NYC Insider Top Picks by Month – New York City Events Calendar

Our New York City events calendar highlights the BEST of NYC’s annual holiday celebrations, parades, festivals, shopping and sample sales and much more. Many of these New York City events are not in your tourist guides or the lobby of your hotel (really cool things don’t get advertised, they are published and spread by word of mouth). However, NYC events are easily found online, in our local magazines and papers, spread by word of mouth and in dozens of email lists, some very secret.

I actually already gave away some of my secrets by showing you my favorite New York City Sites. Since I regularly read all these lists and sites, here are the top New York City Event choices by month. I hope they will keep you from scouring the internet, because, if you’re like me, you don’t want to spend more time planning your vacation than actually being on it!

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  • New York City Wine & Food Festival
  • New Yorker Festival
  • Columbus Day and Parade
  • Ice Skating Rinks Open
  • Basketball (NY Knicks) Season Begins
  • Open House New York City
  • New York Music Festival
  • Fall Spa Week
  • Halloween – October 31

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Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club NYE Flamingo Formal

December 31, 2021
Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club
514 Union St
Brooklyn NY 11215

Pull together your best pink, white and/or black outfit, brush off your dancing shoes, take a good, long, hard look in the mirror and tell yourself that 2022 is gonna be YOUR year. Our New Year’s Flamingo Formal promises to be the sort of low pressure, affordably glamorous and properly festive dance party that you always HOPED your New Year’s would shape up to be. As always at The Royal Palms, ADMISSION IS FREE… But come early, because we’ll have to close the door once we hit capacity. We’ll be opening up our doors at 8P sharp and staying open to party through 2A! If you want to ensure that your night is extra easy-breezy and that you’ll have no problem getting into our poppin’ party, you can snag a VIP guaranteed entry all-you-can-drink wristband package.
Take the R to Union St station or the F/G to Carroll St. More Info: royalpalmsshuffle.com

ARYA: A Sober New Year’s Eve Experience

Friday Dec. 31, 2021 Time: 9pm – 2am
17 Meadow st, Brooklyn, NY 11206

ARYA is a sober New Years Eve party with live performances, a mass meditation to lead us into 2022, and a DJ set by Awarehouse. An "Arya" is someone that has experienced an ultimate state of consciousness in meditation. Once someone has this experience they have now entered the stream of awakening. Enter the stream and celebrate this new year differently with an evening of heart opening live performances, intoxicating dance music, and a mind altering meditation leading us into 2022. This event is sober. Experience all the highs, heart connections, and realizations without the toxic side effects. More Info: threejewels.org

Langroops Language Exchange Event

Every Saturday 4-6 pm
60 Wall Street Atrium, New York, NY 10005

Langroops language exchange is an event for anyone who is learning a language and wants to practice speaking with native speakers and get tips from other learners. We welcome all languages and levels. At our event, we will have several tables for different languages. Our popular tables are: Spanish, Chinese, French, Japanese, Russian, Hebrew, German, Korean, Italian, Portuguese, and Arabic! English can be practiced at any of the tables. You spend about half the time practicing and half the time helping others.

meetup.com/new-york-langroops-language-exchange

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

December 1–19, 2021
New York City Center
For more information, visit www.alvinailey.org

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, beloved as one of the world’s most popular dance companies, returns to the New York City Center stage December 1–19, 2021 for a season that has become a joyous winter tradition. Led by Artistic Director Robert Battle who marks a decade of leading the Company forward, Ailey’s extraordinary dancers will move audiences with world premieres, new productions, repertory favorites and classics like the American masterpiece Revelations, acclaimed as a must-see for all.

