Looking Ahead: February


February may have only 28 days but there is a lot packed into this abbreviated month: the Super Bowl, Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras… And, foodies rejoice, this month is chock full of weeklong food and drink festivals! Pencil in these dates into your social calendar—a busy month means the days will fly by and, before you know it, spring will be here!



Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week, February 12 – 19 This year’s Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week will be especially significant, marking lots of firsts and lasts for this longstanding event. The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) acquired the Fashion Calendar, a detailed and meticulously organized timetable of the 300 shows and their locations. The CFDA will roll out a digital version, a first since the calendar’s creation in 1945. Meanwhile, this is the last season Lincoln Center will host the runway shows. Come fall, shows are expected to migrate downtown to the likes of Milk Studios and the Chelsea Piers. And longtime sponsor Mercedes-Benz will bow out of the shows after this season. These major shake-ups are going to affect Fashion Week as we know it so get ready to compare notes come September Fashion Week.



Restaurant Week, February 16 – March 6 If you’ve been dying to try the Tuscan fare and rich occobucco at Il Cantinori, but the $$$$ Yelp rating has you hesitating, mark February 2 on your calendar. That important date is when Restaurant Week reservations will be accepted. A semi-annual event when nearly 300 restaurants offer a prix-fix lunch or dinner menu, Restaurant Week allows you to indulge in high-end culinary experiences for a fraction of the cost. Although the promotion began in New York, cities nationwide have started their own Restaurant Weeks so you can dine out in your neighborhood!



Chinese New Year, February 19 February 19th marks the first day of the Lunar New Year and the beginning of the Chinese New Year festivities. The weeks long celebration is kicked off with a traditional Chinese parade of acrobats, marching bands, and dragon dancers. Based upon the Chinese Zodiac, 2015 is the Year of the Goat—also referred to as the Year of the Sheep or Ram. Like Western astrology, the Chinese Zodiac attributes specific personality traits to twelve different animal signs based upon your birth year. Learn your Zodiac sign here.



New York City Beer Week, February 20 – March 1 A little tired of your usual glass of Cabernet? Why not give a crisp pale ale from Bronx Brewery a try? Or, a flavorful dark draft from Queen’s Bridge and Tunnel Brewery? New York City Beer Week is a 10-day citywide celebration of micro-brews and craft beers from local breweries. Throughout the city, bars will offer a special sampling of craft brews, sample flights, and food and beer pairings. From Philadelphia to Tulsa, other cities are now hosting similar initiatives but, if you’ll be in New York, grab your tickets here.



The Orchid Show at New York’s Botanical Gardens, February 28 – April 19 By the end of February, the winter blues are settling in and spring feels impossibly far away. Enjoy a preview of spring’s blossoms and lush vegetation at the New York’s Botanical Garden’s annual Orchid Show. This year’s theme is Chandeliers; exotic orchids will beautifully spill from hanging baskets above pools of water so you can take in a full 360 view of these elaborate arrangements. This elegant presentation and cluster of florals will perk up your winter-worn spirits!