Boston events November 2018. Things to do in Boston.

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Boston events November 2018

Film festival

November 1 - 4, 2018
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.

Celebrity chef dinner

November 2, 2018
0.1 miles SW
Taste America: Boston includes a 6:30 p.m. cocktail reception and tasting, an 8 p.m. seated dinner and dessert reception, and an auction at State Room for $300 to support the James Beard Foundation.

Wine & beer tasting

November 2, 2018
(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.
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Christmas fair

November 2 - 4, 2018
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 3, 2018
(8 p.m.)
0.6 miles north
Comics Come Home features an all-star lineup of comedians at TD Garden for charity.

Free kids’ event

November 3, 2018
(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 3 - 4, 2018
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 3 - 4, 2018
(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.

Tasting in Bedford

November 4, 2018
(4 to 6 p.m.)
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.

Charity wine tasting

November 8, 2018
(6 to 9 p.m.)
0.4 miles NW
A $75 ticket to Bridge 2 The Future includes drinks, heavy hors d’oeuvres, sommelier-guided wine tastings, DJ music, and a silent auction at City Winery for age 21+.

Women musicians

November 8, 2018
(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 8 - 11, 2018
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.

Masquerade party

November 10, 2018
(8 p.m.)
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.

Dance show

November 11, 2018
(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 13, 2018
(6 to 9:30 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+.

Taste of Jamaica Plain

November 15, 2018
(6 to 10 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.

Wine tasting

November 16, 2018
1.2 miles SW
Taste 250 wines at Wine Riot at the Castle at Park Plaza for age 21+.

Plymouth Thanksgiving

November 16 - 18, 2018
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.

International dance

November 17, 2018
(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 17, 2018
(7:30 to 10 p.m.)
0.9 miles SW
Boston Comedy Blowout features six stand-up comedians at Boch Center Shubert Theatre.

Holiday market

November 17, 2018
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 17 - 18, 2018
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.

Make a glass gift

November 17 - Dec. 16, 2018
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.

Tailgate fundraiser

November 18, 2018
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.

Thanksgiving scavenger hunt

November 18, 2018
(1 to 4 p.m.)
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.

Amazing science project

November 23, 2018
(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.

The Nutcracker in Weston

November 23 - 25 & Dec. 7 - 9, 2018
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.

Lights in the garden

November 23 - Dec. 30, 2018
47 miles west
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. Closed Mondays & Dec. 25.


November 23 - Dec. 31, 2018
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.

Tuba concert

November 24, 2018
(2 to 3 p.m.)
0 miles
Hear 150 tuba players serenade the crowd at the Boston Tuba Christmas Concert at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Free.

Holiday light show

November 28, 2018 - Jan. 1, 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.

The Nutcracker

November 29 - Dec. 30, 2018
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 30, 2018
2.1 miles SW
The Handel & Haydn Society performs Handel’s Messiah for the holidays at Symphony Hall.

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