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.
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.
February 1 - 11, 2017
1.1 miles NWThe 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 southBlue Man Group puts on an exciting show that combines comedy, theater, music, and special effects at Astor Place Theatre. Discount tickets $55.
February 1 - March 31, 2017 (also Jan.)
0.4 miles westThe 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 westCagney 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.
February 1 - June 30, 2017 (also Jan.)
multiple locationsThese discount ticket prices include all taxes and fees.
LGBT films and art
February 2 - 5, 2017
Brooklyn locationsNew York Queer Experimental Film Festival (MIX NYC) includes films, performance art, and installations.
February 2 - 25, 2017 (also Jan.)
0.6 miles westA 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 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 3 & 15, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)
1.1 miles NWCarmen 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.
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. Discount early entry tickets $79.
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 Ave. Discount tickets $75.
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 4 & 7, 2017
10 miles northPacked 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.
February 4 - 25, 2017 (Saturdays)
3 miles SWEnjoy hours of views, DJ music, and a cash bar on a Hornblower Cruise for age 21+, leaving Pier 15.
February 4 - March 11, 2017 (also Jan. 28)
0.7 miles SWTalented 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 northThe 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.
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.
Brunch cruise circles Manhattan
February 5 - 26, 2017 (10 a.m.)
2.4 miles SWAround 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 northBig 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 NWNew 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 SWVote 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 NWThe 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 NWFreddy 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 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.
February 9 - 19, 2017
3 miles eastStep 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 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 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. Discount tickets $10.
Valentine’s Day masquerade party
February 11, 2017 (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+. Optional dinner at 7 p.m.
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. Discount tickets $20.
Classic soul & motown revue
February 11 - March 26, 2017 (weekends)
0.7 miles SWA 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 SWEnjoy 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 southCook and dine at the Institute of Culinary Education.
Valentine’s Day champagne
February 14, 2017 (6:30 p.m.)
1.5 miles southCouples 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.
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+.
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. Discount tickets for either evening $28.
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 recommendations by NY Magazine.
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). Discount tickets $20.
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 burlesque
February 14, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)
2.3 miles SWFilthy 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 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 (5:30 p.m.)
2.5 miles southYour senses are heightened when you can’t see your four-course meal at Dinners in the Dark at Camaje.
February 14 - March 31, 2017
0.5 miles SWSignificant 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 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.
Dance of Brazil
February 19, 2017 (4 p.m.)
10 miles northA 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 southThe 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 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. Discount tickets $45.
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
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.
February 24 - March 4, 2017
NYC locationsNew 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 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 (7 p.m.)
4.5 miles northHear rowdy, humorous songs by Fats Waller from the early days of jazz at Ain’t Misbehavin’ at Harlem Repertory Theatre.
Mardi gras brunch
February 26, 2017 (11:30 a.m.)
2.3 miles southA 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.
February 26, 2017 (6 p.m.)
5.3 miles SEThe 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.