What to Do and See in New York City this January 2022

Updated: Jan 4

The holiday season may be ending, but NYC is as vibrant and exciting as ever, with an array of cultural and entertainment events happening throughout the New York metro area. See below for a day-by-day guide of things to do in the city in January 2022.


Central Park NYC event guide January 2022

January 1: Winter Lantern Festival

Staten Island

Visit the Snug Harbor Cultural Center for an immersive experience in the botanical gardens featuring a dazzling display of lights, live music and food vendors.


January 2: Take a Winter Stroll

The Bronx

Take a leisurely stroll through the winter garden’s of Wave Hill guided by a knowledgeable Wave Hill Garden Guide.


January 3: Living Abstraction

Midtown

Featuring 300 works, this MoMA exhibition explores Sophie Taeuber-Arp’s multifaceted approach to abstraction.


January 4: A Sustainable Playground

Battery Park

Visit Battery Playscape in Battery Park, a newly designed playscape that fosters environmental and cultural awareness.


January 5: NYBG Glow

The Bronx

Explore dramatically illuminated displays of color at the New York Botanical Garden’s holiday installations. Plus, don’t miss the beloved Holiday Train Show while you’re there.


MoMa - The Museum of Modern Art - New York City

January 6: Stacey Griffith at 92Y

Upper East Side

Don’t miss SoulCycle’s founding instructor Stacey Griffith in conversation with David Burtka as they discuss her new book, “ENERGIZE! Go From Dragging Ass to Kicking It in 30 Days.”


January 7: Lost Stories of Looted Art

Upper East Side

Hear the untold stories of artworks and pieces of cultural property that were stolen by Nazi forces during Would War II.


January 8: Winter Farmers Market

Larchmont

Escape the city to the Hudson Valley for a day at the Larchmont Farmers Market. Explore the many local offerings, baked goods and artisan finds on display.


January 9: Soft Water Hard Stone

Lower East Side

Explore a collection of works by 40 artists and collectives from around the world at the New Museum.


January 10: The Life & Times of RBG

Upper West Side

Celebrate the life and work of Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a special exhibition at the New York Historical Society.


Under the Radar Festival - East Village - Manhattan

January 11: Modern From the Start

Midtown

Don’t miss the last chance to explore Alexander Calder’s reimagined works of art on display in MoMa’s renowned sculpture garden.


January 12: Under the Radar Festival

East Village

Discover emerging talent, young artists and a variety of new theatre from the United States and around the world.


January 13: Today 70th Anniversary

Midtown West

Join the Paley Center For Media in celebration of NBC News’ TODAY show 70th Anniversary and its cultural significance around the world.


January 14: Celebrate the ‘Feel Good’

Various Locations

Immerse yourself in the magical world of jazz music with a wildly talented lineup at NYC’s annual Winter Jazzfest.


January 15: 21st-Century Jazz Music

Boerum Hill

Hear from Grammy-nominated saxophonist and composer Remy Le Boeuf and his exuberant 20-piece orchestra, Assembly of Shadows as they perform their newest composition, Architecture of Storms.



January 16: Exponential Art Festival

Various Locations

New York-based artists unveil their works across all mediums at New York’s premiere month-long performance festival.


January 17: Honor MLK

Fort Greene

Celebrate and honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Brooklyn Academy of Music with a powerful lineup of speakers, music performances and art exhibitions.


January 18: Winter Restaurant Week

Various Locations

Experience some of city’s most unique dining options with prix-fixe dinner and lunch menus across all five boroughs.


January 19: The Man Behind the Music

Upper East Side

Hear from legendary music executive Clive Davis in conversation with MSNBC’s Ari Melber.


January 20: Designer of Dreams Prospect Park Marvel at over 200 works from the Dior archives at the Brooklyn Museum that detail the significance of one of the most iconic names in fashion.


January 21: Song Studio Master Class

Midtown

Explore Innovative approaches to vocal repertoire at Carnegie Hall with baritone vocalist, Christian Gerhaher.


January 25: The Best in Show Flatiron

January 22: Digital Culture in Art

Midtown

Kahlil Robert Irving presents an interactive exhibit drawing from the rich archives of black history and digital culture.


January 23: Light’s New Measure

Upper West Side

Explore visual artist, poet and writer, Etel Adnan’s vision at the Guggenheim Museum through a display focused on human expression and the natural world.


January 24: Aziz Ansari Live

Flatiron

Enjoy a night of stand-up comedy with famed comedian Aziz Ansari at Madison Square Garden.


January 25: The Best in Show

Flatiron

Attend the 146th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden to see who will be awarded Best in Show.


January 26: Celebrating BAM

Fort Greene

Join Karen Brooks Hopkins at the Brooklyn Academy of Music as she discusses her memoir, which details her 36 years at the world-famous cultural institution.


January 30: The Power of Music Upper West Side

January 27: Discover Boating

Hell's Kitchen

The annual New York Boat Show will return to the Javits Center for four days of model boat exhibitions and interactive displays.


January 28: The Winter Show

Upper East Side

Discover 5,000 years of art, antiques, and design at the Park Avenue Armory with panel discussions, private tours and exhibitor talks.


January 29: The Facets of Language

Midtown

Nora Turato’s explores the possibilities of language in her most recent production, which features spoken word, graphic design and bookmaking.


January 30: The Power of Music

Upper West Side

Join Anthony Roth Costanzo and the New York Philharmonic for a two-week collaboration with special guest performances.


January 31: Charles Ray, Figure Ground

Upper East Side

Experience the unity of sculpture and photography throughout Charles Ray’s career at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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