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The Best Things to Do in Boston in November

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This post covers the best things to do in Boston in November, including evening, free, as well as family-friendly activities, updated for 2021.

 

 


TOP 10 EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO

This section highlights our top ten things to do in Boston in November. When possible, we’ve noted what is free and family-friendly.

If you’re looking for even more fun things to do in Boston, make sure to check our posts: 

It’s also worth noting that you can save money on some of the most entertaining attractions in and around the city with a Boston tourist pass.


1) Take a Walking Tour

We offer a variety of pay-what-you-want walking tours throughout the historic city of Boston to give you an intimate, up-close and personal experience with the best information and entertaining stories!

 

 

The following tours are currently available:


2) Go to a Concert

Boston tends to attract some of the biggest musical performers in the world, and there will be no shortage of great concerts to attend in November.

 

 

If you’re looking for a great performance, consider one of the following options:

Find all the concerts in Boston here.

Many of these concerts will start after dark, so it’s safe to say this is a good nighttime activity. For more fun in the evening, read our things to do at night section.


3) Attend a Sporting Event

Boston is home to several notable teams, and at least three of them will be playing games at home during the month of November.

The New England Patriots will have three games this month, but only one of them will be at Gillette Stadium.

With the NBA season just starting up, the Boston Celtics will have nearly half a dozen games to see in November at the TD Garden.

 

The NHL starts their season at around the same time, so there will also be several great Boston Bruins games to attend this month.

Find all the sporting events in Boston here.


4) See a Hit Musical

This city may not be the home of Broadway, but they still have several great theaters which host some of the best musicals in the world. There will be several great shows to see during the month of November.

The most popular Off-Broadway production is Kinky Boots. The show will be available on Nov 2nd at North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, just 30 minutes north of Boston.

Purchase Kinky Boots tickets or learn more.

 

 

Here are a few of the other musicals/operas/ballets you may want to see during the month of November:

Find all the theatre productions in Boston here.


5) See a Christmas Tree Lighting

Numerous public Christmas trees will be ceremoniously lit throughout the last week in November in Boston, ringing in the holiday season!

 

 

Here’s a list of these free and family-friendly events:

  • Macy’s Downtown Crossing | Nov 26th
  • Copley Square | Nov 29th
  • Massachusetts State House | Nov 23rd
  • Faneuil Hall Marketplace | Nov 30th

Many of these trees can be seen on our Freedom Trail walking tour throughout the holiday season, and there will be several additional lights displays popping up throughout the city at this time.

If you’re looking for more free activities you can enjoy, please read our section covering free things to do in Boston this November.


6) Go Ice Skating

Few things welcome winter and the holiday season like a jaunt around an outdoor ice skating rink!

Boston has a few to offer throughout the winter, and many of them will be open in November.

One of the most popular skating rinks in the city can be found at the Frog Pond in Boston Common. Every year, the pond is turned into an ice rink where visitors can skate around.

 

 

If you’re looking for some of the other locations in this city where you can enjoy this activity, make sure to read our post about ice skating in Boston.

Needless to say, this is a pretty popular family activity. For more great family-friendly events, check our things to do with kids section.


(7) See Live Stand-up Comedy

Boston tends to attract a lot of well-known and famous comedians throughout the year, and this November will be no different.

Tracy Morgan will be one of the most notable performers this month, and he's scheduled to do stand-up at Wilbur Theatre on November 5th and 6th.

 

 

The following comedians are also scheduled to perform in or around Boston in November 2021:

For even more great stand-up, check this list of comedy performances taking place in Boston this month.


8) Experience the Music of Final Fantasy 7 in Concert

On November 12th, the Boston Symphony Hall will be hosting a special performance of music from the Final Fantasy 7 Remake.

 

 

This event was postponed earlier in the year, but it is still scheduled to take place.

Fans of both the game and its memorable score will definitely enjoy this opportunity to hear music from the game performed by a live orchestra.

Purchase tickets or learn more.


