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Greater New York
Annual Events

Greater New York hosts an extraordinary range of annual events from the famed U.S. Open tennis championships and the Westminster Kennel Club Show to food, film and cultural festivals, art fairs, parades and more.

The list below presents an overview of the major events in the New York area.

College Baseball
From the crack of the bat to the slide on into home, NCAA baseball packs a wallop of home run frenzy for what's oft called America's favorite pastime. Diamond action starts in January, continuing through most of June.
Army Black Knights, Columbia Lions, Fairleigh Dickinson Knights, Fordham Rams, Hofstra Pride, Iona Gaels, Long Island Blackbirds, Marist Red Foxes, Monmouth Hawks, Rutgers Scarlet Knights, Rutgers-Newark Scarlet Raiders, St. John's Red Storm, St. Peter's Peacocks, Seton Hall Pirates, Stony Brook Seawolves, Wagner Seahawks

Pre-Lunar New Year Gala & Flower Market
Roosevelt Park's week-long gala provides Lower Manhattan with cultural opportunity to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year with free admission booths and activities. Call (212) 431-0368 for more information.
Lunar New Year Flower Market
Oriented toward families, the Chinatown Lunar New Year Flower Market on Mulberry Street, between Bayard and Worth streets, features flowers, art, and performances in an explosion of blooming color, fragrances and culture. Call (718) 243-0820 for more information.
Chinese New Year Global Gala
At Radio City Music Hall, the Global Gala provides an authentic showcase of Chinese culture and arts. Call (888) 260-6221 for more information.
Antiques @ The Piers
As the highlight of the midwinter antiques season, Antiques @ The Piers includes American and European furniture, silver, art glass and more. Call (212) 255-0020 for more information.
Antiques @ The Armory
Held in conjunction with the Winter Antiques Show and Americana auctions, European and American quilts, jewelry, textiles, silver, porcelain, paintings, prints, sculpture and other items from the 17th through 20th centuries are featured. Call (212) 255-0020 for more information.
New York Antiques & Fine Art Fair
The eclectic exhibition, at Armory Park Avenue and 67th Street, features ancient through 20th century American, Asian, and English works including furnishings, paintings, accessories, ceramics, sculpture, maps and posters alongwith antique and estate jewelry. Call (310) 287-1896 for more information.
New York National Boat Show
Luxury motor yachts, performance boats and other craft, along with accessories and marine equipment fill the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center at 35th Street & 11th Avenue, New York City. Call (212) 922-1212 for more information.
Winter Antiques Show
More than 70 exhibitors show their best in American, Asian, English and European fine and decorative arts collections at the Seventh Regiment Armory's Winter Antiques Show. Call (718) 292-73922 for more information.
Special Camp Fair
Parents with special needs offspring can plan for summer via the free Special Camp Fair, sponsored by Resources for Children with Special Needs, Inc. at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle, on Columbus Avenue. Copies of the annual Camps Guide are free at the fair. Call (212) 677-4650 for more information.

Chinese New Year
Chinatown, on Manhattan's lower east side, celebrates the Chinese New Year with 10 days of festivities featuring parades with dragon and lion dancers and elaborate costumes. Call (212) 484-1222 for more information.
2nd Ave Mardi Gras Stroll
At the beginning of February, enjoy bar hopping along Manhattan's 2nd Avenue where Mardi Gras is celebrated with drink specials, beads, masks and other Mardis Gras favors. Call (800) 422-7295 for more information.
Chinese New Year Spectacular
In mid-February, New Tang Dynasty Television (NTDTV) presents a work of beauty and inspiration, celebrating the wonder of ancient Chinese culture through a combination of world-class music and dance performances, at Radio City Music Hall. Call (212) 736-8535 for more information.
Westminster Kennel Club Show
Second only to the Kentucky Derby as the nation's oldest continuous sporting event, the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden features some 2,500 dogs of 162 breeds competing for Best in Show. Call (800) 455-3647 for more information.
