Boston events November 2019. Things to do in Boston.

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Boston events November 2019

Costume party

November 1, 2019 (9 p.m.)
0.5 miles east
Scared Stiff is a costume party with DJ dance music, drink tickets, candy, and a costume contest at The Kinsale sponsored by Simply Social Sports League.

Halloween cruise

November 1, 2019 (board 6:30 p.m.)
1.8 miles SE
Sinners & Saints Halloween Cruise is a costume party with DJ music and a cash bar on the Provincetown II, departing from 200 Seaport Boulevard for age 21+.

Wine & beer tasting

November 1, 2019 (7 to 9 p.m.)
7.8 miles NE
Sample wine, beer, and cider with “delicious treats” at Boos & Brews [formerly Sip of Winthrop] at Cottage Park Yacht Club in Winthrop for age 21+. Costumes are welcome.

Haunted ski area

November 1 - 2, 2019
29 miles NW
Witch’s Woods has seven attractions, including a haunted hayride and a nightmare mansion, at Nashoba Valley Ski Area. See schedule.

Cheese festival

November 2, 2019 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
4 miles NE
Meet artisan cheesemakers, sample cheese and beverages (wine, beer, cider), and attend workshops and demonstrations during Massachusetts Cheese Festival for all ages in Arts at the Armory, Somerville.

Free kids’ event

November 2, 2019 (12 to 4 p.m.)
5 miles south
Power Health offers free health screenings, fitness demonstrations, games, face painting, vendors, and a pizza party at The Bruce Bolling Building. Free.

Craft fair

November 2 - 3, 2019
1.5 miles SW
Shop from 80 independent artisans indoors at the Renegade Craft Fair, with DJ music, beer, and a few food makers at the Cyclorama. Free.

Visit art studios

November 2 - 3, 2019
11.3 miles west
Tour studios, meet 85 artists, and buy their work at two addresses on Moody Street during Waltham Mills Open Studios, with musical performances both days. Free.

Tailgate fundraiser

November 3, 2019 (5 p.m., VIP 4 p.m.)
1.8 mile SE
Enjoy high-end tailgate food from “25 of Boston’s best chefs and bartenders” with speakers and a silent auction at Ultimate Tailgate Party at Cruiseport Boston for age 21+.

Tasting in Bedford

November 3, 2019
20.2 miles NW
A ticket to Flavors of Bedford gets you samples of appetizers, entrees, and desserts from a dozen local restaurants at Doubletree Bedford Glen Hotel, with a no-host bar available.

Jewish films

November 6 - 17, 2019
multiple locations
See films about the Jewish experience and vote for your favorites at Boston Jewish Film Festival (BJFF). Many screenings are followed by panel discussions or question-and-answer sessions with filmmakers.

Women musicians

November 7, 2019 (8 p.m.)
2 miles west
See an eclectic program of performances by Berklee students, including Cuban jazz, flamenco, a cappella, R&B, Korean folk, and more during Women Musicians Network Concert at Berklee Performance Center.

Film festival

November 7 - 10, 2019
7.6 miles NW
Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) fosters appreciation for different cultures by exploring the lives of people through independent narrative, documentary, and animation films at Capitol Theatre.

Christmas fair

November 8 - 10, 2019
1.1 miles SE
Shop from 350 craft artists and food vendors at Boston Christmas Festival at Seaport World Trade Center.

Comedy show

November 9, 2019 (8 p.m.)
0.6 miles north
Comics Come Home features an all-star lineup of comedians at TD Garden for charity.

Dance show

November 9, 2019 (4 p.m.)
1.3 miles SW
World of Dance promises street dancing and today’s new-age choreography performed by top dance teams at Back Bay Events Center.

Holiday craft fair

November 9, 2019 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
10.7 miles south
Shop from “100 local and regional crafters & vendors” with family activities and a visit from Santa (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) at the Holiday Shopping Expo at Quincy High School. Children age 12 and younger are free.

