November is a month of transition, and our list of the top things to do in New York in November reflects that.
Whether you want to hold onto the last bit of fall or are ready to dive headlong into the holiday season, there’s a bit of something for everyone this month.
Check out our top picks and start planning your travels around New York this November.
Schlachfest in Round Top – November 2
Schlachfest, a traditional German celebration, is hosted at the Crystal Brook Resort in Round Top each fall. What is Schlachfest? It is an annual celebration of all things pork.
The origins of this German festival goes back thousands of years to when the German people would harvest their pigs each fall and then process them into a variety of sausages, roasts, soups, and other German delicacies. Crystal Brook Resort proudly carries on this tradition hosting a Schlachfest four times each autumn, the last of the four being in November.
Visitors to the fest will enjoy traditional German dishes and beer as well as live music and entertainment. The festival concludes with a parade followed by the raffling off of the pig where you can bid on a piece of the pork to take home.
To learn more about the festival, visit the resort’s special events page.
Union Square Autumn Fair in New York City – November 2
Located on Broadway from 17th to 23rd street, the annual Union Square Autumn Fair is the perfect opportunity to get a head start on your holiday gift shopping. This dog-friendly street fair will feature over 50 different vendors & artisans selling handmade art and jewelry as well as the latest in fashion trends. You can take a break from shopping and enjoy authentic food from over 20 food booths.
For more information on this New York City street fair, visit their site.
Holiday Valley Beer and Wine Festival in Ellicottville – November 8-9
Featuring over 100 different craft beers & wines from all over New York state, the Holiday Valley Beer and Wine Festival is a must-do for beer lovers & wine aficionados alike. New at this year’s festival will be Trucks-N-Brews, a food truck & beer party held the Friday night of this two-day event. Festival goers who attend the Friday night party will get to sample dishes from local food trucks and restaurants as well as partake in a beer tasting.
For a full list of the breweries and wineries that will be in attendance as well as to find out ticket prices, click here.
43rd Herkimer County Arts & Crafts Fair in Herkimer – November 9-10
Located at the Herkimer Community College, the Herkimer County Arts & Crafts Fair is one of the most premier craft shows in the state. Over 120 vendors and artisans will be on hand at this year’s fair showcasing their handcrafted goods and products. Everything from pottery to woodworking and gourmet food products will be available for purchase.
This is the perfect opportunity to knock out a little of your holiday gift shopping by purchasing unique, one-of-a-kind items from local artisans.
For more information on admission prices and hours, visit the event’s site.
Train & Hobby Show in Poughkeepsie – November 10
This one-day event in Poughkeepsie is perfect for the model train and slot car enthusiast. Visitors to the show can check out operating and modular layouts as well as purchase slot cars and pieces for their own layouts at home. All proceeds from this event will go to the maintenance and restoration of the Historic Hyde Park Railroad Station.
Find out more on the event’s website.
Saratoga Holiday Art Fair in Saratoga Springs – November 16-17
Now in its fifth year, the Saratoga Holiday Art Fair will be held at the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs. This art fair is a showcase of the best of fine arts and crafts from some of New England’s top artists and craftspeople. Visitors to the fair will be able to meet the artisans as well as shop for handcrafted jewelry, sculptures, handmade quilts, paintings, photography prints, and much more.
Admission to this event is free and refreshments will be served.
For more information on this event as well as hours, click here.
Best of NY- Food and Drink Festival in Syracuse – November 23-24
The Best of NY- Food and Drink Festival is the premier event for foodies interested in sampling and learning more about the very best beverages, foods, and products that the state of New York has to offer. The festival also features various tastings, cooking demonstrations, and special entertainment.
In addition to a general admission ticket, this year’s event will also be offering sommelier tasting seminars and a celebrity chef dining experience.
For up to date information on ticket pricing and the festival schedule, visit the event’s site.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City – November 28
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been a beloved annual tradition in New York City since 1924.
The parade is scheduled to start at 9am and end around noon, but you will have to be an early riser on this morning if you are hoping to secure a spot to watch the parade in person. With just 2.5 miles of public viewing along the route, it is recommended that you snag your viewing spot by 6am.
This year’s parade is scheduled to feature 27 giant balloons, over 30 floats, and marching bands from all over the country.
For full details on this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, click here.
Hudson Valley Art Market in Poughkeepsie – November 29-December 1
Peruse and shop the booths of over 40 different fair trade artisans and vendors from all along the banks of the Hudson River at this year’s Hudson Valley Art Market. This three-day market is held at the sprawling 200-acre Locust Grove estate, which was once the home of artist and inventor, Samuel Morse.
In addition to handcrafted items and gifts from local area artists, the market will also offer visitors coffee, tea, cookies, and food.
Find out more on the event’s website.
Syracuse Wine & Chocolate Festival in Syracuse – November 30
Offering festival goers two different 4-hour sessions, the Syracuse Wine & Chocolate Festival is a must-do for wine enthusiasts and chocolate lovers. Ticket holders will be permitted to unlimited samplings of wines & distilled products all made & produced in the state of New York. The ticket price also includes a special chocolate surprise and a commemorative wine glass for each guest.
Once you have sampled some of the best wines that these local New York wineries have to offer, you can purchase bottles of your favorites to take home.
For session times and ticket information, visit the festival’s site.
Do you have a favorite thing to do in New York in November that isn’t on this list? Let us know in the comments below.