New York City events November 2019. Things to do in NYC.

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New York City events November 2019

Halloween theme park

November 1 - 3, 2019
(begins Sept. 27)
33 miles NE
Bayville Scream Park has six terrifying attractions, and on three days it also offers kids not so scary days on Long Island. See schedule.

Elite art fair

November 1 - 5, 2019
1 mile north
TEFAF New York Fall is a fair that offers exceptional fine and decorative art from international galleries at the Park Avenue Armory. Repeats in May.

Haunted house

November 1 - 2 and 8 - 9, 2019
(begins Oct. 4)
3.3 miles south
Intense, creepy actors confront you (but don’t touch you) as you walk in groups of six through the labyrinth of passageways at Blood Manor at 359 Broadway for age 14+.

Beer tasting on Long Island

November 2, 2019
28 miles east
Sample 100 beers from breweries worldwide in an afternoon or evening session at the Great Beer Expo: Long Island at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale.

Haunted house - Long Island

November 2, 2019
(begins Sept. 27)
60 miles east
Professional actors wear intense makeup at Gateway’s Haunted Playhouse in Bellport for age 12+. On October weekends, they offer a “not so scary” Kids Adventure. See schedule.

Art walk in Hoboken

November 2 - 3, 2019
5.9 miles SW
Artists’ Studio Tour is a self-guided walking tour of 100 artists’ studios & galleries in Hoboken, NJ. Free.

Halloween - Bronx Zoo

November 2 - 3, 2019
(begins Sept. 28)
9 miles north
Boo at the Zoo features costume parades, magic shows, craft making, a corn maze, pumpkin carvers, and a candy trail at the Bronx Zoo. It is included free with all tickets. See schedule.

Food convention

November 2 - 3, 2019
33.5 miles SW
Watch cooking demonstrations, learn how to make cocktails, see celebrity chefs, sample food and wine, and shop from vendors at the Great Food Expo at New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center in Edison, NJ.

Ticket deal $8 (or 2 for $10)

Women’s Expo

November 2 - 3, 2019
33.5 miles SW
Hear celebrity speakers, watch chef demos, and join workshops at New Jersey Ultimate Women’s Expo, which includes hundreds of beauty & health product vendors at New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center in Edison, NJ.

Ticket deal $8

Comedy festival

November 4 - 10, 2019
NYC locations
New York Comedy Festival features big-name comedians, special sketch and improvisational comedy, panel discussions, and benefit shows.

Documentary film festival

November 6 - 15, 2019
Chelsea & Greenwich Village
Doc NYC screens 135 interesting documentary films with premieres and special events.

White Light Festival

November 6 - 24, 2019
(begins Oct. 19)
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.

Canned art

November 7 - 21, 2019
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.

Audiophile expo

November 8 - 10, 2019
0.6 miles north
See the best in high-end audio equipment, and meet engineers, designers, and sales reps at the New York Audio Show in 40 demo rooms at the Park Lane Hotel.

New art fair

November 8 - 10, 2019
(preview Nov. 7)
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 130 emerging artists at the Brooklyn Expo Center. Held in May and November.

Ticket deal $7.50 (preview $15)

Hard cider festival

November 8 - 17, 2019
NYC locations
Cider Week NYC celebrates traditional hard cider with tastings, flights, pairings, classes, and events.


November 9, 2019
3.2 miles south
A marathon has 26 miles, but a Beerathon has 26 bars to visit with “discounted pricing on 26 different craft, premium or better beers (pay as you go).” Register online and then check in from 12 to 3 p.m. at Libation.

Craft fair

November 9 - 10, 2019
1.7 miles south
Shop from 200 artisans, chefs, and vintage vendors at Renegade Craft Fair at the Metropolitan Pavilion. Free.

Latin culture

November 9 - 19, 2019
NYC locations
Latin American Cultural Week features dozens of music, dance, theater, art, literature, and film events.

Veterans Day Parade

November 11, 2019
0 miles
New York City Veterans Day Parade entertains 500,000 spectators as it goes up Fifth Avenue from 26th to 50th Street. The opening ceremony is at 10 a.m., wreath laying at 11 a.m., and parade at approximately 11:15 a.m. Free.

Israeli minority film festival

November 14 - 21, 2019
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.

Outdoor adventure films

November 15 - 17, 2019
1.8 miles SW
Watch “gritty, profound, shocking, visceral, and inspiring independent films that manifest the spirit of adventure” at Adventure Film Festival NYC at SVA Theatre, a benefit for children’s outdoor experiences.

Student art

November 15 - 17, 2019
(preview Nov. 14)
4.1 miles south
See “the most thought provoking contemporary art being created in universities and colleges today” at the first edition of The MFA Fair at Pier 36.

Weekend pass $15

Indoor art fair

November 15 - 17, 2019
33 miles SW
Browse fine art, fashion, and specialty foods made by 250 independent artisans at Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in the New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center. Free parking. Free for children age 12 and younger. Held in March and November.

