New York City events January 2021. Things to do in NYC.

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New York City events January 2021

Austrian music & dance

January 1, 2021
(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.

Free days at Wave Hill

January 2 - 30, 2021
(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.

No pants on the subway

January 10, 2021
NYC locations
Liven up winter by joining thousands who meet at Foley Square and then take a No Pants Subway Ride, followed by a 4 p.m. party at Bar 13. Free.

Diverse music fest

January 10, 2021
0.6 miles west
Enjoy 12 musical acts on three stages from countries all over the world during globalFEST at The Copacabana Times Square.

Children marching for MLK

January 18, 2021
4.5 miles north
Join 8th graders from Manhattan Country School on a 2.9 mile Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative March from Harriet Tubman Memorial to their school on the Upper West Side, with stops along the way. Free.

Boat show

January 27 - 31, 2021
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 29 - 31, 2021
0.4 miles SW
Vogue Knitting Live features knitting classes and a vendor marketplace at New York Marriott Marquis.

Beer, bourbon, barbecue

January 30, 2021
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.

Innovative theater festival

January 2021
(undated)
NYC locations
Watch cutting-edge theater from around the world, live and recorded, at Under the Radar. Attend a panel discussion after some performances.

Jazz festival

January 2021
(undated)
NYC locations
“Experience the vibrant contemporary jazz scene” as 150 artists perform during Winter Jazzfest at Le Poisson Rouge and other venues. See separate page for talks.

New opera and theater

January 2021
(undated)
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.

Restaurant week

January 2021
(undated)
NYC locations
Get a special deal on a 2-course lunch or a 3-course dinner at 364 restaurants during NYC Restaurant Week. Saturdays excluded, Sundays included at some restaurants. Held in winter and summer.

Convention for theater fans

January 2021
(undated)
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.

Broadway discount week

January 2021
(undated)
0.5 miles west
Get 2-for-1 deals on select theater shows during NYC Broadway Week. Repeats in Sept.

Winter festival

January 2021
(undated)
0.5 miles south
FrostFest has ice skating, bumper cars on ice, and food for sale, plus special events: dueling pianos, wellness day, dogs in sweaters, ice carving, silent disco, a skating show, lunar new year, and skating in kilts at Bryant Park. Mostly free.

Winter in Bryant Park

January 2021
(undated)
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.

Antiques show

January 2021
(undated)
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 events. No baby strollers on weekends.

Chinese New Year - classical concert

January 2021
(undated)
1.1 miles NW
New York Philharmonic performs works by Chinese and American composers to celebrate Lunar New Year at David Geffen Hall.

The Nutcracker

January 2021
(undated)
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.

Bull riding

January 2021
(undated)
1.2 miles SW
Professional Bull Riders take on the fiercest bucking bulls at Madison Square Garden.

Dog & cat show

January 2021
(undated)
1.5 miles SW
Check out 140 breeds of dogs and 40 breeds of cats at family-friendly AKC Meet the Breeds in Jacob Javits Convention Center. You can pet dogs, watch police dog demonstrations, and visit the puppy park.

Fireworks

January 2021
(undated)
1.5 miles west
Watch the Chinese New Year Fireworks show over the Hudson River visible “from both Midtown Manhattan and New Jersey sides.” The launch site is on the Hudson River near West 43rd Street. Free.

Jets football festival

January 2021
(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 the cheerleaders, and autograph sessions at SPiN New York.

Jewish film festival

January 2021
(undated)
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. Closed Fridays.

Travel show

January 2021
(undated)
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.) Children age 18 and younger are free.

Tasting event

January 2021
(undated)
1.7 miles south
Wine & Spirits Magazine invites you to sample from “100 wineries who’ve performed at the very top of our tastings for a night of food, wine, and celebration” at $125 Top 100 Symposium at Union Park Events.

Odd art

January 2021
(undated)
1.8 miles south
Outsider Art Fair displays self-taught art created outside the mainstream at Metropolitan Pavilion. Photos.

Wine tasting

January 2021
(undated)
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+.

Chinese firecrackers & culture

January 2021
(undated)
3 miles south
New Year Firecracker Ceremony & Cultural Festival [website has sound] includes thousands of firecrackers to scare away evil spirits and a festival with dancers, singers, and food vendors at Sara Roosevelt Park. Free.

Three kings parade

January 2021
(undated)
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.

French casserole cook-off

January 2021
(undated)
5.2 miles SE
Taste slow-cooked casserole traditionally made with meat and beans in the south of France, vote for your favorite competing chef, and drink beer, cider, and spirits during Brooklyn Cassoulet Cook Off at Biba of Williamsburg for age 21+.

Whiskey tasting

January 2021
(undated)
7 miles SW
A ticket to Jersey City Whiskey Festival includes samples of 100 styles of whiskey and spirits (including vodka, gin, tequila), with live music and food for sale at Harborside Plaza in Jersey City, NJ for age 21+.

Israeli films

January 2021
(undated)
7.7 miles south
Brooklyn Israel Film Festival “showcases the best and brightest Israeli filmmakers, and takes a deep dive into the many experiences of Israeli life” by screening four feature films at Kane Street Synagogue.

Fresh jokes

January 2021
(undated)
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+.

Podcast festival

January 2021
(undated)
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,” mostly at The Bell House and Union Hall.

Lights at the zoo

January 2021
(undated)
9 miles north
See animal lanterns, animated sculptures, and colorful designs lit by LEDs during Holiday Lights at the Bronx Zoo, with a holiday train, roaming carolers, and ice carvers.

Balkan festival

January 2021
(undated)
10.2 miles south
Zlatne Uste Golden Festival is a music and dance festival with 60 bands on 5 stages, vendors of Balkan art and textiles, and Middle Eastern refreshments at Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn.

Chinese lantern festival + market

January 2021
(undated)
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.

Staten Island lantern festival

January 2021
(undated)
11.6 miles south via ferry
NYC Winter Lantern Festival has “1,000 lanterns sculpted into magnificent figures of luminescent art” on eight acres at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, with live cultural shows and interactive exhibits. Skating for an extra fee. Follow directions for free Staten Island ferry and shuttle bus.

Holiday Train Show

January 2021
(undated)
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.

Adult night - train show

January 2021
(undated)
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.

Monster trucks

January 2021
(undated)
15 miles west
Big trucks with big wheels make big noise at the Monster Jam at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.

Taste of Long Island

January 2021
(undated)
28.6 miles east
Raise Your Glass promises “unlimited samples of wine, beer, spirits, sangria, and cider” plus food for sale, live entertainment, and dacing at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale for age 21+.

Fly Fishing Show

January 2021
(undated)
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.

MLK celebration

January 2021
(undated)
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 tickets.

Christmas spectacular

January 2021
(undated)
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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