Boston events for November 2016. 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.

Distance is from Faneuil Hall in downtown Boston, Massachusetts.

Gruesome comedy

November 3 - 6, 2016 (begins Oct. 27)

3 miles NW

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

Wine & beer tasting

November 4, 2016

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.

Haunted house in 2 locations

November 4 - 5, 2016 (from Sept. 24)

50 miles

Factory of Terror includes cutting-edge special effects and actors in professional makeup in Fall River and Worcester. See schedules.

Christmas fair

November 4 - 6, 2016

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.

Fun musical

November 5 - 19, 2016

7.3 miles SW

Based on the Tom Hanks movie, Big: The Musical is a sweet and funny story about a 12-year old who grows up overnight after being granted a wish by a carnival fortune teller, live in Jamaica Plain.

Tailgate fundraiser

November 6, 2016

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.

Women musicians

November 9, 2016 (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.

Film festival

November 9 - 21, 2016 (kickoff Nov. 6)

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.

Ski & snowboard show

November 10 - 13, 2016

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.

Comedy festival

November 11 - 19, 2016

Boston locations

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

Thanksgiving scavenger hunt

November 12, 2016 (12 to 5 p.m.)

0.9 miles north

Cranksgiving is a scavenger hunt on your bicycle for Thanksgiving food you donate to a food bank, with 3 route options. Bring $15, a bag/pack, and a bike lock.

Tasting event

November 13, 2016 (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.

Boston Taste

November 15, 2016 (7 p.m., VIP 6)

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 for age 21+.

French party

November 17, 2016 (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.

Whisky tasting

November 17, 2016 (7 p.m.)

1.1 miles SE

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

Home decorating show

November 18 - 20, 2016 (gala Nov. 17)

1.5 miles SW

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

Plymouth Thanksgiving

November 18 - 20, 2016

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 19, 2016 (6 p.m.)

0.5 miles SW

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

Dance show

November 19, 2016 (show 4 p.m.)

1.3 miles SW

World of Dance promises street dancing and today’s new aged choreography with hundreds of participants from top dance teams at Back Bay Events Center.

Classic comedy

November 19, 2016 (8 p.m.)

3.5 miles west

You Can’t Take It With You is a zany feel-good play about an eccentric family, performed by the Longwood Players in Cambridge.

Whodunit mystery

November 19 - 20, 2016

8 miles NW

When a police investigator visits a wealthy family in An Inspector Calls, his probing questions begin to reveal long-buried secrets in Arlington.

Model train show

November 19 - 20, 2016

16 miles north

Greenberg’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

12 miles west

Wear a holiday costume and tie bells to your shoes for Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis in Newton. No dogs.

Holiday lights

November 20, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017

0 miles

Watch 350,000 LED lights blink to holiday music at Blink! A Light & Sound Extravaganza at Faneuil Hall. South side happens at half past the hour from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. & north side is on the hour 5 to 9 p.m. Free.

Columbus Park lighting

November 21, 2016 (5 p.m.)

0.3 miles NE

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

Thanksgiving dinner

November 24, 2016

Boston locations

See recommended restaurants that offer special menus for Thanksgiving Day.

Thanksgiving race

November 24, 2016

Boston locations

Register to walk or run on Thanksgiving Day.

Science project

November 25, 2016

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 25 - 27, 2016

2.1 miles SW

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

Arts & craft fair

November 25 - 27, 2016

15.6 miles north

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

The Nutcracker in Weston

Nov. 25 - 27 and Dec. 9 - 11, 2016

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.

The Nutcracker

November 25 - Dec. 18, 2016

Boston & Dorchester

José Mateo Ballet Theatre performs The Nutcracker.
  • Nov. 25 - Dec. 4 in Boston
  • Dec. 9 - 18 in Dorchester

The Nutcracker

November 25 - Dec. 31, 2016

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.


November 25, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017

8.2 miles north

See trees covered with lights, live reindeer, and Santa at ZooLights at Stone Zoo. Last day with Santa is Dec. 23. Closed Dec. 25.

Lights in the garden

November 25, 2016 - Jan. 8, 2017

47 miles west

Holly Days: Winter Reimagined features colorful lights, decorated trees, and optional dinner at the 132-acre Tower Hill Botanic Garden. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, and Dec. 24, 25, 31, and Jan. 1.

Tree lighting ceremonies

November 26 - 28, 2016

Boston locations

Free lighting ceremonies start the holidays in Boston.

Tuba concert

November 26, 2016 (2 p.m.)

0 miles

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

Reggae music

November 26, 2016 (8 p.m.)

18 miles NE

Reggae Fest features Warrior King & the Roots Warriors With Mamadou at Larcom Theatre in Beverly.

Holiday Pops

November 30 - Dec. 31, 2016

2.1 miles SW

Celebrate the holidays at the festive Holiday Pops with your favorite songs, a sing-along, and a visit from Santa at Symphony Hall.
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