November in Michigan brings a unique combination of fall festivities and holiday cheer. From harvest fests to parades and local tree lightings, there’s always something happening throughout the month of November in Pure Michigan.
Read below for a roundup of some of the many events going on around the state and don’t forget to visit the events page on Michigan.org for a complete listing of activities taking place all year long.
November 1 – 7
All Things Detroit
Come out and enjoy an afternoon of browsing Detroit/Michigan products, all under one roof! Check out Detroit apparel, handmade jewelry, artisan food products, custom artwork, and more. There will be 75+ local vendors in attendance. Admission $5, children under 12 are FREE! There is convenient, free parking and free door prizes to the first 300 guests. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
Mid-Michigan Rock/Gem/Fossil Show
The 22nd Mid-Michigan Rock Club show will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Great Hall Banquet and Convention Center; 5121 Bay City Road; Midland Michigan. It is conveniently located just off the Bay City Road exit of US-10, on the south side of Midland. Admission is $1 for adults; 50¢ cents for youth 12 to 17. Scouts and military members in uniform and younger with adult admitted free. This year we have 14 vendors signed up for our show.
Kalamazoo Russian Festival
The 20th annual Kalamazoo Russian Festival will include a full day of programming for adults and children (the event includes a special children’s activity area). The event will include musical performances by well-known musicians and dancers, an art gallery, lectures by Russian scholars, and a Russian marketplace with unique crafts and packaged foods for sale. Attendees will experience a complete Russian atmosphere hearing the Russian language and music; seeing Russian art, dance and crafts; and mingling with people wearing authentic Russian costumes.
A one-day festival celebrating women in comics, the festival brings together female artists, illustrators, publishers and fans for a day of fun and discussion on the growing impact of women readers of comics and graphic novels. This year’s festival has already announced several main stage presenters including: Leila Abdelrazaq, Nancy Collins, Marguerite Dabaie, Alex de Campi, Nicole Georges, Mikki Kendall and Mairghread Scott. Other planned events include a costume contest, artist VIP reception, discussion panels and a screening of the documentary “She Makes Comics.”
Wine, Women & Shopping
This is a huge event that celebrates both the holiday season and Chelsea’s commitment to preserving small business owners with a shop local event. Look for trunk shows, demonstrations and complimentary snacks in many of the participating stores throughout the day. The restaurants and cafés hold up their end of things with specialty menu items and wine tastings. Tucked away in historic buildings throughout town are shops so varied and inviting, shoppers will surely find treasures for everyone on their list. Maps and lists of participating businesses will be available throughout town on the day of the event.
Frost Fine Arts & Crafts Fair
November 7 – 8
Browse and shop from more than 50 vendors featuring art and fine handcrafted items. Artists are juried on original and artistic quality and items appropriate for holiday shopping. This fair runs Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 11a.m. to 4 p.m.
Michigan Historical Museums – Inventing the Outdoors
November 7 – September 5, 2016
Inventing the Outdoors takes you into Webster Marble’s world, where the utility of tools merged with the enjoyment of recreation, and both were propelled by innovations in marketing. The second Saturday of every month features family-oriented activities related to innovation. This exhibit is included with museum admission.
November 8 – 14
Snowshoe Making Class
Participants will learn to weave a pair of traditional wooden snowshoes, similar to how the Native Americans crafted them for generations. Classes are designed to be fun, informative and interesting. Because this is an activity that requires concentration over long periods of time, it is suggested for ages 16 years and older. These handmade snowshoes can be used for hiking throughout the winter, given as holiday gifts, and/or used as a decoration in your home. Snowshoeing is an easy, inexpensive way to get outside and burn some calories during the winter months.
Riverside Saginaw Film Festival
November 11 – 15
This is a local non-profit providing a film festival each year in November to bring films that our movie theatres are not scheduled to view. Movies include: What We Do in the Shadows, In the Name of My Daughter, Slow West, Amateur Night, Runoff, Learning to Drive, End of the Tour, Mommy, Ida, White God, Iris, Timbuktu, It Follows, Tangerines, Testament of Youth, Tab Hunter Confidential, The Water Diviner, Love and Mercy, Red Army, Meet the Patels, Batkid Begins, Danny Collins, I’ll See you in my Dreams,’71, Wolfpack, Gett, About Elly, Mr. Holmes, Clouds of Sils Maria.
Made in Michigan Show
This is an event to showcase the goods and services that are ‘Made in Michigan’. Event will be from 6 – 9 p.m.
Women’s Only Weekend
November 12 – 15
Kick up your heels to music, catch up with the latest in fashion and home decor, treat yourself to wine and cheese pairings, chocolate, massages, manicures, sleep in and enjoy a late breakfast, double over with laughter at comedians, take in a classic chick flick, savor fine delicacies specially prepared by our local chefs, enjoy a chocolate fondue, special demonstrations at our local merchants, take pleasure in significant savings and relish a margarita, all at your own pace.
