Anna Sui and her career will be feted by the Museum of Arts and Design at The World of Anna Sui (September 12), with more than 100 looks from her archives on display. —CP
OCT 1 — OCT 31
New York International Fringe Festival
A brief synopsis can't do "the Fringe" justice. At this festival celebrating new and innovative works, you can catch musicals, mash-ups, solo shows, comedies, tragedies, parodies, performance art, puppetry and, well, you get the picture. Typically divided into two sections, this year the monthlong fest includes only FringeBYOV (which stands for "bring your own venue")—an “open access” segment that will take place at various venues in all five boroughs.
NOV 4 — NOV 10
The New York Comedy Festival is coming (and so is lots of other comedy). The season’s biggest comedy event (November 4–10) features the likes of Norm Macdonald (who gives a great interview) at Carolines, Stephen Colbert at Carnegie Hall and Nicole Byer in Tribeca. Other notable fall shows include Jen Kirkman (September 11) at the Bell House; Eric Andre at the Kings Theatre (September 15); and Mystery Science Theater 3000 cracking wise on bad sci-fi at the same Brooklyn venue (September 19–20). Michael Che and Colin Jost (September 19), Nick Offerman (November 3) and Phoebe Robinson (October 10) help fill out the lineup. —nycgo.com staff
The festival includes all the styles of comedy that make New York City's scene exciting: stand-up, sketch, improv, variety and virtually anything else you can imagine. The shows range from gigantic arena blowouts to smaller club and bar shows. For the full schedule, check out nycomedyfestival.com.
NOV 23, 2019 — JAN 26, 2020
New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show
BAM’s Gilman Opera House MADONNA
(September 12–October 7), we’re gonna. With a new album and a new look, Madonna (aka Madame X) kicks off her latest concert tour in her hometown. She’s forgoing arenas for a more intimate theatrical setting as she takes over BAM’s Gilman Opera House, performing 18 shows over three-plus weeks. —Brian Sloan
Starting October 12, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical comes to Broadway. A hit in London, the show follows the pop star’s successes and struggles, and is packed with Top 40 hits. Adrienne Warren is slated to reprise her star-making performance as the diva herself for the NYC production.
September’s New York Film Festival, with new works from Scorsese, Almodóvar and other auteurs.
Coney Island Film Festival, highlighted by a late-night showing of The Warriors. Come out and play. —Andrew Rosenberg
November 15 -17
for the first-ever BravoCon. Attendees can meet Bravo’s best and messiest cast members, eat at a Top Chef–curated food hall and check out a museum dedicated to the Real Housewives. —Gillian Osswald
Lower East Side tradition returns. Pickle Day comes but once a year, and in 2019 that’s October 6. Look out for scores of gherkins, half-sours and more ex-cucumbers lining Orchard Street alongside vendors, bands and DJs. Don’t like pickles? Dill with it. —GO
The Medieval Festival is slated for September 29 in Fort Tryon Park. Jousters and jesters will gather to strum lyres, lift goblets of mead and engage in all manner of jubilant japery. Forsooth, this is the holy grail of fall festivals that involve costumed people fighting on horses and eating giant turkey legs. Hie thee hither! —AR