New York City events calendar for January 2018. Best festivals, fairs, fun things to do, Martin Luther King Day events, kids activities, free entertainment, NYC, New York.

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January 2018
January 2018

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.

Poetry marathon

January 1, 2018

2.3 miles south

Hear 140 poets read works from 3 p.m. until after midnight at New Year’s Day Marathon Benefit Reading at St. Mark’s Church in-the Bowery.

Holiday Train Show

January 1 - 15, 2018 (begins Nov. 22)

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.

Free days at Wave Hill

January 2 - 30, 2018 (Tues. & Sat. before noon)

12 miles north

Enjoy Wave Hill cultural center and its 28-acre public garden overlooking the Hudson River in the Bronx on Target Free Days. Free entry if you arrive by noon.

New opera and theater

January 10 - 21, 2018

NYC locations

Prototype: Opera/Theatre/Now offers seven visionary opera-theater and music-theater works.

Knitting show

January 12 - 14, 2018

0.4 miles SW

Vogue Knitting Live features knitting classes, fashion shows, and vendors at New York Marriott Marquis.

MLK Day concert

January 15, 2018

10 miles south

Register online and arrive early for a seat at A Shared Dream tribute and concert, which includes a gospel singer, bands, and more at Brooklyn College. Free.

Diverse music fest

January 18, 2018

2.2 miles south

Enjoy 12 musical acts on 3 stages from countries all over the world at globalFEST at Webster Hall.

Ceramics show

January 18 - 21, 2018

1.8 miles NE

New York Ceramics & Glass Fair features exhibits by 30 galleries at Bohemian National Hall.

Dance festival

January 18 - 27, 2018

8.2 miles south

FLICfest (Feature-Length Independent Choreography) is a festival of feature-length dance, with complete works by six choreographers, plus informal late-night cabarets, at Irondale Ensemble Project in Brooklyn.

Antiques show

January 19 - 28, 2018 (party Jan. 18)

1 mile north

View and purchase exceptional antiques ranging from ancient Roman glass to mid-century modern from 73 exhibitors at the Winter Antiques Show at the Park Avenue Armory. No baby strollers on weekends.

Convention for theater fans

January 26 - 28, 2018

1.5 miles SW

BroadwayCon promises “performances, panels, workshops, autographs, photo booths, Q&As, meet-and-greets, singalongs, and much more” for people who love live theater at the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

Travel show

January 26 - 28, 2018

1.5 miles SW

Hear travel talks by experts, browse 500 travel booths, taste international foods, and watch cultural performances at the New York Times Travel Show in Javits Convention Center.

Beer, bourbon, barbecue

January 27, 2018

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.

Innovative theater festival

January 2018 (undated)

NYC locations

See cutting-edge theater from around the world, live and recorded, at Under the Radar. Some performances have post-show talks or after-parties.

Jazz festival

January 2018 (undated)

NYC locations

Winter Jazzfest includes 100 groups playing at 11 venues in the Village. Buy a day or weekend pass.

No pants on the subway

January 2018 (undated)

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 Webster Hall. Free.

NYC Restaurant Week

January 2018 (undated)

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.

Broadway discount week

January 2018 (undated)

0.5 miles west

Get 2-for-1 deals on select theater shows during Broadway Week. Repeats in Sept.

Squash championship

January 2018 (undated)

0.5 miles south

See world-class squash players compete at Grand Central Terminal in the Tournament of Champions.

Winter Carnival

January 2018 (undated)

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).

Winter in Bryant Park

January 2018 (undated)

0.5 miles south

Winter Village at Bryant Park has 125 holiday kiosk shops and an ice-skating rink open until March 5 (free unless you rent skates).

Vodka tasting

January 2018 (undated)

0.6 miles SW

Waiter Can I Have... Some Vodka to Warm Me Up promises tastes of six different vodkas, a juice bar to build your own cocktail, and appetizers on the ninth floor of The Paramount Building.

Bull riding

January 2018 (undated)

1.2 miles SW

Professional Bull Riders take on the fiercest bucking bulls at Madison Square Garden.

