25+ November Things to Do in Cincinnati

If you’re looking for a great November event in Cincinnati, this list has you covered! With over 50 fun events and activities, this will be a November to remember!

All events listed are for 2020. We will continually update this list of weekend things to do so be sure to bookmark it!

50 Things to Do in Cincinnati for the month of November
I made this graphic last year and I love it. I’m leaving it here for next year, when we actually do have 50+ things to do again 😉

November 1: Fibonacci’s Mount Healthy Farmers Market, 11am-2pm (last one for this year)

November 1: Bluegrass at the Brewery, 1-4pm at MadTree Brewing. Enjoy live bluegrass music presented by the Missy Werner Band and relax in MadTree’s spacious taproom with good people, beer and food.

November 5: Charcuterie Date Night at Taft’s Ale House, 6-9pm. Each ticket comes with a beautifully arranged charcuterie box built for two people. You’ll also each get one free beer and $1 off beers for the rest of the evening (a $65 value!). For two people, you only need to buy one ticket. So grab your date, your best friends, your mom, your coworkers- this is a night you won’t want to miss. Tip and gratuity are already included.

November 5: Goat Yoga is back at Taft’s Brewpourium! The Yoga Bar will host a roughly 1 hour yoga class while goats from YoGoat Cincinnati roam about. They’ll provide the goats, just make sure to bring a mat. Come for an udderly good time, plus $1 off pints of beer following the class.

November 6: It’s opening night for Christmas Nights of Lights at Coney Island Amusement Park. With two and a half miles to drive through, your family can see displays and light shows made of over a million lights driven by more than forty thousand computer channels. Nov. 6-Jan. 9.

November 7-8: Winterwald Christmas Market hosted by Germania Society. Enjoy shopping as in Germany on November 7th and 8th in their wooded Biergarten. The Pavilion will be enclosed to enjoy Gluhwein, the best German bier, Pretzels with German bier cheese, German stuffed baked potatoes, Currywurst mit pommles (with fries), their famous Jagersnitzel, Strudel, Bienenstich pastry as well as other tasty treats. Due to the pandemic, Germania Society is providing attendees with a traditional German shopping experience by having all the booths outside in our wooded Biergarten. So please dress appropriately and beware of Krampus lurking in the woods. Advance ticket purchase required.

November 7: Big Ash Pumpkin Smash, 12-6pm (please note: if the county is on level “purple” the event will be canceled). Big Ash Brewing, in celebration of their newest beer, Pumpkin Chuck, will be launching pumpkins in their parking lot using hand-built trebuchets! Guests will also enjoy: live music, cold beer and tasty food, children’s crafts, fossil education, boomerang shows, bird education from RAPTOR Inc. And of course chucking pumpkins into the Clough Creek ravine! $5/chuck, all proceeds benefit the Stanbery Park Advisory Council, which will be assisting in programming the brand new Kyle Plush Pavilion. 

November 7: Winter Craft Show at EnterTrainment Junction, 11am-5pm. Shop with 50+ vendors at this craft and vendor show. Free admission.

November 7: Cincinnati Riverfront Volksmarch. This will be a non-competitive Volksmarch walk of 5K through the gorgeous Cincinnati Riverfront Park System from Smale to Friendship Park along the Ohio River. They start and end at the Moerlein Lager House Restaurant and Brewery. Registration is between 10AM and Noon. You start your Volksmarch walk at your leisure.

November 7: Fountain Square Ice Rink will open on November 7, 2020 AND they’re adding bumper cars to the mix this year! Fountain Square will be the only rink in the Tri-State to offer Bumper Cars on Ice this fall and winter. They will operate alongside ice skating from Nov. 7 to Feb. 15, seven days a week. Bumper Cars may be driven by adults as well as children ages 7 and up and will allow for individuals with limited physical abilities to enjoy the rink in a new way. The ice rink will open this year with new COVID-19 procedures in place, including a timed reservation system with a maximum of 80 patrons and increased cleaning processes.