(9) Watch the Turkey Trot

Just before Thanksgiving, this annual race is held not only to celebrate the holiday, but also to encourage visitors to give to the local food bank. 

While the event isn’t free to enter, it won’t cost a dime to come and cheer on the runners as they compete for various awards and prizes.

 

Turkey Trot Boston

 

The Turkey Trot will be taking place on November 20th by the Charles River at Artesani Park. The race will begin at 8 am and all events will be finished by 10:30 am.

This is an excellent and affordable activity that you can enjoy with the family.

If you’re looking for other fun events that won’t set you back, check our free things to do section.


(10) Use a Tourist Pass to Save Money

No matter what you’re planning to do in Boston this November, chances are that you’ll be able to save a lot of money on popular activities by using a tourist attraction discount pass.

 

 

While an all-inclusive pass provides admission to dozens of attractions over a set number of days, there are also passes which allow you to pay one flat price for the specific services you plan to use.

There are also build your own pass options which are very easy to use, as you just have to get 2 tickets in order to save 20% on both activities!

Here are some of the most notable attractions included with these tourist passes:

Depending on which pass you choose and how you use it, you could save anywhere from 20% - 50% off general admission prices.

You’ll also enjoy skip-the-line privileges at certain locations included with each service.

For more details, make sure to read our post covering Boston tourist attraction discount passes.


UNDETERMINED: Grab a Bite at Boston Magazine’s Taste

Foodies will love this event that celebrates the top 50 restaurants in Boston and other local culinary establishments. Enjoy an evening of food, wine, beer, crafted cocktails, live entertainment and more!

 

 

In years past, this event has included a variety of different foods from over 30 of the most talented chefs in the city. A portion of ticket sales goes to the Greater Boston Food Bank.

This event happens every November, but in 2020 it was taken virtual to prevent the spread of Covid-19. They have yet to announce their plans for 2021.

Check the Boston Magazine Taste website for more details.

NOTE: Even if you can’t make it to this event, you may want to think about taking a Boston food tour to learn more about the greatest places to grab a bite in Beantown.

 


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FREE THINGS TO DO IN NOVEMBER

If you plan accordingly, there are a lot of fun activities that are totally free to attend in Boston. This section will cover several things to do that won’t cost a dime. 

 

 

Some of the items we’ve mentioned in previous sections like attending a Christmas Tree Lighting and going to the Turkey Trot also cost nothing for admission. 

For even more great, affordable ideas, make sure to read our post covering free things to do in Boston.


See Christmas Lighting Displays

In addition to the Christmas Tree Lighting ceremonies that will be taking place this month, there will also be several holiday lights displays making their first appearance of the season in November.

Here are some of the best attractions to look for throughout the month:

  • Columbus Park Trellis | Nov 22nd
  • Faneuil Hall Marketplace | Nov 30th

There may also be additional smaller lighting displays popping up in other locations around the city, so make sure to keep an eye out for them as well!


UNCONFIRMED: Attend the Renegade Craft Fair

Browse the numerous booths of some of the best independent and contemporary makers and designers at the Renegade Craft Fair. This event is free to attend and offers a weekend of exceptional craft!

Visitors can expect more than 80 notable national and local vendors to show up.

There will also be a variety of food and drinks available, as well as local DJs performing sets throughout the craft fair.

NOTE: This event is not currently scheduled for November 2021.


Visit a Free Museum

There are several great museums in Boston that don’t cost a thing to enter. Some of them offer free entry throughout the year, but others only offer free days every month or so.

Here are a few of the more popular locations you can visit without paying for admission:

  • U.S.S. Constitution Museum
  • Bunker Hill Museum
  • Waterworks Museum
  • Commonwealth Museum
  • Boston Fire Museum
  • Massachusetts Historical Society

For more details and additional locations that don’t cost a thing, please read our post covering free museums in Boston.

For even more great, affordable ideas, make sure to read our post covering free things to do in Boston.

 


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THINGS TO DO AT NIGHT IN NOVEMBER

Boston is a lively city in the evening and offers all kinds of activities and events for night owls. This section will feature a few of the best things to do after dark during the month of November.