Toy Expo and Cultural Festival
At the Ethical Cultural Society across from Central Park near Lincoln Center, the expo features limited edition dolls and teddy bears for sale. Also exhibited are toy ideas from New York City public school students entering the show's Toy Invention Contest. Call (718) 243-0820 for more information.
Love n' Courage Benefit
Benefiting both the Theater for the New City's Emerging Playwrights Program, with a portion of tickets assisting Southern Rep, the Regional Theater of New Orleans, this evening includes a champagne supper, performance, and dancing, along with celebrity appearances. Call (212) 254-1109 for more information.
International Art Expo
Paintings, prints, posters, sculpture, photography, jewelry and more are on display at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, bringing together dealers, retail galleries, interior designers, publishers, private collectors and other professionals. Call (800) 827-7170 for more information.
South Street Seaport Irish Stroll
South Street Seaport, Pier 7, is the scene for this annual New York tradition, with food, drink, and festive strolling to celebrate St. Patty's Day. Call (301) 652-7712 for more information.
Fantasy Express
Fantasy Express, entertaining children, parents and grandparents, benefits the Lenox Hill Hospital Neonatal Critical Care Unit and Department of Pediatrics. Toy give-aways, face painting, magicians and other street fair attractions are part of themed fun changing each year. Call (212) 434-6858 for more information.
St. Patrick's Day Parade
Everything goes green along Fifth Avenue, from 44th to 86th streets on March 17 when the world-famous parade starts at 11 a.m. Call (212) 484-1222 for more information.
Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus
Circus tradition combines with newfangled twists when the Greatest Show on Earth comes to town. Call (212) 465-6741 for more information.
USA Memory Championship
Con Edison Auditorium becomes the scene for mental athletes gathering to show off ability in seven events involving 250 random digits, an entire deck of cards, 300 random words, 99 names and faces, and an unpublished 50 line poem. Call (201) 573-0300 for more information.
Manhattan Antiques Triple Pier Expo
New York's largest antiques show extends over two consecutive weekends as more than 600 dealers display treasures along the Hudson River. Call (212) 255-0020 for more information.
Blades Over Broadway
Each spring, Figure Skating in Harlem produces two ice show performances at Riverbank State Park, with skaters in colorful costumes and festive music attracting hundreds of community activists, political leaders, and families. Call (646) 698-3440 for more information.
Long Island Golf Show
To kick off the golf season, over the last weekend in March, Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood hosts a series of contests, workshops on golf etiquette and technique, a chipping range, and celebrity appearances. Call (888) 334-2856 for more information.
Major League Baseball
Nothing signals advent of spring more than baseball with a capital B, tightly meshed into American culture with historic firsts, icon performances, record-setting events, and traditions from hot dogs slathered in mustard to unexpected curveballs, and seventh-inning stretches. Books and movies about baseball are fine and dandy, but nothing beats Major League Baseball action, playing out each season from April through the World Series.
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Major League Soccer
There's no end to the excitement each season as Major League Soccer teams from both the eastern and western conferences vie for glory in regular season matches, on to the play offs and cup finals.
New York Red Bulls

Easter Parade
The Easter Parade on Fifth Avenue provides a showcase of finery from elegant to outlandish. Call (212) 484-1222 for more information.
The Wedding Salon
This day-long event at Gotham Hall provides a luxury wedding showcase for sophisticated brides and grooms, with tools for planning ceremonies and receptions. Featured are the finest in gowns, cakes, florists, calligraphers, photographers and more. Admission is $125 per person, $150 for couples. A silent auction benefits the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. Call (212) 631-7777 for more information.
New York International Auto Show
At the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, the week-long New York International Auto Show includes "concept cars" as well as consumer models. Call (800) 282-3336 or (212) 216-2000 for more information.
New York Antiques & Fine Art Fair
The eclectic exhibition, at St. Paul The Apostle, Columbus Avenue at 60th Street, features ancient through 20th century American, Asian, and English works including furnishings, paintings, accessories, ceramics, sculpture, maps and posters alongwith antique and estate jewelry. Call (310) 287-1896 for more information.
