Houston’s November Events and Celebrations

Houston offers an exciting November calendar filled with festivals, markets, family events, and holiday magic.

The month of November promises a stellar lineup of can’t-miss events in Houston. From long-running festivals to lively markets, family-friendly happenings, and holiday magic, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this November in H-Town.

Upcoming festivals

Handmade quilts at the Houston Quilt Festival
Get ready for the grand return of the International Quilt Festival in Houston from November 2-5!

The International Quilt Festival is coming back to Houston from November 2-5! As the largest consumer quilt show in the world, last year’s festival drew over 35,000 visitors, and this year is shaping up to be even bigger. Taking place at the George R. Brown Convention Center, this beloved gathering is THE event for quilters near and far to unveil their latest masterpieces. From traditional to modern, avant-garde to art quilts, you’ll find hundreds of jaw-dropping quilts and fiber arts on display. Beyond the exhibitions, you can dive into workshops, lectures, contests, and special exhibits to take your quilting skills to the next level. Sign up for classes like “Digital Drawing and Quilt Design” or “Decorative Serger Stitches” to add some new techniques to your quilting toolbox. And don’t miss the Merchant Mall, packed with vendors selling fabrics, sewing machines, patterns, kits, and anything else your quilting heart desires. Tickets start at $15. To learn more, click here.

If you have a green thumb or simply love herbs, don’t miss the 50th Annual Houston Herb Fair on November 4. Visitors can purchase a variety of herb plants, culinary blends, teas, handmade crafts, and more. There’s even a craft table for kids and adults to enjoy, featuring corn dollies. Best of all, admission to the Herb Fair is free.

As the Herb fair wraps up, Panama in the Park begins at 2 p.m. that same day! This vibrant celebration is a fantastic way to experience Panama’s Independence Day right here in Houston. Enjoy live music, traditional dances, Panamanian cuisine like empanadas and ceviche, artisan vendors, and engaging activities for all ages.

Later on this month, BE SOMEONE: The Houston Festival takes center stage at Market Square Park on November 25 from Noon-10 p.m. You can look forward to a captivating array of performances, delectable offerings from food trucks, and awe-inspiring art installations, all of which come together to celebrate the diversity, creativity, and culture of Houston. 

Holiday Markets

Kickstart your holiday shopping at the 2023 Holiday Soul Nutcracker Market on November 4! Find fashion accessories, home decor, gourmet treats, and more.

Get a jump start on holiday shopping at the 2023 Holiday Soul Nutcracker Market on November 4. Shop gifts like fashion accessories, home decor, gourmet food, and more while enjoying live gospel and jazz performances. Don’t miss this opportunity to start your holiday shopping early!

Later this month, you can shop at the Black Friday Holiday Flea Market from November 24-26. Located inside the 20,000 sq ft Silver Street Studios, you’ll find a curated market of one-of-a-kind collectibles, jewelry, vintage items, art, mid-century modern furniture, and more. With free parking and a $5 admission fee, it’s a great way to shop local and find unique treasures! 

And the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market? We have a whole guide to the Nutcracker Market.

Rodeo & Whiskey

For whiskey enthusiasts, mark your calendars for the 8th Annual Whiskey Social on November 18. It’s Texas’s top whiskey tasting event, featuring a vast selection of global whiskies and spirits.

The EaDo Rodeo isn’t just your average event – it’s a chance to dive into thrilling social games, groove to the beats of live music, and mingle with vibrant young professionals from both the local Houston scene and across the world. Did we mention you can take a wild ride on a mechanical bull, engage in epic sumo suit battles, and more? Gain entry to the EaDo Rodeo on November 4 for just $20, with your first drink on the house. After the event ends at 5 p.m., you can check out some of these popular bars and restaurants nearby.

If you’re a whiskey connoisseur, you won’t want to miss the 8th Annual Whiskey Social on November 18 at 6 p.m. Recognized as Texas’s premier annual whiskey tasting, the Whiskey Social showcases a hundreds of whiskies and spirits sourced globally, including exclusive Single Barrel selections, all accompanied by exquisite culinary pairings. Held at the Citadel, this event offers a distinct opportunity to experience aged spirits with decades of history. Tickets start at $80.

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November in Houston is packed with must-attend events and activities for all.

This month brings an exciting lineup of can’t-miss events and activities for residents and visitors to enjoy in Houston! From lively festivals that celebrate culture and cuisine to festive markets that get everyone in the holiday spirit, November is filled with opportunities to get out and experience the best of Houston. Mark your calendars for these upcoming events:

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