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Festivals in NYC: From food to film, there's a festival for you

No matter your interest, there's a festival for you.

Several events are on the horizon for foodies, film nerds and those who like to partake in alcoholic beverages.

So, mark your calendars for these upcoming events happening in the city — and remember that New Yorkers buy tickets quickly.

MoMa International Festival of Film Preservation (through Jan. 31)

The annual edition of To Save and Project,
Photo Credit: Eagle-Lion Films/Photofest

The annual edition of To Save and Project, a festival focused on newly preserved and restored films, is back and will include more than 50 films and shorts from around the world -- many of which will be seen for the first time ever in New York, including Ida Lupino's "Never Fear (The Young Lovers)" (pictured).

Animation First (Jan. 25-27)

Returning for its second year, Animation First --
Photo Credit: Denis Do, courtesy French Institute Alliance Française

Returning for its second year, Animation First -- the only U.S. festival dedicated to French animation -- will host 17 premieres, including feature-length films and shorts, like Denis Do's "Funan" (pictured), which won the Cristal Award for best feature at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival. There will also be immersive exhibits, video game demonstrations, panels with filmmakers and more.

Three Kings Day celebration (Jan. 4, 6)

The festivities for Three Kings Day begins on
Photo Credit: Getty Images/Spencer Platt

The festivities for Three Kings Day begins on Friday with the 42nd annual parade and celebration at El Museo del Barrio. See live camels and giant puppets, enjoy music by Los Pleneros de la 21, BombaYo, Annette Aguilar & the Stringbeans, and dancing to improv by Teatro 220, as well as free admission to the galleries from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Free, 106th Street at Park Avenue to 115th Street, elmuseo.org)

Then on Sunday, Teatro SEA is putting on a meet and greet with the Three Kings with food from Goya, live music by Los Pleneros de la 21 and The Mariachi Academy of New York. The first 1,000 kids to arrive will get a free gift. (Free, 3 to 5 p.m., 107 Suffolk St., facebook.com)

Golden Festival (Jan. 18-19)

Balkan traditions (from Romania to Greece and Croatia
Photo Credit: Oresti Tsonopoulus

Balkan traditions (from Romania to Greece and Croatia to Turkey) will be celebrated at the Golden Festival. Join hands and dance, shop for folk arts, enjoy feta, sausage, and desserts and more. ($35-$80, Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Ave.,  goldenfest.org)  

Aquarius 2019 (Jan. 26)

This sustainable seafood festival features delicacies of the
Photo Credit: Aquarius

This sustainable seafood festival features delicacies of the sea from restaurants like Kellari, Ca'Pisci and other purveyors, fine wine and liquor and live performances. ($100-$150, The Foundry, 8-03 43rd St., Long Island City, secretsummernyc.com)

New York Jewish Film Festival (Jan. 9-22)

The Jewish Film Festival is back with the
Photo Credit: Courtesy The Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center

The Jewish Film Festival is back with the New York premiere of Eric Barbier's "Promise at Dawn" and Bille August's "A Fortunate Man," the U.S. premiere of the Israeli miniseries "Autonomies," new works by Amos Gitai and Nina Paley, a documentary about Joseph Pulitzer and restorations of "The Ancient Law," (pictured) "The City Without Jews" and more.

Winter Warmer (Feb. 2)

Beat the cold at the Winter Warmer festival,
Photo Credit: Ashley Sears

Beat the cold at the Winter Warmer festival, where you have access to unlimited spiked drinks and craft beer, yummy comfort food bites like truffle mac n' cheese, chili and grilled cheese from the city's restaurants, live music and games. There are two sessions (1:30 and 5:30 p.m.) -- general admission includes a commemorative tasting glass. ($49-$75, 1-8 p.m., Brooklyn EXPO Center, 72 Noble St., winterwarmer.nyc)

Creole Food Festival (April 27)

The best Creole chefs are gathering for the
Photo Credit: Theodore Samuels

The best Creole chefs are gathering for the second annual Creole Food Festival, where you can taste food and drinks from the Caribbean, Africa, Europe, Asia, South America and North America. ($25-$75, 3-8 p.m., DL Rooftop Lounge, 95 Delancey St., eventbrite.com)

NYC Winter Lantern Festival (Nov. 28-Jan. 6)

This weekend is your last chance to see
Photo Credit: New York Event and Entertainment

This weekend is your last chance to see over 40 LED installations across 7 acres at Snug Harbor as part of a Chinese tradition that has been around for more than 1,000 years. A total of 3,000 lanterns were handmade by 200 craftsmen in China over a 30-day period. ($23, 5 to 10 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursday and Sundays; and 5 to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, showclix.com)

AIPAD Photography Show (April 4-7)

Leading fine art photography galleries will present modern
Photo Credit: Julienne Schaer

Leading fine art photography galleries will present modern and 19th century photographs, photo-based art, video, and new media at the 2019 AIPAD Photography Show at Pier 94. In addition, the show will present a lively bookseller and publisher section; a specially-curated exhibition by Elton John; and talks with leading curators, collectors, artists, and journalists. aipadshow.com

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