JFK Runway Run
In mid to late April each year, the JFK Rotary Club sponsors the Tom Carmody Memorial Run at JFK International Airport which features ticket drawings, games, prizes and a race on JFK's longest runway commencing from Building 14. Call (718) 244-5140 for more information.
The Big Swim
More than 1,000 children from 6 to 16 compete in the decade old Big Swim day of free races in a 50-meter Olympic-sized pool at Manhattan's Asphalt Green. Kids are met at the finish line by Olympians and all participants take home a medal, photo, other goodies, plus all-important memories. Call (212) 369-8890 for more information.
Burt's Bees Earth Day
From mid to late April, Rockefeller Center and Central Park host a swarm of Burts who will be handing out free samples of Burt's Bees products, natural smoothies made with a clean-energy bike-powered blender, Burt beards, hats, and information on eco-friendly living. Call (212) 979-7979 for more information.
National Tartan Day
On National Tartan Day, pipers and drummers march down Sixth Avenue in the Tunes of Glory Parade to support the fight against cancer. Call (212) 980-0844 for more information.
Night of a Thousand Gowns
As a charity ball and silent auction, Night of a Thousand Gowns benefits God's Love We Deliver, New York's oldest provider of meals to those living with HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses. Call (212) 831-5676 for more information.
Great Five Boro Bike Tour
As the nation's largest cycling event, the Great Five Boro Bike Tour attracts some 30,000 competitors to weave through the five boroughs on a 42-mile course. For more information, call (212) 932-0778.
New York Jets Taste of the NFL Benefit
The New York Jets sponsors an annual dinner in early May each year hosted by local 5-star restaurants, where guests can meet past and present football legends and participate in a silent auction, with proceeds benefiting programs that fight hunger. The specific restaurant venue may vary from year to year. Call (212) 485-8050 for more information.
Ninth Avenue International Food Festival
May transforms portions of Ninth Avenue from 37th to 5th street into one of New York's best street fairs. Call (212) 581-7217 for more information.
Artists for the African Rainforest
Celebrating a night for artists as well as Africa, the $500 per person fundraiser benefits men, women, and children of the Eastern Arc Mountains. Awards to activists are also announced. Call (212) 431-5508 for more information.
Family Matters: National Fertility and Adoption Conference
Hosted by the American Fertility Association, Family Matters: The National Fertility and Adoption Conference is the largest annual event of its kind. More than three dozen workshops are led by top physicians and healthcare professionals, providing fresh perspective on in vitro fertilization (IVF), female and male factor infertility, ovum donation, pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), blastocyst transfer, alternative medicine, urology, adoption issues, and more. An exhibit hall features IVF programs, egg donor-surrogacy programs, urologists, and others. Meet face-to-face, ask, and learn. Call (212) 714-3537 for more information.
Spring Dachshund Festival
Every May, Washington Square Park hosts a party for Dachshunds and their owners, sponsored by the Dachshund Friendship Club. Call (212) 475-5512 for more information.
Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit
For more than 70 years, the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit has featured some 250 artists in Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village. Call (212) 982-6255 for more information.
Fine Art & Designer Crafts Festival
All along Bleeker Street, between Hudson and Christopher Streets, local artists display and sell collectible and functional art works. No food vendors allowed, but live acoustic music is provided. Proceeds from artists' rent support programs of the Greenwich Village Youth Council, including the Girls Basketball League. Call (718) 855-8175 for more information.
Art & Literacy Street Fair
Maria Hernandez Park hosts a procession of children singing and dancing around the park at this street fair sponsored by the Coalition for Hispanic Family Services Arts and Literacy Program. Call (718) 497-6090 for more information.
Long Island International Fine Arts Festival
Over Memorial Day weekend, Kite Field at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow hosts an exhibition of over 10,000 works by around 100 artists from around the world, and the Long Island Children's Museum also will be on hand to lead a number of activities for the kids. Call (631) 421-1590 for more information.
