Boston events calendar for November 2014. Best festivals, fun things to do, Thanksgiving events, holiday lights, free activities, holiday markets - Boston, Massachusetts.

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November 2014

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 SW

See 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.

Gruesome comedy

November 1, 2014

3 miles NW

Dress for fallout in the audience when you attend GoreFest, which is part bloodbath, part musical, part campy, and part haunted house at Boston Improv.

Terrifying tales

November 1, 2014 (begins Oct. 24)

4.2 miles NW

Hear chilling stories by Edgar Allen Poe performed live on stage with sound effects at Tomes of Terror: Nevermore at Responsible Grace in Cambridge.

Haunted farm

November 1, 2014 (begins Sept. 27)

22 miles north

Hysteria 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 NW

Witch’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. 25)

3.5 miles NW

See the list of business that offer Halloween parties and specials, including 15 businesses that give out candy on October 31 during Harvard Scare!.

Corn maze

Nov. 1 - 2, 2014 (begins Sept. 6)

22 miles north

A 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 SE

Enjoy German beer, food, live music, and carnival rides at Oktoberfest Marshfield.

Addams Family musical

November 1 - 9, 2014

9.2 miles north

The characters from the classic TV show sing live onstage at The Addams Family: A New Musical in Stoneham Theatre.

Film festival

November 5 - 17, 2014

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.

Wine & beer tasting

November 7, 2014

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 A Sip of Winthrop at Cottage Park Yacht Club in Winthrop.

Disney dance show

November 7 - 8, 2014

multiple locations

Watch Disney characters dance to the music at Disney Live! Mickey's Music Festival.

Christmas fair

November 7 - 9, 2014

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.

Beverage festival

November 7 - 10, 2014

1.4 miles SW

Thirst Boston features cocktail seminars, tastings, high tea, and parties for beverage enthusiasts and industry insiders at the Fairmont Copley Plaza.

Comedy festival

November 7 - 15, 2014

Boston locations

Nearly 100 innovative comedians from around the world compete for prizes at Boston Comedy Festival.

Wine tasting

November 8, 2014

1.5 miles SW

Wicked Wine Fest has three sessions at Cyclorama.

Tailgate fundraiser

November 9, 2014

1 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 on the waterfront at Sam’s.
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Beer tasting

November 9, 2014

1.5 miles SW

Sample beer at the Fall Beer Fest at Cyclorama.

Harvest Hoedown

November 9, 2014

2.7 miles NW

A ticket to Harvest Hoedown gets you samples of restaurant food (focus on squash this year), a beer, some cider, and live music at Inman Square.

Ski & snowboard show

November 13 - 16, 2014

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.

Art show

November 13 - 16, 2014

1.5 miles SW

See works from 40 galleries at the weekend Boston International Fine Art Show at the Cyclorama.

Fall beer festival

November 14 - 15, 2014

2 miles SW

Sample 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.

Book fair

November 14 - 16, 2014

1.9 miles SW

See 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.

Carols and tree lighting

November 15, 2014

3.6 miles NW

Hear carols and see a tree lighting at St. Paul’s Choir School CD Release Concert in Harvard Square in Winthrop Square, Cambridge. Free.

Boston Taste

November 17, 2014

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, 21+.

French party

November 20, 2014

0.3 miles south

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

Brewing festival

November 21, 2014

0.8 miles SE

Local Craft Brewfest is a tasting event featuring local craft brewers, distillers, and cideries, with local food and music at Moakley Courthouse with harbor views.

Beer festival

November 21 - 22, 2014

1.2 miles SW

Harvest Fest is a craft beer tasting, with 60 brewers and 200 autumn beers at the Castle at Park Plaza.

Plymouth Thanksgiving

November 21 - 23, 2014

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 22, 2014

0.5 miles SW

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

Thanksgiving scavenger hunt

November 22, 2014

1.4 miles SE

Cranksgiving is a scavenger hunt on your bicycle for Thanksgiving food that you donate to a food bank, plus a party. Bring $15, a bag/pack, and a bike lock.

Model train show

November 22 - 23, 2014

16 miles north

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


November 22 - 23, 2014

25 miles west

See your favorite characters from comics, TV, and movies at Super Megafest Comic Con, which features panels discussions, parties, costume contests, and exhibitors at Sheraton Framingham.

Holiday lights

Nov. 22, 2014 - Jan. 4, 2015

0 miles

Watch 350,000 LED lights blink to holiday music at Blink! A Light & Sound Extravaganza at Faneuil Hall. The first night includes a tree lighting ceremony.

Jingle Bell run/walk

November 23, 2014

10 miles west

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

Columbus Park lighting

November 24, 2014

0.3 miles NE

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

Thanksgiving race

November 27, 2014

Boston locations

Register to walk or run on Thanksgiving Day.

Thanksgiving dinner

November 27, 2014

Boston locations

Find a list of restaurants offering special menus for Thanksgiving Day at OpenTable.


Nov. 27, 2014 to Jan. 4, 2015 (5 to 9 p.m.)

8.2 miles north

See trees covered with lights, fairy tale creatures, dancing plush animals, and Santa Claus with his reindeer at ZooLights at Stone Zoo. Closed Dec. 25.

Science project

November 28, 2014

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 28 - 30, 2014

2.1 miles SW

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

Mary Poppins sing-along

November 28 - 30, 2014

7 miles NW

The audience can sing the lyrics onscreen and join a costume parade onstage at Sing-A-Long Mary Poppins at Regent Theatre in Arlington.

Star-studded play

November 28 - Dec. 7, 2014

0.9 miles SW

See Cicely Tyson and Vanessa Williams in The Trip to Bountiful at the Majestic Theatre.

Nutcracker ballet

November 28 - Dec. 31, 2014

0.6 miles SW

The 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.

Tuba concert

November 29, 2014

0 miles

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

Ugly Sweater Run/Walk

November 29, 2014

24 miles south

Wear your ugliest sweater for the Ugly Sweater Run 5K and after-party at Brockton Fairgrounds.

Build a gingerbread house

November 29 - Dec. 21, 2014 (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.

Gospel Christmas

November 30, 2014

0.9 miles SW

Blind Boys of Alabama Holiday Tour celebrates the season with songs from the group’s new Christmas album at Wilbur Theatre.
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November 2014 calendar of events in Boston, MA. Best events, fairs, festivals, and things to do in Boston, Massachusetts.