Starting the new year in New York City is a fantastic idea, and to help you make your travel plans, here are the best events in NYC in January 2019. Some are traditional activities, while some are things that would happen “only in New York,” but all are worth including on your list of things to do in NYC.
The Best Event in NYC in January 2019: No Pants on the Subway
Improv Everywhere has been hosting a citywide “No Pants Subway Ride” since 2002. In the years since, the event has gone international, happening in cities such as Paris, Tokyo, Jerusalem and Moscow. All you have to do to take home a fun story to tell your friends is board a subway car on the designated day (rumored to be on January 13th this year) dressed for the weather, but without pants. The official after-party takes place at Bar 13 at 13th Street and University Place.
Winter Jazz Fest
The annual Winter Jazz Fest, running from January 4th through the 12th, is the perfect place to listen to some cool jazz. The program is currently in its 15th year and has grown from a single location with a handful of musicians to a nine-day, multi-venue jazz celebration complete with hundreds of bands and artists. This event embraces the causes of gender equality and social justice.
Holiday Train Show
The New York Botanical Garden’s annual Holiday Train Show is one of the best events in NYC in January 2019, even though it begins in November. This is a must-see show, even if toy trains aren’t your thing, simply because of the stunning miniature NYC landmarks–this year is the debut of the miniature One World Trade Center. The show runs through January 21st, with January 5th and 12th being adults-only “Bar Car” nights with alcoholic drinks, ice carving competitions, music and fire pits.
New York Boat Show
Those with the winter blues may want to take in the New York Boat Show at the Javits Center, open January 23rd through the 27th. This annual show features all types of boats, from canoes and cruisers to personal watercraft. Here, you can fill your mind with thoughts of sunny warm days to come.
Vogue Knitting Live!
Vogue Knitting Live Knitting Show is a showcase of “the yarnic arts,” complete with workshops lectures, design contests and a knitting marketplace. Meet and mingle with other knitters and learn from some of the best from January 25th through the 27th. If you’re a knitter, you’ll likely consider this the best event in NYC this January.
Winter Village at Bryant Park
New York in winter can be simply magical, thanks to places like the Winter Village at Bryant Park. If you’re in NYC around New Year’s, you can catch the village before it closes on January 2nd; lace on your skates to experience the only ice rink in the city with free admission.
Three Kings Parade
El Museo del Barrio, at 1230 Fifth Avenue in Harlem, will be hosting the annual Three Kings Day Parade on January 4th, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The free parade features live camels, music and puppets, and honors people who have contributed to the Latino community. Know that the parade will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather, as happened in 2018.
Jets Fan Fest
Jets football fans will not want to miss Jets Fan Fest on January 27th and 28th at SPiN New York, a ping-pong venue at 48 East 23rd Street. The event features meet and greets and an autograph signing session with current and past Jets players. It also offers all-inclusive food and drinks and a ping-pong tournament featuring Jets tickets.