Updated: Nov 3, 2021
There is something truly special about fall in New York City. Cool weather combined with a wealth of exciting events and opportunities make this the perfect time to experience the city and all it has to offer. To get monthly event guides for New York City sent to your inbox, subscribe here.
Here is a day-by-day guide of our recommendations for things to do and see in and around NYC this November.
November 1: Simone Dinnerstein, An American Mosaic
The pianist leads us through Green-Wood Cemetery, where she performs a new work commemorating the communities that have been affected by the pandemic.
November 2: Cadences of Color & Forms
See a collection of artworks that explore color and shapes when you visit this vibrant exhibition at Agora Gallery.
November 3: Fall Foliage Walk
Take in the colors of fall during this horticulturalist-led walk through Wave Hill.
November 4: Brooklyn Conservatory of Music House Party
Enjoy 30 musical acts, food and drink, and more at this party benefiting the Conservatory.
November 5: Designing Women Market
Upper West Side
Explore curated creations by women makers and designers at this New-York Historical Society market.
November 6: Bronx Night Market
Head to Fordham Plaza for an array of food, activities, and cultural programming celebrating the Bronx.
This Whitney Museum survey includes 30+ of Packer’s paintings and drawings, all of which are as personal as they are political.
November 8: Forest Fitness
Enjoy the sights and sounds of Fort Tryon Park as you move, stretch, and strengthen your body.
November 9: NYC: Form & Function
Journalist and architecture critic Justin Davidson will lead this four-part course about four elements that comprise New York City’s ongoing transformation.
November 10: Ai Weiwei
Hear from contemporary artist and human rights activist Ai Weiwei as he discusses his memoir “1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows,” about his own life and the legacy of his exiled poet father.
November 11: Behind the Summer of Soul
Producers of the documentary about the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival will offer behind-the-scenes insights on the film and the significance of the historic event.
November 12: Sushi Roll Techniques Class
Learn about the techniques and ingredients used to create spicy tuna rolls, Alaskan rolls, and more during this sushi making class led by a chef.
November 13: Fall Foliage Cruise
Cold Spring, NY
Take a catamaran cruise along the Hudson River up to Cold Spring, admiring the ever-changing fall foliage of the region.
November 14: Miss Dior with Justine Picardie
Fashion writer Justine Picardie will offer a glimpse into the life of Catherine Dior, a WWII Resistance fighter and sister of the famed designer.
November 15: Thanksgiving Treats Cooking Class
Learn new dessert recipes and techniques in time for Thanksgiving when you attend this cooking class led by James Beard Award-winning pastry chef Nick Malgieri.
November 16: The Barbizon: The Hotel That Set Women Free
Hear stories about the Barbizon, an all-women’s Upper East Side hotel built in 1927 that was once home to the likes of Grace Kelly, Liza Minnelli, and Joan Didion.
November 17: History Trivia Night
Test your history knowledge with this trivia event presented by Morris Jumel Mansion and the Fraunces Tavern Museum.
November 18: Healing Sound Bath
Experience a sound bath at MoMA, where artist and trained sound healer Guadalupe Maravilla will use gongs to create an immersive soundscape.
November 19: Wild Tomorrow Fund Gala
Support efforts to save threatened and endangered African wildlife by attending Wild Tomorrow Fund’s annual gala.
November 20: Scenes of New York City
Upper West Side
The city is the subject of this exhibition, which features artists such as Chagall, O’Keeffe, Warhol, Rockwell, and Hockney.
November 21: Macbeth
Watch the Bay Street Theater’s adaptation of the Shakespeare tragedy from the comfort of your home.
November 22: Andy Warhol: Photo Factory
See an intimate visual diary of Warhol’s life and work in this Fotografiska exhibition featuring many never-before-seen photographs.
November 23: Before Yesterday We Could Fly
Upper East Side
This Afrofuturist period room at the Met is inspired by Seneca Village, the predominately Black community that was seized to create Central Park.
November 24: Festival of the Moving Image
The Artists Forum’s Festival of the Moving Image returns with 44 short films and six feature-length films from around the world that explore the politics of emotion.
November 25: Sam’s Point Preserve
Enjoy the scenic vistas and excellent hiking at the Sam’s Point area of the Minnewaska State Park Preserve in the Shawangunk Mountains.
November 26: Lumagica at Harvest Moon
North Salem, NY
Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard will be transformed into a magical, festive forest illuminated by dazzling light installations.
November 27: NYC Turkey Trot
Run a half marathon or take part in a 5K, either in person or virtually, during this year’s Turkey Trot.
November 28: Ruth Orkin: Expressions of Life
Pioneering photojournalist and filmmaker Ruth Orkin’s renowned works will be on display at this exhibition.
November 29: Suzie Zuzek for Lilly Pulitzer
Upper East Side
See watercolor and gouache design drawings and screen-printed textiles at this Cooper Hewitt survey of Susie Zuzek, whose whimsical designs were used for Lilly Pulitzer’s clothing.
November 30: West African Street Food Cooking Class
Learn how to make potato bhajias with tomato chutney, suya kebab with plantains and cabbage, and mandazi (fluffy donuts) with strawberry coulis during this cooking class.