New York City events February 2019. Things to do in NYC.

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New York City events February 2019

Whiskey tasting

February 1, 2019 (7:30 p.m.)
7 miles SW
A ticket to Jersey City Whiskey Festival includes samples of 100 styles of whiskey and spirits (including vodka, gin, tequila), with live music and food for sale at Harborside Plaza in Jersey City, NJ for age 21+.

Winter festival

February 1 - 3, 2019
0.5 miles south
FrostFest [formerly Winter Carnival] includes an Ice Ball (Jan. 30), a skating show (Feb. 1), skating in kilts (Feb. 2), bumper cars on ice, ice carving, karaoke, live music, food, and drinks at Bryant Park. Mostly free.

Restaurant week

February 1 - 8, 2019
NYC locations
Get a special deal on a 2-course lunch or a 3-course dinner at 370 restaurants during NYC Restaurant Week. Saturdays excluded, Sundays at some restaurants. Held in January/February and July/August.

Broadway discount week

February 1 - 10, 2019
0.5 miles west
Get 2-for-1 deals on select theater shows during NYC Broadway Week. Repeats in Sept.

Skating party

February 2, 2019
3 miles north
Skate to soul music at Soul on Ice Winter Skating Party, which has ice skating demonstrations, music, and a bake sale at Lasker Rink in Central Park. Your ticket includes skate rental.

Winter party

February 2, 2019
4.4 miles SE
A ticket to Winter Warmer includes craft beer, spirits, and wine, plus dancing to live music, fire pits, and a fake snow fight at Brooklyn Expo Center for age 21+. “Comfort food” will be available for sale.

Beer tasting

February 2, 2019
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+.

Children’s film festival

February 2 - 3, 2019
6 miles south
BAMkids Film Festival shows “the best features and shorts from around the world” at BAM Rose Cinemas.

Chinese New Year for families

February 3, 2019 (2 to 4 p.m.)
1.9 miles NW
Chinese New Year Family Day has a lion dance, a kung fu demonstration, student performances, dumpling making, and Chinese crafts & games, with free snacks and beverages at Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan. Register online. You only need 1 free ticket per family.

Chinese firecrackers & culture

February 5, 2019 (11 a.m.)
3 miles south
New Year Firecracker Ceremony & Cultural Festival [scroll down their page] includes 600,000 firecrackers at noon to scare away evil spirits and a festival with dancers, singers, and food vendors at Sara Roosevelt Park. Free.

Film festival

February 5 - 7, 2019
1.8 miles SW
Big Apple Film Festival (BAFF) showcases independent filmmaking and presents awards at SVA Theatre. Held in February and November.

Talk by famous restaurateur

February 6, 2019 (7 to 8:30 p.m.)
0.9 miles north
You’ve seen chef Danny Meyer on 60 Minutes and in Time Magazine. Hear him talk about his childhood culinary experiences, his early days in New York, his restaurant empire, and his pioneering crusade against tipping, at 10 East 66th Street.

Chinese New Year - classical concert

February 6, 2019 (7:30 p.m.)
1.1 miles NW
New York Philharmonic performs works by Chinese and European composers to celebrate Lunar New Year at David Geffen Hall.

Unusual film festival

February 6 - 10, 2019
1.3 miles NE
See 13 rare and underrated films of all kinds at Film Comment Selects at Walter Read Theater.

Concert for Tibet

February 7, 2019 (7:30 p.m.)
0.6 miles north
The Tibet House Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall raises funds for Tibetan culture. Optional gala dinner.

Fitness festival

February 7 - 12, 2019
1.8 miles south
Get in shape at dozens of events during Sweat Fest in the neighborhood surrounding Union Square.

Women’s Fashion Week

February 7 - 15, 2019
NYC locations
Top models, photographers, and designers attend invitation-only events unveiling fall collections during New York Fashion Week [sound]. Repeats in Sept.

Valentine’s Day formal dance

February 8, 2019 (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.

Run in your underwear

February 9, 2019 (12 to 4 p.m.)
1.1 miles NW
Run through the streets without pants at 2 p.m. to support charity in Cupid’s Undie Run, which includes a party before and after at Stage 48 for age 21+.

Wine tasting

February 9, 2019
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 September.


February 11, 2019 (8:15 p.m.)
1.5 miles west
Celebrate Chinese New Year watching the New York City Chinese New Year Fireworks show over the Hudson River visible “from both Midtown Manhattan and New Jersey sides.” The launch site is near Pier 84, west of W. 44th Street. Free.

