Sunday is Veterans Day, and that means it's time for the biggest celebration of service in the United States: The NYC Veterans Day Parade. Salutes to our military continue with Veterans Day Weekend events at the New-York Historical Society (on Monday, NYHS visitors get M&Ms, originally produced for WWII soldiers). Catch a Sunday concert of WWI-era music at Baruch Performing Arts Center or Carnegie Hall, or join Prospect Park's Veterans Day family programs when school's out on Monday.
The third annual My First Film Fest kicks off this weekend for young cinephiles; festival standouts include Tito and the Birds from Brazil, Hayeo Miyazaki's Porco Rosso, and the Shorts screening. It's also the first weekend for Mickey: The True Original, a pop-up museum celebrating everyone's favorite mouse (this weekend's sold out, but tickets are available weekdays and over Thanksgiving weekend, if you care to plan ahead). If you're more inclined toward pig-and-frog adventure, The Muppets Take Manhattan all over again on Sunday at BAM.
Great shows and concerts fill this weekend, too: Layer the Walls at the 14th Street Y, Don Quixote Takes New York at LaMaMa Kids, and Just Kidding's Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers at Symphony Space. Plus there's the launch of this year's Broadway Under the Stars series, with free performances by the casts of School of Rock, Anastasia, and other hit shows.
Meanwhile, one of our favorite creative holiday displays comes out of the oven at last: Gingerbread Lane at the NY Hall of Science. Kids itching to create themselves can make candles, troll marionette puppets, paper—even Harry Potter-themed wands and brooms!
Start planning your next holiday weekend with our helpful guide to the Thanksgiving Day Parade: Where to Watch, and What's New. Take advantage of our November GoList for easy holiday activity planning. And, of course, check in periodically with our Event Calendar for all the fun that's fit to post.