November’s arrival is upon us, and the time has come when our calendars begin ramping up with seasonal events that usher in the holiday season. Here are some of the happenings we’re most excited about taking place throughout the South this month. From festivals to holiday shopping extravaganzas, there’s something for everyone from kids to adults!
Southern Events & Happenings November 2018
Through November 4, 2018: Fort Lauderdale Boat Show — Fort Lauderdale, FL
We may be heading into the winter months, but it’s the perfect time to start planning for warmer 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, visit showmanagement.com for more information.
Through November 18, 2018: Book Festival of the MJCCA – Atlanta, GA
Readers will be delighted to welcome back the 27th 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, in a variety of interactions including meet-and-greets, signings and panel discussions. Notable writers and speakers this year include Sally Field, Mike Luckovich and Senator Joe Lieberman. The event takes place at the Marcus JCC Atlanta in Dunwoody and tickets can be bought individually by day or as a series. Visit atlantajcc.org for a complete list of events.
November 1-4, 2018: 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 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will continue the rest of the weekend with varying ticket prices. Learn more about Native American culture and history, and visit the artists’ marketplace to find unique holiday gifts. Visit stonemountainpark.com for more information.
November 1-4, 2018: Christmas Village Festival – Birmingham, AL
Want a great way to kick off you holiday shopping season? Visit the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center for over 700 booths with Christmas-inspired arts, crafts, food, decor and more. Come see this year’s holiday trends, do some early shopping and get great ideas for decorating your home for holidays! Don’t forget to stop by and meet Santa as well! Go to christmasvillagefestival.com to purchase tickets.
November 1-11, 2018: Charm City Fringe Festival — Baltimore, MD
Spend a day or two — or the entire 11 — exploring the exploding fringe theater scene in Baltimore during the 2018 Charm City Fringe Festival. The festival features more than 90 performances at nine venues in several Baltimore neighborhoods. Think everything from puppet shows to burlesque performances. For tickets, visit charmcityfringe.com.
November 1-25, 2018: Birmingham Home & Garden inspiration Home Tour – Birmingham, AL
Kick off your winter months with some inspiration this November. The Birmingham Home & Garden Inspiration Home Tour is back and this year’s dreamy abode will have you swooning. The 2018 Inspiration Home built by Francis Bryant Construction, will tell the story of Homewood and the city of Birmingham through architecture, design and local vendors and designers. Tour the space Thursdays though Sundays this month with a $10 ticket. To learn more, visit birminghamhomeandgarden.com.
November 2 & 3, 2018: The Hangout Oyster Cook-Off & Craft Beer Weekend – Gulf Shores, AL
Come to 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 $150, based on day and event. Please visit hangoutcookoff.com for more event details.
November 2 & 3, 2018: Breeders’ Cup — Louisville, KY
The Breeders’ Cup World Championships is an annual series of Grade I Thoroughbred horse races. This year, it’s being held at Churchill Downs. As the richest two days in sports, The Breeders’ Cup will pay out $30 million in purses and awards over the entire weekend. General admission tickets start at $20. For more info visit breederscup.com.
November 2 & 3, 2018: Grains & Grits Festival – Townsend, TN
The third annual Grains and Grits event, a festival of Southern spirits and gourmet grub, will bring together whiskey lovers from around the state of Tennessee. The Townsend Grains & Grits Festival provides an intimate sampling event, offering something for consumers, foodies, bartenders and spirit professionals alike. Tickets for Grains and Grits are $65 online or $75 the day of the event. Check out grainsandgritsfest.com for event details.
November 2-4, 2018: Merry Marketplace – Memphis, TN
Throughout this “holly jolly” three-day shopping extravaganza at The Pipkin Building, there will be live music, a holiday happy hour, painting classes and more. The Junior League of Memphis puts on this spectacular show, beginning Friday, November 2, and running through Sunday, November 4. General admission tickets are $10 and can be purchased online. General admission shopping will run 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Don’t miss the associated special events, like Girls’ Night Out on Friday, November 2, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for $30 in advance and $35 at the door. All of the proceeds from the weekend go to benefit The Junior League of Memphis and their efforts to improve the Memphis community. Visit merrymarketplace.com for more event details.
November 3, 2018: Wine Down Main Street – Franklin, TN
Spend your evening in Williamson County, TN, at this premier wine-tasting event. With wines from around the globe, delicious food and live music, this is one November event you won’t want to miss. Participating stores will be open for business through the event, so come ready to shop. Restaurants taking part will be open for bites–come ready to eat. This event is from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. General admission tickets are $85 and VIP tickets are available for $125. Proceeds from sponsorships and ticket sales for this event will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee. Visit eventbrite.com to purchase.
November 4, 2018: Afternoon in the Country – Atlanta, GA
Like to eat al fresco? Afternoon in the Country features chefs from Atlanta’s top restaurants, paired with our 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 for the event that runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Take a look at ldeiatlanta.org for more information.
