1. Holiday Markets are opening around the city.
One of the best is behind the Public Library in Bryant Park. The streets of little shops offer unique and one-of-a-kind gift items at many price points. After your shopping expedition, pick up a snack from one of the food stalls and eat at a table by the skating rink. If you catch it right, the skating music will be one of the Great American Song Book standards by Ella or Billie. You’ll catch a glimpse of the Empire State Building between skyscrapers for a real NYC moment, and once again realize why you love this city.
2. Side Show is in previews at the St. James Theater.
This hotly anticipated musical is now in previews. Keep your eye out for discount offers to this musical based on the real lives of the conjoined Hilton sisters.
3. Show Boat at Avery Fisher Hall, November 5-8.
An all-star cast joins the Philharmonic in a semi-staged production of Show Boat. 20% discounted tickets are available at TheaterMania.
4. Picasso, Picasso.
No need to plan a trip to Paris to the newly-renovated Picasso Museum, there are plenty of Picassos on view in NYC right now. After you visit the Lauder Cubism Collection at the Met, you can find more works by the artist at the Pace Gallery’s Picasso and Jaqueline show from October 31, 2014 to January 10, 2015.
5. Carnegie Hall’s Free Neighborhood Concerts are happening all over the city.
This Saturday 11/1 you can hear Cape jazz by Kesivan and the Lights at the Flushing Town Hall in Queens. Find out about other upcoming free concerts near you here.
6. Free concerts at Mannes School of Music
Another great venue for FREE concerts of all kinds is Mannes College, the New School for Music. Check out the events calendar on the school’s website and you’ll be amazed. While the school is on the Upper West Side, the performance locations change so make sure you take note.
7. Use Your Senior Movie Discount.
Catch Bill Murray in St. Vincent now playing at a movie house near you. You’ll leave this movie with a smile on your face.