30 Cool Things To Do In November (In Boston + Beyond!)

NOVEMBER! I still can't believe we're closing in on the end of the year. Enjoy this curated roundup of 30 things to do in November -- one idea for every day of the month!

November 1: Celebrate Henry David Thoreau’s 200th birthday by reading Henry Hikes to Fitchburg and crafting a portable flower and leaf press (Jamaica Plain)

November 2: The Boston International Kids Film Festival features 59 films made for kids and by kids representing 11 countries around the world, plus hands-on filmmaking and media workshops (Arlington, Somerville)

November 3:  Longwood Opera performs Hansel & Gretel (Needham)

November 4: The annual Boston Christmas Festival, along with its Gingerbread House Competition, kicks off the holiday shopping season (Boston)

November 5: Jack and the Beanstalk and Other Tales come to life at Puppet Showplace Theater (Brookline)

November 6: This month’s MFA Playdate activities focus on the theme “Shaping the World” (Boston)

November 7: Explore the History and Innovations of the Boston Water Works System (Boston)

November 8: Build a robot at Bits & Bots (Dorchester)

November 9: Relax and restore during a Mom’s Night Out with Yoga, Reiki, & Wine (Maynard)

November 10: Two funny folktales from Africa come to life at this Crabgrass Puppet Theatre performance (Brookline)

November 11: Go on a Family Owl Prowl (Milton)

November 12: Join in when the Family Folk Chorale Sings James Taylor (Arlington)

November 13: Wear jammies, bring a cuddly friend, and enjoy songs and stories before bed at Pajama Storytime (Boston)

November 14: Create something new at Kids’ Art Club (Boston)

November 15: Celebrate America Recycles Day with upcycling, repurposing, and reusing fun (Acton)

November 16: Art in Tune honors the centennial of the MFA’s Musical Instrument Collection with live performances throughout the museum (Boston)

November 17: Go Orienteering for National Take a Hike Day (Acton)

November 18: Come to a magical Story Time with Drag Kings and Drag Queens as some of Boston’s beloved drag performers read from their favorite children’s books (Boston)

November 19: Listen, learn, and lift those voices in a rousing chorus at the Boston Area Chantey & Maritime Sing (Charlestown)

November 20: Create a Thankfulness Craft to take home (Boston)

November 21: It’s time for the 46th Annual Agassiz Baldwin Thanksgiving Potluck Feast (Cambridge)

November 22: The Concord Museum’s Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature returns with more than 30 fanciful trees adorned with original ornaments inspired by classic and contemporary literary favorites (Concord)

November 23: Take part in the Franklin Park Turkey Trot (Boston)

November 24: Celebrate! with Wampanoag Nation Singers and Dancers (Boston)

November 25: Check out Where the Wild Things Are when it comes to life on a big screen (Brookline)

November 26: Learn about snoods, wattles, and gobbles, create turkey track posters, examine feathers under a microscope, and create a take-home craft during Why Did the Turkey Cross the Road? (Boston)

November 27: Build skill at the Children’s Chess Club (Roslindale)

November 28: Create a one-of-a-kind LED lantern, then Light Up Fairyborough during a special procession (Acton)

November 29: Blink! returns to Faneuil Hall with its synchronized light and music show (Boston)

November 30: Enjoy songs and books en español during Juntos Leemos Story Time (Boston)