This month, Birmingham will be home to amazing concerts, spectacular performances and, of course, lots of holiday shopping. From fun runs and community gatherings to eco-friendly festivals and sophisticated evenings, November is jam-packed with festive soirées and jubilees. So, gather, enjoy Thanksgiving’s harvest and get out on the town — let’s celebrate November in the Magic City!
17 Birmingham Events: November 2019
November 1, 2019: The Children’s Ball
Kick-off the new month at an elegant affair celebrating the Magic City’s very own Children’s of Alabama. The Children’s Ball is a black-tie event that features a silent auction, live auction, fabulous dinner and after-party. This is the ideal way to get dolled up and enjoy a night at The Club while supporting the continued excellence in pediatric care at Children’s of Alabama. Cocktails and silent auction begin at 6 p.m., program, seated dinner and live auction begin at 7:45 p.m. and the after-party is from 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Tickets sell out every year and they can be purchased online. thechildrensball.com
November 2, 2019: Día de Los Muertos
The annual Day of the Dead, or Día de Los Muertos, celebrates life in the most colorful and festive way! On Saturday, November 2, dress up in classic Day of the Dead style with flower-adorned skull face paint, or simply don your most colorful festival garb and head out to Pepper Place from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. This fabulous cultural experience features live music, performers, art, food and artistic altars. The celebration is put on by nonprofit gallery Bare Hands, Inc. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 to 12 and children under 6 get in free. Prices go up on the day of the festival. bhamdayofthedead.org
November 2, 2019: Vulcan Run 10K
Break out your favorite running shoes and join over 1,500 fellow runners for the 45th Annual Vulcan Run 10K, hosted by the Birmingham Track Club. Post-race, enjoy food, fun and an awards ceremony. This is the ideal event for the active Birminghamian hoping to connect with the running community! Registration is $50, and the race will begin at 8 a.m. birminghamtrackclub.com.
November 2 & 3, 2019: Moss Rock Festival
Mark your calendar for the 13th Annual Moss Rock Festival, happening at the beautiful Preserve in Hoover. This one-of-a-kind, outdoor eco-creative festival welcomes thousands of visitors annually, to explore nature, art and design. This premier fall event features a main stage with live music acts, hundreds of tents featuring artisans and makers, food vendors circling the green, a beer garden, a kids’ area with interactive activities and more. Moss Rock Festival is a project of the Foundation for Arts and Cultural Connections, Inc. The festival begins at 10 a.m. each day. Adult tickets are $10, student tickets are $5, and kids 15 and under get in free. mossrockfestival.com.
November 7, 2019: The Vulcans Community Awards
Celebrate the 6th annual Vulcans Community Award this November. Honor Vulcan and the Birminghamians who are making an impact in our beautiful community, at the Vulcans Community Awards at The Club. This event will recognize Birmingham citizens who exemplify civic pride, leadership and progress just as Vulcan has symbolized for over 100 years. Five outstanding citizens will receive “The Vulcan” award for community commitment or initiatives that have had a significant impact on the Magic City. There will also be one Lifetime Achievement Award. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. and the seated dinner begins at 6:30 p.m at The Club. Individual tickets are $115, and table tickets are available. Tickets should be reserved in advance. visitvulcan.com
November 8, 2019: KC & The Sunshine Band at the BJCC
Put on your boogie shoes and head out to the BJCC to see KC & The Sunshine Band live and in concert. The boys are back to bring you a show that you won’t forget! Grab your favorite dancing partner and make plans to dance the night away with this iconic band. Tickets start at $35 and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. ticketmaster.com
November 8 – 10 & 15 – 17, 2019: Fall 2019 Parade of Homes
Gather all your home design inspiration at one of Birmingham’s favorite fall traditions. The Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders’ Fall 2019 Parade of Homes will take place this November 8 through the 10, and 15 through the 17, throughout the Birmingham metropolitan area. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour dozens of beautiful homes, many that are designed with the newest in technology and decor trends. The homes will be open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. Find a map of the participating homes and additional information on their site. Birminghamparadeofhomes.com
November 11, 2019: National Veterans Day Parade
Salute and honor those who deserve it most at this year’s 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 amazing country. The parade will begin at Railroad Park at 1:30 p.m. nationalveteransday.org
November 13, 2019: The Jonas Brothers at the BJCC
