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November 2015 events calendar for New York City

Plan your month with our events calendar of the very best activities, including Thanksgiving activities and our picks from theater, the arts and music

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November 20, Macys unveils their holiday windows

Give thanks for our events calendar for November, which will help you make plans for Thanksgiving and the rest of the month. Use our guide to find the best holiday events, including the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Veterans Day and Radio City Christmas Spectacular. And for those who just want to rock out, November has a ton of great concerts.

Featured events in November 2015

Thanksgiving in NYC

Thanksgiving in NYC is tough, pilgrim. It's even tougher when you're ill-prepared. If you're staying in New York, there are plenty of ways to celebrate not being stuck in traffic or sitting on a runway. Gather some friends for dinner with a variety of Thanksgiving pies, make a reservation at restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner or head to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. With everyone visiting relatives or in a tryptophan coma, the city is yours to enjoy.

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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2015

Before America collectively fashions a can holder out of its beer gut and settles in to watch some football, all eyes turn to Manhattan and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, an annual pageant of giant balloons, floats, cheerleaders, clowns, marching bands, Broadway shows and celebs. Sure, it's fun to watch in your PJs, but if you have visitors in town, take them to watch the procession in person.

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Veterans Day Parade

Salute the throngs of brave servicemen and women, and watch marching bands step in time up Fifth Avenue. The parade will be preceded by an opening ceremony and wreath-laying at the Eternal Light Monument (Fifth Ave at 24th St; 10–11am). Fifth Ave from 26th St to 56th St. Subway: E to Fifth Ave–53rd St; N, Q, R to Fifth Ave–59th St; N, R to 23rd St; 7 to Fifth Ave. RECOMMENDED: All Veterans Day coverage

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Manhattan Wednesday November 11 2015

Free events in November 2015

Veterans Day Parade

Salute the throngs of brave servicemen and women, and watch marching bands step in time up Fifth Avenue. The parade will be preceded by an opening ceremony and wreath-laying at the Eternal Light Monument (Fifth Ave at 24th St; 10–11am).

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Manhattan Wednesday November 11 2015

Macy's Thanksgiving Parade Balloon Inflation

This pre–Turkey Day ritual, held near the American Museum of Natural History, has become almost as crowded as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, but we prefer it to the main event. Why? We prefer to weave through the crowds, walking past the inflation stations to see Kermit the Frog, Julius the Paul Frank monkey, Sonic the Hedgehog, Buzz Lightyear et al. at our own pace. Inflation takes place from 3 to 10pm. Arrive later in the evening, when the gigantic characters have taken shape; the crowds are at their peak, so you can also show off the famed New York sidewalk shuffle. Enter at W 79th St at Columbus Ave.

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Manhattan Wednesday November 25 2015

Music events in November 2015

Shamir

Buzzy androgynous indie-popper Shamir Bailey croons and raps over bouncing R&B-infused four-on-the-floor beats. The tunes are undeniably infectious, so it's no surprise the singer's debut LP, Ratchet, landed him on a slew of "Artist to Watch" lists this year.

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Bowery Ballroom, Lower East Side Monday November 16 2015 - Tuesday November 17 2015

King Diamond + Exodus

Beyond gratuitous facepaint, this Danish heavy-metal legend's live antics famously include microphones made from femurs, the ritual sacrifice of Satanic dolls, and a real human skull named “Melissa”—so expect some mayhem when he rolls into town. This tour catches King and Co. playing 1987's Abigail in full.

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Best Buy Theater, Midtown West Saturday November 21 2015

Marissa Mulder: Instincts

As comfortable singing Tom Waits as she is singing Noël Coward, the winsomely natural Melissa Mulder is one of the cabaret world's biggest breakout successes of the past five years. Her new set includes songs by Stephen Sondheim and Sara Baraeilles.

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Metropolitan Room, Flatiron Friday November 27 2015

Arts events in November 2015

American Ballet Theatre Fall 2015

A stupendous fall season from American Ballet Theatre includes a premiere by Mark Morris, as well as modern classics like the elegantly modern Frederick Ashton's Monotones I and II, Balanchine's Valse-Fantaisie, Kurt Jooss's anti-war masterpiece The Green Table, Paul Taylor's Company B and Twyla Tharp's The Brahms-Haydn Variations. Many of these are crucial works that changed the form itself, and it would be madness for anyone interested in the 20th Century and its movements to miss them.

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David H. Koch Theater (at Lincoln Center), Upper West Side Wednesday October 21 2015 - Sunday November 1 2015

Ralph Lemon: Scaffold Room

This multimedia theatro-dance work by Ralph Lemon was made in collaboration with April Matthis, Roderick Murray, Okwui Okpokwasili, Marina Rosenfeld, Mike Taylor and Philip White—electric performers and thinkers who help Lemon investigate the representation of black women in popular culture—drawing on such diverse sources as Moms Mabley and Samuel R. Delany. Elements of the piece will be on view in various Kitchen spaces during the day, while a more formal performance-presentation will take place (Nov 3–10) in the downstairs theater.

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The Kitchen, Chelsea Friday October 30 2015 - Sunday December 6 2015

"Scenes for a New Heritage: Contemporary Art from the Collection"

MoMA is doing a total overhaul of its contemporary art galleries with a new installation of works in all mediums by 40 artists from around the world. Taken from the permanent collection, the offerings—some never exhibited before— were all made during the past 30 years, and reflect in different ways "the political, social, and cultural flux that have shaped the current global landscape."

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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Midtown West Until Thursday December 31 2015

“KAWS: ALONG THE WAY"

The former street artist, who's taken his game up a notch, designing a ballon for the Macy Thanksgiving Day Parade, and also creating the set for last year's MTV Music Awards at the Barclays Center, fills the Brooklyn Museum's lobby with an 18-foot-tall wooden sculpture depicting his signature character, Companion—a sort of skull-headed Mickey Mouse with Xs for eyes—as a pair of of identical figures, with one consoling the other. Also on view are two of his energetically Pop precisionist canvases.

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Brooklyn Museum, Prospect Park Until Sunday December 6 2015

More events in November 2015

Veterans Day Parade

Salute the throngs of brave servicemen and women, and watch marching bands step in time up Fifth Avenue. The parade will be preceded by an opening ceremony and wreath-laying at the Eternal Light Monument (Fifth Ave at 24th St; 10–11am).

Read more
Manhattan Wednesday November 11 2015

Macy's Thanksgiving Parade Balloon Inflation

This pre–Turkey Day ritual, held near the American Museum of Natural History, has become almost as crowded as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, but we prefer it to the main event. Why? We prefer to weave through the crowds, walking past the inflation stations to see Kermit the Frog, Julius the Paul Frank monkey, Sonic the Hedgehog, Buzz Lightyear et al. at our own pace. Inflation takes place from 3 to 10pm. Arrive later in the evening, when the gigantic characters have taken shape; the crowds are at their peak, so you can also show off the famed New York sidewalk shuffle. Enter at W 79th St at Columbus Ave.

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Manhattan Wednesday November 25 2015

League of Kitchens

Eager to try authentic international cuisine without leaving the country? At League of Kitchens, simply travel into a recent immigrant’s kitchen in New York for a real-deal workshop—choose from Lebanese, Korean, Indian, Argentine and other cuisines. Share culture, taste amazing dishes, and even go home with a personal family recipe book from the teacher. Try the two-hour workshop for $95 or pay a little more for three extra hours ($149). Act fast; the workshops fill up quick! See website for specific dates and times.

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Various locations Saturday September 5 2015 - Sunday December 27 2015

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