Boston events for November 2017. Best festivals, fun things to do, Thanksgiving events, holiday lights, free activities, holiday markets - Boston, Massachusetts. Jan Feb March April May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec

Best events for 12 months

Enjoy the best events, festivals, and things to do in Boston with this calendar of events.

Miles are from Faneuil Hall in Boston.

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Historic home tour

November 1 - 5, 2017

9.2 miles NW

Walk through a historic home remodeled beautifully by experts at Designer Show House at 661 Pleasant Street in Belmont for ages 12+. No parking or photography.

Wine & beer tasting

November 3, 2017 (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 Sip of Winthrop at Cottage Park Yacht Club in Winthrop.

Beer & dessert

November 3 - 4, 2017

1 mile SW

Sample 70 craft beers and ciders, plus 20 beer and sweets pairings at Boston Beer and Sweets Fest Revere Hotel. The sweets include doughnuts, cookies, candy, chocolate, and ice cream

Christmas fair

November 3 - 5, 2017

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.

Haunted house in 3 cities

November 4, 2017

multiple locations

Factory of Terror includes cutting-edge special effects and actors in professional makeup. Schedules vary.
  • Fall River
  • West Warwick, RI
  • Worcester

Visit art studios

November 4 - 5, 2017 (12 to 6 p.m.)

11.3 miles west

Tour 75 studios, meet the artists, and buy their work in two buildings during Waltham Mills Open Studios. Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra plays chamber music both days at 3 p.m. Brochure. Free.

Tailgate fundraiser

November 5, 2017 (7 p.m., VIP 6 p.m.)

1.8 mile SE

Enjoy high-end tailgate food from dozens of restaurants, beer, wine, cocktails, and music played by the DJ for the Boston Red Sox at Ultimate Tailgate Party at Cruiseport Boston.

Whisky tasting

November 8, 2017

0.6 miles SW

The Whisky Extravaganza includes unlimited tastes of more than 100 whiskies, culinary pairings, and master classes at the Hyatt Regency Boston for age 21+.

Women musicians

November 9, 2017 (8 p.m.)

2 miles west

See an eclectic program of original acts, which highlight compositions and performances by Berklee faculty and students at Women Musicians Network concert at Berklee Performance Center.

Ski & snowboard show

November 9 - 12, 2017

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.

International dance

November 11, 2017 (6 p.m.)

0.5 miles SW

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

Comedy show

November 11, 2017 (8 p.m.)

0.9 miles SW

The second Boston Comedy Blowout features five stand-up comedians at Boch Center Shubert Theatre.

Holiday market

November 11, 2017 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

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.

Boston Taste

November 14, 2017 (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+.

French party

November 16, 2017 (6 to 9 p.m.)

0.3 miles south

Beaujolais Nouveau and Beyond features wine, French hors d’oeuvres, desserts, live music, and a silent auction at Sullivan & Worcester.

Wine tasting

November 16, 2017 (6 to 9 p.m.)

0.4 miles southeast

Raise Your Glass for Jimmy is a wine tasting with craft beer, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, live music, and a silent auction on the rooftop of Eaton Vance Corporation.

Comedy show

November 18, 2017 (8 p.m.)

0.6 miles north

Comics Come Home features an all-star lineup of nine comedians, including Jimmy Fallon, Denis Leary, Jeff Ross, and Lenny Clarke at TD Garden for charity.

Disco party

November 18, 2017 (9 p.m., VIP 8 p.m.)

0.9 miles SW

Boston’s Biggest Disco promises “a spectacular evening of dancing” with a cash bar and performances by impersonators of Barry Manilow, Rod Stewart, and Donna Summer at Royale Nightclub for age 21+. Disco attire is welcome.

Thanksgiving scavenger hunt

November 18, 2017 (12:30 p.m.)

0.9 miles north

You must sign into Facebook to see the page for Cranksgiving, a scavenger hunt on your bicycle for Thanksgiving food you donate to charity. Bring $15, a bag/pack, and a bike lock.

Plymouth Thanksgiving

November 19, 2017

40 miles SE

America’s Hometown Thanksgiving features patriotic concerts, reenactments, a food festival, historic parade, and craft village in Plymouth. See schedule.
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Classic play

November 20 - Dec. 10, 2017

3.5 miles SW

Tartuffe is Moliere’s comic masterpiece about a charming imposter trying to defraud a wealthy family, set in today’s world at 264 Huntington Avenue.

Discount tickets $33 to $43.

Science project

November 24, 2017 (1 to 4 p.m.)

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.

Holiday jazz cruise

November 24 & 26, 2017

0.5 miles SE

The Holiday Jazz Cruise features Christmas tunes performed by Benjamin Young Jazz Trio, with holiday beverages for sale and views of Boston Harbor aboard the decorated Northern Lights, leaving Rowes Wharf.

Discount tickets $28.

Tree lighting ceremonies

November 24 - 30, 2017

Boston locations

Free lighting ceremonies start the holidays in Boston. [See our December page for more events.]

Short holiday plays

November 24 - Dec. 2, 2017

12.4 miles north

See seven short holiday plays at Suburban Holidays performed by the Quannapowitt Players Theater in Reading.

The Nutcracker in Weston

November 24 - Dec. 10, 2017

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.

Discount tickets $13 to $20.

The Nutcracker

November 24 - Dec. 31, 2017

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 24 - Dec. 31, 2017

8.2 miles north

See trees covered with lights, live reindeer, and Santa at ZooLights at Stone Zoo from 5 to 9 p.m. The last day with Santa is Dec. 23. Closed Dec. 25.

Lights in the garden

November 24, 2017 - Jan. 7, 2018

47 miles west

Winter Reimagined features colorful lights, decorated trees, and illuminated sculptures outdoors, plus “a wishing tree forest,” subtropical plants, and seasonal music indoors at 132-acre Tower Hill Botanic Garden. Closed Mondays and Dec. 24, 25, 31, and Jan. 1.

Tuba concert

November 25, 2017 (2 p.m.)

0 miles

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

Dance show

November 25, 2017 (3 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.

Fire and wine

November 25, 2017 (6:30 to 9:30 p.m.)

4.8 miles SW

Join a Wine Tasting event with cheese and crackers as you watch glass being blown at Diablo Glass School.

Discount tickets $18.

Funny Hitchcock play

November 25 - Dec. 9, 2017

1.5 miles SW

Based on the classic film, The 39 Steps is a fast-paced comedic spoof about a wrongly accused man racing to clear his name while evading the law, at Boston Center for the Arts.

Discount tickets $20 to $25.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

November 25 - Dec. 10, 2017

multiple locations

Based on the television special, A Charlie Brown Christmas is a play featuring popular Peanuts cartoon characters learning the true meaning of Christmas in Beverly at Larcom Theatre.

Discount tickets $16.

Talk about life & death

November 29, 2017 (7 to 8:30 p.m.)

3 miles SW

Talk about death in a safe space “to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their finite lives” at Death Cafe at Fenway Community Center. Donation.
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