The Belmont Stakes
As a Triple Crown jewel to accompany the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, Belmont Stakes action takes place at Belmont Park in Elmont, Long Island. Call (516) 667-5055 or (718) 641-4700 for more information.
JVC Jazz Festival
From June through early July, jazz greats play at venues including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, the Beacon Theater and Town Hall. Call (212) 501-1390 for more information.
Puerto Rican Day Parade
With Hispanics making up substantial portion of New York City's population, Puerto Ricans are the city's largest ethnic group. The Puerto Rican Day Parade, on the second Sunday in June, attracts about three million spectators. The parade route heads down Fifth Avenue between 44th and 85th streets, with entertainers, politicians and other notables taking part. Call (212) 484-1222 for more information.
State Fair Meadowlands
As New Jersey's largest event, State Fair Meadowlands at Giants Stadium Fairgrounds in East Rutherford runs for three weeks with non-stop family entertainment including what's billed as the World's Largest Carnival Midway, with more than 75 rides. Call (973) 450-1070 for more information.
JuneFest features hot concerts and art exhibits on Staten Island to kick off the summer season. Varied venues include the Greenbelt Nature Center, Richmondtown Library and the Conference House. Call (718) 317-1967 for more information.
Camp Rollerblade
Welcome to the sport of inline skating (rollerblading)! Camp Rollerblade is a two-day camp to teach adults and families to inline skate. No experience necessary. Central Park. Call (888) 7588687 for more information.
Summer Soulstice Celebration
In mid-June, celebrate the beginning of Summer at the South Street Seaport on Pier 16 in the financial district of lower Manhattan. Call (718) 857-1343 for more information.
Lesbian and Gay Pride March
A parade, parties, fireworks and other events heighten awareness for lesbian and gay issues as part of week-long festivities commemorating the Stonewall Riot of June 27, 1969. Call (212) 807-7433 for more information.
Long Island Motorcycle Fair
At the famed Riverhead Raceway, in June and again in September, the Long Island Motorcycle Fair brims with entertainment, bike shows, and vendors to create the ultimate motorcycle weekend getaway. East End Stunt Challenge contests include the longest and slowest wheelies, stoppies, quads, and more, with a trophy and cash prizes. Call (631) 774-9380 for more information.
Metropolitan Opera in the Parks
During much of June and July, city parks offer free evening performances. Call (212) 362-6000.
Shakespeare in the Park
The Delacorte Theater in Central Park presents free performances under the stars with avid Shakespeare fans lining up hours in advance for tickets. Call (212) 539-8750 or (212) 539-8500 for more information.
Throgs Neck Sweden Day
In Throgs Neck, this festival of the summer solstice features the raising of the maypole, food, music, folk dancing, kids games and prizes. Call (718) 822-8965 for more information.
Sweden Day
At Manhem Beach Club in the Bronx, Sweden Day (going strong since 1941) hails the summer solstice with raising of the maypole (“majstang"), dancing, food and camaraderie. Call (917) 257-8948 for more information.
July Fourth
On July 4, New York City activities include tall ships sailing up the Hudson River and a Macy's fireworks extravaganza over the East River. Call (212) 484-1222 for more information.
Brooklyn Independence Day Parade
At 10 a.m., New York's oldest Independence Day Parade starts at Bay Ridge along Third Avenue from 76th Street to Marine Avenue, then along Fourth Avenue to John Paul Jones Park. Call (718) 921-3403 for more information.
Lincoln Center Festival
The Lincoln Center presents an array of dance, theater, music, opera and circus performances from around the world. Call (212) 546-2656 for more information.
Mass Dash
In the middle of July, hundreds of runners participate in a 200-mile race from the Berkshires to Boston in support of the Jimmy Fund and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough, MA. Call (617) 632-5644 for more information.
Mostly Mozart
Mostly Mozart showcases classical music virtuosi, also performing works of Beethoven, Schubert and others. Call (212) 875-5103 for more information.
