November in New York offers film festivals galore, Tributes to Vets, The New York City Marathon, The Macy’s Parade, Holiday Marts and The Rockefeller Christmas tree.
11/ 1-3: Big Apple Film Festival (BAFF) showcases independent filmmaking and presents awards at SVA Theatre.
11/ 1 – 8: 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/ 1 – 18: 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 – 1/2: Winter Village at Bryant Park has a free ice skating rink with skates for rent, plus 125 holiday kiosks.
11/ 2 – 3 (started Oct. 5): 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+. See schedule.
11/ 2 – 11: Cider Week NYC celebrates traditional hard cider with tastings, flights, pairings, classes, and events.
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. Photos.
11/ 4: See 14 short films at the inexpensive Macoproject Film Festival at The Playroom Theater.
11/ 4: 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 on the Course. Free except grandstand seats.
11/ 5 – 11: New York Comedy Festival features big-name comedians, special sketch and improvisational comedy, panel discussions, and benefit shows.
11/ 8 – 15: Doc NYC screens 135 interesting documentary films with premieres and special events.
11/ 9 – 11: 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/ 9 – 11: 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).
11/ 9 – 12: See contemporary design, decorative art, antiquities, and ethnographic art from around the world at The Salon Art + Design in the Park Avenue Armory.
11/ 9: Radio City Christmas Spectacular is 90 minutes of dance, 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 – 1/13: Nutcracker Rouge is a glittery burlesque-inspired blend of theater, cirque, and dance that portrays an erotic and opulent version of the holiday ballet in Brooklyn.
11/ 10: New York Whiskey Fest features 100 styles of whiskey, vodka, and gin, with live music and food for sale at The Tunnel.
11/ 10 – 11: American Fine Craft Show features high-quality works from 90 juried craft artists at Brooklyn Museum.
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/ 12 – 12/24: Grand Central Holiday Fair is a holiday market with 40 vendors in Vanderbilt Hall. Closed on Thanksgiving Day. Free.
11/ 13 – 21: Latin American Cultural Week features dozens of music, dance, theater, art, literature, and film events.
11/ 13 – 21: See performances and concerts, or take classes from beginning to advanced at Shall We Tango NYC.
11/ 15: Find handmade jewelry, fine art, clothing, ornaments, toys, food, and drink at Union Square Holiday Market in Union Square Park. Closed for Thanksgiving. Free.
11/ 15 – 2/ 3: 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.
11/ 16 – 18: 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.
11/ 17 – 18: Shop from 200 artisans, chefs, and vintage vendors at Renegade Craft Fair at the Metropolitan Pavilion. Free.
11/ 17 : 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. NYC Hudson Yards
11/ 17: 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/ 22 (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. Free.
11/ 23 – 12/ 9: 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/ 25 (2 p.m.): Messiah…Refreshed has a full symphony orchestra and concert singers performing Handel’s stirring classic at Carnegie Hall.
11/ 26: 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.
11/ 28: 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.
11/ 28 – 12/ 6: See a free tree-lighting ceremony, often with music.
Nov. 28 – Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting
Nov. 29 – Central Park
Nov. 29 – New York Stock Exchange
Dec. 2 – Park Avenue
Dec. 4 – Bryant Park
Dec. 6 – Madison Square Park
Dec. 8 – W. Harlem Piers Park
undated – South Street Seaport
undated – Washington Square Park
11/ 28 – 12/ 24: 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.
11/ 29 – 12/ 2: The competitive NYC Horror Film Festival (NYCHFF) shows short and full-length films at Cinepolis Chelsea.
11/ 30 – 12/ 2: Find sport bikes, dirt bikes, scooters, ATVs, expert advice, live entertainment, and family activities at the New York International Motorcycle Show in the Jacob Javits Convention Center.