Boston events for November 2015. 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.

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Halloween in Cambridge

November 1, 2015 (begins Oct. 29)

3.5 miles NW

See the list of business that offer Halloween parties and specials. Some give away candy on October 31 during Harvard Scare!.

Corn maze

November 1, 2015 (also Oct.)

22 miles north

A ticket to Connors Farm Corn Maze also includes hayrides, pedal carts, and activities in Danvers.

Haunted house in Worcester

November 1 & 7, 2015 (also Oct.)

43 miles west

Factory of Terror has cutting-edge special effects and actors in professional makeup. See schedule.

Haunted house in Fall River

November 1 & 7, 2015 (also Oct.)

52 miles south

Factory of Terror has cutting-edge special effects and actors in professional makeup. See schedule.

Blue Man show

November 1 - April 3, 2016

1 mile SW

Blue Man Group is back with a new stage show that combines comedy, art, and science with visual effects and music at Charles Playhouse. Discount tickets Dec. $52 to $72.

Film festival

November 4 - 16, 2015

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.

Whisky tasting

November 5, 2015 (6:30 to 9 p.m.)

1.1 miles SE

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

Disney on Ice

November 5 - 8, 2015

44 miles west

See 50 movie characters from Ariel to Mickey Mouse singing, skating, and acting out scenes at 100 Years of Magic, and join the pre-show audience dancing at DCU Center, Worcester.

Wine & beer tasting

November 6, 2015 (7 to 9 p.m.)

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.

Christmas fair

November 6 - 8, 2015

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.

Dr. Seuss musical

November 6 - 8, 2015

44 miles west

How The Grinch Stole Christmas is a live family musical at Hanover Theatre in Worcester.

Comedy festival

November 6 - 14, 2015

Boston locations

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

Witty comedy

November 6 - 15, 2015

8 miles west

Steve Martin wrote Picasso at the Lapin Agile, an aburdist comedy about the amazing conversation Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso would have had if they had met, live at Arsenal Center for the Arts.

Funny classic play

November 6 - 21, 2015

7 miles NW

The Importance of Being Earnest, which author Oscar Wilde called “a trivial comedy for serious people,” is a hilarious satire of Victorian society’s strict moral codes at Unity Church in Somerville.

Family theater

November 6 - 22, 2015

3.7 miles SW

The Trumpet of the Swan by author E.B. White is about a swan without a voice and the child who befriends him (communication and connection) at Wheelock Family Theatre.

Bonnie & Clyde musical

November 6 - 22, 2015

20 miles NW

Bonnie & Clyde are a notorious gangster couple in an electrifying story of love, adventure, and crime at The Umbrella Community Arts Center in Concord.

Beer festival

November 7, 2015 (12 or 4 p.m.)

1 mile south

For the Love of Beer Festival features 50 different Sam Adams beers plus food trucks and live music at Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy for age 21+.

Tasting event

November 8, 2015 (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.

Women musicians

November 10, 2015 (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.

Ski & snowboard show

November 12 - 15, 2015

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.

Disney family show

November 13 - 14, 2015

31 miles NW

Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales features scenes of Cinderella, Beauty & The Beast, and Snow White, music, dancing, sparkling costumes & special effects.
  • Nov. 13 - Hanover Theatre, Worcester
  • Nov. 14 - Tsongas Center, Lowell

Book fairs

November 13 - 15, 2015

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. You also can visit the smaller Boston Book Print and Ephemera Show at Back Bay Events Center on Nov. 14, 2015.

International dance

November 14, 2015

0.5 miles SW

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

The Tenors on tour

November 16, 2015 (7:30 p.m.)

2.1 miles SW

Hear the magical voices of The Tenors when they perform at Boston Symphony Hall.

Boston Taste

November 17, 2015

0.8 miles SE

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

Holiday show: Elf the Musical

November 17 - Dec. 6, 2015

0.9 miles SW

An orphan who crawls into Santa’s gift sack ends up at the North Pole in Elf the Musical at the Theater at Citi Performing Arts Center.

French party

November 19, 2015 (6 to 9 p.m.)

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.

Political comedy

November 19, 2015 (7:30 p.m.)

44 miles west

Capitol Steps is back with Mock the Vote, a political satire that pokes fun at presidential candidates at Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Worcester.

Brewing festival

November 20, 2015

1.8 miles SE

Local Craft Brewfest is a tasting event featuring local craft brewers, distillers, and cideries, with local food and music at Cruiseport Boston for age 21+.

Beer festival

November 20 - 21, 2015

1.2 miles SW

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

Home decorating show

November 20 - 22, 2015 (preview Nov. 19)

1.5 miles SW

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

Plymouth Thanksgiving

November 20 - 22, 2015

40 miles SE

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

Newlywed comedy

November 20 - Dec. 12, 2015

1.5 miles SW

Barefoot in the Park is a comic play by Neil Simon about a straight-laced New Yorker and his free-spirit wife at Boston Center for the Arts. Discount tickets $8.

Model train show

November 21 - 22, 2015

16 miles north

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


November 21 - 22, 2015

25 miles west

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

Tailgate fundraiser

November 22, 2015

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.

Fashion show

November 22, 2015 (9:30 to 11:30 a.m.)

9 miles SW

A ticket to Fashion + Philanthropy includes mimosas, brunch bites, a fashion show, and discounts at Bloomingdales Chestnut Hill.

Jingle Bell run/walk

November 22, 2015

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 23, 2015 (5 p.m.)

0.3 miles NE

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

Symphonic concert

November 23, 2015 (8 p.m.)

2 miles west

Berklee Symphonic Winds Fall Concert features works for winds, brass, and percussion at the Berklee Performance Center. Repeats in May.

Thanksgiving dinner

November 26, 2015

Boston locations

See recommended restaurants that offer special menus for Thanksgiving Day.

Thanksgiving race

November 26, 2015

Boston locations

Register to walk or run on Thanksgiving Day.

Science project

November 27, 2015 (1 to 4 p.m.)

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 27 - 29, 2015

2.1 miles SW

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

Mary Poppins sing-along

November 27 - 29, 2015

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.

Arts & craft fair

November 27 - 29, 2015

15.6 miles north

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

The Little Mermaid

November 27 - Dec. 6, 2015

4.7 miles south

Based on the book by Hans Christian Anderson and a movie by Disney, The Little Mermaid is about King Triton’s daughter Ariel, who longs to be human, at the Strand Theatre in Dorchester. Discount tickets $20.

The Nutcracker

November 27 - Dec. 20, 2015

Boston & Dorchester

José Mateo Ballet Theatre performs The Nutcracker.

The Nutcracker

November 27 - Dec. 31, 2015

0.6 miles SW

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

Arabian Nights

November 27, 2015 - Jan. 3, 2016

3.4 miles west

Arabian Nights is a family-friendly show rich in suspense, romance, and humor at Central Square Theater in Cambridge. Discount tickets $22.

Tuba concert

November 28, 2015 (2 p.m.)

0 miles

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

Build a gingerbread house

November 28 - Dec. 20, 2015 (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.

Tree lighting ceremonies

November 30 - Dec. 10, 2015

Boston locations

Free lighting ceremonies start the holidays in Boston.

Christmas play

November 30 - Dec. 27, 2015

9.2 miles north

Christmas on the Air is about a small radio station doing a Christmas Eve broadcast filled with classic Christmas music and stories at Stoneham Theatre. Discount tickets $28.

Holiday lights

November 30, 2015 - Jan. 3, 2016

0 miles

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


November 30, 2015 to Jan. 3, 2016

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.
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