February may be a short month but there’s a lot packed into it! Here are our favorite can’t-miss New York City happenings:
Soul on Ice Winter Skating Party – February 6
Grab your mittens and your cocoa and venture to the Lasker Rink in Central Park for this ice-stravaganza! The fundraiser features performances by students of the community organization Figure Skating in Harlem. Feeling inspired? Lace up your skates and glide onto the ice for open skate.
Bourbon Street comes to Brooklyn at this epic Mardi Gras celebration! The Jambalaya Brass Band set the evening’s raucous tone with their Orleans-style sound, while celebrity chef Michael Psilakis will serve up authentic NOLA cooking including fried shrimp, andouille sausage gumbo and a crawfish boil complete with corn on the cob and potatoes. And if you’re thirsty, sip on a deceptively strong, sugary-sweet hurricane mixed drink or Sazerac cocktail.
“Couples Romantic Cocktails for Valentine’s Day” – February 12
Sure, you could uncork a bottle of burgundy on February 14… or you and your date could craft cocktails at the Institute of Culinary Education under the tutelage of The Cocktail Guru himself, Jonathan Pogash. In the spirit of the holiday, the recipes you’ll learn use aphrodisiac ingredients like figs, pomegranates and chili peppers to spice up—literally and figuratively—your V-Day plans.
Chinese Lunar New Year Parade & Festival – February 14
Head down to Chinatown to celebrate Chinese New Year, where the streets will be lined with vendors selling red lanterns, confetti cannons and novelty noisemakers. Don’t miss cornerstone event the dragon parade (the dragon being a traditional symbol of good luck) winding through Chinatown into Little Italy. This year’s zodiac sign is the Monkey. People born in the Year of the Monkey are characterized as witty, industrious and curious. Learn your Chinese Zodiac sign and the most commonly associated personality traits here.
Fifth Annual Eat, Drink and Bloody Mary Contest – February 20
From the at-home mixologist to your favorite brunch spot, everyone has a “secret sauce” to give their Bloody Mary that extra kick: beef jerky-infused vodka, homemade Clamato juice, or a smoked chub fish garnish. But whose is the best? The fifth edition of this contest will settle this bet, as mixmasters from the culinary likes of Back Forty, Northern Spy Food Co., and dell’anima compete for the Judges’ and People’s Choice Trophies.