It is always fun things happening in New York City [NYC], and February is no different—today, we are sharing our top picks of events happening in NYC this February, including a few events for Black History Month.
Here is a list of Events happening in NYC this February.
Arsenal Gallery: Heritage: Exploring the Past, Present, and Future in Black Art
Celebrate Black History Month at the Arsenal Gallery in Central Park with “Heritage: Exploring the Past, Present, and Future in Black Art.” This exhibition is FREE to the public. And will Feature artwork by NYC Parks’ employees exploring their Black heritage in various media. In addition, there are selections from a collection of vintage hip-hop flyers and vintage invitations produced by NYC Parks’ Ebony Society.
Artists included are Tuwanda Harmon and Preston R. Coston. Jr., Buddy Esquire [from the collection of Curtis Sherrod], and Claudette Ramos, curated by NYC Parks’ Ebony Society.
This exhibition will run from February 2 through March 9.
Mask-wearing is required to enter the gallery, and guests must sign in. Groups of five or more people can call (212) 360-8114 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to pre-register.
*The Arsenal Gallery will be closed on February 20, 2022.
830 Fifth Avenue—Upper East Side
The Comedy Special at Isla & Co
Isla & Co., which has NYC locations in Midtown at Hotel Hendricks and in Williamsburg adjacent to the William Vale, launched The Comedy Special this month, which will reward customers Monday through Friday, all day and night, with a specially priced first cocktail at $5 if they tell their waiter a joke.
The Aussie restaurant will keep the good vibes going with a $250 gift card giveaway to the guest with the funniest joke at the end of the month.
The winner will be able to return to experience more of the delicious menu full of Australian-inspired signatures from Executive Chef Matt Foley, like the Spicy Thai Green Curry, Braised Lamb Shoulder, and more.
Those interested in entering the giveaway can follow @islaandco on Instagram, DM them the joke told during their visit, and look out for a winner announcement at the end of the month.
107 N. 12th Street–Williamsburg
Drunk Black History
On February 23 at 8 PM, Comedians Brandon Collins [SXSW] and Gordon Baker-Bone [MTV] host this interactive show where prominent Black historical figures will finally get their due through drunken anecdotes from booked guests.
Music provided by DJ Shakir Standley [MTV]
Purchase tickets here.
The Bell House
149 7th Street—Gowanus
Roller Disco 70s Party
Think Donna Summer, ABBA, Bee Gees, and all the best of the ’70s.
Visit the Area53 Dumbo location on February 17th, 8 PM to 12 AM, to join our far-out 70s Roller Disco Party.
Break out those bell bottoms and the sexy seventies eyewear. Whatever your style, bring the 70’s fabulousness to your look and mood.
Manifest your inner Dancing Queen and show off those moves on the roller rink or chill in the lounge with some FREE games to the tunes of one and only disco superstar DJ SkipRage!
Let us get your groove on …you dig it?
February 17, 2023
8 PM to 12 AM
53 Bridge Street—Dumbo
Before Yesterday We Could Fly: An Afrofuturist Period Room
Experience this ongoing exhibit at THE MET. The title, Before Yesterday We Could Fly, is inspired by Virginia Hamilton’s legendary retellings of the Flying African tale, which celebrates enslaved peoples’ imagination, creative uses of flight, and the significance of spirituality and mysticism to Black communities amid great uncertainty.
Seneca Village—a vibrant nineteenth-century community of predominantly Black landowners and tenants—flourished in an area just west of The Met, in what is now Central Park. By the 1850s, the village comprised fifty homes, three churches, multiple cemeteries, a school, and many gardens.
It represented an escape from lower Manhattan’s crowded and dangerous confines and a site of opportunity, ownership, freedom, and prosperity. In 1857, to make way for the park, the city used eminent domain to seize Seneca Village land, displacing its residents and leaving only the barest traces of the community behind.
Plan your visit to THE MET.
1000 Fifth Avenue—Central Park
The Safe Poet’s Space
Poetry night featuring talented poet Mel Chante followed by an open mic segment on February 10 from 7 to 10 PM. The ticket includes complimentary snacks and drinks.
234 Water Street—Dumbo
In My Feelings Valentine’s Day Edition Party
Let love win during In My Feelings, a Valentine’s Day Party at Bar Schimmi on Friday, February 10th. Guests can show off their fave moves on a dazzling dance floor, enjoy a full-service bar, and party while listening to hits from DJ Milhouse, Shad P, Billionaire Pat, and Cole B.