Ticket deal $3.75

Fine art show

November 15 - 18, 2019
(preview Nov. 14)
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.

Buy American

November 16 - 17, 2019
4.4 miles SE
Shop from 100 vendors selling American-made goods at American Field at Brooklyn Expo Center. Free.

New Jersey vegetarian festival

November 16 - 17, 2019
5.9 miles NW
New Jersey VegFest offers cooking demos, speakers, 200 food vendors, beer, live music, and even plant-based clothing at Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ. Children younger than age 13 are free.

Ticket deal $12

Musicals made in a day

November 18, 2019
0.4 miles SW
Famous actors are among the cast of The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway, where you see four brand new plays that were created, staged, memorized, and performed in a single day at Laura Pels Theatre.

Holiday market - Grand Central

November 18 - Dec. 24, 2019
0.5 miles SW
Grand Central Holiday Fair is a holiday market with 40 vendors in Vanderbilt Hall. Closed on Thanksgiving Day. Free.

TV festival

November 21 - 23, 2019
NYC locations
New York Television Festival (NYTVF) offers screenings of creative shows, educational panels, competitions, pitches, fan events, parties, premieres, and seminars for artists, industry leaders, and viewers alike.

Holiday market - Union Square

November 21 - Dec. 24, 2019
1.8 miles south
Find handmade jewelry, fine art, clothing, ornaments, toys, food, and drink at Union Square Holiday Market in Union Square Park. Free.

Thanksgiving scavenger hunt

November 23 & Dec. 7, 2019
multiple locations
Cranksgiving is a scavenger hunt on your bicycle for Thanksgiving food that you donate to charity, plus an after party. Bring $20, a bag/pack, and a bike lock.

Holiday Train Show

November 23, 2019 - Jan. 26, 2020
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. See closed dates.

Balloon inflation

November 27, 2019
1.7 miles north
Watch giant balloons slowly fill with helium at Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Balloon Inflation [click their balloon tab]. Enter at Columbus Avenue & W. 73rd Street. Do not bring umbrellas, backpacks, large bags, alcoholic beverages, drones, or e-cigarettes. Free.

Thanksgiving Day Parade

November 28, 2019
(9 a.m.)
0 miles
Watch giant balloons, floats, marching bands, clowns, and performers as Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade goes down Central Park West and 6th Avenue. Route map. Balloons are grounded in high winds. Free.

Charles Dickens’ Christmas

November 29, 2019 - Jan. 5, 2020
2.5 miles south
Hear an actor dressed as Charles Dickens read in an elegant, festive parlor at A Christmas Carol at the Merchant’s House. Optional pre-show reception some nights.

Christmas on Long Island

November 29 - Dec. 1, 2019
27 miles east
See designer Christmas trees, visit the gingerbread village, watch live entertainment, ice skate, and tour the museum during Long Island Festival of Trees at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City,

African films

November 29, 2019 - Dec. 15, 2019
4 miles north
See dozens of films focused on the lives of African people during African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF), with most screenings at Cinema Village & Teachers College at Columbia University.

Model train show

November 30 - Dec. 1, 2019
33 miles SW
Greenberg’s Great Train and Toy Show features train displays, train rides, and 140 vendors at New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center in Edison, NJ. Free for children age 11 and younger. Held three times a year.

Tango festival

November 2019
NYC locations
See performances and concerts, or take classes from beginning to advanced at Shall We Tango NYC.

Winter in Bryant Park

November 2019
0.5 miles south
Winter Village at Bryant Park has a free ice skating rink with skates for rent, plus 125 holiday kiosks.

Train show at Grand Central

November 2019
0.6 miles south
The Holiday Train Show features a 34-foot-long model train layout (O gauge) with trains and subways that run on eight loops of track inside the New York Transit Museum Store. Closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Free.

Horse films

November 2019
1.4 miles south
Watch 150 films about horses at Helen Mills Theater, see horse art and literature, attend panel discussions, watch family films on Saturday, and tour stables on Sunday during the Equus Film Festival.

Prohibition party

November 2019
1.5 miles south
Dress 1930s style for Prohibition Pong, when Spin is transformed into a vintage “ping pong social club” with Prohibition-priced cocktails and vintage jazz by Michael Arenella & his Dreamland Orchestra at 48 E. 23rd Street. Free but you must RSVP online.

Cider tasting

November 2019
5.7 miles SE
A ticket to Ciderfeast includes unlimited cider samples from 15 producers paired with small bites of hearty food in Williamsburg for age 21+.

Craft show

November 2019
7 miles SE
American Fine Craft Show features high-quality works from 90 juried craft artists at Brooklyn Museum.

Pumpkin Smash

November 2019
NYC locations
Bring an old pumpkin to smash at Pumpkin Smash, and it will end up as compost. Free.

Thanksgiving dance

November 2019
2.8 miles south
Mingle with “champagne-drinking models, waifs covered in tattoos, and other beautiful people” on Thanksgiving Eve in the gorgeous glam surroundings of Public Arts for age 21+.

Christmas tree lighting

November 2019
0 miles
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.

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