January 1, 2017
2.3 miles southHear 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.
January 1, 2017 (9 p.m.)
11.7 miles southIgnite: 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 southWinter 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 northWatch 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.
January 2 - 7, 2017 (8 p.m. from Nov. 21)
8.3 miles southNutcracker 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 locationsSee cutting-edge theater from around the world, live and recorded, at Under the Radar. Some performances have post-show talks or after-parties.
January 5 - 10, 2017
NYC locationsWinter Jazzfest includes 100 groups playing at 11 venues in the Village. Buy a day or weekend pass.
January 5 - 12, 2017
3.8 miles southAmerican 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 locationsPrototype: Opera/Theatre/Now offers seven visionary opera-theater and music-theater works.
Three kings parade
January 6, 2017 (11 a.m.)
3 miles northChildren 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.
January 6, 2017 (8 p.m.)
8 miles southHear 50 comics each present a first new joke of the year at 50 First Jokes at the Bell House in Brooklyn.
January 6 - 7, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)
0.7 miles SESee groundbreaking artists perform at Contemporary Dance Showcase: Japan + East Asia at Japan Society.
January 6 - 8, 2017
1.2 miles SWProfessional Bull Riders take on the fiercest bucking bulls at Madison Square Garden.
Adult night - train show
January 7 & 14, 2017
12 miles northSip 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 locationsLiven 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 southEnjoy 12 musical acts on 3 stages from countries all over the world at globalFEST at Webster Hall.
January 12 - 19, 2017
0.5 miles southSee world-class squash players compete at Grand Central Terminal in the Tournament of Champions.
January 13 - 14, 2017
10.2 miles southZlatne 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.
January 13 - 15, 2017
0.4 miles SWVogue Knitting Live features knitting classes, fashion shows, and vendors at New York Marriott Marquis.
January 14, 2017 (8 p.m.)
14 miles westMLK 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 southTaste 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.
January 15, 2017 (SOLD OUT)
4.2 miles northWNYC’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.
January 15, 2017 (4 p.m.)
10.6 miles eastThe 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 northManhattan 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 southBrooklyn 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 southRegister 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.
January 21, 2017 (6 to 9 p.m.)
0.6 miles SWWaiter 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.
January 21, 2017 (noon to 10 p.m.)
3.1 miles southBegin 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.
January 22, 2017
1.8 miles NENew York Ceramics & Glass Fair features exhibits by 30 galleries at Bohemian National Hall.
January 22, 2017
1.8 miles southOutsider Art Fair shows self-taught art created outside the mainstream at Metropolitan Pavilion. See photos.
January 22, 2017
2.6 miles southSee contemporary theater and dance performances and premieres at COIL in Performance Space 122.
Jewish film festival
January 22 - 24, 2017
1.5 miles NWThe New York Jewish Film Festival showcases films that investigate, record, and celebrate the Jewish experience at Walter Reade Theater in Lincoln Center.
January 22 - 29, 2017
1 mile northView 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 westGet 2-for-1 deals on select theater shows during Broadway Week. Repeats in Sept.
January 22 - June 30, 2017
multiple locationsThese discount ticket prices include all taxes and fees.
January 23 - 30, 2017
0.8 miles westBirdland 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 locationsGet a special deal on a 3-course lunch or dinner at 300 restaurants during NYC Restaurant Week, not on Saturdays. Repeats in July.
January 23 - Feb. 25, 2017
0.6 miles westA 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 southBlue Man Group puts on an exciting show that combines comedy, theater, music, and special effects at Astor Place Theatre. Discount tickets $55.
January 23 - March 31, 2017
0.4 miles westThe 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 northEnjoy 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.
January 25 - 29, 2017
1.5 miles SWSee 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 westCagney 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 westCelebrate 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 SWExpect 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 southLunar 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.)
January 27 - 28, 2017
0.8 miles NWHonoring 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.
January 27 - Feb. 4, 2017
0.5 miles southWinter 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 SWTalented 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 northEnjoy 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 SWSample beer, taste bourbon, hear bluegrass music, and eat barbecue at the Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival in Manhattan at 608 W. 28th Street.
January 28, 2017 (7 p.m.)
2.4 miles SWEnjoy 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 southNew 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 SWTaste 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.
January 28 - 29, 2017
1.5 miles SWHear 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.
Children’s film festival
January 28 - 29, 2017
6 miles southBAMkids Film Festival shows the best features and shorts from around the globe at BAM Rose Cinemas.
January 28 - Feb. 25, 2017 (Saturdays)
3 miles SWEnjoy 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 SWA 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.
January 29, 2017 (4 to 7:30 p.m.)
5.9 miles southCochon 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 SW42nd 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 NWThe 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.
January 31 - Feb. 15, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)
1.1 miles NWCarmen 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.