New York City events January 2019. Things to do in NYC.

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New York City events January 2019

Austrian music & dance

January 1, 2019
(2:30 p.m.)
1.1 miles NW
Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert brings the waltzes of Strauss to life with costumed dancers, singers, and an orchestra in David Geffen Hall.

Winter in Bryant Park

January 1 - 2, 2019
0.5 miles south
Winter Village at Bryant Park has a free ice skating rink with skates for rent, plus 125 holiday kiosks.

Holiday Train Show

January 2 - 21, 2019
12 miles north
Watch model trains zip around miniature New York landmarks made of plant materials, and enjoy kids’ activities at the Holiday Train Show at New York Botanical Garden. See closed dates.

Free Latin concert

January 3, 2019
(7 to 8:45 p.m.)
2.9 miles south
“Sabores Latinos” Showcase features two bands with Caribbean, Colombian, and Haitian roots at Rockwood Music Hall on the Lower East Side. Free.

Innovative theater festival

January 3 - 13, 2019
NYC locations
Watch cutting-edge theater from around the world, live and recorded, at Under the Radar. Attend a panel discussion or a post-show discussion after some performances.

Three kings parade

January 4, 2019
(11 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
3 miles north
Children wearing crowns join real camels, sheep, colorful puppets, musicians, dancers, and community leaders dressed as kings in the festive Three Kings Day Parade and Celebration in East Harlem. Free.

Fresh jokes

January 4, 2019
(8 p.m.)
8 miles south
Hear 50 comics each present a first new joke of the year at 50 First Jokes at the Bell House in Brooklyn for age 21+.

Bull riding

January 4 - 6, 2019
1.2 miles SW
Professional Bull Riders take on the fiercest bucking bulls at Madison Square Garden.

Jazz festival

January 4 - 12, 2019
NYC locations
Winter Jazzfest includes 150 artists playing at Le Poisson Rouge and other venues. There are usually two “marathon” days.

Experimental art

January 4 - 13, 2019
3.8 miles south
The New Yorker calls American Realness Festival “a sampler of boundary-pushing performance bordering on dance” with 38 performances of 10 productions, plus exhibitions, at Abrons Arts Center.

Adult night - train show

January 5 & 12, 2019
12 miles north
Sip a cocktail under holiday lights, see model trains circle a miniature New York, and warm up at the fire pit during Bar Car Nights at the Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden for age 21.

New opera and theater

January 5 - 13, 2019
NYC locations
Prototype: Opera/Theatre/Now offers eight visionary opera-theater and music-theater works, plus a few shorter performances. Some events are followed by post-show conversations.

Free days at Wave Hill

January 5 - 29, 2019
(Tues. & Sat.)
12 miles north
Enjoy Free Admission to Wave Hill cultural center and its 28-acre public garden overlooking the Hudson River in the Bronx on Tuesday and Saturday. You must arrive before noon, but you can stay all day.

Diverse music fest

January 6, 2019
0.6 miles SW
Enjoy 12 musical acts on three stages from countries all over the world at globalFEST near Times Square.

Jewish film festival

January 9 - 22, 2019
1.5 miles NW
The New York Jewish Film Festival showcases films that investigate, record, and celebrate the Jewish experience at Walter Reade Theater in Lincoln Center.

Podcast festival

January 10 - 13, 2019
8 miles south
Brooklyn Podcast Festival “is a celebration of innovative, engaging, and informative podcasts of all genres, the artists who create them, and the community surrounding them” at The Bell House.

Convention for theater fans

January 11 - 13, 2019
0.3 miles NW
BroadwayCon promises “performances, panels, workshops, autographs, photo booths, Q&As, meet-and-greets, singalongs, and much more” for people who love live theater at New York Hilton Midtown.

No pants on the subway

January 13, 2019
(3 to 5 p.m.)
NYC locations
Liven up winter by joining thousands who follow the instructions for taking a No Pants Subway Ride, followed by an after party at Bar 13. Free.

Gospel celebration of MLK

January 18, 2019
(8 p.m.)
14 miles west
An MLK Weekend Celebration is an “all-star gospel celebration” at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ. Free.

Balkan festival

January 18 - 19, 2019
10.2 miles south
Zlatne Uste Golden Festival is a music and dance festival with 60 bands on 4 stages, vendors of Balkan art and textiles, and Middle Eastern refreshments at Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn.

Odd art

January 18 - 20, 2019
(preview Jan. 17)
1.8 miles south
Outsider Art Fair shows self-taught art created outside the mainstream at Metropolitan Pavilion. See photos.

Antiques show

January 18 - 27, 2019
(party Jan. 17)
1 mile north
Shop for exceptional antiques ranging from ancient Roman glass to mid-century modern from 70 exhibitors at The Winter Show at Park Avenue Armory. Special evenings Jan. 17, 24, 25. No baby strollers on weekends.

