Enjoy the best Boston events, festivals, and things to do with this calendar of events.
Distance is from Faneuil Hall in downtown Boston, Massachusetts.
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.
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 and Worcester. 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 5 - 19, 2016
7.3 miles SWBased 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.
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.
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 (kickoff Nov. 6)
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.
November 11 - 19, 2016
Boston locationsBoston 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 northCranksgiving 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.
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.
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 17, 2016 (6 to 9 p.m.)
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.
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.
November 19, 2016 (show 4 p.m.)
1.3 miles SWWorld of Dance promises street dancing and today’s new aged choreography with hundreds of participants from top dance teams at Back Bay Events Center.
November 19, 2016 (8 p.m.)
3.5 miles westYou Can’t Take It With You is a zany feel-good play about an eccentric family, performed by the Longwood Players in Cambridge.
November 19 - 20, 2016
8 miles NWWhen 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 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
12 miles westWear a holiday costume and tie bells to your shoes for Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis in Newton. No dogs.
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. 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 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.
The Nutcracker in Weston
Nov. 25 - 27 and Dec. 9 - 11, 2016
16 miles westCommonwealth 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.
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 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 westHolly 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 locationsFree lighting ceremonies start the holidays in Boston.
November 26, 2016 (2 p.m.)
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.
November 30 - Dec. 31, 2016
2.1 miles SWCelebrate the holidays at the festive Holiday Pops with your favorite songs, a sing-along, and a visit from Santa at Symphony Hall.