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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New York Innovation Conference

November 4th, 2021 (8:30 – 15:50)
IPIC Theater Fulton Market
11 Fulton St, New York, NY 10038

Trend Hunter, the #1 trend agency, is bringing Future Festival to the lower east side with the arrival of the New York Innovation Conference on November 4th, 2021 (8:30 – 15:50). This in-person innovation conference distills the buzz of Future Festival down into an intimate peer-to-peer one-day learning experience. As opportunities emerge from the post-pandemic chaos, get ahead of the curve with Trend Hunter’s insider insights into the future of work, play, and everything in between at this live experiential event. Come into the conference with a curious mind and walk away with 5-10 disruptive ideas that will help shape your future in this post-pandemic landscape. After an enriching day of trend-driven keynotes, dive into the delights of the Big Apple with cultural exploration at the Museum of Modern Art or take on tasty vegetarian tapas at Dirt Candy. For a personalized event experience, choose from General, PRO, and VIP tickets.

More: futurefestival.com/newyork

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]

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

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

Recovery Fest 2021

September 18, 2021
Mountainside Chelsea
243 W 18th Street
New York, NY 10011

Ready for some fun?! Whether you want to dance the day away to live music, taste delicious mocktails from top booze-free brands, or beat your friends at Mortal Kombat – there is something for everyone. This event is the perfect way to close out your summer and celebrate just how amazing a life in recovery is. So bring your family and friends to join us for a day you won’t forget.

Recovery and health & wellness vendors, Sober lounge, Old school arcade games, pool table, ping pong, and foosball Mocktail bar featuring Ritual Zero Proof Photo booth DJ Performance by Ravi Shavi (Solo set) Workshops and demos Art show Sober community groups The Love Side docuseries premiere Raffle prizes Goodie bag Stay Tuned! More to be announced soon!

More: mountainside.com/recovery-fest-2021/

Dave Koz and Friends Summer Horns

September 18, 2021
Palladium Times Square

Renowned contemporary and smooth jazz artist, Dave Koz will play his first NYC show back since 2019 at Palladium Times Square in New York City on Saturday, September 18th. Dave Koz, also known for his popular Los Angeles morning radio show on The Wave FM, will be joined by Grammy Award winning saxophonist, Kirk Whalum, two-time Grammy nominated Jazz Saxophonist and Vocalist Mindi Abair and emerging jazz artist, Vincent Ingala.

Palladium Times Square is located at 1515 Broadway at the corner of 7th Avenue. There is no better place to bring jazz back to New York City than Times Square. Doors open at 6:30pm and the show begins at 8pm. Tickets for this Marquee Concerts produced one-night-only performance can be found by visiting www.smoothjazznewyork.com or www.marqueeconcerts.com

Ronnie Stone & The Lonely Riders Live Concert

Saturday, September 11 @ 9PM
Music Concert at The Windjammer
552 Grandview Ave, Flushing, NY 11385

Start dusting off those leathers because the boogie king is stepping back into the ring… Baby this ain’t no reboot, this is all new Ronnie playing unreleased grooves you can’t hear anywhere else. For this homecoming party we’ve packed a nasty smooth lineup with some of our favorite NYC producers, Treatment and Dominic Sen.

Advanced sliding scale tickets: $7–15 | Door: $12; to help keep things safe tickets are limited (there will be a few reserve tickets saved for the door but advanced tickets are the only way to guarantee entry) and proof of vaccination is required. Ronnie Stone & The Lonely Riders blend elements of synthpop and electro-funk to create live shows that are closer to dance clubs than concerts. The band invites their fans to release their inhibitions by immersing themselves in an alternate reality as carefully constructed as it is open to interpretation. The shows flirt with performance art and shameless, larger-than-life spectacle that give a small glimpse into the mysterious world of leather-clad messiah/bandleader, Ronnie Stone. Come adorned in your finest leather, mesh, and lace and take a trip down the boogie slide into a realm of biker goths and sinful ecstasy.

More: thelonelyriders.com

Fallin’ To Your Heart Retreat

September 10-12th, 2021
New Rochelle, New York
(luxurious women weekend retreat)

Whether you are in the process of creating meaningful shifts in your life, healing emotions, unlearning limiting beliefs, letting go of what no longer true to you be it a job, a relationship, a place to live, achieving success, or manifesting a soul mate, allow yourself to tap into limitless power of your heart…

I invite you, beloved woman, to step into your heart center, to make your life and your every breath a living prayer of love and devotion to your higher self and humanity as you begin to witness the power of heart-centered manifestation in your own everyday life, creating and attracting exactly what your heart longs for. Yes, when your heart is open, you are limitless.

