Once Halloween is in the rearview mirror, and the season barrels toward Thanksgiving, Memphis starts getting into the holiday spirit. Memphis’ November calendar is filled with opportunities to eat, drink, dance, shop, play and celebrate to your heart’s content. Here’s our list of the must-hit events in Memphis this November.

Big River Crossing at sunset

Running with this view isn’t too bad, huh? Image: Big River Crossing

12 November Events in Memphis

November 1, 2020: Grit & Grind Gravel Grinder

Grab your bike and helmet and get ready to ride! This five-lap race is 32.5 miles long and starts at 9 a.m. Registration is $55 through October 25 and $65 during the week of the race. raceroster.com

November 1 – 7, 2020: Downtown Dining Week

Save your appetite 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 participating restaurants, 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 1 – 29, 2020: Crafts Fair Pop-Up Shop

Get a head start on your Christmas shopping with The Pink Palace and Memphis Modern Market! Their pop-up shop has crafts, paintings, home decor and jewelry for you to purchase and explore. Admission is free, and the shop opens at noon and closes at 5 p.m. The shop is open every Friday through Sunday this month. facebook.com

November 6, 2020: Virtual Wine Down

Join Dixon Gallery and Gardens and Buster’s Liquors & Wines for the first virtual Wine Down. The tasting and program is led by Charlie Purpura, a certified wine specialist from Buster’s. Tickets include wine and an appetizer pairing, and they must be purchased by noon on November 6. A Zoom link is sent to all ticket holders, and products can be picked up from Buster’s at 4 p.m. on the day of the event. Pairings start at $35. dixon.org

November 7 – 14, 2020: St. George’s Virtual Art Show

Support St. George’s Independent School for a virtual exhibit and fine art sale, featuring more than 65 local and regional artists who specialize in a variety of work, such as painting, woodwork, jewelry and even delectable treats. Artists sell their pieces, and 30% of the proceeds support the St. George’s Fine Arts Alliance, enhancing art initiatives across the three schools. Art can be purchased any time from November 7 through 14. sgis.org

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November 12, 2020: Hops at Home

Night at the Brewery is now coming straight to your home, and you can stock your fridge! The event includes inspiring conversations, a cocktail scavenger hunt and a DJ. All swag purchases and donations benefit the Build Bold Fund to support housing resources in Memphis. The free event starts at 5:30 p.m. on November 12. eventbrite.com

November 14, 2020: Virtual Greenway Soirée at Opera Memphis

The Greenway Soirée is Wolf River Conservancy’s signature event, and this year’s festivities take place online. The annual soirée features live and silent auctions with amazing items, along with dinner, drinks, and live music. It takes place on November 14 from 5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m., and the auction opens on November 2. Tickets start at $125 per person. wolfriver.org

November 14, 2020: Memphis Crafts & Drafts Festival

Memphis Crafts & Drafts Festival is a free shopping experience with local crafters, artists and makers. The fun begins at 10 a.m. and goes until 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 14, at Tiger Lane at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Masks are required for all vendors and guests. facebook.com

November 21, 2020: Big River Crossing Half Marathon + 5K

On November 21, Big River Crossing Half Marathon and 5K presents the fourth annual race along the Mississippi River pedestrian bridge. Starting on Beale Street, run through Big River Trail and along Dacus Lake (which is a great place to take a photo). Each entry fee contributes to the Peer Power Foundation, which employs, recruits and trains college scholars to mentor high school students. The half marathon starts at 8 a.m., and the 5K starts at 8:30 a.m. Registration fees start at $35. bigrivercrossing.raceroster.com

November 21, 2020: Meritan’s MASKquerade Ball

Meritan hosts its first annual MASKquerade Ball via Zoom on November 21 at 6 p.m. The ball includes a comedian, silent auction, cocktail and dinner kit, and other goodies. Proceeds benefit Meritan’s programs and services. Tickets are $25 for individuals and $40 for couples. meritan.org

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November 26 – 29, 2020: Virtual Memphis Hungry Turkey 5K

Join the Thanksgiving Day tradition at the Memphis Hungry Turkey 5K, and run at a park or your neighborhood between November 26 and 29 (and eat all the food you want later!). All participants receive a commemorative quarter zip, online results. and a digital bib and finisher certificate. Registration fees are $29.99 for adults and $14.99 for kids. tennesseeruns.com

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

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! memphisbotanicgarden.com

Happy November, Memphis!

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