The Best Events Happening in November

This month brings a variety of events, from craft fairs to marathons to winery tours
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The Jingle Bell Chocolate Tour is back for another year of delicious fun starting November 20.

By the time we published this article, the following events were still going forward as planned. However, due to evolving information about Covid-19, it’s possible some were canceled or postponed. Please confirm events are happening before heading out!

Bob Marley, Concord, November 5-6

Bob loves being a comedian and he’s wicked good at it! He’s featured regularly on Sirius XM radio and he even won their Superbowl of Comedy. He has put out over 20 comedy CDs and DVDs, and he was even inducted into “The Guinness Book of World Records” for “the longest stand up comedy show by an individual” at 40 hours of straight standup. He’s also been on over 100 television shows, including “Jimmy Fallon” and “Letterman.” ccanh.com


Manchester City Marathon, Manchester, November 6-7

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. millenniumrunning.com


Silver Bells Craft Fair, Tilton, November 6-7

Celebrate the start of holiday shopping season by attending this crafty event. Tilton will come alive with color, flavor and music as over 75 artisans from around New England will display and sell their handmade arts and crafts. joycescraftshows.com


Christmas at The Fells Decorator Showcase, Newbury, November 6-14

In need of holiday décor inspiration? Tour the main house at The Fells to see how professional interior designers, floral artists, decorators and talented volunteers use their personal sense of style and interpretation of Christmas cheer to transform the gorgeous historic home. Also open is the holiday gift boutique, where you can find items created by regional artisans. The showhouse begins with the Preview Gala on November 5 from 5-7 p.m., which includes music, appetizers and a chance to meet the designers. Tickets are $100 and reservations are required. thefells.org


Fall Family Farm Day, Troy, November 11

Get up bright and early to spend a morning milking a cow (or goat) with your kids. Then your little ones can take a pony ride, and maybe even hop on the wagon or enjoy making arts and crafts. The Best of NH award-winning Inn at East Hill Farm is a picturesque spot to learn about farming while having a great family time. east-hill-farm.com


Warren Miller’s 72nd Annual Film “Winter Starts Now,” Portsmouth, November 18-20

Kick off the season with Warren Miller’s “Winter Starts Now,” featuring the best snowriding happening in your own backyard — from the mom-and-pop ski hill down the street to the highest peak on the horizon. Grab your family and friends for a road trip through the Rocky Mountains, experience classic New England skiing, and hitch a ride up the coast of Alaska. Along the way, you’ll be joined by old friends Marcus Caston, Amie Engerbretson and Jim Ryan. For years, The Music Hall has kicked off winter in true Warren Miller fashion, and they’re back for another round. themusichall.org


Stonewall Farm’s Farm Fare, Keene, November 19-20

Make Thanksgiving prep fun (and local) with the annual Farm Fare. Your table (and tummies) will be delighted with items like meat, produce, breads, wine and beer, and other goodies from local farms. Vendors will also sell handmade crafts and gifts, a great opportunity to get a jump on your holiday shopping list. stonewallfarm.org


“The Nutcracker,” Manchester, November 19-21

It’s Christmas, the best time of year for toys and stories. But all over the world, the magic of make-believe is fading. Only the toys know the truth: The Queen and King of mouses have stolen the Christmas Star and used its magic to turn the Prince of Make Believe into a wooden Nutcracker. Can Clara and her brother Fritz bring the Nutcracker back to life, help him defeat the House of Mouse, and restore him to the throne? First, they must believe. palacetheatre.org


NH Jingle Bells Winery Tour, Locations vary, November 20-December 19

Spend your holidays doing a self-guided tour through New Hampshire wine country. You will have from November 20th through December 19th 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. Facebook. New Hampshire Magazine is a proud sponsor of this event


Jingle Bell Chocolate Tour, Locations vary, November 20-December 19

Find enchantment on a magical sleigh ride through the snowy mountains with delicious chocolate treats from local chocolatiers. The Austrian horse-drawn sleigh winds its way to Jackson Village, halting at various stops for tastes of homemade chocolates. jacksonnh.com


15th Annual Lake Sunapee Turkey Trot, Sunapee, November 25

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. sunapeeturkeytrot.com


Dover Turkey Trot, Dover, November 25

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. doverturkeytrot.com


Fisher Cats Thanksgiving 5K, Manchester, November 25

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. millenniumrunning.com


Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Manchester, November 26

The TSO’s highly anticipated Winter Tour will be returning to the Queen City for a multi-sensory extravaganza. This year’s tour will feature founder/composer/lyricist Paul O’Neill’s timeless story of a runaway who finds her way into a mysterious abandoned theater. This event will sell out quickly, so get tickets while you can. snhuarena.com


9th Annual Cold Turkey Plunge, Waterville Valley, November 27

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. watervilleadaptive.com


Comedian Juston McKinney, Plymouth, November 27

New Hampshire’s own police-officer-turned-comedian Juston McKinney is no longer just a local favorite — he’s appeared on national shows such as the “Tonight Show” and “Conan O’Brien.” Still, expect this Best of NH award-winner to touch on familiar New Hampshire icons, plus New England life in general in a socially distanced show that you won’t want to miss. flyingmonkeynh.com

Categories: Family-friendly things to do, Weekend Trips