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10 Upcoming Shows Not to Miss at Madison Square Garden

New York’s most famous event venue is Madison Square Garden and it attracts thousands to its storied arena every night of the week. We’ve assembled a collection of music, sports, theater, and comedy shows worth checking out there this fall and winter. Grab a season ticket for the Rangers, or stop by the smaller Hulu Theater on-site for a musical or a night of comedy. Featuring the New York Comedy Festival, Chance the Rapper, Cirque du Soleil, Billy Joel, and more. 

The New York Comedy Festival 

New York Comedy Festival

Next month, we celebrate the capital of comedy at The New York Comedy Festival. This exciting event will last November 4 through 10 and bring the laughs to all five boroughs of the city at a wide range of venues. The first night of the festival, see Stand Up for Heroes, an evening of comedy on behalf of U.S. veterans, presented in part by the Bob Woodruff Foundation. Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart, Hasan Minhaj, John Oliver, and Ronny Chieng will perform at this annual event, hosted at the Hulu Theater. Tom Segura's Takes It Down Tour stops at the Beacon Theatre November 7 ; Comedy Bang Bang!'s Scott Aukerman performs with special guests Nov. 8 at the Beacon Theatre ; see The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah on his Loud & Clear Tour on November 8 at Madison Square Garden. The following evening, Nov. 9, catch An Evening with Bill Maher at the Hulu Theater at MSG. Randy Rainbow performs at the Beacon Theatre Nov. 9. 4 Pennsylvania Pl, 212-465-6000,,

Billy Joel at The Garden

“Piano Man” Billy Joel continues his residency at the arena at Madison Square Garden this winter. The legendary New York entertainer will return to the venue he’s played well over 100 times for his monthly show this fall/winter season. October 25, November 15, and December 11. 4 Pennsylvania Pl., 212-465-6000,

We Will Rock You

The theatricality of the band Queen has inspired the musical We Will Rock You, coming to the Hulu Theater this November on its world tour. The show’s narrative follows two music lovers surviving the apocalypse and trying to keep rock music alive amidst cyberpunk chaos. In the musical, which has entertained over 16 million people across the world since 2002, you’ll hear renditions of 24 Queen songs, including “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Another One Bites The Dust.” November 14-17. 4 Pennsylvania Pl., 212-465-6000,

The New York Knicks

The NBA season is right around the corner. See the Knicks at their home arena this fall and winter at Madison Square Garden. Preseason games begin there October 11 with the Knicks vs. Washington Wizards. Other home games this season include the Knicks against the Celtics October 26, the Cavaliers November 10, and the Trail Blazers on New Year’s Day 2020. If you’re not a season ticket-holder, check out 5-Game Plans, allowing you to hand-pick which games you’d like to see. Home games scheduled October 11 through April 14, 2020. 4 Pennsylvania Pl., 212-465-6000,

New York Rangers

New York Rangers

New York’s hockey team returns for a thrilling season at the Garden, beginning October 12. See the Rangers play the Vancouver Canucks, Nashville Predators, and Detroit Red Wings at its home arena in coming months. MSG offers season tickets as well as quarter-season packages and group specials. The regular season ends with a home game against the Chicago Blackhawks on April 4. 4 Pennsylvania Pl., 212-465-6073,

Cher: Here We Go Again Tour


Supreme diva Cher returns to the arena at Madison Square Garden in early December. She’ll perform ABBA songs from her recent album, Dancing Queen, which draws on her recent appearance in the film Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. This is her first cross-country tour in five years, so you don’t want to miss it. December 3-4. 4 Pennsylvania Pl., 212-465-6073,

Z100’s Jingle Ball 

The annual Jingle Ball brings music’s biggest names together for a night of holiday merriment. See Taylor Swift, the Jonas Brothers, Camila Cabello, Halsey, and more perform at this annual event at MSG’s arena. Tickets go on sale October 11 at noon, Eastern Time. Concert December 13. 4 Pennsylvania Pl., 212-465-6073,

'Twas the Night Before… by Cirque du Soleil

'Twas the Night Before Cirque du Soleil

Celebrate the holiday season with terrific acrobatics at 'Twas the Night Before… this December. The renowned troupe Cirque du Soleil presents this joyous family event at an exclusive engagement at The Hulu Theater. December 12-29. 4 Pennsylvania Pl., 212-465-6000,

Chance the Rapper: The Big Tour 

Chance the Rapper

Chance the Rapper is headed to the Garden for a rescheduled show this winter. The popular artist, originally scheduled to play MSG on October 8, will instead play in February of 2020. See Chance, rapper Lil Yachty, and Chance’s little brother Taylor Bennett at this stop on The Big Tour. February 8, 2020. 4 Pennsylvania Pl., 212-465-6073,

144th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Coming this February is perhaps the cuddliest event you can see at The Garden. The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will return to the arena at MSG this February and provide all ticketholders exclusive “bench” access to the show dogs and their handlers. See “Best in Group” and “Best in Breed” pups, plus witness the grand finale with the “Best in Show” competition. February 10-11, 2020. 4 Pennsylvania Pl., 212-465-6073,

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Merrill Lee Girardeau lives and writes in Brooklyn.

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