Don’t they grow up so fast? It seems like Elsewhere was opening the doors to its sprawling dance hall just yesterday -- but this October, the beloved venue turns 1. Come celebrate a year of raging parties, live music, and rooftop bashes with performances by indie-pop band Beach Fossils and west coast group Wavves on two stages. Oh, and it’s Halloween-themed, so maybe wear a costume or something.
Cost: Tickets are $25
11/1 - 11/2
NYC has been making museums cool since, like, ever: We’ve got a sex museum, that one housed in the freight elevator, and the trash one. And if you think they can’t get any better, you’re wrong. At MuseumNext NYC, you’ll congregate with the masterminds behind the Auckland Museum and the Dubai Future Foundation to ideate the future of New York museums. Tickets aren’t cheap -- but if you don’t mind cutting out food for a week or two, it should be well worth it.
Cost: Tickets start at $300
You’ve registered to vote, and you’ve done your homework -- now turn it in and get that sticker at the polls from 6am-9pm.
Cost: Like 10 minutes
11/10 - 11/11
It’s not abnormal to spend the time in between each meal eagerly awaiting your next one, but there are folks out there who love food even more than you do. And you can find a whole bunch of them under one roof at Spoon University’s Brainfood, where lauded culinary celebs like TV host/chef Andrew Zimmern, Cherry Bombe co-founder Kerry Diamond, and vegan food queen Chloe Coscarelli will congregate. Between lectures and master classes packed with food for thought, you can wander a common area filled with actual food. Expect a tummy-busting volume of free samples.
Cost: Tickets start at $50
Come celebrate the Hindu festival of lights at Hudson Terrace, where you can expect live music, fireworks, traditional dancing, and plates piled high with Indian street food from the acclaimed Desi Galli.
Cost: Early bird general admission is $85
Lower East Side
Gatsby themed parties are regarded as the most fabulous, outlandish, roaring fêtes the east coast has ever seen. Even though the book’s eponymous protagonist is murdered at the end. (Spoiler alert? Even though it was published 93 years ago? And there were like three terrible film versions?) Forget about that grizzly business, don your finest historically inaccurate fringe, and get zozzled '20s-style at Capitale’s annual Fitzgerald-inspired bash that’s, frankly, a little more Baz Luhrmann in nature if you catch our drift.
Cost: Tickets start at $110
You Had to Be There is a travelling phone-free dance party popping up at Schimanski’s sprawling spot in Brooklyn. That means no texting, no social media, and no cheatsies; you’ll have to place your phone in a pouch upon entering. It may be hard to admit you can’t drop the device of your own accord, but sometimes it truly takes a village.
Cost: Free, but register for guaranteed entry
From 77th Street and Central Park West to Herald Square
Cooking’s for the birds. Instead of toiling over mashed potatoes and gravy all day, get up early, pile on those layers, and prepare to fight for a spot at NYC’s most famous, corporate retail chain-sponsored parade. This is your chance to wave at big-toothed celebrities you may have heard of, see all your favorite cartoon characters inflated to a terrifying scale, and hear the disembodied voice of Al Roker. Maybe you can go to somebody else’s house for dinner.