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Festivals in NYC: From comics to cheese, there's a festival for you

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

Several events are on the horizon for anime fans, foodies, film nerds and those who love to laugh.

So, mark your calendars for these upcoming events happening in the city — and remember that New Yorkers buy tickets quickly.

NYC Winter Lantern Festival (Nov. 28-Jan. 6)

Beginning Nov. 28, over 40 LED installations will
Photo Credit: New York Event and Entertainment

Beginning Nov. 28, over 40 LED installations will decorate 7 acres of Snug Harbor as part of a Chinese tradition that has been around for more than 1,000 years. A total of 3,000 lanterns were handmade by 200 craftsmen in China over a 30-day period. ($23, 5 to 10 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursday and Sundays; and 5 to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, showclix.com)

Great Northeast Cheese Fest (Dec. 1)

Cheese lovers, this one's for you. The 4th
Photo Credit: The Great Northeast Cheese Fest, courtesy Epicurean Events

Cheese lovers, this one's for you. The 4th annual Great Northeast Cheese Fest is returning to Queens on Dec. 1. Savor cheese from regional artisanal creameries -- Beecher's Handmade Cheese, Consider Bardwell Farm, Lively Run, 5 Spoke Creamery, and Nettle Meadow -- charcuterie by Rodrigo Duarte, beer from Mikkeller NYC, cider from Brooklyn Cider House and more. ($65-$120, 6 to 9 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, eventbrite.com)

WinterCon (Dec. 1-2)

This comic and sci-fi convention is rocking Resorts
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This comic and sci-fi convention is rocking Resorts World Casino with actor Sean Astin; WWE Superstar Asuka, Star Wars original Ship Creator/Designer Colin Cantwell, voice actor Taylor Gray ("Star Wars Rebels," Nickelodeon's "Bucket & Skinner's Epic Adventures"), voice actress Vanessa Marshall ("Star Wars: Rebels," "The Spectacular Spider-Man"), actor Brian Downey and more this year. The two-day event brings fans of all kinds together (some in their cosplay costumes) with more than 150 vendors. ($20-$100, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, 100-00 Rockaway Blvd., Jamaica,  nywintercon.com)

Latke Festival (Dec. 3)

Celebrate the deliciousness of potato pancakes and vote
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Celebrate the deliciousness of potato pancakes and vote for the best recipe at this annual event at the Brooklyn Museum. Competing for title of "best latke" are Fonda, Fry Guys, Burger & Lobster, Dutch Boy Burger, Riss' Knishes and more. Latke creations will be available to sample. Tickets include unlimited latke tastings, wine, beer and cocktails ($75, 6-8:30 p.m., 200 Eastern Pkwy., Brooklyn, latkefestival.com)

AIPAD Photography Show (April 4-7)

Leading fine art photography galleries will present modern
Photo Credit: Julienne Schaer

Leading fine art photography galleries will present modern and 19th century photographs, photo-based art, video, and new media at the 2019 AIPAD Photography Show at Pier 94. In addition, the show will present a lively bookseller and publisher section; a specially-curated exhibition by Elton John; and talks with leading curators, collectors, artists, and journalists. aipadshow.com

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