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.

Feb
18

Arts & Culture
Whitney Museum of American Art: Andrea Carlson: Red Exit

Andrea Carlson has drawn on her Ojibwe roots to create a seascape focusing on renewal and reclamation.

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Apr
13

Arts & Culture
Carol Bove: The Séances Aren’t Helping

This installation by sculptor Carol Bove is the second commission for the museum’s facade.

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Jun
5

Arts & Culture
Re:Growth: A Celebration of Art, Riverside Park and the New York Spirit

Karin Bravin curates this celebration of the Conservancy’s 35th anniversary and the City’s and park's resiliency.

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Jun
19

Restaurants
Queens Night Market

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Jul
24

Arts & Culture
Shakespeare in the Park

Each summer the Public Theater produces work by Shakespeare in Central Park's Delacorte Theater, with free tickets distributed by lottery.

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Jul
24

Arts & Culture
Leo Villareal: Light Matrix

Villareal’s LED installations explore the concept of both time and space.

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Jul
24

Arts & Culture
Ellen Reid: Soundwalk

Composer Ellen Reid, a recent Pulitzer winner for her opera Prism, has created a site-specific score for exploring Central Park.

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Jul
24

Arts & Culture
Mierle Laderman Ukeles: For ⟶ forever

Mierle Laderman Ukeles has a long history of artwork dedicated to the unseen hands that drive the economy.

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Jul
24

Arts & Culture
Scott Gerber: Peace, Love & Happiness

Scott Gerber created the colorful installation Peace, Love & Happiness, which comprises a trio of sculptural symbols, to foster healing through art.

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Jul
24

Museums & Galleries
Beautiful Creatures

first exhibit in restored Hall of Gems

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Jul
24

Museums & Galleries
KAWS: What Party

survey of the artist's work beyond iconic series

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Jul
24

Arts & Culture
Stan Douglas, Elmgreen & Dragset and Kehinde Wiley: Moynihan Train Hall

Moynihan Train Hall opened with site-specific installations by Stan Douglas (Penn Station’s Half Century, 2020), Elmgreen & Dragset (The Hive, 2020) and Kehinde Wiley (Go, 2020)—the artists' first permanent commissions in the City.

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