For many people, November is known as a month of gathering, when most of us gather indoors to avoid the colder and darker weather. It is also the month in which we celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States, an old tradition that focuses on giving thanks for surviving a difficult year. The end of November also marks the start of the holiday season, with Hanukkah beginning on the 28th and Christmas music filling the airwaves. Whether you’re traveling to see family, friends, or a new destination this November, or staying at home, check out these festive and sometimes not-so-festive events taking place across the country, according to travelpulse.com
In Alaska, this year, Fairbanks will host the Fairbanks Holiday Marketplace from November 12-14, with hundreds of vendors selling holiday-themed goodies such as ornaments, jewelry, and other handmade products that make ideal gifts. The event drew over 7,000 people in 2019, and organizers anticipate a similar turnout this year.
Beginning in November, California’s theme parks host a slew of festive holiday events. A visit to Disneyland after November 12th will delight any holiday enthusiast, as there are numerous festive parades and events to enjoy. Universal Studios Hollywood kicks off its holiday season on November 13th, with holiday parades, Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and Grinchmas!
Denver, Colorado will host the 44th Annual Denver Film Festival from November 3-14, and you can attend in person! There will also be virtual options. Tickets are already on sale to the general public, and the full schedule includes plenty of movies to watch both in-person and online.
This year’s Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, in Hawaii, will be held both live and virtually, which means that more people will be able to enjoy the cultural festival than ever before! The event will take place from November 4 to 7 at the Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel. In-person events include coffee farm tours, artist demonstrations, a marathon, and many other activities, while virtual events include the opening blessing ceremony, a few virtual farm tours, a coffee cupping seminar, and many other activities.
This Thanksgiving and the upcoming winter festivities can be celebrated in New York City with the nation’s largest holiday parade, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, on November 25th. Individuals who are unable to travel to New York City can enjoy watching it televised, as it features some of the biggest and best celebrities, floats, giant balloons, and performers.
Bring your appetite to the Austin Food & Wine Festival, which takes place November 5-7 in Texas, and brings together talented chefs, restaurants, and sommeliers to enjoy great food, wine, and live music. The festival is one of the best, and the prices reflect that: weekender passes start at $275.
The complete list of Top November Events in the United States by State, as compiled by travelpulse.com, can be found here!