New York City is the hands-down arts capital of the United States – and for good reason.  From the shining stars of Broadway to the more than 100 museums in Manhattan and beyond, it would take a lifetime of weekends to experience everything the city has to offer.

If you’re visiting the city for BDNY, be sure to add a day or two to either side of your trip to check out some of the hottest fall arts happenings:

The world’s most exquisite voices take the stage almost every night in November, performing classics such as La Boheme and Don Giovanni as well as new additions to the famed repertoire, that includes the debut of Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s L’Amour de Loin.

The avant-garde worlds of dance, theatre, film, opera, literature and music collide during the four month Next Wave Festival at the hip Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). More than 33 exclusive performances, including several world premieres, will take place during the festival’s run from September – December.

Iconic violinist Itzhak Perlman appears on November 15 for a one-night-only show with the New York Philharmonic, as both conductor and performer. Other November highlights include appearances by Anoushka Shankar, making her Philharmonic debut in her father Ravi Shankar’s Rāgā-Mālā Sitar Concerto No. 2; and concerts from piano virtuoso Daniil Trifonov.

Fall also sees the return of several Tony award-winners, including Liev Schreiber and Nathan Lane, in an exciting line up of new productions hitting the stage on and off-Broadway.  For more theatre buzz and more, check out the official Guide to New York.