Email me with questions [email protected] or schedule your 15-30 min. Zoom (or phone) heart connection call with me (pressure free) to learn about admission costs, availability, and decide whether this retreat speaks to your soul https://calendly.com/irinadevi/30min

Famous Food Festival "Taste the World"

September 3-6, 2021
Tanger Outlets – Deer Park

Welcome back everyone we invite you to come ‘Taste The World’ with delicious food inspirations from countries represented from all around the world. Featuring Over 60 Food Vendors, be prepared to taste some of the best New York, Tri-State, and home of Long Island has to offer. Our focus is to bring Long Island a festival they can be proud of. One that’s filled with unique eats that few have ever tried before on top of fun things to do for the whole family to enjoy. Whether it’s the Live Music and seating section, our Beer and Wine Lounge, Cooking Demos, Local Artists Gallery, Vampire Escape Room, Alpha Axe Throwing, Mobile Man Cave Tailgating Experience, and Kids Section, there truly is something for everyone. Because Long Island New York deserves a famous festival. This all-ages fun for the whole family event is only $7 (Online) to attend each day and discounted for multiple day entry! See all the ticketing options 1, 2, or all 4 days! Tickets at the Door (1 day) Will be available day for $12 per person. Children 10 and under free. Guarantee your ticket today! More Info: famousfoodfestival.com

La Luna Music Festival – A MATTE Project

August 21, 2021 | 3PM-11PM
Knockdown Center | 52-19 Flushing Ave, Queens NY, 11378

Many moons have passed since we’ve been on the floor together and we couldn’t let another summer pass without a dance. La Luna Festival – A MATTE PROJECT is New York City’s hottest party of the Summer – where sharp music curation meets environmentally conscious event production to make La Luna as sustainable as possible.

A party with a spirit, an open-air sultry dance affair, an intimate celebration of summer, that’s sized right for our times. Featuring MoodyMann and AMAYA Experience with special guests Musclecars.

La Luna’s ongoing dedication to sustainability is central to the event’s DNA. Each year reducing the event’s carbon footprint, eliminating single use plastics, requiring food vendors to implement 100% compliance and only using compostable materials.

Underground NYC Creative Society, HXS, Presents: COLOBLIND

July 30, 2021

HXS (Hidden By Soul) presents: COLORBLIND. This unforgettable experience features a talented line-up of artists from New York City, an exclusive event space designed to unify the artist and the audience, and a mission to make a difference by serving the underprivileged. As a whole, the event COLORBLIND is based on the concept of fairness. In the eyes of HXS, we are all human. What matters to us is the soul and it’s artistic expression of emotion and life experiences. Prepare to be fully immersed in a show designed to shatter your perceptions and excite your senses, all while creating connections with others in the NYC creative community. IG: @HiddenBySoul

Live Music at The Cabinet NYC

July 18-August 22

Come to The Cabinet, an East Village bar and mezcaleria, for live music by singer-songwriter Melanie Marod with musician Spiros Exaras from 6-9 PM every Sunday (July 18-August 22). With indoor and outdoor seating, the bar serves frozen margaritas and tamales from local gem Tamales Lupita in East Harlem, plus three exclusive mezcals you can’t find at any other New York bar

DoublePlusGood Comedy show

July 22, 2021
West Side Comedy Club
201 West 75th Street (below Playa Betty’s) New York, NY 10023

Ben Asher’s DoublePlusGood Comedy show brings you comedy that reaches up into your brain with the force of a fist through the nose. Top comics from TV and NYC’s major clubs performing long sets on an intimate stage. Past performers include comedians from HBO, Netlfix, Colbert, SNL, the Daily Show, Letterman, the Tonight Show, Comedy Central, and more. Every month you can hear some of the most talented comics perform long sets, that other shows don’t give them the time to perform. DoublePlusGood Comedy is your chance to get to really watch comedians flex their muscles and hit their stride on stage, at the West Side Comedy Club, where you can eat and drink the most delicious food in the city from Playa Betty’s More Info: facebook.com/BenAsherComedy

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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November New York City Events

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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