New York City events calendar for February 2017. Best festivals, fun things to do, Valentine's Day shows & events, weekend fairs, free kids' activities in NYC, New York.

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February 2017
February 2017

Enjoy the best New York City events, festivals, and things to do with this calendar of events.

Distance is from Rockefeller Center in downtown New York City, New York.

Winter Carnival

February 1 - 4, 2017 (begins Jan. 27)

0.5 miles south

Winter Carnival includes winter sports and games, skating, a brew house, and a silent disco dance at Bryant Park. Free (unless you rent skates).

Broadway discount week

February 1 - 5, 2017 (begins Jan. 17)

0.5 miles west

Get 2-for-1 deals on select theater shows during Broadway Week. Repeats in Sept.

NYC Restaurant Week

February 1 - 10, 2017 (begins Jan. 23)

NYC locations

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

Comic opera

February 1 - 11, 2017

1.1 miles NW

The Barber of Seville is Rossini’s comedy of young love at the Metropolitan Opera House. Discount tickets $30 to $119.

Blue Man show

February 1 - 26, 2017 (also Jan.)

2.3 miles south

Blue Man Group puts on an exciting show that combines comedy, theater, music, and special effects at Astor Place Theatre. Discount tickets $55.

Charming musical

February 1 - March 31, 2017 (also Jan.)

0.4 miles west

The Fantasticks is a funny and romantic musical entertaining audiences for years, in intimate Anne Bernstein Theater. Discount tickets $38.

James Cagney musical

February 1 - May 28, 2017 (also Jan.)

1 mile west

Cagney is about the energetic New York actor, singer, and tap dancer famous for his “tough guy” roles in films, at The Westside Theatre. Discount tickets $49.

Attractions

February 1 - June 30, 2017 (also Jan.)

multiple locations

These discount ticket prices include all taxes and fees.

LGBT films and art

February 2 - 5, 2017

Brooklyn locations

New York Queer Experimental Film Festival (MIX NYC) includes films, performance art, and installations.

Cocktail show

February 2 - 25, 2017 (also Jan.)

0.6 miles west

A ticket to The Imbible includes 3 craft cocktails plus a comic romp through the history of spirits and cocktails at New World Stages. Discount tickets $39 to $49.

Dance film festival

February 3 - 7, 2017

NYC locations

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

Carmen opera

February 3 & 15, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)

1.1 miles NW

Carmen is Bizet’s classic opera about a hot-tempered Spanish gypsy woman who seduces a corporal, at Metropolitan Opera House. Discount weekday tickets $72 to $98.

Wine tasting

February 4, 2017

0.5 miles SW

The NYC Winter Wine Festival features 250 wines, light hors d’oeuvres, and live jazz at PlayStation Theater in Times Square. Discount early entry tickets $79.

Tasting at Sotheby’s

February 4, 2017 (7:30 p.m., VIP 6:30)

1.9 miles NE

Enjoy spirits and hors d’oeuvres prepared by 24 local restaurant chefs at The Art of Food, surrounded by elegant art at Sotheby’s on York Ave. Discount tickets $75.

Skating party

February 4, 2017 (1:30 to 3:30 p.m.)

3 miles north

Skate to soul music at Soul on Ice Winter Skating Party, which has ice skating demonstrations, food, and music at Lasker Rink in Central Park.

Beer tasting

February 4, 2017

6.3 miles NW

Sample 150 beers from 70 brewers at Great Beer Expo at Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ.

India spectacular

February 4 & 7, 2017

10 miles north

Packed with film, dance, and music, Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue is a high-energy celebration of the pop music, Bollywood cinema, and traditional dress of India. Also at Mayo Performing Arts Center.

Evening cruise

February 4 - 25, 2017 (Saturdays)

3 miles SW

Enjoy hours of views, DJ music, and a cash bar on a Hornblower Cruise for age 21+, leaving Pier 15.

Magic

February 4 - March 11, 2017 (also Jan. 28)

0.7 miles SW

Talented magician Miles Thorn performs astonishing illusions and incredible feats of juggling at Elektra Theatre. Discount tickets $17 to $36.

Wizard of Oz

February 4 - May 27, 2017 (3 p.m. Saturdays)

4.5 miles north

The Wizard of Oz is a one-hour version featuring Dorothy, Toto, the scarecrow, the lion, and the tin man at Harlem Repertory Theatre. Discount tickets $8.

Chinese parade

February 5, 2017 (1 p.m.)

4 miles south

See colorful floats, marching bands, lion and dragon dancers, antique cars, beauty queens, and performers at New York City Lunar New Year Parade & Festival. The parade starts at Hester Street, goes south on Mott, east on Division, north on Eldridge, and west on Hester to Sara D. Roosevelt Park. Free.

Brunch cruise circles Manhattan

February 5 - 26, 2017 (10 a.m.)

2.4 miles SW

Around Manhattan Brunch Cruise offers 2.75 hours of views as you circle Manhattan Island in a classic 1920s yacht and eat a buffet brunch with a complimentary beverage, departing from Chelsea Piers (Pier 62). Discount tickets $69.