November 5-11, 2018: Downtown Dining Week – Memphis, TN
Experience the foodie culture of this soulful city during Memphis’ ninth annual Downtown Dining Week. This year’s lineup includes Aldo’s Pizza Pies, Arcade Restaurant, Bardog Tavern, Automatic Slim’s, B.B. Kings Blues Club and many more. Participating restaurants feature special menus and pricing throughout the week. Head to the Bluff City to support locally owned small businesses and enjoy a taste of the South! Head over to downtowndiningweek.com for more information on this event.
November 5-11, 2018: Savannah Food & Wine Festival – Savannah, GA
Let historical sites and coastal venues act as a picturesque backdrop 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 next month. With events ranging from the Grand Reserve and Silent Auction
to the casual River Street Stroll and Taste of Savannah, 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 9-11, 2018: Christmas Village – Nashville, TN
Approximately 260 merchants and 30,000 shoppers from all over the United States gather for this yearly, long-standing Nashville tradition at The Fairgrounds Nashville. Toys, jewelry, food, pottery and collectibles are just a few of the items offered at this event. The Nashville Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club puts on Christmas Village annually to benefit the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center and other Pi Beta Phi philanthropies. Check Christmas shopping for yourself, friends and family off your list. Tickets are $10 at the door, $8 online and returning tickets are just $5. Visit christmasvillage.org to read more about the event.
November 9-11, 2018: Festival of Trees and Lights — Louisville, KY
The 29th annual Festival of Trees & Lights at Louisville Slugger Field is where hundreds of volunteers design and decorate Christmas trees, wreaths and handcrafted holiday items, all of which are for sale to raise funds for Norton Children’s Hospital. Tickets are $6 for children under 12 and senior citizens (65+); $9 for adults. Children’s activities are free with admission. Visit nortonchildrens.com.
November 10, 2018: Music City Yoga Festival — Nashville, TN
During this day-long celebration of yoga, yogis will gather to practice everything from vinyasa to iyengar — taught by local yoga instructors. Additionally, there will be vendors, live music, local food, and a few new surprises. Tickets range from $45-60 and proceeds support Small World Yoga, a Nashville non-profit with a vision to make yoga accessible to more people in the Nashville community. For more details about the event, take a look at musiccityyogafestival.com.
November 10 & 11, 2018: Turtle Creek Fine Arts Festival – Dallas, TX
The Turtle Creek Fine Arts Festival, two-day arts festival, will be held in Reverchon Park in Dallas, Texas this fall. Set for Saturday, November 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, November 11, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the festival will showcase approximately This event will feature up to 125 painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metalwork, glass blowers, jewelers, and crafters! Festival goers will also have the opportunity to view artist demonstrations, enjoy local food trucks, live acoustic music, hands-on art activities, a children’s area and much more. Free to attend, the festival is open to all ages, and dogs are welcome. Please read turtlecreekartsfestival.com for further event details.
November 11, 2018: 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. Make your way to Charleston the second week of the month and enjoy a weekend of food, tailgating, horse racing and drinking. General admission tickets start at $30 with many other options available online at steeplechaseofcharleston.com.
November 14, 2018: CMA Awards – Nashville, TN
Top country stars and their fans flock to Nashville each fall for the annual CMA Awards, now in its 52nd year. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood return to host this event, and we can only hope that they keep coming back. Snag tickets, or tune in to ABC-TV at 8|7 p.m. central time, for the red carpet, performances and celebrations. Visit www.cmaworld.com to find out more.
November 15 through December 9, 2018: 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, 8,232-square-foot Buckhead estate on a 1.5-acre lot. There will be ideas and inspiration that you can take home with you, and photos are encouraged. This event takes place Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Check out atlantaholidayhome.com for more details.
November 18, 2018: Magic City Half Marathon – Birmingham, AL
With over 2,000 racers in the 2017 race, the Magic City Half Marathon has become the fastest growing running event in the South! Taking place 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 this November! magiccityrun.com
November 22: 30A 10K — Watersound, FL
Scheduled for November 22, 2018, the 30A 10K, has already been named one of the top five Thanksgiving race events in the nation and has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local charities in the South Walton area, which spans the Florida panhandle and is a popular destination anytime of year, but for race participants, particularly 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! For more information, visit 30a10k.com.
November 23, 2018: Light Up Louisville — Louisville, KY
For more than three decades, thousands of residents and visitors alike have been celebrating the start of the Christmas season at Light Up Louisville. This year the event is in its 38th year and will be held the day after Thanksgiving with the arrival of Santa Claus who will help Mayor Fischer illuminate downtown Louisville. This event serves as the official starting point for the holiday season in the Derby City. Visit louisvilleky.gov for the schedule of events and more details.
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