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NYC events in February 2017

It’s not all about Valentine’s Day, you guys. Here are the best NYC events in February 2017, from concerts to art shows.

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After a monastic January (giving up all your vices and spending nothing since the holidays cleared you out), it’s time to cut loose and take advantage of all the NYC events in February. Use our events calendar to guide you to the best things to do in the winter this month: Get a delicious meal during NYC Restaurant Week, re-tox yourself at during New York City Beer Week with some of the best beer crawls and check out romantic things to do during Valentine’s Day.

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Featured events in February 2017

Valentine’s Day in NYC

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.

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By: Tazi Phillips

Mardi Gras in New York

Every year, New York’s usual anxiety and chaotic charm turns laissez-faire via The Crescent City for Fat Tuesday. Mardi Gras in NYC is a typically rambunctious affair, featuring jazz music performances, funky shows, rich cajun cuisine, king cake and some of the best parties in New York. So, for your celebratory pleasure, here's our roundup of the city’s best Big Easy events.

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By: Jillian Anthony

Chinese New Year Parade

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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By: David Goldberg

NYC Restaurant Week

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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Watching the Super Bowl in NYC

Throw on your shoulder pads, perform your weird football ritual and get into the game with our guide to the best bars in NYC to watch the Super Bowl, plus how to chow down like a champion. And if you couldn’t give a hoot about the game, fear not! We’ve put together a list of the best football movies (and overall sports movies) to watch instead. Plus we’ll take you on a trip down memory lane with the greatest Super Bowl commercials of all-time.

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New York Fashion Week

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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By: Jennifer Picht

Music events in February 2017

Cloud Nothings

Cloud Nothings play the sort of scruffy fuzz-pop you've heard a million times, but thanks to the vocal pathos and songwriting smarts of frontman Dylan Baldi and the wiry muscle of bassist TJ Duke and drummer Jayson Gerycz, this Cleveland crew achieves a rare resonance. The band follows up its debut and a Wavves collaboration album with a wearier, more introspective collection of tunes, Life Without Sound.

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Webster Hall , Downtown Wednesday February 1 2017

Delicate Steve

"Delicate" Steve Marion and his five-piece band play layered tropicalia, jazzy bops, patterned post-rock and sinewy guitar jams. Trippy, uplifting stuff.

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Bowery Ballroom , Lower East Side Friday February 3 2017

Isaiah Rashad

Rashad, part of the same Top Dawg Entertainment crew that includes Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q, makes nuanced R&B-soaked hip-hop on his debut LP, The Sun's Tirade. Like his excellent 2014 mixtape Cilvia Demo, its a heady, hazy collection of emotionally all-in verses.

Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/CZR-E for The Come Up Show

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Highline Ballroom , Chelsea Tuesday January 31 2017 - Wednesday February 1 2017

Suuns + Brian Case

Montreal outfit Suuns blends clubby beats with densely layered, post-Radiohead art pop. Here the crew tours behind latest LP, 2016’s Hold/Still.

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Saint Vitus , Greenpoint Saturday February 11 2017


The UK singer's biggest hit so far was a feature on Drake's tortured soul-pop single "Too Much." His solo work demonstrates that Sampha's proclivities with an emotion-baring hook was no fluke.

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Terminal 5 , Hell's Kitchen Thursday February 9 2017

Japandroids + Craig Finn & the Uptown Controllers

“If they try to slow me down, I’ll tell them all to go to hell,” Brian King screams on “The House That Heaven Built,” the most blaring single from Japandroids' 2012 album, Celebration Rock. The band's been silent these past few years but no longer. The duo returns with a new album in tow, the spectacularly titled Near To The Wild Heart Of Life, that promises all the same cathartic audience sing-alongs of yore.

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Terminal 5 , Hell's Kitchen Thursday February 23 2017

Ariana Grande + Little Mix + Victoria Monet

With Dangerous Woman, her third album, Grande proved herself adept at making a range of pop styles her own, from the reggae-pop of "Side to Side" to hazy trap-influenced "Everyday." Whether she's able to anchor a stadium-sized blow out hinges on your fondness for EDM-soaked singles such as “Break Free” and “Love Me Harder.” One thing's for sure: She has the voice for it.

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Madison Square Garden , Midtown West Thursday February 23 2017 - Friday February 24 2017

Hamilton Leithauser

Leithauser, who's spent his post-graduation years since the Walkmen's 2013 "extreme haitus" releasing solo material, airs a collaborative project with another prestigious indie alumnus: Rostam Batmanglij, who recently departed sparkling indie-pop outfit Vampire Weekend. Their album, I Had A Dream That You Were Mine, is an impassioned collection of rock tunes that mix Leithauser’s patented charismatic crooning with Rostam's ear for polished melody.

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Music Hall of Williamsburg , Williamsburg Thursday February 23 2017 - Friday February 24 2017

Run the Jewels + Gaslamp Killer + Spark Master Tape + Cuz

Run the Jewels—the team-up of Definitive Jux hero El-P and quick-witted Atlanta MC Killer Mike—is a little slice of North-South hip-hop heaven, if you ask us. The group plays in support its sure-to-be stellar third record alongside the swirling pscychedelia of L.A. beatmaker the Gaslamp Killer.

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Terminal 5 , Hell's Kitchen Saturday February 25 2017 - Monday February 27 2017
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