New York City events calendar for November 2017. Best festivals, fun things to do, holiday markets, Thanksgiving parade, food and wine tastings in NYC, New York.

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Enjoy the best New York City events, festivals, and things to do with this calendar of events.

Distance is from Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan.

Film festival

November 1 - 4, 2017

1.8 miles SW

Big Apple Film Festival (BAFF) showcases independent filmmaking and presents awards at SVA Theatre.

Architecture & design films

November 1 - 5, 2017

1.7 miles south

Architecture & Design Film Festival features films, parties, and panel discussions with design leaders and filmmakers at Cinépolis Chelsea.

White Light Festival

November 1 - 15, 2017 (begins Oct. 18)

1.5 miles NW

See world-class performances, films, and artist talks with a focus on music during White Light Festival at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Israeli minority film festival

November 2 - 9, 2017

1.8 miles north

The Other Israel Film Festival shows dramatic and documentary films and holds panel discussions about the history and culture of minority populations in Israel at the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan and other locations.

Beer tasting

November 4, 2017

19 miles east

Sample 100 beers from breweries worldwide in an afternoon or evening session at the Great Beer Expo: Long Island at Belmont Park in Elmont.

Women’s film festival

November 4 - 5, 2017

4 miles SE

Imagine This screens short films and feature-length films “produced, directed, and written by women” at the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg.


November 5, 2017

0.5 miles north

The world-famous New York City Marathon begins in Staten Island and runs through all five boroughs before ending at Central Park. Stand along Central Park South to cheer on the finishers. Free to watch.

Dog films

November 5, 2017

1.8 miles south

The Dog Film Festival features films about the bond between dogs and humans at School of Visual Arts.

Art walk

November 5, 2017

5.9 miles SW

Artists’ Studio Tour is a self-guided walking tour of 100 artists’ studios and galleries in Hoboken, NJ. Free.

Comedy festival

November 7 - 12, 2017

NYC locations

New York Comedy Festival features big-name comedians, special sketch and improvisational comedy, panel discussions, and benefits.

Documentary film festival

November 9 - 16, 2017

Chelsea & West Village

See 150 interesting documentary films, and attend galas on opening and closing nights at Doc NYC.

Fine art show

November 10 - 13, 2017 (preview Nov. 9)

1 mile north

See contemporary design, decorative art, antiquities, and ethnographic art from around the world at The Salon Art + Design in the Park Avenue Armory.

Arab films

November 10 - 16, 2017

2 miles south

Watch 14 films from 8 countries in the Arab world during Arab Cinema Week at Cinema Village.

Latin culture

November 10 - 19, 2017

NYC locations

Latin American Cultural Week offers dozens of music, dance, theater, art, literature, and film events.

Veterans Day Parade

November 11, 2017

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America’s Parade entertains 600,000 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.

Buy American

November 11 - 12, 2017

10 miles south

Shop from 60 vendors selling American-made goods at American Field at Industry City in Brooklyn. Free.

Whisky festival

November 16, 2017

0.5 miles west

Taste 300 whiskies, and learn from master distillers and blenders at WhiskyFest at Marriott Marquis.

Horse films

November 16 - 19, 2017

multiple locations

Watch 150 films about horses at Village East Cinema, see horse art and literature, attend panel discussions, tour a stable, and join a Saturday kid fest during the Equus Film Festival [website has sound].

Holiday market - Union Square

November 16 - Dec. 24, 2017

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 on Thanksgiving. Free.

Wine tasting

November 18, 2017

0.1 miles north

Sample 175 wines with hors d’oeuvres and live jazz at NYC Autumn Wine Festival at NYY Steak on 51st St.

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Thanksgiving scavenger hunt

November 18, 2017

1.8 miles SW

Cranksgiving is a scavenger hunt on your bicycle for Thanksgiving food that you donate to a food bank, plus a party. Bring $20, a bag/pack, and a bike lock.

Craft fair

November 18 - 19, 2017

1.7 miles south

Shop from 225 artisans, chefs, and vintage vendors at Renegade Craft Fair at the Metropolitan Pavilion. Free.

Craft show

November 18 - 19, 2017

7 miles SE

American Fine Craft Show features high-quality works from 90 juried craft artists at Brooklyn Museum.

