What’s Happening 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. And because 2020 is a Leap Year, you have one extra day to enjoy February in New York City — one of the most underrated months to visit. 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 events to honor Saint Valentine (sort of). Whether you want to dine out, dress up, or both, these are the events we’re most looking forward to this February in New York City.
New York Fashion Week – Feb 3-12
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, panel conversations with everyone from models to designers and thought leaders, plus pop-up shopping activations all over the city. 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.
Chinese New Year – February 9
It’s the Year of the Rat, 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. Head there on Sunday, February 9 for the famous Chinese New Year parade through the city’s Little Italy and Chinatown neighborhoods. Experience live dances, traditional music, and fireworks. You can also ring in the Lunar New Year all month long with a celebratory dinner at one of the city’s top Chinese or dim sum restaurants. Photo courtesy of @davidarizanyc.
Westminster Dog Show – Feb 9-11
For two days, some of the world’s fanciest canines 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 $40. Watch terriers, hounds, and other polished pooches—including, for the first time, the Azawakh breed—compete for the prestigious title of Best in Show at Madison Square Garden. Can’t make it? You can always live stream the event from the comfort of your hotel room. Photo courtesy of @westminsterkennelclub.
Cupid Goes Commando – Feb 13
This is not your standard paint-and-sip class. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Prince Harrie—a seminude model who, admittedly, isn’t royal, but might as well be—will be your muse for an evening of painting and imbibing led by Paint & Sip Studio. Tickets for this unforgettable affair start at $50, and include unlimited pours of wine, materials, and did we mention a male model? Personally, we can’t think of a better way to kick off your Valentine’s Day celebrations.
The Orchid Show – Feb 15-Apr 29
What happens when you bring a celebrity floral designer to the Bronx? You get the Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden. Starting on February 15, travelers who venture to the Bronx will be delighted by the annual Orchid Show; this year, a vibrant, kaleidoscopic series of masterpieces by Jeff Leatham. Discover massive arches and sculptures during an afternoon exploring the sprawling exhibition. Visit on February 20 for an exclusive talk and book signing with Leatham. Weekday tickets to the gardens start at $23.
New York City Off-Broadway Week- Feb 10-23
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; Stomp) but there are also lesser known works like Unknown Soldier, a musical about family secrets and identity, and the riotous Drunk Shakespeare.