Hike in nature… Take a wellness walk… Enjoy a foodie feast… This list has a little something for everyone. So break out your calendar, grab a pen and get ready to mark down seasonal festivities, local Erie events and Thanksgiving traditions that are sure to make November 2018 a month you’ll never forget.
1. Visit the 34th annual Festival of Trees. The Bayfront Convention Center will be transformed into an evergreen wonderful on November 23 to the 25th to kick off the Christmas season. Tickets available at the door and details can be found online at www.ahn.org/locations/saint-vincent-hospital/festival-trees.
2. Fall back. On November 5th, at exactly 2:00 AM, Day Light Savings will send clocks back one hour. To “celebrate” the holiday we suggest catching up on an extra hour of sleep.
3. Celebrate Harvest Wine. On November 2-4th & 9-11th enjoy tastings from twenty-three unique wineries representing the finest in Lake Erie wine country. For tickets and details visit www.lakeeriewinecountry.org.
4. Laugh, eat and be merry at the Medieval Feast. The Riverside Players will be returning to Peek n’ Peak for a show and dining experience (without utensils) you won’t want to miss. To plan your evening feast visit www.pknpk.com/activities/medieval/.
5. Attention foodies! Good Taste! Erie is here. On November 3rd bring your appetite to a one-day event featuring the finest in Erie’s food scene. Come prepared to experience mouth-watering dishes and live chef demonstrations. For tickets and details on the day’s agenda check out www.goodtastepittsburgh.com/goodtaste-erie.
6. Party like it’s 1999 at the 90s Dance Party. At Rainbow Gardens on November 3rd come dressed to dance the night away while singing your favorite 90’s hits. The glow sticks, slap bracelets and light show will make this a night you won’t soon forget. For ticket visit www.90sdancepartyerie.com.
7. Take a Wellness Walk. On November 9 from 6 – 9 PM Erie’s natural health practitioners and businesses will be hosting free open houses all evening long. Special giveaways and samplings will inspire and encourage you to take advantage of the amazing health and wellness offerings right here in our community. Visit www.eriewellnessnetwork.com for a full list of participating locations.
8. Honor our veterans on November 10th at the Veterans Day parade. The parade will begin at 9:30 AM, marching from Veterans Stadium, south on State Street towards the VA Medical Center. A ceremony at Jefferson Elementary School will follow the parade.
9. Take a Holiday Home Tour. The Erie Philharmonic’s annual event will feature beautifully decorated homes and a delicious meal sure to get you in the holiday spirit. Visit www.eriephil.org/hometour for tickets to attend on November 10th or 11th.
10. Take a trot. Kick off your Thanksgiving festivities at the annual Turkey Trot. Whether you run for fun or stride to set a personal record, this is a race the whole family can enjoy. Register online at www.runsignup.com/race/pa/erie/ercturkeytrot to reserve your November 24th trot spot.
11. Enjoy the sounds of the Concert Band of Northwest PA. On November 18th the band will offer a special free performance at the Blasco Library at 3 PM.
12. Eat breakfast (or lunch) with Santa. Mr. & Mrs. Clause will be attendance on November 24th at the Bayfront Convention Center for meet and greets plus photo ops with the kids. To reserve your spot visit www.supportahn.org/santa?_ga=2.67451159.721187985.1527017786-616235066.1521124633.
13. Shop small. After s big black Friday shopping excursion plan on shopping small on Saturday November 24th. For a list of local downtown Erie businesses check out http://www.eriedowntown.com/shop-downtown/.
14. Shop handmade. While downtown on November 24th stop by the Polish Falcons Club to find one-of-a-kind, handmade gifts crafted by local artisans. Details can be found online at https://www.facebook.com/eriehandmadefair/.
15. Take a trip to light up the night. Pittsburgh’s annual Light Up Night celebration kicks off the Christmas season on November 16th. For a get away that isn’t too far away, plan a day in the Burgh welcoming in the most wonderful time of the year. Details for the event will be posted on http://www.downtownpittsburghholidays.com/light-up-night/.