Long Island boat parade

November 19, 2017

57 miles east

Watch decorated boats on the river at Patchogue Christmas Holiday Boat Parade on Long Island. Free.

Balloon inflation

November 22, 2017 (3 to 10 p.m.)

2 miles north

Watch giant balloons slowly fill with helium at Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Balloon Inflation [sound] near 79th Street and Columbus Avenue. This event is described on the bottom of their web page.

Holiday Train Show

November 22, 2017 - Jan. 15, 2018

12 miles north

Watch model trains zip around miniature New York landmarks made of plant materials, and enjoy kids’ activities at the Holiday Train Show at New York Botanical Garden.

Thanksgiving Day Parade

November 23, 2017 (9 a.m.)

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Watch giant balloons, floats, marching bands, clowns, and performers as Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade [website has sound] goes down Central Park West and 6th Avenue. Route map. Free.

Thanksgiving dinner

November 23, 2017

NYC locations

Find a list of restaurants offering special menus for Thanksgiving Day at am New York and City Guide and OpenTable.

The Nutcracker

November 24 - Dec. 31, 2017

1.1 miles NW

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.

Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar

November 25 - 26, 2017

10 miles south

Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar features handpicked local artisans, food vendors, and craft activities for kids in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Free.

Model train show

November 25 - 26, 2017

33 miles SW

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.

Modern Messiah

November 26, 2017

0.5 miles north

Messiah...Refreshed has a full symphony orchestra and concert singers at Carnegie Hall.

Lincoln Square holiday festival

November 27, 2017

1.2 miles NW

Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square features a tree lighting in Dante Park, sidewalk performers, a brass band dance, tastes of local restaurants, and activities and entertainment for kids along Broadway. Free.

Holiday market - Central Park

November 28 - Dec. 24, 2017

0.5 miles north

Enjoy a hot beverage or meal, and shop for gifts from 100 vendors at the Columbus Circle Holiday Market at Central Park West and 59th Street. Free.

Christmas tree lighting

November 29, 2017

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Brave the crowds and winter weather to watch the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting and live entertainment. The tree stays lit until Jan. 7 at 9 p.m. Free.

Tango festival

November 2017 (undated)

NYC locations

See performances and concerts, or take classes that range from beginner to advanced at Shall We Tango NYC.

Holiday market - Grand Central

November 2017 (undated)

0.5 miles SW

Grand Central Holiday Fair is a holiday market with 40 vendors in Vanderbilt Hall. Closed Thanksgiving. Free.

Winter in Bryant Park

November 2017 (undated)

0.5 miles south

Winter Village at Bryant Park has 125 holiday kiosk shops and an ice-skating rink open until March 5 (free unless you rent skates).

Plays made in a day

November 2017 (undated)

0.7 miles SW

Famous actors are among the cast at 24 Hour Plays, where you watch six brand new plays created, staged, memorized, and performed in a single day at American Airlines Theatre.

Food & design event

November 2017 (undated)

0.8 miles NE

Enjoy tastes from top chefs and browse luxury home products at Taste of T at Architects and Designers Building.

Taste the city’s best

November 2017 (undated)

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.

Canned art

November 2017 (undated)

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. Free.

Electronic music

November 2017 (undated)

4.5 miles SE

Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival showcases emerging and established artists in Williamsburg.

Cocktail tasting

November 2017 (undated)

6 miles SE

Taste a dozen restaurant creations at the Bloody Mary Battle and vote for your favorite, with live music and food for sale at Villain for age 21+.

Bronx restaurant deals

November 2017 (undated)

10 miles north

Dozens of restaurants offer special lunch and dinner menus or 15% off your bill during Savor the Bronx.

Wine tasting

November 2017 (undated)

11 miles south

Sample 200 wines with hors d’oeuvres and live jazz at Brooklyn Crush Wine & Artisanal Food Festival in Brooklyn. Repeats in May.

Wine tasting in New Jersey

November 2017 (undated)

29 miles west

Sample 150 wines with hors d’oeuvres and live jazz at New Jersey Harvest Wine Festival at the Hilton in Short Hills, NJ.

Pumpkin Smash

November 2017 (undated)

NYC locations

Bring a pumpkin to smash at Pumpkin Smash, and it will end up as compost. Click the location to see date and hours. Also at Clement Clarke Moore Park. Free.
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