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.

Jul
20

Museums & Galleries
In Pursuit of Freedom Now!

Pop-up public history exhibition highlighting the African-American path to freedom.

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Jul
20

Museums & Galleries
Obsession: Nudes by Klimt, Schiele and Picasso

The Met Breuer brings together a survey of nudes from these iconic 20th-century artists.

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Jul
20

Museums & Galleries
A Whole Different Ball Game

A new exhibit on sports video games includes games that visitors can play at the Museum of the Moving Image.

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Jul
20

Museums & Galleries
Rebel Women

A exhibit about women who pushed societal norms in the Victorian era, at the Museum of the City of New York.

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Jul
20

Museums & Galleries
Rockaway! 2018: Narcissus Garden

A site-specific installation by Yayoi Kusama at Fort Tilden in the Rockaways.

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Jul
20

Museums & Galleries
Summer of Magic

a showcase of NYC's magic history through the lens of David Copperfield's collection

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Jul
20

Off-Broadway
Vitaly: An Evening of Wonders

an interactive theatrical experience from one of the world's most unique illusionists

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Jul
20

Sports
The Basketball Tournament

Basketball teams from around the country compete for $2 million in a national tournament. Brooklyn hosts the Northeast region.

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Jul
20

Things to Do
Rockaway Beach Reopening

The Parks Department reopens Beach 96th to 98th streets this summer.

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Jul
20

Museums & Galleries
Mirror, Mirror

Solo photography exhibition from artist Ryan McGinley.

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Jul
20

Broadway
Straight White Men

Classic American father-son drama set on Christmas Eve.

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Jul
20

Broadway
Gettin' the Band Back Together

A musical about following your dreams and, well, getting the band back together.

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