Presidents Day Weekend 2019

Things to do in NYC Presidents Day Weekend, Friday-Monday, February 15-18, 2019

President’s Day Weekend, on the third Monday of February, honors the birthdays of U.S. president’s George Washington (February 22, 1732) and Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809).

More things to do in NYC Presidents Day Weekend

Arturo O’Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Cuban Jazz at Birdland

HELL’S KITCHEN, most Sundays, Cuban jazz live music ~ Multi-Grammy winners carry on the Sunday tradition started by Chico O’Farrill in 1997

Presidents Day Weekend Movies

‘Green Book’ wins Academy Award for Best Picture (Review)

CITYWIDE; opened Nov 16, 2018; 2019; Italian African movies, Oscar Best Picture, Golden Globes Best Musical or Comedy ~ When people who might seem different, actually live and work together, we discover our common humanity

‘A Star is Born’ Lady Gaga (Review)

CITYWIDE; opened Oct 5, 2018; Italian-American movie, Oscar Best Original Song ~ Lady Gaga follows Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland in singing one of the great love stories

‘Birds of Passage’ an epic Colombian movie at Film Forum

HUDSON SQUARE; opened Feb 14, 2019; Indigenous Colombian movie ~ This epic ‘Godfather’-like crime drama made the 2019 Oscars shortlist for Best Foreign Language Film

President’s Day Weekend Art Exhibitions

Macy’s Flower Show 2019 Journey to Paradisios

GARMENT DISTRICT; Mar 24 – Apr 7, 2019; Spring flower exhibition shopping ~ A space-inspired floral fantasy featuring marvelous celestial blooms

Socrates Annual Farewell Fête at Socrates Sculpture Park

ASTORIA, QUEENS; daily, Oct 7, 2018 to Mar 24, 2019; Dominican French Peruvian Puerto Rican sculpture ~ Annual outdoor sculpture show in the NYC park ends with a Farewell Fête. FREE

Lucio Fontana ‘Spatial Environment’ (1968) at El Museo del Barrio

EAST HARLEM; Jan 24 – Apr 14, 2019; Argentine Italian post war art exhibition ~ El Museo reconstructs Fontana’s very last environment. See how his ideas influenced performance art and take a selfie

Lucio Fontana ‘On the Threshold’ Argentine-Italian art at the Met Breuer

UPPER EAST SIDE; Tue-Sun, Jan 23 to Apr 14, 2019; Argentine Italian post war art exhibition ~ The minimalist abstract artist mixed painting, sculpture and architecture in ways that foretold performance art

Mariana Castillo Deball ‘Finding Oneself Outside’ at the New Museum

LOWER EAST SIDE; Tue-Sun, Jan 22 – Apr 14, 2019; Mexican contemporary art exhibition ~ Castillo Deball looks at the intersections of space and time with culture and philosophy

Da Vinci Drawings and Prints at the Met Museum

UPPER EAST SIDE, Jan 28-Apr 28, 2019, Italian old masters art exhibition ~ The Met celebrates the Italian master’s 500th anniversary by showing drawings and prints from the permanent collection.

Joan Miró: Birth of the World at MoMA

MIDTOWN, daily, Feb 24 – Jun 15, 2019, Spanish modern art exhibition ~ Explore the development of Joan Miró’s visual language

“Crusader: Martin Luther King Jr.” at Schomburg Center

HARLEM; Mon-Sat, Jan 15 to Apr 6, 2019; African photography exhibition ~ Behind-the-scenes pictures of Dr. King traveling, at rest, and in celebration

Early Italian Drawings at the Morgan Library

MURRAY HILL, Tue-Sun, Feb 15 – May 19, 2019, Italian Renaissance art exhibition ~ The development of Renaissance drawing practices in the fourteenth to sixteenth centuries

‘Crown of the Andes,’ Colombian art at the Met Museum

UPPER EAST SIDE, daily, permanent collection; Colombian Ecuadorian Peruvian Indigenous Inca colonial art exhibition ~ This beautiful religious icon from Popayán contains the legendary Atahualpa Emerald which belonged to the last Inca emperor

