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

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New York City events November 2019

Haunted house - Long Island

November 1 - 2, 2019
(also Oct.)
60 miles east
Professional actors wear intense makeup at Gateway’s Haunted Playhouse in Bellport for age 13+. On October weekends, they offer a “not so scary” Kids Adventure for age 3+. See schedule.

Halloween theme park

November 1 - 3, 2019
(also Oct.)
33 miles NE
Bayville Scream Park has six terrifying attractions for age 12+ (age 10+ with an adult). Kids not so scary days are weekends plus Oct. 9 & 14 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+.

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Winter in Bryant Park

November 1, 2019 - Jan. 5, 2020
(Oct. 31+)
0.5 miles south
Winter Village at Bryant Park has a free ice skating rink with skates for rent, plus 125 holiday kiosks.

Latin music party cruise

November 2, 2019
(11:45 p.m.)
2.2 miles SE
Latin Midnight Party Cruise offers skyline views, a cash bar and buffet, and “a Latin lounge complete with the best of salsa, merengue, bachata, reggaeton, and Latin house” aboard the Harbor Lights Yacht, departing from Skyport Marina for age 21+. See the dress code.

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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.

LEGO expo

November 2 - 3, 2019
5.7 miles NW
BrickFair features amazing exhibits, family activities, and vendors of LEGO plastic bricks at Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ. Children age 3 and younger are free. No strollers.

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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
(also Oct.)
9 miles north
Boo at the Zoo features costume parades, pumpkin carvers, magic shows, craft making, a corn maze, and a candy trail at the Bronx Zoo, included free with all tickets. Open weekends & Oct. 14. Spooktacular Night Walks with pizza are $45 on Oct. 5, 11, 18, 26.

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.

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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.

Pumpkin Smash

November 2 - 10, 2019
multiple locations
Bring an old pumpkin to smash at Pumpkin Smash, and it will end up as compost. See their web page for locations in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island. Free.

Rap about consciousness

November 2 & 18, 2019
2.7 miles south
Rap Guide to Consciousness takes a deep dive into the neuroscience of human experience—from sensations to hallucinations—offering “a funny but serious appreciation of the wonders of the human mind” [The Psychologist] at Soho Playhouse. Video (3 minutes).

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November 3, 2019
0.5 miles north
The world-famous New York City Marathon begins on Staten Island and runs through all five boroughs before ending at Central Park. See where to watch the race. Free except grandstand seats.

Dog films

November 3, 2019
1.8 miles south
The The NY Dog Film Festival features films about the bond between dogs and humans at School of Visual Arts. No pets in the theater.

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.

Opera by Puccini

November 6 - 25, 2019
1.1 miles NW
Madama Butterfly is a young Japanese geisha who mistakenly believes her arrangement with a visiting American naval officer is a loving and permanent marriage, at the Metropolitan Opera House.

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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 April and November.

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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.

Caribbean musical

November 9, 2019
(7 p.m.)
4.5 miles north
Citizens of Jamaica fight the overreach of American commercialism in a show full of surprising sets, colorful costumes, and Calypso-inspired songs at Harlem Repertory Theatre.

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Cider tasting

November 9, 2019
(1 to 4 p.m.)
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 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.

India spectacular

November 10, 2019
(4 p.m.)
10 miles north
Packed with film, dance, and music, Taj Express is a high-energy celebration of Bollywood cinema, pop music, and traditional dress of India at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts CUNY.

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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.

Veteran’s Day concert

November 11, 2019
(8 p.m.)
0.5 miles north
America the Beautiful: A Veterans Day Celebration stars the National Festival Chorus performing classics like America the Beautiful, Song of Democracy, Shenandoah, Danny Boy, and Battle Hymn of the Republic with a concert band at Carnegie Hall.

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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.

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.

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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.

Whiskey tasting

November 16, 2019
2.1 miles SW
New York City Whiskey Festival features 100 styles of whiskey, bourbon, gin, tequila, and vodka with live music and food for sale at The Tunnel for age 21+. Held in March and November.

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Chocolate show

November 16 - 17, 2019
1.5 miles SW
Salon du Chocolat features chocolate and pastry demonstrations, samples, chocolate sculptures, children’s activities, and even models wearing chocolate at Jacob Javits Convention Center.

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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.

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.

Adult night - train show

November 23, 2019 - Jan. 18, 2020
12 miles north
Sip a cocktail under holiday lights, see model trains circle a miniature New York, and warm up at the fire pit during Bar Car Nights at the Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden for age 21.

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.

Magic show

November 29, 2019
(1 & 3 p.m.)
0.6 miles east
Emmy-nominated magician Matt Roberts brings his humorous and surprising interactive magic show for all ages to Club Bonafide.

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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.

The Nutcracker

November 29, 2019 - Jan. 5, 2020
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.

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.

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.

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