Mark Twain musical

February 8 - 12, 2017

0.4 miles north

Big River tells the story of Huckleberry Finn and his adventures on the Mississippi with Tom Sawyer and Big Jim (a runaway slave) with bluegrass and country music at New York City Center. Discount tickets $38.

Sleeping Beauty ballet

February 8 - 19, 2017

1.1 miles NW

New York City Ballet performs the classic story of Sleeping Beauty with beautiful costumes, lush sets, and Tchaikovsky’s timeless score in Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater. Discount tickets $91 (Feb. 12).

New York’s Got Talent

February 8 - March 29, 2017 (7:30 p.m. Wed.)

0.7 miles SW

Vote for your favorite acts at New York’s Got Talent! Season 4, which includes singers, dancers, magicians, jugglers, pet tricks, burlesque, bands, guitarists, drummers, acrobats, comedians, and weird acts of all kinds at Elektra Theatre. Discount tickets $8.

Music of Tchaikovsky

February 9 - 11, 2017

1.1 miles NW

The New York Philharmonic performs works by Tchaikovsky and Taneyev in David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center. Discount Friday tickets $38.

Valentine’s Day jazz

February 9 - 12, 2017

1 mile NW

Freddy Cole Quartet, featuring the brother of Nat King Cole, performs Songs for Lovers at Lincoln Center.

Women’s Fashion Week

February 9 - 17, 2017

NYC locations

Top models, photographers, and designers attend invitation-only events unveiling fall collections during New York Fashion Week. Repeats in Sept.

Also see events open to the public.

Cabaret

February 9 - 19, 2017

3 miles east

Step back in time to the decadent Kit Kat Klub of prewar Germany as colorful singers serenade you at Cabaret in the intimate Secret Theatre in Queens for age 13+. Discount tickets $10.

Wine & chocolate tasting

February 10, 2017 (6 to 8 p.m.)

0.3 miles SE

Enjoy wine, chocolate, entertainment, food for sale, and a silent auction at Ripple Effect Artists Chocolate & Wine Gala at People’s United Bank on Park Avenue.

Romantic music

February 10, 2017 (8:15 p.m.)

3 miles south

An Evening of Romance with Paul Loren features the native New Yorker singing timeless music at Rockwood Music Hall for age 21+. Drink minimum.

Valentine’s haunted house

February 10 - 12, 2017

3 miles south

Blood Manor opens its doors for a horrifying Bloody Valentine’s Weekend at 163 Varick Street.

Central Park Ice Festival

February 11, 2017 (3 to 7 p.m.)

1.1 miles north

See carvers make romantic statues with chisels and power tools. At 5 p.m. trade ID for headphones and dance outdoors at a “silent disco” with DJs and colored lights during Ice Festival at Naumburg Bandshell. Free.

Valentine’s dance class

February 11, 2017 (8:30 to 10 p.m.)

1.7 miles south

Come as a couple to the Valentine’s Absolute Beginner’s Workshop for a beginner tango lesson, champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, and a rose at Triangulo.

Valentine’s Day soul concert

February 11, 2017 (3 and 8 p.m.)

1.7 miles NW

The ‘70s Soul Jam Valentine’s Concert has five acts in a revival of R&B, disco, and soul at Beacon Theatre.

Disney Valentine’s Ball

February 11, 2017 (8 p.m.)

2.3 miles SW

Disney Valentine’s Ball is an all ages “all-night rock ‘n roll sing along” featuring Disney cover band The Little Mermen at Highline Ballroom. Discount tickets $10.

Valentine’s Day masquerade party

February 11, 2017 (9 p.m.)

10.2 miles south

Venetian Valentine Commedia Masked Ball has a “Carnival of Venice” theme with over-the-top dance, live music, opera, circus, gender-bending burlesque, and vivid immersive theater at Grand Prospect Hall for age 21+. Optional dinner at 7 p.m.

Music in a mansion

February 11, 2017 (1 to 3 p.m.)

15 miles north

Sip a mimosa, enjoy some light fare, and hear a quintet from Colombia play a wide range of music at Music and Mimosas at Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum at Pelham Bay.

Valentine’s scavenger hunt

February 11 & 14, 2017

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. Discount tickets $20.

Classic soul & motown revue

February 11 - March 26, 2017 (weekends)

0.7 miles SW

A Decade of Soul features R&B music of the classic soul era performed live on stage at B.B. King Blues Club ($10 minimum food/drink). Discount tickets $10.

Valentine’s brunch cruise

February 12, 2017 (board at noon)

3 miles SW

Enjoy a brunch buffet, champagne toast, and views on the Valentine’s Day Brunch Cruise by Spirit Cruises, departing from 353 West Street, Pier 40.

Valentine’s Day cooking classes

February 12 & 14, 2017 (6 p.m.)

1.5 miles south

Cook and dine at the Institute of Culinary Education.

Valentine’s Day champagne

February 14, 2017 (6:30 p.m.)

1.5 miles south

Couples Champagne Gala for Valentine’s Day is a talk about sparkling wine, a tasting, hors d’oeuvres, and a buffet at Institute of Culinary Education, $275 for two.

