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What to Do in New York City in February 2024

By The Center Magazine StaffJan 23 2024
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The shortest month of the year, February tends to fly by in a New York minute — but 2024 is a leap year, giving you 24 bonus hours to pack in even more winter fun.

It’s the month of love, and there may be no better way to celebrate than a romantic skate date at The Rink at Rockefeller Center, followed by a cozy meal and tickets to The Notebook The Musical, which starts previews on February 10. Of course, if you don’t get the Valentine’s date and flowers you were hoping for, you can always take yourself to The Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden. It’s also the month of fashion, starting with the Manhattan Vintage Show February 2 to 4 and continuing with another star-studded New York Fashion Week.

You’ll want to keep busy before spring comes around, tempting you to do nothing but sit in the sunshine for hours on end. So, what are you waiting for? Button up your warmest coat, and get out there to experience our top picks for things to do in New York City in February.

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Photo by Matthew Murphy
Photo by Matthew Murphy

Broadway Week

Through February 4

What’s better than Broadway? Broadway on a budget. Running through February 4, New York City’s Broadway Week is offering 2-for-1 tickets to some of the best musicals on stage right now. Treat yourself to a long-running favorite like Chicago or Wicked, or find out why Kimberly Akimbo won Best New Musical at the 2023 Tony Awards. Even notoriously hard-to-come-by tickets for shows like Hamilton and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child are included in this unbeatable deal, so don’t wait to book. And if you miss it, Off-Broadway Week is up next, with deals running from February 12 all the way until March 3. (Cross your fingers that Liev Schreiber’s upcoming Doubt: A Parable is included in the discounts.) Whether you have tickets on or off Broadway, Rockefeller Center has perfect pre- or post-show dinner and drink options, from happy hour at 21 Greenpoint to warming late-night wine and pasta at Jupiter.

Courtesy of Live Nation
Courtesy of Live Nation

Tina Fey & Amy Poehler Restless Leg Tour

February 7-18

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are award-winning actors, writers, producers, and best friends. While many will remember the comedic duo teaming up at 30 Rockefeller Plaza on their epic Saturday Night Live skits, they’re celebrating 30 years of friendship a bit further uptown at the Beacon Theatre. Fey and Poehler’s Restless Leg Tour will bring laughs to the Upper West Side from February 7 to 18, promising plenty of jokes and entertaining conversation amplified by the Beacon’s high-tech, immersive audio system. No doubt SNL fans will be in attendance. Tickets start at $241.

New York Fashion Week

February 9-14

Fashion’s biggest biannual event is back. New York Fashion Week runs February 9 to 14, with top designers putting their fall/winter 2024 looks on display on runways across the city, from Spring Studios in Tribeca to Skylight at Moynihan Station in Midtown West and beyond. A chic lineup of restaurants will also be serving special NYFW menus all week long, but if you’d rather stay home and watch in your finest pajamas, stream all the shows at nyfw.com. And if you’re itching to get a head start on your February fashion fix, what’s old is new again at the always fabulous Manhattan Vintage Show from February 2 to 4.

Photo by Ivan Kokoulin via Flickr
Photo by Ivan Kokoulin via Flickr

Chinese Lunar New Year Parade and Festival

February 10-25

Get ready to ring in the year of the dragon, symbolizing power, luck, and honor. The main event, the Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade, will weave through Chinatown and parts of Little Italy on February 25, and includes plenty of traditional food vendors and shops along its route. The parade starts at 1 pm at the intersection of Mott and Canal Streets, and you’ll want to get there early to grab a viewing spot. If you can’t make it to the parade, check out the New Year Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival on February 10, or dine at any of Chinatown’s restaurants for a festive celebration all month long.

Courtesy of NYBG
Courtesy of NYBG

The Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden

February 17–April 21

There is no more fragrant display of beauty in the Bronx than the New York Botanical Garden’s Orchid Show, and this year’s theme, “Florals in Fashion,” is perhaps its most glamorous iteration yet. The perfect complement to New York Fashion Week, the NYBG tapped contemporary designers Hillary Taymour, Olivia Cheng, and Kristen Alpaugh to create pieces inspired by the vibrant blooms, and it’s also inviting guests to “walk the runway” and show off their own orchid-like looks. Tickets are $35 for adults, $31 for students, and $15 for kids.

Photo by Elena Olivo; courtesy of the Apollo Theater
Photo by Elena Olivo; courtesy of the Apollo Theater

Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater

February 21-28

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. The careers of major artists ranging from Ella Fitzgerald and Lauryn Hill to Machine Gun Kelly all started at this legendary event at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. The grand prize for winning the Battle of the Bands–style competition is $20,000, and “child stars of tomorrow” ages 5 to 17 also get a chance to compete for $5,000. This is an interactive event, where boisterous audience members weigh in on the talent. Tickets start at $20.

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