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.

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Wine & beer tasting

November 1, 2019
(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.

Haunted ski area

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

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Prize-winning black drama

November 1 - 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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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 100 independent artisans and chefs indoors at the Renegade Craft Fair at the Cyclorama. Free.

Visit art studios

November 2 - 3, 2019
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. Free.

Chocolate tour

November 2 - Dec. 14, 2019
(12:30 p.m.)
2.1 miles SW
Take a two-hour walk learning about the history of chocolate-making, with four stops for champagne truffles, chocolate confections, and even a chocolate cocktail on the Tipsy Chocolate Back Bay Walking Tour for age 21+.

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Tailgate fundraiser

November 3, 2019
(5 p.m., VIP 4 p.m.)
1.8 mile SE
Enjoy high-end tailgate food from dozens of restaurants, beer, wine, cocktails, and DJ music at Ultimate Tailgate Party at Cruiseport Boston.

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 19 local restaurants at Doubletree Bedford Glen Hotel, with a no-host bar available.

African version of Magic Flute

November 6 - 10, 2019
0.8 miles SW
“Mozart's classic opera collides with a wholly African expression of life-affirming joy” in The Magic Flute, featuring marimbas, oil drums, and inventive design at Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre.

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Women musicians

November 7, 2019
(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.

Film festival

November 7 - 10, 2019
8 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 in Arlington.

Saxophone concert

November 8, 2019
(8 to 10 p.m.)
3.6 miles north
Grammy-winning saxophonist Chris Mitchell plays a mix of romantic Latin jazz, bossa nova, and R&B with his ensemble in The Row Hotel at Assembly Row, Somerville. Bar available.

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Christmas fair

November 8 - 10, 2019
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.

Comedy show

November 9, 2019
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 with hundreds of participants from top dance teams at Back Bay Events Center.

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 13 - 16, 2019
Boston locations
Boston Comedy Festival stars 96 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 music, a beer garden, and a trampoline show at Seaport World Trade Center.

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Beer & dessert

November 15 - 16, 2019
1.5 miles SW
A $60 ticket to Boston Beer and BBQ Fest gets you unlimited tastes of 80 craft beers and ciders, 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.

Whisky tasting

November 21, 2019
1.2 miles SW
The Whisky Extravaganza includes unlimited tastes of more than 100 whiskies, culinary pairings, and master classes at the Castle at Park Plaza for age 21+.

Wine tasting

November 22 - 23, 2019
1.2 miles SW
Taste 250 wines at Wine Riot at the Castle at Park Plaza for age 21+.

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Plymouth Thanksgiving

November 22 - 23, 2019
40 miles SE
America’s Hometown Thanksgiving features patriotic concerts, reenactments, a food festival, a historic parade, and a craft village in Plymouth. Most events occur on Saturday. See schedule.


November 22, 2019 - Jan. 4, 2020
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. Closed Dec. 25.

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.

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.

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.

Tree lighting ceremonies

November 25 - Dec. 5, 2019
Boston locations
Free lighting ceremonies start the holidays in Boston.

Amazing science project

November 29, 2019
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 29 - Dec. 1, 2019
2.1 miles SW
The Handel & Haydn Society performs Handel’s Messiah for the holidays at Symphony Hall.

Short holiday plays

November 29 - Dec. 7, 2019
12.4 miles north
See nine short holiday plays at 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.

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.

New 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.”

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.

Ugly sweater pub crawl

November 30, 2019
0.1 miles east
Wear your tackiest to the Boston Ugly Sweater Crawl, which begins includes drink specials at eight Faneuil Hall bars.

The Nutcracker

November 30 - Dec. 22, 2019
4.7 miles south
José Mateo Ballet Theatre performs The Nutcracker.
  • Nov. 30 to Dec. 8 - Cutler Majestic Theatre, Boston
  • Dec. 13 to 22 - Strand Theatre, Dorchester

Masquerade party

November 2019
1.6 miles SE
Wear semi-formal or cocktail attire to the Moonlight Masquerade for “a fun-filled evening featuring entertainment, dancing, great food and drinks, silent auction, raffles, and more” at Aloft Boston Seaport District for age 21+ to support the Junior League.

Make a glass gift

November 2019
4.8 miles SW
Make your own glass ornament or tree or Jewish plate to take home at a Christmas Class at Diablo Glass School. Wear cotton clothes and closed-toe shoes.

Holiday light show

November 2019
0 miles
See “the largest tree in the northeast” decorated with lights synchronized to music at Blink Light & Sound Show at Faneuil Hall every half hour from 4:30 to 10 p.m. Free.

Tuba concert

November 2019
0 miles
Hear 150 tuba players serenade the crowd at the Boston Tuba Christmas Concert at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Free.

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