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38 Things to do in Metro Detroit in November

Posted on Tuesday, November 01 2016 in Events

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November is here – bringing a chill in the air and a list of events to help you burn off your Thanksgiving dinner.

  1. Bram Stoker's Dracula
    Through Nov. 6.
    Hilberry Theatre, Wayne State University
    It's Halloween season, it's Dracula and it's the stage. Experience the chills the way they were meant to be shivered.

  2. Holocaust by Bullets
    Through Dec. 30
    Holocaust Memorial Center
    This exhibit chronicles a lesser-known side of the Holocaust in which more than 2 million Jews were gunned down and left in unmarked mass graves across Ukraine, Belarus and Russia. Somber, yes, but educational and relevant.

  3. Fashion D.Fined: The Past, Present & Future of Detroit Fashion
    Through Dec. 31
    Detroit Historical Museum
    A new exhibition showcasing Detroit's role in the fashion industry. Fashion D.Fined explores 20th-century design and retail alongside the designers and grassroots fashion retailers of today. Includes costumes from 1940-70 from well-known retailers such as Hudson's, Himelhoch's and Winkelman's.

  4. Creatures of Light
    Through Jan. 15
    Michigan Science Center
    In this exhibit, you'll discover the extraordinary diversity of organisms that produce light and explore how and why they glow. A bioluminescent experience.

  5. John Glick: A Legacy in Clay
    Through March 12
    Cranbrook Art Museum
    With a career spanning more than five decades, the ceramist has remained committed to the art and craft of functional vessels and their incorporation into the rituals of daily life. The first major exhibition of his work.

  6. The Book of Mormon
    Nov. 1-13.
    Fisher Theatre
    All the major papers and critics call it one of the best musicals of all time. Follow the mismatched pair of missionaries as they attempt to spread the word of The Book of Mormon.

  7. The Big Show at The Joe
    Nov. 2.
    Joe Louis Arena
    A live concert hosted by two of Detroit's biggest morning shows: The Breakfast Club from WJLB and Mojo in the Morning from Channel 955.

  8. The Realization of Emily Linder
    Nov. 3-Dec. 23
    Detroit Repertory Theatre
    A comedy about life and death and all the wonder in between. Emily Linder says she knows the exact day and hour she will die.

  9. Tony n' Tina's Wedding
    Nov. 4
    Andiamo Celebrity Showroom
    A fascinating premise for a show: At Tony and Tina's wedding, the audience plays the roles of family and friends. Tickets include the show, champagne, a buffet and even a piece of the couple's wedding cake.

  10. Great American Songbook
    Nov. 4-6
    Detroit Symphony Orchestra
    Ashley Brown was wonderful on Broadway as Mary Poppins, and here she sings the songs of Cole Porter and George Gershwin, as well as modern Disney songs to boot.

  11. Snowmobile USA Show
    Nov. 4-6
    Suburban Collection Showplace
    Snowmobiling is a major Michigan pastime. Here, six football fields' worth of space hosts a dazzling display of snowmobile action.

  12. American Style & Spirit: 130 Years of Fashions & Lives of an Entrepreneurial Family
    Nov. 5-April 2
    The Henry Ford
    Some 130 years of the Midwestern Roddis family are brought to vivid life through the clothing they wore.

  13. Pentatonix
    Nov. 6
    The Palace of Auburn Hills
    This a cappella group has sold more than 3.2 million albums in the U.S. alone. You may recognize them from Pitch Perfect 2.

  14. Bridget Everett
    Nov. 11
    Royal Oak Music Theatre
    Time Out calls her one of the funniest people in New York. She's been on just about every funny television show one can name, but it's alone on stage where she shines.

  15. All American Pet Expo
    Nov. 11-13
    Suburban Collection Showplace
    When the AAPE says it has dog shows, it's not talking about a group of toy dogs walking in a circle. Think more vaudevillian.

  16. PAW Patrol Live!
    Nov. 12-13
    Fox Theatre
    Based on the hit Nickelodeon show, the pups are even funnier on stage. When the mayor goes missing on the day of the Great Race, the dogs gotta find him, and the adventure will keep the kids glued to their seats.

  17. Silent Night
    Nov. 12, 16, 19-20
    Detroit Opera House
    Adapted from the 2005 French film Joyeux Noel and loosely based on events from World War I, it's a sudden cease-fire between French, Scottish and German soldiers on Christmas Eve. Sung in various languages with English supertitle translation.

  18. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
    Nov. 13
    Sound Board, MotorCity Casino Hotel
    At it since 1966, this band made it big with a cover of Mr. Bojangles and hasn't looked back.

  19. Elf The Musical
    Nov. 15-20
    Fox Theatre
    The funny story of Buddy the human who sneaks into Santa's sack and is raised at the North Pole by all of the elves. One day, Buddy has to learn where he really comes from, and as most people know from the movie, that's when the real fun begins.

