 8 - 11, 2020
NYC locations
Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show has daytime events at Piers 92/94, with evening events including best-in-show at Madison Square Garden.

Chinese parade

February 9, 2020 (1 p.m.)
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 [website has sound] in lower Manhattan. Free.

Film festival

February 10 - 13, 2020
1.8 miles SW
Big Apple Film Festival (BAFF) showcases independent filmmaking and presents awards at Cinépolis Chelsea.

Valentine’s Day humor

February 13, 2020 (8 to 10 p.m.)
8.4 miles south
Adults talk about their teenage crushes and share embarrassing childhood artifacts (diaries, letters, lyrics, poems, and photos) at Mortified Doomed Valentines Show at Littlefield in Brooklyn for age 21+.

Valentine’s dinner blindfolded

February 13 - 14, 2020
2.6 miles south
Your senses are heightened when you can’t see your multiple-course meal with wine at Dinners in the Dark at Abigail’s Kitchen.

Valentine’s dance class

February 14, 2020 (5:30 to 6:30 p.m.)
1.4 miles south
Valentine’s Day Tango Workshop includes a beginner’s tango lesson, sparkling apple cider, chocolate-covered strawberries, and a rose at Triangulo. The $160 ticket includes two people.

Valentine’s Day concert

February 14, 2020 (7 p.m.)
2.5 miles south
Hear lush, romantic vocal music from 19th-century composers in the Greek-revival double parlors of the Merchant’s House Museum at Love in the Parlors.

Sexy poetry mystery

February 14, 2020 (6:30 p.m., doors 6)
6.7 miles SE
Inspired by lush 19th-century bordellos of Paris and New Orleans, The Poetry Brothel promises “an evening of intrigue, beguilement and murder” at 3 Dollar Bill in Brooklyn for age 21+.

Valentine’s Day jazz

February 14 - 15, 2020 (8 p.m.)
1 mile NW
“Known for her effortlessly powerful sound and unusually broad spectrum of sensual repertoire,” Grammy winner Dianne Reeves performs in Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Adult art tour

February 14 - 15, 2020
1.7 miles north
Take an unblushing look at nudity in art on The Naked at the Met Scavenger Hunt at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. No knowledge of art is required.

Valentine’s dining cruise

February 14 - 15, 2020
3 miles SW
Take a Valentine’s Day dinner or brunch cruise with views, departing from New York or New Jersey.

Valentine’s Day art tour

February 15, 2020 (7:30 to 9 p.m.)
0.2 miles north
Valentine Tours begin with a candlelit reception, including wine and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a special group tour after closing time at The Museum of Modern Art for age 21+.

Valentine’s scavenger hunt

February 15, 2020
0.8 miles south
The Amazing Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt begins at Slattery’s Midtown Pub, and then you follow a series of clues around the city performing physical and mental challenges.

Valentine’s Day formal dance

February 15, 2020 (doors 9 p.m.)
2.1 miles south
The Sweetheart Soirée offers plush seating, dancing, entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts (plus wine and cocktails for sale) on four floors of Norwood mansion for age 21+. Dance lesson at 9:30 p.m.

Valentine’s Day ball

February 15, 2020 (9:30 p.m.)
3.1 miles south
Paris After Dark: Valentines Ball includes a bar and entertainment “with a hedonistic twist” at Capitale for age 21+. Dress code.

Valentine’s Day R & B

February 15, 2020 (8 p.m.)
7 miles south
Ladies Night R&B Super Jam features an all-star lineup of R&B artists (Maxwell, En Vogue, The Dream, Jagged Edge, Musiq Soulchild, Carl Thomas, Mase, and Rotimi) at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Kosher tasting

February 17, 2020
1.7 miles south
Eat kosher food and sample from 60 kosher wineries at Kosher Food & Wine Experience, which includes a live band at Chelsea Piers (Pier 60) for age 21+.

Orchid Show

February 18 - April 19, 2020
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. Closed on Mondays except Feb. 17.

Discount tickets $8+

Journalist Dan Rather

February 19, 2020 (7 p.m.)
2.5 miles south
Share “an intimate evening of candid commentary, memories, and laughter” with former CBS News anchor Dan Rather as he talks about pivotal moments in his life and American history at Minetta Lane Theatre.

Discount tickets $39

Fringe theater festival

February 19 - March 1, 2020
2.6 miles south
Since participants are chosen by lottery, you never know what to expect at Frigid New York, which has 30 affordable shows at two East Village theaters.

Retro dramedy

February 19 - March 22, 2020
1.2 miles west
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice is about two young couples learning “hard timeless lessons of marriage and emotional commitment” during the 1960s sexual revolution, at Pershing Square Signature Center.

Discount tickets $22+

Phantom of the Opera

February 19 - March 28, 2020
0.7 miles SW
The Phantom of the Opera is a timeless, tragic love story about a masked man and an opera singer with music by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber at Majestic Theatre.

