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November 2016 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.

RECOMMENDED: Full events calendar for 2016

Featured events in November 2016

The Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival

Brimming with cutting-edge producers and DJs, the two-day (three, if you count after-parties), multivenue Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival (BEMF, to those in the know) is definitely one of the best things to do in New York this fall.

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By: Vivienne van Vliet

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

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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The New York Comedy Festival

The New York Comedy Festival is a five-day bonanza of comedy shows, drawing national headline acts and the cream of the local scene. This year's NYCF features comedians Trevor Noah, Kathy Griffin and more.

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By: Evelyn Derico

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular celebrates its 88th year of precision dancing and high kicks this holiday season. Along with George Balanchine's The Nutcracker from the New York City Ballet, the Spectacular has become one of NYC's most hallowed holiday traditions, drawing tourists and locals alike. Unlike The Nutcracker, however, there's nothing highbrow about Radio City Music Hall's pageant of glitz.

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By: Tazi Phillips

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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