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The NYC Master Calendar: 26 Can't-Miss Events for 2015

Published On 01/05/2015 Published On 01/05/2015
Flickr/Rob Hyndman (edited)

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Event

Location

Jan 25 Sun

New Porc City Maybe the greatest culinary competition in... the country?... New Porc City is an annual Cochon 555 event that welcomes chefs from Tertulia, Babbo, The Meat Hook, and several others to prep a serious amount of pork: each chef gets AN ENTIRE PIG, and is allowed to prepare up to six dishes. You try all of them, plus drink booze.

The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park

New Porc City The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park Maybe the greatest culinary competition in... the country?... New Porc City is an annual Cochon 555 event that welcomes chefs from Tertulia, Babbo, The Meat Hook, and several others to prep a serious amount of pork: each chef gets AN ENTIRE PIG, and is allowed to prepare up to six dishes. You try all of them, plus drink booze.

Flickr/John Seb Barber (edited)

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Event

Location

Feb 1 Sun

Super Bowl You can go to a bar, or you can can go to your boys' place with the big TV. If you're gonna go with the latter: Buffalo chicken meatballs, bacon mac ’n’ cheese quesadillas, or grilled cheese and tomato soup dumplings are all guaranteed hits.

Your buddy's big apartment probably

Super Bowl Your buddy's big apartment probably You can go to a bar, or you can can go to your boys' place with the big TV. If you're gonna go with the latter: Buffalo chicken meatballs, bacon mac ’n’ cheese quesadillas, or grilled cheese and tomato soup dumplings are all guaranteed hits.

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Event

Location

Feb 13 Fri

NBA All-Star Game The last time the All-Star Game and Dunk-A-Thon were in NYC, Jordan was the MVP. Don’t wait another 17 years to catch this.

Barclays Center and Madison Square Garden

NBA All-Star Game Barclays Center and Madison Square Garden The last time the All-Star Game and Dunk-A-Thon were in NYC, Jordan was the MVP. Don’t wait another 17 years to catch this.

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Event

Location

Feb 20-Mar 1

NYC Beer Week The end of February is exactly the time you want to spend every night drinking as much beer as possible, and it’s a bonus that it’s also all incredibly good beer. Check out the schedule as it gets released to plan your week, the Brewer’s Choice on Feb 24th is always a highlight, though.

Multiple locations

NYC Beer Week Multiple locations The end of February is exactly the time you want to spend every night drinking as much beer as possible, and it’s a bonus that it’s also all incredibly good beer. Check out the schedule as it gets released to plan your week, the Brewer’s Choice on Feb 24th is always a highlight, though.

Flickr/Chad Cooper

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Event

Location

Mar 17 Tue

March Madness There will no doubt be many, many places doing specials and parties, but here are a couple of ideas if you want to start thinking about this like, right now.

Multiple locations

March Madness Multiple locations There will no doubt be many, many places doing specials and parties, but here are a couple of ideas if you want to start thinking about this like, right now.

Flickr/Sun Brockie

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Event

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Apr 6 Mon

Yankees home opener They could put it all back together this year.

Yankee Stadium

Yankees home opener Yankee Stadium They could put it all back together this year.

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Event

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Apr 13 Mon

Mets home opener It’s slightly less likely, but they could put it all back together this year, too.

Citi Field

Mets home opener Citi Field It’s slightly less likely, but they could put it all back together this year, too.

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Event

Location

Apr 15 Wed

Tribeca Film Festival Hang out with De Niro and see some of the best movies of the year before any one else can.

Multiple locations

Tribeca Film Festival Multiple locations Hang out with De Niro and see some of the best movies of the year before any one else can.

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Event

Location

Apr 25 Sat

NYC Hot Sauce Expo The Spice fanatics' annual celebration -- get here to burn your face off... with joy. And peppers.

Brooklyn Expo Center

NYC Hot Sauce Expo Brooklyn Expo Center The Spice fanatics' annual celebration -- get here to burn your face off... with joy. And peppers.

Flickr/Ciprian Tutu

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Event

Location

May 2 Sat

Kentucky Derby There will be a lot of events around the city, including some excellent parties at Phebe’s and Eleven Madison Park -- if you can’t make it down south, hit one of them up.

Multiple locations

Kentucky Derby Multiple locations There will be a lot of events around the city, including some excellent parties at Phebe’s and Eleven Madison Park -- if you can’t make it down south, hit one of them up.

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Event

Location

May 15 Fri

Manhattan Cocktail Classic The biggest bar industry weekend of the year in the city with America's biggest bar industry. Get ready for events all over the city, and drinks all over your face.

Multiple locations

Manhattan Cocktail Classic Multiple locations The biggest bar industry weekend of the year in the city with America's biggest bar industry. Get ready for events all over the city, and drinks all over your face.

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Event

Location

May 23 Sat

Electric Daisy Carnival It's the first big EDM concert of the year, and also the easiest-to-forget-when-it-is big EDM concert of the year since... it's the first big EDM concert of the year. Just add it to your calendar and shut up.

