What's Going On This Month: November
Nov 01, 2018 11:12AM
Workout junkies and Christmas enthusiasts alike will find local happenings that cater to their interests — it may even be the same event! Regardless of what you are looking for (food festivals, holiday performances or rocking concerts), we have you covered! See what's happening this November!
DALLAS BIKE RIDE
Dallas | Whoosh! That’s the sound of the wind whipping through your hair as you glide down the streets of downtown Dallas on a bicycle. Sounds you won’t hear? Blaring horns or cars whizzing by, because for one day the only vehicles allowed in this area of the city have two wheels (or three — no judgments for tricyclists!). Bring your own bike or rent one there, as people ages three and up of all skill levels are invited to participate in an 11- or 20-mile route for the Dallas Bike Ride. Afterward, enjoy the outdoor Finish Festival in front of City Hall, complete with music, food and activities for the whole family.
Dallas Turkey Trot
Dallas City Hall | Stuffed turkey, creamy mashed potatoes, Grandma’s famous pumpkin pie — everyone has their favorite Thanksgiving traditions. The city of Dallas’ favorite tradition is the YMCA Turkey Trot, one of the largest multi-event races in the country! Join the community to run either a certified 5K or 8-mile race for serious runners, the fun 5K for new runners or families, or the 1K junior trot for kids. Afterward, visit vendor booths, enjoy refreshments and take the kids to the jump in a bounce house, make a craft, get their face-painted and more. Once you’ve sufficiently worked up an appetite, you can go back home and really enjoy your Thanksgiving feast!
Run The Lights 5K
Addison | Even if the North Pole itself hosted a 5K, it wouldn’t be as festive as Run the Lights at Vitruvian Park. Bundle up and run or walk through the 12-acre park, filled with millions of red, orange, blue, green, purple and pink sparkling LED lights wrapped around more than 550 trees. After the fairytale-like run through the trees, experience more holiday fun by enjoying delightful treats, listening to Christmas music and taking your picture with Santa himself. As an added bonus, each ticket includes a themed race shirt, LED Santa Hat and finisher ornament, so you can remember this magical day for years to come.
Carriage Rides In The Square
November 17-December 30
Southlake Town Square | Workhorse Ranch and Olde Tyme Carriage Co. will offer carriage rides in Southlake Town Square throughout the holiday season. Starting November 17, locals can either book a private tour or show up for their walk-up time slots to prance around the shopping center in style.
Christmas Light Show Spectacular
November 20 – January 7
Grapevine’s Town Square Gazebo | For synchronized light shows and overall Christmas cheer, head over to downtown Grapevine to see the Christmas Light Show Spectacular. These lit performances run throughout the night from 6 to 11 p.m. with short breaks in between – just enough time to snag a family photo on Main Street.
November 23-December 2
Winspear Opera House | Snowflakes sparkle and twirl on stage as sweets, fairies
and toys come to life in Texas Ballet Theater’s annual production of “The Nutcracker.” Nothing marks the beginning of the holiday season quite like this enchanting ballet. Get swept away in this classic story about Clara and her Nutcracker Prince as they fight the evil Rat King and his army of mice while traveling through the Sugar Plum Fairy’s Kingdom of Sweets, a winter wonderland and more, all on one delightful Christmas Eve night. The beautiful music, dancing, costumes and set will make you believe in Christmas miracles all over again.
Elf The Musical
November 27-December 2
Music Hall At Fair Park | If you enjoy eating spaghetti in the morning or spreading Christmas cheer by singing loud for all to hear, then you will love the Dallas Summer Musical’s production of “ELF The Musical.” Laugh and sing along with Buddy the Elf, who was adopted by elves after he crawled into Santa’s bag and ended up in the North Pole. When he realizes he’s human as an adult, he sets off on a hilarious journey to New York City to find his dad and help the city believe in the magic of Christmas again. Fans of Will Ferrell’s “Elf,” or those that just like to embrace their inner child at this time of year, will have a blast at this fun show.