Asian American International Film Festival
Going strong for nearly three decades and known as the “First Home to Asian American Cinema," AAIFF's various awards honor short films, emerging filmmakers, or stars of extraordinary achievement such as Maggie Cheung. Patrons enjoy after-dark thrills of a new NightVisions series. Call (212) 989-1422 for more information.
International Dance Festival
Benefitting the Summer Performance Lab Scholarship Program & See Dance Program, the festival features performances by the Assembly Dance Theater of Taiwan, Johann Bjorvission Dance Co. of Iceland, Nina Buisson Contemporary Move, Synthesis Dance Project, and more. Call (212) 233-2323 for more information.
Midsummer Nights Swing
Lincoln Center's Josie Robertson Plaza hosts an outdoor dance party with sounds of swing, salsa and tango. Call (212) 875-5766 for more information.
New York City Tap Festival
For nine days, tap classes offered for kids, teens and adults, followed by evening performances by tap dance legends, ensembles and up-and-coming hoofers. Call (646) 230-9564 for more information.
Harlem Week
Concerts, poetry readings, kid activities, sporting events, fashion shows and more celebrate historic Harlem culture. Call (212) 862-7200 for more information.
Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors
This month-long free international summer festival includes interactive workshops for kids and families. Call (212) 875-5108 for more information.
Leather & Lace Poker Run
In East Syracuse, the Leather & Lace MC Charity Poker Run at Trappers Pizza & Pub includes food, drinks, prizes, a scenic ride, and more, rain or shine. Proceeds benefit the Charity for Children, supporting medical treatment for youngsters in central New York. (315) 727-2038 for more information.
Wilkil Art Summer Series
The Curb Art Space on West 34th Street provides an evening of art, music, wine and painting with some of the coolest people around, affording opportunity for signature socks and a socko good time. (646) 792-2445 for more information.
New York International Fringe Festival
Held in Lower East Side of Manhattan at some 20 venues, the New York International Fringe Festival features theater, musicals, dance and comedy. Call (888) FRINGE-NYC for more information.
U.S. Open Tennis
The U.S. Open is the final Grand Slam event of the season, drawing top competitors for singles, doubles and mixed doubles. Call (800) GO-TENNIS for more information.
National Football League
If it's fall and you're ready for some football, count on the National Football League to deliver non-stop grid action, leading to playoffs, and the incomparable Super Bowl. The NFL has come a long way since its 1920 founding in Canton, Ohio at Ralph Hay's Hupmobile dealership. NFL action was first televised in 1939 when NBC broadcast within New York City. The NFL's Longest Day was on Christmas, 1971, in a playoff between the Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins, and Miami's 17-0 Perfect Season unfolded the following year. But that's history, and prospects for new milestones start in September.
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College Football
NCAA Football, created in 1997 to promote college football ideals, makes no bones about the importance of each game. Losing at any time during the season can thwart a team's chances for postseason action or an NCAA Championship. No wonder NCAA Football marketers have adopted a tagline of "NCAA Football: Every Game Counts."
Rutgers Scarlett Knights, Army Black Knights, Columbia Lions, Fordham Rams, Hofstra Pride, Iona Gaels, Marist Red Foxes, Monmouth Hawks, St. Peter's Peacocks, Stony Brook Seawolves, Wagner Seahawks
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Rockabilly Music Festival
In addition to a Labor Day weekend full of live music, enjoy a variety of 'psychobilly,' sideshow and burlesque acts from all over the country, along the Boardwalk at Coney Island. Call (718) 946-1305 for more information.
Big Apple Performing Arts Festival
For nearly a quarter century, the New York City gay men's chorus and others have created a carnival performing arts setting along Seventh Avenue. Call (212) 809-4900 for more information.
Feast of San Gennaro
This Italian street festival honors the patron saint of Naples, with carnival rides, food, floats and music. Call (212) 768-9320 for more information.
