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Things to Do in NYC in February

December 21, 2018 - by City Guide News Desk
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New York in February may be sunk in winter, but the city is as vibrant as ever, with theater, culture, dining, and nightlife scenes all going full-bore. During February, shoppers can take advantage of some great sales over the week of Presidents' Day, and lovers mark the 14th in red for Valentine's Day. We've also got Mardi Gras and Chinese New Year celebrations, Restaurant Week, 2-for-1 Broadway Week, and Fashion Week. For the best of New York in February, check out our rundown below.

Things to Do in New York in February: Highlights

(2/3) It's Super Bowl Sunday! Check out the Best Places To Watch Super Bowl LIII.

(2/4-2/13) It's New York Fashion Week 2019!

(2/8) The American Kennel's Museum of the Dog opens in Midtown! 

(2/9-2/12) The Westminster Kennel Club 143rd Annual Dog Show is basically the Super Bowl for dogs. Canines get grouped into categories like Hound, Toy, and Terrier, with a panel of expert judges looking on. Meet & Compete sessions are held at Piers 92/94, while Madison Square Garden plays host to two main event days, including Tuesday’s anointing of the Best in Show. 

(2/7) The New York Pet Fashion Show will be held just a few days earlier, across the street, at the Hotel Pennsylvania. 6-11pm. NYPetFashionShow.com

Things to Do in New York in February: Exhibits

Frida Kahlo

Nickolas Muray (American, born Hungary, 1892–1965). Frida in New York, 1946? printed 2006. Carbon pigment print, image: 14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Emily Winthrop Miles Fund, 2010.80. Photo by Nickolas Muray, © Nickolas Muray Photo Archive. (Photo: Brooklyn Museum)

(2/8-5/12)  Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving will present the art and artifacts of the renowned Mexican painter at the Brooklyn Museum. Kahlo (1907-1954), who has recently experienced a resurgence in popularity, lived and worked in a manner which challenged the political, social, and sexual norms of her era. Appearances Can Be Deceiving will take a personal look at Kahlo by presenting her work alongside items from her home in Mexico City. There will also be historical film footage, photographs, and selections from the Brooklyn Museum’s collection of Mesoamerican art. Advance tickets are available here.

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JRR Tolkien Bilbo comes to the Huts of the Raft-elves,

(1/25-5/12) Tolkien: Maker of Middle Earth at the Morgan Library & Museum. “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” With these words the Oxford professor J.R.R. Tolkien ignited a fervid spark in generations of readers. From the children’s classic The Hobbit to the epic The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien’s adventurous tales of hobbits and elves, dwarves and wizards, have introduced millions to the rich history of Middle-earth. Going beyond literature, Tolkien’s Middle-earth is a world complete with its own languages and histories. Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth celebrates the man and his creation. The exhibition will be the most extensive public display of original Tolkien material for several generations. Drawn from the collections of the Tolkien Archive at the Bodleian Library (Oxford), Marquette University Libraries (Milwaukee), the Morgan, and private lenders, the exhibition will include family photographs and memorabilia, Tolkien’s original illustrations, maps, draft manuscripts, and designs related to The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion.

Robert Mapplethorpe

Robert Mapplethorpe, Self Portrait, 1980. Gelatin silver print, 35.9 x 35.7 cm. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York Gift, The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, 93.4289 © The Estate of Robert Mapplethorpe.

(1/25/19-7/10/2019) Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Robert Mapplethorpe, one of the most critically acclaimed and controversial American artists of the late 20th century, is represented in great depth in the Guggenheim’s collection. In 1993 the museum received a generous gift of approximately two hundred photographs and unique objects from the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, creating one of the most comprehensive public repositories in the world of this important artist’s work. In 2019, 30 years after the artist’s death, the Guggenheim will celebrate the sustained legacy of his work with a yearlong exhibition in two sequential parts in the museum’s Mapplethorpe Gallery on Tower Level 4.

