NYC events in February 2019

The best NYC events in February 2019 range from things to on Valentine's Day to epic winter festivals
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By Jennifer Picht and Time Out contributors |
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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 2019

Valentine's Day in NYC
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Things to do

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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Things to do

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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Things to do, Exhibitions

The Westminster Dog Show

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. 

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

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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Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz
Restaurants

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.

Things to do

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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Shopping

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.

Chinese Lunar New Year parade
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Things to do, Festivals

Flushing Lunar New Year Parade

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This annual parade in Queens is actually three years older than Manhattan's raucous Chinatown jaunt. The event kicks off with an opening reception at Historic St. George's Church (9:30–10:30am), during which you can warm up with hot coffee, load up on baked goods and then take to the streets.

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Things to do, Festivals

Chinese New Year Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival

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Unfriendly ghosts should steer clear of Sara D. Roosevelt Park on Feb 5 when the Better Chinatown Society lights hundreds of thousands of firecrackers to welcome the Year of the Pig and ward off evil spirits. In addition to the pyrotechnics, there are lion dances and decorations giveaways, plus craft vendors and food booths where you can get your fill of traditional delicacies. It’s said that the more dumplings you eat at the celebration, the more money you’ll make in the year ahead, so come hungry.

Things to do, Performances

Never Sleep Alone

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Grand mistress of getting you laid Dr. Alex Schiller (conceived and played by Roslyn Hart) calls you onstage to complete matchmaking challenges, kiss strangers and drop your inhibitions at this live musical comedy seminar. Bring your A-game for the after-party.

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Music events in February 2019

National Sawdust
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Music, Dance and electronic

Jojo Abot

Ghanaian artist Jojo Abot proffers a blend of African rhythms, R&B and rap on her two EPs, 2015's Fyfya Woto and 2017's NGIWUNKULUNKULU. Considering Abot's fiercely individual sound, not to mention her inescapable charisma live, we hope there are many more to come. She presents her multi-media show, "Power to the God Within," as part of her residency at National Sawdust.

Shilpa Ray
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Music, Rock and indie

Shilpa Ray + The Dreebs + Sharkmuffin

Enthralling local punk-cabaret chanteuse Shilpa Ray celebrates her recent album, Door Girl, inspired by her stint working the door at Manhattan venue Pianos. Dig into new tunes like "You're Fucking No One" and "Manhattanoid Creepazoids," which hopefully don't hit too close to home.

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Music

The Radio Dept.

This Swedish indie-pop band unfortunately spent the majority of its years following 2010's celebrated Clinging to a Scheme embroiled in unsuccessful legal battles with its record label rather than making music. The turmoil, however, inspired a host of darker, matured songs on the crew's long-awaited followup, Running Out Of Love, a self-described "dystopian album" released last year that addresses the many conservative, reactionary threads circulating in the world's current political climate. Catch the lo-fi pop obscurists return to the city or risk waiting another half-decade for their next appearance.

Girlpool
Photograph: Alice Baxley
Music, Rock and indie

Girlpool + Land of Talk (solo) + Forth Wanderers

As folk-punk duo Girlpool, high school friends Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker weave complex vocal interplay—unison shouts along with lilting harmonies—above spare guitar melodies. Performing now as a larger ensemble, the band adds a fuller sound and the jolt of live percussion to the stark songs of its sophomore album, Powerplant.

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Umfang
Photograph: Luis Nieto Dickens
Music

Sophie

Like many producers, avant-dance producer Sophie initial days were shrouded in mystique: hyper-saccharine singles like "Bipp" and live shows veering on veritable performance art—faux soda advertisements included—bespoke not only a keen ear for radio pop sensibilities, but a complex anti-capitalist critique of the form as well. Fast-forward to 2017 and the producer's new music video "It's Okay to Cry" demolishes those barriers—between her visage and her name, synthetic and organic, virtual and real—in a captivating performance of vulnerability, her face front and center, singing behind fantastical, digitally-rendered landscapes. Just like she did in 2013, Sophie is poised to transform contemporary electronic music scene yet again, and she knows it: the upcoming debut is called Whole New World.

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Sleigh Bells
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Music, Rock and indie

Sleigh Bells

Mixing bubblegum-snapping, cheerleader aesthetics and AC/DC hard-rawk brashness, this bombastic noise punk duo sounds like no one else. Expect to hear songs from their most recent release, Jessica Rabbit, which includes standout track, the spacey, subdued synth ballad "Hyper Dark."

John Maus
Photograph: Courtesy Jennifer Juniper Stratford
Music, Rock and indie

John Maus

Former Ariel Pink collaborator and underground hero John Maus makes captivating, retro-leaning synth pop. It's tuneful, bright, consistently weird and, on his latest, Screen Memories, delightfully expansive. His charged stage presence only adds to the appeal.

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Wye Oak
Photograph: Courtesy Shervin Lainez
Music, Classical and opera

Wye Oak + William Brittelle

Show up for an evening of expansive sounds spanning classical, electronic and rock music at this genre-melding show. Baltimore indie duo Wye Oak teams up with Metropolis Ensemble and Brooklyn-based composer William Brittelle to present orchestral versions of songs from its 2014 effort, Shriek. Also on the program is the world premiere of Brittelle's song cycle, Spiritual America, performed by Wye Oak, Metropolis Ensemble and Brooklyn Youth Chorus. 

American Nightmare
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Music, Punk and metal

American Nightmare + Pissed Jeans + Protester + Spiritual Cramp

Cold Cave's dark prince of neo-new-wave, Wesley Eisold, resurrected his storied hardcore outfit in 2015, and this year sees American Nightmare releasing its first album in 15 years. The self-titled effort, which features bassist Josh Holden, guitarist Brian Masek and drummer Alex Garcia-Rivera, sees daylight February 16. You'll hear from it here, when the band shares a bill with rowdy Pennsylvania noise punks Pissed Jeans.

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