Katharine Hepburn Garden Festival
More than 500 ethnic foods, art, craft, antique and jewelry exhibitors create a midway along Second Avenue. Call (212) 809-4900 for more information.
African American Day Parade
Participants and onlookers gather in Manhattan on Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard from 111th to 142nd Street. Call (212) 862-8497 for more information.
Imagine Peace Festival
At the World Peace Sanctuary off Route 22 near Amenia, the World Peace Festival celebrates with a concert, flag display, entertainment, keynote speakers and an international food court. Call (845) 883-7149 for more information.
A Taste of New York
At the Sheraton hotel in Flushing, A Taste of New York is a food extravaganza featuring delicacies from selected restaurants. Activities include lucky draws and cooking demos. Tasting coupons will be on sale at the venue for $10, entitling a visitor to sample dishes at all 18 restaurant booths. Call (212) 431-0368 for more information.
Apple Day Festival
In the middle of September, the Lower East Side Business Improvement District sponsors a festival featuring creations by local restaurants and culinary organizations which incorporate apples among other ingredients, with lots of kids' activities including a pie eating championship. Orchard Street between Grand and Broome Streets. Call (212) 226-9010 for more information.
West Indian-American Day Parade
Labor Day Weekend in Brooklyn brings on a festival with food and entertainment from top Caribbean artists. Call (718) 467-1797 for more information.
R. Brinkley Smithers Golf Invitational
In mid to late September, The Creek Country Club and Piping Rock Country Club in Locust Valley on Long Island hosts an all day and evening fundraiser golf tournament where the price of admission includes a caddie, gourmet brunch, refreshments, an awards dinner, and a silent and live auction to benefit the education and support programs of the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependance, Inc.(LICADD). Call (516) 747-2806 for more information.
Lit Crawl NYC
In mid-September, over 20 bars, book shops and other venues around 2nd Avenue in the East Village and Lower East Side host staged readings and live entertainment, sponsored by Litquake, San Francisco's Literary Festival. Call (510) 396-0883 for more information.
Long Island Motorcycle Fair
At the famed Riverhead Raceway, in June and again in September, the Long Island Motorcycle Fair brims with entertainment, bike shows, and vendors to create the ultimate motorcycle weekend getaway. East End Stunt Challenge contests include the longest and slowest wheelies, stoppies, quads, and more, with a trophy and cash prizes. Call (631) 774-9380 for more information.
Escape New York
Escape New York, starting and ending in Manhattan by Grant's Tomb, is open to all, with three supported routes through Rockland and Bergen counties. Snacks and drinks are provided, with giveaways and raffle prizes. Profits go to Recycle-a-Bicycle, a 501c3 charity teaching inner-city youth about cycling and recycling. Call (212) 828-5711 for more information.
New York Film Festival
This 17-day festival showcases new cinematic works from around the world. Call (212) 875-5050 for more information.
New York City's legendary dragstravaganza on Pier 54 features a show, wigs and drag, drag, drag. Call (212) 213-3958 for more information.
Pagan Pride Day
This Buffalo / Niagara Falls Metro Pagan Pride Day in Blasdell Fireman's Park celebrates religious freedom and diversity with ceremonies, kids' activities, raffles, entertainment and more. Admission is a non-perishable food or clothing donation, cat / dog food, pet care item or money for the Niagara County SPCA, the Food Bank of WNY and VIVE Inc. Call (716) 817-9563 for more information.
National Hockey League
The National Hockey League's rough and tumble world packs a motherlode of milestones, from 1917's NHL opener, to when Maurice Richard was first to score 50 goals in one season in 1944-45, to when Clint Benedict was the first goalie to put on a mask after a shot knocked him unconscious, to when Manon Rheaume made headlines in 1992 as the first woman playing in one of the four major sports leagues, goaltending for the Tampa Bay Lightning against the St. Louis Blues. From October on, it's non-stop action in the world of hat tricks -- three goals in a game by a player -- and sudden death overtime.