Snow sports in the park

January 2018 (undated)

1.2 miles north

Enjoy 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. Free.

Boat show

January 2018 (undated)

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.

Fireworks

January 2018 (undated)

1.5 miles west

Celebrate Chinese New Year watching the New York City Chinese New Year Fireworks show over the Hudson. Free.

Jewish film festival

January 2018 (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.

Odd art

January 2018 (undated)

1.8 miles south

Outsider Art Fair shows self-taught art created outside the mainstream at Metropolitan Pavilion. See photos.

Scottish fashion show

January 2018 (undated)

2.2 miles SW

Expect to see celebrities at Dressed to Kilt, starting with cocktails at 7 p.m. followed by a fashion show at 8 p.m. and a dance at the High Line Hotel for age 21+.

Chinese New Year cocktail party

January 2018 (undated)

2.5 miles south

Lunar New Year’s Eve Bash features an epicurean cocktail soirée with Asian ingredients at The Bowery Hotel for age 21+. (The 8 p.m. tasting is sold out.)

French casserole cook-off

January 2018 (undated)

2.5 miles south

Taste competing chefs’ versions of this slow-cooked casserole from the south of France made with meat and beans at Cassoulet Cook-Off at Jimmy’s No. 43.

Experimental theater

January 2018 (undated)

2.6 miles south

See contemporary theater and dance performances and premieres at COIL in Performance Space 122.

Chinese firecrackers & culture

January 2018 (undated)

3 miles south

New Year’s Day Firecracker Ceremony & Cultural Festival includes 600,000 firecrackers at noon to scare away evil spirits and a festival with dancers, singers, and food vendors at Sara Roosevelt Park. Free.

Three kings parade

January 2018 (undated)

3 miles north

Children wearing crowns join real camels, sheep, a donkey, colorful puppets, musicians, and community leaders dressed as kings in the festive Three Kings Day Parade and Celebration in East Harlem. Free.

Scotch tasting

January 2018 (undated)

3.1 miles south

Begin the Scotch Walk before 3 p.m. at Libation, and then taste a different Scotch at six different bars in the East Village. Bring age 21 ID.

Experimental art

January 2018 (undated)

3.8 miles south

American Realness Festival is a “sampler of boundary-pushing performance bordering on dance” [New Yorker] with 71 performances of 20 productions, plus exhibitions, mostly at Abrons Arts Center.

Pig feast

January 2018 (undated)

5.9 miles south

Cochon 555 is a stand-up tasting featuring dozens of chef-made dishes plus wine, cocktails, and beer at Weylin B. Seymours in Williamsburg.

Children’s film festival

January 2018 (undated)

6 miles south

BAMkids Film Festival shows the best features and shorts from around the globe at BAM Rose Cinemas.

Wine tasting in Jersey City

January 2018 (undated)

6.6 miles SW

Taste wine from eight countries at the Jersey City Wine Fest, with live music, food vendors, and interactive games at Harborside Plaza.

Fresh jokes

January 2018 (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.

Balkan festival

January 2018 (undated)

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.

Dance party

January 2018 (undated)

11.7 miles south

Ignite: New Years Day “gathers some of dance music’s best artists for the first mainstream EDM event held in a massive warehouse in Brooklyn” featuring Steve Aoki, GTA, and Bad Royale at Depot 52.

Children march for MLK

January 2018 (undated)

4.2 miles north

Manhattan Country School eighth-graders invite you to join them on Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative March from Riverside Church to their school on the Upper West Side, with stops along the way. Free.

MLK celebration

January 2018 (undated)

4.2 miles north

WNYC’s Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration is a panel discussion about Dr. King’s legacy and how his teachings affect us today at Apollo Theater. Free.

MLK Day tribute

January 2018 (undated)

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.

MLK celebration

January 2018 (undated)

10.6 miles east

The Dance Theatre of Harlem performs for a special Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration at the Kupferberg Center in Queens.

Dance celebration

January 2018 (undated)

14 miles west

MLK Celebration includes performances by the legendary Dance Theatre of Harlem plus a guest speaker at New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ.
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