Fun Things to Do in NYC for February 2024

Explore NYC by learning origami at the New York Public Library, exploring the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, and more with a Meetup group.


New York City is by far the most populated city in the United States, as well as one of the most significant cultural centers on the planet. Whether you’re an art lover, a foodie, a history buff—or pretty much anything else a person can be—NYC has something amazing in store for you. Both locals and tourists can find fun things to do in NYC that they’ve never done before, like bringing your camera to the Lunar New Year parade in Chinatown or ice skating at Brookfield Place.

With Meetup, you never have to do fun things alone. Check out the following Meetup events happening around NYC during the month of February 2024, and have a great time with new friends! 

Check out the National Jazz Museum in Harlem 

On Saturday, February 3, you can join the Museum Hoppers of NYC as they delight in the sights and sounds of a distinctly American art form. 

This Meetup group of more than 1,300 members will be treated to curations by the museum’s incredible Artistic Directors and GRAMMY-winning musicians, Jon Batiste and Christian McBride. You’ll enjoy immersive jazz experiences and see artifacts from the early days of jazz, embracing the museum’s vision to make jazz accessible to everyone on the planet.  

Take a “Buddhism for Beginners” class at a Brooklyn meditation center 

If you’re curious about Buddhism, the Vajradhara Meditation Center offers a weekly in-person class that presents this discipline’s basic teachings. Located in Boerum Hill, the Center presents hour-long classes that each include a talk, two short meditations, and time for discussion. 

You can join Buddhism for Beginners, a Meetup group of nearly 140 members, for the class as well as a post-class hang with snacks on Monday, February 5. You can immediately use the lessons from this class to improve your relationships, cultivate inner peace, and increase your enjoyment of daily life. 

Celebrate the Lunar New Year in Chinatown 

Welcome the Year of the Dragon on Saturday, February 10 with one of the nation’s biggest and brightest Lunar New Year festivals. Head to Chinatown for a vibrant parade filled with dancers, musicians, floats, lanterns, and so much more. 

If you want to capture some of the magic of this Lunar New Year celebration, you can join The Art of Photography – NYC. This Meetup group of nearly 1,400 members will collaborate on creating beautiful images of the parade, from thousands of celebrants wearing red and gold to firecrackers and martial arts demonstrations. 

Join the Wizards on Ice costumed skating event at Brookfield Place 

Every year, Harry Potter NYC – The Group that Shall Not be Named goes ice skating in Hogwarts uniforms and other wizarding wardrobe. On Sunday, February 11, this community of more than 4,700 members will gather at the rink at Brookfield Place, a lavish shopping center in downtown Manhattan. 

Even if you don’t ice skate, there will be plenty of members sitting around the rink and sipping hot chocolate together. After bringing a little magic to the ice, the group will reconvene to explore the first-rate Brookfield Place food court.  

Practice origami at the New York Public Library 

On Saturday, February 17, you can join OMG NYC (Origami Meetup Group! NYC) at the 53rd Street branch of the New York Public Library for their monthly event. The library has generously offered their community meeting rooms to this Meetup group of more than 2,100 members.  

The event is open to folders of all levels, from total beginners to advanced origami masters. Members often bring paper to share, as well as books on the sublime art of origami with instructional guides. If you have some experience, the group would love for you to teach a casual workshop on a specific design or general pointers for newcomers.    

Don’t see any activities that speak to you? 

Don’t worry. There are so many fun things to do in NYC, it would be impossible to capture them all on one list. If there’s an activity you’d love to do in NYC but you can’t find an event for it, you can easily create your own Meetup group and host your own event! 

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Last modified on January 29, 2024