The best things to do in NYC this weekend

There are a ton of great things to do in NYC this weekend, but don't worry—we've whittled the list down to our 15 recs
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By Jennifer Picht and Time Out New York contributors |
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TGIF! There are some incredible things to do in NYC this weekend including some of the best NYC events in November. Make sure to take advantage of all the other amazing things to do in fall from visiting the New York Botanical Garden or getting a jumpstart on your gift shopping at the city's holiday markets

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Things to do in NYC this weekend

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

Renegade Craft Fair

icon-location-pin Metropolitan Pavilion, Chelsea
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Browse imaginative maker-designed goods from more than 200 creators; indulge in bites from purveyors like Cryo Cream, Eat Chic Chocolates and Ocka Treats; groove to live DJ sets; and attend workshops with crafty friends at this fabulous market. You’ll walk out with enough DIY crafts, knickknacks and artisanal treats to get you through the winter and beyond.

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Music, Rock and indie

A Decade Deeper: Mexican Summer's 10 Year Anniversary

icon-location-pin Pioneer Works, Red Hook
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Here's a birthday party you won't want to weasel your way out of attending. Independent record label Mexican Summer celebrates a decade in business by throwing a ten-hour concert spotlighting a wide-range of its epic and revolutionary artists. Advanced tickets went fast, but 100 will be released at the door of Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Check out can't-miss acts like Allah-Las, Jess Williamson, Drugdealer, Part Time, F.J. McMahon with Quilt and Ariel Pink.

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Things to do, Markets and fairs

AF Brooklyn

icon-location-pin Industry City, Greenwood
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Knock out your holiday shopping at this free pop-up market in Industry City featuring a wide range of artisanal and handmade wares, plus booze for tasting. Register online beforehand to skip the line and have your name entered into a drawing to win a $500 shopping spree.

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Photograph: Courtesy Box of Dream Photography
Things to do, Conventions

Petcon

icon-location-pin Javits Center, Hell's Kitchen
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Learn about pet health, adoption, new advancements in tech—like meds blended specifically for your little furball—and more at this two-day conference. That's all well and good, but let's be honest, the real draw is meeting Instagram celebs like Ella and Coconut Bean, Mervin the Chihuahua, Bertie Bert the Pom and Kimchi Kardoggian.

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Things to do, Talks and lectures

Girlboss Rally NYC

icon-location-pin Knockdown Center, Queens
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Who runs the world? Bask in the collective fierceness of scores of leading women from top companies like Black Girl Magik, Equinox, Refinery29, Rent the Runway, Zola, CNN, Bumble and more at this two-day event featuring panel discussions, workshops, a bazaar crammed with goods from women-owned businesses and more networking opportunities than you can shake an organic tampon at. Get ready to be inspired. 

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Wild Nothing
Photograph: Shawn Brackbill
Music, Rock and indie

Wild Nothing + Men + Trust

icon-location-pin Brooklyn Steel, Williamsburg
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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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Brad Einstein
Photograph: Courtesy Carly Hoogendyk
Comedy

Encyclopedia Commedia

icon-location-pin Caveat, Lower East Side
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Brilliant comedy mastermind Brad Einstein invites a diverse crew of comedians to help him explain...all the knowledge in human history. It sounds like a daunting task, but we believe in this buckwild gonzo. For November's edition, he pores over the annals with Jo Firestone, Lucas O’Neil, Fareeha Khan, Dan Chamberlain, Megan Henricks, Steven Jackson, Steven Markow and Carly Hoogendyk.

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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.

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Holiday Train Show 2013 at the New York Botanical Garden
Things to do, Exhibitions

Holiday Train Show

icon-location-pin New York Botanical Garden | Bronx, NY, The Bronx
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The garden lights up with its collection of trains that chug along a nearly half-mile track by 150 miniature NYC landmarks like the Empire State Building and Radio City Music Hall, all made of natural materials such as leaves, twigs, bark and berries.  

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Bright Light Bright Light
Photograph: Courtesy Raphael Neal
Music, Cabaret and standards

Bright Light Bright Light

icon-location-pin Public Arts, Lower East Side
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As an NYC DJ, Bright Light Bright Light brings kitschy pop classics to his reverent, nostalgic day parties all over town. And on the global stage, he’s a beloved solo artist, delivering earnest lyrics and high-profile pop collaborations with Elton John, Jake Shears and others. He hits Public Arts with a gleeful performance to celebrate his new release, Tough Love. 

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Cranksgiving
Photograph: Angelo Calilap
Things to do, Quirky events

Cranksgiving

icon-location-pin Various locations,
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Don your dopest turkey garb, bring your bike and lock and hit the streets for this scavenger hunt with a cause. Ride to grocery stores all over town to purchase food (it'll run you about $20 when all is said and done), then donate it to the Bowery Mission. You’ll help feed NYC’s hungry and get an excellent workout in the process. After the ride, join an endorphin-high after party at HI New York Hostel.

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Voyage of Time: Life's Journey
Things to do

Voyage of Time

icon-location-pin BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, Fort Greene
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See Terrence Malick's spectacularly trippy 2016 documentary on the lifespan of the known universe at this special BAM engagement. While cells, stars and solar systems come alive and collide onscreen, take in a live score courtesy of the Wordless Music Orchestra and narration from Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again's Lily James. Leave the rest of your night open for some sweet stoner discourse on the cosmos. 

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Photograph: Courtesy Adrian Buckmaster
Things to do, Quirky events

LUST: An Alternative Thanksgiving Feast

icon-location-pin Lot 45, Bushwick
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A lavish feast served on nude models is only the beginning at this consent-affirming bacchanal in Bushwick. Erotic art installations, a hot wax play area, an interactive Shibari experience, a cuddle puddle lounge and an honest-to-god fire saxophone await those ready to cast aside their inhibitions and indulge in pleasures of the flesh. Thankfully, it all goes down well before you've engorged yourself on stuffing and gravy.

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Things to do, Conventions

Anime NYC

icon-location-pin Javits Center, Hell's Kitchen
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This annual celebration of manga, anime, gaming and Japanese art blasts into Javits Center with three packed days of panels, cosplay and culture. Don’t miss panels on That Time I Got Reincarnated as Slime, LGBTQ+ representation in anime, developing multiplayer games for Nintendo Switch and more, along with screenings and parties.

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Things to do

Long Beach Turkey Trot

icon-location-pin Long Beach,
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Head east on November 18 for this 14th annual turkey trot, which includes a one-mile children’s race and a 10K for adults. All finishers will get trophies, but the top winner will be awarded a turkey. Priorities.

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