American Realness— January 7-17 Now in its seventh year, the fringe festival returns for its seventh consecutive season to the Abrons Arts Center in lower Manhattan and MoMA PS1 in Queens. A collection of modern artists’ dance, musical and oratory performances, as its name suggests, exhibitions in American Realness are raw and provocative commentaries about “real life.” In past years, artist Ivo Dimchev slyly poked fun at the modern art festival itself, satirizing the industry that he feels takes itself too seriously.
The New York Times Travel Show — January 8-10 See the world without ever leaving the city! The Times’ Travel Show brings together tourism boards and travel experts to discuss travel safety, insider tips and vacation trends like river cruises and wellbeing retreats. There will also be spectacular live performances of traditional dances throughout the weekend. After this, you’re definitely going to want to renew that passport.
Pinot Days New York — January 23 Red wine lovers rejoice! Thin-skinned pinot noir grapes are notoriously sensitive, requiring the optimum climate to grow. This makes pinot noir (or Red Burgundy) wine and the regions in which it is produced particularly special. At the Pinot Days New York wine festival, you can sample choice wines hailing from the pinot’s namesake region in Burgundy, France, to the west coast vineyards in the US. Grab your tickets and tasting glass quickly because public tickets are limited.
Winter Jam — January 23 Snow day: two beautiful words that bring out the giddy, mitten-clad child in all of us. At this year’s Winter Jam, hark back to those treasured winter days off in Central Park. This white wonderland offers all kinds of snow-bound activities like sledding, skiing and snowshoeing. Not one for winter sports? Build a snow fort in the Lake Placid Snow Field and challenge others to a snowball fight!
Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival — January 30 If your New Year’s resolution is to eat healthy, stop reading now or adopt the mantra, “Diet starts tomorrow.” It’s the 10th anniversary of the Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival, so crowds can expect a blowout of Southern cooking goodness! The morning kicks off with everyone’s breakfast favorite, bacon. The day ends with the carving of a whole smoked and roasted pig. Chase all that finger lickin’ BBQ down with a smoky bourbon or crisp beer. Then proceed straight to the couch to sleep it off.