Boston events for November 2016. Best festivals, fun things to do, Thanksgiving events, holiday lights, free activities, holiday markets - Boston, Massachusetts.

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Enjoy the best Boston events, festivals, and things to do with this calendar of events.

Mileage is from Faneuil Hall in downtown Boston, Massachusetts.

Discount tickets marked green are from trusted sellers (Goldstar, Groupon, and LivingSocial).

Romantic musical

November 1 - 6, 2016 (begins Oct. 25)

0.9 miles SW

An American in Paris tells the romantic post-war story of an American soldier and a mysterious French girl with music by Gershwin at Citi Performing Arts Center. Discount tickets.


November 1 - 25, 2016 (also Oct.)

multiple locations

Shakespeare Halloween

November 2 - 5, 2016 (begins Oct. 27)

1.5 miles SW

Twelfth Night of the Living Dead is an inventive take on Shakespeare’s finest comedy (Twelfth Night) live at ​Boston Center for the Arts.

Pirate ballet

November 2 - 6, 2016

0.6 miles SW

Filled with action, romance and pirates, Le Corsaire is a Russian ballet with lavish sets and stunning costumes at Boston Opera House. Discount tickets.

Gruesome comedy

November 3 - 6, 2016 (begins Oct. 27)

3 miles NW

Dress for fallout in the audience when you attend GoreFest, which is part bloodbath, part musical, and part campy at ImprovBoston. Election theme for 2016.

Whodunit musical

November 3 - 19, 2016

18.2 miles west

The Mystery of Edwin Drood features zany suspects in a small-town murder, where the audience decides who’s guilty in Wayland. Discount tickets.

Cruise the harbor

November 3 - Dec. 31, 2016 (also Oct.)

0.5 miles SE

Take a cruise on the Northern Lights 1920s yacht for views of Boston Harbor, departing from Rowes Wharf.

Wine & beer tasting

November 4, 2016

7.8 miles NE

Sample dozens of red and white wines from around the world (or craft beer and cider) paired with hors d’oeuvres and live jazz at Sip of Winthrop at Cottage Park Yacht Club in Winthrop.

Haunted house in 2 locations

November 4 - 5, 2016 (from Sept. 24)

50 miles

Factory of Terror includes cutting-edge special effects and actors in professional makeup in Fall River & Worcester. Worcester closed Nov. 4. See schedules.

Christmas fair

November 4 - 6, 2016

1.1 miles SE

Shop from 300 craft artists and food vendors, and see a gingerbread house competition at the Boston Christmas Festival at Seaport World Trade Center.

Dinner cruise

November 4 & 13, 2016

multiple locations

Enjoy dinner, a DJ dance, and hours of views onboard the Spirit of Boston. Discount tickets.

Blue Man show

November 4 - Dec. 11, 2016 (also Oct.)

1 mile SW

Blue Man Group puts on an exciting show that combines comedy, theater, music, and special effects at Charles Playhouse. Discount tickets.

Jazz cruise

November 4 - Dec. 22, 2016 (also Oct.)

0.5 miles SE

Boston Jazz Cruise features music by Benjamin Young Jazz Trio and views of Boston Harbor aboard the Northern Lights, which departs from Rowes Wharf.

Famous pianist

November 5, 2016 (8 p.m.)

2.3 miles SW

British pianist Imogen Cooper performs works by Beethoven, Schumann, Albeniz, and Debussy in Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory. Discount tickets.

Disney on Ice

November 5 - 6, 2016

44 miles west

Disney on Ice: Follow Your Heart features Disney characters who skate, dance, and act out scenes from Disney movies at DCU Center. Discount tickets.

Chocolate tour

November 5 - Dec. 17, 2016 (10:15 a.m. Saturdays)

1.4 miles SW

Your reward for taking the one-mile Back Bay Chocolate Walking Tour is chocolate samples in various shops and a scenic tour. Discount tickets.

Tailgate fundraiser

November 6, 2016

1.8 mile SE

Enjoy high-end tailgate food, beer, wine, cocktails, and music played by the DJ for the Boston Red Sox at Ultimate Tailgate Party at Cruiseport Boston.

Classic rock: Steve Miller

November 6, 2016 (7 p.m.)

10.4 miles NE

Steve Miller Band (Fly Like an Eagle, Jet Airliner) performs at Lynn Auditorium. Discount tickets $39.

Classical music

November 8, 2016 (8 p.m.)

2.1 miles SW

Hear Boston Symphony Orchestra perform works by Brahms plus French pianist Hélène Grimaud at Boston Symphony Hall. Discount tickets.

Women musicians

November 9, 2016 (8 p.m.)

2 miles west

See an eclectic program of original acts, which highlight compositions and performances by Berklee women students and their bands at Women Musicians Network concert at Berklee Performance Center.

Film festival

November 9 - 21, 2016

Boston & Brookline locations

See films about the Jewish experience and vote for your favorites at Boston Jewish Film Festival (BJFF) at Museum of Fine Arts and Coolidge Corner Theatre.

Ski & snowboard show

November 10 - 13, 2016

1.1 miles SE

Shop for snow gear, vacation deals, and season lift tickets at Ski & Snowboard Expo, which includes live music, a beer garden, and a trampoline show at Seaport World Trade Center.

