It’s a new year which means a new, wide open calendar to fill with fun events the whole family can enjoy. From Olympic-level competitions to funky ice festivals, check out the amazing events to hit this month!
Albany Food and Wine Festival
Taste wines, spirits and beer from all over the world, and sample fare from some of the Capital District’s top chefs. In addition to pavilions dedicated to rising-star chefs and New York - made beer, this year’s fest includes a slider competition - where you can vote for your favorite mini burger to win people’s choice - and bartender competitions in which drink slingers will try to make the best Manhattan and Bloody Mary of the fest. Albany; January 11-13, tickets start at $50.
IBSF North America's Cup Bobsled & Skeleton
Experience true athleticism at the 2018 IBSF North America's Cup Bobsled & Skeleton competition where champion bobsledders will take to this notoriously challenging track in the city that hosted the Winter Olympic Games in 1932 and 1980. Admission to the event is included with an Olympic Sites Pass ($35), which gets you into all of Lake Placid’s Olympic venues! Lake Placid; January 11-14; $TBA
Be transported into a true winter wonderland while you enjoy a 20 minute Horse Drawn Sleigh ride at Highland Forest. All sleigh rides are first-come first-served basis so plan accordingly and call ahead for the day’s schedule. Fabius; January 16-25; free
Syracuse Orange Basketball
In Syracuse, college basketball is serious business. Find out just how serious when you enter the legendary Carrier Dome - the largest domed stadium in the Northeast - to cheer on the home team alongside fuzzy mascot, Otto the Orange. This month, you can see them take on Notre Dame (January 6), Pittsburgh (January 16), and Boston College (January 24). Syracuse; regular season through March 3; tickets start at $40
In New York City, hardcore theater lovers and casual fans alike descend on the Great White Way for Broadway Week (which is actually more like three weeks). As part of the promotion, you can snag some of the best tickets in for some of the top Broadway shows in the city - and there’s some solid family hits in town right now, from the long-running Lion King to this season’s latest critical hit musical, SpongeBob Squarepants. New York City; January 16 - February 4; ticket prices vary; check website on January 5 for a list of participating shows.
Funky Ice Fest
Celebrate the ice arts at this annual two-weekend event serving local beer and spirits. Enjoy classic '70s music, disco balls and an array of insane looking ice sculptures while you sip on some wintery flavored cocktails. New additions to the Ice Fest this year is the heated Funky Lounge and nostalgia-inspired food trucks. Don’t forget to bring the kids! The pub is kid-friendly and will have plenty of games to keep the little ones entertained. Lake George; weekends January 19 - 28; free
A ski trip in New York State is always a good idea, but if you’re looking for an excuse to hit the slopes– look no further. On January 18th for Discover NY Ski Day, lift tickets, passes and packages will be discounted for participating ski areas. Locations vary; January 18th; prices vary
Enjoy eight days of incredible deals during Long Island Restaurant Week. Participating restaurants will offer a three-course prix-fixe menu for only 28.95. Whether you’re into Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean or virtually anything else, this is an excellent chance to sample the best of Long Island’s growing restaurant scene. Long Island; January 21-28; $28.95
Winter Jam NYC
In the mood for a snow day? Get a taste of Upstate New York’s ski areas right in the heart of New York City’s Central Park. At Winter Jam NYC you can get a free ski lesson, watch an ice sculptor at work, warm up with treats by Taste NY and much more. And just in case Mother Nature doesn’t deliver, Gore Mountain’s snow makers will help make sure there’s plenty of fluffy snow to frolic in. New York City; January 27; free
Meet some alpacas, shop in a market filled with local vendors, and let the kids get their faces painted at the Larkin Ice Festival. While you’re there, be sure to check out the local businesses helping to make Larkinville one of Buffalo’s most bustling and exciting neighborhoods. Buffalo; January 27; Free