  20. Wayne County Lightfest
    Nov. 17-Dec. 31
    Hines Drive and Merriman Road, Westland
    Hines Drive in Westland is transformed into one of the most fantastical, magical cruises in the Midwest. Imagine an infinite tunnel of colored lights, candy canes, snowflakes and rainbows.

  21. Detroit Tree Lighting
    Nov. 18
    Campus Martius Park
    It's the annual lighting of the city's mega-sized Christmas tree and the spirit of the season is never higher.

  22. Wild Lights at the Zoo
    Nov. 18-20, 25-27; Dec. 1-4, 8-11, 15-23, 26-31
    Detroit Zoo
    More than 5 million LED lights turn the zoo into an awesome realm of iridescence. Tunnels, paths, arches and abstractions render it all.

  23. Fitz & The Tantrums
    Nov. 19
    The Fillmore Detroit
    Lead songwriter and vocalist Michael Fitzpatrick and the band have a retro sound inspired by Motown and Stax Records, making Detroit a perfect stop for a night of their soul-influenced indie pop.

  24. Tony Orlando
    Nov. 19
    Macomb Center for the Performing
    Orlando has been entertaining crowds for decades. His songs are playful, warm and energized. Hits like Knock Three Times and Candida keep him young.

  25. Amherstburg River Lights Winter Festival
    Nov. 19-Dec. 18
    270 Dalhousie St., Amherstburg, ON, N9V 1W7
    Carriage rides, a gingerbread warm-up house, the super Santa run, house tours and more. It's the festive season, Canada-style.

  26. Kona Chocolate Run
    Nov. 20
    Kellogg Park
    First run in the 5K or 10K races, then hop in the chocolate buffet lines. Hot chocolate, fondue, cookies. It's, as they say, "Michigan's Largest Chocolate Party!"

  27. Festival of Trees
    Nov. 20-27
    Ford Community and Performing Arts Center
    Tree displays, gift shop, Santa and other activities for the kids. FOT is a benefit for the Children's Hospital of Michigan Foundation. It's the season of giving, and here's a heck of a cause.

  28. Bitter|Sweet: Coffee, Tea & Chocolate
    Nov. 20-March 5
    Detroit Institute of Arts
    All manner of European ceramics that were used to serve tea and coffee. Neither plant was native to Europe, and these hot drinks were a revelation (and something of a revolution) in their day.

  29. Lagniappe
    Nov. 21
    Downtown Rochester
    Almost every business in downtown Rochester covers its buildings in lights, then turns them all on at once. A spectacle that kicks off the city's Big, Bright Light Show.

  30. Big, Bright Light Show
    Nov. 22-Jan. 1
    Downtown Rochester
    The buildings of downtown Rochester try to outshine one another, blanketing their facades with lights, resulting in an eye-popping childish wonderland that speaks more of Christmas spirit than gifts do.

  31. Cirque Dreams Holidaze
    Nov. 22-26
    Fox Theatre
    A variety show wonderland as snowmen, Santa, reindeer and penguins take the stage. Some will even soar above the stage, as acrobatics play a big part. It's colorful, emotional and fun. It's Cirque.

  32. America's Thanksgiving Parade
    Nov. 24
    Woodward Avenue between Mack Avenue and Congress Street
    The city is alive and thankful as floats travel historic Woodward Avenue. Clowns, people-watching, great food and total family fun.

  33. Holiday Tours at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House
    Nov. 25-Dec 31
    Edsel & Eleanor Ford House
    Festive holiday decor makes this iconic house tour sparkle.

  34. Holiday Walks at Meadow Brook Hall
    Nov. 25-Dec. 23
    Meadow Brook Hall
    Stroll through a gorgeous 110-room mansion, where all the nooks and crannies will be lit up, revealing holiday-themed treasures.

  35. The Nutcracker
    Nov. 25-27
    Detroit Opera House
    Tchaikovsky's seasonal masterpiece never gets boring and never gets old. More than 100 professional company dancers, plus local children, make up the cast. Narration by Sir Roger Moore.

  36. Amy Grant & Michael W. Smith
    Nov. 27
    Fox Theatre
    Grammy Award-winning artists Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith unite for a 2016 Christmas tour.

  37. Fun Home
    Nov. 29-Dec. 11
    Fisher Theatre
    The New York Times calls it "a rare beauty that pumps fresh air into Broadway." Based on Alison Bechdel's bestselling graphic memoir, it follows Alison at three points in her life as the world, and her parents, look different through different eyes.

  38. The Rink at Campus Martius Park
    Nov. TBD.
    Campus Martius Park
    It's the opening of the city's premier ice rink, Campus Martius Park. Patterned after the rink at Rockefeller Center in New York, CMP is romantic, beautiful and affordable.

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