The Jonas Brothers are back and better than ever! With a brand new album featuring hits like “Sucker” and “Cool,” this is a hot ticket event for all ages. Happiness will fill the arena as Nick, Joe and Kevin bring their Happiness Begins tour to the Magic City for one night only. Tickets start at $37.95 and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. ticketmaster.com
November 15 through December 14, 2019: North Pole Express
All aboard! One of the Magic City’s favorite holiday traditions, The North Pole Express, is back. Load up the kiddos and take a magical trip to the North Pole — a brilliantly decorated destination complete with Santa, Mrs. Claus, elves and a special Christmas story at the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum. Don’t forget to dress the little ones in their favorite holiday pajamas! Tickets start at $28. hodrrm.org
November 16, 2019: 2019 Moonstone Festival
Support the fabulous femme in the music industry at the first-ever Moonstone Festival at Sloss Docks. Enjoy great tunes and local food, drink and art vendors at this fierce fest. The lineup includes the talents of Rose of the West, Aria Taylor, Bully and many more. General admission is $35 and VIP tickets are $100. A portion of all sales will benefit Girls Rock Birmingham, a local non-profit that supports girls who want to learn to play musical instruments. moonstonefest.com
November 20 – 23, 2019: Market Noel
Market Noel is Birmingham’s premier holiday shopping event. Held at the Hoover Met’s Finley Center, this annual three-day shopping fundraiser showcases more than 100 regional and national vendors, perfect for shoppers seeking the latest in fashion and home decor, jewelry, holiday items, children’s clothes, gourmet food, art and more. In addition to the amazing shopping every day, the JLB has special events like Preview Noel (exclusive first dibs shopping and the kickoff soirée) and the family-friendly JLB Hearts Birmingham party. Get your shopping done on Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission tickets are $15, and the three-day must-have pass is $35. There are group and senior citizen discounts, and special event ticket prices vary based on the event. marketnoel.net
November 22, 2019: Lights Up Holiday Parade and Fireworks Show
Kick-off the holiday season at The Summit! Enjoy sweet treats from local vendors, welcome Santa to Birmingham in the holiday parade, see the magic of faux snow and get in the spirit with live entertainment. Performances by Dance South and Miss Alabama Teen begin at 5 p.m. The parade starts at Barnes and Noble at 6 p.m. Fireworks will be set off at 6:30 p.m. thesummitbirmingham.com
November 23, 2019: Sister Hazel at Iron City
It’s ‘All For You’, Birmingham! Sister Hazel is stopping by the Magic City to serenade us with their classic hits and some new tunes as well. Grab your friends and get ready to dance the night away with this iconic band. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 for those 21 years old and up and $30 for those under the age of 21. ironcitybham.com
November 24, 2019: Magic City Half Marathon
The Magic City Half Marathon is back for its 9th year and it’s sure to be the best one yet! With thousands of runners coming from all over the country to participate, the Magic City Half Marathon has become one of the fastest-growing running events in the South. Kicking off at 8 a.m. in downtown Birmingham and finishing at Regions Field, this half marathon and 5K features awesome swag, live music, post-race craft beer and more — all while benefitting the Ruben Studdard Foundation for the Advancement of Children in the Music Arts. Explore the Magic City, and get some exercise just in time for Thanksgiving. Registration prices and race times vary. magiccityrun.com.
November 27, 2019: 30A 10K
Looking for a unique way to celebrate Thanksgiving? The 30A 10K has already been named one of the top five Thanksgiving race events in the nation, and it has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local charities in the South Walton area. The area spans the Florida panhandle, and it’s a popular destination all year long. But it’s particularly popular during Thanksgiving week — especially for race participants. In fact, the 30A 10K has evolved into an annual tradition for many families, who register in late summer and excitedly begin planning their trip South for the Thanksgiving holiday. Join them this year and start a new family tradition! The 10K and Fun Run takes place in Rosemary Beach, and registration starts at $75 for the 10K. 30a10k.com.
November 29, 2019: Birmingham Ballet’s The Mutt-cracker at the Alabama Theatre
One of the Magic City’s most beloved holiday performances, The Mutt-cracker, returns to the Alabama Theatre this November 29! This fun and festive event by the Birmingham Ballet takes a new twist on the classic “tail,” by adding in adorable pups alongside the talented Birmingham Ballet dancers as they perform The Nutcracker. Inspiring dancing, gorgeous costumes, magical surprises and, of course, four-legged friends will make this evening unforgettable. Tickets start at $35, and the ballet begins at 7:30 p.m. birminghamballet.com.
Happy November, Birmingham! Gobble, gobble!