The Rockettes at the Empire State Building
The Rockettes at the Empire State Building

Celebrity Visits

October and November 2023 – Celebrity Visits and Events at ESB

The reimagined Empire State Building Observatory Experience – Tripadvisor travelers’ #1 attraction in the U.S. for two consecutive years – welcomes millions of visitors each year to tour its immersive museum and take in the views from the iconic 86th and 102nd Floor Observatories. While the building is a favorite of both locals and tourists, it is also a hotspot for celebrities, athletes, and dignitaries during their time in the Big Apple. 

See what famous faces graced the “World’s Most Famous Building” this fall! 


Actress Elizabeth Hurley kicked off Breast Cancer Awareness Month at the Empire State Building with a tower lighting ceremony in partnership with Estee Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Campaign on Oct. 2. That evening, the building lit up pink with the iconic pink breast cancer ribbon in the mast for the annual campaign.

Elizabeth Hurley at the podium
Elizabeth Hurley with the ESB model


The Empire State Building Observatory hosted dancers from the New York City Ballet for a photo opportunity to celebrate the dance company’s 75th anniversary. The building lit up blue for the milestone on Oct. 11.

Dancers on the 86th Floor Observatory


Runners from around the globe ascended the 1,576 stairs in the 45th Annual Empire State Building Run-Up on Oct. 4. Watch the livestream of the finish line on YouTube!

The 2023 Empire State Building Run-Up


Academy Award winner and 30 Seconds to Mars frontman Jared Leto scaled the Empire State Building to announce the band’s Seasons 2024 World Tour – their first headline tour in five years – on Nov. 9. After the historic climb, Leto made appearances on The Today Show and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to talk about his experience.

Jared Leto climbs the Empire State Building


Hip-hop legends RZA, Method Man, and Masta Killa of The Wu-Tang Clan lit the Empire State Building in black and yellow to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of their debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) on Nov. 9.

RZA, Method Man, and Masta Killa light ESB


The Empire State Building Observatory the Radio City Rockettes for a lighting ceremony to kick off the holiday season and celebrate the opening night of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular on Nov. 17. 


The Empire State Building celebrated the annual National Dog Show with a special lighting ceremony and photo opportunity at the Observatory Experience on Nov. 20. John O’Hurley and David Frei lit the building in blue, white, and orange along with OnY and Nemo the Biewer Terriers, TruDat the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and Monkey the Coton de Tulear. 

The National Dog Show visits the Empire State Building

See more photos of your favorite celebrities at the Empire State Building here!

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