16. Take the Polar Plunge (or cheer on the plungers). On November 17th at Beach #7 hundreds of plungers will get freezin’ to support the Special Olympics of PA. To donate to the Lake Effect plunge team visit www.classy.org/fundraiser/1583552 or stop by the shop to join us in the plunge.
17. Fill a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child. Every year millions of boxes are prepared, donated and shipped all around the world to provide children in need with Christmas gifts. For information on how to pack a box and where to drop it off during the week of November 12th check out www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/.
18. Spend an evening at the theater. During the month of November “Terms of Endearment” (www.erieplayhouse.org/shows/2018-19/terms-of-endearment) will be produced by the Erie Playhouse and All an Act Productions will perform the show “You Can’t Take it with You” (www.allanact.net).
19. Honor our veterans. Mercyhurst University will be hosting a number of events on November 7, 8, 9 & 10th to honor our nation’s veterans. Remembrance events include a cadence run, Purple Heart ceremony, military dinner and National Anthem tribute. For a complete list of details visit https://www.mercyhurst.edu/alumni/mercyhurst-tribute-veterans.
20. Make Christmas crafty at the 35th annual WQLN Craft Show. On November 9-11th over 100 local artisans and vendors will fill Rainbow Gardens with handmade, unique gifts for everyone on your Christmas list. More details can be found at https://www.wqln.org/Auctions-Events/Holiday-Craft-Show.
21. Enjoy a laugh at Jr’s. During the month of November five comedians are set to entertain audiences at Erie’s comedy club, including a runner up on America’s Got Talent. For dates and tickets visit https://www.jrslastlaugh.com/upcoming-shows-jrs-last-laugh/.
22. Cheer on the Bayhawks during the opening game of the 2018-2019 season. On November 2nd at the Erie Insurance Arena fans can expect special giveaways and contests as the team takes on the Grand Rapids Drive. For the full team schedule and tickets visit https://erie.gleague.nba.com/.
23. Enjoy the beauty of the Peninsula after dark. On November 20th make sure to wear your hiking shoes for the two mile wooded walk through the trails. Check out https://events.dcnr.pa.gov/event/presque_isle_after_dark_5443#.W9HhFKNRfx4 for event information and updates.
24. Support a good cause on Giving Tuesday. November 27th is all about giving back to the community. You can participate by volunteering, contributing to a charity or donating goods.
25. Are you a little bit country or more rock n’ roll? Either way you’ll enjoy the Rock 'n Country Dance at Union Station on November 2nd. The dance will feature Millennium Sound and benefits Erie Parkinson's Disease Community and Parkinson Partners of NW PA. For details visit http://www.parkinsonpartners.org/.
26. “Celebrate Our Past – to Light Up our Future.” Experience Erie’s history on November 3rd at our city’s oldest lighthouse. During this free community event the lighthouse will be open for a tour to the top along with food and music to enjoy. Check out https://www.visiterie.com/events/event/11/03/2018/celebrating-our-past-to-light-up-our-future for details.
27. Get your Qi Gong on! Every Wednesday the Erie Library invites you to get well with the ancient Chinese system of movements and breathing that promotes flexibility, health, and healing. The class is free and details can be found online at https://erielibrary.org/events/#/?i=2.
28. Lend a hand and ServErie. On Saturday November 10th the Erie community will unite to take on improvement and service projects in our area. Volunteers of all skill levels are welcome. To sign up visit http://serverie.com/serverie-saturday-november.
29. Celebrate “Go to an art museum day.” On November 9th you can observe the national day of recognition by visiting the Erie Art Museum. To plan your visit check out https://erieartmuseum.org/visit/.
30. Reflect on what you’re thankful for. November 22nd is the perfect time to count blessings and take stock of what you’re thankful for. To make thankfulness a part of your holiday tradition, have each member of your family write down their thanks and then share them around the dinner table.