Whether it's Fashion Week, the Tribeca Film Festival, or just a regular Wednesday night, New York is always buzzing with big events full of A-list guests, free drinks, and enviable Insta moments. If you live here long enough, chances are you'll find yourself at one of these eventually. But, take it from us, there is an art to attending. Click through for our expert tips, from skipping the massive line and scoring the best hors d'oeuvres, to avoiding champagne disasters and the nightmare of an open bar.

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