We’re not quite sure how November got here SO fast, but the Presidential election is just days away, as is the Thanksgiving holiday. Yes, it’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays, and November is packed with opportunities to sip wine, support local causes, indulge in a Thanksgiving feast and shop ’til you drop. Here’s our list of the must-hit events in Memphis this November!
Memphis Events & Happenings — November 2016
November 1 through December 3, 2016: Learn to Skate at Mid-South Ice House
There’s no better time than the holiday season to lace up a pair of skates. Glide into the icy fun at the Mid-South Ice House, which offers ice skating lessons for all ages and skill levels with a month-long skating class. Classes are held twice a week on Tuesday evenings and Saturday afternoons every week (except the week of November 20 due to the Thanksgiving holiday). Pricing starts at $135 per person, with discounts for families. Learn more at midsouthicehouse.com.
November 4, 2016: Sip Around the World Wine Tasting
Check out the new FedEx Event Center at Shelby Farms Park while you savor wines from around the globe at the 22nd Annual Sip Around the World Wine Tasting. Sip Around the World benefits families affected by kidney diseases, and features wines from across the country and around the world. The fun starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $100 in advance. Purchase tickets online at siparoundtheworld.com
November 5, 2016: A Step Ahead Holiday Bazaar
Shop the wares of local designers, artists, and makers for the area’s finest gifts to get “A Step Ahead” in your holiday shopping. Live music, food trucks, and artist demonstrations are on tap, plus plenty of fun for the kids. Saturday, November 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lindenwood Christian Church. Free admission, and details are online at astepaheadfoundation.org
November 5, 2016: 4th Annual Memphis Masquerade Gala
Memphis Masquerade is a black tie evening like no other! Think the grandeur of Paris meets the swag of Elvis, as the party takes over the new luxury hotel, the Guest House at Graceland. Memphis Masquerade will be the first major event held at the Guest House at Graceland, so you won’t want to miss this party! Purchase tickets online: www.eventbrite.com
November 8, 2016: Election Day
Okay, kids, there’s no excuse NOT to vote; we don’t care who you’re casting a ballot for in any of the local, state or national elections – JUST VOTE. Capisce? Early voting is available at select locations until November 3, and the big day is November 8, when the polls in Shelby County are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Shelby County Election Commission has a handy dandy website that can give you all the info you need, including a nifty tool that lets you type in your home address to find out where your polling location is. Simply click on Voter Information at the top of the website. More info online at shelbyvote.com, and this message was approved by StyleBlueprint.
November 9, 2016: Herend Artist Event at Babcock Gifts
Herend Master Painter Marianna Steigervald visits Babcock Gifts from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to demonstrate her intricate painting techniques, as well as personalize Herend purchases. More information online at the store’s Facebook page.
November 10-12, 2016: The Junior League of Memphis Merry Marketplace
Snag unique, handmade gifts for special people on your list at the Junior League Merry Marketplace, which takes place at the Racquet Club of Memphis. This boutique shopping experience offers the best in fashion, jewelry, art, home decor and more, and proceeds directly benefit the Junior League’s ongoing community service efforts. The event kicks off with a Girls’ Night Out, set for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, November 10, and features live music, food, drinks and first dibs on the merchandise. Tickets for the GNO event are $30, and general admission for Friday and Saturday is $10. merrymarketplace.com
November 12, 2016: Holiday Open House on Main Street Collierville
The charming town square in Collierville celebrates the seaon with a special open house for your holiday shopping. Merchants in the Historic District will showcase their holiday and gift items from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.in the town square. Details online at mainstreetcollierville.org
November 13, 2016: Feed the Seed at High Cotton Brewing Co.
Sunday morning, yoga and a 5k … followed by live music and a beer tasting? From coffee tastings to beer tastings, the day is devoted to supporting the Mid-South Chapter of the National MS Society. The day starts at 8 a.m and wraps up at 3 p.m. You must be 21 to participate in the beer festivities. Purchase tickets online at eventbrite.com.
November 14-20, 2016: Modern Handmade Memphis Christmas Pop-Up Shop
Head down to Main Street in Downtown Memphis for a holiday shopping extravaganza! Hosted by Handmade Memphis and the Memphis Etsy team, the month-long pop-up shop features local, handmade wares curated and displayed for your holiday shopping enjoyment. Find vintage clothing, jewelry and accessories, specialty foods items, home decor, bath and body products and more. Find details online at modernhandmadememphis.com
November 17, 2016: Tony Yeargin Fundraising Dinner and Silent Auction to Benefit St. Jude
The 10th annual Tony Yeargin Fundraising Dinner and Silent Auction to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital takes place at the Domino’s Event Center on the St. Jude Campus. The event, which runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., includes a cocktail hour and live music. Tickets start at $35 and are available online at stjude.org.
November 18 through December 27, 2016: Starry Nights at Shelby Farms
Shelby Farms is all-new, and so is Starry Nights! Think new lights, discount nights, camel rides, photos with Santa, a Starry Petting Zoo and carriage and hay rides. Hours are Sunday through Thursday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Cost starts at $20 per car, minivan or truck. Get the full scoop online at shelbyfarmspark.org
November 18, 2016: Maysey Craddock at David Lusk Gallery
Maysey Craddock’s show, unfolding shores, is inspired by the space between land and sea. The Memphis native examines ever-changing coastlines, imagined and actual, shifting between water and land, in this exhibit at David Lusk Gallery. The exhibit runs November 15 through December 23, 2016 and the opening reception is Friday, November 18 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Preview the works and get more info at davidluskgallery.com.
November 18 & 19, 2016: Memphis College of Art 66th Annual Holiday Bazaar
Memphis’ original artist market returns this year with a carefully curated collection of handmade gifts and fine art, just in time for the holidays. The Bazaar kicks off with an Early Bird Sale and Reception on Friday, November 18 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and continues on Saturday, November 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with an Open Market sale (free admission, cash bar inside, food trucks on site). Proceeds benefit the artist directly, as well as the college’s scholarship fund. Location: Rust Hall at 1930 Poplar Avenue; advance tickets for the preview party on the 18th are $25 and are available online at mca.edu
November 19, 2016: Wild Family Day at the Dixon
Join the Dixon for its biggest family event, Wild Family Day! See the exhibition Wild Spaces, Open Seasons and enjoy music, games, art and garden activities and performances by the dancers of Ballet Memphis and Bridging Souls Productions. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and admission is free! More information is online at dixon.org
November 24, 2016: Thanksgiving Brunch at The Peabody
Leave the cooking to The Peabody’s excellent kitchen, which whips up both its special brunch fare and a traditional Thanksgiving feast in one event! This festive meal takes place on the hotel’s mezzanine — overlooking the Grand Lobby all decked out for the season. Brunch runs from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and costs $76 for adults and $22 for children 5 to 12, plus tax and gratuity. Reserve a table at (901) 529-4183. peabodymemphis.com