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November 2020 events in Boston

Plot out your November in Boston with our picks for the best things to see and do

By Eric Grossman and Time Out Boston Staff
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November in Boston brings shorter days, cooler temps, and increasing holiday cheer with every passing day. Winter is just around the corner, so everyone wants to get outside whenever they can. (Before you know it, you'll be thinking about the best skiing spots near Boston.) Between the election and event cancelations, this year promises to be especially different. Nonetheless, you can still count on a roster of fun stuff to carry you into the holiday season. Check out one of the best museums in Boston, or plan out a small-scale Thanksgiving in Boston.

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Restaurants Fenway/Kenmore

Boston’s coolest destination for all things food and drink offers 29,000 sq ft of socially distanced fun at 401 Park in the Fenway. Through the end of November, stop by to check out 60 killer images from local legend Phillin Phlash; the Market's first-ever art show is free to visit.

Keep an eye on the @timeoutmarketboston IG handle for specific events and offerings. Saturdays and Sundays feature a make your own Bloody Mary Bar, letting you chose your spirit and customize to your heart's content. (Think pepperoni from Michael Schlow's and donut holes from Union Square Donuts.)

Best events and things to do in Boston in November 2020

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1. Magic of Lights at Gillette Stadium

Grab your crew, pack into a car, and head to Gillette Stadium, where this drive-through holiday lights experience (Nov 13 - Jan 2; Mon-Thu 5-10pm, Fri-Sun 5-11pm; $30 and up) features favorite holiday scenes and characters of the season using the latest LED technology and digital animations. Experience Magic of Lights from the comfort and safety of your car as you wind through the sparkling path of Foxborough’s favorite holiday tradition.

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SoWa Artists Guild, Museums and galleries, Boston
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3. SoWa Vintage Market

Art Galleries South End

As the city's premier artistic hub, the 450 Harrison building is a veritable hive of artistic activity in the back of the South End. Stop by Sundays from 11am-4pm for the city's coolest vintage market, featuring a rotating roster of vendors specializing in curated collections of fashion, jewelry, art, furnishings and more.

Museum of Fine Arts
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4. Special exhibits at the Museum of Fine Arts

Museums Art and design Fenway/Kenmore

Head to the MFA to check out a pair of particularly timely exhibits. “Women Take the Floor” challenges the dominant history of 20th century American art by focusing on the overlooked and underrepresented work and stories of women artists, while “Black Histories, Black Futures,” which was curated by young scholars as part of the MFA’s new partnership with local youth empowerment organizations, focuses on works by 20th century artists of color.

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Franklin Park Zoo
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5. Boston Lights at Franklin Park Zoo

Attractions Zoo and aquariums Roxbury

Experience the wonder of more than 50 awesome displays comprised of hundreds of beautifully crafted lanterns spanning the Franklin Park Zoo's 72 acres. The first of its kind in New England, this lantern experience is suitable for all ages—who wouldn't want to stroll through a 66-foot-long shark tunnel. (Runs through Nov 15.)

Guild of Boston Artists
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6. SoWa First Friday

Art Galleries South End

On the first Friday of every month (Nov 6), head to the 450 Harrison building in the the South End for a blast of art and culture. Many artists open their doors for open studios events where they greet locals and visitors. In normal times, more than 200 artists, galleries, shops and showrooms welcome everyone from art aficionados to afterwork activity-seekers for an evening of art, wine, cheese and mingling.

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Franklin Park Zoo
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7. ZooLights at Stone Zoo

ZooLights, presented by National Grid, offers a winter wonderland in which visitors take a socially distanced, one-way stroll along tree-lined paths lit by twinkling lights. Spanning the Zoo's 26 acres, walk through the beautifully lit Yukon Creek and see black bears, a bald eagle, Canada lynx, arctic foxes and reindeer. (Nov 27-Jan 3; 4pm-9:30pm—closed Dec 25)

CraftBoston Holiday
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8. Quincy Square winter market

This year’s Quincy winter market will be held outdoors at Kilroy Square, located between The Fours and the new Hancock Parking Garage in Quincy Center. Dozens of local artisans and specialty shops will come together for a festive holiday market. (Nov 27-Dec 20)

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In normal times, the Hubs cultural calendar is relentless, with plenty of noteworthy shows and events taking place across the city. Still, there's plenty of cool things to do around the Hub.

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