November Is High Flying With Events

November Is High Flying With Events

Fall is in the air, the leaves are changing color and November is already here. Elections, family, Thanksgiving and parades are all on our minds. New York City offers all this and so much more. Here are our top picks for November.

11/1 Whisky festival: Taste 300 whiskies, and learn from master distillers and blenders at WhiskyFest at Marriott Marquis.

11/1: Taste the city’s best: 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.

11/1-5 Film festival: Big Apple Film Festival (BAFF) showcases independent filmmaking and presents awards at Village East Cinema.

11/1-6 Comedy festival: New York Comedy Festival features big-name comedians, special sketch and improvisational comedy, panel discussions, and benefits.

White Light Festival, Lincoln Center

11/1-16 White Light Festival: 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 Winter in Bryant Park: Winter Village at Bryant Park has 125 holiday kiosk shops, an ice-skating rink open until March 5. Free unless you rent skates. Opening Ceremony on Nov. 1.

11/2-6 Art prints: Find affordable art at the Print Fair at Park Avenue Armory.

11/ 3 Food & design event: Enjoy tastes from top chefs and browse luxury home products at Taste of T  at Architects and Designers Building.

11/ 3-13 Tango festival: See performances and concerts, or take classes that range from beginner to advanced at Shall We Tango NYC.

11/ 3-16 Canned art: 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/ 4-5 Haunted house: Intense, creepy actors confront you in the labyrinth of passageways at Blood Manor, 163 Varick Street. Not for pre-teens. Closed Nov. 1, 2, 3.

11/ 2 and 5 Pumpkin Smash: Bring a pumpkin to smash at Pumpkin Smash, and it will end up as compost. Click the location to see date and hours. Also at Clement Clarke Moore Park. Free.

11/ 5- 13 Latin culture: Latin American Cultural Week offers dozens of music, dance, theater, art, literature, and film events.

11/6 Marathon: 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/ 6 Art walk: Artists’ Studio Tour is a self-guided walking tour of 100 artists’ studios & galleries in Hoboken, NJ. Free.


11/8 Get Out and Vote!

11/10 – 13 Horror film festival: The competitive NYC Horror Film Festival (NYCHFF) shows short and full-length films near Times Square.

11/10 – 17 Documentary film festival: See 150 interesting documentary films, and attend galas on opening and closing nights at Doc NYC.

11/11 Veterans Day Parade: America’s 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 -14 Fine art show: See contemporary design, decorative art, antiquities, and ethnographic art from around the world at The Salon Art + Design in the Park Avenue Armory.

11/11- 1/ 2 Christmas spectacular: 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.

11/12 – 13 Craft fair: Shop from 225 artisans, chefs, and vintage vendors at Renegade Craft Fair at the Metropolitan Pavilion. Free.

11/ 13 and 27 Football: Watch the New York Jets play at MetLife Stadium.

  • 13 – Los Angeles Rams
  • 27 – New England Patriots

11/ 14 – 12/ 24 Holiday market – Grand Central: Grand Central Holiday Fair is a holiday market with 74 vendors in Vanderbilt Hall. Closed Thanksgiving. Free.

11/ 14 – 12/ 24 Holiday market – Union Square: Find handmade jewelry, fine art, clothing, ornaments, toys, food, and drink at Union Square Holiday Market in Union Square Park. Closed Nov. 24. Free.

11/19 Wine tasting: Sample 175 wines with hors d’oeuvres and live jazz at NYC Autumn Wine Festival at NYY Steak on 51st St.

11/ 19 Thanksgiving scavenger hunt: 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.

11/19, 26, 2016 & Dec. 2, 3, 16, 17, 23, 30, 2016 & 1/ 7, 14

11/ 19 – 1/16 Train Show: Watch model trains zip around miniature New York landmarks made of plant materials, and enjoy kids’ activities at the Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden.

Macy Thanksgiving Day Parade

11/ 23 Balloon inflation: Watch giant balloons slowly fill with helium at Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Balloon Inflation [sound] near 79th Street and Columbus Avenue. This event is described on the bottom of their web page.

Macy Thanksgiving Day Parade, Charlie Brown

One of the new floats

11/ 24 Thanksgiving Day Parade: 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. Free.

11/ 28 Lincoln Square holiday festival: Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square features a tree lighting in Dante Park, a brass band, dancing, evening food tastings from local restaurants, and activities and entertainment for kids along Broadway. Free.

11/ 29 – 12/ 24 Holiday market – Central Park: 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/ 30 Christmas tree lighting: 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.


Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:

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