Everything Happening in NYC…Besides NYFW

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2/01/18

Often celebrated as the month of fashion, February in New York City becomes a hive of lucrative parties, designer goodies and celebrity sightings. It can all be a little overwhelming. But while everyone seems to have their eyes on the runway, it’s a good opportunity to shift focus and see what else is going on. Here’s everything happening in NYC… besides NYFW.

Mardi Gras

You don’t need to jet off to NOLA to become part of the Mardi Gras legacy. New York’s very own Fat Tuesday is celebrated on February 13 with jazz-funk performances, Big Easy Cajun eat-outs, and a troves of parties and events.

Check out Time Out’s comprehensive guide for a full listing of events, locations and recommendations.

Chinese New Year

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Leave behind the cattiness of NY fashion week in favor of the dog! Yes, 2018 marks the year of the pooch for the lunar year. On February 16, we hammer up a brand new calendar, celebrating a multitude of events in and around Chinatown.

For a full list of events, including the Firecracker festival, parade, and key places to taste, see here.

Dog Show

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Catwalks aren’t your thing? For some puppy love, we’re heading to The Westminster Kennel Club for their annual dog show. The dogs take to the runway on Monday 12 February.

Click through for event and ticket listings.

Fringe Theater

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The 2018 FRIGID Festival is a space for up-and-coming New York artists to reimagine the fringe festival genre. With key values in artistic determination and freedom of expression, the multi-show event will provide perfect escapism from the chaos of fashion week.

See here for shows and ticketing.

Fermentation Festival

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Kendall Jenner may have just been named the world’s highest paid model, but our favorite family of Ks is over in the fermented aisle. With kombucha, kraut and kimchi, the Fermentation Festival fizzes over to Brooklyn on February 24. It’s the perfect excuse to cross the East River and explore New York’s most populous borough.

For information on vendors, exhibitors and ticketing, click here.

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