The shortest month of the year is upon us, and we are excited to fill it with as much fun as possible as we begin counting down the days until spring. From chocolate and Valentine’s Day to Black History Month and Lunar New Year celebrations, this month is bound to be epic!
All month long!
Hot off the conveyor belt, still smelling like sweet hot cocoa, our Brooklyn Chocolate Trail Map has been released just in time for Valentine’s Day! Embark on your own “chocolate hopping” adventure, fuhgettaboud Hershey’s, and hop on A Slice of Brooklyn’s Chocolate Tour while enjoying a bus ride through chocolate history!
We have teamed up with our friends across Brooklyn to find the coolest celebrations, from football tossing contests to massive screenings, so get ready to cheer for your team as it plays in the freezing temperatures of Minneapolis. Whether you are rooting for the Eagles or the Pats, this is bound to be another epic Sunday in Brooklyn! Find your Brooklyn spot here.
Pop-Up Magazine’s “Winter Issue” at BAM Opera House will feature never-before-heard reported stories by contributors including:
- Incredible National Geographic photographer David Guttenfelder will bring you uncomfortably close to the North Korea crisis.
- Filmmaker Veena Rao will show you the 70-year-friendship between two women who first met as army nurses during World War II.
- There’s even a choose your own adventure, from Rose Eveleth (30 for 30 podcast, Flash Forward). It’s like something out of an episode of Black Mirror, and the plot will change depending on how you vote.
David Guttenfelder will bring you uncomfortably close to the North Korea crisis. Veena Rao will show you the 70-year-friendship between two women who first met as army nurses during WWII. There’s even a choose-your-own-adventure story from Rose Eveleth; it’s like something out of an episode of Black Mirror, and the plot will change depending on how you vote. Nothing is recorded or goes online after, making this a true “one-night-only” experience of live journalism.
Now – February 11
Grand Street Restaurant Week returns for its 5th year on Monday, January 29. To celebrate, we’re making the event two weeks long! Enjoy 2-course lunch specials from $8-13 and 3-course dinner specials from $13-30 on Grand Street in East Williamsburg. Enjoy some new dishes and find your new favorite Grand Street restaurant this month!
February 2 – 11
The Chinese New Year Flower Market Fair is typically held on the weekend before Chinese New Year. The Flower Fair is the place to come to purchase fresh flowers, fruits, candies and brand new supplies for the home to begin the new lunar year. Many preparations are made to lead up to the celebration of the biggest festival of the year. A special highlight will be on February 10, when Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and the Sino America New York Brooklyn Archway Association will co-host the festival in front of Borough Hall from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a celebration, giveaways, song, dance and of course – food!
Celebrate the arrival of spring with an all-new festival of Chinese music and dance commemorating the Year of the Dog, faithful guardian and loyal friend to mankind. This family-friendly event includes graceful dancers, a colorful Chinese marketplace, red lions and golden dragons frolicking to the lilting sounds of traditional instruments, and more. Enjoy the elegant splendor and rich culture of one of Brooklyn’s most vibrant communities with this award-winning performance by the prestigious Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company.
Ready your capes, comic and superhero fans – the Black Comics Collective will present the BAM Black Comix Expo on Saturday, February 11. The day-long event features comic exhibitors, a panel discussion, a children’s art workshop and a superhero cosplay to celebrate diversity and representation across sci-fi and fantasy genres by presenting a range of acclaimed independent comic writers and illustrators, as well as the freshest emerging talent. Read more about the Fight The Power: Black Superheroes on Film celebration at BK Reader!
Have a special someone you want to show some extra affection on this sweet day of love? Even if you don’t, these are some great ways to show a best friend or parent some love – this day is called “friendship day” in many cultures, after all! From the standard candlelit dinners to some quirky ways of showing you love someone, we’ve got something for you to do this Valentine’s Day, here!
Brooklyn Museum has welcomed home Brooklyn’s famed street artist’s works, but who is this Basquiat? Get imaginative with the art of Brooklyn-born artist and legend Jean-Michel Basquiat while you meet other teens from all over the five boroughs, experience live music and performances, see and create art, watch films, and win raffles! February’s Teen Night explores the exhibition One Basquiat and is planned by the Teen Night Planning Committee. Free and open to all teens 14 and up!
Escape the winter with this food, wine, and art pairing focused on Finger Lakes dessert wines event. Through our upstate and downstate networks, Rooftop Reds will join Finger Lakes dessert wine producers and participating local restaurants to create a unique event that emphasizes the spirit and seasonality of drinking and eating locally. To take it a step further and provide another layer of sensory involvement, a single piece of art, curated by local Brooklyn artists, will accompany each food and wine pairing at this event. All art pieces displayed at this event will be for sale via a silent auction for guests to participate in.
February 20 – 21
The cocktail, followed by a seated 4 course dinner, will transport you into a magical world of subtle, smooth, earthy, creamy tastes. Let the perfume of the truffle, the crispiness of the caviar, the richness of a sauce or the delicacy of white chocolate carry you to another dimension. Every taste is paired with a selected cocktail or wine, with a unique musical note, movement and light, every sound is nourished with a culinary sensation… #SparkYourSenses.
Skip the rom coms and heart-shaped boxes of chocolates and join us for a love inspired 4-course journey through our hearts, souls and stomachs! Head to Coney Island Brewery for a true taste of love at a delicious pairing event. Each course will be served right on the bar, in the cozy taproom in the heart of Coney Island, and prepared by Executive Chef Kate O’Donnell.
February 10, 17 and 24
Come through for something NEW and INFUSED! Every Saturday a new, mad, reckless experiment in beer science will be conducted in the taproom as we infuse one of our styles with a new ingredient. Think NY Honey Stout infused with Cafe Grumpy espresso beans, a Merman NY IPA blasted through two chambers of whole cone Mosaic hops, or perhaps Mermaid Pilsner infused with lemon starburst?
February 10 and 22
What makes a house? What makes a home? Weeksville Heritage Center and the Brooklyn Children’s Museum travel back in time and discover the rich history of Weeksville – one of America’s many free black communities founded before national emancipation. Explore themes of housing and home during the two day event, which invites families to find and record history through archaeological workshops, art-based activities, interactive collections-based programming, and a musical performance!