As we head into November, there are many events to look forward to throughout the South. From art exhibits to holiday festivals to turkey trots, the South is home to festivities that you just can’t miss. Here’s a list of our favorite Southern events happening this month.

November Southern events: Holiday at the Arboretum in Dallas, TX

Get in the holiday spirit early at Holiday at the Arboretum in Dallas. Image: Art&Seek

14 Southern Events & Happenings: November 2020

Through April 21, 2021: Truth Be Told: The Policies That Impacted Black Lives – Louisville, KY

Every Wednesday through Sunday, the Muhammad Ali Center hosts Truth Be Told: The Policies That Impacted Black Lives, an exhibit that explores the policies linked to systemic racism in America. Learn the truth about the policies that have impacted Black people from the early 1600s to present day, and be encouraged to share what you learn with others. Access to the exhibit is included with general admission tickets, which are $14 for adults.

November 5 – 12, 2020: Artists for AWAKE – Nashville, TN

Artists for AWAKE is the annual fundraiser for Advocates for Women’s and Kids’ Equality (AWAKE) Tennessee. This year’s art auction and program both take place online. The auction runs from November 5 through November 12 and features local artwork. The event’s virtual program begins at 7 p.m. on November 12 and features special entertainment, guest speakers and stories from Tennesseeans who have been impacted by AWAKE’s work. Both the auction and virtual program are free to attend.

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November 5, 12 & 19, 2020: Bourbon and Bridles Tour – Louisville, KY

While the 2020 Kentucky Derby has come and gone, check out the Bourbon and Bridles Tour at the Kentucky Derby Museum on November 5, 12 and 19. In this one-hour tour, visitors learn the unique history of bourbon and horse racing and how they are connected. Tickets are $75 per person, and in addition to the tour, attendees also receive a special themed gift bag. If you love bourbon and the Kentucky Derby, this is an event you don’t want to miss.

November 6 & 20, 2020: Drive-in Movie Series – Atlanta, GA

If you’ve been missing the classic big-screen experience, head to the Lawrenceville Depot District this November for some drive-in movies. Watch films like Date Night (November 6) and Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (November 20) from the comfort of your car, and enjoy treats from The Red Popcorn Wagon. Admission is free.

November 7, 2020: Christmas on the Farm – Birmingham, AL

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. Entry and parking are free. Gates open at 9 a.m. and close at 4 p.m. Merry early Christmas!

November 7, 2020: 16th Annual Hike for the Homeless – Nashville, TN

Fight against homelessness on November 7 by participating in Safe Haven Family Shelter’s 16th Annual Hike for the Homeless. This year’s event is virtual, so participants are encouraged to walk a route of their choosing between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on race day. Registration is free, and hikers who donate $35 or more receive a t-shirt. Proceeds raised benefit Safe Haven Family Shelter, which houses, supports, empowers and advocates for families experiencing homelessness.

November 7 & 8, 2020: Chastain Park Arts Festival – Atlanta, GA

This November, the Chastain Park Arts Festival hosts its ninth annual event at Chastain Park on November 7 and 8. Featuring 185 artists and artisans, visitors enjoy fine art and crafts, a children’s area, live music, and local food and beverage concessions. Admission is free, and gates open at 10 a.m. on November 7 and 11 a.m. on November 8.

November 7 – December 31, 2020: Holiday at the Arboretum – Dallas, TX

Get in the holiday spirit early this year at the Dallas Arboretum. The annual event features Victorian-style gazebos that have been decorated to represent each of the 12 Days of Christmas. The event also includes visits with Santa, shopping, and food and beverages. Tickets are $17 for adults (ages 13 to 64), $14 for seniors (ages 65 and up) and $12 for children (ages 2 to 12).

November 12 – December 6, 2020: Home for the Holidays Showhouse – Atlanta, GA

Celebrate the start of the holiday season with Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles’ 2020 Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse. The 6,500-square-foot Atlanta home features six bedrooms, six full baths and two half-baths, with spaces designed by Anna-Louise Wolfe, Janie Wilburn, Valerie Garrett and more. Plus, don’t forget to visit Boxwoods Boutique on the terrace level to do some Christmas shopping and the “Well Set: Entertaining in Style” Tabletop Showcase in the garage. Tickets start at $35, and tours run from November 12 through December 6. Hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

November 13 – 30, 2020: Holiday Festival of Lights – Charleston, SC

A Charleston favorite, the Holiday Festival of Lights is a unique experience that’s perfect to share with family and friends from the comfort of your vehicle. Take a driving tour through millions of twinkling lights, stop at the concessions along the way, and partake in a holiday-themed scavenger hunt. Tickets start at $20 per vehicle, and gates open nightly at 5:30 p.m.

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November 17 – 22, 2020: A Christmas Affair – Austin, TX

From November 17 through 22, peruse goodies from over 150 regional and national retail merchants. Presented by The Junior League of Austin, A Christmas Affair is a five-day holiday market that focuses on small businesses. While this year’s event is completely virtual, attendees can still participate in raffles and auctions. Tickets for the virtual market are $15, and prices vary for additional events.

November 20, 2020: Ross Bridge Holiday Market – Birmingham, AL

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 local bites and pick up some Christmas gifts along the way. This event is family-friendly and social distancing is enforced.

November 26 – 29, 2020: Hungry Turkey 5K – Louisville, KY

It’s not Thanksgiving without an annual turkey run. This year, the Louisville Hungry Turkey 5K is a virtual event. From November 26 through 29, run a course of your choice at your own pace. Participants receive a finisher’s certificate and commemorative event gear. Registration fees for kids start at $14.99, and adult fees start at $29.99.

November 27 – December 27, 2020: Holiday Wonders at the Garden – Memphis, TN

Memphis Botanic Garden’s most anticipated event opens November 27 and runs through December 27. Some areas of the garden offer varying themes, such as Snowy Nights, Trees Alight, City of Memphis Christmas Tree, and the TruGreen Under the Stars Outdoor Lounge. Take a walk through this magical light show with your friends and family to get in the Christmas spirit!

Here’s to getting in the holiday spirit!


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