New York Film Festival

(Sept. 28-Oct. 14, 2018)

Established and up-and-coming moviemakers present their feature-length and short works in the 56th noncompetitive—no prizes are awarded—celebration of international film talent.


Sept. 28: Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite,” starring Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone

Oct. 5: Alberto Cuaron’s “Roma”

Oct. 14: Julian Schnabel’s “At Eternity’s Gate,” starring Willem Dafoe as Vincent van Gogh

New York International Fringe Festival

(Oct. 1-31, 2018)

The 21st edition of the monthlong festival is divided into two sections: FringeNYC and FringeBYOV. FringeNYC, Oct. 12-28, presents 84 fully staged productions by international emerging theater and dance companies. Fringe BYOV (Bring Your Own Venue), Oct. 1-31, offers performances in a variety of genres in venues in the outer boroughs.

Tickets: $22 for FringeNYC; TBA for Fringe BYOV

Discount passes for multiple shows available

For a full schedule of shows and locations, visit the FringeHUB in the West Village or the website

Open House New York Weekend

(Oct. 12-14, 2018)

New York City’s architecture and design (in all five boroughs) come under the microscope as hundreds of spaces and buildings (including private residences, factories and landmarks) unlock their doors to the public for rare behind-the-scenes tours and talks with architects, urban designers, historians, preservationists and civic leaders.

The majority of the sites are Open Access (free of charge), while other sites and tours require advance reservations for a fee.

Prudential Center

This multi-purpose indoor arena in Newark, New Jersey is home to the National Hockey League's New Jersey Devils and the NCAA's SEton Hall Pirates men's basketball team. The arena, which seats 16,514 fans for hockey and 18,711 for basketball, is noted for its handsome red and gray exterior (paying homage to the red and black colors of the New Jersey Devils) and its 4,800-square-foot LED display. 

Radio City Christmas Spectacular

(Nov. 9, 2018-Jan. 1, 2019)

(1 hr 30 mins)

This family-friendly holiday variety show features the high-kicking Rockettes, the world-famous precision dance team, who perform crowd-pleasing routines such as the “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers.” Favorite scenes include the “Living Nativity” and the reimagined “Rag Dolls” number, which debuted in 1940 and is set in Santa’s workshop. 3-D effects and enhanced projections add to the enjoyment.

Schedule: Several shows daily

Tickets start at $49


Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

(Nov. 28, 2018-Jan. 7, 2019)

Arguably the world’s most famous holiday tree has lit up Midtown Manhattan since 1931.

The gala tree-lighting ceremony on Nov. 28, 2018, 7-9 pm, features performances from some of the world’s most renowned musicians.

The 2018 tree, decorated with 50,000 multicolored LED lights, features a new Swarovski crystal star, designed by architect David Libeskind, as its tree-topper.

How popular is this NYC holiday attraction? An estimated 800,000 people visit the tree every day.

TCS New York City Marathon

(Nov. 4, 2018)

As many as 50,000 runners from home and abroad compete to complete the 26.2-mile course in the world’s largest marathon, which takes place the first Sunday in November every year. The path takes racers through all five boroughs, starting in Staten Island at the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and finishing in Manhattan’s Central Park. The week preceding the race is filled with events and activities for runners and nonrunners alike. Check the website for updates.


TEFAF New York Fall

(Oct. 27-31, 2018)

The international art fair, with an emphasis on fine and decorative art and jewelry from antiquity through the early 20th century, features exhibitors from the United States and abroad. Vetted works include furniture, decorations, ceramics, glass, silver, textiles, tapestries, antiquities, paintings, sculptures, books, manuscripts, autographs, arms and armor, and Asian art. 

TEFAF is an acronym for The European Fine Art Foundation.

Opening hours: Sa, M-Tu noon-8 pm, Su & W noon-6 pm

Admission: TBA

The Armory Show

(March 7-10. 2019)

Devoted exclusively to modern and contemporary art, this prestigious, annual event—now in its 25th anniversary year—is a showcase for international exhibitors.

The New York Art Book Fair

(Sept. 21-23, 2018)

Publishers, artists and dealers offer modern art books, catalogs, periodicals and magazines in MoMA’s hip, outer-borough outpost.

F 1-7 pm, Sa 11 am-9 pm, Su 11 am-7 pm



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