(Opens 2/1) Faith and Empire at the Rubin Museum. Religion has influenced and empowered countless political leaders throughout history, and Tibetan Buddhism is no exception. “Faith and Empire: Art and Politics in Tibetan Buddhism” is the first exhibition of its kind to explore Tibetan Buddhism’s dynamic political role in the empires of Asia from the 7th to the early 20th century. Artwork highlights include a set of 8th-century gilt-silver drinking vessels from the Tibetan Empire; an early 13th-century wrathful icon made of silk and ornamented with tiny seed pearls; a 4 ½-foot-tall 680-pound gilt-bronze bodhisattva from the early 15th-century Ming court; and a 19th-century 8-feet-wide Mongolian depiction of the final battle against the heretics and nonbelievers. The exhibition is arranged chronologically, beginning with the Tibetan Empire in the 7th century, and includes sections on the Tangut kingdom of Xixia, the Mongol Empire, the Chinese Ming dynasty, the rule of the Dalai Lamas, and the Manchu Qing dynasty.

(Permanent) The Jim Henson Exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image will celebrate the life and legacy of the famed Muppet creator, exploring both his prolific career and the enduring effect his work has on pop culture to this day. Visitors can expect to learn more about the creation of such beloved works as The Muppet ShowSesame StreetFraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal, and Labryinth, as well as to discover the cutting-edge experimental works Henson made throughout his career.

Corduroy Don Freeman Museum of the City of New York

(Now-6/23/19) A City for Corduroy: Don Freeman's New York, now open at the Museum of the City of New York, presents the gamut of Freeman’s New York work, from his lively and humane depictions of ordinary New Yorkers and the city in the 1930s, to his illustrated scenes of the Broadway backstage, to his children’s books inspired by the city, including not just the beloved children's Corduroy  books but also Pet of the Met and Hattie the Backstage Bat. The exhibition features drawings, paintings, publications, and prints, as well as the artist’s original studies and sketches of Corduroy and other characters. 

(Permanent) The Jim Henson Exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image will celebrate the life and legacy of the famed Muppet creator, exploring both his prolific career and the enduring effect his work has on pop culture to this day. Visitors can expect to learn more about the creation of such beloved works as The Muppet ShowSesame StreetFraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal, and Labryinth, as well as to discover the cutting-edge experimental works Henson made throughout his career.

The Orchid Show New York Botanical Garden

(2/23-4/28) The Orchid Show at New York Botanical Garden is back for its 17th year. The 17th annual Orchid Show is a dazzling tribute to Singapore—one of the world’s greatest orchid cultures—where these storied flowers are an integral part of the life of this vibrant “City in a Garden.” Developed in partnership with Singapore Botanic Gardens and Gardens by the Bay, this horticultural tribute set in the landmark Enid A. Haupt Conservatory will feature thousands of orchids dramatically paying homage to Singapore’s rich legacy of innovative garden design, spectacular floral displays, and achievements in orchid cultivation. nybg.org 

Things to Do in New York in February: Comedy

(2/8) Jerry Seinfeld at the Beacon Theater (7pm & 9:30pm).

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(2/6) A special appearance by SNL's Pete Davidson at Gotham Comedy Club. No cell phones! 

(2/7-2/10) Aries Spears at Gotham Comedy Club. 

(2/12) Trevor Noah Presents Born a Crime at Kings Theatre. 

(2/22-2/23) Michael Yo at Gotham Comedy Club

Things to Do in New York in February: Kids

kids week intrepid

(2/17-2/23) Kids Week aboard Intrepid offers a jam-packed week of activities for children ages 5-13. (9am-5pm)! This year's theme is Full STEAM Ahead (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics.) Free with admission. Registration required.

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(2/2-2/3) The Brooklyn Academy of Music, aka BAM, returns with the BAM Kids Film Festival 2019. Brooklyn’s favorite children’s film festival celebrates its 21st year, presenting the best shorts and features from around the world—representing 31 countries in total. Recommend for ages 3-11. 

(2/15-2/24) Sesame Street Live: Make Your Magic at The Hulu Theater at MSG. 

DreamWorks Trolls the Experience

(Ongoing) DreamWorks Trolls the ExperienceA world of rainbows, sparkles, and very big hair has come to New York City as DreamWorks Trolls The Experience arrives in midtown. Sprawled across multiple floors, this interactive adventure will thrill fans of the movie Trolls and pretty much any kid who likes to dress up, bang on things, collect glitter, or dance. Use our coupon and save $5 off admission!

