Taste 100 wines from around the world during Wine Riot at Brooklyn Expo Center for age 21+.
Halloween theme park
November 2 - 4, 2018
(starts Sept. 21)
33 miles NE
Bayville Scream Park [sound] has six terrifying attractions, plus “not so scary” kids’ days (weekends 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.) on Long Island. See schedule.
Hard cider festival
November 2 - 11, 2018
Cider Week NYC celebrates traditional hard cider with tastings, flights, pairings, classes, and events.
November 3 - 4, 2018
1.5 miles SW
Play Fair promises “hands-on exhibits, awe-inspiring displays, dozens of toy and entertainment brands, and never-before-seen exclusives” plus life-size characters at the Jacob Javits Convention Center.
Artists’ Studio Tour is a self-guided walking tour of 100 artists’ studios and galleries in Hoboken, NJ. Free.
November 5 - 11, 2018
New York Comedy Festival features big-name comedians, special sketch and improvisational comedy, panel discussions, and benefit shows.
New art fair
November 8 - 11, 2018
4.4 miles SE
Based in London, The Other Art Fair “leads the way in uncovering and nurturing new and innovative creative talent” exhibiting works by 120 emerging artists at the Brooklyn Expo Center. Held in May and November.
New York City Veterans Day Parade entertains 500,000 spectators as it goes up Fifth Avenue from 26th to 52nd Street. The opening ceremony is at 10 a.m., wreath laying at 11 a.m., and parade at approximately 11:15 a.m. Free.
Billed as the largest train and toy show in the Northeast, Greenberg’s Great Train and Toy Show features train displays, train rides, and 150 vendors at New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center in Edison, NJ. Free for children age 11 and younger.
Lincoln Square holiday festival
November 26, 2018
1.2 miles NW
Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square features a 5:30 p.m. tree lighting in Dante Park, musicians, dancers, street performers, tastes of 30 local restaurants, and activities for children along Broadway (from Columbus Circle to 70th Street). Free.
See world-class performances, films, and artist talks with a focus on music during White Light Festival at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
Holiday market - Union Square
1.8 miles south
Find handmade jewelry, fine art, clothing, ornaments, toys, food, and drink at Union Square Holiday Market in Union Square Park. Closed for Thanksgiving. Free.
Israeli minority film festival
1.8 miles north
The Other Israel Film Festival shows documentary and dramatic films, and holds panel discussions about the history and culture of minority populations in Israel, mostly at the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan.
Taste the city’s best
2.1 miles SW
Meet the best chefs and mixologists, selected by New York Magazine, as they prepare and plate your food at New York Taste, held at 269 11th Ave.
A reading of terrifying tales
2.4 miles south
Hear two or three spine-tingling stories read live onstage with orchestral score and sound effects each night at H.P. Lovecraft Festival at 81 Christopher St.
4 miles south
See creative sculptures made entirely of canned food at Canstruction at 250 Vesey Street. After the event, all cans are donated to City Harvest. Photos.
Taste of Lower Manhattan
4.3 miles south
A ticket to Taste of Lower Manhattan gets you “signature bites from restaurants in the downtown NYC area, complemented by a variety of wines, spirits and other craft beverages” with DJ music at the Museum of American Finance.
Beer festival in Jersey City
7 miles SW
A ticket to Jersey City Craft Brew Fest has beer and cider tasting, live music, interactive games, and food for sale at Harborside Plaza in Jersey City, NJ for age 21+. Held in April and November.
Bronx restaurant deals
10 miles north
Dozens of restaurants offer special lunch and dinner menus or 15% off your bill during Savor the Bronx.
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition with old-fashioned costumes, a tree that grows before your eyes, crystal-shaped snowflakes, fine choreography by New York City Ballet, and Tchaikovsky’s captivating music at David H. Koch Theater.