17 Things to Do in November
From festivals to holiday performances, here's a look at what's happening in November
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Marvelous Music Family Series: ArtsPower Presents “Nugget & Fang”
Nov. 3 – Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave, Cary. 3:30-5 p.m. $8/person. Go under the sea to meet Nugget, a minnow and Fang, a shark, who all get along swimmingly until Nugget learns that minnows are supposed to be afraid of sharks. Purchase tickets online. etix.com.
North Carolina Gourd Arts and Crafts Festival
Nov. 3-4 – North Carolina State Fairgrounds, Holshouser Building, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $2/adult. Free for ages 16 and younger. Take the family for gourd displays, crafting classes, make-and-take crafts and more. Kids can enjoy a gourd crafting table and discussions on how to grow gourds. ncgourdsociety.org/festival.html.
North Carolina Whirligig Festival
Nov. 3-4 – Downtown Wilson. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Free. Celebrate the arts and the whimsical, wind-driven whirligigs created by the late folk-artist Vollis Simpson. Enjoy arts and crafts, four live entertainment stages, food and more than 200 vendors. whirligigfestivalnc.org.
“So You Think You Can Dance Live! 2018”
Nov. 4 – Memorial Auditorium, 2 E. South St, Raleigh. 8-10 p.m. $40-$150. See the top 10 contestants from Season 15 of the hit TV show “So You Think You Can Dance” perform their winning routines from the season. Purchase tickets online. dancelivetour.com.
“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in Concert”
Nov. 9-11 – Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. See the website for show times and to purchase tickets. $60-$130. Relive the magic of “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” as the thrilling film is shown on a large screen accompanied by the music of a live symphony orchestra. Purchase tickets online. ticketmaster.com.
Park West Village Winter Wonderland
Nov. 16 – Park West Village, 3400 Village Market Place, Morrisville. 5-9 p.m. Free; $5 donation for sledding. Usher in the holiday season with train rides, magical winter lights, live music and visits with Santa. parkwestvillage.net/event/winterwonderland.
American Indian Heritage Celebration
Nov. 17 – North Carolina Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Learn about the state’s American Indian culture from musicians, dancers, craftspeople and storytellers from eight state-recognized tribes. ncmuseumofhistory.org/aihc-2018.
Carolina Youth Ballet Presents “The Nutcracker”
Nov. 17 – Fletcher Theater, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. 1 and 5 p.m. $12-$27. Talented dance students perform the classic holiday ballet for all ages. Purchase tickets online beginning Oct. 13. carolinayouthballet.tix.com.
Lighting of the Tree at Lafayette Village
Nov. 17 – Lafayette Village, 8450 Honeycutt Rd., Raleigh. 3:30-6 p.m. Free. Usher in the holidays with a tree-lighting ceremony and other seasonal activities. lafayettevillageraleigh.com.
Open House at Woodplay
Nov. 17 – Woodplay Playsets of the Carolinas, 9521 Lumley Rd., Raleigh. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Enjoy face painting and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and a Woodplay’s largest sale of the year on playsets and Springfree Trampolines. woodplaync.com.
Raleigh Christmas Parade
Nov. 17 – Downtown Raleigh. 9:30 a.m. Free. See Raleigh’s annual Christmas parade, featuring large helium balloons, dance and performance groups, floats, Santa and more. grma.org.
North Carolina Symphony Presents “The Merry Elf”
Nov. 21 – Meymandi Concert Hall, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. All ages. 3 p.m. $28/person. A playful elf, sent by Santa to confirm the naughty and nice list, stumbles upon the best place to find holiday cheer: the North Carolina Symphony. Hear music from “The Polar Express” and “Frozen,” and a reading of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Visit with Santa in the lobby, and enjoy face painting and an Instrument Zoo before the show. ticketmaster.com.
Hill Ridge Farms’ Festival of Lights
Nov. 22-Dec. 31 – Hill Ridge Farms, 703 Tarboro Rd., Youngsville. Sunday-Thursday, 5-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 4-10 p.m. See the website for fees. Take a covered wagon hayride through a fabulous holiday light show. hillridgefarms.com.
Chinese Lantern Festival
Nov. 23-Jan. 13 – Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Pkwy., Cary. Tuesday-Sunday, 6-10 p.m. $10-$15. Walk through a light-filled wonderland featuring amazing craftsmanship, cultural performers, artisans and more. boothamphitheatre.com.
“Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical”
Nov. 23-Dec. 24 – Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. See the website for show times and to purchase tickets. $15-$50. The beloved TV classic soars off the screen and onto the stage with favorite characters Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and Rudolph. Purchase tickets online. ticketmaster.com.
North Carolina Symphony Presents “Holiday Pops Extravaganza”
Nov. 24 – Meymandi Concert Hall, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. 3 p.m. $35-$65. Enjoy a heartwarming spectacular featuring seasonal favorites, a singalong, falling snow and a chorus line of dancing Santas. Visit Santa and enjoy the sounds of strolling carolers in the lobby starting one hour before the show. ticketmaster.com
North Carolina Theatre Presents “Aladdin and His Winter Wish”
Nov. 29-Dec. 2 – Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. See the website for show times and to purchase tickets. $25-$49. Based on the Aladdin fairytale of a street rat with a dream, this holiday-themed production follows the style of the traditional British pantomime with singing, magic, comedic twists, contemporary music and more. Purchase tickets online. nctheatre.com/shows/aladdin-winter-wish.