It’s mid-February, and NYC is awakening from its early winter slumber with a jam-packed line-up of Presidents’ Day activities and events across the boroughs. Take advantage of everything that’s happening around the city by exploring some of the events that New York City has to offer this three day weekend.  

No matter what you’re looking to do with the extra day off, whether it’s checking out a new exhibit or dressing up like George Washington, here are 11 activities that will spice up your Presidents’ Day Weekend.

New York Presidents’ Day Yacht Cruise Around Manhattan

February 16, 9:00-12:00 pm, $15-$25  

Celebrate this Presidents’ Day Weekend by snagging a few selfies with the Statue of Liberty, dancing the night away and mingling with new people. Hornblower’s Yacht cruise is a great way to spend your Saturday night if you want to see New York from a whole new perspective.

Nearest subway: Take the 1 or 2 to the Houston Street Station.

Presidents’ Day Race

February 18, $20

If frigid temperatures have you holed-up inside until spring hits, then it may be time to get out of your funk by running a race! There isn’t a set course so participants choose from a 5k, 10k, 13.1-mile or 26.2-mile run or walk and simply submit their time once finished. The best part is you can choose your own route and run during Presidents’ Day or any time in February—so don’t worry about chasing a triathlete who doesn’t even break a sweat.

Presidents’ Day Bar Crawl

February 17, 2:00-10:00 pm

Grab your wigs and top hats and get ready to honor the presidents the best way we know how: by having a pint (or seven). Participants are encouraged to dress up as their favorite president and parade around drinking all day with a bunch of other people dressed up just like you.

Presidents’ Day Brunch

February 18, 10:00AM – 3:00 PM, $19-$35

If your party days are behind you, consider waking up early to enjoy seasonal, local food at Brooklyn’s Rose Water. The challah french toast with fresh fruit, crème fraîche, and toasted hazelnuts is a favorite amongst Brooklyn brunch-goers if you’re looking to enjoy a classic dish with a delicious twist.

Nearest subway: Take the B or Q to 7th Ave or the R to Union Street Station.

Presidents’ Day Family Bowl

February 18, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Grab your family and spend Presidents’ Day bowling! Take advantage of Brooklyn Bowl’s brunch and kid’s menu. Their brunch has classic comfort food with a spin like pancakes with fried chicken and shrimp and grits. After filling up on brunch, grab your bowling shoes and find out who’s lucky enough to get a strike. It’s a fun activity with hearty food that the whole family can join in on.

Nearest subway: Take the G to Nassau Avenue.

The Original Barbershop Comedy Show

February 15, 8:30-10:00 pm, $8

Start your weekend by laughing off your problems at a comedy show. It’s BYOB and takes place in a small barbershop where you can actually get your hair cut during the day. Every Friday it transforms into a room with mismatched chairs and a quaint stage where comedians take the stage in an intimate setting. It’s a great way to start off your weekend with a good laugh and maybe a joke or two about presidents.

Nearest subway: Take the F train to the Second Avenue Station in the East Village or take the F, J, M or Z to Delancey Street Station.

See a Couture Fashion Show

February 16, $50-$1500

This fashion show only happens twice a year in New York City, so prepare for an exciting and entertaining night of exquisite garments from up and coming international designers and sporadic shows from dancers and singers. Explore the world of high-end New York fashion by checking out the newest, hottest style of current fashion.

Nearest subway: Take the 7 train to the 5 Avenue-Bryant Park Station.

Lunar New Year Parade and Festival

February 17, 1:00 pm

This family-friendly parade and festival meanders its way through Chinatown and Little Italy, welcoming the Year of the Pig. According to Chinese horoscopes, each year belongs to a different animal and The Year of the Pig will bring luck to anyone born in a previous Year of the Pig and offer varying fortunes for the rest of the horoscopes. Walk the streets, enjoy performances and sample tasty street food.

Nearest subway: Take the F train to Second Avenue Station on the Lower East Side or take the J or Z train to Bowery Station.

Go to a Chinese Photography Gallery

February 15, $10 or $5 for Seniors or Students

Explore how the mountains play a role in Chinese culture and legend at Art of the Mountain: Through the Chinese Photographer’s Lens which, ends on February 15th. It is a collection of more than 60 photographs that investigate 3 different aspects of Chinese mountains and their impact on Chinese society.

Nearest subway: Take the 4 or the 5 to Bowling Green.

Jerome Robbins and New York


If you’re tight on funds, dive into New York City’s art history by checking out this free exhibit.  It displays how the choreographer and artist Jerome Robbins saw and traversed New York for his over 60 years he spent in the city.

Nearest subway: Take the 1 to 66th Street.

The Butterfly Conservatory

Ongoing, $23 for Adult, $13 for Child, $18 for Senior and Student  

Pretend that it’s finally spring by exploring a conservatory filled with butterflies. While this exhibit goes until May 27th, there’s no better way to warm up than with an exhibit with hundreds of live butterflies in a tropical 80 degree environment.

Nearest subway: Take the B or C to 81st Street.


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