Stay Toasty: Winter Weather Activities Guide

 Photo by @margoandme

Photo by @margoandme

Don't let the cold keep you inside all season long. Grab your coat and head to Union Square to warm up this winter! We've curated the best ways for you to make the most of this month: find Off-Broadway deals, try a different hot cocoa every day, explore gyms and fitness studios at Sweat Fest, and yes - you can still shop at the outdoor Greenmarket! 

GET DRENCHED AT SWEAT FEST

Registration is now open for Union Square Sweat Fest, our week-long fitness festival featuring top instructors, studios, retailers + eateries. This year's line-up includes hundreds of workout spots in just six days, where you can hang with Spiderbands, run with New Balance, and HIIT it at Paragon Sports. Kick-off the week with our launch party workout at SWERVE Fitness Feb. 8th and attend our closing celebration with Sound Off Yoga Feb. 13th for swag bags you won't want to miss. 

Check out the schedule and learn more here.

DEALS ON DATE NIGHT

Off-Broadway Week

Find amazing deals on performances with NYC Go's Off-Broadway Week - Feb. 12th - 25th get two tickets for the price of one! That's 50% off seats at some pretty incredible shows. See the Vineyard Theatre's newest production The Amateurs, making its debut February 8th and join the Daryl Roth Theatre for their New York Times critic pick In & Of Itself

  The Amateurs  at the Vineyard Theatre

The Amateurs at the Vineyard Theatre

  In & Of Itself  at the Daryl Roth Theatre

In & Of Itself at the Daryl Roth Theatre

NYC Restaurant Week

Taste some of the best cuisine that NYC has to offer without breaking the bank. NYC Go's Restaurant Week is a semiannual promotion that celebrates fine dining at an affordable price, taking place now through February 9th. Participating restaurants offer three-course prix-fixe menus where you can enjoy lunch for $39 or dinner for $42. Some of our favorite USQ eateries participating include Irvington, ABC Cocina, Rosa Mexicano, Tarallucci e Vino, and new this year Babu Ji. Find more info on where to eat in Union Square here.

BRAVE THE COLD

Union Square Greenmarket

Don't let cold temps stop you from supporting local farmer's year-round at the Union Square Greenmarket. Stop by the Greenmarket Info Tent and pick up your Winter Warrior punch card. Share your best #GMKTWinterWarrior finds and follow @unsqgreenmarket to stay in-the-know on all Greenmarket happenings, updates, and deals. Punch purchases through March 21st and redeem by April 2nd. Read more about becoming a Winter Warrior here

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Crossroads of New York Walking Tour

Experience Union Square in a new way by participating in the Union Square Partnership's free walking tour, Union Square: The Crossroads of New York. Join us for this engaging tour led by the historians at Big Onion Walking Tours to explore the social and political history of the neighborhood and learn about the people and events that shape this vibrant community everyday. Tours take place every Saturday at 2 PM. Meet in front of Barnes and Noble at 33 East 17th Street.

 Union Square Park in 1908

Union Square Park in 1908

HOT COCOA (YOU BET IT GETS ITS OWN SECTION)

City Bakery Hot Chocolate Festival

Try a new flavor of hot chocolate for the entire month of February at City Bakery. Join us for 28 days of unique flavors - beat the cold with a mug of hot cocoa and handmade marshmallows. A few flavor highlights this year include Salted Caramel, Fresh Ginger, "Love Potion", Dark Chocolate and Cherry Bitters, and Peruvian Milk Chocolate. Get the full list here.

Valrhona Hot Chocolate at Daily Provisions

The Daily Provisions team created a special hot chocolate using Valrhona chocolate they'll be serving through Feb. 4th. 50 cents from each hot cocoa sold will go towards the Careers through Culinary Arts Program’s "Job Training Program", so you can finally feel good about indulging your sweet tooth. Details here.

Haute Chocolate Tasting

Valentine's Day is a holiday for embracing love and ignoring diets, so come on out and enjoy some chocolate samples from Haute Chocolate at Strand Bookstore! Stop by the Strand Feb. 14th between 2 and 4 PM and treat yourself to something decadent. More info here.

Don't forget to share your favorite experiences with us! Tag your winter activities posts with #USQSweatFest, #USQEats, and #USQEvents, and follow @UnionSquareNY to see what we're up to all season long.