Dance festivals, shared programs and special events are plentiful this fall. Each serves up a who’s who in the dance scene and is the equivalent of a mixed box of delicacies to sample.

New York City Center’s Fall for Dance is practically a gift to New Yorkers. The festival is famously affordable—the $10 tickets sell out quickly for evenings that feature internationally renown companies within the stunning landmark theater. (Tickets on sale Sunday, October 2 at 11 am).

The presenter DanceNow not only nurtures emerging choreographers but makes watching them fun at Joe’s Pub improbably small stage. The DanceNow Festival at Joe’s Pub (newly renovated) in mid-October pit traditionally noncompetitive dancers against one another in a challenge to win not only audience’s votes, but space to rehearse and grant money to sustain work. The grand prize winner was Iain Rowe.

Among these fall dance festivals are other special nights that give you an eyeful of several companies at once, or put you upclose to a star, and are worth marking on the calendar.