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.

Halloween in Cambridge

November 1, 2015 (begins Oct. 30)

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 (begins Sept. 5)

22 miles north

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

Smart comedy

November 1 - 15, 2015 (begins Oct. 16)

2 miles SW

Choice is a “funny, smart, and emotional” play about how one choice can change us at Calderwood Pavilion. Discount tickets $38.

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

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 (7 p.m.)

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. Discount tickets $15 to $70.

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 A 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.

Comedy festival

November 6 - 14, 2015

Boston locations

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

Bonnie & Clyde musical

November 6 - 22, 2015

20 miles

Bonnie & Clyde are a notorious gangster couple in an electrifying story of love, adventure, and crime at Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts in Concord. Discount tickets $13.

Factory of Terror

November 7, 2015 (also Sept./Oct.)

43 miles west (Worcester)

52 miles south (Fall River)

Factory of Terror has cutting-edge special effects and actors in professional makeup. Worcester open Sept. 12 to Nov. 7. Fall River open Sept. 25 to Nov. 7.

Harvest Hoedown

November 8, 2015

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.

Women musicians

November 10, 2015

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.

Book fair

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.

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.

Classical concert: Wagner

November 18 - 22, 2015

2.1 miles SW

Enjoy an evening of music by Richard Wagner performed by Boston Philharmonic and soprano Alwyn Mellor at Boston Symphony Hall.

Discount tickets $19.

French party

November 19, 2015

0.3 miles south

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

Home decorating show

November 19 - 22, 2015

1.5 miles SW

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

Beer festival

November 20 - 21, 2015 (uncertain)

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 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.

Model train show

November 21 - 22, 2015

16 miles north

Greenberg’s 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.

Holiday lights

November 21, 2015 - Jan. 3, 2016

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 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.

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 race

November 26, 2015

Boston locations

Register to walk or run on Thanksgiving Day.

Thanksgiving dinner

November 26, 2015

Boston locations

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


Nov. 26, 2015 to Jan. 2, 2016 (uncertain)

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 27, 2015

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.

Nutcracker ballet

November 27 - Dec. 31, 2015

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 28, 2015

0 miles

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

Cartoons & classical music

November 2015 (undated)

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 2015 (undated)

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.

Beverage festival

November 2015 (undated)

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.

Tailgate fundraiser

November 2015 (undated)

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.

Fall beer festival

November 2015 (undated)

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.

Boston Taste

November 2015 (undated)

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+.

Brewing festival

November 2015 (undated)

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.

Thanksgiving scavenger hunt

November 2015 (undated)

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.

Columbus Park lighting

November 2015 (undated)

0.3 miles NE

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