This Weekend in NYC: Winter Jam, Japanese New Year + Zuma


Mother Nature may not be raining snow on us this year, but that won’t stop New York City from throwing down a Winter Jam full of the white stuff. If you can’t make it to the mountains, let NYC Parks bring the mountains to you with a family-friendly snow day off the Bandshell in Central Park. This Saturday, January 24, snow-making pros from Gore Mountain will blanket the area with powder aplenty for ski and snowboard lessons, sledding, and snowshoeing. Work up a snowman, ship some pics to the grandfolk in Florida, and then seek shelter for a full-on snowball fight. When it’s time for a hot chocolate break, the Taste NY Winter Market will be on hand, with plenty of sustenance to fight the chill. Winter Jam is only the beginning of a great family weekend in NYC. You can also bring the little ones to dance parties and workshops for the Irish Festival at the Children’s Museum of the Arts this weekend, or celebrate Japanese New Year at the Japan Society‘s Oshogatsu fest on Sunday, January 25, full of games, kite-making, lion dancing, and drumming. Embrace the season before spring comes along and ruins everything.

Mush Up

For winter sport of a (slightly) more adult nature, don’t miss Idiotarod NYC XI on Saturday, January 24. Brooklyn’s brains turn to mushing as lovable blue-eyed sled dogs get replaced with teams of merrily stumbling bipeds, dragging shopping carts instead of sleds and dressed as aliens, gladiators, and nuns. Locations are TBD, as this much fun may not be 100% legal.

La Cage Aux Follies

For a cultural date night, head to Brooklyn stalwart Spoke the Hub, which hosts its annual Winter Follies show this weekend. It’s a chance to catch a huge range of dance, with 45 artists out to win you over in just five minutes’ time. (At the end of the show, you’ll vote for your favorite.) Come for Saturday’s performance and you can do some dancing of your own, as Art Lillard’s Heavenly Big Band plays live afterwards.

Now Open

International izakaya spot Zuma brings its Japanese-inspired cuisine to Midtown East. Snag a seat at the robata grill to watch scallops with pickled plum and pork belly with yuzu mustard miso get treated to a perfect sear. There’s also a sake bar, sushi counter, and upstairs lounge, providing plenty of versatility for your next night of romance.

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