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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November 1 - 6, 2016 (begins Oct. 25)
0.9 miles SWAn 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.)
November 2 - 5, 2016 (begins Oct. 27)
1.5 miles SWTwelfth Night of the Living Dead is an inventive take on Shakespeare’s finest comedy (Twelfth Night) live at Boston Center for the Arts.
November 2 - 6, 2016
0.6 miles SWFilled with action, romance and pirates, Le Corsaire is a Russian ballet with lavish sets and stunning costumes at Boston Opera House. Discount tickets.
November 3 - 6, 2016 (begins Oct. 27)
3 miles NWDress for fallout in the audience when you attend GoreFest, which is part bloodbath, part musical, and part campy at ImprovBoston. Election theme for 2016.
November 3 - 19, 2016
18.2 miles westThe 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 SETake 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 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 Sip of Winthrop at Cottage Park Yacht Club in Winthrop.
Haunted house in 2 locations
November 4 - 5, 2016 (from Sept. 24)
50 milesFactory of Terror includes cutting-edge special effects and actors in professional makeup in Fall River & Worcester. Worcester closed Nov. 4. See schedules.
November 4 - 6, 2016
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 4 & 13, 2016
multiple locationsEnjoy 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 SWBlue Man Group puts on an exciting show that combines comedy, theater, music, and special effects at Charles Playhouse. Discount tickets.
November 4 - Dec. 22, 2016 (also Oct.)
0.5 miles SEBoston Jazz Cruise features music by Benjamin Young Jazz Trio and views of Boston Harbor aboard the Northern Lights, which departs from Rowes Wharf.
November 5, 2016 (8 p.m.)
2.3 miles SWBritish 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 westDisney on Ice: Follow Your Heart features Disney characters who skate, dance, and act out scenes from Disney movies at DCU Center. Discount tickets.
November 5 - Dec. 17, 2016 (10:15 a.m. Saturdays)
1.4 miles SWYour reward for taking the one-mile Back Bay Chocolate Walking Tour is chocolate samples in various shops and a scenic tour. Discount tickets.
November 6, 2016
1.8 mile SEEnjoy 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 NESteve Miller Band (Fly Like an Eagle, Jet Airliner) performs at Lynn Auditorium. Discount tickets $39.
November 8, 2016 (8 p.m.)
2.1 miles SWHear Boston Symphony Orchestra perform works by Brahms plus French pianist Hélène Grimaud at Boston Symphony Hall. Discount tickets.
November 9, 2016 (8 p.m.)
2 miles westSee 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.
November 9 - 21, 2016
Boston & Brookline locationsSee 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 SEShop 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 & WorcesterDisney Live! Mickey & Minnie’s Doorway to Magic features 25 Disney characters dancing to music and acting out magical moments from their movies.
November 13, 2016 (12 to 4 p.m.)
2.7 miles NWA 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 westThe 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).
November 15, 2016 (7 p.m., VIP 6)
0.8 miles SEEnjoy 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+.
November 16 - 19, 2016
Boston locationsBoston Comedy Festival features nearly 100 innovative comedians from around the world competing for prizes.
November 17, 2016
0.3 miles southBeaujolais Nouveau and Beyond features Beaujolais Nouveau wine tasting, dancing, auctions, a cash bar, and French hors d’oeuvres at Sullivan & Worcester.
November 17, 2016 (7 p.m.)
1.1 miles SEWhisky Extravaganza includes unlimited tastes from distillers and a buffet at the Taj Boston.
November 17 - 20, 2016
10 miles westBased 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 SWBrowse art, antiques, and contemporary furnishings at the Boston Home Décor Show at the Cyclorama.
November 18 - 20, 2016
40 miles SEAmerica’s Hometown Thanksgiving features patriotic concerts, reenactments, a food festival, historic parade, and craft village in Plymouth. See schedule.
November 19, 2016 (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.
Model train show
November 19 - 20, 2016
16 miles northGreenberg’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 westWear a holiday costume and tie bells to your shoes for the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis in Newton.
November 20, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017
0 milesWatch 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 NEThe mayor switches on the Christopher Columbus Park Trellis Lighting with music and a choir. Free.
November 24, 2016
Boston locationsSee recommended restaurants that offer special menus for Thanksgiving Day.
November 24, 2016
Boston locationsRegister to walk or run on Thanksgiving Day.
November 25, 2016
2.3 miles westWatch 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 SWThe Handel & Haydn Society performs Handel’s Messiah for the holidays at Symphony Hall.
Arts & craft fair
November 25 - 27, 2016
15.6 miles northShop from 250 vendors at the Castleberry Faire at Shriner’s Auditorium in Wilmington.
Play about Mozart
November 25 - Dec. 17, 2016
1.5 miles SWAmadeus 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.
November 25 - Dec. 18, 2016
Boston & DorchesterJosé Mateo Ballet Theatre performs The Nutcracker.
November 25 - Dec. 31, 2016
0.6 miles SWThe 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 northSee trees covered with lights, live reindeer, and Santa Claus (through Dec. 23) at ZooLights at Stone Zoo. Closed Dec. 25.
November 26, 2016
0 milesHear 150 tuba players serenade the crowd at the Boston Tuba Christmas Concert at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Free.
November 26, 2016 (8 p.m.)
18 miles NEReggae 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 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.
November 30 - Dec. 31, 2016
2.1 miles SWCelebrate 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.