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2022 November Michigan Events Calendar (FUN Things to Do)

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THE BEST November Michigan Events 2022

Who’s ready for the holiday season? Winter is creeping closer and it’s time to start getting ready for the smells of Thanksgiving, the first sight of snowflakes, and the twinkling sounds of silver bells, as the season begins. 

There is plenty of Michigan fun in November. Whether you’re visiting Michigan or a Michigander looking for some fun things to do, Michigan’s November Calendar of Events is filled with fun things to do. 

See below for a list of festivals and events that are sure to get you excited for Michigan in November. 

More November Events and Fun Things to Do in November for the Whole Family!

We’re sharing some of our favorite things to do in each area of Michigan, followed by some suggestions for special things to do in Michigan in November like Christmas tree lightings, holiday light displays, Thanksgiving holiday parades, and arts and crafts fairs in Michigan.

What is There to Do in Northern Michigan in November?

Treetops Beer and Wine Festival

Address: Treetops Resort Lodge
3962 Wilkinson Rd, Gaylord, MI Time: 6 – 10 p.m.

As the weather cools, nothing sounds better than a glass of wine or beer in a cozy setting. For this, look no further than the Treetops Wine and Beer Festival. Here you can expect to taste some of the best libations that the state has to offer, from craft beers and cider from Michigan breweries, to perfectly aged wines from the Lake Michigan coast. Wine beer and food – what more could you wish for on a cool autumn night? 

Insider Tip: Admission tickets are free for designated drivers – and you still get a souvenir glass/mug for non-alcoholic beverages. Don’t forget to check out our guide to the best wineries in Michigan here:

Glen Arbor Holiday Marketplace, Tree Lighting & Caroling

Address: Downtown Glen Arbor, MI

Home to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Glen Arbor is the place to be the weekend after Thanksgiving. The Tree Lighting & Caroling is at 6:15 p.m. outside the Town Hall with Carols led by members of Glen Lake Church, and you can shop an amazing selection of gifts at the Glen Arbor Holiday Marketplace. Also, families and children are invited to meet Santa & Mrs. Claus at the M22 Wine Patio for festive photo opportunities, with refreshments available

Traverse City Beer Week

Address: Downtown Traverse City

The fall event that the entire Grand Traverse area waits for Traverse City Beer Week features a self-guided tour – complete with passport. Enjoy seven days of craft beer tastings, satisfying dinners, and unique events during Traverse City Beer Week.

Use our guide to the top Traverse City breweries, with our favorite brews, here. We also have the best Michigan craft breweries for you, too.  

Black Friday & Small Business Saturday in Downtown Traverse City 

Address: 303 E State St, Traverse City, MI. 

This is one of our favorite fun November events in Traverse City for 2021. Get a jump start on your holiday shopping while supporting local merchants!

Take a Road Trip Through the Tunnel of Trees 

If you plan to travel Michigan to catch the last of the fall colors, head for northern Michigan’s Tunnel of Trees just north of Petoskey. Michigan weather can be unpredictable, so be sure to check with the weather forecast before you set out. 

What is There to To in Southeast Michigan in November

Ann Arbor Farmers Market Winter Market 

Date: Open Year-Round

Address: 315 Detroit Street Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Find seasonal fruit, vegetables, herbs, flowers, plants, eggs, meat, cheese, bread, honey, maple syrup, cookies, donuts, pie, pastries, gluten-free baked goods, Polish food, Mediterranean food, hot sauce, pasties, sauerkraut, tempeh, coffee, tea, jam, mead, candles, jewelry, masks, body care products, textiles, leathercraft, cutting boards, and more

The Satin Doll Revue Encore Performance

Address: Aretha’s Jazz Cafe and Music Hall, 350 Madison St, Detroit, MI

Unlimited Sky Productions presents… “The Satin Doll Revue” – back by popular demand this November 11th. This musical performance features songs from the late jazz greats, including Etta James, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, performed by renowned Detroit vocalists. Prepare to go back in time as you get a history lesson while enjoying the rhythms and melodies of jazz music that reminds us that the genre is alive, well, and worthy of preservation. 

