The days may be getting shorter, but the local entertainment isn’t going anywhere in November. No matter what state, city or neighborhood you find yourself in this month, your calendar can be filled with downtown events. Plus, Small Business Saturday takes place November 25. Be sure to mark your calendars and join the growing holiday that celebrates all things local.
Arizona Fall Fest
November 4 2017
Phoenix’s annual Arizona Fall Fest is the only exclusively local festival of its size, featuring more than 200 vendors, all of whom are local to the state. Festival-goers can shop local merchants, sample local restaurants and dance to local musicians in this open-air event. There will also be an Arizona Sports Zone dedicated to the state’s professional sports teams and a Kid Zone filled with crafts, games and other kid-friendly activities. More information about the Arizona Fall Fest is available from Local First Arizona.
Medina Candelight Walk
November 17-19, 2017
The 33rd annual Medina Candlelight Walk will kick off the holiday season in this northeastern Ohio community. Spanning an entire weekend, the celebration will include Christmas caroling in the town square, a holiday farmers market, photos with Santa and, of course, a candle-lighting ceremony at the downtown gazebo. There will also be festive trolley rides, a parade of lights and fireworks. More information is available from Main Street Medina.
Kingsland Catfish Festival
November 18, 2017
Kingsland, Georgia, sits on the Peach State’s southeastern coast, roughly 40 miles north of Jacksonville, Florida. For 35 years, the city has celebrated its culture and the season with the annual Kingsland Catfish Festival. This year’s festival will feature a 5k Turkey Trot, catfish dinners, a parade and all-day music. More information is available from the Kingsland Downtown Development Authority and the Kingsland Catfish Festival.
Buy Local Bash
November 20, 2017
Syracuse, New York
Central New York’s Buy Local Bash is in its eighth year. An opportunity to shop, taste and mingle, this annual social event brings together community members and local merchants at the start of the holiday shopping season. It’s all part of an effort to encourage consumers to buy local during the biggest shopping season of the year. More information is available from the Centerstate Corporation for Economic Opportunity.
Local First Week
November 25 - December 2, 2017
Beginning on Small Business Saturday, Colorado communities will celebrate a statewide Local First Week. Organized by Local First Colorado and Downtown Colorado, Inc., Local First Week encourages Coloradoans to choose local businesses over their national chain, online and big-box counterparts. To participate, consumers in Colorado can pledge to buy local and head downtown to put their money where their mouths are. More information is available from Local First Colorado.
Whether you’re hanging onto fall or jumping into the holidays, there’s plenty to do downtown in November. As you begin hunting for the perfect holiday gifts, don’t forget to shop small and buy local.