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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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.

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.

LGBT films and art

February 2 - 5, 2017

Brooklyn locations

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

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.

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.

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 Avenue.

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.

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.

Women’s film festival

February 9 - 12, 2017

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.

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.

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 evenings 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.

Valentine’s Day masquerade party

February 11, 2017 (doors open 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+. [We’re told tickets will be sold at the door.]

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.

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 Hornblower Cruises, departing from 353 West Street, Pier 40.

Romantic musical – created live

February 12, 2017 (8 p.m.)

8 miles south

Two 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+.

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+. VIP is sold out.

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.

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 the best romantic restaurants by AMNY and Zagat.

Valentine’s Day art tour

February 14, 2017 (7 and 9 p.m.)

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.

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).

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 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 (8 p.m.)

2.7 miles south

Your 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 south

Band 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 south

Theater 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 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.

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.

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 (7:30 p.m.)

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.

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.

Fermentation festival

February 25, 2017 (11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.)

4.4 miles SE

Family-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.

Beer tasting

February 25, 2017 (6:30 to 9:30 p.m.)

4.4 miles SE

Get unlimited samples from 50 breweries (half from NYC) and buy food from vendors at NYC Beer Week Opening Bash Invitational at Brooklyn Expo Center.

Classical music

February 26 - 27, 2017

1.1 miles NW

The London Philharmonic Orchestra performs works by Chopin, Glinka, and Mahler with a pianist and soprano in David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center.
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