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NYC events in February 2020

The best NYC events in February 2020 range from things to on Valentine's Day to epic winter festivals

By Shaye Weaver and Collier Sutter
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After a money-sucking December and a resolution-filled January, it’s time to take the pressure off and enjoy yourself during the best NYC events in February. Our event calendar includes some of the best things to do in winter as well as some epic Valentine’s Day events (which you should totally still attend even if you're single). This month is also a good excuse to take advantage of our winter getaways list, so plan your escape from the city and keep your fingers crossed for a little bit of snow to add to the winter wonderland aesthetic.

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Featured events in February 2020

Cupid's Undie Run 2013
Photograph: Eric H. Brown

1. The Cupid’s Undie Run

Things to do Quirky events

Need a little help getting into the Valentine’s Day spirit? Sign up to dash through the streets in your skivvies at the annual Cupid’s Undie Run. Not only is this rowdy, raucous sprint one of the best things to do in winter, it also raises tons of money for the Children's Tumor Foundation. After the event, put some clothes on and head to one of the city's best bars with fireplaces to warm up. 

14th Annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival, 2013
Photograph: Filip Wolak

2. Chinese New Year Parade

Things to do Festivals

This month, Chinatown gets stormed by dragons, dancers and some of the best Chinese food the city has to offer in celebration of the Lunar New Year. But before you get lost in the bang of firecrackers, check out some of the best things to do in Chinatown, NYC. Brace yourself for what’s sure to be a wild celebration with the Chinese New Year Parade!

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Valentine's Day in NYC
Photograph: Shutterstock

3. Valentine’s Day in NYC

Things to do

To help you have an enjoyable time on and around February 14, we’ve come up with Valentine’s Day ideas that should help you plan the Goldilocks of dates: one that’s not too cheap, not too expensive, not too over the top and not too uncaring—it’ll be just right.

Jumaane Williams, New York City Council Member (Brooklyn 45th District) - The Drum Major Instinct
Photograph: Courtesy David Andrako

4. Black History Month

Things to do

One of the best things to do in February is celebrate Black History Month. NYC offers many ways you can show your appreciation for African-American culture. Take a tour through the historic neighborhood of Harlem followed by dininig at one of the best Harlem restaurants. You can also take a trolley tour through Green-Wood Cemetery where notables like Susan Smith McKinney Steward (the first female black doctor in New York State) are buried. 

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Photograph: Lauren Spinelli and Kelsey Dubinsky

5. The Westminster Dog Show

Things to do Exhibitions

You’ll howl with joy at the Westminster Dog Show, at which hundreds of dog owners and all types of breeds (including brand-new ones) are primped and prepped to compete in agility challenges and for the highly coveted title of Best of Breed. 

orchid show
Photograph: Courtesy New York Botanical Garden

6. The Orchid Show in NYC

Things to do Exhibitions

A dreamy spray of orchids to enliven your winter bones is on the way to The New York Botanical Garden for its annual Orchid Show with designs by floral designer Jeff Leatham. If you’re not familiar, The New York Botanical Garden’s Orchid Show exhibits thousands of species of beautiful blossoming orchids, and it’s one of the best NYC events in February, and is one of the best things to do in The Bronx. While Macy's has its Flower Show, which is worth seeing in its own right, the NYBG's orchid show has been running for 18 years and has only gotten better. RECOMMENDED: See more of the best things to do in winter What is the Orchid Show NYC? The balmy and bountiful festival this year is titled The Orchid Show: Jeff Leatham’s Kaleidoscope. The display will transform the garden's conservatory into a tunnel of hypnotic floral designs reminiscent of a look through a kaleidoscope. "Color is the first and most important aspect of my work, always," Jeff Leatham says. "I want every gallery to be a different color experience for visitors as they move through them, like looking into a kaleidoscope. I loved kaleidoscopes as a child. You start dreaming as you look through one. People have seen the interiors of the Conservatory already, but with this exhibition, I want them to look through them like never before." And as usual, there will be special Orchid Evenings during which visitors can enjoy the attraction after dark and see the Supertrees, including a gorgeous display of lights

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Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

7. NYC Restaurant Week

Restaurants

The twice-annual discount dining event NYC Restaurant Week offers cheap dining deals at more than 300 restaurants in New York. From trendy newcomers to fine-dining standbys, the event draws bargain-hunting New Yorkers to try out new restaurants and revisit old favorites serving cheap eats.

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Photograph: PIXELFORMULA/REX USA

8. New York Fashion Week

Shopping

No ticket to the shows? Don’t worry—feel like a fashion insider with our ultimate guide to NYFW. Tickets to the runway shows aren’t available to the general public, but newsflash: you don’t have to be part of the elite fashion world to feel like an insider. Maybe you don’t have a front-row seat to the shows or a spot reserved next to Anna Wintour, but don’t fret—we’ve got you covered. From free New York Fashion Week events you can actually attend to tips on how to get noticed by street style photographers, we’ll make sure to keep you in the loop.

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Coney Island Sand Castles 2015
Photograph: David Williams

The best beaches in NYC

Things to do

A visit to one—if not all—of the best beaches NYC has to offer is needed when temperatures become hot and sticky.

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