The time has come for our calendars to fill with seasonal events that usher in the holiday season. From festivals to holiday shopping extravaganzas, there’s something for everyone on this list of Southern events and happenings. Here are the 34 November events that we can’t wait to attend.
Southern Events in November 2019
Through November 3, 2019: Louisville Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular — Louisville, KY
The Louisville Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is always a crowd favorite. This year’s event will be held at Iroquois Park, starting on October 8 and running through November 3. There are 5,000 uniquely carved pumpkins lighting up the walking trail, which spans one-quarter mile, and carvers work tirelessly throughout the month to constantly keep freshly carved pumpkins out. The pumpkin trail will be illuminated from dusk to 11 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and until 11:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Tickets start at $10. jackolanternlouisville.com
Through November 3, 2019: Fort Lauderdale Boat Show — Fort Lauderdale, FL
We may be heading into the winter months, but it’s not a bad idea to start planning for warm-weather activities. Scout out your next water adventure at the 59th Annual Fort Lauderdale Boat Show. Meet with builders and brokers and peruse a variety of watercraft, from canoes to superyachts and everything in between. Plus, take in a seminar or two and brush up on your docking skills, anchoring technique and more. Ticket prices and packages vary. showmanagement.com
Through November 4, 2019: Indie Memphis Film Festival — Memphis, TN
The 2019 Indie Memphis Film Festival will show more than 200 films at seven different venues. Bring some friends and meet new neighbors, along with people from around the world, at a block party with live music, filmmaker talks, adult beverages and more. Just a few of the screening venues include Malco Studio on the Square, Playhouse on the Square and Crosstown Theatre. The festival pass is $100, the VIP pass is $250, the Black Creators Forum + Film Festival pass is $149, and the Black Creators Forum and VIP pass is $299. Single tickets range from $10 to $20. indiememphis.com
Through November 11, 2019: Foo Foo Festival — Pensacola, FL
Foo Foo Fest is a 12-day celebration each fall. With culturally creative happenings, events and moments under one banner, it attracts visitors to beautiful Pensacola, Florida. Foo Foo Fest is big fun, with events of high artistic and cultural caliber, delivered with a hefty dose of Southern sophistication. This year’s festival takes place October 31 through November 11. foofoofest.com
Through November 18, 2019: Book Festival of the MJCCA — Atlanta, GA
Readers will be delighted to welcome back the 28th edition of the Book Festival of the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta! If your literary senses are tingling, they should be. This year’s event has some fabulous visiting authors who will offer a variety of interactions including meet-and-greets, signings and panel discussions. The event takes place at the Marcus JCC of Atlanta in Dunwoody, and tickets can be bought individually by day or as a series. atlantajcc.org
November 1, 2019: Day of the Dead Tequila Festival — Nashville, TN
Sip for a cause at the Day of the Dead Tequila Festival at the Pavilion East, celebrating the mission of Fannie Battle. The festival is partnering with Jose Cuervo while showcasing over 30 different labels of tequila and tacos from Las Palmas Mexican Restaurant. The 21+ event ticket includes 15 tequila tastings, access event areas and many spooky surprises. There will be full-sized cocktails and Modelo available for purchase at the cash bar. Tickets to the event cost $49 for general admission. nashvilletequilafestival.
November 1, 2019: The Children’s Ball — Birmingham, AL
Join Children’s of Alabama at their most elegant celebration of the year. 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. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit thechildrensball.com.
November 1 & 2, 2019: The Hangout Oyster Cook-Off & Craft Beer Weekend — Gulf Shores, AL
Visit the sugar-white sand beaches of Gulf Shores for a celebration of oysters, culinary artistry and craft beer, featuring celebrity chefs doing cooking demos, an oyster recipe contest, a craft beer oasis, the North American Oyster Showcase with oysters flown in from seven regions, a tailgating tent with sports viewing lounges to watch SEC football games, and live music performances by Michael Ray and Red Clay Strays! Ticket prices range from $10 to $250, based on the day and event. Please visit hangoutcookoff.com for more event details.
November 2, 2019: Wine Down Main Street — Franklin, TN
Spend your evening in downtown Franklin at this premier wine-tasting event, which runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. With wines from around the globe, delicious food and live music, this is one November event you don’t want to miss. Shop the participating stores, cruise the various restaurants offering delicious bites and enjoy fine wines at this annual fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee. General admission tickets for $85 include a souvenir wine glass, food tastings, beer and, of course, your share of wine! bgcmt.org.
November 2 & 3, 2019: Moss Rock Festival — Birmingham, AL
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. For more information, visit mossrockfestival.com.
November 2, 2019: Grains & Grits Festival — Townsend, TN
The 4th annual Grains & Grits Festival is one of Southern spirits and gourmet grub, bringing together whiskey lovers from around the state of Tennessee. The Townsend Grains & Grits Festival provides an enjoyable sampling event, offering something for all foodies. Tickets for Grains and Grits are $65 online or $75 on the day of the event. This event takes place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Check out grainsandgritsfest.com for event details.
