There’s much more to look forward to this month than a hot date with your boo thang (or yourself #selflove). Here’s a quick rundown of all the events worth checking out in NYC this month.
Winter Jam in Central Park | February 1, 2020
Missing the snow? Get your fix of the white stuff over at Central Park, where there will be a mini mountain of snow at Rumsey Playfield. Spend the afternoon ice bowling, curling, sledding, among the other snow day activities.
Exploring the African Burial Ground Memorial | February 4, 2020
If you’ve ever wanted to take a deep dive into the stories and meaning the African Burial Ground Memorial, then griot T. Rasul Murray’s talk will be perfect for you. Not to mention, it’s a good way to get your mind set for Black History Month.
New York Pet Fashion Show | February 6, 2020
Adorable pets sporting couture costumes? The only thing that’s stopping me from going is the ticket price. But if you’re willing to ball out to see a bearded collie covered in bling, don’t forget to tag me in the pictures.
National Pizza Day | February 9, 2020
It would be a sin to skip National Pizza Day, the holiest of food holidays. Whether it’s from a dollar pizza or the posh Pasquale Jones, make sure you have a slice. (Tip for the over-the-top pizza lovers: Koronet has the biggest pizza slices in the city.)
Restaurant Week| Ends February 9, 2020
Sure, Restaurant Week happens multiple times a year, but it truly is a great deal. Experiencing a five-star meal at a bougie restaurant for Applebee’s prices? You can’t pass that up. ($26 for a two-course lunch and $42 for a three-course dinner)
Open House at Fraunces Tavern Museum for George Washington’s B-Day | February 15, 2020
If you’ve been meaning to visit Fraunces Tavern but that $7 admission fee has been keeping you away, February 15 is your lucky day, because in celebration of our first president’s birthday, you can gain access to the museum for a single Washington.
New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show| February 15, 2020 – April 19, 2020
Springtime comes early at the New York Botanical Garden with their annual Orchid Show. But make no mistake; this isn’t just flowers on a table. You’ll be experiencing the artistic vision of Jeff Leatham, floral designer to the stars. Get ready for a “Kaleidoscope” of color.
African Pop-Up Festival | February 22, 2020
Head to Harlem for a day of food, music, and shopping, featuring products from entrepreneurs from all over the Diaspora. And did I mention that there’s going to be a rice dish contest. Once and for all, we’re going to decide who makes the best rice: Nigeria, Jamaica, Senegal, Ghana, or Haiti?
Black Culture Exhibits at the International Center of Photography | Now – May 18, 2020
It’s a good idea to check out these exhibits at ICP this month, not only because it’s Black History/Heritage Month, but because they happen to be both cool and thought-provoking. “I can Make You Feel Good” by Tyler Mitchell put black joy on display, while “Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop” explores hip-hop’s most iconic photos.
Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater | Every Wednesday
Now is as good a time as any to visit the Apollo Theater for its weekly Amateur Night. Legends were born on this iconic stage; maybe you might witness the next star.