Spring is in the air! But it really here? We're two weeks away from Daylight Savings, when longer days will again return to New York City. Until then, enjoy the lineup of great events this week:
Tuesday, February 28
Happy Mardi Gras! Indulge to your heart's content in the best that New York City has to offer—including, of course, the traditional king cake. Regardless of whether or not you'll spend the rest of the week fasting, Mardi Gras is always a good time!
Randall's Island Park Alliance 25th Annual Gala
Tuesday, February 28, 6:30 p.m.
David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York
Support Randall's Island—New York's backyard—with cocktails and dinner. The event honors Richard and Christine Mack for their commitment to the park. Former New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira will receive the Champion for Children award for his efforts to foster sports and educational opportunities for children living in the South Bronx and East Harlem.
For additional information, visit gala.randallsisland.org.
Audubon Gala 2017
Wednesday, March 1, 6:30 p.m.
Gotham Hall, 1356 Broadway, New York
The National Audubon Society, a nonprofit dedicated to the environment and to conservation, will host its annual gala on Wednesday with a cocktail reception, dinner and awards. The event will celebrate Frances Beinecke, recipient of the Audubon Medal; and Nathanial P. Reed, recipient of the Lufkin Prize for Environmental Leadership.
For additional information, visit audubon.org.
MoMA Armory Party
Wednesday, March 1, 8 p.m.
The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53 Street, New York
Preview the Armory Show, which opens Thursday, with a celebration at MoMA! Live performance by St. Lucia. DJ set by Helado Negro.
For additional information, visit moma.org.
Karaoke Against Humanity
Wednesday, March 1, 9 p.m.
Lot 45 Buckwick, 411 Troutman Street, Brooklyn
It's a karaoke game for horrible people. If you've played Cards Against Humanity, you can play this version: The host picks a card from the deck, and the player has to respond with a song title, and then sing the song. A little levity for a Wednesday.
For additional information, visit the Lot 45 Facebook page.
The Armory Show
Thursday, March 2–Sunday, March 5
Piers 29 and 94, 711 12th Avenue at 55th Street
Spring must be here—the Armory Show is back! The art fair and cultural destination opens on Thursday, allowing guests to discover and collect the world's most important 20th and 21st century artworks.
For additional information, visit thearmoryshow.com.
The Metropolitan Opera's Rusalka Closing Show
Thursday, March 2, 7:30 p.m.
The Metropolitan Opera, 30 Lincoln Center Plaza
This is your last chance to see Rusalka, a love story between a Water Gnome and a Prince in a performance with similar themes as The Little Mermaid.
For additional information, visit metopera.org.
Lincoln Center Young Patrons Gala
Thursday, March 2, 7–11 p.m.
The Angel Orensanz Center, 172 Norfolk Street, New York
The gala brings together 500 New Yorkers to celebrate the arts! Featuring performances by movement artist Jon Boogz and DJs Hannah Bronfman and Brendan Fallis.
For additional information, visit yplcgala2017.org.