Fairy Tale Fashion
February 1, Museum of FIT, Manhattan;
This imaginative exhibit looks at classic fairy tales, including those of Hans Christian Anderson and the Brothers Grimm, through the lens of high fashion. It explores the way clothing symbolizes characters’ transformation, vanity, power, or privilege—which could certainly go beyond the realm of fantasy.
Winter Wine Festival
February 6, PlayStation Theater, Manhattan;
One of Thrillist’s “17 Things You Have to Do in Winter in New York City,” the Winter Wine Festival is indeed a grand celebration of wine. With over 250 varieties from all over the world, artisan food sampling tables, a custom etched tasting glass, and three hours of live entertainment by Soul Train Music Award winner Alex Bugnon, this is the real deal. For the ne-plus-ultra experience, upgrade to the VIP Suite ticket.
New York Fashion Week
February 11-18, Various locations, Manhattan;
It’s back, to ease the winter melancholy, to adorn the city with colorful patterns and fresh inspiration. Fashion Week: what began as a group of private salon shows in 19th century Paris and is now a world-wide event that occurs in all four fashion capitals. We invite you to follow the action as we surely will be.
February 13, Central Park, Manhattan;
Start the Valentine’s weekend off right by taking your special someone (even the whole family of special someones) by the hand and strolling over to the Naumburg Bandshell for an afternoon of rare programming, including live performances by ice-carving artists, food trucks, a dance party, and more. For the full list of romantic activities for the big day, check our handy Valentine’s Day guide.
Film Comment Film Festival
February 17-24, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Manhattan;
Snow may cover the sidewalks, late afternoon gloom may obscure the faces in the streets, but illumination is never far away this month, thanks to events like Film Comment magazine’s annual festival. To be shaken, transported, and emerge—with the feeling of being alive—back into the everyday, reserve a ticket, on sale from February 4th.
The Orchid Show
February 27, New York Botanical Garden, Bronx;
In The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession, the writer Susan Orlean says about the world, “If I had been an orchid hunter…I think I would have seen it as acres of opportunity where the things I loved were waiting to be found.” Maybe you too will see what she meant when you attend the annual orchid showcase at the Haupt Conservatory, which includes a full schedule of activities for adults and children alike.
Brooklyn Museum: This Place
February 29, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn;
Set aside a day to view this moving exhibit, featuring over 600 photographs that explore the complexity of Israel and the West Bank through the eyes of 12 acclaimed photographers.