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Fright Fest Blood Drive
Early in October, Six Flags Great Adventure hosts a blood drive and chance to win admission to the Fright Fest, at the Employment Center. 1 Six Flags Boulevard, Neptune, NJ. Call (732) 928-2000 for more information.
Feast with Famous Faces
Top-tier culinary event featuring leading New York chefs who prepare and serve their signature dishes assisted by celebrity sous-chefs and sommeliers. All funds raised by this event directly support the League for the Hard of Hearing. Call (917) 305-7804 for venue and date updates.
Columbus Day Festival
Lower Broadway celebrates Columbus Day with cultural and corporate displays to go with food and live entertainment. Call (212) 809-4900 for more information.
Independent Feature Film Market
The Angelika Film Center screens new American independent films, while hosting workshops and seminars. Call (212) 995-2000 for more information.
NYC Underground Comedy Festival
As a showcase for emerging and established comedians of the world, NYC's Underground Comedy Festival features more than 350 laugh artists over seven nights at assorted venues including The Bitter End, with free shows at the New York Public Library and most branches. XM-Radio covers, and Chris Rock made a 2004 special guest appearance. E-mail for details.
NYC Oktoberfest
More than 500 ethnic food, art, craft, and other exhibitors create an Oktoberfest midway along Lexington Avenue.
Pagan Pride Day Harvest Celebration
Held at Battery Park, various charities benefit from this celebration dedicated to eliminating prejudice and religious discrimination through education, activism, charity and community. (212) 561-0491 for more information.
International Vintage Poster Fair
The International Vintage Poster Fair at the Metropolitan Pavilion features 25 exhibitors from the U.S. and Europe with thousands of posters for sale date from the 1890s to the 1980s. Master artists include Toulouse-Lautrec and Otto Baumberger. Call (800) 856-8069 for more information.
Greater New York Wine & Food Expo
Sponsored by Wine Spectator, the Greater New York Wine & Food Expo celebrates the finer things in life in affluent, historic Westchester County. Featured are a Grand Tasting Tent showcasing more than 250 wineries, tasting seminars with experts such as Mark Oldman, and celebrity chef demonstrations. (888) 420-WINE for more information.
Dachshund Oktoberfest
Every October, Washington Square Park hosts a party for Dachshunds and their owners, sponsored by the Dachshund Friendship Club. Call (212) 475-5512 for more information.
Tibetan Festival
Food, crafts and a puppet show star at the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art on Staten Island. Call (718) 987-3500 for more information.
Union Square Autumn Fair
More than 200 American and international merchants, restaurants and others celebrate along Park Avenue. Call (212) 809-4900 for more information.
Bluegrass Music Festival
Historic Richmond Town on Staten Island provides a rural setting within New York City for the decade-old annual Bluegrass Festival, featuring top musical entertainment. Call (718) 351-1611 for more information.
Dewey's Halloween Costume Party
Costumes are encouraged but not mandatory at Dewey's Flatiron Bar & Lounge (on Fifth Avenue between 25th and 26th streets) where there's a discount with mention of EventGuide to go with 2-for-1 drinks and plenty of ghoulish fun. Call (201) 264-6318 for more information.
Escape New York Century
Rain or shine starting and finishing at Manhattan's Sakura Park, participants in the New York Cycle Club's Escape New York Century can choose from three routes through scenic Bergen and Rockland counties.
Haunted Halloween Carnival
More than 600 kids and parents from Brooklyn neighborhoods gather to celebrate Halloween, staged by The Puppetry Arts Theatre (TPAT) and community forces, with a haunted house, games, crafts, and more. Free admission. Call (718) 763-3703 for more information.
National Basketball Association
Toronto, Canada was the site of the National Basketball League's first game on Nov. 1, 1946, with the Huskies hosting the New York Knickerbockers at Maple Leaf Gardens. Thirteen original rules were drafted by Dr. James Naismith, creator of basketball. Pro basketball suffered in popularity in the early 1950's, but one rule change -- that of the 24-second clock -- transformed the sport from a dull, stalling game to an exciting, offensive showcase. Icons along the way, from Bob Cousy and Wilt Chamberlain to Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Michael Jordan, have immortalized what's now the National Basketball Association's game, creating long-standing rivalries from coast to coast.
