15 Fantastic Things To Do In Missouri In November

Last updated on November 1st, 2023 at 06:45 am.

Below are 15 great events and festivals the entire family will enjoy this November in Missouri. If you are looking for fun fall activities to keep the whole family occupied in November, this 2023 list is the best place to start.

Things To Do In Missouri In November

Best Events & Festivals in Missouri in November

November is here and we are inching closer to colder weather and the holiday season. But do not let the weather transition deter a good time in Missouri!

There are a lot of things to do in Missouri in November. Whether you want to enjoy music events, art festivals, live performances, interactive exhibits, nature trails or a magical evening paddling under the full moon; there’s something for everyone to do (many with free admission).

November is a unique month to visit Missouri, so take a moment to check out these 15 handpicked things to do this month in Missouri, and start planning your excursions around the state.

Here are some of our recommendations for the best things to do in Missouri in November 2023.

1. Whiskey Fest in Weston – October 28, 2023

 Weston Whiskey Festival

Explore whiskies from all around the world with hundreds of whiskey aficionados and those who just like to sip the good stuff at the 2023 Weston Whiskey Festival. There will be whiskey and cigar pairings available from Weston Tobacco. Advance ticket sales end Nov 1st, ticket price at the door on the day of the event are $40.

The first 600 ticket holders at the door receive a commemorative whiskey glass and whiskey samples from all attending distilleries and vendors.

The event is from 2-5PM and you are welcome to bring a non-drinking companion for free.

Location: Weston Burley House Inc; 357 Main Street Weston, MO 64098

2. Daniel O’Donnell Live in Branson – Dates Throughout November 2023

Branson, Missouri is a great choice for a mini-vacation this month. Daniel O’Donnell’s live event is the perfect place for the whole family.

The show is a blend of country and western music infused with Irish tradition. The experience will leave you and your family humming tunes for days.

Daniel O’Donnell is a famous musician in Ireland and the U.K. The live show guarantees an extraordinary treat during your trip to Branson and Lake of the Ozarks.

Location: 1984 St Hwy 165 Branson, MO 65616

3. Day of the Dead in Kansas City – November 5, 2023

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art for the El Día de los Muertos altar display

Visit the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art for the El Día de los Muertos altar display.

One of the top things to do in Kansas City this month is to experience the Day of the Dead altar featuring traditional elements within an elaborately decorated house structure–created in collaboration with local artists, students, and Mattie Rhodes Center and the Mexican Consulate in Kansas City.

Hours: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location: 4525 Oak Street Kansas City, MO

4. First Friday Art Walk in Springfield – November 3, 2023

Come to downtown Springfield on the first Friday of November to enjoy original art, live music, hands-on activities, and live art demonstrations in more than 20 participating galleries, as well as fine and casual dining establishments, cutting-edge fashion, one-of-a-kind retail and vibrant nightlife throughout the historic heart of Springfield.

Location: 411 N Sherman Pkwy, Springfield, MO

5. First Saturday in St. Joseph – November 4, 2023

Downtown St. Joseph is the place to be on the first Saturday of November. The area will be buzzing with live music, drinks, and food.

This monthly celebration of arts, music, and culture in the beautiful historic downtown is one of the best places to be the first Saturday of each month.

This is a fun event for both families and adults. So, bring the family to explore and discover the locally-owned shops, cafes, and restaurants.

Location: St. Joseph, MO 64501

6. Spirit of Democracy Celebrations in Cape Girardeau – November 4, 2023

The Spirit of Democracy Celebration will be held to honor brave Americans whose actions define selfless service and courage in the year.

The 4th Annual Spirit of Democracy is a fundraiser for the Stars and Stripes National Museum Library. The keynote speaker this year is Laura Rauch, a former Stars and Stripes photojournalist and war correspondent who captured the iconic photo of Pvt Kyle Hockenberry. She will be sharing her insights and experiences during her time covering wars and conflicts across the globe.

Location: 1625 North Kingshighway Street Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

7. Sugarplum Festival | Nov 9-11, 2023

Sugarplum Festival at Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art

The Sugarplum Festival is an all day shopping event with local vendors.

Location: Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art 2818 Frederick Ave, St Joseph, MO

8. Full Moon Float Event in St. Louis – November 27, 2023

Come and join the world famous full moon float event; it’s the last one for 2023! The magical evening padding along the Mississippi River and fine dining is perfect for any nature lover.

The unparalleled natural setting is worth coming along with your family or friends. You’ll be given everything needed for the 29-foot voyageur canoes.

No need of having padding experience since you’ll be guided by a professional along the way to an island. You can watch the sunset during the magic hour.

Fun activities also include a campfire, searching for arrowheads, and exploring the beach.

Location: 539 Scranton Avenue St. Louis, MO 63137

9. Veterans Day Parade in Branson – November 11, 2023

 Veterans Day parade

The Veterans Day parade begins at 11am in Downtown Branson

This is part of Veterans Homecoming Week in Branson; an annual celebration to revere and remember the brave men and women who served our nation. Check here to see a full list of events.

Location: Commercial St, Branson, MO 65616

10. Four States Beekeeping Conference in Joplin – November 4, 2023

The MSSU Pollinator Club & Joplin Area Beekeepers Association are hosting the 2023 Four States Beekeeping Conference on Saturday, November 4th from 8 AM to 5 PM. The cost is $60 and includes lunch.

