Enjoy the best events, festivals, and things to do in Boston with this calendar of events.
Miles are from Faneuil Hall in Boston.
Historic home tour
November 1 - 5, 2017 (begins Oct. 7)
9.2 miles NWWalk through 20 rooms of a historic home remodeled by experts at Designer Show House at 661 Pleasant Street in Belmont.
November 3, 2017 (8 p.m.)
2.6 miles SWThe Cantata Singers perform works by Mozart, Haydn, and Zelenka at the New England Conservatory.
Wine & beer tasting
November 3, 2017 (7 to 9 p.m.)
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.
November 3 - 5, 2017
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.
Haunted house in 3 locations
November 4, 2017 (begins Sept. 23)
50 milesFactory of Terror includes cutting-edge special effects and actors in professional makeup. See schedules.
November 4 - 18, 2017
6 miles SWA con artist plans to steal the money he collects for band instruments for a small Iowa town, until he falls in love in The Music Man at Eliot Hall in Jamaica Plain.
November 5, 2017 (6 to 10 p.m.)
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 8, 2017
0.6 miles SWThe Whisky Extravaganza includes unlimited tastes of more than 100 whiskies, culinary pairings, and master classes at the Hyatt Regency Boston.
November 8 - 20, 2017
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.
November 9, 2017 (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.
Ski & snowboard show
November 9 - 12, 2017
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 10 - 12, 2017
1.9 miles SWSee rare and collectible books, manuscripts, maps, autographs, atlases, prints, and photographs from 120 dealers at the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair at Hynes Convention Center. Nearby is the smaller Boston Book, Print and Ephemera Fair at Back Bay Events Center on Saturday.
November 11, 2017
0.5 miles SWWatch high-energy dancing by teams in colorful costumes at Boston Bhangra Competition [sound] at Orpheum Theatre. Optional after-party.
November 14, 2017
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 16, 2017
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 16, 2017 (6 to 9 p.m.)
0.4 miles southeastRaise Your Glass for Jimmy is a wine tasting with craft beer, hors d’oeuvres, live music, and a charity silent auction on the rooftop of Eaton Vance Corporation.
Home decorating show
November 17 - 19, 2017 (preview Nov. 16)
1.5 miles SWBrowse art, antiques, and contemporary furnishings at the Boston Home Décor Show at the Cyclorama.
November 17 - 19, 2017
40 miles SEAmerica’s Hometown Thanksgiving features patriotic concerts, reenactments, a food festival, historic parade, and craft village in Plymouth. See schedule.
Tree lighting ceremonies
November 18, 2017
Boston locationsFree lighting ceremonies start the holidays in Boston.
Humorist: Garrison Keillor
November 18, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)
47.4 miles westKnown for folksy wit on the radio program “A Prairie Home Companion,” Garrison Keillor performs live at Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Worcester.
Model train show
November 18 - 19, 2017
16 miles northGreenberg’s Great Train and Toy Show features train displays, train rides, and 90 vendors at Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington.
November 19, 2017 - Jan. 2, 2018
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 20, 2017 (5 to 6 p.m.)
0.3 miles NEThe mayor switches on the Christopher Columbus Park Trellis Lighting with music and a choir. Free.
November 23, 2017
Boston locationsSee recommended restaurants that offer special menus for Thanksgiving Day.
November 23, 2017
Boston locationsRegister to walk or run on Thanksgiving Day.
November 24, 2017
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.
Arts & craft fair
November 24 - 26, 2017
15.6 miles northShop from 250 vendors at the Castleberry Faire at Shriner’s Auditorium in Wilmington.
Short holiday plays
November 24 - Dec. 2, 2017
12.4 miles northSee eight 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 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 24 - Dec. 31, 2017
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 24, 2017 - Jan. 1, 2018
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 24, 2017 - Jan. 7, 2018
47 miles westHolly Days: Winter Reimagined features colorful lights, decorated trees, and optional dinner at the 132-acre Tower Hill Botanic Garden.
November 25, 2017 (12 to 3 p.m.)
0 milesHear 150 tuba players serenade the crowd at the Boston Tuba Christmas Concert at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Free.
November 25, 2017 (2 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 25 - Dec. 24, 2017
Boston & DorchesterJosé Mateo Ballet Theatre performs The Nutcracker at the Cutler Majestic Theatre (Nov. 25 to Dec. 10) and the Strand Theatre in Dorchester (Dec. 15 to 24).
November 2017 (undated)
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 2017 (undated)
18 miles NEReggae Fest features Warrior King & the Roots Warriors With Mamadou at Larcom Theatre in Beverly.
Thanksgiving scavenger hunt
November 2017 (undated)
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.