Tickets starting at $29 go on sale October 12 and can be purchased at the New York City Center Box Office, through CityTix® at (212) 581-1212 or online at www.alvinailey.org or www.nycitycenter.org. Discount tickets are available for Ailey Super Fans who purchase tickets for more than one performance, for students with an appropriate ID, and for groups of 10 or more (discounts do not apply to $29 tickets). For group sales, call 212-405-9082 or e-mail [email protected]

Young People’s Chorus’ Alone Together

Saturday, November 20 – Sunday, December 19 (Wednesdays through Sunday from 12pm – 6pm)

The world-renowned Young People’s Chorus of NYC is pleased to invite you to its new mixed-media art exhibition, AloneTogether, debuting at High Line Nine in NYC’s Chelsea Art District on Saturday, November 20 and running through Sunday, December 19. 

AloneTogether is a musical journey that explores the impact on today’s young people in this time of global turmoil and transformation.  Expressed through newly commissioned pieces by 15 composers and emerging songwriters and poetry written and recorded by the choristers, AloneTogether embarks on an innovative, experimental journey to understand the experiences of children through the course of the pandemic. 

The exhibition comprises spoken word, poetry, sculpture, video art, music, and film and features 500 YPC choristers, 15 composers and songwriters, seven poets, three choreographers, and two filmmakers. Ansley Sawyer brings the choristers’ stories to life through film, set to newly commissioned works by composers Samuel Adler, Derek Bermel, Thomas Cabaniss, Paquito D’Rivera, Aneesa Folds, Gordon Getty, Michael Gordon, Michael Harrison, Ted Hearne, Yuka C. Honda, David Lang, Elizabeth Núñez, Francisco J. Núñez, Jim Papoulis, and Paola Prestini. Additional films by Francisco J. Núñez round out the exhibition. The installation is the culmination of YPC’s newest commissioning initiative.

High Line 9 (Chelsea) | 507 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001

An Evening of Mozart, Werner & Suk

October 16 at 7:30pm
W83 Ministry Center
150 W. 83rd Street (between Columbus and Amsterdam),

Tickets: https://bit.ly/3tMWigz

Concert hosted by performance groups EnsembleNYC and underSTAFFED. Come enjoy the music of Mozart, Werner & Suk with EnsembleNYC, a choral ensemble focused on bringing hope to people through music, and underStaffed, a new chamber orchestra conducted by Elliot Roman. The concert will feature works by Mozart, a NYC premiere by Kyle Werner, and Josef Suk. A percentage of ticket sales, which will be available both in-person and through livestream, will be donated to City Harvest. Tickets range from suggested donations of $15-100.

Directions: 1 train to 86th Street or the B/C train to 81st Street

Taco Tuesdays @ Sinigual

No Dates Provided
Sinigual
640 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10017

Every Tuesday from 3pm to close

Celebrate Taco Tuesdays at Sinigual, Murray Hill’s trendiest Mexican restaurant, with a variety of popular tacos, small plates, and appetizers. Enjoy 2 Tacos for $7 or 8 Tacos for $20 (mix and match proteins – chicken, carnitas, steak). Happy Hour drink specials (from 2-7pm) include $5 House Margaritas, Draft Beer Pints, House Wine, and Well Cocktails.

Sustainable Home Fair

October 16th from 11am-5pm
The Old Stone House
Washington Park, Brooklyn

The Old Stone House in Washington Park, Brooklyn, and Heat/Cool Smart Brooklyn will be the hosts to the Sustainable Home Fair on October 16th from 11am-5pm. The event will focus on how homeowners, renters and building owners can lower their carbon footprint and energy bills, while learning how to finance these efforts. There will be free presentations every hour by experts knowledgeable in: solar panels, heat pumps, passive homes, rain barrels, composting, green roofs, home insulation, electric ranges, urban farming, and more.

New York, and other cities around the globe, are on a path to cut Green House Gas emissions by targets set by the Paris Accord. This commitment is enshrined in the New York State’s law the CLCPA (Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act) and New York City’s CMA (Climate Mobilization Act). New York State’s Climate Act is among the most ambitious climate laws in the world and requires New York to reduce economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030 and no less than 85 percent by 2050 from 1990 levels.

