This month, Birmingham is home to lots of fun-filled events and holiday shopping. From community gatherings and fall festivals to online markets and sophisticated outings, November is jam-packed with festive soirées and jubilees. Enjoy Thanksgiving’s harvest and get out on the town. Let’s celebrate November in the Magic City!

Birmingham events at Pepper Place

This November, stop by Pepper Place for Eat in the Streets and its annual Day of the Dead festival. Image: Pepper Place

17 Birmingham Events & Happenings: November 2020

November 1 – 7, 2020: 18th Annual Día de los Muertos Festival

Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, celebrates life in the most colorful and festive way. Make plans to visit several beautiful altars to pay your respects to loved ones who have passed. The community is invited to celebrate this incredible tradition throughout Pepper Place, and the event has been altered to meet health and safety regulations. Food vendors are open each night, so come ready to eat! This celebration is put on by the nonprofit gallery Bare Hands, Inc. The altars are open daily from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Altar installations and viewings are free, but donations are encouraged.

November 2, November 4 and November 7, 2020: The Mercantile by Miller Annual Christmas Open House

Get into the holiday spirit early this year at The Mercantile by Miller. Visit over 50 booths full of unique furniture pieces, gifts, antiques, jewelry, clothing and much more. Cross everyone off your shopping list, and grab something for yourself, at this beautiful store. You can even have your gifts wrapped for free. Reserve your shopping time slot today!

November 4 – 6, 2020: Get Busy Fighting Golf Tournament

Join the Laura Crandall Brown Foundation as they honor the life and legacy of Ginny Bourland. Head to Highland Park Golf Course November 4 through 6 for a golf tournament benefitting the Laura Crandall Brown Foundation, a local nonprofit that raises awareness, funds and support for those battling gynecologic cancers. Entry fees are $160 for singles and $640 for a team of four.

November 5 – 11, 2020: Holiday Open House: Market Days

It’s time to come Homewood for the holidays. Celebrate the jolliest season of the year with the Homewood Chamber of Commerce at Homewood’s Market Days! Shop any of the amazing local boutiques and shops, send three receipts to the Chamber, and you are entered to win a Homewood gift card. There are also live performances each day on 18th Street beginning at 3 p.m. Cross everyone off your shopping list with this premier market event!

November 6 & 7, 2020: Eat in the Streets

Get out and enjoy the crisp November air at everyone’s favorite entertainment district. Head to Pepper Place Friday, November 6, and Saturday, November 7, for Eat in the Streets! Taking place on 28th Street, this event is full of great food, family-friendly fun and festive celebrations. Día de los Muertos celebrations take place at the same time, and Pepper Place is truly embracing it! The Disney movie Coco shows Friday at 7 p.m., but be sure to return on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. for live music and a DJ. Dine al fresco this month, Magic City!

November 6, 2020: Live Drive-in Concert Featuring Raquel Lily

We’ve all been missing live music this year. Thankfully, the Alys Stephens Center alleviates those blues this November. Join them November 6 for a live drive-in concert featuring Atlanta’s own Raquel Lily. Grab your favorite to-go meal, and enjoy some soulful tunes from the comfort of your car. The parking lot opens at 5 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $10.

November 7, 2020: BTC Vulcan Run 10K

Break out your favorite running shoes and join fellow runners for the 46th Annual Vulcan Run 10K, hosted by the Birmingham Track Club. This is the ideal event for the active Birminghamian hoping to connect with the running community! Registration begins at $50, and the race begins at 7:30 a.m. in the east parking lot of Brookwood Village (near Macy’s).

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November 7, 2020: Christmas on the Farm

For an exciting and family-friendly day on the farm, mark your calendars for Medders Family Farm’s Christmas on the Farm on November 7. Enjoy shopping from local vendors, tasty smoothies and fruit bowls from Street Bowlz, and live Christmas music. Make the trip to Montevallo for a day full of festive fun. Entry and parking are free. Gates open at 9 a.m. and close at 4 p.m. Merry early Christmas!

