Top 10 things you MUST do in November

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Fall finally arrived, and it brought winter along with it! Temperatures dropped quickly in Charlotte in the past two weeks, presumably to remind us that the holiday season is somehow just around the corner (even though it feels like two weeks ago we were all still in tank tops). Here are the must-do events to mark in your calendars to get the most out of your month.

(1) 2018 Novant Health Charlotte Marathon.

Saturday, November 3. 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free to cheer runners on; registration costs vary by race. Graham St. and 3rd St.

 

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The Novant Health Charlotte Marathon (formerly known as the Thunder Road Marathon) is more than just a race — it’s a city-wide celebration. You can still sign up to run the full 26.2 miles, or you can register for a marathon relay with friends, a half marathon, a 5K or even a one-mile fun run. Or you can just cheer runners on along the route, keeping their spirits up. More details here.

(2) Midterm Elections.

Tuesday, November 6. 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Find your polling location here.

Even though Nov. 6 won’t bring an election for president or governor, it’s still really important that you hit the polls this year. You can still vote early through this Saturday, Nov. 3 at these 19 locations in Mecklenburg County, or you can vote on Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at your polling location. Read up on what’s actually on the ballot this year, and know that your vote could impact issues like voter ID law, property taxes and more.

(3) Charlotte Symphony On Tap at NoDa Brewing.

Tuesday, November 13. 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. $15. NoDa Brewing Company, 2921 N. Tryon St. 

 

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The Charlotte Symphony’s popular “On Tap” series at NoDa Brewing are notorious for getting packed early, so be sure to arrive early (and get your tickets early) for this month’s event! Make your way to the taproom for an up-close-and-personal performance with a craft brew in hand. Tickets are $15 — get yours here.

(4) The 51st Annual Southern Christmas Show.

Thursday, November 8 – Sunday, November 18. Sundays and Tuesdays 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. All other days 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. $13. The Park Expo and Conference Center, 800 Briar Creek Rd.

Get gifts for everyone on your list, all in the same place when you celebrate 12 Days of Christmas with the Southern Christmas Show. Whether you’re craving piping hot strudel, in the mood to see beautiful holiday décor or seeking out the perfect gift for a special someone, you’ll love making memories at this year’s show. Get your tickets here.

[RELATED: How you can have a ‘Fashionable Christmas’ this year at the 51st Annual Southern Christmas Show]

(5) JAMilton: A Dance-Along Musical.

Saturday, November 17. 6:30 – 8 p.m. $20. Sugar Creek Brewing, 215 Southside Dr.

 

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Whether or not you’ve gotten the chance to see “Hamilton” at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center yet (you’ve still got until Nov. 4!), you’re going to want to dance along to the hit musical along with THE JAM: CLT at “JAMilton” at Sugar Creek Brewing. Tickets go on sale on 11/1 here. Get tickets and details here.

(6) VTGCLT Winter Market 2018.

Saturday, November 17. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission starts at $2. The Fillmore Charlotte, 820 Hamilton St.

Shop more than 60 of the area’s top vintage and handmade vendors at the seventh annual VTGCLT winter market at The Fillmore. HEX Coffee will be there for your caffeine fix, and you can grab food from The Dumpling Lady or OooWee BBQ food trucks. Be sure to get there early — the first 500 customers will get shopping bags from Yelp Charlotte! Early bird entry at 9 a.m. is $7, or you can pay $2 for general admission from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

(7) #GivingTuesdayCLT.

Tuesday, November 20 – Tuesday, November 27. Charlotte, NC.

 

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#GivingTuesdayCLT is Charlotte’s annual response to the global #GivingTuesday movement, powered by SHARE Charlotte and raising money for hundreds of nonprofits in the area. The events of this week of giving change each year and aren’t officially announced until closer to its start date — but this year, you can look forward to events at breweries, the opportunity to “take a class for a cause” and “tailgate for good” and more. Keep an eye on the SHARE Charlotte Facebook for more event details as they are unveiled.

(8) 30th Annual Charlotte SouthPark Turkey Trot.

Thursday, November 22. 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. Registration starts at $30. SouthPark Mall, 4400 Sharon Rd.

For three decades, the Charlotte SouthPark Turkey Trot has been a local Thanksgiving Day tradition. You and your loves ones can sign up for the 8K, the 5K, the one mile or the 26.2 yard “tot trot” this year — or you can register for the “TUFF Turkey Challenge” to run both the 8K and the 5K. Find out more and register here.

(9) Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Thursday, November 22. 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Free (or pay $25 in advance to reserve VIP seats along Tryon St.). Uptown Charlotte.

 

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The Charlotte Thanksgiving Parade has been around since 1947. 71 years later, it’s grown immensely — you can look forward to an incredible event this year featuring 12 floats, 15 marching bands, 17 performing acts, eight larger-than-life balloons and much more. Plus, there will be appearances from Miss North Carolina, the cast of Carowinds’ Winterfest and Santa himself. It’s free to watch the parade Uptown, or you can pay $25 in advance (or $30 day-of) to reserve a VIP seat along Tryon St. Details here.

(10) Charlotte Christmas Village.

Thanksgiving Day to Christmas Eve. Open daily at 11 a.m. Free. 7th St. and N. Tryon St. 

It may currently feel impossible that the holiday season is just around the corner, but after you’re done eating your Thanksgiving dinner, chances are you’ll be ready to start decking the halls. Kick off the season with a visit to the Charlotte Christmas Village, Uptown’s own quaint European-inspired market from Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve. Look forward to sipping mulled wine, visiting Santa, enjoying specialty foods like glazed nuts and strudels, playing themed trivia, listening to holiday music and more. Find out more here.

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