The Ultimate 2021 Guide of November Michigan Events, Festivals, Art Shows, Holiday/Christmas, and Best Things to Do in Michigan This Weekend

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The ULTIMATE SOURCE of 2021 November Michigan events, festivals, happenings, Holiday events, activities and fun things to do in Michigan for families, couples and friends! 

Monthly current event schedule and things to do in Michigan in November!

Destinations: DetroitTraverse CityFrankenmuthAnn ArborKalamazooPetoskeyCharlevoixHoughton LakeMidland, South Haven, St. JosephGrand RapidsBattle Creek, Lansing, Escanaba, Gaylord, Upper Peninsula (including Marquette) and more!  

Plan your November Michigan trip or fall vacation around our inspiring upcoming festivals and events! 

November Michigan events, festivals and activities are in full swing! Apple festivals, beer week and Comic Con are just a few of November events to look forward to! Lots of festivals in Michigan this weekend. 

Traveling Michigan in November is absolutely stunning as our nights are cool but our days are sunny and still perfect for discovering forest walks! 

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And as always, if you have November Michigan events, festivals and activities that you would like listed, let us know here!

Get ready to run some corn mazes this November!!

What is there to do in northern Michigan in November?

We had a reader ask us, "What is there to do in northern Michigan in November?"  Well, if you are looking for Marquette and Upper Peninsula events, we've got 'em!

There's cheese sampling, ice hockey, winter farmers markets, Turkeytrots and more! (See all the Marquette and Upper Peninsula event listings below)

THE BEST November Michigan Events-2021

  • Charlevoix’s Restaurant Week, Fall 2021 cancelled. This is an opportunity to come to your favorite local restaurants and try new dishes at special prices 
  • IllumiZoo, John Ball Zoo, 1300 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids, MI, September 3- November 14, 2021. Enjoy a nighttime journey through the Zoo! Stroll through an illuminated landscape of nature enriched with lighting and sounds. See incredible imagery, music-synchronized animal displays, and animated motifs of moving light.
  • 9th Annual M-60 Corn Maze, November 2021, Union City 
  • Piquette Fall Art Fair, Thu, Nov 4, 3:00 PM - 8 pm. at the 461 Piquette Ave • Detroit, MI. The Piquette Art Fair will feature several Detroit and Michigan artists. Art will include paintings, sculpture, illustrations, metal work, ceramics, and more
  • Grand Rapids Sightseeing Trolley Experience! at House Rules LoungeGrand Rapids Beer Trolley, LLC, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Recurring weekly on Thursday's, check their website for details and tickets.
  • Smetanka Arts & Crafts Show, November 6, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Main Expo Center, Kalamazoo, MI
  • Holiday Expo and Artisan's Market, November 6, 2021, 9 AM – 3 PM Forest Hills Eastern High School, 2200 Pettis Ave NE, Ada, MI. Fun November Michigan event!
  • Self-Guided Saturdays at The Pines (Dow Gardens) Midland, MI, Call for availability. 
  • Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village is one of the top Christmas experiences in the country! Tickets go on sale early November 2021.  Book your spots in early November as they sell out fast!
  • Downtown Marquette Farmers Market, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Late Fall Market 2021 Occurring 11/07/2021 - 12/18/2021 on Saturdays at the Marquette Commons.  This outdoor market features fresh produce, small farm raised meat and eggs, flower bouquets and more.
  • Escanaba Winter Farmers Market, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Winter 2021, Occurring 11/06/2021 - 12/18/2021 on Saturdays at the Civic Center in Escanaba. Baked goods and meat products, including fish, eggs, and other miscellaneous goods.

So Many Fun Things to Do in Michigan in November!

    Things to do in November 2021! Visiting Michigan in November is fantastic as there are so many November events!  
  • Grand Rapids Comic Con, November 12, 2021 - November 14, 2021, DeVos Place Convention Center, 303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI

  • Traverse City Beer Week, November 12-19, 2021 Traverse City Beer Week showcases a series of events highlighting their fabulous craft beer scene. Experience craft beer tastings, dinners, and workshops.
  • Detroit Doll Show/Expo, Sat, Nov 13, 11:00 AM. Northwest Activities Center, Detroit, MI
  • Harper Holly Days Craft Show, November 13, 2021, Harper Creek Middle School, Battle Creek, 9 am–3 pm, Free.  I love this show, I had a booth there for several years as an artist! 
  • Flapjack and Flannel Fest, November 2021 TBD, 12 pm - 7 p.m, $10 - $60. The Little Fleet, 448 E Front St, Traverse City, MI.  Don your awesome flannel shirts and come on down to The Little Fleet for the annual festival where amazing flapjacks from Daily Blend and The Cooks House will be served with handcrafted cocktails from Iron Fish Distillery and craft beers from Michigan's finest breweries.

