NYC Events to Attend in the Month of November
If you’re a New Yorker, you know that November is the official start of the holiday season. The twinkle lights start going up, party invitations start coming in the mail, and the familiar tune of Christmas carols is wafting through stores and restaurants alike. Now, we’re not saying that you have to run out and buy your tickets for the Rockettes just yet (but just fyi, the opening is November 11th!), so we’ve included in this month’s round-up of must-do events and some non-festive options, too. But for those of you who like to start the celebrations early, we threw in a few holiday staples, too.
TSC NYC Marathon
When: Sunday, November 6th
Where: In the 5 boroughs of NYC!
While it’s too late to sign up to run the race (just in case checking off a 26.2 miler was on your November to-do list), you can and should absolutely show up along the TCS NYC Marathon race course to cheer on the amazing folks who are taking on the challenge. People from all over the world will be participating, including your neighbors right here in NYC. The energy is so contagious that you might actually be running home to enter the lottery for next year’s race yourself.
The New York Comedy Festival
When: November 1st through 6th
Where: Various Venues
Much like we have New York’s Finest (thank you, NYPD) and New York’s Bravest (thank you, FDNY), we now have New York’s Funniest, i.e. the folks performing at The New York Comedy Festival. Comedy Central has done a stellar job this year in putting together a hysterical lineup, with names like Tracy Morgan, Bridget Everett, Dane Cook, and many more.
When: November 3rd-16th
Where: Brookfield Place Courtyard Gallery, 230 Vesey Street, New York
Head down to Brookfield Place this month to take some Instagrams that will inspire massive fear of missing out (i.e. FOMO) in everyone who sees the photos. Canstruction is the 24th annual cans-for-a-cause competition, where architecture teams go up against each other to create larger-than-life Pop-Art–installations using more than 120K cans of nonperishable food, all in the name of ending hunger in this great city of ours…a cause we can all get behind. Admission is free, but it’s encouraged to bring a can donation, which will go to City Harvest. After taking in the exhibit and putting some good karma into the world, head up to Brookfield’s Food Court for some delicious eats, and fun window shopping while you’re at it.
Thanksgiving Day Parade
When: Thursday, November 24th
Where: Along Central Park West and 6th Avenue in Manhattan
Whether you choose to wake up early to stake your spot along the street (insider’s tip: bundle up and bring coffee for the 9am start time!) or to catch the parade from your tv in the comfort of your apartment, the 90th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is not an event to be missed. Assuming you’re a transplant to the city, this is likely one of the events you watched annually from Iowa or Mississippi or where ever you hail from, so I implore you to remember the magic you felt watching it before you moved to this great city, and to take a few hours on this special day to feel it all over again.
Rockefeller Tree Lighting
When: Wednesday, November 30th
Where: 30 Rockefeller Plaza, NYC
Join fellow New Yorkers and tourists alike for what has been a staple in New York’s history for the past 84 years…the lighting of the Rockefeller Christmas tree. The event is free and open to the public as space allows. As you can imagine, it does get quite crowded for the live broadcast, which takes place from 7 to 9pm, so plan to arrive early to secure your spot. Or, if battling the crowds isn’t your idea of a fun time, catch the lighting on NBC, and check out the tree live another time. It’s open through January 7th, and lit daily 5:30am to midnight.