 

 

Our previous sections covered some of the better nighttime activities such as Christmas Tree lighting ceremonies, Christmas lighting displays, concerts, musicals, sporting events, WWE Raw and more.

In addition to what’s listed in this section, make sure to check out the section on nighttime activities in our master post on things to do in Boston.


UNCONFIRMED: Grab a Drink at Wine Riot

The perfect event for wine connoisseurs, tickets to Wine Riot include unlimited tastings and a souvenir glass plus fun extras like masterclasses, a photo booth, temporary tattoos, and more! 

General Admission starts at $65 per ticket, but you can also get VIP tickets for $95 which include preferred seating, VIP wine and food pairings, and one-on-one access to local sommeliers.

NOTE: This event has not been confirmed for November 2021.


Take a Haunted Tour of Boston

Boston is one of the oldest cities in the United States, and many believe it is haunted. There are many different tours available which focus on the spookier history behind this city.

One of the most interesting opportunities is a haunted bus tour which will take you to some of the most notable haunts in Boston.

Another option is our Beacon Hill Crime Tour. Although it's not technically a ghost tour, it does talk about the darker side of Boston's history.

In addition to what’s listed in this section, make sure to check out the section on nighttime activities in our master post on things to do in Boston.

 


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FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES IN NOVEMBER

Beantown has lots of activities to offer that are fun for the whole family, and we’ll be covering a few of the better November events in this section. 

 

 

Don’t forget to check our other sections for ideas like going ice skating, attending a sporting event, seeing the Christmas lighting displays and more are welcome to people of all ages. 

For additional ideas, consider reading our post covering things to do with kids in Boston.


UNCONFIRMED: Take the Kids to Zoo Lights

Gather the family and head to Stone Zoo for the annual celebration of thousands of holiday lights and more at Zoo Lights

Enjoy thousands of twinkling lights as you stroll through the animal exhibits, drink some holiday hot chocolate, and enjoy other spirited attractions.

In addition to all those activities, there will also be special events such as concerts with local musicians and Santa’s Castle.

NOTE: This event has not been scheduled for November 2021, but it is likely to happen once again this year.


Go on a Tour of Fenway Park

While baseball isn’t in season in November, you can still tour the home stadium of the 2018 World Series Champions, the Boston Red Sox!

Fenway Park is the oldest baseball stadium in America and offers daily tours that are fun for the whole family.

Whether you want a quick outing or something a bit more detailed, there are a variety of different tours available at this historic ballpark.

It’s worth noting that the public Fenway Park tour is included with some Boston tourist passes, which is a great way to save money on this activity.


Visit the New England Aquarium

Spot all kinds of marine life with a visit to the New England Aquarium! Enjoy hundreds of species of fish, fur seals, penguins, lobsta’hs, sea turtles, and more. 

The museum also offers numerous family-friendly interactive exhibits for kids to enjoy and they are open every day in November except Thanksgiving.

If you’re looking to save money on this activity, keep in mind that admission to the aquarium is actually included with several Boston tourist passes.


Take a Holiday Cruise

Join Boston Sailing with a 1.5-hour holiday boat cruise around the harbor! 

Choose from the family-friendly Cocoa and Carols Cruise, enjoy a whiskey and holiday ballads with an Irish Christmas Carol, or tap your feet to the beat with a Holiday Jazz Cruise. Tickets range from $44-$46.

Don’t worry – these boats are well heated during the winter, and each of these outings offers several opportunities to keep warm.

TIP: For even more boat cruise ideas, check out our boat tours post!

 


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About The Author

Brian Burgess

Brian was born in Cambridge and has been living in the Boston area all his life. He is a graduate of Boston's Emerson College with a degree in communications with a journalism/history focus. He has been leading tours for Free Tours By Foot Boston since it was started in the city of Boston in 2012, and enjoys sharing his knowledge of Boston's rich history with not only the guests on his tours, but with everyone he meets.
Updated: October 12th, 2021
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