Top Ten Things To Do In November


Yuk it up at the New York Comedy Festival
At 20 venues scattered across all five boroughs of New York City, you’ll find giggles, chuckles, and guffaws ringing out from 11/1-11/6. That’s because the New York Comedy Festival will be in town, bringing world-class comedians to stages large and small. It all starts with Stand Up for Heroes at Madison Square Garden, where Louis C.K., Jim Gaffigan, Jerry Seinfeld, Bruce Sprintsteen, and Jon Stewart will perform a benefit for vets. Then, the laughs continue all week long, with performers that range from Patton Oswalt to Bridget Everett. (Various Venues; www.

Seeing Is Believing
Confront the unbelievable on 42nd St. 
Those who recall Times Square’s past as a haven for the bizarre and illicit will appreciate Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, 20 themed galleries of oddities spread across two floors ranging from curious to spectacular. Interactive exhibits engage first-time visitors, while the permanent collection ranges from historic (seats from New York’s 1923 Yankee Stadium) to horrific (authentic shrunken heads). It’s also open until at least 11 p.m. daily, making it easier than ever to get your ll of this fun “freak show.” (234 W. 42nd St.)

The Good Witch
Fall for Kristin Chenowith’s “My Love Letter to Broadway”
With her sunny blonde hair and unmistakably sweet soprano, Kristin Chenowith has been one of Broadway’s most recognizable and compelling ambassadors since her star- making turn as Glinda in the original production of Wicked. This month, she’s back on the Great White Way with “My Love Letter to Broadway,” a limited engagement that will see her performing favorites from the American songbook ahead of her new album’s release. Tickets are available now for the 12-day run, from 11/2-11/13, and are sure to be among the season’s most coveted. (Lunt- Fontanne Theatre, 205 W. 46th St.)

Flip Out
See the Final Five and more at Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions
Brooklyn’s famously hot real estate will be even more valuable – several gold medals’ worth, that is – on 11/6, when Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Nastia Liukin, Shawn Johnson, and more come to Barclays Center with the Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions. Taking a victory lap after this year’s dominant performance at the Rio Olympics, the pint-sized athletes will perform the dazzling, sky-high flips that made them the darlings of the games, and VIP packages, including autograph and Q&A sessions, are also available. (Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave. Brooklyn)

Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions - November 6

Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions – November 6

Ball So Hard 
Take it in court-side at Knicks vs. Nets at MSG
On 11/9, expect NYC’s most famous basketball fans (lookin’ at you, Jay and Bey) to show up for this showdown between the home teams: Brooklyn’s Nets visit The World’s Most Famous Arena to take on the New York Knicks. Carmelo Anthony’s on track to return from last February’s knee surgery, and Brooklyn brings former Knick (and fan favorite) Jeremy Lin back to the court in this latest installment of the NBA’s most exciting rivalry. Pick a side, then wear your colors with pride. (Madison Square Garden, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza)

Never Forget
Honor the past at the Veterans Day Parade
Every year since 1929, New York has come together on Veterans Day to commemorate those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country and show appreciation and respect for those who have and who continue to serve. The festivities begin with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Eternal Flame in Madison Square Park, followed by a march up Fifth Avenue with active-duty and retired service members. This year’s parade, held on 11/11, will include a 15th anniversary memorial to September 11, 2001, as well as a special honor for the United States Coast Guard. (Fifth Ave. From 26th to 52nd Street)

Rock Out
Get wild with The Rolling Stones’ Exhibitionism
Music. Film. Fashion. Art. And so, so much tongue. It can only be one thing: the greatest rock band in the world, The Rolling Stones. Their “Exhibitionism” brings a curated look at the band’s 50+-year history, from their on-stage costumes to lyric books and personal diaries to never-before-released recordings. Contained within nine themed galleries, this comprehensive look at the Stones arrives stateside after its London debut at the Saatchi Gallery, making its only American stop in what Mick calls one of their favorite cities, New York. (Industria, 775 Washington St.)

The Rolling Stones Exhibitionism

The Rolling Stones Exhibitionism

Next Best Thing: see “The Beatles,” er, The Fab Faux
Strawberry Fields; nothing is real. Well, not quite real. But incredibly close! On 11/12, The Beacon Theatre will host The Fab Faux, a gifted musical act that performs painstaking covers of the original Fab Four, The Beatles. Rolling Stone has called them “the greatest Beatles cover band without the wigs,” and their devotion to unusual and rare later material makes them a must-see for anyone who wishes they could have caught the real thing live. This show is a special tribute to “fifth Beatle” George Martin, and will feature the iconic album Abbey Road performed in its entirety. (The Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway)

Float Away
Marvel at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
What do Hello Kitty, the Pillsbury Dough Boy, Pokemon, and Angry Birds have in common? They will all be immortalized as balloons in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on 11/24. Following a route that traverses much of midtown Manhattan, the parade is an annual spectacle unlike any other. In addition to the soaring balloons, expect live bands and other performers, including floats, marching bands, cheerleaders, and troupes of colorful clowns. To make the most of your visit, pop into the mezzanine-level Visitors’ Center at Macy’s ahead of the 9 a.m. start. (Herald Square to 77th St. at Central Park West)

Bright Lights, Big…Tree
Ring in the holidays with the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting
Few sights are as quintessentially “New York” as the massive Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. At 9 p.m. on 11/30, this year’s specimen will be illuminated for the first time, drawing onlookers by the thousands and television viewers by the millions. See it live (and enjoy live performances from top musical acts) at this free event, which is open to the public. Arrive early to stake out a prime spot – or visit Top of the Rock for a bird’s-eye view of the fun and festivities. (Rockefeller Center, 45 Rockefeller Plaza)