Veteran’s Day Parade

November 11, 2019 (noon)
0.9 miles SW
The Veteran’s Day Parade begins at Charles Street, goes west on Boylston, goes north on Tremont, and ends at City Hall Plaza. Free.

Boston Taste

November 12, 2019 (7 p.m., VIP 6 p.m.)
0.8 miles SE
Enjoy tastes from Boston chefs and mixologists, watch them in action, and hear live music at Boston Magazine’s Taste, with a chance to wander Boston Children’s Museum for age 21+.

Comedy festival

November 12 - 16, 2019
Boston locations
Boston Comedy Festival stars 75 innovative comedians from around the world competing for prizes.

Taste of Jamaica Plain

November 14, 2019 (6 to 9 p.m.)
8 miles SW
Taste of Jamaica Plain features food from neighborhood restaurants, live music, and a silent auction at Our Lady of the Annunciation in West Roxbury.

Ski & snowboard show

November 14 - 17, 2019
1.1 miles SE
Shop for snow gear, vacation deals, and season lift tickets at Ski & Snowboard Expo, which includes live acts, a beer garden, and a trampoline show at Seaport World Trade Center.

Beer & barbecue

November 15 - 16, 2019
1.5 miles SW
A $60 ticket to Boston Beer and BBQ Fest gets you unlimited tastes from 25 New England craft breweries and cideries, plus one sample from each of “seven local BBQ joints” in the Cyclorama for age 21+.


November 16 - 17, 2019
26 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 in Framingham. Repeats in April.

A play about privilege

November 20 - 30, 2019
0.4 miles west
Admissions is s bold comedy “of the left, by the left, for the left, for today” [NY Times] about a couple whose personal ambitions and progressive values collide when their son’s Ivy League application is at stake, in Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts.

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Comedy “The Office”

November 20 - Dec. 1, 2019
0.2 miles west
See your favorite characters from the TV series in the live version of The Office! A Musical Parody, a kooky comedy about office politics, pranks, and romance in Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts.

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Prize-winning black drama

November 21 - 23, 2019
20 miles NW
Fences is August Wilson’s powerful drama about a black man and his family who deal with challenges and a new spirit of liberation in the 1960s, at Umbrella Center for the Arts in Concord.

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Blue Man show

November 21 - 24, 2019
1.1 mile SW
Blue Man Group promises to rock your world with a combination of comedy, music, and special effects at Charles Playhouse.

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Whisky tasting

November 22, 2019
1.2 miles SW
Taste “some of the most prestigious single malt, premium Scotch whiskies and other unique whiskies from around the world” with culinary pairings at The Whisky Extravaganza at the Castle at Park Plaza for age 21+.

Live “Mary Poppins”

November 22 - Dec. 1, 2019
16 miles SW
Magical nanny Mary Poppins sings catchy tunes and works her charms on an English family at the community theater in Needham.

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Nov. 22, 2019 - Jan. 4, 2020 (5 to 9 p.m.)
8.2 miles north
See trees covered with lights, live reindeer, decorated animals areas, and Santa at ZooLights at Stone Zoo. The last day with Santa is Dec. 24. Open 5 to 9 p.m. but closed Nov. 28 and Dec. 25.

Wine tasting

November 23, 2019
1.2 miles SW
Taste wines from 40 exhibitors during Wine Riot, with games and a scavenger hunt at the Castle at Park Plaza for age 21+.

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International dance

November 23, 2019 (6 p.m.)
1.3 miles SW
Watch high-energy dancing by teams in colorful costumes at Boston Bhangra Competition [website has sound] at John Hancock Hall. Optional after-party.

Holiday market

November 23, 2019
15.7 miles west
Shop from 200 vendors and artisans selling gourmet foods, handmade jewelry, artwork, crafts, and clothing at Wellesley Marketplace at Wellesley High School.

