NYC's Best Winter Performing Arts Festivals

Carianne Carleo-Evangelist

Winter in New York City brings events and entertainment to suit all tastes, with holiday traditions leading the way. Seasonal favorites like It’s a Wonderful Life (performed live), A Christmas Carol (in three separate productions) and The Nutcracker—the Balanchine classic by the New York City Ballet and a more modern take by the Brooklyn Ballet—highlight the calendar. For details on these and other performances, read on.

May
24

Museums & Galleries
Apollo 11: First Steps Edition

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May
24

Museums & Galleries
Apollo 11

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May
24

Museums & Galleries
Intrepid Museum Celebrates Apollo

summer long celebration of Apollo 11

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May
24

LGBTQ
Poet of the Body: New York's Walt Whitman

"Poet of the Body: New York's Whitman" is a free exhibit at The Grolier Club that celebrates the 200th birthday of the luminary poet Walt Whitman. The exhibit has multiple editions of his famous tome "Leaves of Grass" along with personal items of Whitman's, like the author's pen. Visitors can also take a virtual walk in Whitman's shoes via an interactive 3D stroll down Broadway in the mid-1800s.

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May
24

Museums & Galleries
Audubon Mural Project

Murals in Harlem honoring John James Audubon shine a light on endangered birds.

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May
24

Broadway
Burn This

Lanford Wilson’s play surveys relationships and the raw attraction between two people.

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May
25

Museums & Galleries
Salvation by the Sea

This exhibit examines Coney Island’s role in providing a new life for European immigrants.

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May
29

LGBTQ
Pride For All Launch Party at Bloomingdale's

Bloomingdale’s kicks off its Pride For All celebration with a party for their popup store carrying an array of designer items in all colors of the rainbow. Out magazine editor Phillip Picardi will host this event inspired by NYC's famed LGBTQ+ nightlife scene. This special in-store party at the flagship store on 59th Street will feature dance classics and popsicle cocktails. The popup store will be open through the end of June, with additional events happening throughout Pride month.

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May
31

LGBTQ
Queer History Walks

Commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and dive into queer history with The Whitney Museum of American Art’s free walking tour of the Meatpacking District. This look into the neighborhood's LGBTQ+ past takes place on every Friday in June and then select Fridays throughout the summer.

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Jun
1

LGBTQ
Pride 2019 at House of Yes

The House of Yes in Brooklyn presents a month of Pride-related events for the LGBTQ+ community.

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Jun
1

LGBTQ
Walt Whitman and New York Symposium

Head to The Grolier Club to celebrate the 200th birthday of Walt Whitman with this free symposium of lectures and presentations on the luminary poet. This day-long event is the culmination of International Whitman Week, with various events happening across New York from from May 27 through June 1; their website has all the details. http://waltwhitmaninitiative.org/international-whitman-week-2019/ Also, while there, you can visit the museum’s special Whitman exhibit “Poet of the Body,” running through July 27.

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Jun
2

LGBTQ
LasReinas Official Queens Pride LGBTQ+ Afterparty

After the festivities of Queens Pride, checkout the official afterparty—the “#1 Rated Woman’s Party”—at the Kabu Lounge in Jackson Heights from 4pm-2am. Expect performances and music by many of NYCs talented female DJs, singers and dancers.

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