Charming Mothers & Delightful Daughters
Come and enjoy an event designed to create a lovely experience for both mothers and daughters looking to share quality time. Together, come learn about social graces and gain confidence in knowing the proper etiquette for any social situation. This fun and interactive program for young ladies and their mothers-or mother figures- will include tips on proper etiquette, including greetings and introductions, poise and posture, and all other rules of fine dining all throughout a fun and memorable event that includes a three course meal for both participants.
The Great Beerd Run
Meet at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa for the second Great Beerd Run- a 5k fun run designed to celebrate all things Beer and Beard. This is an untimed run with on course beer tastings provided by three different local breweries. There will also be a post-race Beer Tent featuring a Best Beard Contest, race grub, music and beer. $40 registration fee includes race entrance, knitted beard beanie, race medal, three beer samples, one glass of beer during the post-race party, and entrance into post-race party. The race is open to participants 21 or over. Must provide photo ID.
November 15 – 21
Traverse City Beer Week
November 13 – 20
Traverse City Beer Week showcases a series of events highlighting this fabulous craft beer scene. From November 13th to the 20th, there are seven days of craft beer tastings, dinners and workshops. Get a pint or a sample, meet with brewers and brewery representatives and learn more about our incredible beer state of Michigan.
In late November of each year, Grand Haven’s Main Street is all abuzz with holiday cheer as Washington Avenue is brightened by an eye-catching display of seasonal lights during the all-illuminating Light Night event. As visitors marvel at the twinkling displays, Christmas songs are played in the street. Hot chocolate and freshly roasted nuts offer a warm reprieve on the chilly eve. FREE Light Night commemorative mugs to the first 500 patrons. Indoors, participating merchants host open houses with special promotions.
Silver Bells in the City
The entire city will glow with millions of lights for the 31st Annual Silver Bells in the City, bringing together family and friends from all over Michigan to celebrate the holiday season. Immediately following the parade, the steps of the State Capitol will sparkle as the State Christmas tree is lighted, followed by a spectacular fireworks display cascading over the capitol dome (weather permitting).
Made in Michigan Craft Beer and Wine Festival
Second Annual Made in Michigan Craft Beer & Wine Festival takes over the Diesel Concert Lounge. Admission includes 10 sampling tickets (3 ounces each). Additional sampling tickets will be available for purchase. The event also boasts live entertainment, 50/50 raffles, and more. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door.
Christmas Through Lowell
November 20 – 22
Kick off your holiday shopping season in and around Historic Lowell at the 24th Annual Christmas Through Lowell event. The event will feature over 40 homes and businesses that are unique and magical. Over 300 artists and crafters will showcase their gifts and creations for three days! On your Christmas Through Lowell shopping extravaganza, you will find hand-made treasures, jewelry, Christmas decorations, folk art and fine art, antiques and re-found treasures, primitives, crocheted and knitted crafts, hand-crafted purses, bags, totes, and so much more!
Holiday Expo & Craft Show
Come check out the holiday expo and craft show for great holiday shopping with over 100 of your favorite vendors and crafters from across Michigan. Find that perfect gift for everyone on your list this year! Admission is free.
November 22 – 30
Festival of Trees
November 19 – 29
The Muskegon Museum of Art will host its annual Festival of Trees in what has become a Muskegon tradition, transforming the museum galleries into a festive holiday display, special events and activities! This year’s decorative theme will carry through themed trees, wreaths, and other holiday decor created by local designers and sponsored by individuals and organizations in the community. Visitors can bid on the trees, decor items, and donated gift baskets during the Festival’s on-going silent auction. Some other special events will be Teddy Bear Breakfast, Senior Day and live musical entertainment by a variety of local performers.
Outdoor Adventure Center – Wild about Wednesdays
Free admission for all of our visitors and special programs, fun and games around a specific topic each month, plus enjoy all the exhibits at the Outdoor Adventure Center! There will be story time for our youngest guests, hands-on experiences, games and informational sessions for interested visitors.
Downtown Traverse City Turkey Trot
The 8th Annual Traverse City Turkey Trot will take place on Thanksgiving Day with both 5K and 5M race courses. Join the fun and get some exercise before the holiday festivities! All race participants will receive a long-sleeved T-shirt and goodie bag. Children running or walking must be registered. Strollers and dogs on leashes are allowed (although dogs are not allowed on Thirlby Field and will be rerouted). Races begin at 9 a.m.
Holiday Celebration and Candle Walk
This is the perfect way to start the Christmas Season. Hot chocolate and cookies at 6 p.m. and the ceremony starts at 6:30 p.m. Immediately following the ceremony, a candle walk to the Chamber Platz for the lighting of the Christmas tree.
Holidays in the Cities
There’ll be historic holiday tours and carriage rides at the Lakeshore Museum Center historic sites, an artisan market and craft show at the Century Club, holiday lighting of Hackley Park, refreshments, and Santa Claus! You will also have an opportunity to win a beautiful basket of goodies by getting your card punched at local merchants! The event takes place in downtown Muskegon and historic Lakeside district for unique shopping and holiday gifts.
Which events do you plan to check out in November?