Taíno culture at the Museum of the American Indian

FINANCIAL DISTRICT; daily, Jul 28, 2018 – Oct 2019; Indigenous Taíno art exhibition ~ Caribbean communities are reclaiming our roots. FREE

President’s Day Weekend Art Museums

Morgan Library

MURRAY HILL, Tue-Sun, antique book museum ~ JP Morgan’s home is now a museum of historic manuscripts, early books and old master drawings and prints

Metropolitan Museum of Art

UPPER EAST SIDE, Daily ~ NYC’s encyclopedia of art

MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art

MIDTOWN, Daily, FREE Fridays 4-8 pm ~ The world’s most important collection of Modern, Post-War, and Contemporary art and film

American Museum of Natural History

UPPER WEST SIDE, Daily ~ Human cultures, the natural world and the known universe

President’s Day Weekend Broadway Shows

‘Hamilton’ Puerto Rican Broadway at the Richard Rodgers

TIMES SQUARE; open-ended run. Dark Mondays; Puerto Rican Broadway musical theatre ~ The Broadway hit of our generation was written by Puerto Rican New Yorker Lin-Manuel Miranda (‘In the Heights’)

“Phantom of the Opera” Broadway at the Majestic Theatre

MAJESTIC THEATRE, TIMES SQUARE THEATER DISTRICT, Dark Sundays, Ongoing ~ The Paris Opera House is haunted

“Chicago the Musical” Broadway

AMBASSADOR THEATRE, TIMES SQUARE THEATER DISTRICT, Dark Wednesdays, Open-ended run. ~ Puerto Rican Broadway legend Chita Rivera originated the role of Velma Kelly. Italian-American Liza Minnelli added her style.

Presidents Day Weekend Off-Broadway Shows

“El coronel no tiene quien le escriba” Colombian play at Harlem Stage

HARLEM Fri Mar 22; KIPS BAY Sat, Mar 23, 2019; Colombian off-broadway play in spanish ~ Jorge Alí Triana’s adaptation of the classic Gabriel García Márquez story about how history repeats itself

‘La Canción’ Puerto Rican Hip-Hop Musical at Repertorio

KIPS BAY, Sun Mar 24, Wed Mar 27, 2019 ~ Puerto Rican hip-hop musical theatre in Spanish. Playwright Cándido Tirado’s story about a Bronx kid who wakes up with a song in his head. Original music by Reggaeton legend VICO C.

‘La Celestina’ Spanish comedy at Repertorio Español

KIPS BAY; Sun Mar 31, 2019; Classic Spanish comic theatre based on the Fernando de Rojas masterpiece (1499), adapted by Cuban New York playwright Leyma López

“I am Latino” Saul Garcia at Repertorio Español

KIPS BAY; Sat-Sun Apr 6-7, Sat-Mon May 25-27, 2019, Colombian Off-Broadway standup comedy in spanish ~ Saulo has a clever understanding of how Anglos and Latinos react to each other. He’s really funny. It’s good to laugh at ourselves.

President’s Day Weekend Jazz Clubs

Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola

JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER, COLUMBUS CIRCLE, Nightly ~ World-class jazz any night in one of the great New York rooms overlooking Central Park

Blue Note

GREENWICH VILLAGE, Nightly ~ One of NYC’s legendary jazz clubs


HELL’S KITCHEN, Nightly, Sundays, Arturo O’Farrill Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra

Jazz Standard

NOMAD, Nightly ~ One of New York’s great jazz rooms

President’s Day Weekend Night Clubs

Latin clubbing at La Boom

WOODSIDE, QUEENS; Latin night club dancing ~ Touring artists Fridays, Tropical dance party Saturdays, NYC’s big Mexican night Sundays

Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater

PUBLIC THEATER, EAST VILLAGE, Nightly ~ A music showcase

House of Yes

BUSHWICK, BROOKLYN, Tue-Sun ~ NYC’s aerial burlesque nightclub is as close as you can get to the good old party days in public

Nublu Classic and Nublu 151

EAST VILLAGE, Nightly, Wed Nublu Classic Brazilian night ~ Late night underground experimental world jazz clubs. Young and fun without attitude.