New York City events, festivals, things to do – February 2018

New York City
calendar of events

February 2018
best events in New York City

Broadway discount week

February 1 - 4, 2018 (begins Jan. 16)

0.5 miles west

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

Experimental theater

February 1 - 4, 2018 (begins Jan. 10)

2.6 miles south

See contemporary theater and dance performances and premieres at COIL in Performance Space 122.

Restaurant week

February 1 - 9, 2018 (begins Jan. 22)

NYC locations

Get a special deal on a 3-course lunch or dinner at 300 restaurants during NYC Restaurant Week. Held in January and July.
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Whiskey tasting in Jersey City

February 2, 2018

6.6 miles SW

Sample 100 styles of whiskey and spirits at Whiskey Fest, which includes live music, food for sale, and a view of Manhattan at Harborside, 153 Exchange Place.

Winter Carnival

February 1 - 4, 2018 (begins Jan. 26)

0.5 miles south

Winter Carnival includes an opening-night show, winter sports and games, skating, a brew house, a puppet show, and karaoke at Bryant Park. Free, unless you rent skates.

Skating party

February 3, 2018

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 3, 2018

6.3 miles NW

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

Children’s film festival

February 3 - 4, 2018

6 miles south

BAMkids Film Festival shows the best features and shorts from around the globe at BAM Rose Cinemas.

Valentine’s Day humor

February 8, 2018 (8 p.m.)

8.4 miles south

Adults tell stories about their lives by sharing embarrassing childhood artifacts (diaries, letters, lyrics, poems, and home movies) at Mortified Doomed Valentine Show at Littlefield in Brooklyn for age 21+.

Women’s Fashion Week

February 8 - 16, 2018

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.

Run in your underwear

February 10, 2018

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.

Tasting at Sotheby’s

February 10, 2018

1.9 miles NE

Enjoy spirits and hors d’oeuvres prepared by 24 local restaurant chefs at Our Town’s Art of Food, surrounded by elegant art at Sotheby’s on York Avenue.

Valentine’s Day formal dance

February 10, 2018

2.1 miles south

Sweetheart Soirée features plush seating, dancing, entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts (plus wine and cocktails for sale) on four floors of Norwood mansion for age 21+. Tickets.

Spirits tasting

February 10, 2018 (2 and 6:30 p.m.)

4.4 miles SE

Taste samples and meet distillers making 100 styles of rum, cognac, whiskey, vodka, gin, and tequila at Brooklyn Craft Spirits Fest at Brooklyn Expo Center.

Valentine’s scavenger hunt

February 11, 2018 (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.

Valentine’s brunch cruise

February 11, 2018 (12 to 2:30 p.m.)

3 miles SW

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

Music in a mansion

February 11, 2018 (4 p.m.)

15 miles north

Hear classical guitar at the Valentine’s Day Concert, followed by a reception with light refreshments at Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum at Pelham Bay.

Dog show

February 12 - 13, 2018

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.

Mardi Gras concert

February 13, 2018 (7:30 and 9:30 p.m.)

0.8 miles NW

A Gotham Kings Mardi Gras Celebration features a fun-loving group of musicians and dancers playing Creole jazz in the New Orleans tradition in Dizzy’s Club at Broadway and 60th.

Valentine’s Day – cook together

February 13 - 14, 2018 (6 to 10:30)

1.5 miles south

Learn how to make delicious dishes and then enjoy a feast at New York Steakhouse for Valentine’s Day at Institute of Culinary Education for $275 per couple.

Valentine’s Day – cooking class

February 13 -14, 2018 (6 to 10 p.m.)

1.5 miles south

Cook a delicious meal and enjoy it at Be My Valentine at Institute of Culinary Education for $125 per person.

Valentine’s Day restaurants

February 14, 2018

NYC locations

OpenTable 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, 2018

0.2 miles north

Valentine 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. Tickets will be posted eventually on the events page.

Valentine’s Day in Times Square

February 14, 2018

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 burlesque

February 14, 2018

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, 2018

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. [Waiting for 2018 web page.]

Valentine’s Day under the stars

February 14, 2018

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. This event has sold out in previous years.

Valentine’s Day concert

February 14, 2018 (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. Optional pre-concert reception at 6 p.m.

Valentine’s dinner blindfolded

February 14, 2018 (5 & 8:30 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 Bistro.

Valentine’s dining cruise

February 14, 2018

3 miles SW

Enjoy a brunch or dinner New York City Valentine’s Day Cruise with views by Hornblower Yachts, departing from Pier 40 at 353 West Street.

Fringe theater festival

February 14 - March 4, 2018

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.

Chinese firecrackers & culture

February 16, 2018 (11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.)

3 miles south

New Year Firecracker Ceremony & Cultural Festival 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.

Classic drama about prejudice

February 17, 2018 (7 p.m.)

4.5 miles north

A black family moves to the white side of Chicago in A Raisin in the Sun, a groundbreaking classic that became a movie starring Sidney Poitier, live at Harlem Repertory Theatre.

Discount tickets $15.

Underground art show

February 21 - 22, 2018

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.

Weird films

February 22 - 25, 2018

multiple locations

Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival screens dozens of unusual films “that challenge the viewers reality with ideas and concepts not normally found in conventional stories” at four different venues.

Dance festival

February 22 - 25, 2018

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 22 - 25, 2018

1.2 miles north

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

Women’s film festival

February 22 - 25, 2018

4.2 miles north

Athena Film Festival showcases films about powerful and courageous women leaders in real life and the fictional world at Barnard College.

Unusual film festival

February 23 - 27, 2018

1.3 miles NE

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

Beer tasting

February 24, 2018 (6 to 9:30 p.m.)

4.4 miles SE

Get unlimited samples from 60 breweries (half from NYC) and buy food from vendors at NYC Beer Week Opening Bash Invitational at Brooklyn Expo Center.

Fermented food festival

February 24, 2018

4.4 miles SE

Family-friendly NYC Fermentation Festival celebrates all things fermented, with vendors selling beverages (beer, cider, and spirits) and foods (pickles and vegetables), and offering seminars, demonstrations, and live acoustic music at Brooklyn Expo Center.

Meat tasting

February 24, 2018

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.

Flute fair

February 25, 2018

3.8 miles north

The New York Flute Fair features performances, workshops, exhibits, master classes, and a competition at Columbia University.

Chinese parade

February 25, 2018 (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 Division, north on Eldridge, and west on Hester to Sara D. Roosevelt Park. Free.

Beer tasting

February 28, 2018 (6 to 9:30 p.m.)

Location uncertain

Taste 40 beers and meet the brewers at NYC Brewer’s Choice in Brooklyn for age 21+.

Whisky tasting

February 28, 2018 (6 p.m., VIP 5:30 p.m.)

1.7 miles south

A ticket to Whisky Live includes a dinner buffet, live entertainment, and a glass to sample the greatest whiskies in the world at the Metropolitan Pavilion.

Discount tickets $99 (VIP $149).