High-energy Disney show

November 11 - 12, 2016

Lowell & Worcester

Disney Live! Mickey & Minnie’s Doorway to Magic features 25 Disney characters dancing to music and acting out magical moments from their movies.

Tasting event

November 13, 2016 (12 to 4 p.m.)

2.7 miles NW

A ticket to Harvest Hoedown gets you samples of restaurant food (focus on cranberries this year), a beer or cider, and live music in Cambridge. Western wear is optional.

Comic classical musicians

November 13, 2016 (3 p.m.)

48 miles west

The comical antics of Igudesman and Joo will crack you up at And Now Mozart, which combines classical music with pop culture at Mechanics Hall in Worcester. Discount tickets (normal student price is lower).

Boston Taste

November 15, 2016 (7 p.m., VIP 6)

0.8 miles SE

Enjoy tastes from Boston chefs and mixologists, watch them in action, and hear live music at Boston Magazine’s Taste at Boston Children’s Museum for age 21+.

Comedy festival

November 16 - 19, 2016

Boston locations

Boston Comedy Festival features nearly 100 innovative comedians from around the world competing for prizes.

French party

November 17, 2016

0.3 miles south

Beaujolais Nouveau and Beyond features Beaujolais Nouveau wine tasting, dancing, auctions, a cash bar, and French hors d’oeuvres at Sullivan & Worcester.

Whisky tasting

November 17, 2016 (7 p.m.)

1.1 miles SE

Whisky Extravaganza includes unlimited tastes from distillers and a buffet at the Taj Boston.


November 17 - 20, 2016

10 miles west

Based on a classic Greek tragedy (Oedipus), Greek is set in London’s East End during the tumultuous 1980s and sung in English to a modern mix of music at the Paramount Center. Discount tickets.

Home decorating show

November 18 - 20, 2016 (gala Nov. 17)

1.5 miles SW

Browse art, antiques, and contemporary furnishings at the Boston Home Décor Show at the Cyclorama.

Discount three-day pass.

Plymouth Thanksgiving

November 18 - 20, 2016

40 miles SE

America’s Hometown Thanksgiving features patriotic concerts, reenactments, a food festival, historic parade, and craft village in Plymouth. See schedule.

International dance

November 19, 2016 (6 p.m.)

0.5 miles SW

Watch high-energy dancing by teams in colorful costumes at Boston Bhangra Competition [sound] at Orpheum Theatre. Optional after-party.

Model train show

November 19 - 20, 2016

16 miles north

Greenberg’s Great Train and Toy Show features train displays, train rides, and 90 vendors at Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington.

Jingle Bell run/walk

November 20, 2016

11 miles west

Wear a holiday costume and tie bells to your shoes for the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis in Newton.

Holiday lights

November 20, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017

0 miles

Watch 350,000 LED lights blink to holiday music at Blink! A Light & Sound Extravaganza at Faneuil Hall.

Columbus Park lighting

November 21, 2016

0.3 miles NE

The mayor switches on the Christopher Columbus Park Trellis Lighting with music and a choir. Free.

Thanksgiving dinner

November 24, 2016

Boston locations

See recommended restaurants that offer special menus for Thanksgiving Day.

Thanksgiving race

November 24, 2016

Boston locations

Register to walk or run on Thanksgiving Day.

Science project

November 25, 2016

2.3 miles west

Watch teams create mechanical contraptions and then set them off like dominoes at the Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction at MIT in Cambridge.


November 25 - 27, 2016

2.1 miles SW

The Handel & Haydn Society performs Handel’s Messiah for the holidays at Symphony Hall.

Discount tickets.

Arts & craft fair

November 25 - 27, 2016

15.6 miles north

Shop from 250 vendors at the Castleberry Faire at Shriner’s Auditorium in Wilmington.

Play about Mozart

November 25 - Dec. 17, 2016

1.5 miles SW

Amadeus tells the story of young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, juxtaposing the petty world of human excess with the transcendent achievements of human artistry at Boston Center for the Arts. Discount tickets.

The Nutcracker

November 25 - Dec. 18, 2016

Boston & Dorchester

José Mateo Ballet Theatre performs The Nutcracker.

The Nutcracker

November 25 - Dec. 31, 2016

0.6 miles SW

The Nutcracker by Boston Ballet is a holiday tradition with colorful characters on a magical journey to the Nutcracker Prince’s kingdom in the clouds at the Boston Opera House.


November 25, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017

8.2 miles north

See trees covered with lights, live reindeer, and Santa Claus (through Dec. 23) at ZooLights at Stone Zoo. Closed Dec. 25.

Tuba concert

November 26, 2016

0 miles

Hear 150 tuba players serenade the crowd at the Boston Tuba Christmas Concert at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Free.

Reggae music

November 26, 2016 (8 p.m.)

18 miles NE

Reggae Fest features Warrior King & the Roots Warriors With Mamadou at Larcom Theatre in Beverly. Discount tickets.

Build a gingerbread house

November 26 - Dec. 18, 2016 (weekends)

28 miles SW

Assemble handmade gingerbread pieces and decorate them beautifully with guidance from a pastry chef and staff at Parent-Child Gingerbread House Making Class at Zebra’s Bistro in Medfield.

Holiday Pops

November 30 - Dec. 31, 2016

2.1 miles SW

Celebrate the holidays at the festive Holiday Pops with your favorite songs, a sing-along, a light show, and a visit from Santa Claus at Symphony Hall.
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