Move For MDS 5K

October 3rd at 9AM
Battery Park City Esplanade

In recognition of MDS World Awareness Day, join the New York Move for MDS community walk, fundraise and show support for the Myelodysplastic Syndromes Foundation in our fight against MDS. 100% of every $1 donated goes towards improving the lives of patients with MDS (through driving awareness and accelerating research). The New York Move for MDS walk will be in-person at Battery Park City Esplanade on October 3rd at 9AM ET. This is a friendly 5K for everybody – run, walk, wheel, or any movement you prefer!

Brooklyn BagelFest – NYC’s First-ever Bagel Festival

Saturday, October 2nd from 9:30AM – 3:30PM
City Point in Downtown Brooklyn
445 Albee Square W, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Nearest transportation: B, Q, R @ DeKalb Avenue, 2, 3 @ Hoyt St.
For more information, visit www.bagelfest.com

BagelFest will feature some of the best bagel shops in New York City, including Ess-a-Bagel, Black Seed Bagels, Utopia Bagels, Tompkins Square Bagels, Zucker’s Bagels, Acme Smoked Fish, Bantam Bagels, Bagel Pub, Bagel Boss, Baz Bagels, Terrace Bagels, Olde Brooklyn Bagel Shoppe, Popup Bagels, and more!

In addition to prodigious bagel consumption, BagelFest activities include a “Best Bagel in NYC” contest, life-sized bagel-themed yard games, panels of bagel expert speakers, and a bagel-themed musical performance by Kosha Dillz.

NYC Fall Foliage Cruise

September 25, 2021 to November 14, 2021
Departure: South Street

You’re invited to Unfinished Live 2021, a festival and in-person experience, taking place at The Shed in NYC and online September 23-24. We’re convening technologists, journalists, artists, changemakers, and more for two days of dynamic mainstage talks, live podcasts, Clubhouse conversations, networking, and interactive exhibits exploring technology and its effect on the future of the economy, society, and democracy. RSVP today to save your spot. Please note that this will be a fully vaccinated event for everyone’s health and safety.

Take in all the best fall colors in New York and see the fall leaves on our NYC Fall Foliage Cruise! You will spend a beautiful afternoon enjoying not only the best autumn foliage, but also the panoramic Manhattan skyline view including the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, and more iconic spots with fall colors! When it comes to the best fall activities in NYC, a Hudson River Fall Foliage Cruise is the way to go! With the interesting stories narrated by our live tour guide on board, our Fall Foliage Cruise is surely one of the best ways to enjoy fall colors and NYC like you never have before. Our Fall Foliage Cruise is running on all Saturdays and Sundays between September 25, 2021 to November 14, 2021. Departure location at Pier 36, 299 South Street.

More: topviewnyc.com

Unfinished Live 2021 Conference

September 23-24, 2021
The Shed in NYC

You’re invited to Unfinished Live 2021, a festival and in-person experience, taking place at The Shed in NYC and online September 23-24. We’re convening technologists, journalists, artists, changemakers, and more for two days of dynamic mainstage talks, live podcasts, Clubhouse conversations, networking, and interactive exhibits exploring technology and its effect on the future of the economy, society, and democracy. RSVP today to save your spot. Please note that this will be a fully vaccinated event for everyone’s health and safety.

NYC’s 10th Annual Winter Film Awards International Film Fest

September 23 – October 2, 2021
Mutiple Locations

The 10th Annual Winter Film Awards International Film Festival runs September 23-October 2 2021, and includes awesome film screenings, free career-building professional development workshops and super-fun free parties at venues throughout NYC. The event concludes on October 2 with a glittering awards ceremony and hot red carpet gala at Club 230Fifth, NYC’s premier nightclub.

Check out our 91 outstanding films from 28 countries — we have something for everyone! Shorts and features, drama, romance, comedy, horror, animation, thriller, documentary, music videos and web series. Winter Film Awards is dedicated to showcasing the amazing diversity of voices in indie film and our 2021 lineup is half made by women and 53% by or about people of color.

