NYC events in November 2018

Plan your month with the best NYC events in November 2018 including Thanksgiving festivities holiday markets and more
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2015
Photograph: Filip Wolak
By Jennifer Picht and Time Out New York contributors |
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Give thanks for our list of NYC events in November 2018, which will help you make plans for things to do on Thanksgiving and the rest of the month. Our guide will help you find the best holiday events, including the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the inflation of Macy’s parade balloons and amazing holiday markets. But that’s not all! There’s also Veterans Day activities and the beloved Radio City Christmas Spectacular. And for those who just want to rock out, November has a ton of great concerts on deck, too.

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Featured NYC events in November 2018

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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2014
Photograph: Filip Wolak
Things to do

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

For its the 92nd 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. 

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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Things to do

Thanksgiving in NYC

Thanksgiving in NYC is tough. 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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Photograph: Teddy Wolff
Things to do

The Dyker Heights Christmas Lights

Out of all the yuletide razzle-dazzle NYC has to offer, the Dyker Heights Christmas Lights 2018 display is by far the most spectacular. (Sorry, Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree). Each year, over 100,000 people flock to the Brooklyn nabe to witness some of the most over-the-top Christmas lights we’ve ever seen­—think huge inflatable Santas and snowmen, and houses that blast Christmas carols from loundspeakers. There is a lot of ground to cover, as many houses in the area participate over multiple blocks and avenues. (We’re talking tens of thousands of lights).

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Renegade Craft Fair
Photograph: Courtesy Renegade Craft Fair
Things to do, Markets and fairs

Renegade Craft Fair in NYC guide

Are you excited for the Renegade Craft Fair? Once the cold weather sweeps in, Gotham transforms into a shopping bonanza where you can find great holiday markets chock-full of unique goods and delicious grub. New Yorkers should get psyched for the mother lode of craft fairs—Renegade Craft Fair—as it enters Manhattan in November. Only the most serious artists, tchotchke-making fiends and creative types are invited to gather and display their hand-made or bespoke goods at the Metropolitan Pavilion this season. And this bazaar is undoubtedly one of the most exciting NYC events in November, not to mention the best place to get your hands on the kitschiest and downright coolest garb, artwork and accessories just in time for the holidays. (It’s truly a “best in show” ordeal.) Check out loot from more than 200 vendors as well as live entertainment from DJs, DIY opportunities and perhaps some delicious summer drinks at this free and highly-anticipated event. 

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NYC Marathon Main
Things to do

The NYC Marathon

More than 40,000 marathoners hotfoot it (or puff, pant and stagger) through all five boroughs over a 26.2-mile course. Stake out a lively spot—we recommend along Fourth Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn; First Avenue between 60th and 96th Streets in Manhattan; or Central Park South near the finish line—to cheer on the passing throngs.

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Tracy Morgan
Photograph: Paul Mobley
Comedy, Stand-up

The New York Comedy Festival

Comedy Central is shutting it down this year with a slate of household names in comedy performing and speaking throughout the city. See stand-up from killer acts. NYC comedy fans are serious, so don’t wait to reserve your seats.

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Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall
Credit: Photograph: MSG Entertainment
Things to do

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular 2018 literally kicks off the holiday season in NYC. Since 1933, the tap dancers, flying Santa and of course the Rockettes have put on one of the city’s most classic Christmas spectacles. If The Nutcracker from New York City Ballet is too stuffy and doesn’t have enough camels onstage for you, this show is the one to see.

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Photograph: Courtesy Vintage Rebel Photo
Things to do

Dances of Vice: Beyond the Veil

icon-location-pin Veil, Midtown West
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Nightlife dream-makers Dances of Vice embark on a thrilling monthly residency at Veil, at which top acts from the worlds of cabaret, circus, fetish and beyond go all-out on stage. Look sharp and prepare for the amazing at this monthly variety show inspired by French turn-of-the-century follies. 

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Nutcracker Rouge
Photograph: Courtesy Mark Shelby Perry
Things to do, Performances

Nutcracker Rouge

icon-location-pin Théâtre XIV, Bushwick
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Company XIV returns with its ribald spin on Tchaikovsky, a dazzling spectacle featuring a top-tier cast of opera singers, aerialists, circus performers and burlesque artists. Keep an eye out for whoever (and whatever) comes crawling out from under Mother Ginger’s dress.

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Visitors at adidas: Art & Yoga
Photograph: Courtesy Kolin Mendez
Things to do

Adidas: Art & Yoga

icon-location-pin Brooklyn Museum | Brooklyn, NY, Prospect Park
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If there’s one thing we’ve learned from living in New York it’s that people will do yoga just about anywhere—even in the middle of Times Square in honor of the Summer Solstice. From rooftops to some of NYC’s best parks, Gothamites love to downward dog in unique places outside of their normal, go-to yoga studios. One of the current and coolest places you can perfect your warrior pose is at the Brooklyn Museum. On select dates every month, head to the art museum for an hour yoga session followed by mindfulness meditation. The class itself is only $10 (yoga mats provided), and that includes museum admission. Afterward, you can stick around and enjoy a self-guided tour of the galleries. The next class is this Saturday, August 11 from 9am to 11am. Find your Ohm and then get inspired by the art? Sounds like the perfect way to kick off the weekend to us.

