Top Ten Things To Do in February

The Wine-d Up
Sure, wine is fine, but 250+ wines from top producers is way, way better. And that’s just what you’ll find at the Winter Wine Festival at the PlayStation Theater on 2/4. With two sessions, at 3:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., there’s no excuse to miss this grand tasting, where 33,000 wine lovers converge on Times Square’s spacious PlayStation Theater for a tasting that would make Bacchus proud. Live jazz and light hors d’oeuvres anchor the event, and a takeaway keepsake glass helps jog your memory in case you sip a few too many wines. (1515 Broadway at 44th St.)

Winter Wonderland
Some things are too good to confine to a single weekend: summer vacation, the Major League Baseball season, and the Bryant Park Winter Carnival (1/27 through 2/4) all come to mind. That last one is ongoing, and the third annual version includes silent disco, a giant ice castle, a virtual snowball throwing competition, a cozy warming lodge, and much, much more in the heart of mid- town Manhattan. Take a skating or curling lesson, then curl up with a warm drink and watch the other revelers. You’ll be glad it’s not just limited to two days of frosty fun. (Fifth Ave. at 42nd St.)

The Art of Food
A celebrity chef host. More than two dozen top restaurants. World-class art. Combine in equal portions, then blend to perfection, and what do you get? The Art of Food at Sotheby’s New York, of course. On 2/4, chef and restaurateur Geoffrey Zakarian and his wife, Margaret, will host this art-inspired culinary spectacular featuring dishes from the Upper East Side’s finest restaurants, all inspired by Sotheby’s peerless collection of fine art. It’s delicious meets inspired, and yes: of course VIP Early Admission is also available if you just have to have the first bite. (1334 York Ave. at 71st St.)

Cold As Ice
Captivated by Central Park’s 50+ bronze and stone monuments? Imagine them in glittering ice. The Central Park Ice Festival does just that: on 2/11, the sixth annual incarnation of this artists’ paradise kicks off at 3 p.m. with live ice carvers perfecting likenesses of the Park’s most storied monuments. As they complete their efforts, colorful lights will illuminate the Mall, setting the scene for a thrilling silent disco with DJs and glittering ice carvings as far as the eye can see. If you’ve ever wanted to channel your inner Elsa, well, this is it. (Naumberg Bandshell, Mid-Park from 66th to 72nd Streets)

Con Amor
Native New Yorker Marc Anthony brings his annual Valentine’s Tradition to the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ on 2/11, performing what is sure to be a sold-out show to an appreciative local crowd. Born Marco Antonio Muniz, he’s the top-selling salsa artist of all time, and his two Grammys and three Latin Grammys are testaments to his skill as a performer. But don’t take our word for it; see for yourself at what has become a Valentine’s ritual for fans across the tri- state area. (25 Lafayette St. Newark, NJ)

Marc Anthony at the Prudential Center - February 11

Marc Anthony at the Prudential Center – February 11

Bottoms Up…65 Floors Up
Rockefeller Center’s Rainbow Room is among New York’s most storied locales for a drink. Opened one year after the end of Prohibition, the sky-high tippling spot shuttered for years before a recent revival. Today, it’s back and better than ever, and nowhere rivals Bar SixtyFive for a drink with a view (especially for Valentine’s Day). Divided into Classic and Contemporary, their list of drinks is almost as impressive as the twinkling NYC skyline splayed out before you. It’s tough to go wrong, but of course, we recommend a Perfect Manhattan. (30 Rockefeller Plaza)

Around the World
The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters are back at The World’s Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden on 2/19 and 2/20. After playing in 122 countries on six continents, the troupe continues to return to New York, where appreciative audiences thrill anew to their brilliant ball-handling and playful performances. Their best-in-sports win percentage (only 345 losses over 26,000+ games) makes a victory all but guaranteed. But never fear: these players are gracious – and highly entertaining – even in the face of a rare defeat. (2 Pennsylvania Plaza)

Tattooed New York at the New York Historical Society - Opening February 3

Tattooed New York at the New York Historical Society – Opening February 3

Ink Well
From its origins with Native American body art to its contemporary popularity with the young and old alike, tattooing has a long and storied history in The Big Apple. Explore it all at Tattooed New York at the New York Historical Society (opens 2/3), where you’ll see photographs, flash, and even an ink pen designed by Thomas Edison himself collected in a massive and historic exhibition. If you’ve ever wondered about becoming a painted man or woman, this is an up-close-and-personal look at the diverse, sometimes dark history and colorful future of tattoos in New York. (170 Central Park West at 77th St.) 

Blast Off
What’s got clowns, jugglers, big cats, little acrobats, and a space-aged theme to tie it all together? Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Presents Out of This World, that’s what. From 2/23 to 3/3, The Greatest Show on Earth comes to the Barclays Center with a 21st century theme and all the black lights your eyes can handle. Marvel at contortionists; gawk at trapeze artists; giggle at the famed Clown Alley; and cheer as poodles and lions alike perform jumps and leaps beyond human imagining. (620 Atlantic Ave. Brooklyn)

Drop the Mike
Following the conclusion of his wildly popular sitcom Mike & Molly, comedian Billy Gardell is back on the road – much to our delight. Here in NYC, you can catch the big mat at the St. George Theatre on 2/25, where he’ll warm up the audience ahead of his premiere on Monopoly Millionaire’s Club, the new game show set to debut in March. But he wasn’t always a big shot: Gardell’s road to Hollywood led through just about every small-town lounge, military base, and comedy club he could find, and all of those chops will be on display in this fun, live performance. (35 Hyatt St. Staten Island)