Insider Tip: Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, so get there early for the best seat in the house. 

Monroe Street Drive-In

Address: 32 Monroe St, Detroit, MI 

Starting on November 12th, the Monroe Street Drive-In powered by Emagine will return to the Motor City for a second year. Pack up the car with plenty of pillows, blankets, and snacks, and drive into the city for a drive-in experience like you’ve never had with the skyscrapers of downtown Detroit as your backdrop. If you forgot your snacks, don’t worry, delicious and buttery Emagine theater popcorn among other concession classics will be available for purchase. 

Insider Tip: 26 outdoor seats will be available as a new addition this season, including 2 and 4-seater “pods” you can use on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Detroit Doll Show and Expo

Address: Northwest Activities Center, 18100 Meyers Road,D etroit, Michigan 4823

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Exhibit at the Plymouth Historical Museum 

Address:155 S. Main Street, Plymouth, MI 48170

Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees at Rochester Community House

Address: Rochester Community House, 816 Ludlow Ave., RochesterTime: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday

You’ll find a huge assortment of beautifully decorated trees ranging from four feet to seven feet, all decorated and waiting for families to explore. You’ll also find decorated wreaths, stockings, and more.

Magic of Lights at DTE Energy Music Theater

Address: 33 Bob Seger Dr, Village of Clarkston, MI 48348

This new-in-2020 fabulous drive-thru Christmas light display was a metro Detroit MUST-Visit when it opened last year, and this year it promised to be even better. You’ll see more than a million LED lights in this dazzling drive-through light display featuring holiday-themed scenes and characters, including the all-new Prehistoric Christmas and Mega Tree displays. 

America’s Thanksgiving Parade Turkey Trot

Address: Downtown Detroit

Fantasy of Lights Parade (Click HERE For More Parades)

Address: Downtown Howell

This spectacular nighttime parade includes dozens of illuminated floats, marching bands, over 50 other entries, and Santa.

Classic Cartoon Festival at the Redford Theatre

Address: Redford Theatre, 17360 Lahser Road, Detroit

See some of your favorite classic cartoons like Popeye, Superman, Tom and Jerry, Bugs Bunny and many others — all on the big screen again, all rated G. 

Holly Dickens Festival in Downtown Holly

Address: Downtown Holly area

Inspired by the Charles Dickens classic tale A Christmas Carol, this annual festival revels in the writer’s era, complete with four stages of entertainment, festive food, and more (even Scrooge himself).

What is There to Do Mid Michigan in November

25th Annual Deal Hunters’ Weekend

Address: Birch Run Premium Outlets 12240 S. Beyer Rd, Birch Run, MI

Every year when hunters head out into the woods, bargain hunters flock to Birch Run Premium Outlets. This year, Birch Run Premium Outlets is celebrating its 25th annual Deal Hunter’s Weekend from November 12th to the 14th. These savings on sayings present a perfect opportunity to get some early holiday shopping done, or just treat yourself to something nice for a great deal. Looking for more Michigan Outlet malls? Use our Guide to the top Michigan Outlet malls here.

Insider Tip: Going earlier in the day or starting on the first day means you can be among the first to pick from the store stocks. 

Festival of Trees

Address: Great Hall Banquet & Convention Center 5121 Bay City Rd, Midland, MI

Looking for some Christmas decoration inspiration? Look no further than the Festival of Trees, presented by the Junior League of the Great Lakes Bay Region. This massive 3-day event attracts over 5,000 guests annually with over 100 fabulously-decorated trees and wreaths. These trees and wreaths are donated by community members, then raffled off to attendees.

Insider Tip: The money earned through the event is put towards supporting the Junior League of the Great Lakes Bay Region’s mission of voluntarism, training, and community involvement and improvement. 

