November always feels like the beginning of the holiday season. There’s a lot going on around AMLI’s luxury apartments this November that you won’t want to miss out on. We took a dive into what’s happening and found a whole lot of Thanksgiving events, food and drink festivals, cultural markets to other seasonal activities. Let’s get right into what’s going on this November.

Atlanta

Nov. 6-11: West Side Story

Catch the West Side Story musical—about true love, inspired by Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet and set in 1950’s New York City. The play showcases local Atlanta talent putting on the show at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center. Tickets start at $43.

Nov. 9: Harry Potter pub crawl

The fourth annual Wizard Pub Crawl visits five bars in Virginia Highlands, each with their own food and drink specials. Dress up as your favorite character for the costume contest at Diesel Filling Station. The crawl runs from 7-9pm. Ages 21+.

Nov. 10: Veterans Day parade

The 37th annual Atlanta Veterans Day parade will be held downtown, beginning on Peachtree Street south of Ralph McGill/Ivan Allen Boulevard. The parade will end at the intersection of Centennial Olympic Park Drive and Marieta Street. Get your spot early—the parade kicks off at 11:11am.

Nov. 22: Thanksgiving race

Get ready to earn a big dinner after the Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon and 5K. The race begins at 7:30am at Georgia State Stadium. Stick around after the race for more outdoor Thanksgiving celebrations.

Austin

Nov. 1-7: Christmas at Caswell House

Christmas at the Caswell House has been a community tradition since 1983. For more than 35 years, this event has been raising funds to be distributed to local charities and non-profits through grant programs. There is something new going on every day, including a beer and bites event, a champagne brunch and much more.

Nov. 2-11: Wurstfest

Enjoy food, music, dancing, carnival rides and games along with German, domestic and local Texas beers. Celebrate the rich German culture and Bavarian-style fun during Wurstfest. Admission starts at $12.

Nov. 22: Turkey Trot

ThunderCloud Sub’s annual 5-mile run/1-mile walk is a great way to work up a Thanksgiving-sized appetite. Compete with the best of Austin or bring the whole family for a more relaxed holiday jog. All proceeds go to Caritas of Austin, a local non-profit dedicated to ending homelessness in the Greater Austin area.

Nov. 25: Jazz festival

Join the Austin Area Jazz Festival for a celebration of music, culture, diversity and the arts. Kick off your weekend with entertainment from top jazz musicians while browsing unique art from talented artists. Enjoy the Austin skyline as the backdrop to this event at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. General admission is $45.

Chicago

Nov. 1: Wine tasting

Sample hors d’oeuvres and over 40 wines from restaurants in Lincoln Square and Ravenswood during the Fall Wine Stroll that starts at Dank Haus. Admission is $45. Ages 21+.

Nov. 9-10: Short film festival

See nearly 100 short films at the 15th annual Chicago International Reel Short Film Fest at Chicago Filmmakers on Ridge Ave. The schedule consists of programs 90 to 120 minutes long, along with speakers and exhibitors.

Nov. 16-17: Aged beer festival

Enjoy beer, cider and mead with exotic flavors at the Festival of Wood- & Barrel-Aged Beers. This festival is billed as the country’s largest celebration of wood- and-barrel-aged beer, and takes place at the UIC Forum. General admission is $85. Ages 21+.

Nov. 27: Holiday market at the zoo

Shop from local artisans and boutiques at the Lincoln Park Zoo’s holiday market, set against the glittering backdrop of 1.5 million holiday lights. Enjoy the market from 6:30-10pm. General admission is $10 and $8 for zoo members.

Dallas

Nov. 3: Street food night market

This pop-up night market in Victory Park is the second event of the Chefs for Farmer’s festival. Your ticket includes locally-sourced street foods from an all-star lineup of talented chefs, craft beer, spirits and music. The event runs from 7-10pm. Ages 21+.

Nov. 10-11: Turtle Creek Arts Festival

See over 100 local and regional arts and crafts experts from all disciplines at historic Reverchon Park. View art demonstrations, enjoy local food trucks, listen to live music and much more. Admission is free.

