11 Things to Do This January in NYC

New Year’s Day Swim at Coney Island Polar Bear Club

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January 1

Endure the cold for a cause by charging into icy Atlantic waters alongside other New Yorkers on the first day of the New Year, hosted by the oldest winter bathing organization in the country. Make sure to bring towels and clothes to warm up after the plunge!



Three Kings Day Parade

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January 5


Celebrate this Latin cultural tradition hosted by El Museo del Barrio for over 40 years in Manhattan’s museum district, featuring music, puppets, live camels, and dancing.



NYRR Joe Kleinerman 10k

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January 6

Fight the chill by getting your blood pumping in Central Park as part of this annual race for charity that starts sharply at 8am.



Winter Jazzfest

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January 10 – 17


The 14th annual edition of this festival features live performances and talks showcasing the best up-and-coming talent in jazz. Lineup is soon to be announced.



New York Jewish Film Festival

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January 10 – 23


Hosted by the Jewish Museum and Film Society of Lincoln Center, enjoy narrative and documentary films that highlight perspectives from Jewish communities around the globe.


NYC Broadway Week

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January 16 – February 4

Save big on Broadway’s biggest hits with discounted ticket prices offered for select shows throughout this week.


Winter Antiques Show

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January 19 – 28

The top arts, antiques, and design fair returns to the Park Avenue Armory to feature incredible exhibitions and special programming such as a Young Collectors Night and a lecture series.


NYC Restaurant Week

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January 23 – February 10

This semiannual celebration highlights New York’s best fine dining establishments for affordable prices, with prix fixe lunch and dinner menus.


Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival

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January 27

Head to The Tunnel in Manhattan for live music, souvenirs, and endless Southern eats, such as a bacon and biscuit tasting, a bacon eating contest, and whole hogs.


Central Park Winter Jam

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January 28

Bring the kids to this family-friendly outdoor event that includes ice sculpting, arctic golf, an ice slide, Quidditch, dodgeball, shuffleboard, and a winter market.


No Pants Subway Ride

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January TBD

Improv Everywhere, a comedy collective that holds unexpected performances in public spaces, brings this wacky tradition back to the New York City subway system. The event date will be announced in early December.

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