Best things to do this week in NYC

Find the biggest and best events, activities and things to do in New York City this week, as chosen by Time Out's editors.

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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

  • Critics choice
  • Free

For the 88th year, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will usher in the holiday season with familiar sights like giant balloons, high-kicking Rockettes and Santa’s sleigh, plus celebrity appearances. Begins at W 77th St and Central Park West; for the complete parade route, visit

  1. Manhattan
  2. Thu Nov 27
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Thanksgiving in NYC

Your guide to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, surviving the Black Friday sales, and all the sweet potato pie you can handle

  1. Thu Nov 27

An Evening With Bianca Del Rio: The Rolodex Of Hate Tour

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Much-loved local comedy queen and RuPaul's Drag Race winner Bianca Del Rio serves up an evening of scathing, hilarious bitchery.

  1. Gramercy Theatre 127 E 23rd St, between Park Ave South and Lexington Ave
  2. Fri Nov 28 - Sat Nov 29
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The Imitation Game

  • Rated as: 4/5

Hidden codes, secret meanings and mixed messages pulse through the reliable, old-fashioned, buzzing copper wires of true-life British period drama The Imitation Game. Snappy and not too solemn, but perhaps not as much of a psychological puzzle as it could have been, the film gives us key episodes

  1. Various locations
  2. Opens Fri Nov 28

Akim Funk Buddha's Hip-Hop Holiday

  • Free

Sound takes a backseat to dancing on Nov 28 and 29, as Zimbabwean cross-cultural B-boy Akim Funk Buddha and his crew show us what hip-hop inspired by Eastern philosophies looks like.

  1. BAM Peter Jay Sharp Building 30 Lafayette Ave, between Ashland Pl and St. Felix St
  2. Fri Nov 28 - Sat Nov 29
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Gilbert Gottfried

  • Price band: 2/4

Gottfried’s self-deprecating, caustic stand-up is as subversive as it was during his ’80s heyday. Take, for instance, his now-infamous post-9/11 revival of the Aristocrats joke at Hugh Hefner’s roast, or the tweets regarding Japan for which he was canned as the voice of the Aflac duck.

  1. Carolines on Broadway 1626 Broadway, between 49th and 50th Sts
  2. Fri Nov 28 - Thu Dec 18
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R. H. Quaytman, "O Tópico, Chapter 27"

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Quaytman doesn't see her silkscreen paintings as singular compositions, but as parts of an overall scheme detailing the arc of her career—a "book in which each successive show is a chapter," as she describes her process. Her current show revolves around a commission for a botanical garden in the

  1. Gladstone Gallery 530 W 21st St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves, 10011
  2. Thu Nov 27 - Sat Dec 20
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Christmas Lights and Cannoli Tour

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The maxim a little bit goes a long way is not one residents of Dyker Heights adhere to: Each year, various homeowners in the South Brooklyn ’hood trick out their abodes with thousands of twinkly lights, as well as oversize decorations (illuminated Nativity scenes, animatronic snowmen, giant

  1. Manhattan
  2. Mon Dec 1 - Wed Dec 31
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Metamorphosis Lighting

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Take in the first lighting of Metamorphisis, a 10-story installation created by artist and veteran theater designer Anne Militello. Featuring strands of mirrored discs adorned with colorful LED lights, the piece will be illuminated to a flicker tonight and become brighter each evening. See the

  1. Brookfield Place Winter Garden 220 Vesey St, at West St, 10281
  2. Mon Dec 1
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Say Anything + Saves the Day + Reggie and the Full Effect

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Sure, Say Anything is an emo outfit, but it's also one of the great bands of our time, regardless of subgenre. For more than a decade, frontman-songwriter Max Bemis has transformed his neurotic woes and exceedingly dirty thoughts into an ongoing alt-rock opera: brash, barbed and frequently

  1. Irving Plaza 17 Irving Pl, at 15th St
  2. Tue Dec 2 - Wed Dec 3
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Beatrice B
Beatrice B

Have to see Queen. Lambert is no impersonator! I saw them in Chicago and again in Vegas, now MSG. This show deserves a 4 star !!! That if you like great music and a front man with an amazing voice and commands the stage. Its like hearing Queen for the first time . Go see this show, if you can get seats !

Joyce W
Joyce W

Try this tasty experience in Chinatown tomorrow.  What a great way to do lunch!


We're going crazy for 4th of July and getting started early. Join our NEW Chinatown highlights tour and get tickets for only $25. That's a full meal and 2 hrs. of interesting history tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. Just buy tickets on our site and use code CFTFB2014. Hurry up. You can also call 917-979-4833

Blair Y
Blair Y

how about the Spike Lee block party in Brooklyn...

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