Discount tickets $49+

Retro rock musical

February 19 - April 19, 2020
0.6 miles west
Rock of Ages is a love story set on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, and filled with 1980s songs by Journey, Night Ranger, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, etc. at New World Stages.

Discount tickets $29+


February 19 - May 24, 2020
0.6 miles west
“A gut-busting hit” [The New York Times], The Play that Goes Wrong features actors who fail hilariously while trying to stage a 1920s murder mystery at New World Stages.

Discount tickets $25+

Free comedy show

February 20, 2020 (8 p.m.)
0.8 miles west
The Bomb Shelter Comedy Show promises “comedians with national TV credits,” free pizza, and no drink minimums at The Gaf West, in Hell’s Kitchen.

Free tickets

Children’s film festival

February 21 - March 15, 2020
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. Closed weekdays except Feb. 21.

Beer tasting

February 22, 2020
4.4 miles SE
Get unlimited samples from 78 breweries (38 from NYC) and buy food from vendors at NYC Beer Week Opening Bash at Brooklyn Expo Center.

Tony winning musical

February 22, 2020 (7 p.m.)
4.5 miles north
Pippin is a high-flying acrobatic version of the classic story about a young prince who encounters colorful characters on his quest to find a life of passion and adventure at Tato Laviera Theatre in Harlem.

Discount tickets $12.50+

Meat tasting

February 22, 2020 (6 to 9 p.m.)
13 miles east
Sample charcuterie, learn from the makers, vote for your favorites, and shop at Charcuterie Masters, which includes pairings with wine, beer, and cider at Flushing Town Hall.

Star Wars: The musical

February 22 - March 29, 2020
0.7 miles west
Created by “a couple of Star Wars nerds,” A Musical about Star Wars is “the ultimate tribute to the fandom, the legacy, and the galaxy of the greatest story ever told” at St. Luke’s Theatre.

Discount tickets $40


February 24, 2020 (8 p.m.)
2.4 miles south
Monday Night Magic stars five professional magicians performing card tricks and feats of wonder with humor at Players Theatre for age 12+.

Discount tickets $9.50+

Concert for Tibet

February 26, 2020
0.6 miles north
The Tibet House Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall raises funds for Tibetan culture. Optional gala dinner.

Italian opera

February 26 - March 19, 2020 (7:30 p.m.)
1.1 miles NW
Set in romantic Paris, La Traviatais a bittersweet love story by Verdi, sung in Italian with projected translations at the Metropolitan Opera House.

Discount tickets $37+

Underground art show

February 27, 2020 (7 p.m.)
3.2 miles south
The NYC Pancakes & Booze Art Show is a traveling exhibition by 100 artists, with free pancakes, DJ music, live body painting, and a bar at M1-5 Lounge for age 21+. Pay cash at the door or buy a line-jumper ticket online.

Dance festival

February 27 - March 1, 2020
0.4 miles SE
Order reserved seats for ballroom, Latin, rhythm, and smooth dance heats at New York Dance Festival in ballrooms at the Roosevelt Hotel.

Wild films

February 27 - March 1, 2020
1.2 miles north
New York Wild Film Festival screens 32 films about wildlife and wild places at The Explorers Club. (Except Feb. 27 is at The Paley Center for Media.)

Women’s film festival

February 27 - March 1, 2020
4.2 miles north
Athena Film Festival “showcases films about strong and courageous women leaders in real life and the fictional world” at Barnard College.

Hunting & fishing expo

February 27 - March 1, 2020
37 miles north
World Fishing & Outdoor Expo is about fishing, hunting, and outdoor activities. See large-mouth bass in a giant tank, hear expert speakers, and visit 250 exhibitors at Rockland Community College in Suffern.

Evening cruise

February 28, 2020 (6:30 p.m.)
2.4 miles SW
Champagne City Lights Cruise includes 1.5 hours of views from indoors or outdoors, plus a glass of champagne or other beverage on the Yacht Manhattan, departing from Chelsea Piers (Pier 62).

Discount tickets $25

Famous speakers

February 29, 2020
0.7 miles north
Hear a dozen leaders talk about “newsworthy topics and historical events” during HistoryTalks at Carnegie Hall. Speakers include former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, Trevor Noah, Ronan Farrow, Billie Jean King, Gloria Steinem, and Tom Brokaw.

Discount tickets $99+

Musical about love in NYC

February 28 - May 31, 2020
0.6 miles west
“With a score that shines and four strong performers each struggling through very different love stories” [Talkin’ Broadway], Love Quirkers is about thirty-somethings exploring love, friendship, and the blurry lines in-between at St. Luke’s Theatre.

Discount tickets $45

Flute fair

February 29, 2020
2.8 miles NW
The New York Flute Fair features performances, workshops, exhibits, master classes, and a competition at W83 Ministry Center.

Model train show

February 29 - March 1, 2020
33 miles SW
Greenberg’s Great Train and Toy Show features train displays, train rides, and 140 vendors at New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center in Edison, NJ. Free for children age 11 and younger. Held three times a year.

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