As 2018 approaches event still continue all over New York. Time to mark those calendars and start making plans.
1/1: Hear 140 poets read works from 2 p.m. until after midnight at New Year’s Day Marathon Benefit Reading at St. Mark’s Church in-the Bowery.
1/1 – 15: 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. Closed Jan. 8.
1/2 – 3/4: See some of the most talented playwrights present their work at the New York Winterfest at Hudson Guild Theatre, 441 West 26th.
1/2 – 30 (Tues. & Sat. before noon): 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.
1/3 – 5 (7 p.m.): The famous Big Apple Circus has high-wire aerialists, acrobats, jugglers, clowns, contortionists, rescue animals, and a band in a heated tent at Lincoln Center.
1/5 (11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.): 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.
1/5 – 7: Professional Bull Riders take on the fiercest bucking bulls at Madison Square Garden.
1/7 (3 to 5 p.m.): 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.
1/9 – 16: The New Yorker calls American Realness Festival “a sampler of boundary-pushing performance bordering on dance” with 89 performances of 17 productions, plus exhibitions, at Abrons Arts Center, Gibney Dance an various locations.
1/10 – 17: Winter Jazzfest includes 150 artists playing at Le Poisson Rouge and other venues. Jan. 12 & 13, 2018 are marathon days.
1/10 – 23: The New York Jewish Film Festival showcases films that investigate, record, and celebrate the Jewish experience at Walter Reade Theater in Lincoln Center.
1/12 – 14: Vogue Knitting Live features knitting classes and a vendor marketplace at New York Marriott Marquis.
1/14 (7 p.m.): Enjoy 12 musical acts on three stages from countries all over the world at globalFEST near Times Square.
1/14 (3 p.m.): 50 Years After MLK – A Dream Deferred is a panel discussion about Dr. King’s legacy and how his teachings affect us today at Apollo Theater, followed by a gospel performance. Click “free tickets” on their website, choose a quantity, and then click “$0.00.”
1/15, (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.): Join 8th graders from Manhattan Country School on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative March from Eleanor Roosevelt Memorial to their school on the Upper West Side, with stops along the way. Free.
1/16 – 2/4: Get 2-for-1 deals on select theater shows during NYC Broadway Week.
1/18 – 21: New York Ceramics & Glass Fair features exhibits by 30 galleries at Bohemian National Hall.
1/18 – 25: See world-class squash players compete at Grand Central Terminal in the Tournament of Champions.
1/19 – 21: Outsider Art Fair shows self-taught art created outside the mainstream at Metropolitan Pavilion. See photos.
1/19 – 28: View and purchase exceptional antiques ranging from ancient Roman glass to mid-century modern from 70 exhibitors at the Winter Antiques Show at the Park Avenue Armory. No baby strollers on weekends.
1/22 – 2/9: Get a special deal on a 3-course lunch or dinner at 300 restaurants during NYC Restaurant Week.
1/24 – 28: See new boats, marine gear, and accessories plus workshops and TV celebrities at the New York Boat Show at the Jacob Javits Convention Center.
1/25: PopImpressKA Art Culture Fashion Show, to benefit relief effort for Puerto Rico. The Manhattan Art and Antique Center,1050 2nd Avenue at 56th St. starting at 6pm.
1/26 – 28: 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.
1/26 – 27 and 2/2 – 3: Winter Carnival includes winter sports and games, skating, a brew house, and a silent disco dance at Bryant Park. Free (unless you rent skates).
1/27 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) Enjoy free 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. Rain date Feb. 3.
1/27: Sample beer, taste bourbon, hear bluegrass music, and eat barbecue at the Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival in Manhattan at 608 W. 28th Street.
1/27 – 28: 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.