Plymouth Thanksgiving

November 23, 2019
40 miles SE
America’s Hometown Thanksgiving in Plymouth has an opening ceremony at 10:30 a.m., a Thanksgiving parade at 11 a.m., a family fair on the waterfront, and a concert at 6:30 p.m. Additional events Fri. & Sun.

Model train show

November 23 - 24, 2019
16 miles north
Greenberg’s Great Train and Toy Show features train displays, train rides, and 90 vendors at Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington. Children age 11 and younger are free.

Mind-reading comedy

November 23 - Dec. 29, 2019 (7 p.m.)
0.4 miles SW
Master mentalist Jon Stetson entertains with a funny show that “blends the art of mystery with the study of psychology, the predictability of human nature, and the power of intuition” at Omni Parker House.

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Thanksgiving scavenger hunt

November 24, 2019
9.1 miles south
Cranksgiving is a scavenger hunt on your bicycle for Thanksgiving food that you donate to charity. Bring cash, a bag/pack, and a bike lock.

Sound of Music sing-along

November 24 - Dec. 1, 2019
7.6 miles NW
Sing the onscreen lyrics, use your free bag of props, and see a costume contest at Sing-Along Sound of Music at Regent Theatre in Arlington.

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Tree lighting ceremonies

November 25 - Dec. 7, 2019
Boston locations
Free lighting ceremonies start the holidays in Boston.

Murder mystery

November 27 - Dec. 22, 2019
1.4 miles SW
Agatha Christie’s suspenseful masterpiece Murder on the Orient Express stars detective Hercule Poirot investigating a murder on a train full of suspects, at Lyric Stage Company of Boston.

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Holiday harbor cruise

November 29, 2019 (board 8:15 p.m.)
0.5 miles SE
The Cocoa & Carols Holiday Cruise includes a live band, carolers, optional sing alongs, 1.5 hours of views, and a bar (selling cocoa, cookies, and more) aboard the decorated Northern Lights, leaving Rowes Wharf.

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Short holiday plays

November 29 - Dec. 7, 2019
12.4 miles north
See six short holiday plays in one evening during Suburban Holiday Memories, performed by the Quannapowitt Players Theater in Reading.

Christmas play

November 29 - Dec. 22, 2019
10 miles north
Inspired by the classic film, Miracle on 34th Street is about a man who claims to be Santa and a girl who doesn’t believe, at Greater Boston Stage Company.

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The Nutcracker in Weston

November 29 - Dec. 22, 2019
16 miles west
Commonwealth Ballet frolics, battles, and dances to tell the story of The Nutcracker, a toy that comes to life in a young girl’s dream and leads her to the land of the sugar plum fairy at Regis College.

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The Nutcracker

November 29 - Dec. 29, 2019
0.6 miles SW
The 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.

Modern version: Christmas play

November 29 - Dec. 29, 2019
3.2 miles west
A Christmas Carol is Charles Dickens’ holiday classic about the amazing transformation of miserly Scrooge when he’s visited by ghosts. This new version at Central Square Theater has “puppetry, live music, dancing, and intimate storytelling.”

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Lights in the garden

November 29 - Dec. 30, 2019
47 miles west
Night Lights [formerly Winter Reimagined] has colorful lights, decorated trees, illuminated sculptures, and fire pits outdoors, plus a model train village, subtropical plants, and food for sale indoors at 132-acre Tower Hill Botanic Garden. No pets. Buy tickets online.

Holiday Sunset Cruise

November 29, 2019 - Jan. 1, 2020
0.5 miles SE
The Holiday Sunset Cruise features 1.5 hours of views as the sky above Boston Harbor changes from blue to oranges, with holiday beverages for sale aboard the decorated Northern Lights, leaving Rowes Wharf.

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Tuba concert

November 30, 2019 (2 p.m.)
0 miles
Hear 150 tuba players serenade the crowd at the Boston Tuba Christmas Concert at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Free.

The Nutcracker

November 30 - Dec. 22, 2019
4.7 miles south
José Mateo Ballet Theatre performs The Nutcracker.

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