Where the Hell Did 2016 Go? 21 Things You Absolutely Must Do in NYC This November

Wait. Literally how is there only one month left in 2016? That's insane.

This whole year basically flashed by in a wave of scorching heat waves, creepy clown outbreaks, and election scandals.

After a year like this, it's time to treat ourselves– and this month is filled with a ton of events to do just that.

You DESERVE that Pumpkin Spice Latte. Before it gets too cold to move (and too congested with tourists to move), enjoy the rest of the season the best you can.

But also, just saying, please remember to vote on November 8th. Or the 28th. Someone please #factcheck. Happy Thanksgiving!

1. New York Comedy Festival (November 1st - 6th) 


If you love to laugh (so everyone), you should definitely look into seeing one of the amazing group of stand-up and sketch comedians rounded up to perform in this comedy-filled week.

There are improv performances, rising stars, and definitely some names you'll recognize– Trevor Noah, Tracy Morgan, Tig Notaro, and Patton Oswalt are only a few of them.


And guys, did you know Dane Cook was still alive? We kinda just assumed Dane Cook humping a stool was a Doritos + Mountain Dew induced hallucination of the early 2000s. Anyway, he's performing too. 

The full schedule of events and tickets are available on the NYCF website.

2. Comic Arts Brooklyn (November 5th) 


Did you not enter the Battle Royale style fray to get NYCC tickets this year? Did you not GAF about NYCC this year because you don't care about The Walking Dead? We feel you.

Comic Arts Brooklyn, now in its 4th year, is back to showcase some actual independent and alternative comics and not the Marvel cinematic universe. Organized by the comic shop Desert Island, Comic Arts Brooklyn draws thousands of comics fans.

There will be over 100 exhibitors selling alternative graphic novels, self-released comic books, small press zines, original art, and more. You can check out their full exhibitor list and schedule of events at their website.

This free festival runs from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. at the Mt. Carmel Gymnasium at 12 Havemeyer Street. 

3. Electric Booze Cruise (November 5th)

Only thing more fun than a booze cruise is an EDM themed glow-in-the-dark booze cruise. Never been to an EDM booze cruise? Then don't miss this one!

The cruise will depart from Pier 36 at 8 p.m. (boarding is at 7:30 p.m.) and sail around the Statue of Liberty and NYC until 12 a.m.

Registration includes an open bar stocked with Jack, Dewars, Tanqueray, Bacardi, Captain Morgan, Jose Cuervo, Absolut, Budweiser, Bud Light, wine, sodas, juice and water– so you'll be set. There will also be food available on the boat.

Also, the proceeds will go to a local animal shelter, get your tickets here!

4. Craft Beer & Cider Fest (November 5th & 6th)


Loreley Beer Garden, which is the largest heated outdoor beer garden on the Lower East Side, is hosting a night of tipsy Fall fun.

From 12 p.m. until 1 a.m. they will be serving a special seasonal drink menu filled with craft beers, pumpkin ales, hard ciders, cider cocktails, hot drinks, and traditional German Gluhwein (we googled it, it's spiced mulled wine and sounds dope).

There will also be a pumpkin keg tapping at 2 p.m. 

5. New York City Marathon (November 6th)


We're not suggesting you run the New York City Marathon, unless you're registered and all that. In which case, Godspeed! Good Marathon to you! May your shins splint not!

The New York City Marathon is 26.2 miles long and will be completed by runners from all over the world! And you can be a part of it!

Those runners will be doing something pretty incredible on November 6th, and the thousands of supporters cheering them on is one of the things that makes the marathon so special.

So grab some friends, bring a homemade sign, and pour some spiked coffee in your favorite thermos: it's Marathon time, baby. Click here to find the best spot for you to watch the NYC Marathon!

6. Tom Hanks: A Tribute at MoMA (November 8th - 14th)

America's official dad has been making movies we love for over 30 years now, but when was the last time you saw one of them on the big screen? Catch Tom Hanks classics like A League of Their Own (1992), Big (1988), and even Toy Story (1995).

