New York City events January 2020. Things to do in NYC.

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New York City events January 2020

Austrian music & dance

January 1, 2020
(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.

Blue Man show

January 1, 2020
(also Dec.)
2.3 miles south
Blue Man Group promises to rock your world with an exciting show that combines music, comedy, and special effects at Astor Place Theatre.

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Christmas spectacular

January 1 - 5, 2020
(also Dec.)
0 miles
Radio City Christmas Spectacular features dancers, drones, fireworks, and a flying Santa at Radio City Music Hall. Pre-show, meet a Rockette or Santa, and admire 10,000 crystals hanging in the Grand Foyer.

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Winter in Bryant Park

January 1 - 5, 2020
(begins Oct. 31)
0.5 miles south
Winter Village at Bryant Park has a free ice skating rink with skates for rent, plus 125 holiday kiosks. Minors require an adult to skate.

Chinese lantern festival + market

January 1 - 26, 2020
(also Dec.)
10.2 miles east
See 120 lantern exhibits, watch cultural performances, browse the marketplace, and shop at food vendors during Hello Panda Festival at Citi Field. Free to age 3.

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Holiday Train Show

January 1 - 26, 2020
(also Nov. & Dec.)
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. 25; Jan. 6, 13.

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The Nutcracker

January 2 - 5, 2020
(begins Nov. 29)
1.1 miles NW
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition with old-fashioned costumes, a tree that grows before your eyes, crystal-shaped snowflakes, fine choreography by New York City Ballet, and Tchaikovsky’s captivating music at David H. Koch Theater.

Fresh jokes

January 3, 2020
(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+.

Adult night - train show

January 3 - 18, 2020
(begins Nov. 23)
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.

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Classic drama about prejudice

January 4, 2020
(3 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.

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Three kings parade

January 6, 2020
(11 a.m. to 2 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.

Free days at Wave Hill

January 7 - 28, 2020
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.

Innovative theater festival

January 8 - 19, 2020
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.

Jazz festival

January 9 - 18, 2020
NYC locations
Winter Jazzfest includes 150 artists playing at Le Poisson Rouge and other venues. There are usually two “marathon” days.

New opera and theater

January 9 - 19, 2020
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.

Caribbean musical

January 11, 2020
(3 p.m.)
4.5 miles north
Citizens of Jamaica fight the overreach of American commercialism in a show full of surprising sets, colorful costumes, and Calypso-inspired songs at Harlem Repertory Theatre.

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Evening cruise

January 11 - Feb. 29, 2020
(Sat. 5 p.m.)
2.4 miles SW
Champagne City Lights Cruise includes 1.5 hours of views from indoors or outdoors, plus a glass of champagne or other beverage on the Yacht Manhattan, departing from Chelsea Piers (Pier 62).

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No pants on the subway

January 12, 2020
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.

Diverse music fest

January 12, 2020
0.6 miles SW
Enjoy 12 musical acts on three stages from countries all over the world at globalFEST near Times Square.

MLK celebration

January 12, 2020
(3 p.m.)
4.2 miles north
The Strategic King: MLK’s Visionary Leadership is a panel discussion about how Dr. King skillfully used “the media and politically strategic tactics to influence politicians and help pass key legislation in the Civil Rights Movement” plus music and a spoken word artist at the Apollo Theater. Free ticketing begins Jan. 2.

Jewish film festival

January 15 - 28, 2020
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.

Balkan festival

January 17 - 18, 2020
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.

Knitting show

January 17 - 19, 2020
0.4 miles SW
Vogue Knitting Live [website has sound] features knitting classes and a vendor marketplace at New York Marriott Marquis.

Odd art

January 17 - 19, 2020
(preview Jan. 16)
1.8 miles south
Outsider Art Fair shows self-taught art created outside the mainstream at Metropolitan Pavilion. See photos.

Chinese New Year - classical concert

January 28, 2020
1.1 miles NW
New York Philharmonic performs works by Chinese and European composers to celebrate Lunar New Year at David Geffen Hall.

Beer, bourbon, barbecue

January 18, 2020
4.4 miles SE
Sample beer, taste bourbon, hear bluegrass music, and eat barbecue at the Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival at Brooklyn Expo Center.

MLK celebration

January 19, 2020
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 20, 2020
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.

Restaurant week

January 21 - Feb. 9, 2020
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 included at some restaurants. Held in winter and summer.

Broadway discount week

January 21 - Feb. 9, 2020
0.5 miles west
Get 2-for-1 deals on select theater shows during NYC Broadway Week. Repeats in Sept.

Boat show

January 22 - 26, 2020
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.

Podcast festival

January 22 - 26, 2020
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.

Israeli films

January 23 - 26, 2020
7.7 miles south
Brooklyn Israel Film Festival screens two feature films, a family film, and short films at Kane Street Synagogue.

Convention for theater fans

January 24 - 26, 2020
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.

Monster trucks

January 24 - 26, 2020
15 miles west
Big trucks with big wheels make big noise at the Monster Jam at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.

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Fly Fishing Show

January 24 - 26, 2020
33.5 miles SW
The Fly Fishing Show has casting demonstrations, classes, celebrity speakers, fly-tying materials, rods, and reels at New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center in Edison, NJ. The International Fly Fishing Film Festival (IF4) on Friday evening requires a separate ticket.

Antiques show

January 24 - Feb. 2, 2020
(party Jan. 23)
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. See the schedule for special evenings. No baby strollers on weekends.

Wine tasting

January 25, 2020
(1 and 6 p.m.)
2.1 miles SW
Taste hundreds of wines from around the world with with live entertainment, interactive games, and food for sale during New York City Wine Fest at The Tunnel for age 21+.

French casserole cook-off

January 25, 2020
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.

Travel show

January 25 - 26, 2020
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.)

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Winter festival

January 2020
(undated)
0.5 miles south
FrostFest includes an Ice Ball, a skating show, skating in kilts, bumper cars on ice, ice carving, karaoke, live music, food, and drinks at Bryant Park. Mostly free.

Football festival

January 2020
(undated)
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.

Free Latin concert

January 2020
(undated)
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.

Experimental art

January 2020
(undated)
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.

Long Island food & wine fest

January 2020
(undated)
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+.

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