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    New York in February: guide to the city's parades and events

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    Something new always happens in New York. However, there are also fixed appointments that make each month of the year special and unmissable and provide one more reason (if ever it were needed) to visit the city. So here's a rundown of New York's major events in February.

    Index

    • The climate of New York in February
    • The main events in the city
    • Chinese New Year & Lunar New Year Parade
    • The Orchid Show
    • Women's fashion week
    • Valentine's Day treasure hunt
    • Culinary events and tastings
      • Brooklyn Wine Fest
      • Chocolate Tasting
      • Restaurant Week

    The climate of New York in February

    The shorter month of the year can hold several surprises for those visiting the Big Apple. The first days of February, in fact, are usually quite cold and wet, with the likelihood of short snowfalls. The morning is often characterized by temperatures ranging from -3 to -4 ° C, while in the early afternoon they are almost 5 ° C above zero. The further you go, however, the more you are certain that temperatures will reach acceptable levels (around 6/7 ° C).



    To get an overview of what winter in the Big Apple can offer you, I invite you to read our in-depth study dedicated to the climate of New York.

    The main events in the city

    February, as well as the other months of the year, guarantees the possibility of having fun around the city: participating in fashion shows and open-air events, such as the Lunar New Year Parade, admiring stylish creations during New York Fashion Week, or still letting yourself be enchanted by the beauty of nature, by visiting the Orchid Show.


    Chinese New Year & Lunar New Year Parade

    Officially, the new year for the Asian community of New York (but also for all the others) begins on January 25th. The celebrations, however, are not reduced to a single night, but go on for about 15 days. The highlight of the scheduled events takes place on 9 February with the Chinese New Year Parade, a lively and unique multicolored parade, including dancing dragons, traditional scenographic costumes, martial arts performances, bursts of firecrackers. The event, totally free, starts at 13pm and ends at 16.30pm.


    • Where: the parade starts on Mott and Canal Street, continues along East Broadway towards Manhattan Bridge, goes around Sara D. Roosevelt Park, continues on Forsythe and Eldridge Street, to finish on Grand Street.

    The Orchid Show

    The annual orchid show is a popular floral event for both New Yorkers and passing tourists. Flowery installations and compositions will transform the exhibition area into a kaleidoscope of colors. Orchids intertwined to form natural arches, tunnels and sculptures, common, rare and iconic flowers, all together in a fragrant and different show.

    Admission to the show costs $ 23 on weekdays and $ 28 on weekends.

    • Where: New York Botanical Garden, all’interno dell’Enid A. Haupt Observatory, 2900 Southern Blvd., The Bronx.

    Women's fashion week

    It is one of the most anticipated events of the year, where sartorial art meets design (and much more). There New York Fashion Week brings established stylists (from Jimmy Choo to Giuseppe Zanotti, from Armani to Dsquared2) and emerging designers, models from all over the world, shows and chic happenings to the Big Apple.


    Although most of the shows are closed to the public, by invitation only, there are a few that are also open to cat-walk enthusiasts (subject to online registration). Imagine, therefore, that you are not only in the city that never sleeps, one of the most fascinating and sought-after metropolises in the world, but also at the forefront of organic and impalpable fabrics.

    • When: from 2 to 8 February
    • Where: different locations in the city.

    Valentine's Day treasure hunt

    For once, why not leave chocolates and flowers aside, and spend an unusual Valentine's Day? This 3-hour treasure hunt will take participants to seek clues, pass trials and challenge their limits up and down the Big Apple.


    A unique and special way to celebrate the day, together with your partner or with friends. Some tips: wear comfortable shoes, get a metro card and download the ScanQuest App necessary to proceed along the path of the treasure hunt. The cost of the ticket is $ 25.

    • WhereDeparture is from Slattery's Midtown Pub, at 8 36th Street.

    Culinary events and tastings

    Brooklyn Wine Fest

    Fans of white, red or rosé, whatever your favorite wine, you can taste it at the Brooklyn Wine Fest. Hundreds of different nectars, from all over the world, for a day among intercontinental stands. The festival offers approximately 150 different labels, from Chile to Australia, from Spain to endemic wines.


    In addition to wine, many specialty tasting counters such as empanadas or raw fish, up to the inevitable cookies. During the event, then, you can have fun watching dance and music performances, as well as participate in interactive games.

    Admission to the Brooklyn Wine Fest costs $ 60 and includes a glass for tastings, unlimited wine tastings, access to live music shows and food stalls (but tastings of local and international specialties are paid separately).

    • Where: Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble Street, Brooklyn

    Chocolate Tasting

    There is (or almost) no Valentine's Day celebration that does not include something sweet, preferably made with chocolate. Every February, in New York, the Chocolate Tasting is held, designed for couples, but also for singles. Sweetness, after all, is good for anyone.

    Here, therefore, that on this occasion not only can you taste different types of chocolates, from milk to dark, sipping an excellent glass of wine, but you also have the opportunity to meet talented theater artists who, on the occasion of the happening, meet the public. The event aims to raise funds each year for a different purpose (from climate change, to aid to minorities).


    • Where: People's United Bank, 250 Park Avenue at 47th Avenue.

    Restaurant Week

    Did you know that this event, now popular in all the major cities of the world, was launched for the first time in New York in 1992? During its first edition, the Restaurant Week involved about 95 places scattered throughout the Big Apple, many of which normally unreachable by most.

    Over the years, the event has increasingly taken on the aim of celebrating the variety and diversity of gastronomy that can be tasted in New York. During 3 weeks, visitors have the unique opportunity to experience different types of cuisine, in the best restaurants in the city, for a fixed amount (2 courses for $ 26, 3 courses for $ 42).

    • Where: throughout the city.
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