Check out the full schedule and reserve your tickets at the MoMA's website.

7. VOTE (November 8th)



8. Election Night at Videology Bar & Cinema (November 8th) 


We've made it! Celebrate (or lament) the results of the election at Videology Bar & Cinema in Williamsburg with drink specials. The results will be up on their screens as they roll in.

Don't forget, if you're #withher, you can RSVP for Hillary Clinton's event at the Javitz center. Jury's out on the alcohol sitch there, though.

9. Point and Laugh at Trump Tower on November 9th (...November 9th)

Pretty self explanatory. 

Uh, fair warning, if the election turns out a certain way, we would advise against disrespecting our new supreme leader in such a way.

10. NVR Sleep - West Coast Connection (November 9th)


spoiled Creative Director Rodney Hazard is back at it again this month with NVR Sleep - West Coast Connection. What can you expect? 5 hours of dance, drink, and good vibes. Or, you know, you've come to expect from NVR Sleep. 

We know you remember the reggae dancehall party, the 90s R&B party, the Afrobeats party, and October's decidedly epic Southern Swang party. Well get ready for the West Coast Connection. 

Oh, and, as always, it’s free. Completely free. All you’ve got to do is RSVP right here.

11. "Cenizas + Origen" - Closing ceremony (November 12th)

Mexican artist and sculptor Diego Anaya’s latest exhibition, “Cenizas + Origen” (Ashes + Origin), focuses on cycles of life, death , migration, identity, belonging, and the ability we all possess to fall and rise again. 

His body of work explores identity, our roots, and stories that are passed down through generations. Anaya dedicates the exhibition to all the people who are far from their motherland and dream of going back home, as well as those who stay behind or died along the way.

If you missed the exhibition’s opening reception at the Brooklyn Arts Fellowship Gallery at 210 24th Street in Brooklyn, well, you missed out. 

But! You can still catch the official closing reception―at the same place!―November 12th, from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

12. Bloody Mary Battle (November 12th)


Head to Villain in Brooklyn to cast your vote for the best Bloody Mary in NYC. 

Over 15 of the best bars and restaurants will be sending their mixologists to compete. There will also be food available to buy.

You have the option to get VIP tickets or GA tickets; the difference being that VIPs get inside one hour earlier. Get your tickets here.

13. Brooklyn Crush Wine & Artisanal Food Festival: Fall Edition (November 12th)

Class it up at one of this fall's best wine events to the soundtrack of live jazz & blues serenading your tastings.

You'll get the chance to sample a selection of over 175 wines, ciders, and other beverages. Plus, artisanal foods from Brooklyn and beyond, light bites that complement the fall-inspired wine selections, and samples from Brooklyn's top chefs' signature dishes.

Of course, you'll have the opportunity to purchase bottles and cases of wine from many local wineries. It goes down at Industry City: Factory Floor at 233 37th Street.

Purchase your tickets here.

14. KanyeFest: New York (November 12th)


Get ready for the most Kanye filled night of your life.

They're not just promising 70% Kanye music, they're gonna have Kanye masks, Kanye stickers, Kanye cut outs, and more. The party starts at 10 p.m. and rages until 3 a.m. Uh, right now their event page is a little vague on the venue deets but check back, y'all.

All you have to do to get on the guestlist is comment on their Facebook page saying "Do you think about me now and then?" and tag two friends.

15. Toga! Toga! Toga! NYC's Biggest Greek Party (November 12th)


Don your best (only?) toga and head to NYC's biggest Greek party.

There will be a best male and female toga costume contest with cash prizes, a live DJ, access to multiple bars, and a sponsored open bar from 10 p.m. until 11 p.m. There will also be a fashion photographer ready to capture all the toga couture.

This is an Inter-Ivy event, but is open to the Non-IVY proletariat class as well, although this party is 21+ only.

Also, togas are non-negotiable, guys. General Admission is free but make sure to register here.

16. Whiskey Feast NYC (November 19th)