Festivals in NYC: From music to shopping, there's a festival for you

No matter your interest, there's a festival for you.

Several events are on the horizon. Those who need laughter in a confusing world can look forward to the return of SantaCon and jazz fanatics will have much to do as the Winter JazzFest sets off in January.

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events happening in the city -- and remember that New Yorkers buy up tickets quickly.

African Diaspora International Film Festival (Nov. 24-Dec. 10)

This festival presents world and U.S. premieres such as "Children of Drum," "The Last Revolutionary" and "Barrow: Freedom Fighter," recent popular titles, classic movies, foreign and independent film releases and more. You'll want to stick around for post-screening Q&As, panel discussions and other events, too. This year, the event will take a particular focus on Afro/Black Latino culture. Don't miss "Sammy Davis Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me," "Rosa Chumbe," "The Invisible Color: Black is More Than a Color," and "The Valley of the Black Descendants." ($60, times and venues vary, nyadiff.org)

SantaCon (Dec. 9)

Dress up like the big man in red -- or an elf, reindeer or anyone else from Santa's inner circle -- for this annual bar crawl, with the locations announced the night before. Though SantaCon sends locals both running toward and away from this day of daytime drinking, it does collect money for charities, including Boys Town New York, Urban Pathways, Safe Horizon, Dance Parade and Materials for the Arts. Follow the Con's "Five Fs" -- yeah, these aren't safe for work -- and it will be a jolly time. ($10, 10 a.m., santacon.nyc)

Winter JazzFest (Jan. 10-17)

Ravi Coltrane, pictured, will join other jazz legends and local musicians in this week-long festival that takes place across numerous venues. See Gilles Peterson host a showcase, Jose James with Bill Withers, My Brightest Diamond and Knower, Nicole Mitchell with Tyshawn Sorey, and Deerhoof with Wadada Leo Smith and Nicole Mitchell. (ticket prices and start times vary; winterjazzfest.com)


New York Fashion Week (Feb. 8-16)

Get a first look at designers' newest ideas for fall 2018. While the shows are packed with buyers, designers celebrities and the fashion press, you'll find a few open to the public through giveaways and other opportunities from retailers and emerging designers. (fashionweekonline.com)

Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show (Feb. 10-13)

See the Best in Show -- and the many rounds before -- at the annual event. Get up close and personal with the pooches and their handlers during the Best in Breed daytime events at the piers, then root for your favorite in the evenings during the Best in Group competitions at MSG. Some 3,000 canines are expected to go nose-to-nose. (Starting at $32, check schedule for times, Madison Square Garden and Pier 92/94, westminsterkennelclub.org)