What to Do in New York in February 2022
If you can make it through February, you’ll bask in the rewards of springtime, where sunshine finally makes an appearance (and daylight lasts past 5pm). But until then, there’s still so much to do and celebrate in New York City during the second month of the year. February is not only filled with incredible concerts and the return of some previously-canceled Broadway shows, but it also hosts many culturally-rich holidays and events, including celebrations of the Chinese New Year and Black History Month.
There’s a lot to pack into the shortest month of the year, so make sure to plan it out now so you don’t miss a thing. Here are our top five picks for things to do in New York City in February.
Every year, the Chinese Lunar Parade celebrates the New Year in Chinatown. The parade weaves through Chinatown and parts of Little Italy and includes food vendors, small shops, and more. If you can’t make it on February 12, you can still visit and support some of Chinatown’s restaurants to celebrate the New Year. Walking through Chinatown is a magical experience that everyone should make time for, even if you’re just passing through the city.
Starting February 16
Think of Amateur Night at the Apollo like a high school talent show, except many of the participants are likely to become huge stars in the next few years. Artists like Lauryn Hill, D’Angelo, and H.E.R. have all passed through the doors of the Apollo Theater in Harlem. The grand prize for winning this “battle of the bands”-style competition is $20,000 — and it’s been known to launch many musical careers. After two years of a completely dark stage, the iconic night finally comes back to life on February 16 and runs through mid-March. Tickets start at just $25, and Harlem residents and students can enjoy 50% off the admission fee. Learn more and purchase tickets here.
February 22 - February 23
Elton John takes the stage at Madison Square Garden for two nights only — and there’s nothing quite like seeing a New York icon perform in one of the most famous venues in the world. The 74-year-old Rocket Man singer is sure to put on a dazzling performance, and tickets start around $272. Can’t make either of these dates? You can still catch his performances in New Jersey and at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center at the end of February and beginning of March.
Opening February 25
No stars are more iconic or more New York than Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, who bring Plaza Suite back to life. The husband and wife join forces for this comedy, where they play three different couples in one hotel room. This is the first time Plaza Suite (written by Tony winner Neil Simon) will be performed on Broadway in over 20 years (it was postponed in 2020 due to COVID-19), and it’s a great way to see some of your favorite actors in person. Tickets start at $120 and are on sale here.
Bring your partner or best friend to this cheese tasting night at Murray’s Cheese and celebrate what you really love: delicious decadent foods. A single $120 ticket includes Champagne all night long while you learn about different types of cheeses and caviar. If you’re not into studying, just enjoy the flavor notes of foie gras, truffles, and more. This is an in-person event, and tickets can be purchased here.