There’s one part of the year that most people like to run and hide indoors: winter (and by winter, I usually mean late January and mid-February). Though it may still be comparatively mild this year, don’t run and hide at the first glimpses of snow. There are still plenty of fun things to do during this largely depressing time.
- NYC Restaurant Week: More than 300 restaurants are offering three-course dinners for $38 (with lunch deals at $25). (January 18 through February 5)
- NYC Winter Wine Festival: Sip a huge, global selection of over 250 amazing wines while enjoying live jazz! You’ll get a custom-etched glass to keep too. (February 6)
- Super Bowl 50 at a Great NYC Restaurant: Find someplace awesome to enjoy this historic football game, like one with several huge screens. (February 7)
- Mardi Gras at the Bell House: Feel like your in New Orleans in New York when you visit a local party, such as the one happening at the Bell House. (February 9)
- Cupid’s Undie Run: Cold? What cold? When you’re running a mile-or-so race in your underwear trying to raise money for neurofibromatosis research, you don’t feel cold. (February 13)
- Chinese Lunar New Year Parade: This year will be the year of the monkey, and I think Chinatown will have a parade you’ll go ape over! (February 14)
- New York Fashion Week: Posh fashion, editors, stylists, and models are going to be flooding the streets of New York. There are several free events that average folks can attend, too. (February 11 through 18)
- New York Beer Week: Warm up by sipping fresh, local brews at one of the numerous events happening across the city during this week. (February 19-28)
- New York Whiskey Live: If wine and beer isn’t warming you up, go for the good stuff. (February 24)
Anytime Ideas for Getting Warm
- Enjoy winter sports: Go ice-skating at one of the several rinks in the area. The rink at Rockefeller Center may be far less busy now that the holiday season is over. You can also enjoy sledding at Pilgrim Hill or Riverside Park.
- Visit a museum: Again, this low-traffic time of year is a perfect time to visit frequently trodden trails, such as those at great museums like the Guggenheim or MoMa. A balmy museum-like activity for families could include a visit to the conservatory at the New York Botanical Garden.
- Take an arts or crafting class: If you’ve thought about learning how to do something, whether that be knitting, pizza-making, or tightrope-walking, February might be the time. Get out and start learning something fun at the Brooklyn Brainery or a local community college.
- Snuggle up and enjoy some great new shows: I have a confession to make: This is my favorite thing to do in February. There’s nothing wrong with just taking a weekend for rest and relaxation. Get some hot chocolate and a blanket and curl up with any one of these great shows: Fuller House, Love, Chelsea Does, and Flaked will be coming to Netflix, as will the next season of Daredevil in March. HBO will be premiering Animals. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is coming to the CW. There are a lot of good things happening to hold us over before Game of Thrones comes back in April.