Twin Cities November Family Events & Activities Guide

Welcome to November in the Twin Cities!

Welcome to the month of November in the Twin Cities! We’re keeping a close eye on early holiday events around town and have suggestions on how to spend Thanksgiving Break with the kids. As always, we hope to be an inspiration in planning your family time together. Looking for something fun to do this weekend with kids? Start here:

The Best Early Holiday Events & Festivals in the Twin Cities - November 2023

These Twin Cities early holiday events can get you started on your 2023 holiday family fun without the full-on pressure of late December. Events are being continuously added to this list (think community Christmas tree lightings and holiday shopping events), so check early and often.

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Thanksgiving Weekend in the Twin Cities

Thanksgiving Weekend Ideas

Whether you want to cozy up inside or get out of the house, we have ideas for spending time with your family. Skipping holiday travel and hosting a small family gathering at home? We have suggestions for keeping it simple, ways to keep kids entertained, ideas for the leftovers, games to play and inspiration for giving back to those in need.

Free Things To Do in the Twin Cities - November 2023

Who doesn’t appreciate a whole lot of FREE right before the holidays? We’ve gathered up our traditional list of free family activities in the parks, free art events & more free ways to entertain the family in the Twin Cities throughout the month of November.

Free Family Fun - Register Ahead

These November events are free, but require pre-registration and sometimes fill up or sell out:

Rumriver Art Center, 2665 4th Avenue, Anoka, MN
Participate in a free art class for the whole family. Best for ages 4+. Rumriver Art Center’s monthly Free Family Art Days have limited space and can fill up quickly. November 18, 2023, 10am-11am. Register here.

Red Balloon Bookshop Author Events

Most author events at the Red Balloon are FREE, but require advanced registration. November events include:

  • Nov 5th @ 2pm: Author Christina Soontornvat with special guest Anne Ursu share Soontornvat’s latest book: TIME AFTER TIME: BEST WISHES #3 
  • Nov 8th @ 6pm. Author Andrea Beaty shares LILA GREER, TEACHER OF THE YEAR
  • Nov 16th @ 6:30pm. Author Matthew Schufman launches his book, FRASER THE FOREST RANGER 



Family Fun Splurges: $20/pp and Up

Hibernation Heyday in Clay

Silverwood Park, 2500 County Rd E, St Anthony, MN 55421
Participants will create unique pieces in clay with a cozy winter theme! Families can work together and learn basic clay hand-building and surface design skills to create winter-inspired ceramics to use as gifts or keep for yourself. No experience necessary. Both session dates demonstrate the same. Ages 7+ with an adult. Cost $25. Registration Required: November 2, 2023, 6-8pm or November 4, 2023, 10am-12pm.

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