November arrives with cooler temps, the spirit of giving, and an abundance of Manhattan events to enjoy. Whether a tourist or tried and true New Yorker, you’ll love our one-a-day prescription for good times and joyful memories.
There’s a new Cher-iff in town and her life story drives the Broadway musical The Cher Show, entering previews at the Neil Simon Theatre (Thursday, November 1). From the glitterati to the literati, head to the Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House for a late afternoon poetry reading featuring Kundiman Poetry Prize winners Sharon Wang, Franny Choi, and Mia Ayumi Malhotra (Friday, November 2).
The first weekend in November arrives with a celebration of Día de Muertos at American Museum of Natural History, where you will immerse yourself in the traditions for Day of the Dead. Enjoy Mexican folk and dance performances, a craft marketplace and altars of reverence to extinct animals and more (Saturday, November 3).
Speaking of holy days, TCS New York City Marathon and its 26.2 mile course across the five boroughs is a pilgrimage for athletes across the globe, and second only to the thrill of running the race is showing up to watch and support the athletes (Sunday, November 4).
Before we get to more serious matters (i.e. the most important midterms in recent memory), we are excited about the funny people gracing the stage at the New York Comedy Festival (Monday, November 5 through Sunday, November 11). With over 200 comics and 100 shows, performers include Marc Maron, Tig Notaro and Sasheer Zamata with Nicole Buyer. And from comedy to culinary festivals, EATALY’s Restaurant Fest is a two-week long dining festival with two-course lunches and dinners starting at $18 (Monday, November 5 – Sunday, November 18).
The most important thing you can do the first Tuesday in November is vote, and this year we recommend going straight from the ballet booth to an election night watch party, preferably one where alcohol is being served (Tuesday, November 6). The two on our shortlist: Lady Parts Justice at Distilled in Tribeca and Sister District at Fitzgerald’s Pub.
You may also want to swing by Bryant Park’s Winter Village for free samples of food and drink from the holiday shops on Tasting Tuesday then brush up on these food-themed Seinfeld episodes. They could be answers to questions at a second Bryant Park area event: the Seinfeld Quiz Night at the Marriott in Times Square (Wednesday, November 7).
DOC NYC is America’s largest documentary film festival after only eight years since its inception and opens with screenings in the Village and Chelsea (Thursday, November 8 – Thursday, November 15). Expect works of reportage, memoir, history, and humor plus prominent guest speakers, special events and more.
A little further downtown at the Lower East Side Cider Fest, New York cider takes over the Essex Street Market (Friday, November 9). For only $25, enjoy samples of 100+ ciders plus specialty bites, with the best in seasonal ciders available for purchase by-the-glass and bottle. Cider Fest isn’t the only way New York is making the most of apple season. Over at Little Pie Company, a partnership with Ruffino has produced the Salted Caramel Prosecco Pie, a trendy twist on the classic apple pie.
Bring on the weekend and two events that will add a little mystery to your month. On Saturday, a candlelight tour of the only catacombs in Manhattan (Saturday, November 10) under the Basilica inside St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral church on Mulberry Street in Soho. Then on 11/11, make a wish under the beautiful night sky at Plunge Rooftop bar on top of the Gansevoort Hotel. You’ll enjoy stellar views of the Hudson River and if you’re lucky, a glimpse of the Taurid meteor shower (Sunday, November 11).
Culture for a cause is what comprises the International Human Rights Art Festival, co-produced by and held at Wild Project with media partner WNYC (Monday, November 12 – Sunday, November 18). The over 20 events and 150 artists combine art and advocacy in a space conducive to healing, discussion and social change.
Whether or not we’ll see actual snowfall in November remains to be seen, but in Central Park enjoy a theatrical nod to it with “Yeti, Set, Snow” at the Swedish Marionette Theatre (Tuesday, November 12). Then escape the chill all together with Latin America Culture Week and enjoy the best in Latin American music, dance, visual arts, literature, theater and film, now in its 13th year (Wednesday, November 13 – Wednesday, November 21).
In mid-month theater news, the return of a classic to City Center for four days only. Catch A Chorus Line with a cast that features veteran and breakthrough talent including Baayork Lee (the original Connie!) and buzzworthy newcomer Tara Kostmayer as Diana Morales (Wednesday, November 14 – Sunday, November 18). Then catch the premiere of Vivian’s Music, 1969 at 59E59 Theaters. It’s a powerful new play about a 14-year-old black girl named Vivian who was shot by a white cop in 1969, an event that ignited one of the worst race riots in American history (Thursday, November 15).
The weekend brings two fun fairs and a pow-wow, including the Norwegian Christmas Fair (Friday, November 16) and a gathering of over 200 artisans, chefs, and vintage vendors at Renegade Craft Fair at The Metropolitan Pavilion (Saturday, November 17). At the Park Armory’s First United Lenape Nations Pow Wow & Standing Ground Symposium, experience a large-scale Lenape Pow Wow, which includes a dance competition for hundreds of dancers of all ages competing in traditional Native American dress and regalia (Sunday, November 18). Enjoy musical accompaniment by drumming and singing groups, all on the land that once belonged to the Lenape.
The new week begins with a cozy night concert by stellar acoustic singer/songwriter Joshua Radin at City Winery joined by special guest Lily Kershaw (Monday, November 19 and Tuesday, November 20). For a different kind of chill, catch the Rangers vs. Islanders game at MSG (Wednesday, November 21).
Thanksgiving comes early this year and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade remains not just a monthly but annual highlight for the kid in all of us (Thursday, November 22). If you’ll be venturing out in person, check out this guide to the route and best viewing spots.
Black Friday of course means all the sales and we like this ECommerce guide for a few insider tips (Friday, November 23). If you’d rather leave the purchases behind, two midtown destinations with holiday feels are DreamWorks Trolls the Experience on W. 57th St and the NY Transit Museum Gallery Annex and Store at Grand Central (if you visit both, we suggest the hashtag #trollsandtrains for your social feed).
The final week of the month looks amazing, starting with our third (and final) apple suggestion — The Frozen Apple — which is not a culinary adventure but the annual Cornell v. Harvard hockey game at MSG (Saturday, November 24). This ancient rivalry dates all the way back to 1910 and the two schools have produced over 100 NHL players combined, so if you like sports this is definitely one game to catch.
Sunday marks the last of four 20th Anniversary screenings of The Big Lebowski at IFC (Sunday, November 25). Enjoy the journey back to 1998 for bowling and white Russians where the Dude abides in this Coen brothers cult classic starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman and Julianne Moore.
To kick off the last week of the month, two opportunities to get your body moving. The first, RUNHealthy: Monday Mornings, is an open level yoga and stretch class for athletes at NYRR Run Center. The second, Ecstatic Dance: November Edition at Judson Church a safe, sober community space where people dance the night away to amazing DJs and live drummers before ending the night with a sound healing + closing circle (Tuesday, November 27).
Meanwhile at Rockefeller Center, the giant Norway spruce from Orange County will be lit up like the Christmas tree it is at the Holiday Christmas Tree Lighting, now in its 86th year (Wednesday, November 28). Gala tickets are still available.
Then coming right round like a record, baby, are The First Ladies of Disco at Joe’s Pub featuring Martha Wash, Linda Clifford and Norma Jean Wright (Thursday, November 29) and for the best November grand finale, release your inner flapper girl or tuxedo-clad gent at Capitale’s sparkly glam bash The Great Gatsby Party (Friday, November 30th). It will put you in the right frame of mind for a festive December. We will see you then!