In the city that never sleeps, people’s calendars are booked with everything from early morning meetings to black-tie galas that stretch into the wee hours. And even as marquee events like the James Beard Awards and the N.F.L. Draft move to new locations, New York suffers no shortage of influential gatherings, bringing together prominent players, globally recognized brands, and celebrated organizations year after year.
There are glittering benefits, like Unicef’s Snowflake Ball, which pulled in a whopping $3.4 million last year, as well as shows and trade fairs that pack the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center full of cars, comic-book fanatics, and computers. And New York’s influence in the finance and business sectors can hardly be understated. With Wall Street roaring ahead, a new category to the Top 100 list catalogs the top functions for corporate and finance professionals.
Here’s a look at the 100 annual events that take place in New York year after year.
To choose and rank the annual events on this list, we look at several factors, including economic impact, buzz, innovation, and an event's prominence within the communities it intends to serve.