New York City events November 2018. Things to do in NYC.

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New York City events November 2018

Israeli minority film festival

November 1 - 8, 2018
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.

White Light Festival

November 1 - 18, 2018
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.

Winter in Bryant Park

November 1, 2018 - Jan. 2, 2019
0.5 miles south
Winter Village at Bryant Park has a free ice skating rink with skates for rent, plus 125 holiday kiosks.

Haunted house

November 2 - 3, 2018
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+.

Wine tasting

November 2 - 3, 2018
4.4 miles SE
Taste 100 wines from around the world during Wine Riot at Brooklyn Expo Center for age 21+.

Haunted house - Long Island

November 2 - 3, 2018
60 miles east
Professional actors wear intense makeup at Gateway’s Haunted Playhouse [sound] in Bellport for age 12+. On October weekends, they offer a “not so scary” Kids Adventure (12 to 4 p.m.). See schedule.

Halloween theme park

November 2 - 4, 2018
33 miles NE
Bayville Scream Park [sound] has six terrifying attractions, and on the weekend offers kids not so scary days on Long Island. See schedule.

Hard cider festival

November 2 - 11, 2018
NYC locations
Cider Week NYC celebrates traditional hard cider with tastings, flights, pairings, classes, and events.

Canned art

November 2 - 15, 2018
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.

Art walk in Hoboken

November 3 - 4, 2018
(12 to 6 p.m.)
5.9 miles SW
HBKN Art + Studio Tour is a self-guided walking tour of 100 artists’ studios & galleries in Hoboken, NJ. Free.

Pumpkin Smash

November 3 - 11, 2018
NYC locations
Bring an old pumpkin to smash at Pumpkin Smash, and it will end up as compost. Free.
  • Nov. 3 - Queens, Staten Island, Roosevelt Island
  • Nov. 3 - Chelsea Waterside Park
  • Nov. 7 - Bronx
  • Nov. 10 - Tribeca
  • Nov. 11 - Brooklyn, Lower East Side

Short film festival

November 4, 2018
(6:30 p.m.)
0.4 mile west
See 14 short films at the inexpensive Macoproject Film Festival at The Playroom Theater.

Outdoor adventure films

November 5, 2018
(7 p.m.)
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.

Comedy festival

November 5 - 11, 2018
NYC locations
New York Comedy Festival features big-name comedians, special sketch and improvisational comedy, panel discussions, and benefit shows.

Jewish deli event

November 7, 2018
(6 to 9 p.m.)
3.8 miles south
A $55 ticket to The Future of the Jewish Deli includes a panel discussion about Jewish cuisine, a dinner from Katz’s, and a meet and greet with panelists at Henry Street Settlement in the Lower East Side.

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 130 emerging artists at the Brooklyn Expo Center. Held in May and November.

Documentary film festival

November 8 - 15, 2018
Chelsea & Greenwich Village
Doc NYC screens 135 interesting documentary films with premieres and special events.

Prohibition party

November 9, 2018
(9 p.m.)
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.

Audiophile expo

November 9 - 11, 2018
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.

Women’s film festival

November 9 - 11, 2018
4 miles SE
Imagine This Women’s International Film Festival screens short films and feature-length films “produced, directed, and written by women” at the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg (except Nov. 9 at WeWork NoMad).

NJ indoor art fair

November 9 - 11, 2018
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.

Fine art show

November 9 - 12, 2018
(preview Nov. 8)
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 10, 2018
2.1 miles SW
New York Whiskey Fest features 100 styles of whiskey, vodka, and gin, with live music and food for sale at The Tunnel.

Cider tasting

November 10, 2018
(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+.

Beer tasting on Long Island

November 10, 2018
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.

Craft show

November 10 - 11, 2018
7 miles SE
American Fine Craft Show features high-quality works from 90 juried craft artists at Brooklyn Museum.

Veterans Day Parade

November 11, 2018
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.

Holiday market - Grand Central

November 12 - Dec. 24, 2018
0.5 miles SW
Grand Central Holiday Fair is a holiday market with 40 vendors in Vanderbilt Hall. Closed on Thanksgiving Day. Free.

Latin culture

November 13 - 21, 2018
NYC locations
Latin American Cultural Week features dozens of music, dance, theater, art, literature, and film events.

Tango festival

November 13 - 21, 2018
NYC locations
See performances and concerts, or take classes from beginning to advanced at Shall We Tango NYC.

Holiday market - Union Square

November 15 - Dec. 24, 2018
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.

Train show at Grand Central

November 15, 2018 - Feb. 24, 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 Nov. 22, Dec. 25, Jan. 1. Free.

Horse films

November 16 - 18, 2018
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.


November 17, 2018
(12 to 10 p.m.)
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 an then check in from 12 to 3 p.m. at Libation.

Beer festival in Jersey City

November 17, 2018
7 miles SW
A ticket to Jersey City Craft Brew Fest includes 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.

Craft fair

November 17 - 18, 2018
1.7 miles south
Shop from 200 artisans, chefs, and vintage vendors at Renegade Craft Fair at the Metropolitan Pavilion. Free.

Buy American

November 17 - 18, 2018
10 miles south
Shop from 100 vendors selling American-made goods at American Field at Industry City in Brooklyn. Held in June and November. Free.

Thanksgiving scavenger hunt

November 17 & Dec. 1, 2018
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 17, 2018 - Jan. 21, 2019
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 Dec. 3, 10, 25; Jan. 7, 14.

Ticket deal $7 - $25 (Dec. 11+)

Balloon inflation

November 21, 2018
(1 to 8 p.m.)
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 dance

November 21, 2018
(10 p.m.)
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+.

Thanksgiving Day Parade

November 22, 2018
(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.

Christmas on Long Island

November 23 - 25, 2018
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,


November 23 - Dec. 31, 2018
8.9 miles south
A WinterFest ticket gets you into the North Pole Experience, which includes a tree maze, Santa house & garden, Santa outdoor museum, and the chocolate story & tasting (hot chocolate or cider plus a plate of chocolate tastes) at the Brooklyn Museum. Optional wine tasting. Closed Mondays except Dec. 24 & 31.

Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar

November 24 - 25, 2018
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 24 - 25, 2018
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.

Lincoln Square holiday festival

November 26, 2018
1.2 miles NW
Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square [sound] 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.

Charles Dickens’ Christmas

November 27 - Dec. 29, 2018
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 tree lighting

November 28, 2018
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.

Holiday market - Central Park

November 28 - Dec. 24, 2018
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.

Horror film festival

November 29 - Dec. 2, 2018
1.7 miles SW
The competitive NYC Horror Film Festival (NYCHFF) shows short and full-length films at Cinepolis Chelsea.

Motorcycle show

November 30 - Dec. 2, 2018
1.5 miles SW
Find sport bikes, dirt bikes, scooters, ATVs, expert advice, live entertainment, and family activities at the New York International Motorcycle Show [sound] in the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

Pottery show

November 30 - Dec. 2, 2018
20 miles north
The Pottery Show and Sale is a famous curated event at the Art School at Old Church in Demarest, NJ.

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