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Metro Detroit Events and Things to Do in November, 2013

Events, Festivals, Attractions, Shows, Walks and Marathons


The Metro-Detroit area welcomes the fall season in November with festivals, ice skating, football and the beginning of holiday activities. Whether your pleasure is a big turkey dinner or all things circus, there is something for everyone this month. To help you schedule your activities, here is a list of Metro-Detroit Events and Things to Do in November.

If you are looking ahead to December and beyond, check out the Yearly Calendar of Events for Metro Detroit.

Detroit Veterans Day Parade

Detroit's Veterans Day Parade, 2008
Photo © Wigwam Jones

When: 11/9/13 (Saturday)
Where: Starts at Woodward Avenue & Temple, Downtown Detroit

The 7th Annual Veterans Day Parade gives Detroiters a chance to pay homage to its veterans as they march down Woodward Avenue to Hart Plaza. The parade starts at 10 a.m.

Zombie Movie Night

Zombie Night at the Royal Oak Main Theatre, 2007
Photo © Dave Hogg

When: 11/12/13 (Tuesday) at 7:30 PM
Where: Main Art Theatre, Royal Oak

As the name implies, Zombie Movie Night is a celebration of all things zombie. Films include shorts, animations, documentaries and music videos by local filmmakers.

Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus

Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, Anaheim, 2008
Photo © riley lassner

When: 11/13/13 through 11/17/13
Where: The Palace of Auburn Hills

The Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus presents Dragons -- Blue Tour, a show that brings together tribes from around the word and features performing dogs, flying trapeze, tiger show, Kung Fu Kings, International Folklore Dancers, and Kiev Aerial Troupe.

Wayne County Lightfest

Dragn light display at the Wayne County Lightfest, 2007
Photo © Laura Sternberg, Licensed to About.com

When: 11/14/13 through 12/31/13
Where: Hines Drive and Merriman, Westland

The Wayne County Park celebrates the holidays with an annual Lightfest consisting of over four miles of displays and approximately a million lights. Admission is by car and at minimum $5. There are also several Lightfest events at Merriman Hollow Area in 2013, including an 8K Fun Run/Walk on November 12th and a "Bike through the Lights" on November 13th. The Opening Night Celebration, which includes live entertainment and fireworks, starts at 6 PM on Thursday, November 14th.

Hunting Season

When: 11/15/13 through 11/30/13 (deer/regular firearm)
Where: Statewide

Deer season (regular firearm) runs from November 15th to 30th in Michigan. If you hunt with bow and arrow or your game is crow, bear or squirrel, your hunting season may fall differently. The state keeps a list of 2013/2014 hunting seasons and bag limits.

Campus Martius Ice Skating & Christmas Wonderfest

Skating and Campus Martius
Photo &Copy; Jeff Widen

When: Beginning on 11/22/13
Where: Woodward Avenue, Downtown Detroit

The Park at Campus Martius was designed to be the central square of Detroit. During the winter months, the park keeps people coming by offering a venue for ice skating, and the nearby cafe offers hot chocolate to keep Detroiters warm and toasty. The rink opens officially after the Tree-Lighting Ceremony on November 22nd.

Detroit Thanksgiving Guide

Detroit Lions play their Thanksgiving game against the Miami Dolphins, 2006
Photo © Al Messerschmidt / Getty Images

When: Thanksgiving falls on 11/28/13
Where: Throughout the Metro-Detroit area

Thanksgiving is not all about the turkey. Thanksgiving is also about Lions football, America's Thanksgiving Parade, turkey trots and Black-Friday sales. Need a place to keep track of it all? Check out the Detroit Thanksgiving Guide for 2013.

Turkey Trot

Turkey Trot, 2005
Photo © Ryan Caiazzo / Jitney Media

When: 11/28/13, Thanksgiving Day, with events starting at 7 AM
Where: Various starting locations in downtown Detroit

The 31st Annual Turkey Trot is Michigan’s largest 10K run. In addition to the 10K and 5K runs, there is a costume contest, mashed potato mile, and 5K walk. The contest start will be done in waves named after Santa's reindeer. Many of the 10,000 participants who run the challenging city course through downtown Detroit do so in costume. In the past, costumes have ranged from super heroes to Christmas characters.

Fantasy of Lights Parade

When: 11/29/13, 7 PM
Where: Along Grand River Avenue through Howell's Historic District

The 30th annual parade features lighted floats, Santa and marching bands. And that's not all, there is also a Fantasy 5K Run at 6 PM, one of the Detroit area's best. Events leading into the parade include an art show, holiday shopping, and live entertainment.

Dickens Festival

Village of Holly Dickens Festival, 2007
Photo © Bill Mattocks

When: Weekends from 11/29/13 through 12/15/13
Where: Village of Holly

Holly utilizes its Victorian architecture to great effect in its 40th annual Dickens Festival. The schedule of events includes characters from Dickens' novels, music from the Festival Singers, and crafts.

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