Top 10 Things To Do In November

Thanksgiving Day Parade

Step Right Up.

The Big Apple Circus returns to Lincoln Center.

Come one, come all to the most spectacular show on Earth. Of course, we’re referring to the Big Apple Circus, hosted right in NYC’s very own Lincoln Center. This year’s all-new show, entitled The Grand Tour, will transport viewers to the Roaring 1920s for a night you won’t soon forget. Featured acts will include jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, and clowns – all of which will be accompanied by the seven-piece Big Apple Circus Band. Suffice to say, this show will quite literally take your breath away. Because under the Big Top, the impossible is actually possible. (bigapplecircus.org)

Hit The Ice.

Hockey season is back in full swing.

It’s never too early to start thinking about hockey season, which is why sports enthusiasts should head over to the Barclays Center to check out the New York Islanders in action firsthand as they face off against the New Jersey Devils on 11/3. Witness as these athletes hit the ice for an action-packed game you’ll have to see to believe. It’s the perfect atmosphere to help beat the remaining summer heat, while enjoying sportsmanship at its finest… and roughest. (620 Atlantic Ave.)

Center Stage.

The Color Purple returns to Broadway.

Good news, theater buffs! Not only is The Color Purple returning to Broadway, but one of its leading ladies will come in the form of a much beloved American Idol. Jennifer Hudson will make her Broadway debut in this adaptation of the Alice Walker novel, playing nightclub singer, Shug Avery. And given what a vocal powerhouse she’s proven to be throughout the years, this is bound to be a spectacular performance you’ll be talking about for days. But you don’t have to wait until opening night to see this singing sensation in action. Previews begin on 11/10 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. So hurry up and make your way to the Great White Way! (242 W. 45th St.)

Laugh Out Loud.

Get in touch with your comedic side.

The New York Comedy Festival is back and better than ever this year. Starting from 11/10-11/15, interested parties can come see comedy legends such as Kathy Griffin, Billy Crystal, Margaret Cho, Norm Macdonald, and many more showcase their hysterical talents night after night, at various venues, that’ll send you rolling on the floor with laughter – guaranteed. Trust us when we say, you don’t truly know funny until you’ve seen these top-notch comedic experts in action. Let’s just say they put the pro in improv! (nycomedyfestival.com)

Veteran’s Day Parade.

Come help celebrate our military heroes.

Nothing pays tribute to our country’s brave and heroic veterans better than NYC’s Veterans Day Parade. As usual, the festivities will kick off on 11/11, where spectators can watch all eras and branches of our military’s finest march along Fifth Avenue while accompanied by the best marching bands around. It’s an event that truly encapsulates everything we’ve come to love and admire about this great nation. You’ll find yourself brimming with patriotism for weeks on end! (americasparade.org)

Jumping Through Hoops.

Must-see basketball games of the season.

Anyone can watch a basketball game from their living room recliner, but when you come to NYC, viewing the action live is an absolute must. And thankfully, you have a variety of fantastic teams to choose from. Come witness as the Cleveland Cavaliers take on the New York Knicks on their home turf at Madison Square Garden on 11/13. (thegarden.com) Or head over to the Barclays Center on 11/22 and watch as Brooklyn Nets battle against Boston Celtics. Between the cheering and non-stop excitement, it’s everything a sports enthusiast could ask for. (barclayscenter.com)

Grand Central Goodies.

The perfect locale for a little holiday shopping.

Some stores you can find almost anywhere, but only in NYC will you find holiday market vendors of such an extensive variety. Beginning on 11/16 and running until Christmas Eve, Grand Central will play host to its annual Holiday Market Fair, which features one-of-a-kind creations from 76 unique vendors. It’s a great way for shoppers to find the perfect gifts for their loved ones – all of which can be found under one roof. Now that should put an extra bit of holiday cheer into your step. On your mark… get set… shop! (89 E. 42nd St.)

The Piano Man Cometh.

The Garden welcomes back Billy Joel.

Back by popular demand, the Piano Man himself is ready to sing the Big Apple another song at Madison Square Garden. On 11/19, Billy Joel will return to the World’s Most Famous Arena for a night of musical magnificence that only he can deliver. From River of Dreams to Uptown Girl, participants can witness firsthand one of the best artists in the business as he plays hit songs that are beloved throughout the world. You’ll have the time of your life. We may be wrong, for all we know. But we may be right. (4 Pennsylvania Plaza)

Whatever Floats Your Boat.

There’s no raining on this Thanksgiving Day parade.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Of course, we’re referring to Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Day Parade, which kicks off at 9 a.m. on 11/26. Come watch as giant helium balloons made up of your favorite animated characters soar high over Manhattan while one-of-a-kind floats make their way through the streets below. A variety of marching bands and musical performers will also be on hand as well. And let’s not forget the jolly old man himself, Santa Claus! (151 W. 34th St. at Broadway)

Canstruction.

A charity competition like no other.

NYC may often be referred to as The City That Never Sleeps, but it’s also a place that never turns its back on a good cause, and the annual Canstruction Design/Build Competition is a prime example of that fact. From 11/5-11/16, Manhattan’s Brookfield Place will open its doors for an international charity exhibit that has a real “can”-do attitude. Come see the unique creations architects, engineers, and contractors alike designed and built entirely out of food cans all in the name of charity. But the artwork itself isn’t even the best part. At the end of the event, all of the canned food will be donated to City Harvest. Now that’s generosity you “can” take to the (food) bank. (250 Vesey St.)