November is when you pause to marvel at the speed of the last ten months. Time flies so quickly in the world’s greatest city. As 2019 enters the home stretch, nothing slows down on the arts, culture, and events front. Use our recommendations to keep yourself up to date on everything worth seeing and doing on the island of Manhattan.
November enters laughing at the New York Comedy Festival, a week long showcase of over 100 shows by established and breakout talent including Stephen Colbert, Nicole Byer and Trevor Noah (Monday, November 4 – Sunday, November 10, times vary).
Is it or is it not ironic? Debate proper usage after enjoying the new musical “Jagged Little Pill,” with a book by Oscar-winner Diablo Cody and music by the queen of 90s angst pop, Alanis Morissette, now in previews on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre (Tuesday, November 5, 8pm).
Another theatrical must-see happening this month is “400 Years in New York: A Tour Guide’s History,” Noah Diamond’s touching and humorous one-man show in its latest incarnation at the 2019 United Solo Theatre Festival (Wednesday, November 6, 9pm).
What to do with any leftover Halloween gourds, you’ve been wondering? The Pumkin Smash invites you to drop off your pumpkins (with locations in all five boroughs), smash them up, and compost the materials for free. Considering how good this is for the environment and potentially therapeutic, we recommend it highly (Thursday, November 7, times vary). Meanwhile, Ladies Get Coffee, Ladies Get Paid is good for the city’s work environment, and this Friday morning meet up at General Assembly provides the tools, resources, and community to help women negotiate for equal pay and power in the workplace (Friday, November 8, 8:30am).
The weekend arrives with the Renegade Craft Fair at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea, where you can shop from over 230 national and local Makers + Designers while sipping an autumnal cocktail and connecting with the arts community (Saturday November 9 and Sunday, November 10, 11am-5pm).
On Sunday night, Broadway child actor turned Tony Award-winning producer Jonathan Demar presents his cabaret show ‘Setting the Standard,’ at The Green Room (Sunday, November 10, 7:30pm).
This year’s 2019 Veterans Day Parade commemorates the centennial and will march north on Fifth Avenue, from 26th to 46th Street for 1.2 miles. Take time out of your day to honor the women and men who serve our country (Monday, November 11, 12pm-3:30pm)! Respect continues in the sports arena with Veterans Night at the NY Rangers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins game at Madison Square Garden (Tuesday, November 12, 7pm).
Nothing says “classic New York’s gritty nightlife scene” like the Lower East Side. Glitter and Gutter at The Slipper Room invites you to enjoy what’s left of it, with a smart and quirky variety and neo-burlesque show hosted by the Slipper Room founder, James Habacker (Wednesday, November 13, 10pm).
For something a bit more high brow, Salon Art + Design at Park Armory returns for its eighth edition with the world’s best design – vintage, modern and contemporary – enhanced by blue-chip 20th century and contemporary art from 14 countries (Thursday, November 14 – Monday, November 18, times vary). At the Javits Center, Anime NYC is New York City’s preeminent anime convention showcasing the best of Japanese pop culture for three days of unique exhibits, exclusive screenings, extensive panels, and appearances by some of the biggest creators in Japan (Friday, November 15 – Sunday, November 17, times vary).
Say, “Cheers to the weekend!” with a shot or two of whiskey at the New York City Whiskey Festival, which features over 100 styles of whiskey and spirits (Saturday, November 16, Session 1: 2-5pm + Session 2: 6:30-9:30pm). And for anyone who thinks a sumo squat and spicy tuna make an excellent pairing, this Sumo and Sushi event at PlayStation Theater has your name on it (Sunday, November 17th, 8pm).
The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway presents six brand-new plays written and rehearsed in 24 hours; Broadway performers bring the works to life for one night only while also honoring Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates (Monday, November 18th at 8pm).
The autumnal food and drink continue with Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Pairing on the Classic Harbor Line at Chelsea Piers, a chance to enjoy the tastes of fall and what is probably your last opportunity to comfortably be on a yacht before sweater weather turns into to parka + puffer season (Tuesday, November 19th, 6:30-8:30pm).
Transgender Day of Remembrance, organized for the first time at Borough of Manhattan Community College, brings awareness to the violence transgender people face while also honoring the lives of those who are no longer with us (Wednesday, November 20, 4pm-6pm). Show your support at this free event that is part of Gender Based Violence Awareness month.
Then check out the 16th Annual South Asian International Film Festival (SAIFF), the largest film premiere destination for South Asian/Indian filmmakers in the United States. “The Festival is committed to exhibiting films from South Asia (i.e India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal) and within the Indian Diaspora. With a focus on dynamic, visionary cinema, SAIFF annually creates unprecedented exposure for filmmakers and unparalleled experiences for its attendees (Wednesday, November 20 – Sunday, November 24, times vary).”
Beautify Fort Tryon Park with New York Cares is a chance to get outside and breathe in some fresh air while doing service, so don’t miss this opportunity to explore one of the city’s most precious parks for a good cause (Saturday, November 23, 10am). On Sunday, take time for brunch at Hearth, a cozy, East Village spot with delicious options like French toast with apple, pear, pecans & maple syrup, and baked ricotta with autumn squash, fried egg and breadcrumbs (Sunday, November 24th, 11am – 3:30pm).
Christmas may not be for another month, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pregame in November. Enjoy the Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall (Monday, November 25, 2pm & 8pm) and then take it to Church with Hozier at Hammerstein Ballroom (final show of five on Tuesday, November 26th, 9pm).
But first, Thanksgiving! Start the weekend by attending the legendary Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon inflation (Wednesday, November 27, 1pm-8pm) and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade itself (Thursday, November 28th, 9am-noon). This year’s performers and presenters include Billy Porter, Debbie Gibson, Ciara, Idina Menzel and TLC, to name a few. Your Black Friday may or may not include shopping, but if it does we hope you venture out to a few “brick and mortar” locations before watching the New York Knicks take on the Philadelphia 76ers (Friday, November 29, 7:30pm). To close out the month, Bryant Park’s Winter Village is in full swing, so lace up your skates and enjoy the sweet treats, hot cocoa and holiday season magic (Saturday, November 30, 10am-8pm).
We will see you in December!