November 7, 2020: Virtual Walk to END EPILEPSY

Grab your family and make a difference as you walk to end epilepsy this month. On November 7, hit the treadmill, walk your neighborhood or head to your favorite trail to support the Epilepsy Foundation. While registration is free, fundraising is still encouraged. Participants who raise $50 or more receive a free t-shirt. The walk can be completed at any time, and there is a virtual ceremony streamed live at 9:30 a.m. for all to attend. Use the hashtags #ENDEPILEPSY and #VIRTUALWalkToEndEpilepsy to share photos and videos from your walk. Make a difference this November and stride for a cure!

November 7 & 8, 2020: Moss Rock Fall Fusion Festival

Mark your calendar for the 14th Annual Moss Rock Festival happening at the Hoover Met Complex. This outdoor, eco-creative festival welcomes visitors to explore nature, art and design. This premier fall event includes a main stage with live music, hundreds of tents featuring artisans and makers, food vendors, a beer garden, a kids’ area with interactive activities, and more. This year features art from Magic City Art Connection as they join in on this one-of-a-kind event. Moss Rock Festival is a project of the Foundation for Arts and Cultural Connections, Inc. The festival begins at 10 a.m. each day. There is also a virtual marketplace if you are unable to attend. Tickets are sold in time slots, and 1,500 visitors are admitted per session in adherence to health and safety guidelines. Weekend tickets are $15, day tickets are $10, and kids 15 and under are free.

November 11, 2020: National Virtual Veterans Day Parade

Salute and honor those who deserve it most at this year’s virtual Veterans Day Parade. Established in 1947 and located in downtown Birmingham, this festive parade has become a beloved tradition that celebrates those who have fearlessly served our country. The parade begins online at 4:30 p.m., followed by a firework show streamed live from Regions Field at 6 p.m. Happy Veterans Day!

November 14, 2020: UAB vs. North Texas Football Game

The fall weather is perfect, and football season is in high gear. What more could you want? Cheer on Birmingham’s home team, the University of Alabama at Birmingham Blazers, as they take on the North Texas Mean Green on November 14 at Legion Field. Kick-off is set for 2 p.m., and tickets start at $20. Can’t make it to the stadium? Listen online for free

November 14, 2020: Run for Water 5K

There is no shortage of charities hosting runs to keep you in shape this holiday season! This race, benefitting neverthirst, kicks off at 8 a.m. on November 14. Bring a friend and head down to Homewood’s Central Park for this 5K that helps provide clean drinking water to those in need around the world. Registration is $39, and each dollar donated to neverthirst is matched.

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November 16 – 22, 2020: Virtual Market Noel

Market Noel is Birmingham’s premier holiday shopping event hosted by the Junior League of Birmingham, and this year, they have gone virtual. The annual three-day shopping fundraiser showcases more than 100 regional and national vendors, perfect for shoppers seeking the latest fashion and home decor, jewelry, holiday items, children’s clothes, gourmet food, art and more. In addition to amazing shopping every day, the JLB has special events like Preview Noel (exclusive first dibs shopping and opportunities to win great prizes) and the first-ever Jingle & Flamingle Fiesta Pack. Shopping begins at 8 a.m. on November 16, and general admission tickets are $15. Special event ticket prices vary based on the event.

November 19, 2020: Holiday Open House at Henhouse Antiques

Join the team at Henhouse Antiques in English Village as they celebrate the coming holiday season. This speciality antique shop will open their doors from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 19 for a fun shopping event. Henhouse’s annual open house will also double as Kat McCall Paper’s featured trunk show. Enjoy appetizers, wine and more as you peruse all they have to offer.

November 20, 2020: Ross Bridge Holiday Market

Kick off the holiday season with local farmers, artisans, food trucks and more at the Ross Bridge Farmers Market! From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, November 20, stroll through this outdoor market, chow down on your favorite Birmingham bites and pick up some Christmas gifts along the way. This event is family-friendly and social distancing is enforced.

November 22, 2020: Virtual Magic City Half Marathon

The Magic City Half Marathon is back for its 10th year, and they’ve gone virtual to ensure the health and safety of their runners. The marathon has become one of the fastest-growing running events in the South, and this year is no different. On November 22, lace up your running shoes and head out to your favorite running spot to complete your race. Participating in this run benefits the Ruben Studdard Foundation for the Advancement of Children in the Music Arts. Explore your beautiful city, and get some exercise just in time for Thanksgiving. Registration fees start at $20, and t-shirts are included.

Happy November, Birmingham! Gobble, gobble!


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