November 8: Tea with Elsa and Anna at The Bonbonerie. Includes their traditional afternoon tea service, singing and time with the characters for pictures.

November 8: Historical Tours of the Cincinnati Observatory. Drop in anytime between 1 and 4pm to explore the fascinating story of the people who made Cincinnati the “Birthplace of American Astronomy”.

November 13-15: Winterland in Bricks LEGO® Convention is happening at the Sharonville Convention Center. Come enjoy a weekend filled with displays, areas to build, and vendors to shop. Over 10,000sq ft of LEGO® Displays brought to us by OKILUG. Over 100 dealer tables with Vendors selling everything LEGO® related. Their site says “tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance for a discount”.

November 13: Library Drive-In hosted by Campbell County Public Library, 7:30-10pm. Come watch a Friday the 13th double feature of Knives Out (PG-13) and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (PG-13) on the side of our Newport Branch. The sun will set a little after 7 pm and our first showing will begin around 7:30 pm. There are a limited number of spots, so show up early to get yours.

November 13: It’s opening day for Holiday Junction Featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains at Cincinnati Museum Center. Get a bird’s-eye view of the Duke Energy Holiday Trains, a staple of Cincinnati holidays since 1946. Watch from above or get a track-level view as hundreds of model trains zip along thousands of feet of track in the historic layout. Tower A will also reopen this holiday season, delighting guests a unique view of the active Union Terminal railyard. The original control tower of the station, Tower A will be open from 11am-2pm, Friday through Sunday during the holiday season. CMC is open Thursday – Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Holiday Junction runs Nov. 13 – Jan. 3.

November 14: The Krohn Conservatory’s Holiday Show for 2020 is “A Very Merry Garden Holiday” and it will be open November 14, 2020- January 10, 2021. 

November 15: Art on Vine. Up to 80 Local artists displaying and selling fine arts and hand made goods at Rhinegeist Brewery, a stunning space with true Over the Rhine history and architecture. 12-7pm.

November 15: Cincinnati Dessert Festival – Drive Through Edition, 11am-3pm. This curated Dessert Festival will feature the very best sweets in the city. Guests will sample desserts from over 20 of Cincinnati’s best treat makers! Happening at Liberty Center, in the parking lot (drive through event). Timed tickets required.

November 18: Taft’s Dinner and Thanksgiving Mixology Class – Kasey, one of Taft’s Ale House most experienced bartenders, is teaching an intimate cocktail class (only open to 10 people to comply with social distancing guidelines). This time, the cocktails will be focused around everyone’s favorite food stuffing holiday!

November 19: Murder on the Menu – George Remus, a murder mystery dinner hosted by Queen City History and Education Ltd. at Washington Platform Saloon and Restaurant. Murder On The Menu in November shares the story of the rise and fall of George Remus, “King of the Bootleggers.” In 1927 Remus shot his wife in Eden Park, leading to one of the most infamous murder trials in U.S. history. These events unfold over a 4-course dinner with a 1920s inspired menu. Each course is paired with a George Remus brand cocktail. These dinners sell out so don’t delay!

November 20: It’s opening night for Journey Borealis at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park. Journey Borealis is a 2.5 mile drive through a one-of-a-kind holiday light spectacular featuring more than 1,000,000 lights and holiday art installations created by regional and national artists.. Nov. 20 – Jan. 3.

November 21: It’s opening night for PNC Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo. Things may look a little different this year, but The Cincinnati Zoo will still be shining bright as they’re once again transformed into a “Wild Wonderland” for the 38th annual PNC Festival of Lights! In addition to admiring the beauty of 3 million LED lights, visitors can ride the Toyland Express train ride, marvel at the spectacular Wild Lights show on Swan Lake, or snack at one of two S’mores-n-More stands. Santa will be available for visits starting at 4 p.m. through December 23. Happening Nov. 21, 2020 – Jan. 3, 2021 with Bonus Nights: January 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17.
Zoo Hours: 1:00pm – 9:00pm. Reservations Required (Zoo Members do not need a reservation from 7:30pm – 8:30pm only). Toyland Express train ride begins at 2:30pm, Santa visits begin at 4pm. Closed all day Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

November 21: Artist Workshop: Screen Printing with Terence Hammonds at the Cincinnati Art Museum, 1-3pm (tickets required). Bring your friends and family to this workshop led by a local artist. Projects are designed for artists both young and old and of all abilities. Join Terence Hammonds, the current Rosenthal Education Center Artist-in-residence for this hands-on workshop where you will learn about the process of screen printing and get to make a print that you can take home. Children must be at least 6 years old to participate. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a participating adult. Visitors meet in Art World (Ground Floor). 

