Best things to do today in New York City

Find the best events, activities and things to do today in NYC, as chosen by Time Out's editors.

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"NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial"

  • Price band: 2/4
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Finally, an ultimate tribute to not just the artistic minds that make New York a creative hub, but also the behind-the-scenes guys we never hear about. NYC will pay homage to 100 awesome artists and their production teams who have shown outstanding levels of talent in their fields, from stonemasons

  1. Museum of Arts & Design 2 Columbus Circle, at Broadway, 10019
  2. Mon Sep 22 - Sun Oct 12
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The Haunted Pumpkin Garden

  • Price band: 2/4
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Halloween junkies can get their spooky fix in this scary patch of the Children’s Adventure Garden filled with frightening spirits lurking in between the gourds. Weekend programming includes parades, where kids can get some extra mileage out of their costumes. Older visitors can enjoy sessions

  1. New York Botanical Garden Bronx River Pkwy, at Fordham Rd, 10458
  2. Mon Sep 22 - Fri Oct 31
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Queer New York International Arts Festival

  • Price band: 1/4
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Zvonimir Dobrović curates and produces this third annual showcase of visual and performance art from around the world. The pieces include dance, installation, music and other media, all of which are designed to challenge and expand notions of what is "queer" in art.

  1. Various locations
  2. Mon Sep 22 - Sun Sep 28
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This Is Our Youth

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

This Is Our Youth. Cort Theatre (see Broadway). By Kenneth Lonergan. Directed by Anna D. Shapiro. With Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin, Tavi Gevinson. Running time: 2hrs 25mins. One intermission. This Is Our Youth: In brief Kenneth Lonergan's 1996 breakout play about a couple of late adolescents mixed

  1. 138 W 48th St, between Sixth and Seventh Aves
  2. $35–$135
  3. Mon Sep 22 - Sun Jan 4
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Space Shuttle Enterprise

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In 1977, NASA conducted a series of tests on a new type of craft: the Space Shuttle. Now that prototype resides on the deck of the Intrepid in a specially designed pavilion. Visitors can walk close to and under the 180-foot-long, six-story Shuttle, the wingspan of which is more than 70 feet.

  1. Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Pier 86, Twelfth Ave, at 46th St, 10036
  2. Mon Sep 22 - Wed Dec 31
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Madison Square Garden All-Access Tour

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There are few better ways to feel like a celebrity, or at the very least, someone who's really loaded, than surveying the typically off-limits reaches of a venue that's recently undergone a $1 billion renovation. Get to know the upper reaches of the Garden by treading the 662-ton, 430-capacity sky

  1. Madison Square Garden 4 Pennsylvania Plaza , between 31st and 33rd Sts, 10001
  2. Mon Sep 22 - Wed Dec 31
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Sleep No More

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 4/4
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To untimely rip and paraphrase a line from Macbeth: Our eyes are made the fools of the other senses, or else worth all the rest. A multitude of searing sights crowd the spectator's gaze at the bedazzling and uncanny theater installation Sleep No More. Your sense of space and depth---already

  1. 530 W 27th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
  2. $80–$120, premium $130–$170
  3. Mon Sep 22 - Wed Dec 31
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Dry Land

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Dry Land. HERE (see Off-Off Broadway). By Ruby Rae Spiegel. Directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt. With ensemble cast. Running time: 1hr 30mins. No intermission. Dry Land: In brief Teenage girls wrestle with abortion in a new play by Ruby Rae Spiegel, directed by Adrienne Campbell-Colt for her rapidly

  1. 145 Sixth Ave, between Dominick and Spring Sts
  2. $18
  3. Mon Sep 22 - Sat Sep 27
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Radio City Stage Door Tour

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This hour-long tour of the Art Deco theater includes a look at the Roxy Suite—created for vaudeville producer Samuel Lionel "Roxy" Rothafel when the stage opened in 1931—a meet-and-greet with a Rockette and a glimpse at the VIP-signed guest book. Attendees can even pose in a digitally

  1. Radio City Music Hall 1260 Sixth Ave, at 50th St
  2. Mon Sep 22 - Wed Dec 31
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Jason Mraz and Raining Jane

  • Price band: 2/4
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Well-behaved singer-songsmith Jason Mraz, with an appeal to fans of David Gray or those who think Jack Johnson's gotten a bit too edgy in his old age, plays six area acoustic gigs, one in each borough (and two in Manhattan). The fedora-clad San Diegan is playing behind his latest, Yes!.

  1. Radio City Music Hall 1260 Sixth Ave, at 50th St
  2. Mon Sep 22 - Tue Sep 23
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