Learn from a variety of knowledgeable speakers, including:

  • Kamon Reynolds, Tennessee’s Bees & Hive Life Conference Founder
  • Dr. Katie Kilmer, Assistant Professor of Biology & Environmental Health
  • Randy Oliver (presenting via Zoom), Scientificbeekeeping.com
  • Lisa Pluth, Master Herbalist & Beekeeper

Sessions will cover everything from feeding for better bees to successful & simple queen rearing and all kinds of beekeeping subjects.

Location: Billingsly Student Center, Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, MO

11. Holiday Fare Wine Trail in Hermann – November 18-19, 2023

Holiday Fare Wine Trail in Hermann

The Holiday Fare Wine Trail in Hermann is an annual celebration of great food and even better wine. Sample wine and food pairings at seven wineries on the Hermann Wine Trail. Tickets are $30 per person.

The ticket price includes a souvenir wine glass, but don’t forget to visit the gift shop at each winery for fun holiday shopping.

Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm & Sunday, 11 am – 4 pm

Location: Hermann Wine Trail, 150A Market St, Hermann, MO 65041

11. Annual Turkey Trot in St. Louis – November 23, 2023

The Turkey Trot STL 5K course in Downtown St. Louis runs along the route of the 2nd largest Thanksgiving parade in the nation. Participants will pass many landmarks and popular attractions including, Stifel Opera House, Busch Stadium, City Garden, through Purina’s campus and of course many views of the Gateway Arch and finish in front of the newly renovated Soldier’s Memorial.

Wheelchair athletes are welcome to compete at our St. Charles and Downtown locations. Wheelchairs will begin two minutes before the 5K start. Children in courteously driven strollers are welcome.

12. Kansas City Plaza Lights – November 23, 2023 Thru mid January 9, 2024

Plaza Lights in Kansas City

It takes more than 200,000 bulbs to create the holiday light winter wonderland at the Plaza each year. When the switch is flipped on Thanksgiving day, it’s officially Christmas time in KCMO!

Plaza Lights starts with a pre-show around 5 p.m. The main stage is usually set up along the Plaza’s main strip of 47th Street, and musical guests perform. In past years, this has included bands and a Plaza Lighting Ceremony orchestra.

Then, around 7, the special guest is introduced, who will flip the switch for the holiday lights. With the flip of a switch, the KC Plaza lights spark to life and illuminate the chilly November night.

The Evergy Plaza Lights shine daily from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m., Thanksgiving through mid-January.

Location: Ward Parkway and Jefferson Street.

13. Holiday Night Lights Display at Rotary Park in Wentzville – November 24 – Dec 30, 2023

The annual “Holiday Night Lights” drive-thru display at Rotary Park in Wentzville will begin on Thanksgiving Friday, November 26th and runs through Thursday, December 30th. Enjoy visits with Santa, horse-drawn carriage and sleigh rides, a walk-thru tour, and more!

The annual Wentzville Holiday Night Lights display opens on Friday, Nov. 24th. Enjoy a one-mile light display that features large illuminated commercial scenes and tunnels of twinkling lights.

Holiday Night Lights Hours: 5:30-9:30pm

Directions: Located off of W. Meyer Road, just north of Interstate 70 from either Highway W or Wentzville Parkway.

14. Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Kansas City-November 24, 2023

Join Kansas city residents to witness the lighting ceremony of the 100-foot-tall mayor’s Christmas tree. The magnificent Mayor’s Christmas Tree is illuminated by more than 7,200 white bulbs, the Crown Center centerpiece proves a proud showcase of Kansas City’s winter spirit.

Attend the lighting ceremony the day after Thanksgiving to officially kick off the yuletide season. You’ll also enjoy long-standing traditions like silent night caroling at this annual festival celebrating the holidays.

Location: 2405 Grand Blvd. Ste 200 Kansas City

15. Mark Twain’s Annual Birthday Bash – November 25, 2023

Mark Twain

Children are invited to an old-fashioned Birthday Party in celebration of Mark Twain’s 188th Birthday.

The party includes crafts like decorating party hats and wooden ornaments, beaded necklaces, and old-fashioned games with a twist like Pin the Stache on Twain and Musical Mustaches.

Twain’s Old-fashioned Birthday Party is sponsored by the Mark Twain Museum and the Tom and Becky Program and is Free for children ages 2 through age 10, accompanied by an adult.

Two sessions will be held – 11:00AM-noon and 1 PM – 2 PM on the main floor of the Museum Gallery at 120 N. Main.

Missouri Weather in November

Temperatures in Missouri in November are cooler than in October. Mornings and evenings tend to drop about 10°F compared to the previous month. A daily low temperature average is 34°F (rarely falling below 22°F or exceeding 57°F). The daily high in November is about 50°F (rarely falling below 36°F or exceeding 76°F). November brings less rain than October in general and on average about 3.6 inches. 4 days of rain are normal. When you head out to the above November festivals and events, it’s time to pull out mittens, hats, and a warmer jacket!

Missouri Events for Every Month

There are plenty of activities in Missouri every month and we have lists of the best things to do in Missouri for every month of the year! Just click any month to plan your next MO adventure! January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December

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