Kosher tasting

February 11, 2019 (SOLD OUT)
1.7 miles south
Sample 250 kosher wines and kosher food at Kosher Food & Wine Experience, which includes a live band at Chelsea Piers (Pier 60) for age 21+.

Dog show

February 11 - 12, 2019
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.

Reading about love

February 13, 2019 (7:30 p.m.)
36 miles west
Two actors tell a love story captured in 50 years of emotional Love Letters at Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, NJ.

Valentine’s Day restaurants

February 14, 2019
NYC locations
OpenTable lists restaurants in greater New York City that offer special menus for Valentine’s Day. Also see the restaurants these publications recommend:

Valentine’s Day art tour

February 14, 2019 (7 to 8:30 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.

Valentine’s dinner & ballet show

February 14, 2019 (7 to 9 p.m.)
0.9 miles NE
Enjoy food, champagne or sparkling cider, dessert, and dance peformances at Valentine's Day Champagne Salon Soiree at The Ailey Studios, with dramatic views of Manhattan.

Valentine’s Day burlesque

February 14, 2019 (7:30 p.m.)
1 mile SW
Le Scandal Valentine’s Day Show is a burlesque variety show with live music and an available dinner and bar menu at Laurie Beechman Theatre.

Valentine’s dance class

February 14, 2019 (7:45 to 10 p.m.)
1.2 miles SW
Beginner’s are welcome at Wine & Tango Date Night, which begins with wine and snacks, followed by a tango class, a tango performance, and open dancing at Strictly Tango.

Valentine’s dance class

February 14, 2019 (7 to 8:30 p.m.)
1.4 miles south
Register as a couple for the Valentine’s Day Tango Workshop for a beginner’s tango lesson, sparkling apple cider, chocolate-covered strawberries, and a rose at Triangulo.

Valentine’s Day – pizza & wine

February 14, 2019 (6:30 to 10:30 p.m.)
1.5 miles south
Learn from a chef how to make a fresh pizza, and then enjoy it “with a choice selection of pizza-perfect wines” at the Pizza & Wine Bar at Institute of Culinary Education for $250 per couple.

Valentine’s Day under the stars

February 14, 2019 (SOLD OUT)
2 miles north
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with live jazz, an open bar, chocolate, and hors d’oeuvres, and then sit back for a view of the stars and love stories based on mythology at Romance Under the Stars in Hayden Planetarium.

Valentine’s Day concert

February 14, 2019
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. [Click the VIP button to see if VIP tickets remain.]

Valentine’s dinner blindfolded

February 14, 2019 (SOLD OUT)
2.5 miles south
Your senses are heightened when you can’t see your multiple-course meal with wine at Dinners in the Dark at Camaje Bistro.

Valentine’s Day humor

February 14, 2019 (7:30 & 9:30 p.m.)
8.4 miles south
Adults tell stories about their lives and share embarrassing childhood artifacts (diaries, letters, lyrics, poems, and home movies) at Mortified Doomed Valentines Show at Littlefield in Brooklyn for age 21+.

Valentine’s Day R & B

February 15, 2019 (8 p.m.)
7 miles south
Ladies Night R&B Super Jam features an all-star lineup of R&B artists (Brian McKnight, Faith Evans, Jagged Edge, Musiq Soulchild, K. Michelle, Mario, Lil' Kim, Marsha Ambrosius, After 7, Jon B. Silk, and Chaka Demus & Pliers) at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Valentine’s Day jazz

February 15 - 16, 2019
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.

Valentine’s scavenger hunt

February 16, 2019 (meet at 1:30 p.m.)
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.

Adult art tour

February 16, 2019 (2 p.m.)
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 Day ball

Feb. 16, 2019 (10 p.m., VIP 9:30 p.m.)
3.1 miles south
Heartbreak Hotel: Valentine Ball promises “a secret world where the sound of lovers’ sighs and slow sin jazz fills the air” with a bar and a cabaret at Capitale for age 21+. Dress code.

Chinese parade

February 17, 2019 (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. The parade starts at Hester Street, goes south on Mott, east on Broadway, and north on Forsyth to Sara D. Roosevelt Park. Free.

French casserole cook-off

February 18, 2019 (7 to 9:30 p.m.)
1.1 miles south
Taste slow-cooked casserole traditionally made with meat and beans in the south of France, vote for your favorite competing chef, and drink French wine and brandy at Cassoulet War at Kimpton Hotel Eventi.