MetLife Stadium

Electric Daisy Carnival MetLife Stadium It's the first big EDM concert of the year, and also the easiest-to-forget-when-it-is big EDM concert of the year since... it's the first big EDM concert of the year. Just add it to your calendar and shut up.

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Event

Location

May 28 Thu

Manhattanhenge Start practicing your Instagram skills now.

Multiple locations, but lots of people like that footbridge in Tudor City looking West on 42nd.

Manhattanhenge Multiple locations, but lots of people like that footbridge in Tudor City looking West on 42nd. Start practicing your Instagram skills now.

Flickr/Adrian Miles

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Event

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Jun 5 Fri

Governors Ball Nothing’s been announced yet, but the yearly event usually has some quality acts and is a great place to rock your new neon tanks.

Randall's Island

Governors Ball Randall's Island Nothing’s been announced yet, but the yearly event usually has some quality acts and is a great place to rock your new neon tanks.

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Event

Location

Jun 13 Sat

Big Apple BBQ Tons of BBQ from tons of the nation’s best pit masters -- this is a must for meat eaters.

Madison Square Park

Big Apple BBQ Madison Square Park Tons of BBQ from tons of the nation’s best pit masters -- this is a must for meat eaters.

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Event

Location

Jun 1 Mon

#bdoyl Details are unconfirmed, but you should prepare for the Best Day of Your Life to be even bester than last year's.

TBD

#bdoyl TBD Details are unconfirmed, but you should prepare for the Best Day of Your Life to be even bester than last year's.

Flickr/Michael Tapp

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Event

Location

Jul 4 Sat

Nathan's hot dog eating contest Watch the gustatory fireworks on Coney Island before you watch the real fireworks -- this is a bucket list event.

Nathan's

Nathan's hot dog eating contest Nathan's Watch the gustatory fireworks on Coney Island before you watch the real fireworks -- this is a bucket list event.

Flickr/Edwin Martinez (edited)

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Event

Location

Aug 31 Mon

US Open It’s a lot easier to get seats to this than it should be, move on it now.

Arthur Ashe Stadium

US Open Arthur Ashe Stadium It’s a lot easier to get seats to this than it should be, move on it now.

Flickr/TheMusic.FM

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Event

Location

Sep 4 Fri

Electric Zoo The second big EDM festival of the year, if this is your thing, you should be very excited.

Randall's Island

Electric Zoo Randall's Island The second big EDM festival of the year, if this is your thing, you should be very excited.

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Event

Location

Sep 10 Thu

NFL Kickoff The rest of the year is going to be amazing, hit up all of these bars.

Multiple locations

NFL Kickoff Multiple locations The rest of the year is going to be amazing, hit up all of these bars.

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Event

Location

Sep 19 Sat

Oktoberfest It’s important to remember that Oktoberfest starts in September, you get more drinking from giant beer steins that way. Plus if you start planning now, you may actually be able to get into the big one in Central Park.

Multiple locations

Oktoberfest Multiple locations It’s important to remember that Oktoberfest starts in September, you get more drinking from giant beer steins that way. Plus if you start planning now, you may actually be able to get into the big one in Central Park.

Kimberly Mufferi

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Event

Location

Oct 15 Thu

New York City Wine & Food Festival All the biggest names in eating come to the city for a week with a carload of great events, including one you're basically required by dude-law to attend: Thrillist’s own BBQ & the Blues.

Multiple locations

New York City Wine & Food Festival Multiple locations All the biggest names in eating come to the city for a week with a carload of great events, including one you're basically required by dude-law to attend: Thrillist’s own BBQ & the Blues.

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Event

Location

Oct 1 Thu

Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade It happens right around Halloween every year and it’s pretty much the cutest thing in the world. Don’t make other plans.

Tompkins Square Park

Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade Tompkins Square Park It happens right around Halloween every year and it’s pretty much the cutest thing in the world. Don’t make other plans.

Flickr/Steven Pisano

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Event

Location

Nov 1 Sun

Rolf's lights get turned on It might be a little early, but if there’s Xmas music playing in Duane Reade, you can drink boozy eggnog -- those are the rules.

Rolf's

Rolf's lights get turned on Rolf's It might be a little early, but if there’s Xmas music playing in Duane Reade, you can drink boozy eggnog -- those are the rules.

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Event

Location

Nov 1 Sun

NYC Marathon Start training now... jkjkjkjk. Start thinking of clever signs to make so you get onto one of those Internet roundups of funny signs -- it’s just as satisfying, really.

Multiple locations

NYC Marathon Multiple locations Start training now... jkjkjkjk. Start thinking of clever signs to make so you get onto one of those Internet roundups of funny signs -- it’s just as satisfying, really.

Flickr/Caruba

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Event

Location

Dec 1 Tue

Lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree The date is unconfirmed as of yet, but you’re gonna want to be ready around this time. Why? The sweet spot for seeing the tree -- which someone is going to make you do -- is a little bit after the lighting and before the season gets in full swing.

Rockefeller Center

Lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Rockefeller Center The date is unconfirmed as of yet, but you’re gonna want to be ready around this time. Why? The sweet spot for seeing the tree -- which someone is going to make you do -- is a little bit after the lighting and before the season gets in full swing.