More: WinterFilmAwards.com

The Nest Summit

September 21-22, 2021
Javits Center

Climate action needs all-hands-on-deck. Join us for The Nest Summit’s third annual event for Climate Week NYC. It’s open to all! The Nest Summit is committed to advancing sustainability to enhance the future viability of our planet by connecting thought-leaders and agents of change during Climate Week NYC in one central venue. With complimentary access to the event, The Nest Summit affords a wider opportunity to educate and collaborate on the best sustainability practices, policies, and solutions across the U.S. to engage and inspire communities to take climate action. This year, The Nest Summit is taking place September 21 – 22 under NYC’s largest green roof at the Javits Center. Built for businesses and consumers, the event is open to the public, giving professionals and communities a chance to participate in the largest climate action event of the year. The content will also be available virtually and on-demand for those who register because this is too important to keep to ourselves!

More Info: thenestsummit.com

Dave Konig Comedy Cabaret @ Don’t Tell Mama

DAVE KONIG, as seen on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Louie, and Crashing, joins with musical director, ELLIOT FINKEL, for a night of laughs to celebrate New York opening back up. The three time Emmy winning comedian promises an evening of funny stories and a few songs at the historic cabaret theater, Don’t Tell Mama. Shows will maintain limited seating capacity to ensure everyone a safe and comfortable evening with America’s Most Beloved, Living Entertainer.

Dave Konig Comedy Cabaret

Sunday, June 13, 2021 @ 6:00 PM
$20 and 2 drink min. Cash only
don’t tell mama
343 West 46th St. NYC
Doors open at 5:15 PM / Show starts at 6:00 PM

Tickets: donttellmamanyc.com

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Boogie Wonder Band Concert

Friday November 29, 2019, Doors 6:30PM Show 8PM

Boogie Wonder Band Concert

Boogie Wonder Band Concert. If we didn’t know better, we’d say that the Boogie Wonder Band, arrived via a time machine because this 10-piece band busts out funk-a-licious grooves and disco-strutting jams like they are straight out of the ’70s. Channeling the era with a full throttle high-octane live show, each member dons eye-popping Las Vegas-inspired costumes and flashy personas. They don’t just hail from another land; they come from another decade – where Disco ruled the dance floors!

The Cutting Room 44 E. 32nd St. New York (212) 691-1900

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The Marvelous Mr. Marzo Musical Cabaret

October – December

The Marvelous Mr. Marzo Musical Cabaret

The Marvelous Mr. Marzo will feature songs by Stephen Sondheim, Cy Coleman, Peggy Lee, Andre Previn, Amanda McBroom, David Friedman, Fred Barton, and more. The cabaret is written by Joey Virgo and directed by Mark Corpron, with musical director Brad Ross on piano, David Ashton on woodwinds, Marco Panascia on bass and orchestrations by Ben Morris.

There is a $15 cover charge plus 2-drink minimum per person (cash only). Make reservations at www.ScottRaneri.com or call 212-757-0788 after 4 pm.

The Marvelous Mr. Marzo
Monday, October 14 at 7pm
Sunday, October 27 at 1pm
Thursday, November 14 at 9:30pm
Saturday, December 7 at 1pm
at Don’t Tell Mama, 343 W 46th Street, New York, NY 10036 (between 8th & 9th)

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Queer Liberation March

June 30, 2019

Queer Liberation March NYC

The Queer Liberation March is a people’s political march – no corporate floats, and no police in our march. We honor the powerful legacy of the Stonewall Rebellion by highlighting the most marginalized members of our community, as we commit to addressing the ongoing struggles that we face. On June 30th, retracing the steps of the original Christopher Street Liberation Day March of 1970, the Reclaim Pride Coalition will gather in Sheridan Square and begin the march at 9:30 am. We will proceed up 6th Avenue and have a midpoint gathering in Bryant Park at 11:00 am, where supporters are welcome to meet up before joining the march. The march will end with a Rally in Central Park’s Great Lawn (West 85th Street) at 1 p.m.


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