Enjoy the best New York City events, festivals, and things to do with this calendar of events.
Distance is from Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan.
February 1 - 4, 2017 (begins Jan. 27)
0.5 miles southWinter 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 westGet 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 locationsGet a special deal on a 3-course lunch or dinner at 300 restaurants during NYC Restaurant Week, not on Saturdays. Repeats in July.
LGBT films and art
February 2 - 5, 2017
Brooklyn locationsNew York Queer Experimental Film Festival (MIX NYC) includes films, performance art, and installations.
Dance film festival
February 3 - 7, 2017
NYC locationsDance 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.
February 4, 2017
0.5 miles SWThe NYC Winter Wine Festival features 250 wines, light hors d’oeuvres, and live jazz at PlayStation Theater in Times Square.
Tasting at Sotheby’s
February 4, 2017 (7:30 p.m., VIP 6:30)
1.9 miles NEEnjoy 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 Avenue.
February 4, 2017 (1:30 to 3:30 p.m.)
3 miles northSkate to soul music at Soul on Ice Winter Skating Party, which has ice skating demonstrations, food, and music at Lasker Rink in Central Park.
February 4, 2017
6.3 miles NWSample 150 beers from 70 brewers at Great Beer Expo at Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ.
February 5, 2017 (1 p.m.)
4 miles southSee 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.
Women’s film festival
February 9 - 12, 2017
4.2 miles northAthena Film Festival showcases films about powerful and courageous women leaders in real life and the fictional world at Barnard College.
Women’s Fashion Week
February 9 - 17, 2017
NYC locationsTop 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.
Wine & chocolate tasting
February 10, 2017 (6 to 8 p.m.)
0.3 miles SEEnjoy 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.
February 10, 2017 (8:15 p.m.)
3 miles southAn 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 southBlood Manor opens its doors for a horrifying Bloody Valentine’s Weekend evenings at 163 Varick Street.
Central Park Ice Festival
February 11, 2017 (3 to 7 p.m.)
1.1 miles northSee 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 southCome 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 NWThe ‘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 SWDisney Valentine’s Ball is an all ages “all-night rock ‘n roll sing along” featuring Disney cover band The Little Mermen at Highline Ballroom.
Valentine’s Day masquerade party
February 11, 2017 (doors open 9 p.m.)
10.2 miles southVenetian 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+. [We’re told tickets will be sold at the door.]
Music in a mansion
February 11, 2017 (1 to 3 p.m.)
15 miles northSip 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 southThe 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 brunch cruise
February 12, 2017 (board at noon)
3 miles SWEnjoy a brunch buffet, champagne toast, and views on the Valentine’s Day Brunch Cruise by Hornblower Cruises, departing from 353 West Street, Pier 40.
Romantic musical – created live
February 12, 2017 (8 p.m.)
8 miles southTwo musicians interview a couple from the audience and improvise a brand-new musical retelling the couple’s love story during Your Love, Our Musical at The Bell House for age 21+.
February 13, 2017 (6:30 p.m., VIP 5:30)
1.7 miles southSample 250 kosher wines and kosher food at Kosher Food & Wine Experience, which includes a live band at Chelsea Piers (Pier 60) for age 21+. VIP is sold out.
February 13 - 14, 2017
NYC locationsWestminster Kennel Club Dog Show has daytime events at Piers 92/94 with finals and best-of-breed evenings at Madison Square Garden.
Valentine’s Day restaurants
February 14, 2017
NYC locationsOpenTable lists restaurants in greater New York City that offer special menus for Valentine’s Day. Also see the best romantic restaurants by AMNY and Zagat.
Valentine’s Day art tour
February 14, 2017 (7 and 9 p.m.)
0.2 miles northValentine Tours begin with a candlelit reception, including a glass of wine and hors d’oeuvres (7 p.m.) or dessert (9 p.m.), followed by a special group tour after closing time at The Museum of Modern Art.
Valentine’s Day in Times Square
February 14, 2017
0.5 miles westRegister 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 SWGrammy nominated R&B artist Elle Varner brings her seductive brand of soul to B.B. King Blues Club ($10 food/drink minimum at tables).
Valentines’ Day burlesque
February 14, 2017 (7 to 9 p.m.)
1 mile SWLe 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 northCelebrate 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 concert
February 14, 2017 (7 p.m.)
2.5 miles southHear 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 (8 p.m.)
2.7 miles southYour senses are heightened when you can’t see your four-course meal at Dinners in the Dark by Camaje, located at The Lofts at Prince. This is likely to sell out.
Valentine’s Day concert
February 14, 2017 (7 to 9:30 p.m.)
3.1 miles southBand Together in Love Concert features the famous Villalobos Brothers, contemporary Jewish folk music, Mexican fiddling, Klezmer, and an after-party at Angel Orensanz Foundation. Children to age 13 are free.
Romantic comedy film
February 14, 2017 (7 and 9:30 p.m.)
7.8 miles southTheater actors subvert the Nazis in To Be or Not to Be, a classic dark comedy in black-and-white at BAM Rose Cinemas in Brooklyn. Reviews.
Fringe theater festival
February 15 - March 5, 2017
2.6 miles southSince 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 NESee 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 NWCupid’s Undie Run includes a half-naked run through the streets and a party at Stage 48 to support charity.
February 18 - April 9, 2017
12 miles northThe 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.
Black History Month in Harlem
February 21 - 25, 2017
multiple locationsAfropunk 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.”
February 22, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)
0.9 miles northAn 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.
February 23 - 26, 2017
0.4 miles SEGet reserved seats for ballroom, Latin, rhythm, and smooth dance heats at New York Dance Festival in the Grand Ballroom of the Roosevelt Hotel.
February 23 - 26, 2017
1.2 miles northNew York Wild Film Festival shows 20 films about wildlife and wild places at The Explorers Club.
NJ wine tasting
February 24, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)
29 miles westTaste 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.
Children’s film festival
February 24 - March 19, 2017
NYC theatersNew York International Children’s Film Festival shows new, inspiring, and thought-provoking films about youth from around the world, suitable for families.
February 25, 2017 (11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.)
4.4 miles SEFamily-friendly NYC Fermentation Festival celebrates all thinks fermented, with vendors selling beverages (beer, cider, and spirits) and foods (pickles and vegetables), plus seminars, demonstrations, and live acoustic music at Brooklyn Expo Center.
February 25, 2017 (6:30 to 9:30 p.m.)
4.4 miles SEGet unlimited samples from 50 breweries (half from NYC) and buy food from vendors at NYC Beer Week Opening Bash Invitational at Brooklyn Expo Center.
February 26 - 27, 2017
1.1 miles NWThe London Philharmonic Orchestra performs works by Chopin, Glinka, and Mahler with a pianist and soprano in David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center.