Who says Paris is all The Rage? February in New York turns into a fashion lover’s paradise, but before it does look for Chinese festivities and winter sports to dominate the scene. Then the city hails all things dog, romantic rendezvous and exotic orchids. Why travel, when New York has it all.
2/ 1 – 4: Winter Carnival includes winter sports and games, skating, a brew house, and a silent disco dance at Bryant Park. Free (unless you rent skates).
2/ 1 – 5: Get 2-for-1 deals on select theater shows during Broadway Week.
2/ 1 – 10: Get a special deal on a 3-course lunch or dinner at 300 restaurants during NYC Restaurant Week, not on Saturdays.
2/ 3 – 7: Dance on Camera screens documentaries, features, shorts, experimental works, and music videos that combine dance with cinematography in innovative ways, selected by the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
2/ 4: The NYC Winter Wine Festival features 250 wines, light hors d’oeuvres, and live jazz at PlayStation Theater in Times Square.
2/ 4: Enjoy spirits and hors d’oeuvres prepared by 24 local restaurant chefs at The Art of Food, surrounded by elegant art at Sotheby’s on York Ave. Skating party
2/ 4 (1:30 to 3:30 p.m.): Skate to soul music at Soul on Ice Winter Skating Party, which has ice skating demonstrations, food, and music at Lasker Rink in
2/ 4: Packed with film, dance, and music, Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue is a high-energy celebration of the pop music, Bollywood cinema, and traditional dress of India. Lehman Center CUNY
2/ 5 (1 p.m.): See colorful floats, marching bands, lion and dragon dancers, antique cars, beauty queens, and performers at New York City Lunar New Year Parade & Festival. The parade starts at Hester Street, goes south on Mott, east on Division, north on Eldridge, and west on Hester to Sara D. Roosevelt Park. Free.
2/ 9 – 12: Freddy Cole Quartet, featuring the brother of Nat King Cole, performs Songs for Lovers at Lincoln Center.
2/9 – 17: Top models, photographers, and designers attend invitation-only events unveiling fall collections during New York Fashion Week.
2/10 (6 to 8 p.m.): Enjoy wine, chocolate, entertainment, food for sale, and a silent auction at Ripple Effect Artists Chocolate & Wine Gala at People’s United Bank on Park Avenue.
2/ 10 – 12: Blood Manor opens its doors for a horrifying Bloody Valentine’s Weekend at 163 Varick Street.
2/ 11 (3 to 7 p.m.): See carvers make romantic statues with chisels and power tools. At 5 p.m. trade ID for headphones and dance outdoors at a “silent disco” with DJs and colored lights during Ice Festival at Naumburg Bandshell. Free.
2/ 11 (8:30 to 10 p.m.): Come as a couple to the Valentine’s Absolute Beginner’s Workshop for a beginner tango lesson, champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, and a rose at Triangulo.
2/ 11: The ‘70s Soul Jam Valentine’s Concert has five acts in a revival of R&B, disco, and soul at Beacon Theatre.
2/ 11 (8 p.m.) Disney Valentine’s Ball is an all ages “all-night rock ‘n roll sing along” featuring Disney cover band The Little Mermen at Highline Ballroom.
2/11 & 14: The Amazing Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt begins at Slattery’s Midtown Pub, and then you follow a series of clues around the city performing physical and mental challenges.
2/ 12 (board at noon) Enjoy a brunch buffet, champagne toast, and views on the Valentine’s Day Brunch Cruise by Spirit Cruises, departing from 353 West Street, Pier 40.
Cook and dine at the Institute of Culinary Education.
2/ 11 – Classic Valentine’s Day Dinner $120 each
2/ 11 – French Dinner for Couples $275 for 2
2/ 11 – Valentine’s Day Cupcakes $115 each
2/ 12 – Valentine’s Family Cake Pops $95 each
2/ 12 & 14 – Be My Valentine Dinner $120 each
2/ 13 – Italian Dinner for Couples $275 for 2
2/ 13 – Vegetarian Valentine’s Dinner $120 each
2/14 (6:30 p.m.): Couples Champagne Gala for Valentine’s Day is a talk about sparkling wine, a tasting, hors d’oeuvres, and a buffet at Institute of Culinary Education, $275 for two.
2/ 13 (6:30 p.m., VIP 5:30): Sample 250 kosher wines and kosher food at Kosher Food & Wine Experience, which includes a live band at Chelsea Piers (Pier 60) for age 21+.
2/ 13 – 14: Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show has daytime events at Piers 92/94 with finals and best-of-breed evenings at Madison Square Garden.
2/ 14: Register to renew your marriage vows at Love in Times Square on the red glass steps, or take a photo together in front of the heart sculpture at W. 46th Street & Broadway. Free.
2/ 14 (6 & 9:30 p.m.): Celebrate Valentine’s Day with jazz, champagne, chocolate, and hors d’oeuvres, and then sit back for a view of the stars and love stories based on mythology at Romance Under the Stars in Hayden Planetarium
2/ 14 (7:30 p.m.): Filthy Gorgeous Burlesque Valentine’s Spectacular is a night of teasing, live music, and sultry fun at Highline Ballroom.
2/ 14 (7 p.m.): Hear lush, romantic vocal music from 19th-century composers in the Greek-revival double parlors of the Merchant’s House Museum at Love in the Parlors.
2/ 15 – 3/ 5: Since participants are chosen by lottery, you never know what to expect at Frigid New York, which has 30 affordable shows at two East Village theaters.
2/ 17 – 23: See 18 rare and underrated films of all kinds at Film Comment Selects at Walter Read Theater.
2/ 18: Cupid’s Undie Run includes a half-naked run through the streets and a party at Stage 48 to support charity.
2/ 18 – 4/ 19: The Orchid Show fills the conservatory at the New York Botanical Garden with thousands of orchids in an amazing array of colors, shapes, sizes, and textures.
2/ 19 (4 p.m.): A high-energy show by Balé Folclórico da Bahia mixes African dance, capoeira (martial arts), samba, and elements of Brazil’s famed carnival at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts CUNY.
2/ 19 – 20: The Harlem Globetrotters demonstrate ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, and comedy at Madison Square Garden.
2/ 23 – 26: Get reserved seats for ballroom, Latin, rhythm, and smooth dance heats at New York Dance Festival in the Grand Ballroom of the Roosevelt Hotel.
2/ 23 – 26: New York Wild Film Festival shows 20 films about wildlife and wild places at The Explorers Club.
2/ 24 – 3/ 4: New York City Beer Week celebrates craft beer with special tastings, pairings, and dinners at many venues.
2/ 24 – 3/ 19: New York International Children’s Film Festival shows new, inspiring, and thought-provoking films about youth from around the world, suitable for families.