November 3, 2019: Afternoon in the Country — Atlanta, GA
Like to eat al fresco? Afternoon in the Country features chefs from Atlanta’s top restaurants, paired with the area’s best farms, set up in a tasting format alongside fabulous wines and microbrews at the Foxhall Resort & Sporting Club near Douglasville. The event, which also features live music and a huge silent auction, benefits Atlanta Les Dames d’Escoffier International, a worldwide society of women dedicated to creating a culture in the community that promotes the achievement of women in culinary professions through educational and charitable activities. Tickets are $125 for adults 21 and over. The event runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Take a look at ldeiatlanta.org for more information.
November 4-8, 2019: Nashville Design Week — Nashville, TN
Celebrate Nashville’s design community at this month’s Nashville Design Week. The city-wide event aims to encourage collaboration within the design community and engage the public through a variety of interdisciplinary programming. Check out the schedule across locations in Nashville. nashvilledesignweek.org.
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November 4-10, 2019: Savannah Food & Wine Festival — Savannah, GA
Let historical sites and coastal venues act as picturesque backdrops while you indulge in wines, culinary creations, music and cocktails. Savannah Food & Wine Festival celebrates local and national culinary talent, winemakers, chefs, cocktail masters and more over six days. With events ranging from the Grand Reserve Tasting to the River Street Stroll, you don’t want to miss this. Tickets vary in price, so visit savannah.com to see what fits your budget and your schedule.
November 7-9, 2019: 11th Annual Brentwood Christmas Crawl — Brentwood, TN
For three days this November, kick off your holiday shopping with The Brentwood Christmas Crawl. From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on November 7, and during regular store hours on November 8 and 9, cruise a handful of amazing stores offering various promotions, seasonal specials and light refreshments. Don’t miss this fun day of Christmas shopping at some fabulous Brentwood boutiques! brentwoodchristmascrawl.com.
November 7-10, 2019: Native American Festival and Pow-Wow — Stone Mountain, GA
Head to Stone Mountain Park and experience Native American culture through dance, cooking and storytelling. The four-day festival will begin Thursday, November 7 at 9 a.m., and it will continue the rest of the weekend with varying ticket prices and times. Learn more about Native American culture and history, and visit the artists’ marketplace to find unique holiday gifts. stonemountainpark.com
November 9, 2019: 15th Annual Hike for the Homeless — Nashville, TN
Lace-up your hiking boots and join Safe Haven Family Shelter for their 15th Annual Hike for the Homeless on Saturday, November 9, at Edwin Warner Park. Enjoy the crisp fall weather with a brisk hike, along with live music, a complimentary lunch, a climbing wall, a dog fun zone and so much more! Registration starts at 9 a.m. at picnic shelters 9 and 1. There is no entrance fee or minimum donation and the hike will begin at 10 a.m. hike4homeless.org.
November 9, 2019: Louisville Soul Music Festival — Louisville, KY
Ready to experience soul music at its best? The Louisville Soul Music Fest, featuring Keith Sweat and Anthony Hamilton, will be held on Friday, November 9, at the KFC Yum! Center. This event will begin at 8 p.m., and tickets start at $45.50. kfcyumcenter.com
November 10, 2019: Grilled Cheese Festival — Memphis, TN
The Grilled Cheese Festival, hosted by Hi Tone Cafe, will take place on November 10 at Crosstown Arts. They have seen more than 4,000 attendees and raised more than $13,000 dollars for Alive Rescue Memphis in the past two years alone. So come out, eat grilled cheese and support a great cause! Admission is $5 and there will be a cash bar, too. memphisgrilledcheese.com
November 11-17, 2019: Downtown Dining Week — Memphis, TN
Save your appetites for Downtown Dining Week — a week-long event packed with special menus, extra courses, two-for-one deals and so much more. With more than 40 restaurants participating, there are plenty of opportunities to experience the flavors of Memphis. Reservations are recommended for many of the participating locations, so get on it! downtownmemphis.com
November 14-24, 2019: Southern Christmas Show — Charlotte, NC
Picture lush evergreen trees from the North Carolina mountains, each decorated by a talented designer, plus decor inspiration for your own home with gorgeous holiday wreaths, mantels and doors that are all designed locally. The Southern Christmas Show will take place from November 14 to November 24, right on time to get everyone in the holiday spirit. Tickets range from $4 to $24. Check out southernchristmasshow.com for more info such as schedules and participating vendors.
November 14 through December 8, 2019: Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse — Atlanta, GA
This year’s Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse features a new, 5,500-square-foot, five-bedroom estate on a four-acre lot. There will be ideas and inspiration that you can take home with you, and photos are encouraged. This event takes place Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. General admission tickets are $30. Check out atlantaholidayhome.com for more details.
