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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.

Bull riding

January 3 - 5, 2020
1.2 miles SW
Professional Bull Riders take on the fiercest bucking bulls at Madison Square Garden.

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.

New opera and theater

January 9 - 18, 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.

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.

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 features knitting classes and a vendor marketplace at New York Marriott Marquis.

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.

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.

Travel show

January 24 - 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.)

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.

Beer, bourbon, barbecue

January 25, 2020
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 2020
(undated)
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 2020
(undated)
NYC locations
Winter Jazzfest includes 150 artists playing at Le Poisson Rouge and other venues. There are usually two “marathon” days.

Restaurant week

January 2020
(undated)
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 January or February, and July or August.

Convention for theater fans

January 2020
(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 2020
(undated)
0.5 miles west
Get 2-for-1 deals on select theater shows during NYC Broadway Week. Repeats in Sept.

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.

Winter in Bryant Park

January 2020
(undated)
0.5 miles south
Winter Village at Bryant Park has a free ice skating rink with skates for rent, plus 125 holiday kiosks.

Snow sports in the park

January 2020
(undated)
1.2 miles north
Enjoy free skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, and ice bowling 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. This event may be delayed if it rains.

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.

Jewish film festival

January 2020
(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 2020
(undated)
1.8 miles south
Outsider Art Fair shows self-taught art created outside the mainstream at Metropolitan Pavilion. See photos.

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.

Three kings parade

January 2020
(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.

Scotch tasting

January 2020
(undated)
3.1 miles south
Begin the NYC Scotch Walk before 3 p.m., and then taste a different Scotch at eight different bars in the East Village, for age 21+.

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.

French casserole cook-off

January 2020
(undated)
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.

Israeli films

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

Fresh jokes

January 2020
(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 2020
(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” at The Bell House.

Tasting in Brooklyn

January 2020
(undated)
10.5 miles south
Best of Brooklyn Food & Beer Festival offers unlimited Brooklyn craft beer tastings, food for sale from 20 Brooklyn chefs, and DJ music at Industry City for age 21+.

Holiday Train Show

January 2020
(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. See closed dates.

Adult night - train show

January 2020
(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 2020
(undated)
15 miles west
Big trucks with big wheels make big noise at the Monster Jam at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.

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+.

MLK Day tribute

January 2020
(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 2020
(undated)
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.

Gospel celebration of MLK

January 2020
(undated)
14 miles west
An MLK Weekend Celebration is an “all-star gospel celebration” at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ. Free.

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