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12 Things You Absolutely Must Do in NYC This November

Published On 10/30/2015 Published On 10/30/2015
Kim Frost
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Nov 1 Sun

Enjoy (or avoid) the New York City Marathon OK, actually maybe you should stay the hell home on November 1, given that 50,000 people who like to run and millions of people who like to watch other people run are going to effectively shut down all five boroughs. It’ll be a good day either way, though: you can choose between cheering on friends, neighbors, and celebrities -- or ordering Seamless.

All five boroughs

Enjoy (or avoid) the New York City Marathon All five boroughs OK, actually maybe you should stay the hell home on November 1, given that 50,000 people who like to run and millions of people who like to watch other people run are going to effectively shut down all five boroughs. It’ll be a good day either way, though: you can choose between cheering on friends, neighbors, and celebrities -- or ordering Seamless.

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Nov 1-13

Hit up Broadway Bites pop-up food market More than 25 vendors want to feed you deliciousness. Try everything from New Orleans-style gumbo to French macarons, and savor the feeling of being outdoors for just the tail end of that time until, you know, April or something. Yay.

Greeley Square Park

Hit up Broadway Bites pop-up food market Greeley Square Park More than 25 vendors want to feed you deliciousness. Try everything from New Orleans-style gumbo to French macarons, and savor the feeling of being outdoors for just the tail end of that time until, you know, April or something. Yay.

Teddy Wolff

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Nov 1 Sun

Check out cheese art (for free)! Experience Dorothée Selz’s absolutely delicious “Eat Art,” in which she uses food -- colorful candies, cheeses, and rainbow-colored bread -- as mediums for artistic expression. Entry is free, snacking is encouraged.

The French Cheese Board

Check out cheese art (for free)! The French Cheese Board Experience Dorothée Selz’s absolutely delicious “Eat Art,” in which she uses food -- colorful candies, cheeses, and rainbow-colored bread -- as mediums for artistic expression. Entry is free, snacking is encouraged.

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Nov 1 Sun

Drink local cocktails all month So the autumn Good Local Passport will already be a month in, but we think that’s just more of a challenge to hit 20+ local bars (and consequently sip on 20+ locally made beverages) in a month’s time. Do you have the stamina? We have faith in your ability.

Multiple locations

Drink local cocktails all month Multiple locations So the autumn Good Local Passport will already be a month in, but we think that’s just more of a challenge to hit 20+ local bars (and consequently sip on 20+ locally made beverages) in a month’s time. Do you have the stamina? We have faith in your ability.

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Nov 3 Tue

Listen to Live Law Life of the Law’s storytelling series is back, and this time it's bringing seasoned tale-tellers who will detail their run-ins with the law around the theme “Truth or Dare.”

The Knitting Factory

Listen to Live Law The Knitting Factory Life of the Law’s storytelling series is back, and this time it's bringing seasoned tale-tellers who will detail their run-ins with the law around the theme “Truth or Dare.”

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Nov 7 Sat

Check out the NASL Semifinals in Coney Island Whether you genuinely love soccer or just want to pretend to be cosmopolitan enough to care about the world’s favorite sport, watching The Cosmos’ semifinal, led by legendary Real Madrid striker Raúl (yes, he rocks a mononym) should be be plenty to keep you engaged (plus, you can sip on suds from local breweries Coney Island and Brooklyn).

MCU Park

Check out the NASL Semifinals in Coney Island MCU Park Whether you genuinely love soccer or just want to pretend to be cosmopolitan enough to care about the world’s favorite sport, watching The Cosmos’ semifinal, led by legendary Real Madrid striker Raúl (yes, he rocks a mononym) should be be plenty to keep you engaged (plus, you can sip on suds from local breweries Coney Island and Brooklyn).

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Nov 8 Sun

Get frisky for charity at the Brazen Acorn Cabaret The inimitable RunAround Sue is hosting a cabaret show to benefit the Coalition for the Homeless. Let us break this event down for you: watch a smoking-hot cast in a super-sexy performance, all while donating to charity. Basically, you get to score enough karma points before the holidays to get you off the naughty list, while still being naughty as all get-out.

