Best New Year’s Eve Events

nycgo.com staff

The City’s most popular New Year’s Eve celebration is a modest 6-ton ball drop in Times Square. But it’s not the only way to ring in 2018; beyond that confetti-laden display, there are parties, concerts, fireworks displays and even a brisk 4-mile jog through Central Park. We’ve listed some of our favorite options below; check our guide to NYC’s best New Year’s Day events for ways to follow up the big night.

Jun
1

LGBTQ
Pride 2019 at House of Yes

The House of Yes in Brooklyn presents a month of Pride-related events for the LGBTQ+ community.

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Jun
1

LGBTQ
Visual Impact: On Art, AIDS and Activism

The NYC AIDS Memorial and the NYC Department of Transportation’s Art Program commemorate WorldPride and Stonewall 50 with an educational installation featuring the sobering work of eight artists, including Keith Haring and Catherine Opie. View the exhibit on Greenwich Avenue, adjacent to the NYC AIDS Memorial Park between West 12th Street and Seventh Avenue.

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Jun
5

LGBTQ
Arts at St. John’s

St. John’s in the Village celebrates Pride all month long with a variety of LGBTQ+ shows, classical performances, cabarets and art exhibits including the Stonewall Chorale, a "Sex in the (Ancient) City" symposium, a "Gai Paris!" concert and many others.

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Jun
7

LGBTQ
The Pride Experience Bus Tour

Zip around to sites of LGBTQ+ historical interest on a double decker bus with CitySightseeing New York's special Pride Experience Bus Tour. Hostess Anita Buffem entertains and performs during the two-hour tour, while a licensed New York City tour guide explains the importance of local landmarks from Hell’s Kitchen to Greenwich Village and everywhere in between.

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Jun
10

LGBTQ
Pride In Harlem Renaissance Tour

Join Taste Harlem for a 2-hour walking tour on LGBTQ+ history and the Harlem Renaissance. Led by local historian Michael H. Adams, the tour explores the lives of notable cultural icons such as Langston Hughes, Audre Lorde, Bessie Smith, Josephine Baker and Alain Locke—as well as some of the popular queer gathering places in the neighborhood, past and present.

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Jun
21

LGBTQ
Grit and Glitter: Before and After Stonewall Screening Series

Celebrate LGBTQ+ cinema with The Museum of the Moving Image’s Pride Month series “Grit and Glitter,” showcasing thirteen films made both before and after Stonewall. Films include Jack Smith’s “Flaming Creatures” (1962), Stephen Frear’s “My Beautiful Laundrette” (1985), and many other notable queer films from the past sixty years.

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Jun
24

LGBTQ
"Beyond Skin" By Norm Yip

Canadian photographer Norm Yip’s “Beyond Skin” exhibit features a collection of the artist’s pioneering work in fine art photography of Asian male subjects taken over the course of the last 20 years. This traveling exhibition has its first US dates in celebration of WorldPride, taking place during the last week of June in NYC.

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Jun
25

LGBTQ
Poet of the Body: New York's Walt Whitman

"Poet of the Body: New York's Whitman" is a free exhibit at The Grolier Club that celebrates the 200th birthday of the luminary poet Walt Whitman. The exhibit has multiple editions of his famous tome "Leaves of Grass" along with personal items of Whitman's, like the author's pen. Visitors can also take a virtual walk in Whitman's shoes via an interactive 3D stroll down Broadway in the mid-1800s.

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Jun
25

Arts & Culture
Beyond the Streets

Contemporary art installation in Williamsburg focused on graffiti and street art.

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Jun
25

Museums & Galleries
Audubon Mural Project

Murals in Harlem honoring John James Audubon shine a light on endangered birds.

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Jun
25

LGBTQ
Photography After Stonewall

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, Tribeca's Soho Photo presents “Photography After Stonewall” an exhibit featuring over 70 photographs focusing on LGBTQ+ subjects taken by 23 artists. The show will demonstrate how the uprising in the summer of '69 made possible an explosion of imagery that earlier generations had to hide and suppress.The exhibit is free and open to the public.

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Jun
25

Broadway
Burn This

Lanford Wilson’s play surveys relationships and the raw attraction between two people.

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