By Stacey Leigh DiPillo - For Weekender

Heading to New York City? Here are 10 things to check out

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Enjoy a weekend in NYC.

It’s peak autumn, there’s a chill in the air but the sun still shines bright in NYC. Squeeze in a little fun before heading home for Thanksgiving. This week packs film, comedy, wine, cocktails, live storytelling and more!

Doc NYC Film Festival: Like I’ve said before, it’s tough to come to NYC and not run into a film festival. Doc NYC showcases award-winning documentaries that are sure to fascinate you with peeks into the world beyond yours.

Awesome Tapes from Africa: It started with a blog created by Brian Shimkovitz in order to expose people to the music of Africa. On November 20th, Shimkovitz will be sharing the live sounds of folklore, pop, hip-hop and more. Check out

Fall Cocktail Tasting: Fall cocktails are delicious, and they aren’t all about the pumpkin. Enjoy some samples during happy hour on November 20th at the Hotel Chantelle Rooftop bar. Check out for more info.

NYC Autumn Wine Festival: This 3rd annual wine festival sounds cozy and festive. Enjoy over 175 wines selected for you by Vinty Fine Wines. On November 21, choose from an afternoon session at 3 p.m. or evening at 8 p.m.

Wonderfunk: DATFunk presents a lively showcase dedicated to the music of the one and only Stevie Wonder. Monday, November 23rd at The Hall at MP in Brooklyn, doors at 6 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m., tickets and more info

The MOTH GrandSLAM Championship: The very popular podcast is back in Brooklyn for a New York GrandSLAM championship. Head to the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Sunday, November 22 to see finalist compete for bragging rights and more.

Trapped in a Room with a Zombie: Presented by Room Escape Adventures, for the month of November, you have the chance to extend the Halloween spirit. Riddles, clues, zombies all stand in the way of your escape.

BAM Next Wave Festival 2015: Staring back in September, this festival runs through November. Choose from cutting edge theatre, music and dance performances at the historical Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Comedy at the Knitting Factory: Sundays at the Kitting Factory are switching up from music to comedy. Created by Hannibal Buress and hosted by Will Miles, Clark Jones and Kenny DeForest, weekly guests rotate and do not disappoint.

The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park: Thanksgiving is near and those holidays do creep up on you. If you end up getting your last minute gifts at the local Walgreens every year, you might want to check this out while you’re in town. Also, there’s ice-skating, food, drinks and more.

Stacey Leigh is a creative and an educator living in Brooklyn, New York. You can email her at [email protected]

By Stacey Leigh DiPillo

For Weekender

Enjoy a weekend in NYC. a weekend in NYC.

Stacey Leigh is a creative and an educator living in Brooklyn, New York. You can email her at [email protected]