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This month, Birmingham is home to lots of fun-filled events and holiday shopping. From community gatherings and fall festivals to 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!

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

18 Birmingham Events & Happenings: November 2021

November 1, 2021: Mat Kearney at the Lyric Theatre

The Lyric Theatre is excited to welcome Mat Kearney and special guest The National Parks on November 1. Kick off the new month by attending the highly anticipated January Flower Tour. Tickets start at $36 and the concert starts at 8 p.m.

November 1, 4, & 6, 2021: The Mercantile by Miller’s Christmas Avenue Open House

Get in the Holiday spirit with the Mercantile by Miller this November! This year, the Mercantile is showcasing their extravagant additional space, Christmas Avenue, that has nearly doubled their original size. This three day open house will have drinks, hor’dourves, and a look inside the magic of how The Mercantile does Christmas. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, you’ll be able to peruse hundreds of gifts, decor items, and much more at this Christmas wonderland! This open house to free to attend.

November 2 – 5, 2021: 19th 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, complete with artists, live music, and a beer garden. 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 3 – 7, 2021: Christmas Village Festival

A beloved tradition for many returns to Birmingham! Christmas Village Festival is back and better than ever this November. Grab your friends and get your Christmas shopping done early this year at the BJCC. Peruse hundreds of vendors and stock up on speciality food items, holiday decor, clothing, accessories, gifts, and much more. Tickets are $12 and are sold in advance or at the door.

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November 4, 2021: 2021 Holiday Open House

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 Holiday Open House! Shop any of the amazing local boutiques and shops and enjoy refreshments, discounts, and much more. This is a great time to support local businesses while crossing everyone off your holiday shopping list!

November 4, 2021: 11th Annual Casino for a Cause

Enjoy a fun night out on the town while supporting a wonderful charity. The 11th Annual Casino for a Cause presented by the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation will feature dinner, dancing, and drinks as well as silent and live auctions, exciting prizes, and much more. The party takes place at Haven and all proceeds will benefit the Foundation’s educational programs. Tickets start at $100 and sponsorships are available. The night begins at 6 p.m.

November 5, 2021: 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 on November 5 for a golf tournament benefiting the Laura Crandall Brown Foundation, a local nonprofit that raises awareness, funds and support for those battling gynecologic cancers. Entry fees are $150 for singles and $600 for a team of four. There will be a 9 a.m. shotgun start.

November 6, 2021: BTC Vulcan Run 10K

Break out your favorite running shoes and join fellow runners for the 47th 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 rises to $60 after November 4. The race begins at 7:30 a.m. in the east parking lot of Brookwood Village (near Macy’s).

November 6, 2021: Walk to END EPILEPSY

Grab your family and make a difference as you walk to end epilepsy this month. On November 6 at 10 a.m., head to Railroad Park to support the Epilepsy Foundation. While registration is free, fundraising is still encouraged. Participants who raise $50 or more receive a free t-shirt. Use the hashtags #ENDEPILEPSY and #WalkToEndEpilepsy to share photos and videos. Make a difference this November and stride for a cure!

November 6, 2021: 5th Annual Heights Heroes 5K and Heroes Challenge Fun Run

There is no shortage of charities hosting runs to keep you in shape this holiday season! This race, benefitting Cahaba Height Elementary school, kicks off at 8 a.m. on November 6. Bring a friend and head down to Cahaba Heights for this 5K and fun run that supports the teachers, staff, and students at VHECH. Registration is $35.

November 6 & 7, 2021: Moss Rock Fall Fusion Festival

Mark your calendar for the 15th 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. Weekend tickets are $15, day tickets are $10, and kids 15 and under are free.

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November 13, 2021: 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 13. 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 14, 2021: 4th Annual Magic City Mac n’ Cheese Festival

Come join us for a day of family fun activities, delicious food and beverages, and some friendly competition among local eateries, food trucks, caterers and cook teams! We’ll have live music, a kids’ zone and a pet friendly venue. Held at Back Forty Beer Company rain or shine! All proceeds go to Community Grief Support to provide free grief counseling, support groups and community grief education in the Greater Birmingham area. The event runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. so be sure to come hungry! Tickets purchased in advance are $15 or tickets can be purchased at the door for $20. Children under 5 are free.

November 11, 2021: National Veterans Day Parade

Salute and honor those who deserve it most at this year’s in-person 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 at 1:30 p.m. on the northside of downtown Birmingham and will run until 4:30 p.m. Happy Veterans Day!

November 17 – 20, 2021: Market Noel

Market Noel is Birmingham’s premier holiday shopping event hosted by the Junior League of Birmingham, and this year, they are back in person. 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 Jingle & Flamingle Fiesta Pack. Shopping begins at 8 a.m. on November 17, and general admission tickets are $15. Special event ticket prices vary based on the event.

November 17, 2021 –  January 2, 2022: Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience

Imagine being completely immersed in more than 300 of the greatest works of post-Impressionist artist Vincent Van Gogh. Now imagine experiencing all of this art liberated from its two-dimensional limitations into a three-dimensional experience that exhilarates every sense and brings to life one of the most influential artists the world has known. It’s all part of Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience, a sensory extravaganza that will open at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex on November 17. While journeying through Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience, guests witness more than 300 iconic masterpieces, including such instantly recognizable classics as “The Starry Night,” “Sunflowers,” and ‘Café Terrace at Night,” as well many revealing self-portraits. Prices start at $32.99 for adults and $21.99 for children, plus ticketing fees.

November 21, 2021: Magic City Half Marathon

The Magic City Half Marathon is back for its 11th year, and they are celebrating being back in person. The marathon has become one of the fastest-growing running events in the South, and this year is no different. On November 21, lace up your running shoes and head out to Regions Field for an incredible experience. 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.

November 26, 2021: UAB vs. UTEP 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 University of Texas at El Paso Miners on November 26 at the new Protective Stadium. Kick-off is set for 1 p.m., and tickets start at $20. Can’t make it to the stadium? Listen online for free

Happy November, Birmingham! Gobble, gobble!


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