Chefs For Farmers
Dallas | The sixth annual premier food and wine festival will be popping up in Dallas this month to bring chefs, artisans and food lovers together. The three-day celebration will include an array of events including an exclusive dinner at The
Ritz Carlton – Dallas, a street food night market featuring local all-star culinary experts and a mouthwatering barbecue festival. No matter if you check out one of these attractions or buy tickets for every event, one thing is for sure – come hungry.
Hearty Italian Cooking Class
Southlake Public Library | Want to pick up some cooking skills before hosting Thanksgiving? Sign up for the City of Southlake’s Hearty Italian Cooking Class on November 15. Guests will learn the basics of building a three-course meal featuring a robust winter risotto, appetizing arugula salad and captivating cannoli. Get ready to say “ciao” to boring dinnertimes and “buon giorno” to good eats.
Winstar World Casino | The “Genie in a Bottle” singer hasn’t gone on tour in 12 years. Now, the Grammy-winning hip-hop artist is back with a new album, “Liberation,” featuring some of the biggest names in the industry like Ty Dolla $ign and Demi Lovato. Catch her show this month as she performs some of her new songs including “Accelerate,” “Fall in Line” and “Unless It’s with You.” If anything, Christina Aguilera’s music has only become more beautiful, her voice more powerful and her words more inspirational than her “Candyman” days, and we love her more than ever!
American Airlines Center | With his rock star long hair, collaborations with pop stars and catchy country music, Keith Urban’s concerts are always a good time! See for yourself when the four-time Grammy winner comes back to Dallas to promote his latest album, “Graffiti U” this month. Fans will be treated to some of Keith Urban’s more than 20 No.1 songs, as well as his newest hits like “Coming Home” and “Parallel Line.” Opening the show is fellow country/pop singer Kelsea Ballerini, known for her catchy tunes “I Hate Love Songs” and “Legends.” Come for the Australian accent, stay for the upbeat atmosphere and hours of exceptional music.
Toyota Music Factory | A few years ago, you were either a huge Ben Rector fan or (more commonly) had never heard of him. All that changed in 2015 with the release of his sixth album, “Brand New,” and the title track, which he played on the “Today Show,” “Conan,” “Live with Kelly and Ryan,” and in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, in addition to being featured in many TV placements like “American Idol” and movie trailers like Disney’s “Moana.” Catch the pop/rock star live this month as he performs “Old Friends,” “I Will Always Be Yours” and “Drive” from his newest release, “Magic.” Both new and long-term fans of Ben Rector will have a magical time at this show.
Fort Worth Opera’s Hansel and Gretel
The Marq | Things are not always what they appear — candy-covered houses and sweet old ladies could turn out to be evil, children-eating witches! At least, that’s the case in Englebert Humperdinck’s timeless opera, “Hansel and Gretel,” which will be performed by the Fort Worth Opera this month. Based on the old Brothers’ Grimm fairytale, “Hansel and Gretel” explores the challenges of growing up and the danger of judging based on appearances alone. The thrilling story, talented performances by the young FWO-TCU Lesley Artists and the adorable chorus of gingerbread children in this show will melt your heart (in a good way!).
An Evening Of Laughter And Reflection With Carol Burnett
Winspear Opera House | Her red hair and quick wit has made audiences love Texas-native Carol Burnett for years. The award-winning actress and best-selling author is most famous for “The Carol Burnett Show” in the ’60s, which ran for 11 years, averaged 30 million viewers per week and received 25 Emmy Awards. However, Carol Burnett’s fame never changed her gracious and humorous personality, which is why she has stayed successful over her 85 years. Join her for “An Evening of Laughter and Reflection” this month, where she will answer audience questions, show famous video clips and make you laugh all over again.
So You Think You Can Dance Live
Verizon Theatre | The glittering costumes will catch your eye first, and the impressive moves at So You Think You Can Dance Live! will make it impossible to look away. Based on the 15-time Emmy-winning show of the same name, this performance will feature the Top 10 dance contestants from season 15 as they perform iconic routines that you loved on TV, as well as a few original pieces. Raj Kapoor directs it, with dance routines overseen by Emmy-winning Mandy Moore, known for her work choreographing “La La Land” (not the same woman who stars on “This Is Us”). Consider bringing your sunglasses indoors — this night will be dazzling!