North Pole Express Train Ride

Address: 405 South Washington Street, Owosso, MI 48867

This holiday season put on your favorite pajamas or 1940s/50s attire and join us for a nostalgic journey to the Christmas of yesteryear when you climb aboard the North Pole Express, pulled by the world-famous Pere Marquette 1225!

Depart from the Steam Railroading Institute in Owosso for a four and a half hour, round trip excursion to the Village of Ashley’s Country Christmas. Enjoy a one hour and fifteen-minute train ride each way to and from Ashley, where you’ll disembark for a two-hour Christmas party straight out of the past! Participate in the numerous activities the village has to offer, including live entertainment, having your picture taken in front of the 1225, and meeting Santa Claus himself!

Tis the Season Weekends

 Address: Frankenmuth River Place Shops, 925 South Main St, Frankemuth, MI

Frankenmuth is the place to go for holiday cheer and as fall winds down into winter through the month of November, there’s no better time to get festive.

Starting on November 27th, visit Frankenmuth’s River Place Shops to celebrate the season with activities including visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, caroling from Fenton Chorus, and plenty of shopping deals throughout the German-themed shopping complex. Bring the kids and stay at Zehnder’s or the Bavarian Inn. After a day of holiday fun, enjoy the indoor water park. 

Insider Tip: Stick around for nightfall to see Christmas lights brighten up Frankenmuth for a dose of holiday cheer. The spirit is so palpable it seems you may even hear jingle bells in the city if you listen closely. 

What is There to Do in West Michigan in November

Post Family Farm Fall Fun

Address: Post Family Farm 5801 Bauer Rd, Hudsonville, MI

Although the season is winding down, there are still plenty of fall activities to enjoy before winter settles in. At Post Family Farm, you can hold onto those last fleeting days of the harvest season with Post Family Farm Fall Fun running until November 6th. U-pick pumpkins, hayrides, bonfires, a corn maze, and more are waiting for you on your fall-season sendoff. 

Insider Tip: Try the pumpkin donuts and award-winning apple cider for a taste of the harvest season.

IllumiZoo Wild Hues

Address: John Ball Zoo 1300 W. Fulton St, Grand Rapids, MI

John Ball Zoo is a favorite family destination in the summer, but the fun doesn’t stop once the weather cools. IllumiZoo will immerse you in a spectacle of light and sound as you stroll through the zoo. Expect to see creative imagery, animal displays set to music, and plenty of animated and moving lights. These vibrant light displays will transform the zoo into something unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. 

Insider Tip: Visit on a Wednesday to enjoy a themed night, like “It’s All Classical” on the 3rd or “Boy Bands Unite!” on the 10th. 

Black Out! Niles Scream Park

Address: 855 Mayflower Rd, Niles, MI

In Niles, the haunting doesn’t stop just because Halloween is over. On November 5th and 6th, Niles Scream Park opens its doors one last time – with a twist! This will provide you and your group with just enough light to realize that you can’t see everything, providing the unique thrill you can only get from the unknown, so put on your Halloween costumes and indulge in one final fright.

Insider Tip: If haunted houses are too scary, but you’re still not ready to let go of Halloween, the food, games, and activities on the midway offer plenty of fun. 

Grand Rapids Comic Con

Address: DeVos Place Convention Center, 303 Monroe Ave, Grand Rapids, MI

On the weekend of November 12-14 let your inner nerd out at Grand Rapids Comic Con. Engage with a community that shares your love for all things comic books, TV shows, anime, art, and pop-culture. All weekend, panels of special guests, including writers, voice actors, artists, and more. Grab a bit of memorabilia from the massive vending room and take pictures with phenomenal cosplayers who bring your favorite characters to life.

Insider Tip: Spread your visit over several days if you can to catch as many events and panels as you can. 

Fall Fly In at Kellogg Bird Sanctuary

Address: W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary 12685 East C Ave, Augusta, MI

The fall marks the waterfowl migration, which is one of the best times to visit the W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary.

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