The Best Things to Do in November Across the U.S.
The holidays aren't quite here yet, but the festivities are in full swing. From food and wine to festivals and parades, here's where to get in the celebratory spirit in November.
Get Caffeinated in Philadelphia
Held at the Philadelphia Expo Center, the Coffee and Tea Festival is a highly caffeinated two-day event that brings together over 50 exhibitors from across the U.S. to flaunt their finest beverages. Treat your senses to enticing aromas, attend demonstrations, and sample delightful sweet and savory treats to pair with the impressive assortment of coffees and teas.
Attend the ‘Wurst’ Party in Texas
New Braunfels’ Wurstfest is a unique combination of German culture and Texas twang. This 10-day feast serves up a smorgasbord of German sausages, potato pancakes, spaetzel, and more prepared by regional and local chefs. Enjoy the finest Alpine- and Bavarian-style beer and entertainment, carnival rides, and competitions.
Shop for Art in Arizona
Nearly 500 artists, gourmet food and beer, and live entertainment make up this internationally recognized festival. Located in scenic Fountain Hills, Arizona, the festival boasts quality art by well-known artists in addition to works by local Native American artisans. Paintings, both oil and watercolor, pottery, jewelry, and unique Holiday-themed ornaments offer visitors an early jump on holiday shopping.
Eat Your Heart Out in Cleveland
Attention all foodies: The nation's largest consumer food and beverage event held in Cleveland, Ohio, has been living up to its name for over a decade. This culinary extravaganza features over 450 exhibiting companies and restaurants, fine food, wine, spirits, and beer tastings, live cooking demos, food trucks, and meet-and-greets with celebrity chefs.
Join the Parade in New York City
The magnificent Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is the official welcome to the holiday season in New York City. The largest parade in the world boasts 50-foot balloons, floats, cheerleaders, marching bands, Broadway performances, and more. Bringing up the rear of this magical event is none other than Santa Claus himself, complete with his reindeer and elves. Festivities continue at local restaurants around the city.
Celebrate Thanksgiving’s Roots in Plymouth
Held in the birthplace of Thanksgiving — Plymouth, Massachusetts — history is re-enacted as Pilgrims, Native Americans, soldiers, patriots, and pioneers wander the streets. Step back in time on a tour of the historic waterfront, complete with Plymouth Rock and the Mayflower II. Experience a New England food festival and harvest market while enjoying patriotic live music.
Get in the Christmas Spirit in Los Angeles
The inspiration for Gene Autry's classic song, "Here Comes Santa Claus," the Hollywood Christmas Parade is the star-studded extravaganza you would expect and then some. Pre-parade concerts, marching bands, glitzy floats, celebrities in convertibles, and Santa himself kick off the holiday shopping season L.A. style.
Run Through Time in Philadelphia
Literally race through history at the Philadelphia Marathon. Begin on tree-lined Benjamin Franklin Parkway, passing prominent landmarks including Independence Hall, Betsy Ross House, and Liberty Bell Center. Finish at the steps of the magnificent Philadelphia Museum of Art. There is also a Kids' Race, an 8-K, and a half-marathon.
Sip on Southern Charm in Savannah
Indulge in food, wine, and a double shot of southern charm in beautiful and historic Savannah, Georgia. Find yourself captivated by the picturesque coastal setting while experiencing seven days of gourmet dinners, exclusive tastings, master classes, and special events featuring a cast of celebrity chefs.