With cooler temperatures in full swing, we’re beginning our transition to the holiday season. Whether you’re looking to indulge in a Thanksgiving feast or get a head start on holiday shopping, there’s plenty of fun to be had this month. We’ve rounded up our favorite local events taking place this November. Take a look!

Nashville events November: Sip of History at Andrew Jackson's Hermitage

There are many local events to attend this month, including Sip of History at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage. Image: Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage

25 Nashville Events & Happenings: November 2020

November 1, 2020: Day of the Dead Art Exhibit & Celebration

Celebrate Day of the Dead with Alive Hospice on November 1. The free event includes a memorial altar display, food, live music, a firepit, and art therapy activities for children and adults. Children’s Craft Time begins at 4 p.m. and includes Day of the Dead-themed crafts. Adult hours begin at 5:30 p.m. for those ages 13 and up. alivehospice.org

November 1, 2020: Hocus Pocus Drive-In

Spooky season is not over just yet. You can still celebrate at The Field at Franklin with a special showing of Hocus Pocus on November 1 at 5:30 p.m. Ticket prices are pay-what-you-can, but the suggested cost is $35 per vehicle. ap-presents.com

November 5, 2020: Rhythm & Roses

On November 5 at 7 p.m., join the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Tennessee chapter for Rhythm & Roses. From the comfort of your home, experience live music from some of Nashville’s most talented musicians. While the deadline to purchase party packages has passed, attendees can still buy view-only tickets. The suggested price for tickets is $25, and proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. events.cff.org

November 5, 2020: Spirit of Wellness 2020

Join The New Beginnings Center for its 9th annual Spirit of Wellness event on November 5 at noon. This year’s celebration is completely virtual and features speakers like New Beginnings President and CEO Tash Weddle, clients of New Beginnings, and Dale Smith Thomas of Winners by Choice. The event also honors Melinda Balser, a board member at The New Beginnings Center. The event is free, but New Beginnings asks for donations to benefit scholarships for women at the center. All donations of $1,000 or more are matched. eventbrite.com

November 5 – 12, 2020: Artists for AWAKE

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. awaketn.org

November 6 & 7, 2020: Holiday Market at the Mansion

Looking to get some holiday shopping done this month? Head to the Holiday Market at the Mansion on November 6 and 7. In addition to locally made goods, the outdoor market features food trucks and photos with Santa. The event takes place at Two Rivers Mansion, and gates open at 9 a.m. each day. The suggested entry fee is $5, and recommended prices for Santa photos are $10 in advance or $15 at the gate. business.donelsonhermitagechamber.com

November 6 – 15, 2020: Merridian Home Furnishings’ Anniversary Sale

Merridian Home Furnishings’ anniversary sale is bigger than ever this year because it’s so important to Love Where You Live. Running from November 6 through 15, everything in the store is reduced up to 60% off — including new inventory! Shop and save on Merridian’s unique furniture and accessories from around the world. Store hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. merridian.com

November 7, 2020: Sip of History

Sip of History at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage is an all-day wine and whiskey celebration. On November 7, attendees can sample whiskey and vodka from Big Machine Distillery as well as wines from Natchez Hills Winery. Full drinks are also available for purchase at the bar. Entry times for the event are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The 3 p.m. time slot includes a chance to take home a bottle of wine or liquor of your choosing. Tickets are $25 and include access to the Hermitage grounds. my.thehermitage.com

November 7, 2020: Then & Now: Women Beat the Odds Conservancy Gala

This year’s Conservancy Gala celebrates the centennial of women’s right to vote. Held in the Parthenon parking lot in Centennial Park on November 7, the evening features a movie showing, gourmet dinner brought to your car, suffrage-inspired cocktails, a poetry reading, music, and dramatic interpretations of two women’s suffrage personalities. Attendees can also view the Parthenon’s We Have a Vision: Nashville Women from the Centennial to Suffrage exhibit and the new Tennessee Woman Suffrage Monument. Reservations are $500 per person. conservancygala.com

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

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. hike4homeless.org

November 9 – 14, 2020: 12th Annual Brentwood Christmas Crawl

It’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas. This year’s Brentwood Christmas Crawl features special deals from Aly + Sy, Hot Pink, Katy’s Hallmark, Maxi B. Home, Spruce, Snooty Fox, and Vignette. Visit any of the participating stores from November 9 through 14 to receive a stamp. If you collect five stamps, you are eligible to win a $50 gift card or prize. If you collect all seven stamps, you can win a $500 gift card to one of the participating stores. brentwoodshops.com

November 10, 2020: Inside Nashville’s Visual Art Scene

In addition to music, Nashville is also home to a thriving art scene. Joining the Tennesse Performing Arts Center on November 10 at 7 p.m. for a celebration of our city’s art scene. The event is moderated by TPAC’s Kristin Horsley and features artists Omari Booker, Carla Ciuffo, and Alan LeQuire as well as Susan Tinney, founder and owner of Tinney Contemporary. Registration for this virtual event is free but must be done by November 9 at 4 p.m. tpac.org

November 12, 2020: Taste & Explore: A Wine Adventure

Enjoy samples of delicious wine as you tour Avenida Cool Springs and see everything the 55+ active adult community offers. The event begins at 3 p.m. on Thursday, November 12. Reservations are required and space is limited, so be sure to save your spot soon! avenidapartners.com