November 15-17, 2019: Festival of Trees & Lights — Louisville, KY
Come stand in awe of the beautiful Christmas decorations at the 30th annual Festival of Trees & Lights at Louisville Slugger Field, to raise funds for Norton Children’s Hospital. Tickets are $9 for adults; $6 for children under 12 and seniors 65+; free for children under 2. Children’s activities are free with admission. nortonchildrens.com
November 15 – 17, 2019: Christmas Village — Nashville, TN
Get in the holiday spirit with Christmas Village, Nashville’s oldest and most prestigious consumer show. Shop a diverse collection of seasonal and gift items from 260 merchants across the country — including toys, clothing, jewelry, food items, pottery, collectibles and much more! Christmas Village will run from Friday, November 15 through Sunday, November 17, at The Fairgrounds Nashville. The schedule for both the Christmas Village and photos with Santa is available at ChristmasVillage.org
November 17, 2019: Charleston Cup Steeplechase — Charleston, SC
Whether you are making your way to Charleston for the black-tie Race Ball, to tailgate with friends or to catch a glimpse of the nation’s top racers competing for more than $100,000, you are sure to have a blast. Enjoy a weekend of food, tailgating, horse racing and drinking this November 17. General admission tickets start at $45 with many other options available online at steeplechaseofcharleston.com.
November 21, 2019: Six Strings Presents Rhett Miller and Bellwether Station — Marietta, GA
Six Strings presents School House Rocks, featuring Rhett Miller and Bellweather Station. Head out to The Strand in Marietta, Georgia, to enjoy live music and support Communities in Schools, which is a charity that helps at-risk teenagers graduate high school. Doors open at 7 p.m., and general admission tickets are $25. VIP tickets are $50. For more information, visit eventbee.com.
November 23, 2019: Memphis Taste of Hope — Memphis, TN
Taste of Hope is the American Cancer Society’s signature culinary, wine and spirits event, featuring some of Memphis’ most popular restaurants and beverage vendors. Guests can enjoy a walkabout, tasting signature bites and sips while also enjoying an exciting silent auction and other entertainment. Individual tickets start at $75 and $125 for VIP. This event will take place November 23 at The Children’s Museum of Memphis from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. tasteofhopememphis.org
November 23, 2019: Snow Ball Gala — Louisville, KY
Ready to get a little fancy this holiday season? Join Norton Healthcare for their 30th anniversary of the Snow Ball Gala. It’s a night you won’t forget, with a cocktail hour, silent auction, gourmet meal, live entertainment and dancing — all to raise funds for Norton Children’s Hospital. This black-tie event has become one of the most fashionable holiday parties in the city. Guests will also enjoy a five-course meal before jamming out to live music by Endless Summer Band. This event takes place from 6 p.m. to midnight, and tickets are $450. nortonchildrens.com
November 24, 2019: Magic City Half Marathon — Birmingham, AL
The Magic City Half Marathon is back for its 9th year and it promises 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 the fastest-growing running event 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 benefiting the Ruben Studdard Foundation for the Advancement of Children in the Music Arts. Explore the city, and get some exercise just in time for Thanksgiving. Registration prices and race times vary. For more information, visit magiccityrun.com.
November 27 & 28, 2019: 30A 10K — Rosemary Beach, FL
Looking for a unique way to celebrate Thanksgiving? The 30A 10K has been named one of the top five Thanksgiving race events in the nation. Hundreds of thousands of dollars have already been raised for local charities in the South Walton area, which spans the Florida panhandle. This destination, popular at any time of the year, becomes particularly popular for race participants during Thanksgiving week. 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 take place in Rosemary Beach, and registration starts at $75. Packet pick up and the “Thanksgiving Extravaganza” take place on November 27, and November 28 is race day. 30a10k.com
November 28, 2019: Memphis Hungry Turkey 5K — Memphis, TN
Join the Thanksgiving Day tradition at the Memphis Hungry Turkey 5K Run/Walk at Shelby Farms Park. Everyone gets a locally made donut at the finish line and the satisfaction of knowing that they got out of bed and ran on Thanksgiving Day, which means a guilt-free smorgasbord later! The registration fee is $36.99 until it increases on November 7. The Kids Dash will begin at 8:45 a.m., followed by the 5K at 9 a.m. tennesseeruns.com
November 28, 2019: Nashville Turkey Trot — Nashville, TN
Join Tennessee Runs for this year’s annual Turkey Trot. Register for the 8K or the 10-mile run-walk event and trot around Nashville. Registration to run costs $60 for the 8K and $80 to participate in the 10-mile event. In addition to the main runs, there will be a 5K kids division, for those 11 years and under. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Tennessee Chapter of the ALS Association. tennesseeruns.com.
November 29, 2019: Light Up Louisville — Louisville, KY
Watch Mayor Fischer and Santa kick off the Christmas season at Light Up Louisville. This beloved community event is free of charge and takes place from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Louisville Metro Hall. facebook.com
November 29, 2019: Birmingham Ballet’s The Mutt-cracker — Birmingham, AL
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. For more information, visit the birminghamballet.com.
We hope you get out there and enjoy at many of these Southern events in November as you can!
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