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The Top 6 Things to Do in NYC in February 2020

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|by Mark Robinson |

From Fashion Week to the Chinese New Year Parade

February may be the shortest month of our year, but there are plenty of events and activities to fill your calendar in the Big Apple. From indoor to outdoor activities, from eye-opening cultural experiences to simply letting loose and having fun, there is something for everyone. And guess what? It’s Leap Year! You have a whole extra day to make this your most-memorable February yet. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Here's how to beat the winter blues in NYC this February (Photo: iStock)

Here's how to beat the winter blues in NYC this February (Photo: iStock)

Do You Want To Build a Snowman?
When it snows in the Big Apple, one rarely considers visiting come of the enchanting parks the city has to offer. Why not take an excursion to one of them and build a snowman in the open places of Central, Bryant, Washington Square, or Hudson River parks? Too cold for you? Well, if a snowman is on your mind and you aren’t interested in risking the frostbite, or the weather just isn’t cooperating, you can always make your way to Broadway’s St. James Theatre. There you can catch the Broadway musical Frozen in warmth and comfort. The Disney musical will make sure you get your fill of as much of the white stuff as you can handle (and they build a snowman that comes to life). Save up to 40% on Frozen tickets now! 

Winter Festival at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
From Feb. 7 through the 18, the Winter Festival at Lincoln Center will prove an inspirational respite from the cold. A foray into classical music, this year’s festival will feature the complete string quartet cycle of Beethoven, performed by the Danish String Quartet. The six-part concert series will be held at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. For memorable evenings enjoying one of history’s most-celebrated composers, the Winter Festival at Lincoln Center will surely be music to your ears.

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
February is Black History Month and the city brims with opportunities to engage, learn and listen. The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem will be offering a wide array of programs, films and discussions for the month. There will be a free public screening of the documentary Always in Season on February 3rd (about the lingering impact of African-American lynching), a discussion on “Housing Discrimination in the Jim Crow North and the Case for Reparations” on February 6, the 2020 Black Lives Matter Teen Conference on February 8, with more events to be found on their website.

The Chinese New Year Parade
The New Year’s celebration in Times Square may have come and gone, but according to the Chinese calendar, the time to celebrate is just beginning. Coinciding with the Lunar New Year, the Chinese New Year Parade is a colorful promenade through Lower Manhattan featuring stunning costumes, ornate dancing dragons, martial arts performers and many other surprises. Line up along the parade route on Feb. 9, 2020, for the festivities that commence at 4:30 p.m. Additionally, you will be well-positioned to enjoy Chinatown’s cuisine at the myriad restaurants there. What a great way to learn about, and immerse yourself in, another culture and its traditions.

Valentine’s Day in NYC
There is no doubt that New York City is one of the most romantic destinations in the world, from its glittering skyline at night, the charming nooks and crannies to enjoy a meal, to the stunning vistas from tall buildings that position you to look out for miles. The Bateux New York Dinner Cruise takes romance to the waterways of New York, with a sumptuous meal and dancing as you cruise your way past awe-inspiring historic landmarks and the skyline as your backdrop. The Rooftop Lounge Experience, presented by Corso Coffee, takes you to some of NYC’s finest rooftop lounges and bars. Drink in the nighttime sites from on high as you sip cocktails with that special someone.

Fashion Week
Feb. 2 through Feb. 12, the best in Haute couture is on display in the Big Apple. “Fashion Week” as it is better known is an exciting look at what world renowned designers have in store for us. Though the big fashion shows are a hard ticket to come by, there are several exciting ancillary events that you budding fashionistas can enjoy such as shows by private designers.

Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. His latest book, Sitcommentary: The Television Comedies That Changed America, was released on Oct. 15. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at

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