Dance festival

February 21 - 24, 2019
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 21 - 24, 2019
1.2 miles north
New York Wild Film Festival screens 32 films about wildlife and wild places at The Explorers Club.

Fringe theater festival

February 21 - March 10, 2019
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.

Beer tasting

February 21 - March 14, 2019 (Thursdays)
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+. Free entry.

Political comedy

February 21 - March 16, 2019
2.4 miles south
Laugh at what divides us at Colin Quinn: Red State Blue State when the quintessential New York comedian lays bare absurdities, hypocrisies, and calamities on both sides of the political divide at Minetta Lane Theatre.

Ticket deal $30 to $59

Sesame Street show

February 22 - 24, 2019
1.2 miles south
Families join their favorite characters as they sing and dance in Sesame Street Live at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden.

Ticket deal $29 to $65

Musical: Anastasia

February 22 - March 31, 2019
0.7 miles SW
Anastasia transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of 1920s Paris as a young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past on an epic adventure at Broadhurst Theatre.

Ticket deal $69 to $115

Fun modern musical

February 22 - Oct. 20, 2019
0.4 miles west
When Emma invites another girl to The Prom, the town erupts in chaos. Show-stopping dance numbers keep the mood joyful, and eventually the show ends on an upbeat note, at Longacre Theatre for age 8+.

Ticket deal $45 to $109

Classic soul & Motown revue

February 23, 2019 (1:30 p.m.)
0.7 miles SW
A Decade of Soul features the best R&B music of the classic soul era at Blue Note Jazz Club, which has a $5 minimum order, with brunch and cocktails available.

Ticket deal $13

Beer tasting

February 23, 2019
4.4 miles SE
Get unlimited samples from 75 breweries (30 from NYC) and buy food from vendors at NYC Beer Week Opening Bash at Brooklyn Expo Center.

Meat tasting

February 23, 2019 (6 p.m., VIP 5 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.

Ticket deal $50 (VIP $99)

Women in song

February 23 - March 30, 2019
0.6 miles west
This One’s for the Girls is a high-energy celebration of women featuring popular songs like I am Woman, Respect, and I Will Survive at cozy St. Luke’s Theatre.

Ticket deal $34

Party cruise

February 23 - March 30, 2019 (Saturdays 9 p.m.)
4 miles south
Rock the Yacht is a three-hour cruise with city views, DJ dance music, and a no-host bar departing from Pier 15 at South Street Seaport for age 21+.

Ticket deal $15

Mad scientist

February 23 - May 26, 2019 (weekends)
0.4 miles west
A chemistry professor performs amazing feats in That Chemistry Show, which “combines the worlds of chemistry and show business” to surprise and entertain you at The Playroom Theater.

Ticket deal $32

Burlesque show

February 24, 2019 (6 p.m.)
0.6 miles west
The Sweet Spot is a high-energy celebration of the sexy arts that includes spoken word, burlesque dance, body painting, comedy, fashion, and DJ music at Sony Hall for age 21+.

Ticket deal $12 to $24

Chinese acrobats

February 27, 2019 (8 p.m.)
13.8 miles north
New Shanghai Circus performs acrobatics that defy gravity in dazzling costumes, with fine choreography, lighting, and music at Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, NJ.

Ticket deal $17 to $27

New York’s Got Talent

February 27 - April 24, 2019 (Wed. 7 p.m.)
1.2 miles west
Vote for your favorite acts at New York’s Got Talent, which includes singers, dancers, magicians, jugglers, pet tricks, burlesque, bands, guitarists, drummers, acrobats, and comedians at The Green Room 42. Optional food is available for sale.

Ticket deal $5 to $13

Women’s film festival

February 28 - March 3, 2019
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.

Black history month movies

February 28 - March 3, 2019
6.3 miles north
African Diaspora International Film Festival celebrates black history month “with a selection of films about the multiple dimensions of black history” at Teachers College at Columbia University.

Hunting & fishing expo

February 28 - March 3, 2019
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.


February 28 - March 7, 2019 (7:30 p.m.)
1.1 miles NW
Featuring a magnificent Egyptian set and rousing choruses, Aida is Verdi’s epic tale about a love triangle that includes the pharaoh’s daughter at the Metropolitan Opera House.

Ticket deal $98 to $119

French film festival

February 28 - March 10, 2019
NYC locations
See the best of contemporary French films, including premieres, plus panel discussions at Rendez-Vous with French Cinema. All films have English subtitles.

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