Are wineries open in Traverse City in November?

Absolutely! Wine tasting and 

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

  • Pretzel Rolling at Bavarian Inn, ongoing, 2:30 PM, Bavarian Inn Restaurant, 713 S Main St, Frankenmuth, MI. Become a German baker! You will be taught proper pretzel-rolling methods to roll your own pretzel! Pick up your piping hot pretzel after it is baked!  This is very fun, we've done it!
  • North Pole Express Train Ride - IT SELLS OUT VERY QUICKLY (before end of October)- Saturdays and Sundays, November to December (dates coming soon). Departing from Owosso, MI. Embark on a nostalgic journey back in time to the Christmas of yesteryear when you climb aboard the North Pole Express, pulled by the world-famous Pere Marquette 1225 steam train! Depart from the Steam Railroading Institute for a four-hour, round trip excursion to the Village of Ashley’s Country Christmas. One of my favorite events in November!
  • Traverse City Shop & Sip Craft Market, CANCELLED 2021 1 – 7 PM, Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, 100 Grand Traverse Village Blvd, Acme, MI. The Traverse City Shop & Sip is a fun northern Michigan handmade holiday craft market.
  • Dowagiac Christmas Open House Weekend and Craft Show, November 12 and 13, 2021, Enjoy yuletide classics while enjoying holiday activities held downtown from 10 to 2 p.m. A true-to-life Old-World Santa and European-styled Mrs. Claus greet children downtown.  
  • Master Chef & Master Chef Junior Live, November 17, 2021, Van Andel Arena, DeVos Performance Hall130 W. Fulton St. Grand Rapids, MI 49503, 7:00 pm, The family-friendly show will feature head-to-head cooking demonstrations and messy challenges with past MasterChef and MasterChef Junior contestants
  • Kalamazoo Holiday Parade, The Maple Hill Kalamazoo Holiday Parade will return this November and take to the streets of downtown Kalamazoo on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021 at approximately 11:00 a.m.
  • The Sound of Music, November 19, 2021 - December 19, 2021, Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, 30 N. Division, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Grab your Civic Theatre tickets!
  • Battle Creek Holiday Parade, Sat, Nov 20, 2021. 77 E Michigan Ave, Battle Creek, MI. Since 1979 parade goers can enjoy the colorful Battle Creek Holiday Parade as it routes along Michigan Avenue through beautiful downtown Battle Creek.  It's the beginning of the International Festival of Lights and you can see Santa Claus too!
  • Cheese Sampling, Sat, Nov 20, 2021, 6 – 8 AM, Marquette Food Co-op, 502 W Washington St, Marquette, MI
  • Grand Rapids International Wine Beer and Food Festival, November 19 - 20, 2021, DeVos Place, Grand Rapids, Sample from 1600 plus beverages from around the world (six continents) in the Vineyard. It's the largest tasting room experience you can find! Named "Best Fall Wine Festival Not to Miss" by!
  • Silver Bells in the City, Friday, November 19th from 5-9 PM, Downtown Lansing, Parade on Washington and Capital, concerts, tree lighting, music.
  • Fantasy of Lights, Howell, MI Parade begins at 7 p.m. on November 26, 2021. This spectacular nighttime parade includes dozens of illuminated floats, marching bands, over 50 other entries, and Santa.
  • 26th Annual Luminary Festival, November 19, 2021, Downtown St. Joseph, 5–8 pm, Free 
  • Festival of the Lights, Big Rapids, Saturday, November 20, 2021, 6 – 8 PM. $10 entry fee, line-up starts at 4:00 pm along Michigan Avenue (South of Oak Street) and Cedar Street.  Parade starts at 6:00 pm.
  • Annual Wonderland of Lights - Thursday through Sunday, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, November 20 - December 26 (closed on Thanksgiving, November 25, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day) Where: Potter Park Zoo! Tour grounds with friends and family as thousands of lights and decorations transform the zoo into a holiday spectacle. Events, fall fun and animal encounters for all to enjoy!
  • Treetops 10th Annual Beer and Wine Festival - November 20, 2021. 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm Treetops Resort, 3962 Wilkinson Road, Gaylord, MI.  
  • The Big Bright Light Show, Rochester, Mi, November 23, 2021 – Monday, January 3, 2022 Where is the big bright light show in Rochester Mi? It's all along Main Street in Rochester, Michigan.
  • Metro Health Christmas & Holiday Traditions, November 23, 2021 - January 2, 2022, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525. Be wowed with the glow of over 300,000 colorful lights, virtual visits from Santa, rooftop reindeer and 46 international trees and displays.
  • Men's Ice Hockey- Bowling Green vs. Northern Michigan, Sat, Nov 27, 6:37 – 9:07 PM, Berry Events Center, W Fair Ave, Marquette, MI
  • Portage Health Turkey Trot, Thursday, November 25, 2021, 9:00 am at the UP Health System - Portage, Hancock, 500 Campus Dr, Hancock, MI. Come out for a 5k Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning! This is a great event for the entire family! Participants will meet at the front lobby of UP Health System - Portage in Hancock to register.  
  • Festival of Wreaths, The Muskegon Museum of Art, 2021 – a wreath walk event to enjoy decorated wreaths from the sidewalk or street from November 24 through December 5, 2021. A Walking Guide with the location of all the wreaths was available at the Muskegon Museum of Art Store and at participating businesses starting November 24.
  • Up North Media Traverse City Turkey TrotThu, Nov 25, 9 – 11 AM Traverse City, MI. Runners and walkers alike will be able to trot the streets of Traverse City once again this year for this annual Thanksgiving event!  5K run/walk. Wear your turkey hats, socks, and costumes!  The event begins and ends at St. Francis High School. Fun Traverse City in November event!
  • Black Friday & Small Business Saturday in Downtown Traverse CityFri, Nov 26 – Sat, Nov 27 by the Downtown Traverse City Association
    303 E State St, Traverse City, MI.  Get ready to start your holiday shopping and support your local merchants! Fun November events traverse city 2021 
  • Comedy Night, November 27, 2021. 8pm - 10 pm. Treetops Resort, 3962 Wilkinson Road, Gaylord, MI.  
  • Stafford's Downtown Petoskey Holiday Parade, November 27, 2021, 6:00 PM  7:00 PM
  • TV6 Thanksgiving Craft Show, Friday, November 26, 2021 - November 27, 2021, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, UP State Fairgrounds, 2401 12th Ave N, Escanaba, MI 
  • Tree Lighting Ceremony, Bronson Park, 2021 TBD, Kalamazoo, 5 pm, Free
  • Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis, November 29, 2021, DeVos Performance Hall303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI, 7:30 p.m. Visit their website for details, tickets and information.