Enjoy your favorite tracks and entertainment from hosts Stef Stay Flee, Scrillz, and Panama Da Prince.
Tickets for early bird pricing cost $20, GA is $30, and ladies who arrive before 11:30 PM with an RSVP ticket will gain free entry. Doors open at 10 PM, and the party continues until 4 AM.
Order VIP bottle service by emailing email@example.com and buy tickets HERE now.
60 N 11th Street—Williamsburg
Food Culture through the Lens of Fashion
Indulge at an in-person event at Demo Kitchen at Ace Hotel Brooklyn, an evening of Food and Fashion on February 15 from 7 to 8 PM.
Food Culture through the Lens of Fashion at with The Museum at FIT’s curator of education and research, Melissa Marra-Alvarez, and associate curator of costume, Elizabeth Way, who will speak in conversation with food studies scholar Fabio Parasecoli about their most recent book, Food & Fashion, which examines the ways that food culture has expressed itself in fashion over the last 250 years.
Demo Kitchen by Ace Hotel Brooklyn
252 Schermerhorn Street—Boerum Hill
Black Tarot Gallery Show
Aura’s Sol presents Black Tarot Card Gallery Show. Spiritual and Wellness Vendors! It includes Music, Vibes, and Raffles.
February 4, 2023
7 PM to 11 PM
369 Park Avenue—Brooklyn
Descendants: An Afrohouse Experience w/ Breyth (Angola/Portugal) & More
DESCENDANTS is a global Afro & Culturally Inspired Electronic Music Events Platform based out of New York. It is the place where beautiful souls gather in beautiful places to experience AfroHouse and other culturally inspired electronic music truly. Amulti-sensory experience with an in-house curated visual experience.
On February 18, experience a unique line-up of artists, headlined by the Angolan native Breyth, who is making his U.S. debut.
February 18, 2023
11 PM to 4 AM
1327 Willoughby Avenue—Bushwick
Brooklyn Hearts Club Presents Figure Drawing at Crystal Lake
Crystal Lake will host a Figure Drawing Class presented by Brooklyn Hearts Club on February 9 from 7:30 PM to 10 PM. All experience levels are welcome to participate in the fun, and limited art supplies will be available for sale. In addition, Crystal Lake’s bar and Bitchn Kitchn will be open, so grab a cocktail, tasty snack, and your easel and join in the fun, including a live model posing for two rounds of art-making.
February 9, 2023
7:30 PM to 10 PM
647 Grand Street—Williamsburg
MajorStage Presents: Akil B. Strange at The Meadows (Late Show)
Come to The Meadows to see Akil B. Strange live on February 9 at 9 PM The Meadows.
17 Meadow Street—Williamsburg
Valentine’s Day at Cherry On Top
Visit Cherry On Top on St. Valentine’s Day eve, February 14, for a night of wine, jazz, and love. Happy hour is at 5, and jazz starts at 7.
379 Suydam Street—Bushwick
Ring in Black History Month and celebrate twenty-five years of First Saturdays on February 4. This month’s theme honors the legacy of Black artistic production in Brooklyn.
The evening’s events vibrate with the creative excellence of Black artists shaping the borough’s culture today and throwback performers who put First Saturdays on the map.
200 Eastern Parkway—Prospect Park
“For The Love Of Brooklyn” [[Valentine’s Dinner After Party]]
All singles & couples are welcome to party on Valentine’s night at Viva Toro on February 14.
987 Grand Street—Williamsburg
Comedy for the Soul – A Black Herstory Month Celebration
On February 23 at 7 PM, experience A Black Herstory Month Celebration w/ Joanna Briley, Heidi Grandberry, April Boddie, Lauren Davis, Whitney Allen, Mezzy D, & More.
Purchase tickets here.
The Stand [Upstairs]
116 East 16th Street—Union Square
Black Future Festival
Join Brooklyn Children’s Museum and cultural curator Adia Tamar Whitaker for Black Future Festival from February 19 to the 26th. A week of reflection and future-forward fun inspired by the national celebration of peoples of the African Diaspora and Black History Month.
BCM presents a week-long experience featuring interactive dance, historical explorations, art projects, music, and more.
Black Future Festival tickets grant all-day access to BCM’s exhibits and festival programs, regardless of AM or PM session selection.
Purchase tickets here.
145 Brooklyn Avenue–Crown Heights.
Comment below and share your best events happening in NYC this February.