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Don’t Worry, Get Happy: Events to Beat Your Winter Blues

By / December 14, 2018

Move aside, Seasonal Affective Disorder! The sun might be setting by 5pm, but New York is the city that never sleeps. From film festivals and cocktail events to ice rink workouts and singing parties, these are the best events to lift your spirits this season.


Jan 10 - Feb 28, 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Bryant Park Winter Village

Strap on your ice skates for an in-rink circuit workout, where you'll practice exercises used by professional ice skaters and hockey players to iprove your form and endurance on the ice.

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Introduction to Latte Art

The Loft @ Irving Farm Coffee Roasters

Add some joy to your morning caffeine routine (or add some skills to your barista resume) with a two-hour course on how to pour hearts, rosettes, and tulips into cappuccinos and lattes.

$100 / RSVP

2019 Zlatne Uste Golden Festival

Jan 18 - 19

Grand Prospect Hall

Join hands with your neighbors and dance to over 60 live traditional and experimental Balkan and Roma bands on five stages, while enjoying homemade food, drink, and folk art vendors.

$0 - $80 / RSVP

Seltzer Factory Tour, Tasting, & Egg Cream Reception

Brooklyn Seltzer Boys

Explore the last seltzer factory in New York with a fascinating lesson on the seltzer industry, a private tour of the bottling facility, and the chance to try what might be the best egg cream in NYC.

$29 - $32 / RSVP

The New York Times Travel Show

Jan 25 - 27

Jacob K. Javits Center

Get out of your apartment and explore the entire globe in a single weekend at this massive travel convention, with international cultural acts, seminars, book signings, global food tastings, and more.

$20 - $25 / RSVP

8th Annual Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival

The Tunnel

It's every meat freak's favorite day of the year, with exotic and domestic tastings from local and well-traveled chefs, unlimited samples of beers and bourbon, live DJs, a bacon-eating contest, & more

$99 - $115 / RSVP

Red Wine & Cheese Exploration

Murray's Cheese Shop

Who says you need white wine for a cheese plate? Discover the notes behind your favorite international reds, as well as the perfect cheeses to pair with them, at this tannin-filled evening.

$95 / RSVP
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Winter Tippler Cocktail Festival

Various Venues in NYC

Don't worry, drink happy: one cocktail passport gives you 15 signature cocktails at fine drinking establishments all over the city during this month-long city-wide festival.

$35 - $70 / RSVP
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Voice Cult Singing Party

House of Yes

Voice Cult says, "If you can speak, then you can sing," and invites you to join in healing song, for a sort of guided meditation using the power of a community of voices.


Winter Blues: Indigo Dye Workshop

Queens Botanical Garden

Create some (literal) winter blues to get rid of your (figurative) winter blues at this natural indigo dye workshop, where you'll utilize traditional shibori techniques on a silk scarf & pocket square

$27 - $32 / RSVP

Free Fukushima Warm Sake Tasting

Union Square Wine & Spirits

Warm your bones (and put a little pep in your step) with some of the sake that won "Champion Sake" this year, and get a nice discount if you take a bottle home with you.


Japanese Hot Pot Cooking Class


The broth is boss at this 2-hour cooking class, where you'll learn to make this perfect-for-parties hot meal from stock and ingredients to arrangement and serving methods.

$67 - $75 / RSVP

Hack City Comedy Show

Black Cat LES

Proclaiming itself as "one of NYC’s most diverse comedy shows," this laid-back free event features some hella funny people from Comedy Central, MTV, Vice, and more.



Quinne Myers is a writer, illustrator, apparel designer, and lingerie industry pundit living in Brooklyn. Loves sweaty concert dancing, eating dessert, feeling feelings, and petting every dog.

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