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
(begins Oct. 27)
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 1 - 21, 2019
(begins Nov. 17)
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. Closed Dec. 3, 10, 25; Jan. 7, 14.

Ticket deal $7 - $25 (Dec. 11+)

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+.

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.

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. Discussions after some shows.

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.


January 7 - March 7, 2019
1.1 miles NW
Featuring a magnificent Egyptian set and rousing choruses, Aida is Verdi’s epic tale about a love triangle that includes the pharaoh’s daughter at the Metropolitan Opera House.

Ticket deal $37 to $119

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.

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
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.

Family celebration of MLK

January 18, 2019
(8 p.m.)
14 miles west
Dr. MLK, Jr. Celebration is an all-star gospel celebration with a guest speaker 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
View and purchase exceptional antiques ranging from ancient Roman glass to mid-century modern from 70 exhibitors at The Winter Show [formerly Winter Antiques Show] at the Park Avenue Armory. No baby strollers on weekends.

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+.

Ticket deal $29 (VIP $99)

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
4.2 miles north
Join 8th graders from Manhattan Country School on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative March from Eleanor Roosevelt Memorial 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.

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.

Knitting show

January 25 - 27, 2019
0.4 miles SW
Vogue Knitting Live features knitting classes and a vendor marketplace at New York Marriott Marquis.

Snow sports in the park

January 26, 2019
(11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
1.2 miles north
Enjoy free skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and sledding 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.

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.

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.

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.)

Ticket deal $8

Restaurant week

January 2019
NYC locations
Get a special deal on a 2-course lunch or a 3-course dinner at 380 restaurants during NYC Restaurant Week. Saturdays excluded, Sundays at some restaurants. Held in January and July/August.

Broadway discount week

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

Winter Carnival

January 2019
0.5 miles south
Winter Carnival includes an opening-night skating show, a DJ night, winter sports and games, skating, a brew house, and puppet shows at Bryant Park. Free, unless you rent skates.

French casserole cook-off

January 2019
1.1 miles south
Taste slow-cooked casserole traditionally made with meat and beans in the south of France, vote for your favorite competing chef, and drink French wine and brandy at Cassoulet War at Kimpton Hotel Eventi.

Free piano concerts

January 2019
1.4 miles NW
Hear competitors each play for 30 minutes in the preliminary rounds of the International Artists Piano Competition at Merkin Concert Hall. Free.

Jets fan fest

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

Experimental theater

January 2019
2.6 miles south
See contemporary theater and dance performances and premieres at COIL in Performance Space 122.

French casserole cook-off

January 2019
6 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 The Brooklyn Kitchen in Williamsburg for age 21+. A ticket includes food samples plus cider, craft beer, wine, and spirits.

MLK celebration

January 2019
4.2 miles north
50 Years After MLK – A Dream Deferred is a panel discussion about Dr. King’s legacy and how his teachings affect us today at Apollo Theater, followed by a gospel performance. Free.

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