Things to Do This Weekend in NYC


by staff, 11/06/2013

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Weekends in NYC are packed with festivals, performances, exhibitions and more—many of them free. See what's in store below, plus check out our events page and Save the Date tool for even more things to do.

November 8–10


Friday, November 8
Maryland vs. Connecticut (college basketball)
Connecticut, ranked no. 19 in the ESPN/USA Today preseason poll, and Maryland tip off the season at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. For tickets, visit And to find out about more great college hoops events in NYC this season, visit our roundup.

Lucero and Titus Andronicus
Terminal 5 gets loud with a pair of indie-rock acts: Lucero, a soulful outfit from Memphis, and Titus Andronicus, propulsive punks from the Garden State. For tickets, visit

Kathy Griffin
How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Self-deprecate, self-deprecate, self-deprecate. The star of Bravo's reality show My Life on the D-List, Kathy Griffin, plays what's certainly an A-list venue.

Saturday, November 9
Kevin James
Funnyman Kevin James is famous for a variety of acting roles, starring in movies like Paul Blart: Mall Cop and Grown Ups. But he is probably best known for playing Doug Heffernan on the hit NYC-based sitcom King of Queens. This month he brings his stand-up to a different borough, making a one-night stop at the St. George Theatre in Staten Island. James will perform two shows—at 7pm and 9:30pm. For tickets, visit

Visit the Hayden Planetarium
Part of the American Museum of Natural History, the Hayden Planetarium is a place where visitors of all ages can learn about outer space and the mysteries of the universe. The current space show, Dark Universe, is voiced by celebrity physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

The Fashion World of Jean-Paul Gaultier
The work, lifestyle and impact of French couturier and lauded fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier are the subject of this Brooklyn Museum exhibition. Gaultier's label work, heavily influenced by his lifestyle, often borders on shocking and has caused some to brand him as an "enfant terrible." The multimedia exhibition consists of mannequins with interactive faces, photos, accessories, sketches and stage costumes, along with 140 haute couture and ready-to-wear pieces.

Sunday, November 10
New York Rangers vs. Florida Panthers
See the Blueshirts in person—the home crowd is always charged for their games. In addition to the hockey itself, the Rangers' home ice is bound to be an attraction in the early part of the season, as Madison Square Garden's much-ballyhooed renovation has finally been completed.

Have Brunch on the Upper West Side
New Yorkers are proud of their brunch habits, and the Upper West Side is a great place to partake in a weekend activity that's as much a ritual as a meal. Looking for suggestions about where to eat? Check out our guide.

Fall Forest Weekend
Enjoy colorful autumn foliage in the Thain Family Forest, which the New York Botanical Garden says is "the largest remaining tract of old-growth forest in New York City." During their visit, flora fanatics can take part in such activities as a canoe ride down the Bronx River and a beer tasting.

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  1. 1
    Barclays Center
    620 Atlantic Ave.
    Brooklyn – Prospect Heights
    NY 11217
  2. 2
    Terminal 5
    610 W. 56th St.
    Manhattan – Midtown West
  3. 3
    Carnegie Hall
    57th St. and Seventh Ave.
    Manhattan – Midtown West
    NY 10019
  1. 4
    St. George Theatre
    35 Hyatt St.
    Staten Island – St. George
    NY 10301
  2. 5
    American Museum of Natural History
    Central Park West at 79th St.
    Manhattan – Upper West Side
    NY 10024
  3. 6
    Madison Square Garden
    2 Penn Plaza
    Manhattan – Midtown West
    NY 10121
  1. 7
    Brooklyn Museum
    200 Eastern Parkway
    Brooklyn – Prospect Heights
    NY 11238
  2. 8
    New York Botanical Garden
    2900 Southern Blvd.
    Bronx – Bedford Park
    NY 10458

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