The Cobra Club

Get frisky for charity at the Brazen Acorn Cabaret The Cobra Club The inimitable RunAround Sue is hosting a cabaret show to benefit the Coalition for the Homeless. Let us break this event down for you: watch a smoking-hot cast in a super-sexy performance, all while donating to charity. Basically, you get to score enough karma points before the holidays to get you off the naughty list, while still being naughty as all get-out.

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Nov 10 Tue

Go to the New York Comedy Festival Unless you really, really hate entertainment, you should be looking forward to this. Hannibal Buress! Nick Kroll! Iliza Shlesinger! Other people! Stuff! Go laugh at/with people on a stage.

Multiple locations

Go to the New York Comedy Festival Multiple locations Unless you really, really hate entertainment, you should be looking forward to this. Hannibal Buress! Nick Kroll! Iliza Shlesinger! Other people! Stuff! Go laugh at/with people on a stage.

Force Majeure

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Nov 15 Sun

Check out the Force Majeure Vaudeville show If you’re someone who likes to choose the mystery flavor of Dum Dum pops, you should be at the Force Majeure Vaudeville show. It’s always a wild ride, and you have zero clue what you’re in for, but you can bet there will be some of the more bizarrely original artists you’ll encounter in your whole life. Sword swallowers, burlesque dancers, drag queens, contortionists... one fan noted that it’s like a real-life YouTube.

The Cobra Club

Check out the Force Majeure Vaudeville show The Cobra Club If you’re someone who likes to choose the mystery flavor of Dum Dum pops, you should be at the Force Majeure Vaudeville show. It’s always a wild ride, and you have zero clue what you’re in for, but you can bet there will be some of the more bizarrely original artists you’ll encounter in your whole life. Sword swallowers, burlesque dancers, drag queens, contortionists... one fan noted that it’s like a real-life YouTube.

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Nov 20-Dec 1

Host a Friendsgiving feast Whether or not you’re heading out of town for the holiday, there’s a reason to get together and not have to cook or deal with family. This is a farm-to-table Thanksgiving, family style, for large groups only -- so get your friends together. The resto is seating tables of eight to 12 people. Thanksgiving itself is going to be a buffet-style dinner, 2 or 6pm, with cheap-as-hell drinks... because, holiday spirit.

Black Tree Williamsburg

Host a Friendsgiving feast Black Tree Williamsburg Whether or not you’re heading out of town for the holiday, there’s a reason to get together and not have to cook or deal with family. This is a farm-to-table Thanksgiving, family style, for large groups only -- so get your friends together. The resto is seating tables of eight to 12 people. Thanksgiving itself is going to be a buffet-style dinner, 2 or 6pm, with cheap-as-hell drinks... because, holiday spirit.

Conor Harrigan

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Nov 21 Sat

Drink all the wine at the NYC Autumn Wine Festival All the wine and hors d'oeuvres you could want! Try 175+ award-winning vintages from across New York State, nosh on small bites, and listen to live jazz at the Autumn Wine Festival. There are two sessions available: one from 3-6pm; the other from 8-11pm.

Broad Street Ballroom

Drink all the wine at the NYC Autumn Wine Festival Broad Street Ballroom All the wine and hors d'oeuvres you could want! Try 175+ award-winning vintages from across New York State, nosh on small bites, and listen to live jazz at the Autumn Wine Festival. There are two sessions available: one from 3-6pm; the other from 8-11pm.

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Nov 22 Sun

Dance Haiku Duel Sixteen poets battle it out in an epic NCAA-style haiku tournament. Basically, the audience picks the poets’ subjects (which can be seriously anything), and tipsily cheer for their favorites, deciding who will take home the grand prize. Bonus: there are two-minute-long dance parties between each round. If you think poetry is boring, you haven’t yet hit up a Haiku Duel. Plus, Thrillist readers can get $5 off their tix with the code FRIENDSOFTHRILLIST.

Bowery Poetry

Dance Haiku Duel Bowery Poetry Sixteen poets battle it out in an epic NCAA-style haiku tournament. Basically, the audience picks the poets’ subjects (which can be seriously anything), and tipsily cheer for their favorites, deciding who will take home the grand prize. Bonus: there are two-minute-long dance parties between each round. If you think poetry is boring, you haven’t yet hit up a Haiku Duel. Plus, Thrillist readers can get $5 off their tix with the code FRIENDSOFTHRILLIST.

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