February might be one of the coldest months of the year, but it’s a great time to travel throughout New York.
In addition to fewer crowds at many of the state’s top attractions, there are also many great events happening throughout the state. In fact, whether you want to experience the outdoors, sample some of the state’s best beers, or learn more about the culture of New York, there’s a bit of something for everyone to do this month.
Check out our list of the best things to do in New York this February and start planning your wintertime travels.
Lake George Winter Carnival in Lake George – February 2-23
Head to Lake George Village every Saturday and Sunday during the month of February for their annual Lake George Winter Carnival. A winter tradition in the Adirondacks since 1961, this winter carnival is packed with family-friendly fun.
Carnival goers can take part in the Polar Plunge, take a ride on a helicopter or a horse-drawn carriage, and even participate in one of the carnival’s one-of-a-kind outhouse races during the first Saturday of the month.
In addition to children’s activities and face painting, carnival attendees can also join in on a cornhole game, warm up with hot chocolate and s’mores with a bonfire on the beach, and enter their pups into a dog talent show during most weekends of the carnival.
For a complete list of scheduled lists for each weekend of the carnival, click here.
Chocolate & Wine Weekend in Seneca Lake – February 7-9
If you happen to be a chocolate and/or wine lover, then be sure to add the Chocolate & Wine Weekend in Seneca Lake to your agenda during the month of February.
Your $40 ticket price includes a wine tasting and chocolate pairing at each of the 23 participating local wineries in the area. In addition to the wine tastings and chocolate pairings, each attendee will also receive a souvenir glass to take home from the event.
For full details on this event, visit their website.
The Flurry Festival in Saratoga Springs – February 14-16
Featuring over 400 performers and musicians, the Flurry Festival is known as one of the largest folk dance and musical festivals in North America. Taking place on President’s Day weekend each year, this three-day event has been an annual tradition in Saratoga Springs since 1988.
In addition to a variety of international dance styles, festival-goers will also be treated to other varieties of dance style performances including Contra, swing, clogging, Cajun, and folk. Local musicians and singers will be on hand to demonstrate their many different musical styles and talents each day of the festival.
Find out more on the festival’s site.
Living History Event: 1775 British Garrison in Ticonderoga – February 15
If you happen to be a history buff, then the 1775 British Garrison Living History Event should be at the top of your list of things to do in New York in February.
This one-day event takes place on Saturday, February 15 from 10am to 4pm at the historic Fort Ticonderoga. The event will showcase weapons demonstrations, living history programs highlighting the daily routines of the soldiers and families at the fort during that time, and a “hands-on cannon” program for the kids.
Find out more on the event’s website.
NYC Lunar New Year Parade in New York City- February 16
Celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year in the Big Apple by attending Chinatown’s annual parade. Winding its way through the main streets of Little Italy and Chinatown, the parade will feature impressive performances as well as amazing visuals. Food vendors will be on hand during the festivities.
To learn more about the parade as well as the corresponding street party, click here.
Saratoga Beer Week in Saratoga Springs – February 21-22
This 21-year-old and older event held at the Saratoga Springs City Center is perfect for the craft beer and cider lovers out there.
Attend the event on Friday, February 21 from 6pm to 9pm to sample the over 60 varieties of cider that they will have on hand. If you are more of a beer lover, then make plans to attend on Saturday, February 22. From 12pm to 8pm, vendors will be on-site pouring over 160 different craft beers during the two tasting sessions being offered that day.
Live music and food vendors will also be available both days of the event.
To purchase tickets online and to learn more about the event, click here.
Hudson Valley Gospel Fest in Poughkeepsie – February 21-23
In celebration of Black History Month, the Hudson Valley Gospel Gest will be held at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel and Conference Center, Majed J. Nesheiwat Convention Center, and Changepoint Theater. Festival-goers who attend Friday evening will be treated to a buffet dinner. Saturday’s schedule of events will feature workshops in both contemporary and traditional gospel music.
The festival will close out on Sunday with a brunch and a hat parade.
Concerts and musical performances from both local and nationally acclaimed gospel singers and musicians are scheduled each day of this three-day event.
For more information on this event including ticket prices and a full schedule of events, visit the fest’s site.
Native American Winter Games in Victor – February 22
Experience what wintertime would have been like for the Seneca people of Ganondagan during the 17th century at this year’s Native American Winter Games. This family-friendly event features dog sled demonstrations, snowshoe lessons, traditional storytelling, and Iroquois social dancing, and much more.
This event is free to attend, but donations are gladly accepted.
Find out more on the event’s website.
New York City Beer Week in New York City – February 22-March 1
Hosted by the NYC Brewers Guild, New York City Beer Week is the premier event in New York City for craft beer lovers. This year’s event will feature over 75 different craft beer breweries from around the state as well as the country.
New York City Beer Week kicks off on Saturday, February 22 with the event’s Opening Bash. Tickets are now are on sale for both sessions of the Opening Bash.
For a full list of participating breweries and to purchase early bird tickets online, visit the website.
Holiday Valley’s Penguin Paddle in Ellicottville – February 29
Benefiting the Holiday Valley’s Lounsbury Adaptive Program, the Penguin Paddle is a family-friendly fundraiser held each year at the ski resort. After taking part in the silent auction and enjoying lunch, attendees of the event can participate (or spectate) the highlight of the fundraiser- the Penguin Paddle races!
Race participants can zoom down the Yodeler slope “penguin style”- either inside a garbage bag or on their bellies down the slope. Racers must be at least 4 years old to enter the race, and helmets are required.
For a full schedule of events, click here.
Do you have a favorite thing to do in New York in February that isn’t on this list? Let us know in the comments below.