It’s getting chilly, but there’s too much to do to stay inside! From live performances to outdoor markets to wine and whiskey tastings, here are the best November events in NYC.
White Light Festival
The annual White Light Festival began on October 16th and will run through November 18th. This performance arts event will be taking place at various Lincoln Center theaters, and this year’s theme is the communal, and how art impacts our lives within the groups with which we identify and coexist.
Winter Village in Bryant Park
Through early January, you can enjoy ice skating, holiday shopping, food vendors and bars at Bryant Park.
November 2nd and 3rd at the Brooklyn Expo Center.
The general admission price is $65 and includes unlimited tastings.
November 2nd through 15th Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey Street.
This charitable design competition asks its participants to build structures made entirely out of cans (with food still in them). All of the food from the sculptures are then donated to City Harvest.
New York Comedy Festival
November 5th through 11th at various venues.
Some of the biggest comics to participate include Bill Burr, Conan O’Brien, Gabriel Iglesias and Jim Jefferies. The New York Comedy Festival has been a staple event for comedy fans since 2004.
Radio City Christmas Spectacular
From November 9th through January 1st at Radio City Music Hall.
This ninety-minute production stars the famous Rockettes, and this year there will be a brand new finale with flying drones which will be used to create a stunning holiday light show.
New York City Whiskey Fest
November 10th at The Tunnel, 269 Eleventh Avenue.
Enjoy over 100 types of whiskey and additional spirits from all over the world.
EQUUS Film Festival
November 29th through December 2nd at the Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn.
A cultural event showcasing films, documentaries, shorts, music videos, commercials, training educational materials, art and literature – all dedicated to horses.
Holiday Jazz Cruise
Various dates in November and December; the cruise leaves from Chelsea Piers.
This ninety-minute cruise features a live jazz trio, holiday cookies and spiked hot cocoa. Views can enjoyed through the boat’s glassed-in observatory.
Thanksgiving Day Parade
November 22nd from 9am to 12pm.
The parade starts on 77th and Central Park West and finishes in Midtown.
November 23rd through December 30th at the David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center.
This wonderful production is created through the work of ninety dancers, sixty-two musicians, thirty-two stagehands and two casts of fifty young students each from the School of American Ballet.
Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square
November 26th from 5:30 to 9pm.
This night of food, entertainment and shopping will take place between Columbus Circle and West 70th Street.
Columbus Circle Holiday Market
Opens on November 28th and runs through December 24th.
Shop from over 100 vendors offering food, crafts, and clothing.
Christmas Tree Lighting at Rockefeller Center
The annual lighting of the enormous Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is followed by two hours of live entertainment. The tree will remain lit until January 7th.