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Things to do in New York today

The day's best things to do in New York—including free and cheap activities, concerts, screenings, shows, parties and more. It's your social emergency savior.

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Chinatown's Lunar New Year Parade

Steel drums, acrobats, martial artists, dancers, ornate floats and, obviously, the iconic dancing lions and dragons snake through Chinatown’s crowded streets for the 17th annual Chinese New Year Parade. The mouth-watering smells from the neighboring restaurants and the sounds of the traditional music meld to create a joyous, immersive experience. Begins at Mott and Hester Sts.

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Chinese New Year Parade Sunday February 14 2016
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Valentine's Day Planned Parenthood Benefit Concert and Dance

Single? Attached? Kinda unsure? Music Hall of Williamsburg's V-Day celebration does not discriminate. Grab your dancing shoes, because soul 45 guru Jonathan Toubin and others (Julianna Barwick, Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves, Parquet Courts' Austin Brown and the guys in Crocodiles) are providing the sweaty tunes. If you're flying solo, try the ’Burgified spin on The Dating Game, and if you're a single lady, ask for someone's hand during the Sadie Hawkins dance.

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Music Hall of Williamsburg , Williamsburg Sunday February 14 2016
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Ponycon

My Little Pony—the TV series and line of toys with outstanding hair— is becoming a movement. Attend the fourth annual gathering of Pony fans (including Bronies) to rejoice in art, performance, video and unrestrained Pony culture. Better make sure you deep condition your mane before convention time.

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Grand Prospect Hall , Park Slope Until Monday February 15 2016
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Romance Under the Stars

Eschew the dinner date on Valentine's Day and snap up tickets to this swanky soiree at the American Museum of Natural History's Rose Center for Earth and Space. The night begins among the asteroids (have a "heavenly bodies" quip ready) with an open bar of cocktails and champagne, passed hors d’oeuvres and chocolate, while a jazz quartet sets the mood with standards. An hour later, cozy up in the Hayden Planetarium while an astronomer tells lovey-dovey stories based on the mythology of the cosmos.

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Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space , Upper West Side Sunday February 14 2016
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Endless Night: New York Vampire Ball

This lavish annual affair brings out the creatures of the night for their annual "anti-Valentine's" soiree in the erstwhile Bank. An array of DJs provide the ebon aurals; while fanged performers dazzle onstage, absinthe and vodka will pour liberally. As you might expect, the evening boasts something of a dress code—we'd recommend rushing your velvet cape to the dry cleaner now.

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Slake , Midtown West Until Monday February 15 2016
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Evie M
Evie M

CHILIFEST at Chelsea Market Sunday January 31! A great way to warm up today!

bubblesoccernyc
bubblesoccernyc

Anyone interested in something a bit wacky and crazy fun - check out bubble ball soccer NYC. We have pick up games on Sundays (and can host private games for children's birthday parties / adult birthday, bachelor/bachelorette parties, and corporate / team building events)

http://www.bubbleballsoccernyc.com


In case you're not familiar w/ the game, this pic below just about sums it up

WE F
WE F

Is there a Takashi Murakami exhibit going on or something? Why is it the feature image?

Briana P
Briana P

Do TimeOut's 'undateables' include any senior citizens?   I haven't seen any, but maybe I missed something.    If you haven't featured any yet, it would be great to see some soon.   There are plenty of us around, and many of us are single.  And please - by senior citizens, I mean those of us who have actually passed our 65th birthdays.  Far too often, those in their 20's think of anyone over 40 as a senior.

As someone who is the same age as your guest editor, Susan Sarandon, I see a distinct lack of attention paid to the social needs of those in my decade of life who are not celebrities.   It would be great to see that change. Thanks!

Kerry A
Kerry A

I have a complaint: I'm an avid reader of the "Undateable" section in Time Out, where Time Out sets up two strangers on a date. Well, last week's article featured a boy who wrote extremely cruel things about his date. I understand you want people to be honest, but I can hardly support someone ripping their date to shreds publicly.

Melodie D
Melodie D

Calle 13 is doing a signing today at 6pm at El Barrio Music Center in Harlem!

Arlene
Arlene

So many different kinds of events. Not your usual touristy stuff , and free. Love this site.