Looking for exciting art shows in NYC? We’ve got just the ticket. Here are some of our best suggestions for kinky, cool, strange or straight-up amazing artistic events coming soon to the five boroughs.

New York Burlesque Festival
Sept. 24-27
Various locations

Over 100 burlesque dancers from around the world come together to honor and showcase the best of the business in the 13th annual New York Burlesque Festival. It’s also the sixth year of the All Stripped Out after-party Sept. 28, following the closing ceremony and Golden Pastie Awards.

Sept. 26, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Met Breuer, 945 Madison Ave.

Although the new Metropolitan Museum offshoot, the Met Breuer, won’t open until March, lucky guests will get a sneak peek at the space Sept. 26 when it hosts TEDxMet, a full day of stories and seminars on the theme “The In-Between.”


Off the Desk
Saturdays, Sept. 26-Nov. 21, 8 p.m.
Celebration of Whimsy, 21 Clinton St.

Subtitled “Tales of a Mediocre Stockbroker,” new comedy show “Off the Desk” tells the true story of Chris Foley, who left a lucrative career in finance to tell the world what really happens on the trading floor (drugs and strippers, mostly). Your job won’t seem nearly as stressful next to Wall Street.

Elsie Fest
Sept. 27, 2-9 p.m.
JBL Live at Pier 97, Hudson River Park at W. 58th St.

Elsie Fest, aka the “Coachella of showtunes,” is the first outdoor music festival dedicated to Broadway. Past and current stars including Darren Criss, Lea Salonga, Aaron Tveit, Laura Osnes, Leslie Odom Jr. and Telly Leung, plus others, will perform. Proceeds benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Fall for Dance
Sept. 30-Oct. 11
New York City Center,131 W. 55th St.

Making dance accessible to everyone is part of New York CityCenter’s mission, which is why tickets to the Fall for Dance festival, now in its 12th year, are just $15. More than 20 dance companies around the world will perform; there are also free dance lessons and discussions with the artists.

Emily Kinney
Oct. 1, 8 p.m.
Highline Ballroom, 431 W. 16th St.

Everyone’s wondering what Emily Kinney will be doing next since her heart-stopping exit from “The Walking Dead.” But those who’ve heard her recent singles know she’s been doubling down on a blossoming music career. See for yourself next month at the Highline Ballroom.

NY Pops Opening Night
Oct. 9, 8 p.m.
Carnegie Hall, 154 W. 57th St.

The incomparable New York Pops kick off their 33rd season at Carnegie Hall this October under the baton of music director Steven Reineke. Broadway stars Sierra Boggess and Steven Pasquale perform “My Favorite Things: The Music of Rodgers and Hammerstein.”

Sketch Fest
Oct. 15-18,
People’s Improv Theater,123 E. 24th St.

Some of the best improv troupes in the country come together for the fourth annual Sketch Fest from the People’s Improv Theater. For four days, comedians will descend on the PIT’s three Manhattan stages for skits, shows and workshops. Do you have what it takes? Submissions are still being accepted.


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