New York City events calendar for January 2017. Best festivals, fairs, fun things to do, Martin Luther King Day events, kids activities, free entertainment, NYC, New York.

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January 2017
January 2017

Enjoy the best New York City events, festivals, and things to do with this calendar of events.

Distance is from Rockefeller Center in downtown New York City, New York.

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Poetry marathon

January 1, 2017

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.

Dance party

January 1, 2017 (9 p.m.)

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.

Winter in Bryant Park

January 1 - 2, 2017

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).

Holiday Train Show

January 1 - 16, 2017

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.

Racy Nutcracker

January 2 - 7, 2017 (8 p.m. from Nov. 21)

8.3 miles south

Nutcracker Rouge is a decadently sumptuous baroque burlesque production, including opera, circus, ballet, gorgeous design, and fine music at Irondale Ensemble in Brooklyn.

Innovative theater festival

January 4 - 15, 2017

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 5 - 10, 2017

NYC locations

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

Experimental art

January 5 - 12, 2017

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.

New opera and theater

January 5 - 15, 2017

NYC locations

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

Three kings parade

January 6, 2017 (11 a.m.)

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.

Fresh jokes

January 6, 2017 (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.

Asian dance

January 6 - 7, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)

0.7 miles SE

See groundbreaking artists perform at Contemporary Dance Showcase: Japan + East Asia at Japan Society.

Bull riding

January 6 - 8, 2017

1.2 miles SW

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

Adult night - train show

January 7 & 14, 2017

12 miles north

Sip a cocktail under holiday lights, see model trains circle a miniature New York, and watch ice carvers at Bar Car Nights at the Holiday Train Show (age 21+) at NY Botanical Garden, Nov. 19, 26; Dec. 2, 3, 16, 17, 23, 30; Jan. 7, 14.

No pants on the subway

January 8, 2017

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.

Diverse music fest

January 8, 2017

2.2 miles south

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

Squash championship

January 12 - 19, 2017

0.5 miles south

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

Balkan festival

January 13 - 14, 2017

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 13 - 15, 2017

0.4 miles SW

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

Dance celebration

January 14, 2017 (8 p.m.)

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.

French casserole cook-off

January 15, 2017 (1 to 4 p.m.)

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.

MLK celebration

January 15, 2017 (SOLD OUT)

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 celebration

January 15, 2017 (4 p.m.)

10.6 miles east

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

Children march for MLK

January 16, 2017 (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

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 Day tribute

January 16, 2017 (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.

MLK Day concert

January 16, 2017 (6 p.m.)

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.

Vodka tasting

January 21, 2017 (6 to 9 p.m.)

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.

Scotch tasting

January 21, 2017 (noon to 10 p.m.)

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.

Ceramics show

January 22, 2017

1.8 miles NE

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

Odd art

January 22, 2017

1.8 miles south

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

Experimental theater

January 22, 2017

2.6 miles south

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

Jewish film festival

January 22 - 24, 2017

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.

Antiques show

January 22 - 29, 2017

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.

Broadway discount week

January 22 - Feb. 5, 2017

0.5 miles west

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


January 22 - June 30, 2017

multiple locations

These discount ticket prices include all taxes and fees.


January 23 - 30, 2017

0.8 miles west

Birdland showcases jazz orchestras, vocalists, and virtuosos every night on West 44th Street. Discount tickets $20 (and $10 minimum food or drink).

NYC Restaurant Week

January 23 - Feb. 10, 2017

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.

Cocktail show

January 23 - Feb. 25, 2017

0.6 miles west

A ticket to The Imbible includes 3 craft cocktails plus a comic romp through the history of spirits and cocktails at New World Stages. Discount tickets $39 to $49.

Blue Man show

January 23 - Feb. 26, 2017

2.3 miles south

Blue Man Group puts on an exciting show that combines comedy, theater, music, and special effects at Astor Place Theatre. Discount tickets $55.

Charming musical

January 23 - March 31, 2017

0.4 miles west

The Fantasticks is a funny and romantic musical entertaining audiences for years, in intimate Anne Bernstein Theater. Discount tickets $38.

Free days at Wave Hill

January 24 - 31, 2017 (Tuesdays & Saturdays)

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.

Boat show

January 25 - 29, 2017

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.

James Cagney musical

January 25 - May 28, 2017

1 mile west

Cagney is about the energetic New York actor, singer, and tap dancer famous for his “tough guy” roles in films, at The Westside Theatre. Discount tickets $49.


January 26, 2017

1.5 miles west

Celebrate Chinese New Year watching the free New York City Chinese New Year Fireworks show over the Hudson. Hornblower Yachts has a Chinese New Year Dinner Cruise with discount tickets $112, child $78.

Scottish fashion show

January 27, 2017 (7 to 10 p.m.)

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 27, 2017 (9:30 p.m.)

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.)

Latin jazz

January 27 - 28, 2017

0.8 miles NW

Honoring Dizzy Gillespie, the Latin Side of Dizzy integrates the hot sounds of a modern jazz orchestra and the rhythms of Cuba in The Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Optional free pre-concert discussion one hour before show. Discount tickets $33 to 75.

Winter Carnival

January 27 - Feb. 4, 2017

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).


January 28, 2017 (7 p.m.)

0.7 miles SW

Talented magician Miles Thorn performs astonishing illusions and incredible feats of juggling at Elektra Theatre. Discount tickets $17 to $29.

Snow sports in the park

January 28, 2017 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

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.

Beer, bourbon, barbecue

January 28, 2017 (SOLD OUT)

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.

Dinner cruise

January 28, 2017 (7 p.m.)

2.4 miles SW

Enjoy a buffet dinner with 2.5 hours of views on the New York Dinner Cruise by Spirit Cruises, plus a dance with a DJ, leaving Pier 61. Discount tickets $88.

Chinese firecrackers & culture

January 28, 2017 (11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.)

3 miles south

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

Wine tasting in Jersey City

January 28, 2017 (6 p.m., VIP 5)

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. Discount VIP tickets $99.

Travel show

January 28 - 29, 2017

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.

Discount tickets $12.

Children’s film festival

January 28 - 29, 2017

6 miles south

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

Evening cruise

January 28 - Feb. 25, 2017 (Saturdays)

3 miles SW

Enjoy hours of views, DJ music, and a cash bar on a Hornblower Cruise for age 21+, leaving Pier 15.

Classic soul & motown revue

January 28 - March 26, 2017

0.7 miles SW

A Decade of Soul features R&B music of the classic soul era performed live on stage at B.B. King Blues Club ($10 minimum food/drink). Discount tickets $10.

Pig feast

January 29, 2017 (4 to 7:30 p.m.)

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.

“Saturday Night Live” alternative

January 30, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)

0.7 miles SW

42nd Night Live is a stage show by up-and-coming actors that pays tribute to SNL at The Elektra Theatre. Discount tickets $8.


January 30, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)

1.1 miles NW

The Metropolitan Opera sets Verdi’s classic opera Rigoletto in decadent 1960s Las Vegas. It’s sung in Italian with subtitles at the Metropolitan Opera House. Discount tickets $30 to $98.

Carmen opera

January 31 - Feb. 15, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)

1.1 miles NW

Carmen is Bizet’s classic opera about a hot-tempered Spanish gypsy woman who seduces a corporal, at Metropolitan Opera House. Discount weekday tickets $72 to $98.
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