New York City has so much to do at all times that I sweat it makes my head spin attempting to make plans. Although it’s getting colder out, that doesn’t mean that we have to stay in our apartments all day! I’ve found some of the very best things to experience this month and it’s all readily available for friends and the whole family to enjoy. It’s a big month with holidays and it’s also that time of the year where we show our loved ones how much we care about them. A lot of people’s love languages are quality time and what better way to spend time together than at a unique experience? New Yorkers and those visiting town, you’ve come to the right place for a good time in the big apple!
Here are all of the upcoming events to check out in the month of February in NYC!
Celebrate Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day is kinda all month long! As it should be! There really are so many things to do for Valentine’s Day, whether it be a nice dinner out on the town, going to the movies or even just staying in and enjoying time together! Little Italy has some of the best restaurants in town and of course, there are plenty of spots doing bottomless brunches for Galentine’s Day with friends! Eventbrite and SecretNYC always have the best finds once deals are released.
Celebrate Black History Month
It’s Black History Month! One thing that is incredibly important to do is reflect on the history of this country and continue to educate others on it. We have come so far, but we can always do better. Being allies and continuing to educate the younger generations are some of the best things we can do. Take time this month to donate to great causes, such as Prosperity Now or Bridges 4 Life . Another amazing way to celebrate the month is by supporting black businesses! I am obsessed with businesses such as Briogeo, Smash Shoes, The Grey available on Goldbelly and glassware from Estelle Colored Glass!
Watch the Superbowl
The big game is almost here! Airing on Sunday, February 11th at 6:30PM EST, two football teams will battle for the winning title. Personally, I love to watch for the halftime show! Usher is performing this year and we are always eager to see the musical talent! This annual event is also the perfect excuse to have a party. I have a whole post about the best dips to make, check it out here!
A new immersive exhibit is in town! I love checking out interactive museums and this one has got to be one of the coolest I’ve seen in awhile! Mercer labs is an experimental exhibition that has 15 difference interactive experiences including unique listening encounters and immersive exhibits that perfectly blend technology with the world of art. Roy Nachum created this vision and he is most known for human perception and using his artistic abilities to bend them. The whole thing almost felt like an out of body experience, in the best way, as if you’re looking at the world mindlessly! Located at 21 dey street, there are several subway lines nearby so it’s easy to get to. Save this for your next weekend activity!
It’s the biggest week in fashion again in the city! New York Fashion Week is a week where we go to a bunch of fashion shows and events to learn all about new seasonal styles to look forward to. It’s the best time and I love seeing all of the looks! Are there any shows you’re looking forward to in particular this year?
The NBA is back and it’s time for some games! Our team plays at Madison Square Garden and it’s always a fun time. There’s just something about taking the whole family to a game, eating stadium food and enjoying watching them play in such a lively arena. Kind of like a core memory in a childhood. It’s a great family activity to do and we’re looking forward to grabbing tickets this season!
Ice skating opened up in the city this fall, but we never get sick of it. In fact, we try to take advantage of it all winter long and get our practice in! We live near The Rink at Brookfield Place, so the kids go there with their friends almost daily to skate and hang out. With amazing spots all over the city, it can be difficult to choose a location. Check out our blog post about the best ice skating spots in NYC if you need any help!
You know how much I love everything pink! The Pink Pier is back at the Watermark and it’s always a great time. There are delicious cocktails and tasty bites and they have the pink lit igloos for the cold weather. So you can go and know you won’t freeze this winter!
The most delicious week is ending soon! Running through February 4th, make some room with your meal plans! Reservations actually will start to open on the 9th, which you will want to get a head start on because it’s a popular activity to participate in here in NYC. If you’re unfamiliar with this few week event, it is when restaurants have running deals where you can get a trio of pricing options normally $30, $45 and $60 for prix fixe lunch and dinners. This is a great idea for a date night or a night out with friends!
Running at the same time as Restaurant Week, it’s Broadway Week! I always find it really convenient to have these at the same time for date night plans. This is where you can get 2 for 1 tickets to certain Broadway shows! Again, tickets will go on sale on the 9th and you will want to snag them early! We have a post for our favorite shows of the season here.
Rockefeller Center has 50 minute reservations for the most adorable ski chalets. You can order food and drinks while you enjoy the sights all around Rockefeller Center. This is a busy part of town, so you can make this a stop along the way while you shop or use it as a dinner pregame.
The biggest one is Bryant Park. They have their winter village going on and you can sip hot cocoa after riding bumper cars on ice! Another great spot is The Plaza at The Standard High Line! We recently went to that one and the girls had so much fun! It’s a family-friendly activity that will have your kids wanting to keep going back.
Chinese New Year Parade
The Lunar New Year is taking place on February 10! This Lunar New Year Celebration is for the rabbit. And not just any rabbit, but the water rabbit! Traditionally, celebrations last for 16 days and NYC has a New Year parade you can attend in celebration! Hudson Yards, Seaport, CMOM and more are having festivities this month! Sunday, February 25th from 12PM-4PM, you can witness the parade beginning at Mott and Canal!
If you have kids and are looking for one of the best places to spend your weekend, try the Bronx Zoo! They have a Winter Wonderland special, as the zoo is not in hibernation. Featuring bears, tigers, seals and so many more adorable animals, you can learn all about them. Make sure you get tickets first!
We don’t have places to ski in NYC, although there are plenty around us to travel to, especially within a few hours. Sledding is the perfect option because we do have areas with hills. For instance, Central Park and Prospect Park both have great hills to slide down! I have a whole post about which sleds are the best, so you’ll have to check that out before going this season!
It’s Kids Week at Intrepid just in time for the break in school for Presidents Day! If you’re looking for a fun and educational activity, the Intrepid Museum has STEAM based activities, exhibits, performances and workshops. We love going here to learn more about science and technology and this is the perfect week to go- February 17th-24th!
The greatest show is in town! That’s right, the Ringling Brothers are here February 22nd-25th. It’s family-friendly and full of entertainment with performers who bring an immersive storytelling journey right to your city. If you’ve been wanting to find a great family activity, this show is perfect! Grab your tickets before they sell out!
The Orchid Show is something we look forward to each year! It’s such a unique event at a great place! The Botanical Gardens are so serene and a spot the whole family can enjoy. View work such as Collina Strada by Hillary Taymour, Dauphinette by Olivia Cheng, and FLWR PSTL by Kristen Alpaugh. If you’re looking for an artsy activity to do this month, you have to check it out! It officially opens on the 17th and runs through April 21st.
If you love vintage finds, this is something you absolutely can not miss out on! It’s always the perfect time to add to your vintage collection, by the way. The show is taking place February 3rd-4th and you need to have tickets. So don’t waste any time, make sure to get your hands on them while you still can! It will be located at the Metropolitan Pavilion.
It’s the month of love and I’m planning the ultimate date night here around the holiday. Located on Hudson Street, this bar not only has phenomenal cocktails, but the food is out of this world! They have fondue, raclette, desserts, boards and so much more! I love a good bite with cocktails and the atmosphere here is like nothing I’ve experienced. Book a reservation at this Switzerland-inspired spot.
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