November hails in the holiday season. Here are ou picks to mark in your calendar.
11/1: TEFAF New York Fall is a fair that offers exceptional fine and decorative art from international galleries at the Park Avenue Armory.
11/ 1 – 4: Big Apple Film Festival (BAFF) showcases independent filmmaking and presents awards at SVA Theatre.
11/ 1 – 5: Architecture & Design Film Festival features films, parties, and panel discussions with design leaders and filmmakers at Cinépolis Chelsea.
11/ 1 – 15: See world-class performances, films, and artist talks with a focus on music during White Light Festival at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
11/1 – 12/ 24: Winter Village at Bryant Park has 125 holiday kiosk shops and an ice-skating rink. Free unless you rent skates.
11/ 2 – 9: The Other Israel Film Festival shows dramatic and documentary films and holds panel discussions about the history and culture of minority populations in Israel at the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan and other locations.
11/ 2 – 15: See creative sculptures made entirely of canned food at Canstruction at 250 Vesey Street. After the event, all cans are donated to City Harvest. Free.
11/3 – 4: Sample 150 craft beers with local restaurant food at NYC Craft Beer Festival at Metropolitan Pavilion.
11/ 3 – 4: Intense, creepy actors confront you in the labyrinth of passageways at Blood Manor, 163 Varick Street. Not for pre-teens.
11/ 4 – 5: 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.
11/ 5: The world-famous New York City Marathon begins in Staten Island and runs through all five boroughs before ending at Central Park. Stand along Central Park South to cheer on the finishers. Free to watch.
11/ 5: The Dog Film Festival features films about the bond between dogs and humans at School of Visual Arts.
11/ 5: Artists’ Studio Tour is a self-guided walking tour of 100 artists’ studios and galleries in Hoboken, NJ. Free.
11/ 6: 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.
11/ 7 – 12: New York Comedy Festival features big-name comedians, special sketch and improvisational comedy, panel discussions, and benefits.
11/ 9 – 16: See 150 interesting documentary films, and attend galas on opening and closing nights at Doc NYC.
11/ 10 – 13: See contemporary design, decorative art, antiquities, and ethnographic art from around the world at The Salon Art + Design in the Park Avenue Armory.
11/ 10 – 19: Latin American Cultural Week offers dozens of music, dance, theater, art, literature, and film events.
11/ 10 – 19: See performances and concerts, or take classes that range from beginner to advanced at Shall We Tango NYC.
11/ 11: New York City Veterans Day Parade entertains 600,000 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.
11/ 11: Taste a dozen restaurant creations at the Bloody Mary Battle and vote for your favorite, with live music and food for sale at Villain for age 21+.
11/ 13: Grand Central Holiday Fair is a holiday market with 40 vendors in Vanderbilt Hall. Closed Thanksgiving. Free.
11/ 24, 2017 – 1/ 13, 2018 (7 to 10:30 p.m.): 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+.
11/ 16: Sample 400 whiskies, and learn from master distillers and blenders at $275 WhiskyFest at Marriott Marquis.
11/ 16 – 12/ 24: Find handmade jewelry, fine art, clothing, ornaments, toys, food, and drink at Union Square Holiday Market in Union Square Park. Closed on Thanksgiving. Free.
11/ 16, 2017 – 2/ 4, 2018: 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 Mondays and holidays. Free.
11/17 – 19: Watch 150 films about horses at Village East Cinema, see horse art and literature, attend panel discussions, tour a stable, and join a Saturday kid fest during the Equus Film Festival.
11/ 17 – 23: Watch 14 films from 8 countries in the Arab world during Arab Cinema Week at Cinema Village.
11/ 18: Sample 175 wines with hors d’oeuvres and live jazz at NYC Autumn Wine Festival at NYY Steak on 51st St.
11/ 18: Cranksgiving is a scavenger hunt on your bicycle for Thanksgiving food that you donate to a food bank, plus a party. Bring $20, a bag/pack, and a bike lock.
11/ 18 – 19: Shop from 225 artisans, chefs, and vintage vendors at Renegade Craft Fair at the Metropolitan Pavilion. Free.
11/ 22: 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.
11/ 23: Watch giant balloons, floats, marching bands, clowns, and performers as Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade goes down Central Park West and 6th Avenue. Free.
11/ 24: 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).
11/ 24 – 12/ 31: 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.
11/ 26 (2 p.m.): Messiah…Refreshed has a full symphony orchestra and concert singers at Carnegie Hall.
11/ 27: Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square features a tree lighting in Dante Park, sidewalk performers, a brass band dance, tastes of local restaurants, and activities and entertainment for kids along Broadway. Free.
11/ 28 – 12/ 24: Enjoy a hot beverage or meal, and shop for gifts from 100 vendors at the Columbus Circle Holiday Market at Central Park West and 59th Street. Free.
11/ 29: Brave the crowds and winter weather to watch the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting and live entertainment. The tree stays lit until 1/ 7 at 9 p.m. Free.
11/ 29: Wall Street Rocks: For Our Heroes is a benefit concert with big name performers at the Highline Ballroom.
11/ 29 – 12/ 9: Watch a free tree-lighting ceremony with music.
11/ 29 – Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting
11/ 30 – Central Park