The 10 Best Free Events Happening in November

Where you can have fun on (less than) a dime this month
"The Blue Trees" by Konstantin Dimopoulos on view at The Currier Museum through Spring 2019.

1. “The Blue Trees” by Konstantin Dimopoulos, through Spring 2019, Manchester

“The Blue Trees” by Konstantin Dimopoulos If you happen to be walking around Manchester this fall and see blue trees, don’t fret. With the help of community volunteers, artist Konstantin Dimopoulos will be temporarily transforming nearly 100 trees at the Currier Museum and nearby parks by coloring trees with environmentally safe pigment in ultramarine. The installation aims to stimulate awareness and discussion of global deforestation and forge a connection between the museum and downtown. (603) 669-6144;

2. (Not So) Elementary, My Dear Watson: The Popularity of Sherlock Holmes, November 1, Newmarket

 The recent excitement behind the Sherlock Holmes movies, television shows and literary adaptions indicate that the Great Detective remains a prominent figure in the 21st century. Ann McClellans’s presentation will be exploring the origins of Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective and tracks his incarnations in literature, film, advertising and modern media to look at the case of this popular modern figure. (603) 659-5311;

3. NH Open Doors, statewide, November 3-4

Like it or not, the holidays are nearly upon us. And while finding gifts for the good boys and girls (and in-laws) on your list may not be free, there's no admission fee for this statewide fair. Window shop at stores like the League of NH Craftsmen galleries, chat with artists at their studio open houses, and take your little ones to pet some cuddly creatures at the participating farms. This will be a weekend that you won't want to miss. (603) 224-3375;

4. (Watching) The Manchester City Marathon, Manchester, November 3-4

Actually participating in this Boston Marathon qualifier race costs a pretty penny and requires you to, you know, run for several hours. But spectating is blissfully cost- and exercise-free. Whip up a "Run Forrest Run" sign and camp out along the route to cheer on your sporty neighbors. After all, downtown Manchesterites don't have many better options — with 26.2 miles of race course criss-crossing the roads, you're not going anywhere anyway. (603) 488-1186;

5. "Becoming American," November 7 and 15, Portsmouth

“Becoming American” A six-part session series presented by Strawbery Banke Museum. The final session will look at immigration and pop culture through the ways the media and popular culture have historically taught newcomers how to “be American.” It also looks at how the rich contributions of different immigrant groups have transformed American culture and art. There will be a discussion following a viewing of the film, “The Search for General Tso.” (603) 766-3330;

6. "Home and Away," November 9 – December 12, Peterborough

“Home and Away” Peterborough local Erin Sweeney and Israeli born Yoav Horesh come together to explore the familiar and foreign, of belonging and separation, with prints, photographs and installations. The artists create internal and external conversations discussing their relationship to the American environment, and how explore how to cultivate a sense of community.

7. That Reminds Me of a Story, November 10, Grafton

Frequent New Hampshire Magazine contributor Rebecca Rule has made it her mission over the last 20 years to collect stories of New Hampshire, especially those that reflect what is special about the Granite State. She will tell some of her own stories during this event, and invite you to share your own. For more of her work, check out page 104 for this month’s “Ayuh” humor piece. (603) 523-7024;

8. Thanksgiving, Statewide, November 24

Whether you spent hundreds on a turkey feast or you'll be celebrating with a quirky tradition like gathering 'round the Chinese leftovers, spend some time on Thanksgiving to relax with loved ones and take stock of all the things you're thankful for. You can also spread the love by seeing if the community dinner in your town — like the Southern NH Rescue Mission's offering in Nashua — needs volunteers or donations.

9. Cold Turkey Plunge, Waterville Valley, November 24

Skip your own wallet and capitalize on the holiday goodwill of your friends and family to meet the fundraising minimum for this charity celebration. In the tradition of the classic polar bear plunge, the brave or crazy participants in this event will run into the wintry waters of Waterville Valley's Corcoran Pond to raise money for the disability services of Waterville Valley Adaptive Sports Programs. Costumes are welcome, Santa Claus will make an appearance, and, to top it off, the day will end with fireworks. (800) 468-2553;

10. Festival of Trees, Exeter, November 29

Bring your friends and family and see the Town Hall transformed for the 20th Annual Festival of Trees in Exeter. There will be 50 decorated evergreen trees. There will be whimsical and traditional themed décor, but they will all be unique in their own spirited way. Proceeds from the Silent Auction will go to the Exeter Area Chamber of Commerce Children’s Fund.

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