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10 Things To Do in NYC This November

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10 Things To Do in NYC This November

Say goodbye to the costumes, the candy and all things creepy: October is coming to an end.

Yes, the spookiest month is almost up, but I wouldn’t waste time wallowing in that Halloween hangover too long if I were you. With the first day of November comes the beginning of the Holiday Season, and that means there are plenty of amazing events sprouting up all around New York for you to enjoy.

So roll out of bed and wipe the cobwebs from your eyes; here’s what to do in NYC this November.


Cider Week 


Photo Credit: Cider Week Facebook

November 2-11 @ Various Locations

For one week every November, New York City transforms into a cider-lover’s dream. The event is an effort to connect local, New York state cider makers to popular restaurants, bars, and retail spaces in the city. Check out some of this delicious craft cider at bars like Bad Seed Brooklyn Tap Room or even at the Union Square Greenmarket.


Union Square Holiday Market

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November 15–December 24 @ Union Square

Get a jump start on your Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa shopping and head on down to the Union Square Holiday Market. This pop-up shopping center can proudly call itself one of the best Holiday Markets in the city, if not the world. Sort through dozens upon dozens of booths looking for that special something for your special someone or, if you’re anything like me, looking for the hot chocolate. The Market opens on November 15 in Union Square Park and runs through the end of December. Oh, and remember to bundle up; it’s about to get chilly.


Hot Rabbit

To Do in NYC November - Hot Rabbit

Photo Credit: Hot Rabbit Instagram

Fridays @ Boots & Saddle

Hot Rabbit is the weekly dance party you’ve been dreaming of. Head to Boots & Saddle any Friday night in November for an evening that is guaranteed to leave you sweaty, exhausted, and wanting to come back again and again. The LGBTQIA event features New York’s hottest DJs, amazing go-go dancers, and a crowd so hype you won’t be able to catch your breath. Stick around after the DJ set for $1 shots (!!!) and $5 drafts. Remember to check out Hot Rabbit’s Facebook beforehand to get the password!


Fall Forest Weekends

To Do NYC in November - Fall Forest Weekends

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November 3–4, 10–11 @ New York Botanical Gardens

There is nothing quite like taking a walk in Autumn. And lucky for you, the New York Botanical Gardens have devised the perfect fall walking route. Stop by the NYBG this November to explore the Thain Family Forest, the biggest swath of old-growth forest that remains within the city limits. Whether you’re interested in bird watching or just there for the fall foliage, this is one activity you definitely don’t want to miss.


Basketball, Football & Hockey

All November Long

Now that fall is in full swing, so too are some of New York’s most exciting sports seasons. If you’re looking to escape the imminent cold this November, a Knicks or Nets game might just be the spot. If football is more your forte, a Giants game may be right up your alley. Personally, I’m hoping to catch a glimpse of the Rangers, who are playing home games throughout November. Regardless of your sport of choice, NYC has got you covered.


The NYC Marathon

November 4

Gluttons for punishment flock to the NYC Marathon every year to run 26.2 miles in record time. Although registration for runners has unfortunately already closed for this year’s race (ah, damn), spectators and fans are encouraged to come out and cheer on their loved ones on the morning of November 4. While I cannot possibly imagine the fun in running for four hours straight, I have to admit that there is something awesome about watching it all go down.


New York Comedy Festival

November 5–11 @ Various Venues

Get ready to laugh your ass off at the New York Comedy Festival this month. This year’s yuck-fest features comedy greats like Gabriel Iglesias, Tracey Morgan, Conan O’Brien, Queer Eye‘s own Jonathan Van Ness and Antoni Porowski, and so many more. Honestly, this festival is shaping up to be one of the hottest events of 2018, and you would be a total fool to miss out. Grab your tickets here.


Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

To Do in NYC November - Macy's Parade

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November 22 @ 6th Ave

I’m just gonna go right ahed and assume you know what the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is. Whether you’re out on the streets of New York watching it live, or taking it all in from the comfort of your own home, this year’s event is not one to skip.


Radio City Christmas Spectacular

To do in NYC November - Christmas Spectacualr

Photo Credit: Rockettes Instagram

November 9–January 1 @ Radio City Music Hall

You might think that November is too early to start celebrating Christmas, but you’d be wrong. According to the rule of law as instilled by the Rockettes of New York’s Radio City Music Hall, Christmas celebrations begin no later than the morning of November 9 this year. Beat the crowds—and the December pricing—at this annual event by buying your tickets for a November show date.


The Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting

To Do in NYC November - Rockefeller Christmas Tree

Photo Credit: Travel + Leisure

November 28 @ Rockefeller Plaza

The lighting of the giant Christmas tree in Rockefeller Plaza takes place on November 28 this year. With live performances from 7-9 pm, this event is a true New York tradition. So, whether it’s your first year in the city or you’ve been here all your life, make sure to kick off the holiday season the right way by attending what is undoubtedly one of the largest Christmas tree lightings in the world.



Featured Image Credit: New York City Marathon Instagram

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As an avid NPR listener and self-described Snapchat addict, Jessica Hamrick is excited to showcase her love for all things media as an Editor with UrbanMatter. Her short-yet-illustrious academic career was dedicated to finding the intersections between writing and marketing and she’s definitely found it here. In her free time, Jessica can be found hanging out with her dog Indie, watching the Food Network or commiserating with fellow, unfortunate White Sox fans.


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