What’s Going on in February in NYC
Even during the shortest month of the year, New York City has a full calendar of exciting events and things to do. For most of them, you don’t even need to leave Manhattan. In February, cutting-edge designers debut their latest looks at one of the fashion industry’s leading events, while the most refined and well-trained dogs compete for the most prestigious titles in the world of canine competition. There are festivals to celebrate the Lunar New Year, and cinematic events to honor Saint Valentine. Whether you want to dine out, dress up, or both, these are the five events we’re most looking forward to this February in New York City.
NYC Restaurant Week – Through Feb 8
The winter season of NYC Restaurant Week continues from late January until February 8. Enjoy a Michelin-caliber meal without maxing out your credit card during this celebrated culinary event. Critically acclaimed restaurants participating in the event include ABC Kitchen, Nougatine at Jean Georges, and a number of Daniel Boulud dining destinations across the city (Mediterranean at Boulud Sud, for example, or classic French fare at Café Boulud). If you don’t already have reservations, you’ll want to act fast. The three course, prix-fixe dinner menu is set at $42, though diners can find an even better deal by elbowing up to a table for an exemplary lunch or brunch (from $26). Photo courtesy of @cesegutierrez.
Chinese New Year – February 5-17
It’s the Year of the Pig, and you can celebrate this Lunar New Year with a series of events across the city. At the epicenter of the festivities, of course, is Chinatown. Kick off the holiday with the Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival on February 5 (save room for dumplings) and return on the afternoon of February 17 for the famous Chinese New Year parade through the city’s Little Italy and Chinatown neighborhoods. Can’t make it to one of these events? Ring in the Lunar New Year with a celebratory dinner at one of the city’s top Chinese or dim sum restaurants. Photo courtesy of @davidarizanyc.
New York Fashion Week – Feb 8-16
Every February, the biggest names in fashion debut their fall collections on the runways during New York Fashion Week. While many events are exclusively for elite industry insiders, travelers can experience the artistry and energy of Fashion Week by purchasing tickets to public events. And you don’t have to grab a seat along the catwalk to participate. During Fashion Week, watch out for film screenings, happy hours and panel conversations with everyone from IMG models to thought leaders. Just be sure to don your edgiest duds — Fashion Week is one of the best times to get photographed by a street style reporter. More on NYFW here! Photo courtesy of @moeeztali.
Westminster Dog Show – Feb 11, 12
For two days, some of the world’s fanciest dogs perform in the prestigious Westminster Dog Show. If you didn’t get tickets in advance, there are still a few options available, with individual events starting at $32. Watch terriers, hounds, and other polished pooches compete for the prestigious title of Best in Show at Madison Square Garden. All across the city, travelers can enjoy dog-themed events, too, like an exhibit of 19th-century dog paintings at the William Secord Gallery and puppy styling events. Photo courtesy of @westminsterkennelclub.
New York City Off-Broadway Week- Feb 11-24
Looking for world-class entertainment without the budget-breaking price (or the crowds)? Take advantage of two-for-one tickets to off-Broadway productions during the twice-annual celebration of the musicals, plays, and comedies that occupy theaters all around midtown Manhattan. There are the classic New York City shows, of course (Blue Man Group; Avenue Q) but there are also lesser known works like Alice By Heart, a musical, and the riotous Drunk Shakespeare.