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
(begins Oct. 16)
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

Nov. 1, 2018 - Jan. 2, 2019
(Oct. 27+)
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.

Haunted house

November 2 - 3, 2018
(starts Oct. 5)
3.3 miles south
Intense, creepy actors confront you in the labyrinth of passageways at Blood Manor at 359 Broadway. Not for pre-teens. See schedule.

Ticket deal $19 (VIP $35)

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
(starts Sept. 28)
60 miles east
Professional actors wear intense makeup at Gateway’s Haunted Playhouse [sound] in Bellport. It adds a Kids Adventure on some weekends. See schedule.

Halloween theme park

November 2 - 4, 2018
(starts Sept. 19)
33 miles NE
Bayville Scream Park [sound] has six terrifying attractions starting Sept. 28, plus “not so scary” kids’ days starting Sept. 19 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.

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.

Art walk in Hoboken

November 4, 2018
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 5 - 11, 2018
NYC locations
New York Comedy Festival features big-name comedians, special sketch and improvisational comedy, panel discussions, and benefit shows.

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.

Ticket deal $5.75

Documentary film festival

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

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.

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.

Three-day pass $5

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Thanksgiving scavenger hunt

November 17, 2018
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.

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.

Cocoa & carols

Nov. 17 - Dec. 30, 2018
2.4 miles SW
A ticket to Cocoa and Carols Holiday Cruise includes hot cocoa, cookies, a bar drink, live music, optional sing-alongs, and 1.75 hours of city light views, leaving Chelsea Piers (Pier 62).

Ticket deal $64

Adult night - train show

November 17, 2018 - Jan. 12, 2019
12 miles north
Sip a cocktail under holiday lights, see model trains circle a miniature New York, and warm up at the fire pit at Bar Car Nights at the Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden for age 21+.

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.

Balloon inflation

November 21, 2018
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.

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 [website has sound] goes down Central Park West and 6th Avenue. Route map. Free.

Thanksgiving dinner

November 22, 2018
NYC locations
OpenTable recommends restaurants offering special menus for Thanksgiving Day.

The Nutcracker

November 23 - Dec. 30, 2018
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 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.

Modern Messiah

November 25, 2018
(2 p.m.)
0.5 miles north
Messiah...Refreshed has a full symphony orchestra and concert singers at Carnegie Hall.

Lincoln Square holiday festival

November 26, 2018
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.

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.

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.

Christmas show

November 29 - Dec. 2, 2018
11 miles south
Cirque Dreams Holidaze features flying reindeer, jumping gingerbread men, rousing music, amazing costumes, and Santa at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn.

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.

Holiday market - Central Park

November 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.

Train show at Grand Central

November 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.

All-star band

November 2018
1.3 miles NW
Wall Street Rocks: For Our Heroes is a benefit concert for veterans, which features big name performers at Terminal 5.

Holiday market - Union Square

November 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. Closed for Thanksgiving. Free.

Taste of Lower Manhattan

November 2018
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.

Bronx restaurant deals

November 2018
10 miles north
Dozens of restaurants offer special lunch and dinner menus or 15% off your bill during Savor the Bronx.

Pumpkin Smash

November 2018
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.]