November is filled with festivals, special events and loads of holiday fun all over New York State. Here's just a few of the amazing things to do in New York this month.
Long Island Restaurant Week
Foodies, prepare your palates for Long Island Restaurant Week! For eight straight days, the best restaurants all across Long Island will offer deals and specials on the most delicious meals. With it’s close proximity to NYC, you won’t have to travel far for great, affordable dining. Participating restaurants will serve up dishes from a three-course prix-fixe menu all for $28.95. The deal runs all night, every night, except Saturday, when it may be available only until 7 p.m. Make a reservation today! Long Island; October 29 - November 5; prices vary based on restaurant.
Utica Comets home opener
Calling all hockey fans! The Utica Comets are back for opening weekend at The AUD. Get ready for a hell-of-a game against division rival, the Rochester Americans, on Wednesday, November 1 at 7 p.m. It will continue with a Friday night contest against the Binghamton Devils at 7 p.m. and again on Saturday against the Americans at 7 p.m. Don’t miss out on the exciting display of athleticism as the the Utica Comets hit the ice for another season of glory. Utica; November 1; price varies from $22 - $28.
NY Craft Beverage Week
It’s here! New York State’s first-ever Taste NY Craft Beverage Week launches November 5th. The event showcases nearly 1,000 world-class wineries, breweries, cideries and distilleries through special events and promotions at participating locations throughout New York City. Try New York's best craft beverages and don't miss special events including meet the brewer dinners, sommelier-led tastings, exclusive dinner pairings, tap takeovers, happy hour specials, New York craft cocktail specials, and informational seminars. New York City; November 5 - 11; prices vary.
Great New York State Model Train Fair
One of the largest model train shows in the Northeast, this event at Syracuse’s Fairgrounds has more than 30 operating model railroad layouts and 100 vendors expected to fill the 90,000 square feet expo center. Model train enthusiast, this is the event for you! Syracuse; November 4 - 5; adults $10.00, children 15 & under free.
Stormville Airport Antique Show and Flea Market
The Stormville Airport Antique Show & Flea Market is a fun, family-friendly event offering a wide variety of bargains, treasures, and unique items for everyone. With over 600 hundred vendors, shoppers will discover everything from antiques and collectibles; arts and crafts to new merchandise. And don’t forget to bring the kids! A designated Kids Area offers inflatable slides, bounce houses and games. Stormville; November 5; free.
2017 Zonta Holiday Festival
Zonta Holiday Festival is Batavia’s Annual Artisan & Vendor Marketplace event. Admission is free with over 130 food and craft vendors and meals offered by The Homestretch Grill. Bring the kids for princesses, face painting and photo booth fun! Get ready for a special appearance from Mr. & Mrs. Claus plus face painting a photo booth and more! Batavia; November 11 - 12; free.
Annual Festival of Trees
Don’t miss the annual Festival of Trees, an indoor event featuring a display of artificial evergreen trees adorned with energy efficient lights by The New York Power Authority (NYPA). The trees are decorated for the season by non-profit groups and will be on display all month. In addition to tree viewing, guests are invited to enjoy the all-new exhibits at the Niagara Power Vista! Lewiston; November 14- December 22; free.
50th Annual Daily Gazette Holiday Parade
This beloved parade attracts 15,000 spectators who will line State Street in downtown Schenectady for what is widely known as the largest nighttime parade in the Northeast. This year's theme is "The Parade of Lights: 125 Years of Schenectady." Witness a parade of floats, dancers, bands, and vehicles adorned with all the twinkling lights and sparkle of the holiday season. Schenectady, November 18; free.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
If you're spending Thanksgiving in New York City, you won't want to miss the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. More than 8,000 people participate in the parade, including clowns, balloon handlers, and marching bands, while 3.5 million people line the streets along the parade route. This year's line-up will feature giant character balloons, numerous floats, over 1,000 cheerleaders and dancers, over 1,000 clowns, 12 marching bands, celebrities, and of course Santa Claus! New York City; November 23; free.
Troy Turkey Trot
The Troy Turkey Trot is one of the largest and oldest turkey trots in the country. This year brings four feature events: the competitive 5K run, the 10K run, the one-mile Turkey Walk and the Grade School Mile. Register to run in the annual Troy Turkey Trot, or wake up early Thanksgiving morning to cheer from the sidelines! Troy; November 23; registration tickets vary from $12 - $30.
Capital Holiday Lights in the Park
The 21st Annual Capital Holiday Lights in the Park kicks off with all-new, drive-through spectacular with more than 125 displays and scenes in Albany’s Washington Park. This year's show depicts holiday scenes of yesteryear and many new and exciting lighting displays. Ride or walk through this magnificent display of holiday cheer and feast your eyes on lit up Santas, trains, houses and more! Finish the evening at Washington Park Lake House filled with crafts and refreshments. Albany; November 24 - January 1; tickets start at $20.
Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting
The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is a world-wide symbol of the holidays in New York City. The tree will be lit for the first time on Wednesday, November 29 through January 7th, with a star studded line up of live performances, including the New York City Rockettes, from 7–9pm at Rockefeller Plaza. The crowning moment comes when the switch is flipped and the Swarovski star–topped tree’s tens of thousands of lights come alive! New York City; November 29; free.