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NYC is definitely the city that doesn’t sleep in February. Fashion Week, Antiques, Dogs, Film Festivals, Snow Days, Food, Broadway Discounts and More brighten those chilly days. Romance is in the air and so is adventures galore if you chose to accept.
2/ 1 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.): Enjoy free skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, ice bowling, curling, and dodgeball during Winter Jam, when Rumsey Playfield in Central Park 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. Food and drinks for sale.
2/ 1 – 2: FrostFest has ice skating, bumper cars on ice, and food for sale, plus special events: skating in kilts (Feb. 1) at Bryant Park. Mostly free.
2/ 1 – 2: 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 events. No baby strollers on weekends.
2/ 1 – 2 (also Jan.): 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.
2/ 1 – 9: Get a special deal on a 2-course lunch or a 3-course dinner at 364 restaurants during NYC Restaurant Week. Saturdays excluded, Sundays included at some restaurants. Held in winter and summer.
2/ 1 – 9: Get 2-for-1 deals on select theater shows during NYC Broadway Week.
2/ 2 (4 to 6 p.m.): Celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday hearing a discussion about Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, the full performance by American Symphony Orchestra, and a question-and-answer session at Symphony Space.
2/ 5 – 13 (4 to 9 p.m.): Buy a flight of five beers from different local breweries on tap each week and then vote for your favorite at Best Brews of New York, with food for sale in the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place for age 21+. Open Wednesday and Thursday. Free admission.
2/ 5 – 22: The Marriage of Figaro is a popular comic opera by Mozart, which is sung in Italian with multi-language subtitles at the Metropolitan Opera House.
2/ 6 (8 p.m.) Harlem Gospel Choir performs a foot-stomping, hand-clapping, joyous gospel show at Sony Hall.
2/ 6 – 11: Get in shape at a different event each day during Sweat Fest in the neighborhood surrounding Union Square.
2/ 7 – 12: Top models, photographers, and designers attend invitation-only events unveiling fall collections during New York Fashion Week.
2/ 8 (10 p.m.): Disney Valentine’s Ball is a “rock ‘n roll sing along” featuring Disney cover band The Little Mermen dressed as characters from Disney films at The Cutting Room for age 21+.
2/ 8 (1:30 to 5 p.m.): A $159 ticket to One Day University includes three classes taught by expert professors from different schools at 92nd Street Y.
The Scientific Genius of Marie Curie
The Remarkable Genius of Einstein
The Political Genius of Frederick Douglass
2/ 8 (1:30 to 3:30 p.m.): Skate to soul music at family-friendly Winter Skating Party, which has ice skating demonstrations, music, and a bake sale at Lasker Rink in Central Park. Your ticket includes skate rental.
2/ 8 (12 to 4 p.m.) Run through the streets without pants at 2 p.m. to support charity in Cupid’s Undie Run, with a party before and after at The DL for age 21+.
2/ 8 – 9: FanfaireNYC features 125 artists and vendors selling comics, prints and swag, plus award-winning guest speakers, costume contests, panel discussions, workshops, and portfolio reviews at the High School of Art & Design.
2/ 8 – 11: Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show has daytime events at Piers 92/94, with evening events including best-in-show at Madison Square Garden.
2/ 9 (1 p.m.): See colorful floats, marching bands, lion and dragon dancers, antique cars, beauty queens, and performers at Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival in lower Manhattan. Free.
2/ 10 – 13: Big Apple Film Festival (BAFF) showcases independent filmmaking and presents awards at Cinépolis Chelsea. 2/ 13 (6 to 8 p.m.): Enjoy chocolate, appetizers, wine tasting (optional), live music, and a silent auction at Chocoholic Frolic: a Valentine’s Gala for Ripple Effect Artists at People’s United Bank on Park Avenue.
2/ 14: Valentine Tours begin with a candlelit reception, including wine and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a special group tour after closing time at The Museum of Modern Art.
2/14 8:00 p.m: The New York Pops will be joined by guest artists Mandy Gonzalez, Carrie Manolakos, and Alex Newell for I’m Every Woman: Divas On Stage.
2/ 14: Register to renew your marriage vows at Love in Times Square on the red glass steps at 6 p.m., or take a photo together in front of the winning entry in the Times Square Valentine Heart Design Competition on 7th Avenue (between W. 46th & W. 47th). Free.
2/ 14: Enjoy food, champagne or sparkling cider, dessert, and dance performances at Valentine’s Day Champagne Salon Soiree at The Ailey Studios, with dramatic views of Manhattan.
2/ 14 (5:30 to 6:30 p.m.): Register as a couple for the Valentine’s Day Tango Workshop for a beginner’s tango lesson, sparkling apple cider, chocolate-covered strawberries, and a rose at Triangulo. The $149 ticket includes two people.
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: The Amazing Valentine’s Day Scavenger Huntbegins at Slattery’s Midtown Pub, and then you follow a series of clues around the city performing physical and mental challenges.
2/ 15 (9:30 p.m.): Paris After Dark: Valentines Ball includes a bar and entertainment “with a hedonistic twist” at Capitale for age 21+. Dress code.
2/ 15 – 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. Closed on Mondays.
2/ 16 – 17: Harlem Globetrotters perform ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, and comedy bits in their entertaining show.
Feb. 16 – Barclays Center
Feb. 17 – Madison Square Garden
2/ 17: Eat kosher food and sample from 60 kosher wineries at Kosher Food & Wine Experience, which includes a live band at Chelsea Piers (Pier 60) for age 21+.
2/ 21 – 2/ 15: New York International Children’s Film Festival shows new, inspiring, and thought-provoking films about youth from around the world, suitable for families.
2/ 26: The Tibet House Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall raises funds for Tibetan culture. Optional gala dinner.
2/ 27 (7 p.m.): The NYC Pancakes & Booze Art Show is a traveling exhibition by 100 artists, with free pancakes, DJ music, live body painting, and a bar at M1-5 Lounge for age 21+.
2/ 27 – 3/ 1: Order reserved seats for ballroom, Latin, rhythm, and smooth dance heats at New York Dance Festival in ballrooms at the Roosevelt Hotel.
2/ 27 – 3/ 1: New York Wild Film Festival screens 32 films about wildlife and wild places at The Explorers Club
2/ 27 – 3/ 1: Athena Film Festival “showcases films about strong and courageous women leaders in real life and the fictional world” at Barnard College.