Music events in November 2018

Shannon and the Clams
Photograph: Courtesy Lily Chou/Wild About You Photogr
Music

Shannon and the Clams + Combo Chimbita + High Waisted

The Oakland, CA, band’s shimmy-friendly, girl-group-gone-garage fare mixes all the sweet innocence of rockabilly with a sense of psychedelic weirdness and DIY punk ethos and energy. Here the crew visits Brooklyn behind its latest LP, Onion. (Be sure to check out singer Shannon Shaw's solo effort from last year, Shannon in Nashville, as well.)

Fucked Up
Photograph: Courtesy John Londono
Music, Rock and indie

Fucked Up

Fucked Up has a remarkable knack for inciting indie-rock types to care about hardcore, probably because the Toronto outfit brings an operatic complexity to an often monochrome genre. The band returns to town to celebrate its latest ambitious album, Dose Your Dreams.

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Yaeji
Photograph: Courtesy Lydo Le
Clubs, House, disco and techno

Yaeji

This local producer melds house and hip-hop elements into a distinctive mix that's indisputably alluring—her singles "Drink I'm Sippin On" and "Raingurl" have upwards of two-million plays at this point. However, the singer is not one to hoard the spotlight. Previous shows have featured her collaborating with a Korean restaurant to make curry for the crowds, in attempt to recreate the familial, communal atmosphere of gathering for a home-cooked meal. This should also feel like a family affair, as the show is bill as an intimate "in the round."

Music, Rock and indie

Ron Gallo

Ron Gallo performs track off his new rockin' and quite insightful album, Stardust Birthday Party, which explores the artist's awakening via self-destruction. Check him out a Rough Trade on November 12. You won't regret it. 

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boygenius
Photograph: Courtesy Lera Pentelute
Music

Julien Baker + Phoebe Bridgers + Lucy Dacus

This recent teamup proves supergroups aren't dead. Baker, Bridgers and Dacus, who recently released a collaborative EP, boygenius, each make uniquely heartbreaking styles of folksy singer-songwriter fare: Dacus plies rugged, rootsy guitar with robust vocals; Bridgers follows in the tradition of Elliot Smith and Bright Eyes (the latter gave her an early-career cosign) with delicately spun explorations of relationships; and Baker lyrically mines death and tragedy over twinkling guitar loops and cathartic climaxes. Capitalizing on those individual talents, the trio is nothing short of jaw-dropping. Don't miss out as they descend on the cavernous halls of Brooklyn Steel, where they're sure to take the stage jointly for the EP's three songs alongside their solo sets.

Kamasi Washington
Photograph: Mike Park
Music, Jazz

Kamasi Washington

Saxophonist, bandleader and Kendrick Lamar collaborator Washington reinvigorated contemporary jazz and garnered heaps of mainstream critical acclaim with his ambitious three-hour 2015 debut, The Epic. He takes the stage behind a new album, Heaven and Earth. 

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Jim James
Photograph: Neil Krug
Music, Rock and indie

Jim James

Jim James, leader of Louisville psych-roots-pop juggernaut My Morning Jacket, steps out for a solo gig at Town Hall to play his latest album Uniform Clarity—an acoustic version of his third proper solo LP Uniform Distortion. He is joined by special guests Alynda Segarra and Hurray For The Riff Raff. 

Wild Nothing
Photograph: Shawn Brackbill
Music, Rock and indie

Wild Nothing + Men + Trust

Since his gorgeous 2010 debut Gemini, Jack Tatum has mined '80s sounds as Wild Nothing to create airy, nostalgic indie pop. He hits Brooklyn Steel behind his ambitious latest, Indigo. Get ready to daydream.

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Dirty Projectors
Photograph: Virginia Rollison
Music, Jazz

Dirty Projectors

icon-location-pin Elsewhere, Bushwick
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Dave Longstreth spent the past few years writing hooks and harmonies for Kanye West and Solange in Los Angeles before releasing last year's self-titled Dirty Projectors, an avant-pop affair filled with polyrhythmics, jarring turns and heartbroken lyrics. This year's new Lamp Lit Prose again finds the band continuing last year's transformation into Longstreth's solo project of-sorts. The project is a bit of a lonelier, more solemn beast than before, but sparks fly on the new record nonetheless.

Jason Moran & the Bandwagon
Photograph: Courtesy Clay Patrick McBride
Music, Jazz

Jason Moran and the Bandwagon

icon-location-pin Village Vanguard, West Village
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The polymathic piano great and his trusty triomates (bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits) show off their slyly engaging, historically-minded modernism during a week in the Village.

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