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College Basketball
First devised by James Naismith in 1891, with the first recorded collegiate game in 1893, legions testify there's no sound so soothing as a basketball whooshing through the net after a flick of the wrist. NCAA basketball brings grass roots hoop dreams to an entirely new level each fall, building toward March Madness, the NCAA Division Basketball Championships.
Fordham Rams, Long Island Blackbirds, Rutgers Scarlet Knights, St. Francis Terriers, St. John's Red Storm, Seton Hall Pirates, Stony Brook Seawolves, Army Black Knights, Columbia Lions, Fairleigh Dickinson Knights, Hofstra Pride, Iona Gaels, Marist Red Foxes, Monmouth Hawks, Rutgers-Newark Scarlet Raiders, St. Peter's Peacocks, Wagner Seahawks
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Long Island Blackbirds - To book seats for the Long Island Blackbirds, click here.
Rutgers Scarlett Knights - To book seats for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, click here.
St. Francis Terriers - To book seats for the St. Francis Terriers, click here.
St. John's Red Storm - To book seats for the St. John's Red Storm, click here.
Seton Hall Pirates - To book seats for the Seton Hall Pirates, click here.
Stony Brook Seawolves - To book seats for the Stony Brook Seawolves, click here.

Chocolate Show
Chocolatiers show their tasteful artistry amid live music from chocolate-producing countries at the Metropolitan Pavilion and the Altman Building. Call (646) 638-0771 for more information.
Lighting at Rockefeller Center
The city's holiday season kicks off with Rockefeller Center's annual tree lighting and ice skating show. Call (212) 332-6868 for more information.
Sugarloaf Crafts Festival
At the Meadowlands Expo Center in Secaucus, N.J., Sugarloaf Crafts Festival features some 300 craft designers and artists displaying and selling a mix of quality contemporary crafts as well as sculptures, paintings, prints, and other fine art. Festival-goers also find home accessories, garden accents, custom clothing and jewelry. Call (301) 990-1400 for more information.
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Times Square provides an excellent view of this spectacular parade, known for elaborate floats and marching bands. Call (212) 695-4400 for more information.
Madison Avenue Holiday Expo
Madison Avenue comes alive as exhibitors create a balloon archway leading to arts, collectibles and fashion musts. Call (212) 809-4900 for more information.
New York Comedy Festival
This five-day event festival of laughs features more than 50 stand-up comedians at venues throughout the city. Call (212) 757-4100 for more information.
Holiday Boutique / Craft Show
St. Anthony of Padua School stages a huge holiday boutique attracting thousands of spectators looking to get into the holiday spirit. Call (917) 468-9205 for more information.
Kwanza Festival
African food, culture and traditions in gift-giving unfold at the Jacob J. Javitz Convention Center. Call (212) 216-2000 for more information.
Jingle Jam
For well more than a decade, Deweys Flatiron Bar & Lounge has been the scene for Jingle Jam, garnering ink in both the New York Post and New York Daily News as an event to get into the holiday swing with 2-for-1 drinks, hip hop, rock and '80s favorites. Call (201) 264-6318 for more information.
Times Square New Year's Eve
Crowds gather early in the day for the thrill of watching the Times Square ball drop at the stroke of midnight. Call (212) 768-1560, ext. 44 for more information.
Polar Bear Christmas
On weekends, Central Park Zoo polar bears are on the take, opening gift-wrapped turkeys and other yule treats. Call (212) 861-6030 for more information.
Matzo Ball
From a humble start in a Boston bar, Matzo Ball bashes in more than a dozen cities including San Francisco and Washington D.C. have arrived at the Manhattan Mission as a holiday party for Jewish singles on the night before Christmas. Call (888) 633-5326 for more information.
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