This fall marks the return of familiar traditions like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade—in which colorful balloons and talented performers move from the Upper West Side to Herald Square—Fashion Week and George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, plus special events like Bruce Springsteen’s Broadway debut (which promises to be positively boss) and the new Michelangelo exhibition at The Met. For details on these and other big events, read on.
This annual fall favorite has become an icon not only of Japan but of fall in the Bronx. In addition to hundreds of kiku (chrysanthemum) plants, this month-long celebration includes special weekend events, a pop-up Japanese restaurant and classes on bonsai and ikebana. For information and tickets, visit nybg.org.
As fans of Stranger Things, Breaking Bad and Arrested Development are already aware, television has largely supplanted film as the go-to medium for intelligent, original storytelling. The New York Television Festival caters to TV tastes both highbrow and lowbrow, with seminars, parties, an Independent Pilot Competition and high-profile screenings galore for industry types, aspiring creators and fans alike.
Ninety years ago, Louis Armstrong got his name on a record label for the first time ever. The groundbreaking recording “Heebie Jeebies” by Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five, released in 1926, set the tone for the jazz legend’s storied career. Visit the Louis Armstrong House Museum to look back at how Satchmo became one of the most famous jazz musicians of the 20th century through this exhibition of artifacts from his first years with the band. For more information, visit louisarmstronghouse.org.
NYC-based organization Arts for Art was founded in order to promote improvisational art forms in music, dance, poetry and visual arts. For four weekends this fall, the group presents its InGardens event, where free musical, dance and poetry performances take place in community gardens downtown—with many of the shows kid- and family-friendly. Performers include the Tony Malaby Trio, Bill Cole’s UnTempered Trio and Jaimie Branch Group. For more information and a full schedule of performances, visit artsforart.org.
For three consecutive weekends this fall, Watermark Bar on Pier 15 at South Street Seaport is transformed into an Oktoberfest fete that feels straight out of Munich. From noon to midnight on each day of the event, experience the authentic décor, music, contests and games that are reminiscent of an authentic German celebration, along with steins of beer and traditional foods like bratwurst and pretzels. In addition to games of beer pong, cornhole and stein-holding competitions, the event will also feature family-friendly activities like bubbles for the kids and face painting. Admission to Oktoberfest is ticketed but free, available on Eventbrite; additional food and beverage tickets can be purchased at booths on-site.
The Guggenheim fills its rotunda with a retrospective of Agnes Martin’s minimalist work from the 1950s until the end of her career in the early 2000s. Martin specialized in subtle geometric drawings influenced by Taoism, Zen Buddhism and her home state, New Mexico. For more information, visit guggenheim.org.
Honor the men and women who have served and are currently serving in our country’s armed forces by marching up Fifth Avenue on Veterans Day. More than 25,000 participants will make their way from 23rd to 53rd Streets, including veterans from World War II, active duty personal, marching bands from across the country and many more. This year's parade honors the 15th anniversary of 9/11 and the first responders who were there as well as the Coast Guard. The parade begins at 11am and concludes at 3pm. For more information, visit americasparade.org.
The International Center of Photography opens its new Bowery location with this exhibition, which explores how photography is responsible for "breaking and resetting the boundaries of social and personal privacy." Artists like Andy Warhol, Natalie Bookchin, Cindy Sherman and Nan Goldin will have their works displayed, which feature real-time imaging and videos that will illustrate how privacy manifests in our current society, and the way that self-identity is determined through public exposure. For more information, visit icp.org.
Alice Austen and Christine Osinksi are each known for their candid photography of life on Staten Island. Through this exhibition, visitors can see their works side by side, which were created nearly one hundred years apart but have incredible similarities. Each of these women took a camera and documented life in the streets and domestic environments of Staten Island in order to tell the story of life in the borough at that time—which seems to have gone unchanged over almost an entire century.
Brooklyn Raga Massive, a collective of musicians whose work is rooted in Indian classical music, honor what would have been John Coltrane’s 90th birthday with this concert. The group presents their own interpretation of the jazz legend’s music along with special guest, post-bop jazz pianist Marc Cary.
The theme of this year’s Latin American Art Biennial is “I am one of those people that…” which is meant to encourage artists to express their personal feelings about their work and the creation process. Events include discussion panels, urban installations, exhibitions and performances throughout the borough. All of the artists participating in the biennial are of Latin American decent, regardless of what part of the world in which they reside.
Music festivals are fairly commonplace in the City, but few combine titanic star power with social change. The annual Global Citizen Festival tackles that effort, bringing together some of music’s biggest stars—Rihanna, Eddie Vedder and Metallica are among those on this year’s bill—to raise awareness around the fight against poverty, hunger and climate change throughout the world. Curated by Chris Martin, whose band Coldplay will also appear, the show is a day of free music in Central Park’s lovely Great Lawn. But getting tickets requires taking action, from signing a petition for food aid reform to emailing a panel of world leaders to ask them to prioritize waste management; once you’ve earned enough “points” for your efforts, you’ll be entered in a lottery. For more information, visit globalcitizen.org.
French avant-garde painter, poet and artist Francis Picabia became most closely associated with the Cubism movement in the early 20th century but was also one of the first artists of the Dada movement and later dabbled in Surrealism. His style was always evolving, and his works can be viewed in a variety of mediums. MoMA presents this first-ever US retrospective of Picabia’s work, with roughly 200 pieces that showcase the broad range of his talents. For more information, visit moma.org.
The Cooper Hewitt presents this exhibition of nearly 65 drawings and prints from the 16th and 17th centuries that feature elements of nature transformed into ethereal and sometimes eerie creations. Some of the works are a mere few inches in size but include incredible attention to detail, with creatures wrapped in tapestries or encased in stained glass, plus a number of other interpretations. All objects were pulled from the museum’s permanent collection and the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library. For more information, visit cooperhewitt.org.
Some 400 years ago Dutch settlers founded New York City, and in the period since it has gone through many transformations. This new permanent exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York traces the City’s history from a “striving Dutch village” to the “Capital of the World” it is today, showcasing more than 400 objects, interactive components and the stories of some of the City’s most influential characters, like Alexander Hamilton, JP Morgan, Fiorello La Guardia and Jay Z.