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 events, festivals, and things to do in New York City with this calendar of events.

Miles are from Rockefeller Center in Midtown.

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Elite art fair

November 1, 2017

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.

Pumpkin Smash

November 1 - 5, 2017

NYC locations

Bring an old pumpkin to crush at Pumpkin Smash, and it will end up as compost. [Click any of the seven pumpkins on the map to see the address and hours.]
  • Nov. 1 - Bronx
  • Nov. 4 - Manhattan, Queens, Roosevelt/Staten Isl.
  • Nov. 5 - Brooklyn

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

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 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.

Canned art

November 2 - 15, 2017 (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.*)

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. Free.
*Closes at 6 p.m. on Nov. 15.

Beer bash

November 3 - 4, 2017

1.7 miles south

Sample 150 craft beers at NYC Craft Beer Festival, with restaurant food for sale in Metropolitan Pavilion.

Haunted house

November 3 - 4, 2017

3 miles south

Intense, creepy actors confront you in the labyrinth of passageways at Blood Manor, 163 Varick Street. Not for pre-teens. See schedule.

Haunted house - Long Island

November 3 - 4, 2017

60 miles east

Professional actors wear intense makeup at Gateway’s Haunted Playhouse [sound] in Bellport. It adds a Kids Adventure on weekends Oct. 7 to 29. See schedule.

Halloween theme park

November 3 - 5, 2017

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.

Toy fair

November 4 - 5, 2017

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.

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.

A reading of terrifying tales

November 5, 2017 (8 p.m.)

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.

Art walk in Hoboken

November 5, 2017 (12 to 6 p.m.)

5.9 miles SW

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

Taste the city’s best

November 6, 2017 (7 p.m., VIP 6 p.m.)

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.

Bronx restaurant deals

November 6 - 17, 2017

10 miles north

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

Comedy festival

November 7 - 12, 2017

NYC locations

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

Documentary film festival

November 9 - 16, 2017

Chelsea & Greenwich Village

Doc NYC screens 135 interesting documentary films with premieres and special events.

Free patriotic concert

November 10, 2017 (7 p.m.)

10 miles north

The United States National Air Force Band performs music to honor our military and veterans at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts CUNY. Get a free ticket from the box office.

Audiophile expo

November 10 - 12, 2017

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 10 - 12, 2017 (preview Nov. 9)

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 June and November.

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.

Veterans Day Parade

November 11, 2017

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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.

Beer tasting on Long Island

November 11, 2017

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.

Buy American

November 11 - 12, 2017

10 miles south

Shop from 100 vendors selling American-made goods at American Field at Industry City in Brooklyn. Free.

Whisky festival

November 16, 2017 (6:30 p.m., VIP 5:30 p.m.)

0.5 miles west

Sample 400 whiskies, and learn from master distillers and blenders at $275 WhiskyFest at Marriott Marquis.

Taste of Lower Manhattan

November 16, 2017 (7 p.m., VIP 6 p.m.)

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.

Carribean party

November 17, 2017 (6:30 to 8:30 p.m.)

4.1 miles north

The $50 Liminal Space Fête Fundraiser for hurricane relief includes a Guyanese cocktail, chef-made dishes from Guyana, an exhibition of art from Guyana and a chance to meet the artists at Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute.

Wine tasting

November 18, 2017

0.1 miles north

Sample world-class wine with hors d’oeuvres and live jazz at NYC Autumn Wine Festival at NYY Steak on 51st Street.

Beer festival in Jersey City

November 18, 2017 (1 and 6 p.m.)

7 miles SW

A ticket to Jersey City Craft Brew Fest includes beer tasting and live music, with food for sale at Harborside Plaza in Jersey City, NJ for age 21+.

Thanksgiving scavenger hunt

November 18 & Dec. 2, 2017

9 miles SE

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.

Latin culture

November 19, 2017

NYC locations

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

Horse films

November 19, 2017

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.

Craft fair

November 19, 2017

1.7 miles south

Shop from 200 artisans, chefs, and vintage vendors at Renegade Craft Fair at the Metropolitan Pavilion. Free.
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Craft show

November 19, 2017

7 miles SE

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

Arab films

November 19 - 23, 2017

2 miles south

Watch 19 films from 10 countries about the Arab world during Arab Cinema Week at Cinema Village.

Holiday market - Grand Central

November 19 - Dec. 24, 2017

0.5 miles SW

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

Holiday market - Union Square

November 19 - 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.

Racy Nutcracker

November 19, 2017 - Jan. 14, 2018

7.4 miles SE

Nutcracker Rouge is a decadently sumptuous baroque burlesque production, including opera, circus, ballet, gorgeous design, and fine music in Brooklyn.

Discount tickets $35 to $75.

Train show at Grand Central

November 19, 2017 - Feb. 4, 2018

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 on holidays. Free.

Winter in Bryant Park

November 19, 2017 - March 4, 2018

0.5 miles south

Winter Village at Bryant Park has a free ice skating rink with skates for rent, plus 125 holiday kiosks that stay open until Jan. 2.

Cocktail show

November 20, 2017 - Feb. 24, 2018

0.6 miles west

A ticket to The Imbible includes 3 craft cocktails plus a comic romp through the history of spirits and cocktails at New World Stages.

Discount tickets $20 to $49.

Tango festival

November 21 - 21, 2017

NYC locations

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

Balloon inflation

November 22, 2017 (1 to 8 p.m.)

1.7 miles north

Watch giant balloons slowly fill with helium at Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Balloon Inflation [sound]. Enter at Columbus Avenue & W. 74th Street. Their web page lists precise directions and prohibited items. Free.

Big Apple Circus

November 22 - 30, 2017

1.2 miles NW

The famous Big Apple Circus has high-wire aerialists, acrobats, jugglers, clowns, contortionists, rescue animals, and a band in a tent at Lincoln Center.

Discount tickets $29 to $55.

Harry Potter parody

November 22 - Jan. 14, 2018

0.6 miles west

Puffs is about the mediocre students of Hogwarts School, lovable underachieving wizards not destined to save the world from evil, at New World Stages.

Discount tickets $47.

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. Closed Nov. 23 & 27; Dec. 4 & 25; and Jan. 8.

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.

Adult night - train show

November 24, 2017 - Jan. 13, 2018 (7 to 10:30 p.m.)

12 miles north

Sip a cocktail under holiday lights, see model trains circle a miniature New York, and watch ice carvers at Bar Car Nights at the Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden for age 21+.

Discount tickets $33.

Caribbean musical

November 25, 2017 (7 p.m.)

4.5 miles north

The residents 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.

Discount tickets $13 to $25.

Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar

November 25 - 26, 2017

10 miles south

Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar features 60 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.

TV stars sing for the holidays

November 26 - Dec. 30, 2017

0.4 miles NW

Hear stars from “The Voice” and “The Bachelorette” and “America's Got Talent” perform contemporary takes on 25 holiday songs at Home for the Holidays at August Wilson Theatre.

Discount tickets $55 to $85.

Lincoln Square holiday festival

November 27, 2017 (5:30 to 9 p.m.)

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.

Holiday market - Central Park

November 28 - Dec. 24, 2017

0.5 miles north

Enjoy a hot beverage or meal, and shop for gifts from 150 vendors at the Columbus Circle Holiday Market at Central Park West and 59th Street. Free.

Christmas tree lighting

November 29, 2017 (7 to 9 p.m.)

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.

All-star band

November 29, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)

1.3 miles NW

Wall Street Rocks: For Our Heroes is a benefit concert for veterans, which features big name performers at Terminal 5.

Charles Dickens’ Christmas

November 30 - Dec. 27, 2017

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.
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