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January Events NYC

January Events NYC

Events do not stop in New York. Broadway Con, Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrations, NYC Restaurant Week,  NYC Broadway Week, New York Boat Show, New York Times Travel Show and more.

1/ 3 – 13: 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.

1/4 – 6: Professional Bull Riders take on the fiercest bucking bulls at Madison Square Garden.

1/4 (11 a.m. to 1 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/ 4 – 5 (7:30 p.m.): See groundbreaking artists perform at Contemporary Dance Festival: Japan + East Asia at Japan Society. The event only repeats in odd numbered years.

1/ 4 – 12: Winter Jazzfest includes 150 artists playing at Le Poisson Rouge and other venues. There are usually two “marathon” days.

1/ 4 – 13: 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.

1/ 5 – 6: The 30 animals in Popovich Comedy Pet Theater were “rescued from animal shelters and given a new leash on life,” wowing audiences in Las Vegas and now appearing at Tribeca Performing Arts Center.

1/ 5 & 12: 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.

1/ 5 – 13: 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.

1/ 5 – 29 (Tues. & Sat.): 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/ 6: Enjoy 12 musical acts on three stages from countries all over the world at globalFEST near Times Square.

1/ 9 – 22: The New York Jewish Film Festival showcases films that investigate, record, and celebrate the Jewish experience at Walter Reade Theater in Lincoln Center.


1/11 – 13: 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.

1/ 13 (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/ 18 (8 p.m.): An MLK Weekend Celebration is an all-star gospel show at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ. Free.

1/  18 – 20 (preview Jan. 17): Outsider Art Fair shows self-taught art created outside the mainstream at Metropolitan Pavilion. See photos.

1/ 18 – 27 (party Jan. 17): View and purchase exceptional antiques ranging from ancient Roman glass to mid-century modern from 70 exhibitors at The Winter Show [formerly Winter Antiques Show] at the Park Avenue Armory. No baby strollers on weekends.

1/  20 (3 p.m.): Unsung Champions of Civil Rights from MLK to Today is a panel discussion about Dr. King’s legacy and how his teachings affect us today at Apollo Theater. Free tickets are available.

1/ 20 (4 p.m.): The Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration is an annual event, which this year stars Dance Theatre of Harlem at the Kupferberg Center in Queens.

1/ 21 (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/ 21 – 2/ 8: Get a special deal on a 2-course lunch or a 3-course dinner at 380 restaurants during NYC Restaurant Week. Saturdays excluded, Sundays at some restaurants. Held in January/February and July/August.

1/ 21 – 2/ 10: Get 2-for-1 deals on select theater shows during NYC Broadway Week. Repeats in Sept.

1/ 23 – 27: 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 – 27: Vogue Knitting Live features knitting classes and a vendor marketplace at New York Marriott Marquis.

1/ 26 (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. This event may be delayed if it rains.

1/ 26: 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/ 26 – 27: A ticket to family-friendly Jets House includes food, beverages, live music, ping pong, appearances by Jets players, entertainment by their cheerleaders, and autograph sessions at SPiN New York.

1/ 26 – 27: 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.)


Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:

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