November 12, 2020: Dine Out at #TavernAtBobby

Throughout the holiday season, the Bobby Hotel invites patrons to their Tavern Dinner Series. This month’s dinner takes place on November 12 at 6:30 p.m. and features a four-course meal prepared by Chef Jorge Gonzalez. The evening also includes carefully paired cocktails from Dewar’s Scotch. Tickets are $150 per person, and reservations can be made for two to six people. bobbyhotel.com

November 12 – 15, 2020: MBA 2020 Art Show

The MBA 2020 Art Show has gone virtual! This year’s collection of art features pieces from over 70 local and national artists. The event begins November 12 and 5 p.m. and continues until midnight on November 15. Browse a collection of paintings, jewelry, photography, sculptures and mixed media pieces while supporting the fine arts program and Mothers Club at Montgomery Bell Academy. The event is free to attend, but the Art Lover Early Access package, including wine, a charcuterie board and early access to the show, is available for $100. The last day to purchase this package is November 2. mbaartshow.com

November 13, 2020: Rock the House Music Jam 2020

For a night of music from some of Nashville’s most talented songwriters, head to The Loveless Barn on November 13 at 7 p.m. Songwriters include Lee Thomas Miller, Wendell Mobley and Paul Overstreet, who have all had their songs recorded by artists like Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood and Luke Bryan. Both general admission and virtual tickets are $100. Proceeds benefit the Davis House Child Advocacy Center, which works to fight against child abuse. davishousecac.org

November 13, 2020: Crown Royal Brand Monogramming Event

Head to Cool Springs Wines & Spirits on November 13 at 3 p.m. for its Crown Royal monogramming event, where you can have your Crown Royal bag embroidered for that special person on your holiday shopping list. Monogramming is free with your purchase and done on-site in the store. coolspringswines.com

November 13 – January 3, 2021: A Country Christmas

There is no better way to celebrate the holiday season in Nashville than gathering your family for socially distant holiday fun during “A Country Christmas” at Gaylord Opryland Resort. Explore acres of twinkling lights and decorations and more than 17 hours of exciting holiday activities, shows and events — from ice tubing and ice skating to The Oak Ridge Boys’ “Christmas in Tennessee” dinner show. This year, you can also experience the all-new “I Love Christmas Movies” immersive pop-up experience. You can walk through 13 scenes you know and love in this interactive experience, featuring ElfThe Polar ExpressNational Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, A Christmas Story and A Year Without Santa Clause. Hours and ticket prices vary based on the activity. christmasatgaylordopryland.marriott.com

November 14, 2020: 17th Annual Literary Award Weekend

Join the Nashville Public Library Foundation on November 14 for a series of virtual events to celebrate the 17th Annual Literary Award Weekend. The stay-at-home gala begins at 7 p.m. and is $500 per person. It includes inspirational library stories, special appearances from past Literary Award honorees, special guests and more. A free public lecture also takes place at 10 a.m. on the day of the event. The festivities serve as the beginning of a yearlong community engagement celebration of Literacy as the Great Equalizer. nplf.org

November 14 & 15, 2020: Hill Center Green Hills’ Fall Festival & Sidewalk Sale

Head to Nashville’s premier shopping destination on November 14 and 15 for Hill Center Green Hills’ fall festival and sidewalk sale. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., visit your favorite stores and restaurants for some big savings and exclusive promotions. Peruse trendy boutiques and specialty stores, and when you get hungry, stop by one of the many delicious dining options for a bite to eat. hillcentergreenhills.com

November 19, 2020: Multitudes: Stories from Nashville’s Global Community

Join author Michael McRay and the Frist Art Museum on November 19 at 6:30 p.m. for an event that features storytellers from Nashville’s diverse population. Hear true stories from Sally Amkoa, Cesar Bautista, Kristen Chapman, Robyn Henderson-Espinoza and Tamara Shehada that are inspired by the works in the exhibition Rina Banerjee: Make Me a Summary of the World. The free program is presented over Zoom, and registration is required. fristartmuseum.org

November 20, 2020 – January 10, 2021: Holiday LIGHTS

Cheekwood’s annual Holiday LIGHTS is back again to get in the holiday spirit. From November 20 through January 10, 2021, the gardens are decorated from top to bottom in twinkling lights. Tickets start at $26 for non-member adults and $16 for member adults. cheekwood.org

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November 21, 22, 28 & 29, 2020: Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends

Breakfast is served! Gaylord Opryland Hotel hosts a morning meal with your favorite “Peanuts” characters on November 21, 22, 28 and 29. Tickets are $32.03 for adults and $16.01 for children. Kids under 3 are free with a paying adult. tickets.gaylordopryland.com

November 26, 2020: Thanksgiving at JW Marriott

Enjoy a local Thanksgiving feast at JW Marriot’s Stompin’ Grounds this holiday. The restaurant serves classic family-style Southern dishes with plenty of sides and desserts. Festivities run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on November 26, and meals are $50 per person. Reservations are recommended but not required. facebook.com

November 26, 2020: Music City Turkey Trot 5K

The Music City Turkey Trot is on for 2020! While this year’s event is virtual, there is still plenty of fun to be had. Gather a group of friends and family and run a course of your choosing on November 26 to raise funds for Feeding America. Every participant receives a zip-up jacket, medal and beanie. Registration is $40 but increases on race day. runnash.com

Happy November, Nashville!


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