Kosher tasting

February 13, 2017 (6:30 p.m., VIP 5:30)

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 13 - 14, 2017

NYC locations

Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show has daytime events at Piers 92/94 with finals and best-of-breed evenings at Madison Square Garden. Discount tickets for either evening $28.

Valentine’s Day restaurants

February 14, 2017

NYC locations

OpenTable lists restaurants in greater New York City that offer special menus for Valentine’s Day. Also see recommendations by NY Magazine.

Valentine’s Day in Times Square

February 14, 2017

0.5 miles west

Register to renew your marriage vows at Love in Times Square on the red glass steps, or take a photo together in front of the heart sculpture at W. 46th Street & Broadway. Free.

Valentine’s Day R&B

February 14, 2017 (8 p.m.)

0.8 miles SW

Grammy nominated R&B artist Elle Varner brings her seductive brand of soul to B.B. King Blues Club ($10 food/drink minimum at tables). Discount tickets $20.

Valentines’ Day burlesque

February 14, 2017 (7 to 9 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 Day under the stars

February 14, 2017 (6 & 9:30 p.m.)

2 miles north

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with jazz, champagne, 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. It is likely to sell out again this year.

Valentine’s Day burlesque

February 14, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)

2.3 miles SW

Filthy Gorgeous Burlesque Valentine’s Spectacular is a night of teasing, live music, and sultry fun at Highline Ballroom. Discount tickets $15.

Valentine’s Day concert

February 14, 2017 (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.

Valentine’s dinner blindfolded

February 14, 2017 (5:30 p.m.)

2.5 miles south

Your senses are heightened when you can’t see your four-course meal at Dinners in the Dark at Camaje.

Gay play

February 14 - March 31, 2017

0.5 miles SW

Significant Other is “a comically incisive journey across the jagged landscape of 20-something friendship, dating, marriage, and love” [Boston Globe] at Booth Theatre. Discount tickets $57.

Fringe theater festival

February 15 - March 5, 2017

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. Scroll down their page to see all shows.

Unusual film festival

February 17 - 23, 2017

1.3 miles NE

See 18 rare and underrated films of all kinds at Film Comment Selects at Walter Read Theater.

Run in your underwear

February 18, 2017

1.1 miles NW

Cupid’s Undie Run includes a half-naked run through the streets and a party at Stage 48 to support charity.

Orchid Show

February 18 - April 9, 2017

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.

Dance of Brazil

February 19, 2017 (4 p.m.)

10 miles north

A high-energy show by Balé Folclórico da Bahia mixes African dance, capoeira (martial arts), samba, and elements of Brazil’s famed carnival at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts CUNY. Discount tickets $13.

Family basketball show

February 19 - 20, 2017

1.2 miles south

The Harlem Globetrotters demonstrate ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, and comedy at Madison Square Garden. Discount tickets $25.

Black History Month in Harlem

February 21- 25, 2017

multiple locations

Afropunk the Takeover Harlem “is a series of events featuring live musical performances, film screenings, comedy shows, jam sessions and frank discussions on identity, art, and protest.”

Al Gore

February 22, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)

0.9 miles north

An Evening with Al Gore is an inspiring presentation by the former vice president about the latest problems and solutions in our fight for a sustainable future at Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center. Discount tickets $45.

Dance festival

February 23 - 26, 2017

0.4 miles SE

Get reserved seats for ballroom, Latin, rhythm, and smooth dance heats at New York Dance Festival in the Grand Ballroom of the Roosevelt Hotel.

Wild films

February 23 - 26, 2017

1.2 miles north

New York Wild Film Festival shows 20 films about wildlife and wild places at The Explorers Club.

NJ wine tasting

February 24, 2017

29 miles west

Taste 150 wines, with hors d’oeuvres, antipasto, pasta, and cheese while hearing live jazz at New Jersey Winter Wine Festival at the Hilton in Short Hills, NJ.

Discount early entry tickets $69.

Beer week

February 24 - March 4, 2017

NYC locations

New York City Beer Week celebrates craft beer with special tastings, pairings, and dinners at many venues.

Children’s film festival

February 24 - March 19, 2017

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.

Jazz musical

February 25, 2017 (7 p.m.)

4.5 miles north

Hear rowdy, humorous songs by Fats Waller from the early days of jazz at Ain’t Misbehavin’ at Harlem Repertory Theatre.

Discount tickets $13.

Mardi gras brunch

February 26, 2017 (11:30 a.m.)

2.3 miles south

A ticket to New Orleans Mardi Gras Brunch includes a drink, an entree, and a show featuring award-winning Joey Morant and his band Catfish Stew at Blue Note Jazz Club. Discount tickets $18.

Pop-erotica show

February 26, 2017 (6 p.m.)

5.3 miles SE

The Sweet Spot is a high-energy celebration of the sexy arts, featuring spoken word, burlesque dance, body painting, erotic fashion, comedy, and DJ music at The Hall Brooklyn for age 21+. Discount tickets $10.
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