We hope you enjoy our exciting November Michigan events and ideas of fun things to do! Perfect for families, solo or couples.

Michigan Farms to Visit in November (Think Cider and Donuts!)

Gull Meadow Farms-Richland, MI. Pumpkins, delicious donuts and a corn maze.  We used to go there weekly when we lived in the area.  There is a train for kids and a tractor drawn hay wagon for the whole family.  Great place!! What a fun November Michigan event! We love it!

Uncle Johns Cider Mill-8614 US-127, St Johns, MI.  Gorgeous barn with hard ciders and treats!

Leaman's Green Applebarn-7475 N. River Road, Freeland, MI.  Cider and donuts are a must. Baked goods are outstanding!

Baynes Apple Valley-5395 Midland Road, Freeland, MI Awarded Mid-Michigan's Best Orchard 3 years in a row! Great homemade baked goods and fresh pressed pure apple cider. We love grabbing a sandwich in the cute shop and grabbing some fresh cider on the way out! Great place to meet friends during cool November Michigan afternoons!

Coveyou Scenic Farms-4160 US-131, Petoskey, MI We loved our stop at Coveyou Scenic Farm market, the owners are super friendly and the market has so many great things! We purchased bottles of syrup and squash!

Pond Hill Farms-5699 S Lake Shore Dr, Harbor Springs, MI.  If you are out and about for Michigan fall color tours, be sure to stop at Pond Hill Farms to enjoy fresh warm donuts and cider around their bonfire!  There's a cafe to warm up and enjoy the day!

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Event Centers in Michigan

Still bored? Don't forget to check these Michigan event centers/theaters/auditoriums across Michigan for concerts, events, shows or comedy entertainment! 

Here are a few Michigan event centers to inspire you!  

  • Cobo Hall-Detroit
  • Midland Center for the Arts-Midland
  • Dow Gardens-Midland
  • Kalamazoo State Theatre
  • Fire Keepers Casino
  • Soaring Eagle Casino-Mt. Pleasant
  • Wings Event Center-Kalamazoo
  • Miller Auditorium-Kalamazoo
  • Civic Auditorium-Kalamazoo
  • Chenery Auditorium-Kalamazoo
  • Kellogg Arena-Battle Creek
  • LMC Mendel Center-Benton Harbor
  • Franke Center for the Arts-Marshall
  • The Bob-Grand Rapids
  • Van Andel-Grand Rapids
  • Devos Place-Grand Rapids
  • Dow Event Center-Saginaw

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