What to Do on Valentine's Day in New York City

nycgo.com staff

Ah, Valentine's Day. Whether you're in the mood to proclaim your undying love for that special someone or disclaim interest in ever dating again, there's a fun way for you to celebrate in New York City. Seriously—the five boroughs are big enough to accommodate both a romantic museum tour and a roach-naming at the zoo. Read on for some of our Valentine's Day picks. No need to send us flowers; knowing you'll have a great time is thanks enough.

Jun
1

LGBTQ
Visual Impact: On Art, AIDS and Activism

The NYC AIDS Memorial and the NYC Department of Transportation’s Art Program commemorate WorldPride and Stonewall 50 with an educational installation featuring the sobering work of eight artists, including Keith Haring and Catherine Opie. View the exhibit on Greenwich Avenue, adjacent to the NYC AIDS Memorial Park between West 12th Street and Seventh Avenue.

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Jun
5

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Arts at St. John’s

St. John’s in the Village celebrates Pride all month long with a variety of LGBTQ+ shows, classical performances, cabarets and art exhibits including the Stonewall Chorale, a "Sex in the (Ancient) City" symposium, a "Gai Paris!" concert and many others.

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Jun
7

LGBTQ
The Pride Experience Bus Tour

Zip around to sites of LGBTQ+ historical interest on a double decker bus with CitySightseeing New York's special Pride Experience Bus Tour. Hostess Anita Buffem entertains and performs during the two-hour tour, while a licensed New York City tour guide explains the importance of local landmarks from Hell’s Kitchen to Greenwich Village and everywhere in between.

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Jun
20

Broadway
Burn This

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

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Jun
20

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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Jun
20

LGBTQ
Film Screening: Major!

Join the New York Public Library at Bronx Library Center for a screening of the award-winning documentary “Major!” about the extraordinary life of Stonewall veteran, Attica survivor and trans leader Miss Major Griffin-Gracy.

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Jun
20

LGBTQ
Guinness World Records Attempt for Longest Feather Boa

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! and Madame Tussauds collaborate to break the Guinness World Record for longest feather boa. This WorldPride event will debut a rainbow boa 1.2 miles long, and will be hosted by RuPaul’s Drag Race icon and A Star Is Born actor Shangela--it all unravels at 11am on West 42nd Street, between Seventh and Eighth Avenues. Also, Ripley’s and Madame Tussauds will be donating a portion of their admission proceeds during Pride month to The Trevor Project.

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Jun
20

LGBTQ
Brookfield Place Celebrates WorldPride

Luxury shopping, dining and culture complex Brookfield Place celebrates WorldPride with a variety of art installations and events. There is the massive “Thrive” on display in the Pavilion for the month of June. From June 25 through July 7, there is an interactive installation on the Waterfront Terrace. The terrace also hosts a WorldPride happy hour event on June 27, on the same night an exhibition opens in the Winter Garden from the AIDS Memorial Quilt Initiative. Throughout the month-long celebration, Brookfield Place will pledge $1 to the Hetrick-Martin Institute for each @BFPLNY and #BFPLpride tag posted to social media.

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Jun
20

LGBTQ
Destination Brooklyn: Pride Events

Join Destination Brooklyn for a month of Pride events in celebration of Stonewall 50 and WorldPride supported and hosted by black business owners across the borough. Enjoy film screenings, art tours, workshops, parties, performances, and festivals—culminating in Spike Lee’s "Do the Right Thing" 30th Anniversary Block Party.

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Jun
20

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Taste of Pride Culinary Panel

Join Macy’s for a free panel celebrating Pride and the culinary arts. Host Jake Cohen leads chefs Elizabeth Falkner, Anita Lo and Zac Young through discussions about LGBTQ+ representation in the food industry. The evening ends with tastings prepared by the renowned chefs.

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Jun
21

LGBTQ
MetFridays—Pride

Celebrate Pride at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with this special evening of gallery talks, panel discussions, performances, art-making activities and vogueing workshops. Free with museum admission, the party goes from 5–9pm and takes place at multiple locations in the museum.

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Jun
21

LGBTQ
Bronx Pride Strike a Pose Cocktail Party

Gather with Bronx Pride for a night of cocktails and culture at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. There will be a live drink and draw, a panel discussion on social justice and performances from the Bronx's famed ballroom scene.

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