Enjoy the best Boston events, festivals, and things to do in November 2014 with this calendar of events.
Events are listed by starting date, and all dates are confirmed. Mileage is from Faneuil Hall in downtown Boston, Massachusetts.
Cartoons & classical music
November 1, 2014
2.1 miles SWSee classic Warner Brothers cartoons on a big screen accompanied by live classical music, and visit the kids’ favorite life-sized PBS characters at the Classical Cartoon Festival at Symphony Hall. Discount tickets.
November 1, 2014 (begins Oct. 23)
3 miles NWDress for fallout in the audience when you attend GoreFest, which is part bloodbath, part musical, part campy, and part haunted house at Boston Improv.
Nov. 1, 2014 (starts Sept. 27; dates)
22 miles northHysteria at Connors Farm in Danvers has five haunts, including a dark corn maze & zombie paintball hunt.
Haunted ski area
November 1, 2014 (begins Oct. 3)
29 miles NWWitch’s Woods has 6 attractions, including a haunted hayride and haunted mansion, at Nashoba Valley Ski Area. See schedule.
Factory of Terror
November 1, 2014 (begins Sept. 26)
43 miles west (Worcester)
52 miles south (Fall River)Factory of Terror has cutting-edge special effects and actors in professional makeup at multiple locations.
Halloween in Cambridge
Nov. 1 - 2, 2014 (begins Oct. 31)
3.5 miles NWVisit the businesses around Harvard Square during Harvard Scare! for tricks, treats, and costume parties.
Nov. 1 - 2, 2014 (begins Sept. 6)
22 miles northA ticket to Connors Farm Corn Maze also includes hayrides, pedal carts, and activities in Danvers.
Oktoberfest - Marshfield
November 1 - 2, 2014 (begins Oct. 31)
30 miles SEEnjoy German beer, food, live music, and carnival rides at Oktoberfest Marshfield. Discount tickets.
November 5 - 17, 2014
Boston & Brookline locationsSee films about the Jewish experience and vote for your favorites at Boston Jewish Film Festival (BJFF) at the Museum of Fine Arts and Coolidge Corner Theatre.
Wine & beer tasting
November 7, 2014 (7 to 9 p.m.)
7.8 miles NESample dozens of red and white wines from around the world (or craft beer and cider) paired with hors d’oeuvres and live jazz at A Sip of Winthrop at Cottage Park Yacht Club in Winthrop. Sells out.
November 7 - 9, 2014
1.1 miles SEShop from 300 craft artists and food vendors, and see a gingerbread house competition at the Boston Christmas Festival at Seaport World Trade Center.
November 7 - 10, 2014
1.4 miles SWThirst Boston features cocktail seminars, tastings, high tea, and parties for beverage enthusiasts and industry insiders at the Fairmont Copley Plaza.
November 7 - 15, 2014
Boston locationsNearly 100 innovative comedians from around the world compete for prizes at Boston Comedy Festival.
November 8, 2014
1.5 miles SWWicked Wine Fest has three sessions at Cyclorama. Discount tickets.
November 9, 2014
1.5 miles SWSample beer at the Fall Beer Fest at Cyclorama. Discount tickets.
Ski & snowboard show
November 13 - 16, 2014
1.1 miles SEShop for snow gear, vacation packages, and season lift tickets at Ski & Snowboard Expo, which includes live music, a trampoline show, and a skateboard contest at Seaport World Trade Center.
November 13 - 16, 2014
1.5 miles SWSee works from 40 galleries at the weekend Boston International Fine Art Show at the Cyclorama.
Fall beer festival
November 14 - 15, 2014
2 miles SWSample 70 fall and winter beers from 25 New England craft brewers with food at Drink Craft Beer Fall to Winter Fest in Space 57 at 200 Stuart Street.
November 14 - 16, 2014
1.9 miles SWSee rare and collectible books, manuscripts, maps, autographs, atlases, prints, and photographs from 120 dealers at the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair at Hynes Convention Center.
November 21, 2014 (6 to 9:30 p.m.)
0.8 miles SELocal Craft Brewfest is a tasting event featuring local craft brewers, distillers, and cideries, with local food and music at Moakley Courthouse with harbor views.
November 21 - 23, 2014
40 miles SEAmerica’s Hometown Thanksgiving features patriotic concerts, reenactments, a food festival, historic parade, and craft village in Plymouth. See schedule.
November 22, 2014 (6 p.m.)
0.5 miles SWWatch high-energy dancing by teams in colorful costumes at Boston Bhangra Competition [sound] at Orpheum Theatre. Optional after-party. Sells out.
Model train show
November 22 - 23, 2014
16 miles northGreenberg’s Train and Toy Show features train displays, train rides, and 100 vendors at Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington.
Nov. 22, 2014 - Jan. 5, 2015 (5 to 10 p.m.)
0 milesWatch 350,000 LED lights blink to holiday music at Blink! A Light & Sound Extravaganza at Faneuil Hall.
Jingle Bell run/walk
November 23, 2014
10 miles westWear a holiday costume and tie bells to your shoes for the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis in West Newton.
November 27, 2014
Boston locationsRegister to walk or run on Thanksgiving Day.
November 27, 2014
Boston locationsFind a list of restaurants offering special menus for Thanksgiving Day at OpenTable.
Nov. 27, 2014 to Jan. 4, 2015
8.2 miles northSee trees covered with lights, fairy tale creatures, dancing plush animals, and Santa Claus with his reindeer at ZooLights at Stone Zoo. Closed Dec. 25.
November 28 - Dec. 31, 2014
0.6 miles SWThe Nutcracker is a family holiday tradition with skillful dancing, fanciful characters, and a magical journey to the Nutcracker Prince’s kingdom in the clouds at the Boston Opera House.
November 29, 2014
0 milesHear 150 tuba players serenade the crowd at the Boston Tuba Christmas Concert at Faneuil Hall. Free.
Make a gingerbread house
November 29 - Dec. 21, 2014 (weekends)
28 miles SWAssemble 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. Sells out.
November 30, 2014
0 milesChanukah Celebration includes music, crafts, latkes, chocolate coins, dreidels, games, activities, and a menorah lighting at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Free.