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
33 miles NE
Bayville Scream Park has six terrifying attractions for age 12+ (age 10+ with an adult) on Long Island. See schedule for “Kids Not So Scary Days.”

Elite art fair

November 1 - 5, 2019
1 mile north
Shop for exceptional fine and decorative art from international galleries at TEFAF New York Fall in Park Avenue Armory. Repeats in May.

Haunted house in Hell’s Kitchen

November 1 - 9, 2019
1.2 miles west
Bane has 100 actors in a terrifying 40,000 square foot building at 618 W. 46th Street. Actors may touch you and separate you from your group. You must wear flat shoes and check all bags. Recommended for age 12+ (except 5+ on Sundays 3 to 5 p.m.). Expect lines.

Haunted house

November 1 - 2 and 8 - 9, 2019
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. Recommended for age 14+.

Winter in Bryant Park

November 1, 2019 - Jan. 5, 2020
0.5 miles south
Winter Village at Bryant Park has a free ice skating rink with skates for rent, plus 125 holiday kiosks. Minors require an adult to skate.

Whiskey tasting

November 2, 2019
4.8 miles south
A $75 ticket to New York Irish Whiskey Festival includes “tastings of 25 Irish whiskeys, delicious bites, live entertainment, and a commemorative glass” at Pier A Harbor House for age 21+.

Beer tasting on Long Island

November 2, 2019
(12:30 & 5:30 p.m.)
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 for age 21+.

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.

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
9 miles north
Boo at the Zoo features costume parades, pumpkin carvers, magic shows, puppet shows, craft making, a corn maze, and a candy trail at the Bronx Zoo, included free with all tickets. Spooktacular Night Walks with pizza are available on select dates.

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.

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.


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.

Science day in Queens

November 3, 2019
(10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
12.9 miles SE
City of Science offers interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities about science, technology, math, and engineering indoors at York College. Free.

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 160 interesting documentary films, including many premieres, and holds seminars.

White Light Festival

November 6 - 24, 2019
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
(10 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
4 miles south
See creative sculptures made entirely of canned food at Canstruction in Brookfield Place. After the event, all cans are donated to City Harvest. Closes the final day at 6 p.m. 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 from 80 brands at New York Audio Show in guest 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.

Hard cider week

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

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 and live music in Williamsburg for age 21+.

Craft fair

November 9 - 10, 2019
1.7 miles south
Shop from 230 artists and specialty food vendors at Renegade Craft Fair, with DJ music and cocktails in Metropolitan Pavilion. Free.

Latin culture

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

Thanksgiving scavenger hunt

November 9 & 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 cash, a bag/pack, and a bike lock.

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.

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 46th Street. The opening ceremony is at 11 a.m., and the wreath laying and parade are at noon. Free.

Cider tasting

November 14, 2019
3.2 miles south
A $25 ticket to Lower East Cider Fest gets you “samples of 75 ciders from 29 New York Association cider producers, plus cider friendly bites from Essex Street Market vendors” at Essex Market.

Israeli minority film festival

November 14 - 21, 2019
1.8 miles north
The Other Israel Film Festival shows documentary and dramatic films, and it holds panel discussions about the history and culture of minority populations in Israel, mostly at the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan.

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.

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 Salon Art + Design in 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.


November 16, 2019
(noon to 10 p.m.)
2.5 miles south
A marathon has 26 miles, but a Beerathon has 26 beers (2 beers at 13 bars), all included with your $60 ticket. Register online and then check in from 12 to 3 p.m. at Wicked Willy’s.

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. Children younger than age 6 are free.

Buy American

November 16 - 17, 2019
4.4 miles SE
Shop from 80 vendors selling American-made goods at American Field, with food trucks, cocktails, and beer at Brooklyn Expo Center. Free.

Vegan festival in New Jersey

November 16 - 17, 2019
5.9 miles NW
New Jersey VegFest offers cooking demos, speakers, 135 food vendors, beer, live music, and even plant-based clothing at Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ. Children age 13 and younger are free.

Musicals made in a day

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

Film festival

November 18 - 21 2019
1.8 miles SW
Big Apple Film Festival (BAFF) showcases independent filmmaking and presents awards at Cinépolis Chelsea.

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.

Harlem Holiday Lights

November 20, 2019
4.3 miles north
Harlem Holiday Lights begins at 4 p.m. with live music and activities for children ages 3 to 10. At 7 p.m., a Parade of Lights goes down 125th Street (from 5th to 12th Avenue). Free.

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.

Train show at Grand Central

November 21, 2019 - Feb. 23, 2020
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 the New York Transit Museum’s Grand Central Gallery. Closed Nov. 28, Dec. 25, and Jan. 1. Free.

Wine tasting

November 23, 2019
0.4 miles NW
Matter of Taste is an expensive tasting of highly rated wines at Ziegfeld Ballroom, with optional workshops.

Wine tasting

November 23, 2019
6.6 miles SW
Taste wine from nine countries at Jersey City Wine Fest, with live music, food vendors, and interactive games at Harborside Plaza for age 21+. Held in March and November.

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. Closed Dec. 25; Jan. 6, 13.

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Dogs in the park

November 24, 2019
(11 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
1.7 miles south
Happy Pawlidays includes a holiday market, rescue dogs, kids’ activities, a DJ, and singers at 11:30 & 12:30 on Union Square’s West Plaza. Free.

Holiday Jazz Cruise

November 24 - Dec. 29, 2019
2.4 miles SW
Enjoy skyline views, holiday jazz performed by a trio, and a complimentary drink on the Holiday Jazz Cruise aboard a decorated 1920s-style yacht departing from Pier 62 at Chelsea Piers.

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Balloon inflation

November 27, 2019
(1 to 8 p.m.)
1.7 miles north
Watch giant balloons slowly fill with helium at Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Balloon Inflation. Enter at Columbus Avenue & W. 73rd Street. Do not bring umbrellas, backpacks, large bags, alcoholic beverages, drones, or e-cigarettes. Free. [For details, click the link above, click BALLOON INFLATION, and then if you are on a phone click “i” in the bottom right corner.]

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.

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,

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.

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, which is recommended for age 10+. An optional pre-show reception called “Christmas Spirit” is available some nights.

Lights at the zoo

November 29, 2019 - Jan. 5, 2020
9 miles north
See animal lanterns, animated sculptures, and colorful designs lit by LEDs during Holiday Lights at the Bronx Zoo, with a holiday train, roaming carolers, and ice carvers. Closed Dec. 24 - 25 and Jan. 1 - 2.

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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.

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