Best Events in NYC in February

Even though it’s the shortest, coldest month of the year, February in NYC is still red hot. Not sure where to begin with the city bursting at its seams? Check out Gosur’s list of the best events in NYC in February to make the most of your time.

Restaurant Week

Start off February sampling the dishes at over 380 participating restaurants during NYC’s Restaurant Week. Beginning January 21st and ending February 8th, this event features restaurants of every cuisine and style offering a prix fixe menu at both lunch and dinner (two-course lunch for $26, three-course dinner for $42.) Been dying to branch out from your usual go-to’s? Restaurant Week offers a wide variety of affordable options, so you can sample as many dishes as your stomach can handle.

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Harlem Chamber Players

Celebrate Black History Month by spending an evening with the Harlem Chamber Players on Thursday, February 28th at 6:30 p.m. at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. The performance will feature noted African-American composer Adolphus Hailstork launching two world premieres of his compositions, as well as a performance of his work “Nobody Know,” which commemorates the 400th anniversary of American slave importation.

Cupid’s Undie Run

Don’t get your gotchies in a bunch if you see people running down the street in their undies. If it’s on February 9th, it’s likely just Cupid’s Undie Run. Founded to raise money for neurofibromatosis, the run is short (just around 1 mile), fun-filled (expect to see lots of dancing and partying) and silly (you’re in your underwear in February!)

Mortified Doomed Valentine’s Show

An offshoot of the hit documentary “Mortified,” which has adults reading their cringe-worthy teenage diary entries in front of live audiences, the Doomed Valentine’s Show follows the theme of unrequited love. Be prepared to laugh, recoil and sympathize with the people on stage sharing their innermost adolescent thoughts with a group of total strangers. Due to adult content, this is a 21+ show at the Littlefield in Brooklyn on Thursday, February 14th at both 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.

The Orchid Show 2019: Singapore

Just when you can’t take another minute of bleak, white landscapes and lack of foliage, the New York Botanical Garden sweeps in with its annual orchid show to give your senses a taste of spring. The theme of this year’s show is “Singapore,” a city whose gardens and floral displays incorporate this vibrant, sweet-scented flower. Beginning on February 23rd, the display lasts for just two short months before it’s gone until next February.

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Love in Times Square

Want a Valentine’s Day that’s Instagram worthy? Register to renew your vows with thousands of other couples in Times Square on the red glass steps at 6 p.m., or take a free photo next to the massive heart sculpture on W. 46th Street and Broadway.

Valentine’s Jazz at Lincoln Center

Set the scene for romance at the regal Lincoln Center on February 15th or 16th with Jazz Master Dianne Reeves. Her soulful storytelling and powerful voice are the perfect accompaniment to her ensemble’s musical chops. Earlier in the week, make sure to catch the Freddy Cole Quintet and Kim Nalley, both at Dizzy’s Club in the Lincoln Center.

Chinese Firecracker and Culture 2019

Gong hei fat choy! Come celebrate the Chinese New Year with a bang on February 24th at noon, and watch more than 600,000 firecrackers being set off in Sara Roosevelt Park. The loud firecrackers are said to scare away evil spirits for the upcoming year, and once the smoke clears, you’ll find food vendors, dancers and singers ready to ring in the Chinese New Year.
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