Boston events for November 2017. Best festivals, fun things to do, Thanksgiving events, holiday lights, free activities, holiday markets - Boston, Massachusetts.

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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 NW

Walk through 20 rooms of a historic home remodeled by experts at Designer Show House at 661 Pleasant Street in Belmont.

Discount tickets $20 (Thursday & Friday)

Classical concert

November 3, 2017 (8 p.m.)

2.6 miles SW

The Cantata Singers perform works by Mozart, Haydn, and Zelenka at the New England Conservatory.

Discount tickets $13 to $38.

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.
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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 locations

November 4, 2017 (begins Sept. 23)

50 miles

Factory of Terror includes cutting-edge special effects and actors in professional makeup. See schedules.
  • Sept. 23 to Nov. 4 - Fall River
  • Sept. 23 to Nov. 4 - Worcester
  • Sept. 29 to Nov. 4 - West Warwick, RI

All-American musical

November 4 - 18, 2017

6 miles SW

A 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.

Discount tickets $14.

Tailgate fundraiser

November 5, 2017 (6 to 10 p.m.)

1.8 mile SE

Enjoy 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.

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.

Film festival

November 8 - 20, 2017

Boston & Brookline locations

See 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.

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 women students and their bands 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.

Book fairs

November 10 - 12, 2017

1.9 miles SW

See 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.

International dance

November 11, 2017

0.5 miles SW

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

Boston Taste

November 14, 2017

0.8 miles SE

Enjoy 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+.

French party

November 16, 2017

0.3 miles south

Beaujolais Nouveau and Beyond features Beaujolais Nouveau wine tasting, dancing, auctions, a cash bar, and French hors d’oeuvres 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, 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 SW

Browse art, antiques, and contemporary furnishings at the Boston Home Décor Show at the Cyclorama.

Plymouth Thanksgiving

November 17 - 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.

Tree lighting ceremonies

November 18, 2017

Boston locations

Free lighting ceremonies start the holidays in Boston.

Humorist: Garrison Keillor

November 18, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)

47.4 miles west

Known for folksy wit on the radio program “A Prairie Home Companion,” Garrison Keillor performs live at Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Worcester.

Discount balcony tickets $31 to $39.

Model train show

November 18 - 19, 2017

16 miles north

Greenberg’s Great Train and Toy Show features train displays, train rides, and 90 vendors at Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington.

Holiday lights

November 19, 2017 - Jan. 2, 2018

0 miles

Watch 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 NE

The mayor switches on the Christopher Columbus Park Trellis Lighting with music and a choir. Free.

Thanksgiving dinner

November 23, 2017

Boston locations

See recommended restaurants that offer special menus for Thanksgiving Day.

Thanksgiving race

November 23, 2017

Boston locations

Register to walk or run on Thanksgiving Day.

Science project

November 24, 2017

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.

Arts & craft fair

November 24 - 26, 2017

15.6 miles north

Shop from 250 vendors at the Castleberry Faire at Shriner’s Auditorium in Wilmington.

Short holiday plays

November 24 - Dec. 2, 2017

12.4 miles north

See 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 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 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, 2017 - Jan. 1, 2018

8.2 miles north

See 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 west

Holly Days: Winter Reimagined features colorful lights, decorated trees, and optional dinner at the 132-acre Tower Hill Botanic Garden.

Tuba concert

November 25, 2017 (12 to 3 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 (2 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.

The Nutcracker

November 25 - Dec. 24, 2017

Boston & Dorchester

José 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).

Tasting event

November 2017 (undated)

2.7 miles NW

A 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.

Reggae music

November 2017 (undated)

18 miles NE

Reggae Fest features Warrior King & the Roots Warriors With Mamadou at Larcom Theatre in Beverly.

Thanksgiving scavenger hunt

November 2017 (undated)

0.9 miles north

Cranksgiving 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.
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