February isn’t the first month that comes to mind when thinking of city festivals, but New York isn’t like most cities. In NYC, we keep the festival fun going year-round—even during the heart of winter. Whether you want to try a craft ale at a Brooklyn beer hall or take the family to see the new features in children’s films, here are the best festivals in town this month.
Chinese New Year Festival
Every year the streets of Chinatown ring in the Lunar New Year with their highly anticipated parade complete with dragon dancing, firecrackers, and beautifully colorful outfits. 2020’s festival on Sunday, February 9th marks the welcoming of the year of the rat, a year known for its auspiciousness in bringing wealth in all of its forms. Join in on the celebration just a twelve-minute cab ride away from The Wagner by watching the parade at 1 pm and enjoying the activities and treats of the festival to follow in Chinatown.
Best of Brooklyn Food & Beer Festival
Start the month off right with a tasting of local craft brews and eats at the 4th Annual Best of Brooklyn Food & Beer Festival at Industry City on February 1st. Beer lovers will savor the unlimited tastings from all of the “Best of Brooklyn” brew winners, including Braven Brewing Company, Brooklyn Brewery, Coney Island Brewing Company, and SixPoint. And if variety is a concern, you can always take a break from the brews with a cocktail from Johnnie Walker & Bulleit or fill up on gourmet foods by local restaurants and artisans.
Harkness Dance Festival
This annual celebration of modern dance returns for its 2020 edition with the theme “Passport to Dance.” Beginning on February 21st, this month-long event is the first all-international edition of the festival that will showcase the works of five choreographers from Korea, Canada, Northern Ireland, Japan, and Spain. Dancers and enthusiasts of the art form won’t want to miss the opportunity to see these works that have never before been presented in the US.
New York International Children’s Film Festival
For over twenty years, the New York International Children’s Film Festival has presented thoughtful, provocative, and intelligent films that aim to redefine the idea of what makes a “kid movie.” This year’s festival, starting on February 21st, will include a diversity of genres from obscure animated shorts to full-length, live-action dramas appropriate for kids of all ages and backgrounds. The festival is widely popular among children and their adults, so be sure to order your tickets beforehand.