Nov. 17: Taco festival

Get ready to sample tacos, margaritas and other delicious fare at Taco festival. There will be over 75 varieties of tacos from 30 restaurants and food trucks in Texas. General admission is $10.

Denver

Nov. 3-4: Urban holiday market

This two-day open-air holiday market at Skyline Park in the heart of downtown Denver is the place to get all of your gift shopping done in a single weekend. Browse an eclectic collection of local artwork, crafts, gifts, specialty food and much more.

Nov. 14: Grilled cheese fest

Enjoy everyone’s favorite comfort food—as well as tomato soup, beer and wine—as more than 20 local restaurants compete for the prestigious Meltdown Award for the best grilled cheese in Denver. This is a fundraising event that benefits Imagination Library of Denver, a free book program for kids. General admission is $55.

Nov. 19-21: Beaujolais and Beyond Festival

Watch as 20 Colorado chefs face off by creating French-inspired dishes paired with this year’s Beaujolais Nouveau wine. This 19th annual event will feature a live performance by Imagination Circus Arts.

Houston

Nov. 8-12: Houston Cinema Arts Festival

This is a five-day festival that includes a variety of narrative and documentary films, interactive video galleries, live multimedia performances, panel discussions and workshops. The festival is held at the Museum of Fine Arts.

Nov. 17-18: Houston Turkish Festival

Celebrate the 26th annual Houston Turkish Festival at Jones Plaza. Enjoy arts, crafts, food, drinks and Turkish-style entertainment that is fun for the whole family. Single tickets are $7.

Nov. 22: Thanksgiving Day parade

The 69th annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade will be held at 9am in downtown Houston. See the Houston community put together an entertaining parade to help you get into the holiday spirit. The parade is free if you’d like to bring your own seating, or you can purchase reserved seats for $25.

Seattle

Nov. 1-8: Restaurant week

Get a special deal on a three-course meal at 165 different restaurants during Seattle’s Restaurant Week. All restaurants offer dinner and some also have lunch specials. Three-course dinners start at just $33.

Nov. 9-12: Auto show

See over 400 of the latest cars and trucks on display at the Seattle International Auto Show at CenturyLink Field Event Center. General admission is $15.

Nov. 18: Pre-Thanksgiving run/walk

The Green Lake Gobble & Mashed Potato Munch Off is a 5K and 10K run/walk with a free kids’ dash around Green Lake. Stick around for a post-race beer garden and mashed-potato eating contest.

Southern California

Nov. 2: A Taste of San Clemente

Held under the stars, this 28th annual event serves up culinary masterpieces from over 20 of the area’s finest restaurants, as well as 16 wineries throughout California. Tickets are $95 and must be purchased in advance.

Nov. 4: Pumpkin launch

Bring a lawn chair to this free seasonal event. Watch teams compete to see who can launch a pumpkin at targets using giant trebuchets, catapults and other devices. This event is free and fun for the whole family.

Nov. 17-18: Surfing Santas

This surf competition has local men, women and children dressing up like Santa or other holiday-inspired characters to surf Salt Creek Beach. This event benefits Surfers Healing, a non-profit organization that teaches children with autism to surf. Surfing begins at 8am.

Nov. 22: Turkey Trot

The Turkey Trot is one of California’s largest Thanksgiving Day race events and one of America’s most scenic runs. Hosted by the Dana Point Chamber, this 41st annual run will tour the beautiful beaches, majestic cliffs and coves of Dana Point. Runners can participate in either a 10K or 5K.

South Florida

Nov. 7-11: Seed Food & Wine Week

The Seed Food & Wine Week is the first plant-based food and wine festival of it’s kind in the country. Presented by Whole Foods, this collection of special food events throughout Miami includes dinners, talks by food industry gurus and food demonstrations and competitions by leading names in the business.

Nov. 22: Thanksgiving Day run

The eighth annual Turkey Trot is a 5K run/walk at DC Alexander Park. All proceeds from the race are invested in multiple Fort Lauderdale organizations and scholarship funds committed to developing leadership and community service in the local community.

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