While November centers on Thanksgiving near the end of the month, the calendar here in Louisville has a lot more in mind than just a big turkey dinner. Holiday shopping is in full swing, with nearly all of the area’s boutiques having open houses and shopping events. And there is plenty going on in the city’s vibrant arts scene, as well. So much to be thankful for in our great community next month—and all months! Here are our top picks for November:
Louisville Events: November 2016
November 1, 2016: Bob Dylan and His Band at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts
Bob Dylan, one of music’s legendary icons, has influenced and helped shaped American music and culture for over 50 years. He is bringing his talent to the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, November 1 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $49.50. kentuckycenter.org
November 3, 2016: Yelp’s 3rd Annual Art in Action
For the third year, Yelp is hosting their annual celebration of the creativity of Louisville and beyond with their Art in Action event. This year, the event will take place at the Louisville Palace on Thursday, November 3 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and feature 60+ restaurants, beverage brands, local makers and nonprofits. Some highlights will include performances by Actors Theatre of Louisville, Kentucky Opera, CirqueLouis and Acting Against Cancer, as well as a fashion show, lounge and interactive art pieces. The event is 21+ and free to attend. There will be a suggested $10 donation at the door that will benefit the event sponsor, Strive, which seeks to provide creative wellness education and services to the Louisville community. yelp.com
November 4, 2016: Chenoweth Square Holiday Walk
Walk Chenoweth Square and get your holiday shopping done on Friday, November 4, from 6 to 9 p.m. Participating businesses include Cheddar Box Too, Digs, Cartwheels, J.McLaughlin, Dolfinger’s, Modern Elegance, Three Dog Bakery, Merci, Fleur de Lis, B. You, Primp, The Lemon Tree, Highland Fish Market and Gemelli wine shop. facebook.com.
November 5, 2016: Cedar Lake’s 28th Annual Gala
Cedar Lake will host its 28th Annual Gala, presented by Commonwealth Bank & Trust, at Marriott Louisville East on Saturday, November 5th from 6 p.m to 10 p.m. The black-tie affair is themed “It’s a Wonderful Life” and will include a dual-entree dinner, as well as silent and live auctions. Entertainment will be provided by Chris Kenealy, a person supported by Cedar Lake. Professional dancers will also be on site to perform the “Charleston,” and other popular dances from the era. The night will be emceed by on-air talent, Karen Roby. Tickets are $175 per person. cedarlake.org
November 11, 2016: Purses, Pouts and Pearls benefiting the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is hosting its third annual Purses, Pouts and Pearls event. With a chance to win up to 10 designer handbags, need we say more? The event will take place on Friday, November 11, from 6 to 10 p.m., with bingo, gift bags, light bites and signature cocktails at the Woodhaven Country Club, located at 7200 Woodhaven Road. The dress is Little Black Dress, and tickets are $55 per person. pursespoutsandpearls.org
November 11-13, 2016: Festival of Trees and Lights
The 27th annual Festival of Trees and Lights, hosted by the Children’s Hospital Foundation, takes place at Louisville Slugger Field Friday, November 11, through Sunday, November 13, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be decorated Christmas trees, in addition to wreaths and handcrafted holiday items for sale. Proceeds from the sale benefit the neuroscience and neurosurgery program at Kosair Children’s Hospital. Tickets are $5 for children and $8 for adults. kosairchildrenshospital.com.
November 12, 2016: Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis
Come out to Tom Sawyer State Park on Saturday, November 12, at 9 a.m. to experience much more than a 5k. Jingle Bell Run/Walk will feature costume contests, educational speakers, health and wellness exhibitors, and a Kids Candy Cane Trot. All proceeds benefit the local Arthritis Foundation’s public health programs, advocacy efforts and research investments. kintera.org
November 12, 2016: Louisville Ultimate Wine Run
The Ultimate Wine Run is traveling across the country and promises to be a ton of fun. The event features live music, rock climbing, a mechanical bull and lots of wine. Time is running out to get signed up. Registration starts at $35. The run will take place at Waterfront Park, with the fun beginning at 2:30 p.m. theultimatewinrun.com
November 18, 2016: Ladies Day at the Races
We all need a Girl’s Night Out every once in a while. When it benefits a good cause, it’s even better. Enjoy the tenth annual Ladies Day at the Races in support of the Backside Learning Center. The center helps equine workers at Churchill Downs by providing educational and community resources. Tickets are $75, and the event runs from 11:30 a.m. until the last post. backsidelearningcenter.org.
November 18 through December 31, 2016: Lights Under Louisville
There’s no other holiday light show like Lights Under Louisville. Each year, the Louisville MEGA Cavern is adorned with light fixtures to celebrate the Christmas season. Get the kids in the car and take 30-minute ride through part of the 17 miles of underground passageways. Tickets are purchased at the entrances and prices are charged by the carload — $30. louisvillemegacavern.com.
November 20, 2016: 2nd Annual “Snowflake Shoppe” Holiday Gift Bazaar
Sunday, November 20, will see the 2nd Annual “Snowflake Shoppe” holiday gift bazaar at The J, located at 3600 Dutchman’s Lane. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and admission is free. A Preview Night will be held on Saturday, November 19 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 and include one drink ticket, appetizers and door prizes. This year’s bazaar includes nearly 80 vendors and all proceeds will benefit The J’s Early Learning Center to assist with the purchase of educational toys and equipment. Gift-wrapping will also be available for a donation to the Early Learning Center. jewishlouisville.org
November 22 through December 23, 2016: A Christmas Carol at Actors Theatre
One of Louisville’s most celebrated Christmas traditions is back at Actors Theatre for another season. Scrooge and Tiny Tim will once again come to life on stage in this fresh take on a classic Dickens tale. The show will run from Tuesday, November 22, through Wednesday, December 23. Find show times, ticket prices, starting at $25, and more at actorstheatre.org.
November 24, 2016: Louisville Hungry Turkey 5k
Make room for all the turkey and stuffing you can eat by running the Louisville Hungry Turkey 5k on Thanksgiving morning. The race will be held at Waterfront Park, beginning on the Big Four Lawn under the bridge. All proceeds from registration benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Kentucky and Southern Indiana. louisvillehungryturkey5k.com.
November 25 through December 24, 2016: Christmas Tree Lane at Waterfront Park
Get in the holiday spirit by visiting Christmas Tree Lane at Waterfront Park, just in time for Christmas. Selections will include Scotch Pine, White Pine, Frazier Fir, Balsam Fir, Douglass Fir, and Spruce varieties from North Carolina, Michigan, Wisconsin, Nova Scotia and Vermont. You can also purchase wreaths, door charms, small trees and garland. Admission and parking is free. louisvillewaterfront.com
November 25, 2016: Light Up Louisville
For more than three decades, thousands of residents and visitors alike have been celebrating the start of the Christmas season. This year, Light Up Louisville, which is in its 35th year, will serve as the kickoff to Louisville’s Holiday in the City on Friday, November 25. For more information and a detailed schedule of events, click here: louisvillesholidayinthecity.com.
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