Scotch tasting

January 19, 2019
(12 to 9 p.m.)
3.1 miles south
Begin the NYC Scotch Walk before 3 p.m., and then taste a different Scotch at eight different bars in the East Village, for age 21+.

Long Island food & wine fest

January 19, 2019
28.6 miles east
Taste 150 wines, spirits, beers, and ciders at the Fine Wine and Food Fest, which also has gourmet food and craft vendors inside Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale for age 21+.

MLK celebration

January 20, 2019
(3 p.m.)
4.2 miles north
Unsung Champions of Civil Rights from MLK to Today is a panel discussion about Dr. King’s legacy and how his teachings affect us today at Apollo Theater. Free tickets are available January 2.

MLK celebration

January 20, 2019
(4 p.m.)
10.6 miles east
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration is an annual event, which this year stars Dance Theatre of Harlem at the Kupferberg Center in Queens.

Children marching for MLK

January 21, 2019
(10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
3.4 miles north
Join 8th graders from Manhattan Country School on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative March from Frederick Douglass Circle to their school on the Upper West Side, with stops along the way. Free.

MLK Day tribute

January 21, 2019
(10:30 a.m.)
6 miles south
Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. includes a keynote speaker and choir in BAM Howard Gilman Opera House at Brooklyn Academy of Music. Tickets are available in the lobby beginning at 8 a.m. Free.

Restaurant week

January 21 - Feb. 8, 2019
NYC locations
Get a special deal on a 2-course lunch or a 3-course dinner at 370 restaurants during NYC Restaurant Week. Saturdays excluded, Sundays at some restaurants. Held in January/February and July/August.

Broadway discount week

January 21 - Feb. 10, 2019
0.5 miles west
Get 2-for-1 deals on select theater shows during NYC Broadway Week. Repeats in Sept.

Boat show

January 23 - 27, 2019
1.5 miles SW
See new boats, marine gear, and accessories plus workshops and TV celebrities at the New York Boat Show at the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

Israeli films

January 24 - 27, 2019
7.7 miles south
Brooklyn Israel Film Festival screens two feature films, a family film, and short films at Kane Street Synagogue.

Monster trucks

January 25 - 27, 2019
15 miles west
Big trucks with big wheels make big noise at the Monster Jam at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.

Winter festival

January 25 - Feb. 3, 2019
0.5 miles south
FrostFest [formerly Winter Carnival] includes an Ice Ball (Jan. 30), a skating show (Feb. 1), skating in kilts (Feb. 2), bumper cars on ice, ice carving, karaoke, live music, food, and drinks at Bryant Park. Mostly free.

Snow sports in the park

January 26, 2019
(11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
1.2 miles north
Enjoy free skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, and ice bowling during Winter Jam, when the Central Park bandshell area is covered with blown-in snow. Bring equipment or borrow it free. Bring photo ID for sports or a legal guardian if under age 18. This event may be delayed if it rains.

Wine tasting

January 26, 2019
(1 & 6 p.m.)
1.7 miles south
Taste hundreds of wines from around the world with with live entertainment, interactive games, and food for sale during New York Wine Fest at The Altman Building for age 21+. Held in January and September.

Beer, bourbon, barbecue

January 26, 2019
2 miles SW
Sample beer, taste bourbon, hear bluegrass music, and eat barbecue at the Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival in Manhattan at 608 W. 28th Street.

French casserole cook-off

January 26, 2019
(1 to 4 p.m.)
5.2 miles SE
Taste competing chefs’ versions of this slow-cooked casserole from the south of France made with meat and beans at Cassoulet Cook-Off at Biba of Williamsburg for age 21+. A ticket includes food samples plus cider, craft beer, wine, and spirits.

Tasting in Brooklyn

January 26, 2019
10.5 miles south
Best of Brooklyn Food & Beer Festival offers unlimited Brooklyn craft beer tastings, food for sale from 20 Brooklyn chefs, and DJ music at Industry City for age 21+.

Football festival

January 26 - 27, 2019
1.5 miles south
A ticket to family-friendly Jets House includes food, beverages, live music, ping pong, appearances by New York Jets players, entertainment by their cheerleaders, and autograph sessions at SPiN New York.

Travel show

January 26 - 27, 2019
1.5 miles SW
Hear travel talks by experts, browse 500 travel booths, taste international food, and watch cultural performances at the New York Times Travel Show in Javits Convention Center. (Friday is for professionals.)

Films about outer space

January 29, 2019
(8 to 11:30 p.m.)
2.5 miles south
Watch 10 short films about space travel, time travel, extra-terrestrial life, and alternative dimensions at Secrets of Outer Space: Into the Great Beyond, which is $20 cash at the door of Gene Frankel Theatre.

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