Boston events, festivals, things to do – November 2018

November 2018
best events in Boston

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.

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.
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French party

November 15, 2018

0.3 miles south

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

Plymouth Thanksgiving

November 16 - 18, 2018

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 29, 2018

Boston locations

Free lighting ceremonies start the holidays in Boston.

Wine tasting

November 2018 (undated)

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.

International dance

November 2018 (undated)

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 2018 (undated)

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.

Whisky tasting

November 2018 (undated)

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+.

Boston Taste

November 2018 (undated)

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 show

November 2018 (undated)

0.9 miles SW

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

Disco party

November 2018 (undated)

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.

Beer & dessert

November 2018 (undated)

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

Dance show

November 2018 (undated)

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.

Tailgate fundraiser

November 2018 (undated)

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.

Women musicians

November 2018 (undated)

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.

Talk about life & death

November 2018 (undated)

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.

Wine & beer tasting

November 2018 (undated)

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.

Historic home tour

November 2018 (undated)

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.

Visit art studios

November 2018 (undated)

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.

Short holiday plays

November 2018 (undated)

12.4 miles north

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

Holiday market

November 2018 (undated)

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.

Thanksgiving scavenger hunt

November 2018 (undated)

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.

Holiday light show

November 2018 (undated)

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 2018 (undated)

0 miles

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

The Nutcracker

November 2018 (undated)

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.

The Nutcracker

November 2018 (undated)

Boston & Dorchester

José Mateo Ballet Theatre performs The Nutcracker.
  • Boston - Cutler Majestic Theatre
  • Dorchester - Strand Theatre

ZooLights

November 2018 (undated)

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. 24. Closed Dec. 25.

Lights in the garden

November 2018 (undated)

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. You must buy tickets online.