10 not-to-miss events happening in November

10+ things to do with your family between Halloween and Thanksgiving



With the thrill of Halloween over, and the excitement of Thanksgiving and the holiday season still on the horizon, the next few weeks can feel a little…dull. Could you use some help escaping the dreaded November “dead zone”? Here are some of our favorite ways to bring this quieter time of year alive with family fun.

NOVEMBER 4: 3rd ANNUAL CHILDREN'S AUTHOR DAY IN PORTSMOUTH

The Children’s Author Festival welcomes local children’s book authors and illustrators to read from and sign their books, available for purchase at the event. Games, prizes and book-related activities are all part of the free day of fun. Acclaimed author and illustrator JoAnn Adinolfi leads off this year’s event with a special reading. Parenting NH’s own Jacqueline Tourville will also be in attendance. Children 12 and under receive a ticket for free skating at the museum’s Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond. 
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NOVEMBER 5: 9th ANNUAL PIZZAFEST IN DOVER

Support the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire by attending its super yummy annual fundraiser.  For a reasonable ticket price, enjoy all-you-can-eat pizza samples by local chefs and restaurants, and vote for your favorite. Restaurants will serve up cheese and specialty pizzas for guests to sample and judge in the categories of Kids’ Choice Cheese and Grown-Ups’ Choice. Hands-on activities and raffles make this an exciting and fun evening for all ages. Tickets are $10 per person; $7 for age 3 to 10; children under 3 get in free.
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NOVEMBER 5-6: NATIVE HERITAGE WEEKEND IN CHARLESTOWN

We all know that Native Americans were at the first Thanksgiving. But what else do you know about these original inhabitants of New England? For an up-close look into the everyday lives of Native Americans in our area, visit the Fort at No. 4 in Charlestown to celebrate Native Heritage Weekend. Costumed re-enactors will portray home life, hunting, cooking, tribal gatherings, and more, including hands-on demonstrations for adults and kids.
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NOVEMBER 5: EYES ON OWLS IN MANCHESTER

Whooo’s that hooting in the woods? Don't miss the Eyes on Owls event, presented by Amoskeag Fishways, to learn all about New Hampshire’s owls, including what they look like, where they live, and where you might be able to find them hooting on a cold winter’s night. Then see these wonderful birds of the night up close through live animal demonstrations. There are two sessions for this family-friendly event that will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and 1 to 2:15 p.m. at the Eversource Five Rivers Auditorium on Commercial Street. The cost is $10 per person or $25 per family.
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NOVEMBER 10: FALL FAMILY FARM DAY IN TROY

Do the kids have the day off from school in observance of Veterans Day? If so, we think you should head to the western part of the state and visit the Inn at East Hill Farm in Troy for this annual event. The day of hands-on farm activities includes: cow milking, pony grooming, meeting the animals, egg collecting, pony rides, arts and crafts, and a campfire with s’mores. Bonus? Pack your bathing suits, because swimming in the indoor pool will also be available all day.  
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NOVEMBER 11-12: MINI MAKER FAIRE IN SALEM, MANCHESTER AND NASHUA

Learn more about New Hampshire’s thriving “maker” community at three of the state's Barnes & Noble locations for the Mini Maker Faire. Kids and adults can meet fellow tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, engineers, artists and hobbyists of all ages and find inspiration for your own projects. Manchester, Salem and Nashua Barnes and Noble locations are all participating.
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NOVEMBER 11: VETERANS DAY EVENTS, PARADES AND CEREMONIES

Veterans Day is held annually on November 11, which falls on a Saturday in 2017. There are a number of parades (including those in Manchester, Nashua and Peterborough) as well as memorial ceremonies and breakfast events. Thank you to all of those who have served and paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country; we are eternally grateful for you and your families.
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NOVEMBER 11: SPECIAL STORYTIME: "BE NICE TO THE WEATHER GUY" IN CONCORD

Join Gibson's Bookstore in Concord for a special story time as guest author Josh Judge from WMUR-TV shares his illustrated children's book "Be Nice to the Weather Guy", about Josh at the TV station on Christmas Eve wishing for snow and then it comes... and boy does the snow ever come down! Josh will be donating all profits from book sales to Children's Hospital at Dartmouth.
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NOVEMBER 17-18: THANKSGIVING FARM FARE FARMERS' MARKET IN KEENE

Make your Thanksgiving dinner prep a little more fun this year with a visit to Stonewall Farm’s annual Thanksgiving Farm Fare farmers’ market. With more than 30 farms and food vendors offering local meats, vegetables, organic breads, cheeses and herbs, and pies, you will find everything you need to make this year’s Thanksgiving a tasty treat. Plus get a jump on your holiday shopping with pottery and other crafty wares from local artisans. The market is open on November 17, from 4 to 7 p.m., and November 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., on the farm grounds in Keene. Before or after you shop, make a day of it by taking a family hike on the farm’s nature trail, visiting the animals, and checking out the Kids’ Discovery Room for hands-on farm fun and learning.
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NOVEMBER 18: OLD-FASHIONED THANKSGIVING IN MILTON

The New Hampshire Farm Museum celebrates its Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving with special living history farmhouse tours, costumed role players, homemade pumpkin pie and hot cider in the farmhouse kitchen, horse-drawn wagon rides through the fields, visits with the farm animals, and popcorn over the campfire. Plus, learn the story of Sarah Hale, the New Hampshire-born woman who, after many years of letter writing, persuaded President Lincoln to declare the fourth Thursday in November a National Day of Thanksgiving in 1863.
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Jacqueline Tourville is Parenting NH’s travel and tourism guru.

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