pencil it in: fall weekend fun

November 16- December 24: A Holiday in Union Square

Holiday season is upon us and the Union Square Holiday market is back for it’s 19th year of celebrations. Over 100 vendors will take over the south side of the square selling a variety of holiday gifts and goods from handmade jewelry to delicious treats. Union Square South, Mon-Fri 11 AM- 8 PM, Sat 10 AM- 8 PM, Sun 11 AM- 7 PM, Dec 24th closes at 4 PM

November 17: Oysters Indoors

By now I’m sure you all know I’m into oysters, but what I make love more than the tasty bivalves is a festival dedicated to them. Docks Oyster Bar will host their Fall Oyster Festival this weekend where $60 will get you three hours of unlimited oysters, chowders, shrimp, wine, vodka and beer. As any oyster festival wouldn’t be good without, an oyster shucking contest and live jazz band will round out the days festivities. Docks Oyster Bar, 633 Third Ave, 212 986 8080, 12:30- 3:30 PM, $60 in advance, $70 at the door

November 18: Chili and the Bell

Head over to Gowanus this weekend to experience the heat at The Bell House’s 10th Annual Chili Takedown. Participants will taste and rank the 30 chilis available, crowning one lucky bowl the ultimate winner. Click here to purchase tickets and be experience the meaty goodness. The Bell House, 149 7th Street, Gowanus, Brooklyn, 718 643 6510, 2 PM- whenever, $15, 21+

November 18: An Alternate Route

New York City’s iconic marathon was cancelled in the wake of Frankenstorm Sandy, but Brooklyn’s version is still in full swing. This Sunday, Prospect Park will play host to 500 runners itching to get in their 26.2 mile run. As a nod to the areas recent whether happenings, a portion of the registration fees will go to Sandy relief. Though there are no available running slots left, head over to cheer on the athletes and support our city in true New York fashion. Prospect Park, Brooklyn, 8 AM

November 22: Macy’s Annual

Thanksgiving in NYC means one thing: time for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Eighty-six years of marching down city streets has made this annual parade one of the most renowned holiday events world wide. Parade route: 9 AM beginning at Central Park West and 77th, east on Central Park South, continuing down 6th Ave, west on 34th Street and ending at the store’s flagship at 34th Street and 7th Ave. 

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