February in New York offers things for lovers and those on their own. Fashion is in high gear, discounts are a plenty and New York is alive with tastings, concerts and festivals. Mardi Gras isn’t just in New Orleans, Chinese New Year’s sends fireworks and parades into lower Manhattan and flowers starts to remind us that spring is around the corner. Welcome to a romantic city in full swing. Dogs have their day as the Westminister dog show let’s us know which bread rules.
2/1 -2/5 Restaurant Week: Get a special deal on a 3-course lunch or dinner at 300 restaurants.
2/1 – 2/5 Broadway discount week: Get 2-for-1 deals on select theater shows.
2/1 – 2/9 Basketball: The New York Knicks play at Madison Square Garden.
• Feb. 2 – Boston Celtics
• Feb. 5 – Memphis Grizzlies
• Feb. 9 – Washington Wizards
2/3 Italian wine tasting: Taste your way through the regions of Italy during Slow Wine US Tour NYC at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.
2/1 – 2/7 and 2/12 – 2/14 American Indian show: Thunderbird American Indian Dancers play traditional music, dance in elaborate dress, and tell stories. The audience can join the Round Dance, and then the cast mingles with kids at Theater for the New City.
2/6 Wine tasting: NYC Winter Wine Festival features 250 wines, light hors d’oeuvres, and live jazz at PlayStation Theater in Times Square.
2/6 Skating party: Skate to soul music at Soul on Ice Winter Skating Party, which has ice skating demonstrations, food, and music at Lasker Rink in Central Park.
2/8: Chinese firecrackers & culture: New Year 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. E. Houston St. To Canal St. bet. Chrystie Street. and Forsyth St. Free.
2/11 – 2/18: New York Fashion Week: Top models, photographers, and designers attend invitation-only events unveiling fall collections during New York Fashion Week.
2/12 Valentine’s Day cocktail class: Sample a wide variety of cocktails and create your own at Couples Romantic Cocktails for Valentine’s Day at Institute of Culinary Education at 225 Liberty Street for $195 per couple.
2/12 – 2/14: Valentine’s jazz: Cécile McLorin Salvant gives a Valentine’s Day-inspired performance at Lincoln Center.
2/12 – 2/16 Dance film festival: 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.
2/13 Central Park Ice Festival: See carvers make romantic statues with chisels and and chain saws. At 5 p.m. trade ID for headphones and dance at a “silent disco” with DJs and colored lights during Ice Festival at Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park. Free.
2/13 Run in your underwear: Cupid’s Undie Run includes a half-naked run through the streets and a party at Stage 48 (605 West 48th Street) to support charity.
2/13 Valentine’s Day champagne: 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 (225 Liberty Street) for $300 per couple.
2/13 Valentine’s Day soul concert: The ‘70s Soul Jam Valentine’s Concert has five acts in a revival of R&B, disco, and soul at Beacon Theatre.
2/13 Valentine’s Day formal soiree: Sweetheart Soirée features plush seating, dancing, entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, sweets, (wine and cocktails for sale) on 4 floors of Norwood mansion (241 W 14th Street).
2/13 Valentine’s cupcakes & wine: Learn how to decorate cupcakes as you sip fine wine at Cupcakes and Vino at Camaje (85 MacDougal Street) and bring 6 home.
2/13 Valentine’s Day concert: Hear lush, romantic vocal music of 19th-century composers in Greek-revival double parlors of the Merchant’s House Museum (29 E 4th Street) at Love in the Parlors. A post-performance reception is optional.
2/13 – 2/14 Valentine’s Day tango class: Come as a couple to the Valentine’s Day Workshop for an introductory tango lesson plus champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries at Triangulo (135 W 20th St #301).
2/13 Valentine’s Day masquerade party: Carnival of Venice Masquerade is a Venetian Carnival masked ball at Down Town Association (DTA) (60 Pine Street).
2/13 – 2/14 Valentine’s dinner blindfolded: Your senses are heightened when you can’t see your four-course meal at Dinners in the Dark at Camaje (85 MacDougal Street).
2/14 Valentine’s Day in Times Square: Renew your marriage vows on the red glass steps, or take a photo together in front of the heart sculpture in Times Square at W. 46th Street & Broadway. Free.
2/14 Valentine’s Day under the stars: 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 for $125.
2/14 Bossa Nova brunch: Hear the world’s most romantic music at The Girl From Ipanema at Highline Ballroom.
2/14 Valentine’s Day burlesque: Filthy Gorgeous Burlesque Valentine’s Spectacular is a night of teasing, live music, and sultry fun at Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker St) for age 18+.
2/14 Chinese parade: See colorful floats, marching bands, lion and dragon dancers, antique cars, beauty queens, and performers at Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival. Free.
2/15 -2/16 Dog show: Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show has daytime events at Piers 92/94 with finals and best-in-show evenings at Madison Square Garden.
2/15 – 3/6 Fringe theater festival: 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 – 2/24 Unusual film festival: See at least 20 rare and underrated films of all kinds at Film Comment Selects at Walter Read Theater.
2/19 – 2/28 Beer week: New York City Beer Week celebrates craft beer with events at multiple locations.
2/20 Bloody Mary festival: Taste Bloody Marys from 18 restaurants with brunch snacks, and then vote for your favorite at Eat, Drink and Bloody Mary at L’Apicio, 13 E 1st Street.
2/20 – 3/5 Avante-garde music: Avant Music Festival devotes each night to music by a single contemporary composer at the Wild Project, 195 E 3rd Street.
2/24 Whisky tasting: A ticket to Whisky Live includes a dinner buffet, live entertainment, and a glass to sample the greatest whiskies in the world at Pier 60, Chelsea Piers.
2/25 – 2/28 Dance festival: Get reserved seats for ballroom, Latin, rhythm, and smooth dance heats at New York Dance Festival in the Grand Ballroom of the Roosevelt Hotel.
2/26 – 3/20 Children’s film festival: New York International Children’s Film Festival shows new, inspiring, and thought-provoking films about youth from around the world, suitable for families.
2/27 – 4/17 Orchid Show: The Orchid Show fills the conservatory at the New York Botanical Garden with thousands of of orchids in an amazing array of colors, shapes, sizes, and Romantic Orchid Evenings add music and cocktails.
2/29 Kosher tasting: Sample 200 kosher wines and kosher food at Kosher Food & Wine Experience [sound] at Chelsea Piers (Pier 60) and on an adjacent yacht with a band for ages 21+.