Top 10 Things to Do in November

Mark your calendars with this month's top local events you won't want to miss.

Fairhope’s Tree Lighting Ceremony: November 21

November 1 – 2: Hangout Oyster Cook Off & Craft Beer Weekend

The Hangout • 101 E Beach Blvd., Gulf Shores
6 p.m. – 11 p.m., kickoff party; 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. cook off. Begin a jam-packed cook-off weekend on Friday with the Craft Spirits and Beer Kickoff Party featuring tastings of dozens of craft beers and spirits and live music. On Saturday, enjoy chef demos and workshops, live music, an oyster shucking contest and sample oysters from dozens of chefs and restaurants from across the country.

November 9: Bay Area Brunch Fest

Bienville Square • 150 Dauphin St.
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. This fundraiser for Lifelines Counseling Services features local restaurants’ best brunch dishes, live music and a Bloody Mary mix-off competition. General admission tickets are $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the event. Must be 21 or older to attend.

November 13: Book Signing with Author John Sledge

The History Museum of Mobile • 111 S Royal St.
4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Mobile Bay Magazine presents a book signing with local author John Sledge in celebration of his latest title, “The Gulf of Mexico: A Maritime History.” Admission is free and complimentary light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be provided.

November 14: Boots and BBQ Barn Bash

Moe’s Original Bar B Que • 701 Spring Hill Ave.
6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Break out your cowboy boots for this annual fundraiser featuring amazing barbecue and  live music by Johnny Hayes and the Loveseats. Admission is $40, and proceeds benefit Children’s of Alabama Pediatric Rheumatology Clinic in Mobile

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November 14 – 17: Fairhope Film Festival

Downtown Fairhope
Don’t miss four days of brilliant, entertaining and award-winning films screened throughout downtown Fairhope. Tickets range from $75 for a 6-pack film pass to $140 for all access.

November 15 – 17: Christmas Jubilee

Mobile Convention Center • 1 S Water St.
Get a jump start on your Christmas shopping at the Junior League of Mobile’s annual holiday market, featuring more than 100 merchants from across the country. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door and $5 for college students, senior citizens and military.

November 21: Fairhope Tree Lighting Ceremony

Downtown Fairhope • 161 N Section street
5:30 p.m., festivities begin, 6 p.m. tree lighting. Don’t miss one of Fairhope’s treasured holiday traditions! Enjoy entertainment from the Fairhope middle and high school bands while the little ones write a Christmas wish list for Santa.

November 22: Lighting of the Trees

Bienville Square • 150 Dauphin St.
5 p.m., festivities begin; 6 p.m. tree lighting. Join Mayor Sandy Stimpson, Santa Claus, Mixen the Reindeer and more as Mobile kicks off the holiday season with the annual lighting of the trees in Bienville Square. Along with local artisans and specialty vendors, there will be entertainment by Dunbar Magnet School Dancers and Show Choir and Mobile Ballet and plenty of activities for the kids.

November 23: Mobile International Festival

The Grounds • 1035 Cody Road N
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Take in a variety of cultures from all across the globe with this annual celebration featuring food, art, music, crafts and entertainment from drummers, dancers, acrobats and more. Tickets are $12.

November 28: Turkey Trot for Hope

Mardi Gras Park • Downtown Mobile
8 a.m. Burn some calories before your holiday feast at this fundraising run supporting Camp Rap-A-Hope, a camp for Gulf Coast children faced with cancer. Registration is $25 until November 11.

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