Thanksgiving is around the corner and Christmas a month away. In Manhattan veterans, art, haunted houses, holiday markets, runs, films, comedy and of course the the parade of all parade’s keeps New Yorker’s days filled with delight.
11/ 1 – 5 TEFAF New York Fall is a fair that offers exceptional fine and decorative art from international galleries at the Park Avenue Armory.
11/ 1 – 2 and 8 – 9: 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+.
11/ 1 – 1/ 5: Winter Village at Bryant Park has a free ice skating rink with skates for rent, plus 125 holiday kiosks.
11/ 2 – 10: Bring an old pumpkin to smash at Pumpkin Smash, and it will end up as compost. Free.
11/ 3: The 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.
11/ 3: The NY Dog Film Festival features films about the bond between dogs and humans at School of Visual Arts. No pets in the theater.
11/ 4 – 10: New York Comedy Festival features big-name comedians, special sketch and improvisational comedy, panel discussions, and benefit shows.
11/ 6 – 15: Doc NYC screens 135 interesting documentary films with premieres and special events.
11/ 6 – 24: 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/ 7 – 21: See creative sculptures made entirely of canned food at Canstruction at 250 Vesey Street. After the event, all cans are donated to City Harvest.
11/ 8 – 10: 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.
11/ 8 – 17: Cider Week NYC celebrates traditional hard cider with tastings, flights, pairings, classes, and events.
11/ 8, 2019 – 1/ 5: Radio City Christmas Spectacular features dancers, drones, fireworks, and a flying Santa at Radio City Music Hall. Pre-show, meet a Rockette or Santa, and admire 10,000 crystals hanging in the Grand Foyer.
11/ 9 – 10: Shop from 200 artisans, chefs, and vintage vendors at Renegade Craft Fair at the Metropolitan Pavilion. Free.
11/ 9 – 10: 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.
11/ 9 – 19: Latin American Cultural Week features dozens of music, dance, theater, art, literature, and film events.
11/ 11: 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.
11/ 11, 2019 (8 p.m.): America the Beautiful: A Veterans Day Celebration stars the National Festival Chorus performing classics like America the Beautiful, Song of Democracy, Shenandoah, Danny Boy, and Battle Hymn of the Republic with a concert band at Carnegie Hall.
11/ 14 – 21: 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.
11/ 15 – 17: 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.
11/ 15 – 17, 2019 (preview Nov. 14): See “the most thought provoking contemporary art being created in universities and colleges today” at the first edition of The MFA Fair at Pier 36.
11/ 15 – 18: See contemporary design, decorative art, antiquities, and ethnographic art from around the world at The Salon Art + Design in the Park Avenue Armory.
11/ 16: 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+.
11/ 16 – 17: Salon du Chocolat features chocolate and pastry demonstrations, samples, chocolate sculptures, children’s activities, and even models wearing chocolate at Jacob Javits Convention Center.
11/ 18: Famous actors are among the cast of The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway, where you see four brand new plays that were created, staged, memorized, and performed in a single day at Laura Pels Theatre.
11/ 18 – 12/ 24: Grand Central Holiday Fair is a holiday market with 40 vendors in Vanderbilt Hall. Closed on Thanksgiving Day. Free.
11/ 21 – 23: New York Television Festival (NYTVF) offers screenings of creative shows, educational panels, competitions, pitches, fan events, parties, premieres, and seminars for artists, industry leaders, and viewers alike.
11/ 21 – 12/ 24: Find handmade jewelry, fine art, clothing, ornaments, toys, food, and drink at Union Square Holiday Market in Union Square Park. Free.
11/ 23: NYC Hudson Yards. 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.
11/ 23 – 1/ 18: Sip a cocktail under holiday lights, see model trains circle a miniature New York, and warm up at the fire pit during Bar Car Nights at the Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden for age 21.
11/ 27: 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.
11/ 28 (9 a.m.): 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.
11/ 29 – 12/15: See dozens of films focused on the lives of African people during African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF), with most screenings at Cinema Village & Teachers College at Columbia University.
11/ 30 – 12/ 1: 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 Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Free.