February in Lower Manhattan: 7 Things to Do

February in Lower Manhattan: 7 Things to Do

It’s hard to believe January, “the Monday of months,” is finally over. Provided you’ve thawed out from the recent polar vortex and the record-breaking low temps it brought to the Northeast, it’s time to start planning your February. Here are seven awesome events happening right here in Lower Manhattan, including Chinese New Year celebrations and Valentine’s Day-related happenings.

1. Lunar New Year 2019 Celebration at Brookfield Place

February 9
2pm – 3:15pm
Brookfield Place, 225 Liberty Street

Ring in the Lunar New Year with a family-friendly performance presented by Arts Brookfield in partnership with the New York Chinese Cultural Center. See the signature Lion Parade as well as traditional Chinese dance and music, a martial arts demonstration and theatrical plays, with performers in full traditional makeup and garb. Seating is first-come, first-served and early arrival is suggested.

2. A Taste of Cioccolato

February 9
12pm – 5pm
Eataly, 4 World Trade Center

Eataly Downtown has invited some of their finest chocolatiers to showcase decadent creations, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Meet the chocolatiers themselves, learn how chocolate is made and taste a variety of cioccolato throughout the marketplace. Grab a glass of vino while you’re at it and you’ve got the perfect romantic experience. No need to register in advance – simply stop by and indulge.

3. “Puppy Love” Adoption Event with Q&A Hotel + Bideawee

February 15
11:30am – 3:30pm
Q&A Hotel, 70 Pine Street

If you haven’t already heard, Q&A Hotel is welcoming some very special guests of the furry, four-legged kind to its lobby the day after Valentine’s Day: puppies. In partnership with local pet rescue and animal welfare organization Bideawee, stop by February 15 to get to know some adoptable puppies and potentially add a new member to your family.

Should you be interested in adopting a puppy, Bideawee’s knowledgeable volunteers will be available to help you find the right pet to match your lifestyle. All of the animals have been vaccinated and behaviorally evaluated. Bideawee, which has a history spanning over 116 years, is the leading pet welfare organization serving metropolitan New York and Long Island.

4. Winter Wine & Food Festa: Spread the Love Edition

February 15
6pm – 8pm
Eataly, 4 World Trade Center

Celebrate the month of love at Eataly Downtown. Bring your significant other or special friends, family members or co-workers and spend an Eatalian night imbibing unlimited tastes at this two-hour event. Enjoy Italian chocolates, a guided tasting of artisanal cheeses, oysters and a variety of romantic dishes paired with wines and cocktails. Over 20 wines and 10 different small bites will be served. Tickets are $65 each.

5. Washington’s Birthday Open House

February 16
11am – 5pm
Fraunces Tavern Museum, 54 Pearl Street

Commemorate George Washington’s birthday and Presidents’ Day at Fraunces Tavern Museum with admission for only $1! Be sure to check out the Scott Gallery, featuring current exhibition “A Stoic Countenance: Portraits of George Washington.”  You can even see a lock of Washington’s hair and a fragment of his tooth in the McEntee Gallery.

6. Chinese New Year Parade

February 17
1pm – 4:30pm

If you couldn’t make the celebration at Brookfield Place or just want to welcome the Year of the Pig once again, head to Chinatown’s annual Chinese New Year Parade. The procession heads down Mott and Canal Streets, continues onto East Broadway toward the Manhattan Bridge and curves up through Sara D. Roosevelt Park via Forsythe and Eldridge Streets toward Grand Street. Witness dragon dancing, stunning outfits, martial art performers and firecrackers.

7. Brookfield Place Presents: Best Brews of New York

February 21 (repeats every Thursday through March 14)
4pm – 9pm
Brookfield Place, 225 Liberty Street

See Brookfield Place’s Winter Garden transform into a Winter Biergarten this month. Breweries from all five boroughs and beyond will pour samples on a rotating basis every Thursday for four weeks, with the top brewers returning each week to compete for the final title of Best Brew. This year’s participating breweries include Southern Tier Brewing Company, Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, Greenport Harbor Brewery, Blue Point Brewing Company, Bronx Brewing and Sixpoint Brewery. Admission is free of charge.