The Best Events Happening in November

This month brings a variety of events, from concerts to marathons to winery tours
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The NH Jingle Bells Winery Tour is back for another year of fun starting November 19.

Comedian Bob Marley, Concord, November 4-5

Bob loves being a comedian. He’s wicked good at it! He lives in Maine, which is the best state in the world and maybe even the universe. He’s featured regularly on Sirius XM radio and he even won their Superbowl of Comedy, and he has put out over 20 comedy CD’s and DVD’s. He’s been on over 100 tv shows including “Leno,” “Letterman,” “Conan,” “Jimmy Fallon,” and “Comedy Central” to name just a few. He has toured the U.S., Europe, Canada, Kuwait and Iraq. (603) 225-1111;

Our National Thanksgiving: With Thanks to President Lincoln and Mrs. Hale, Conway, November 9

Sarah Josepha Hale, a Newport, NH native, tells the story of her 30 year effort to have Thanksgiving declared a national holiday. President Abraham Lincoln enters at the end of her tale to read his 1863 Thanksgiving proclamation. Sharon Wood portrays Hale and Steve Wood portrays Lincoln in a living history presentation following background about their characters and the times. This presentation is only available as an in-person presentation. (603) 447-5552;

Warren Miller’s “Daymaker,” Portsmouth, November 10-12

Get ready for the global kickoff to winter. Warren Miller is back with the 73rd annual ski and snowboard film, “Daymaker” — and you’re invited. Come along for a journey to peaks so high, they’ll replace the mountains in your mind with ones that free your mind. A killer storm cycle in British Columbia’s Monashee mountains. Greece’s Olympus Range. The ultimate grass skiing run. Alaska (twice). Join Crazy Karl Fostvedt, Michelle Parker, Katie Burrell, Hana Beaman, Daron Rahlves, Ryland Bell, Cam Fitzpatrick, Connery Lundin, and more out on the hill, and you can’t really have a bad day. (603) 436-2400;

Fall Family Farm Day, Troy, November 11

What better way to spend a Monday morning than to milk a cow or goat with your children? Maybe by taking a wagon ride, making arts and crafts or pony rides? The Fall Family Farm Day has events for the entire family.

Manchester City Marathon, Manchester, November 13

Start hoping now for a snowstorm-less November. The Queen City’s annual Boston Marathon qualifying 26.2 takes runners through the Millyard and across the river into Goffstown. Don’t have the energy for a full marathon? Try the half or, on the day before, the new Penmen for Patriots 5K. (603) 488-1186;

Stonewall Farm Thanksgiving Farm Fare, Keene, November 18-19

Shopping for Thanksgiving can be a hassle, add a fun and local twist to your annual food haul with the Stonewall Farm Fare. Your table (and tummies) will be delighted with items like meats, produce, breads, wines and beers and other goodies from local farms. There will also be vendors selling handmade crafts and gifts to start your holiday giving and hayrides for the family.

“The Nutcracker,” Manchester, November 18-20

Don’t miss this holiday tradition with the Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater, accompanied by a live orchestra led by Grammy award-winning conductor, John McLaughlin Williams. This ballet is set in 19th century Germany and opens at a charming Christmas party where Dr. Drosselmeyer gives his niece a magical toy that takes her on an incredible journey. (603) 668-5588;

4th Annual NH Jingle Bells Winery Tour Bells, Lee, November 19-December 18

Tour Participants will have the opportunity to visit seven festive wineries throughout New Hampshire over the course of five weekends ending on December 18th. This is a self-guided tour through New Hampshire wine country. The self-guided traveling tasters will have from November 19th through December 18th to receive a wine (or spirits at winery/distillery locations) tasting at each location accompanied by light hors d’oeuvres (available on weekends only). Along with the tastings, festivities will include a unique holiday ornament from each winery, music and a Holiday Spirit contest. The Holiday Spirit contest will feature the seven wineries and how they best display their holiday cheer. (603) 659-2949; Facebook. New Hampshire Magazine is a proud sponsor of this event

Thanksgiving at the Farm, Milton, November 19

Enjoy 19th century holiday music in the parlor, take a horse drawn wagon ride through the fields, visit the Blacksmith Shoppe, stop by the open hearth outside for a sip of mulled cider, or try your hand at roasting popcorn over the coals. Meet Sarah Josepha Hale, the Newport, New Hampshire native, who is considered the inspiration behind the first nationally proclaimed day of Thanksgiving. You and your family are invited to meet Sarah Josepha Hale as she reads excerpts from her letter to Abraham Lincoln. Guides in period dress will be there to meet you upon your visit.

16th Annual Lake Sunapee Turkey Trot, Sunapee, November 24

Work off some of the post-Thanksgiving calories with this Lake Sunapee tradition. Grab your family and friends, throw on a costume (optional) and make this event part of your Thanksgiving escapades. Kids are also invited to run a 1K Chicken Run down Lake Avenue and every participant will receive a medal.

Dover Turkey Trot, Dover, November 24

This 5K race is designed for walkers and runners of all ages and abilities. This fun-filled community event benefits Garrison School PTA and is the final race of the Dover Race Series.

Fisher Cats Thanksgiving 5K, Manchester, November 24

The Fisher Cats are sponsors of this fun event, and your registration includes one free ticket to the Fisher Cats opening game, personalized bib, free race photos and finish line video. The first 1,500 registrants will also receive a free race T-shirt. 

Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Manchester, November 25

After its first year off the road in more than two decades, TSO made a triumphant return to touring in 2021 with a 25th anniversary celebration of Christmas Eve and Other Stories. For 2022, TSO brings a completely updated presentation of the unforgettable, multi-generational holiday tradition, “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” to 60 cities across the nation. This event will sell out quickly, so get tickets while you can. (603) 644-5000;

Categories: Family-friendly things to do, Weekend Trips