Make the most of your month with our list of 15 favorite events and happenings in Houston during November 2018.
Also in November 2018
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In between holiday shopping, preparing for incoming guests, and cooking a Thanksgiving feast, make time for yourself and your family to enjoy a day out on the town at several exciting events around Houston.
Discover Turkish culture with live entertainment and authentic cuisine; get nostalgic at rapper Travis Scott’s inaugural Astroworld Festival; stroll through a mile-long trail illuminated by more than one million Christmas lights; root for the Rockets when they take on the reigning champs at Toyota Center and more at these can’t-miss events in Houston this November.
Events are not ranked, but are listed in chronological order throughout the month of November.
Top 15 Things to Do in Houston This Month: November 2018
- Disney on Ice: Frozen at NRG Stadium | Wednesday, November 7 to Sunday, November 11 – Watch Queen Elsa, Princess Anna, Kristoff, and Olaf sing and dance across their frozen stage as Disney on Ice heads to NRG Stadium. Tickets start at $20, but you may find cheaper or better seats on TicketNetwork’s resale marketplace. Times vary.
- Nutcracker Market at NRG Center | Thursday, November 8 to Sunday, November 11 – Shop ‘till you drop at Houston’s highly-anticipated holiday shopping event, the annual Nutcracker Market at NRG Center. The Houston Ballet’s four-day market features more than 280 booths, offering unique gifts, home decor, gourmet foods, apparel, accessories and more. $20. Times vary.
- Houston Cinema Arts Festival at Venues Around Houston | Thursday, November 8 to Sunday, November 11 – Enjoy five days of film screenings, panel discussions, workshops, and multimedia performances as the Houston Cinema Arts Festival celebrates its tenth anniversary at various venues around Houston. Tickets start at $10. Times and locations vary.
- Iron Sommelier at The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa | Thursday, November 8 – Watch as Houston’s most prestigious wine connoisseurs compete for the title of Iron Sommelier in the eleventh annual contest at The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa. During the competition, the sommeliers will select three wines that focus on a particular region, grape, or style, then present and describe their picks as they pour. Tickets start at $200. 6pm to 9pm.
- 17th Annual Rockets Run at Toyota Center | Saturday, November 10 – Get active with the Houston Rockets basketball team at the seventeenth annual Rockets Run, presented by Children’s Memorial Hermann. After running or walking through Memorial Square Park, participants will cross the finish line at center court to receive a commemorative T-shirt and access to the post-race party. Tickets start at $40. 6:30am.
- Aziz Ansari at Smart Financial Centre | Saturday, November 10 – Known for his hilarious roles in Master of None and Parks and Recreation, renowned comedian Aziz Ansari takes the stage for a stand-up show at Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land. Tickets are $70, but you may find cheaper or better seats on TicketNetwork’s resale site. 7pm.
- 23rd Annual Children’s Festival at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion | Saturday, November 10 and Sunday, November 11 – Entertain the kids with face painting, arts and crafts, a rock wall, live music, a PJ Masks meet-and-greet, and a performance from Sesame Street Live during the twenty-third annual Children’s Festival at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. $10. Saturday 10am to 5pm; Sunday noon to 5pm.
- Houston Rockets vs. Golden State Warriors at Toyota Center | Thursday, November 15 – Cheer loud for the Rockets when they hit the court to play the reigning champions, the Golden State Warriors, at Toyota Center. Tickets start at $80 and are likely to sell out, but you might find better, cheaper, or hard-to-get seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 7pm.
- Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens | Starts Saturday, November 17 – Brighten up your holiday season at the Festival of Lights in Moody Gardens, which features a mile-long trail of more than one million lights and illuminated scenes with gorgeous views Galveston Bay. The family-friendly mainstay also offers an outdoor skating rink, vendors serving hot chocolate and festive food, and live entertainment. Tickets start at $16. 10am to 6pm daily.
- Via Colori Street Painting Festival at Hermann Square | Saturday, November 18 and Sunday, November 19 – Watch as the streets of Downtown are transformed into a colorful art space by more than 200 artists at the Via Colori Festival. The event will feature live music, family zones, chalk games, a wine lounge, speed painting, 3D art, and street painting. Tickets start at $7. Saturday 10am to 6pm; Sunday 10am to 5pm.
- Astroworld Festival, featuring Travis Scott in Concert at NRG Park | Saturday, November 17 – Jam out to a live show by Houston rapper Travis Scott as he hosts the first-ever Astroworld Festival, suitably located across the street from what once was the famed amusement park at NRG. Celebrating the rich culture of Houston, the festival will also feature a slew of performers that have yet to be announced. Tickets start at $129, but you may find better, cheaper, or hard-to-get seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. Time is TBA.
- Houston Turkish Festival at Jones Plaza | Saturday, November 17 and Sunday, November 18 – Discover the vibrancy of Turkish culture with two full days of live music and traditional dance performances, henna, art vendors, kids activities, a grand bazaar, and of course, delicious foods like baklava, dolmas, kebabs, Turkish coffee and more. Tickets start at $8. 11am to 9pm both days.
- Thanksgiving Events Around Houston | Thursday, November 22 – Give thanks for family, friends, and food with a range of festive events happening in and around Houston. From Turkey Trots and parades to bountiful feasts, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this Thanksgiving holiday. Prices, times, and locations vary.
- Houston Texans vs. Tennessee Titans at NRG Stadium | Monday, November 26 – Watch the Houston Texans play the Tennessee Titans on their home turf at NRG. Tickets start at $39, but you may find better or cheaper seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 7:15pm.
- Pentatonix in Concert at Smart Financial Centre | Monday, November 26 – Listen to the mesmerizing harmonies of the three-time Grammy-winning acapella group, Pentatonix, when they perform a Christmas-themed show at Smart Financial Centre. Tickets start at $39.50, but you may find better or cheaper seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 8pm.
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