1. Central Park Polar Bear Plunge
Take a dip in the cold waters of Central Park and raise funds for the local Central Park Conservancy. The last original Polar Bear Plunge was in 2009, but dozens of plungers will take the plunge again this year. According to the Central Park Conservancy, 300 kids participated last year, and 100 swimmers ages 6-13 braved the cold.
WHERE: American Pool Hall, 76 E. 75th St., in Central Park West on Monday, Nov. 5, 6-8 pm.
INFO: $35 for adults, $30 for families. nycgovparks.org/events/cp1polar_plunge_2018
2. IT’S DOG DAYS DOG SHOW
What do Man’s Best Friend and top dog off-leash events have in common? Attendees can find out at the 2017 People’s Dog Day Show, which supports NYC Paws, a nonprofit dedicated to healthy communities, access to outdoor play for New Yorkers and environmental sustainability for the greater New York area. The show will feature programs promoting responsible pet ownership, responsible treatment of dogs and a wide variety of adoptable pooches.
WHERE: Pier 94, West 46th Street between the Hudson River and Manhattan Blvd.
INFO: $30 for adults, $20 for kids, kids under 12 free. It’s DOG days.pier94.com
3. B&H Photo EXPO
Don’t miss the first-ever All-New, All-Off-the-Record festival of photography, drawing the best in photo and video, animation, design, documentary, fashion and more. Check out cameras, lenses, various accessories, software, exhibitions and more.
WHERE: B&H Photo, 70 W. 18th St., 6-9 pm; Happy Hour, Dec. 6-7, 4-6 pm; $30 adults, $20 kids 12 and under
INFO: 306-361-1711; bhphoto.com
4. AFRO BLOOD BENEFIT
Fashion, jewelry, art, performance, DJs and community vendors are coming together to raise funds for AIDS support group BioteLEX, which provides vital medical care and social services to LGBT and HIV-positive individuals. Guests will enjoy live performances by musician Jose Manuel and salsa dance group Opera Afro on Dec. 7.
WHERE: Wine & Arts Bar, 16 E. 29th St., 7-10 pm.
INFO: $75 for the night and 8-percent bar credit
5. MERCH Makers’ Market
Turn your home into an indie-friendly market this weekend as the seventh-annual event brings independent fashion designers, decor and home goods stores together to support two NYC nonprofits. The first proceeds go to Drug Free Futures, which provides scholarship programs for students interested in becoming biomedical science professionals, and the second benefits Awaken the Voices, which pairs personal stories with drug awareness education and prevention efforts.
WHERE: Manhasset Park, 2120 Middle Country Rd.
INFO: $15 per person, $30 per car. mvmakersmarket.org
6. NYC’S BIG ANNUAL VINTAGE FASHION MUSEUM CRAWL
Peruse the sights and sounds of an earlier era at NY Vintage Fashion Museum. View exhibitions, get inspired at the app and learn more about the workers who churned out their own garments in NYC in the early 1900s. The wildly popular event encourages visitors to dress up and cruise the streets wearing costume pieces from past fashion house collections. Cocktails and light bites will be served.
WHERE: The Waverly Inn, 16 W. 16th St., 6-9 pm.