For more local kids' events, check out our sister site at nymetroparents.com!

Things To Do in New York in February: Nightlife

Michael Buble

(2/20) Michael Buble at Madison Square Garden.

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(2/6) HYMN Sarah Brightman in concert at Radio City Music Hall

(2/8) Kool & The Gang w/DJ Prince Hakim at Sony Hall. 

(2/9) Freestyle & Old School Extravaganza, with Lisa Lisa, Vanilla Ice, TKA, George Lamond, Shannon, Noel, Slick Rick, and more, at Radio City Music Hall

(2/14) Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden.

(2/13-2/14) Anita Baker at Radio City Music Hall.

(2/14) Gregory Porter at Beacon Theatre.

(2/14) Peter Murphy at Terminal 5.

Valentine's Weekend Spirit of New York

(2/14-2/16) Valentine's Weekend Dinner Cruises with Spirit of New York

(2/14) Filthy Gorgeous Burlesque Valentines Spectacular at Highline Ballroom.

(2/15-2/16) Joe Jackson at Town Hall

(2/15) Boyz 2 Men: 25th Anniversary of The Album II at Radio City Music Hall.

(2/16) Interpol at Madison Square Garden

(2/24-2/25) James Blake at Terminal 5

(2/25-2/27) John Mellencamp at the Beacon Theatre.

(2/28) The Kooks at Terminal 5.

(1/21-2/8) NYC Restaurant Week. Hundreds of the city’s most popular restaurants will be participating. Enjoy prix-fixe meals that only cost $29 for lunch and $42 for dinner. nycgo.com/restaurantweek

Things to Do in New York in February: Sightseeing 

Chinese New Year

flickr: drivebyshOOter

(2/17) Chinese Lunar New Year Parade . Chinatown is NYC's epicenter for this 20th annual event, which will include a colorful parade and a street party on February 17th. The parade route goes from Mott & Canal to Chatham Square to East Broadway towards the Manhattan Bridge, completing on Eldridge and Forsyth Streets towards Grand Street next to Sara D. Roosevelt Park. Starts at 1pm. Click here to read about More Ways to Celebrate Chinese New Year in NYC. 

Jacques Torres Chocolate

(Ongoing) Sweets for the Sweet! Grab your honey or friend this Valentine's Day for a cozy ride aboard A Slice of Brooklyn's Chocolate Tour, TripAdvisor's top-rated NYC tour company A Slice of Brooklyn Bus Tours  has launched its Brooklyn Chocolate Tour, which visits artisanal chocolate sites Jacques Torres Chocolate in DUMBO, The Chocolate Room in Cobble Hill, Raaka in Red Hook, and Li-Lac Chocolates in Industry City, Sunset Park. Offered every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. 

Things to Do in New York in February: Ongoing

Top of the Rock

This Valentine's Day, or any day, bring a loved one to take in the breathtaking view at Top of the Rock.

Visit the sites of Friends, Seinfeld, Trainwreck, Gossip Girl, Sex and the City and many other NYC film sites with On Location Tours. 
 
Learn more about the fascinating history of New York City's Financial District with Wall Street Walks tours.
 
Grab a photo with Taylor Swift, Don Draper, Lady GaGa and countless others at Madame Tussauds New York. Here is a coupon!

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium brings people of all ages face-to-face with the world's most unbelievable curiosities. With 18,000 square feet of astonishing artifacts and exciting interactive exhibits. Here is a coupon!

Zip up 100 stories in 60 seconds and see New York City atop One World Observatory.

Grab the family or a friend for a spin on the iconic Rockefeller Ice Skating Rink.

Weather in New York in February

January is the city’s coldest month, so February sees temperatures on the rise. Pack your heavy parka and coats, scarves, and gloves, because low temperatures average around 27 degrees Fahrenheit (-3°C), with average highs getting only up to 44° (7°C). You can expect some outlier days, warmer or colder, with extremes of weather (wind, snow, sleet, freezing rain) not uncommon. Days are short, with about 6 hours of light, but getting longer. The chances of being in New York on a snowy day in February? The averages say that’s about six in 28.

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