November 21: It’s opening night for Holiday in Lights at Sharon Woods
Built over a mile of wooded roadway, the holiday themed displays of fantastic seasonal color adorn the woods, depicting everything from Santa Claus and his elves to every animal on the ark. There’s no need to bundle up to enjoy Holiday in Lights; simply warm up the car, turn your radio dial to Warm 98, round up your friends, family, or a special date, and head to Sharon Woods. Nov. 21 – Jan. 2. Closed on Thanksgiving Day and NYE.

November 22: Historical Tours of the Cincinnati Observatory. Drop in anytime between 1 and 4pm to explore the fascinating story of the people who made Cincinnati the “Birthplace of American Astronomy”.

November 22: In-Person Gnome Workshop at Benken Florist. It’s the year of the Gnome! Grab your girlfriends and come on in to make yours with us. Please bring your pruners or we will have some for sale at an additional cost. Limit is 20 people per class. Reservations required.

November 24: Thanksgiving Harvest Celebration hosted by Hyde Park Farmers Market, 6:30-8:30pm in Hyde Park Square. Local farmers and food artisans offer fresh produce, meats and prepared foods for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Knock out the rest of your shopping AND support HPFM vendors!

November 25: Take a Thanksgiving Sides Morning Workshop with The Sweet Elm. In this workshop you’ll make some of the sides you will serve with your turkey and gravy on Gobble Gobble Day! This includes your choice of 3 dishes (serves 8) and you decide in advance of your session: mashed potato casserole, stuffing balls, fancy green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, cranberry sauce, and more! Tickets/reservations required.

November 27: See Scuba Santa at the Newport Aquarium! It’s a Water Wonderland full of playful penguins, colorful holiday lights, and a flurry of magical bubbles. See Scuba Santa swim underwater with a tank full of sharks and tell him what you want for Christmas. Meet cheerful elves straight from the North Pole and join in the fun as Scuba Santa fills the Theater with bubbles. His magical bubbles will float and fall all around you and every time a bubble pops, a wish will come true for someone throughout the world. Plus, make a stop at Scuba Santa’s Post Office where you can write your special holiday wish on a magic bubble and drop it in Scuba Santa’s Mailbox. Scuba Santa will be at The Newport Aquarium every day from November 27 through December 24, 2020.

November 27: Santa arrives at Cincinnati Museum Center

November 27: Macy’s Light Up the Square will be televised, an online-only experience for 2020. The show—hosted by WLWT-TV anchors Sheree Paolello and Mike Dardis—will feature live check-ins at cherished holiday spots, including the ice rink, winter markets, downtown restaurants and more, along with pre-recorded messages from special guests. Viewers at home will be able to watch the broadcast on Channel 5 and participate virtually in several ways, including the opportunity to have their own tree lighting shown at the end of the broadcast. Information on how to participate will be announced Nov. 7 on MyFountainSquare.com.

November 28: Make and Take Advent Wreath Class at Benken Florist.

November 28: Santa’s Workshop will be set up on Saturdays in Washington Park, November 28 – December 19, 2020. Santa and his merry band of Elves will be spending time in Washington Park making gifts, ornaments and other fun creations from 1pm to 3pm. Bring your family, bring your wish lists, but most all–be sure to bring your cameras!


All events were accurate at the time of this posting but things do happen and events do occasionally get canceled or postponed. You should always double check with the event source before you head out the door. Links for each event are provided so that you can be sure the date is still accurate before you head out.

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