14 Sensational Things to do in St. Louis in November

Last updated on October 27th, 2023 at 06:38 am.

The weather may be starting to cool down but the action is just starting to heat up in the St. Louis Area! Some of our favorite things to do in St. Louis in November involve Glow in the Dark Monster Trucks and can’t-miss stand-up comedy. These are just some of the live entertainment, festivals and events in St. Louis this November.

Kick off the holiday season by watching the St. Louis Thanksgiving Day Parade or running in the annual Turkey Trot in St. Louis Forest Park. Or check out one of the festivals celebrating culture and art this month.

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Unique and Fun Events to Attend in St. Louis, MO in November 2023

Keep reading to see our list of favorite things to do in St. Louis today and throughout November! We also have lists for the best things to do in Kansas City in November and the most fun things to do throughout the state of Missouri in November.

Here are the best things to do in St. Louis in November 2023 (from a Missouri local).

1. Disney Jr. Live – Nov 1, 2023

The three-time Pollstar nominated Disney Junior tour is back with Disney Junior Live On Tour: Costume Palooza! This show brings beloved Disney Junior characters and favorite Marvel Super Heroes live on stage for a jam-packed, concert-style show with singing, dancing, acrobatics, and more. It will feature favorite songs from hit Disney Junior series, as well as new original music. 

Show times and ticket prices vary, so visit the website to learn more!

Location: St. Louis Fox Theatre; 527 N Grand Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63103

2. Schlafly Full Moon Festival – Nov 4, 2023

Pumpkin keg

Bonfires, chili, and Schlafly beer is a great way to spend a Saturday night! Schlafly Full Moon Festival returns on November 5th from 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM. This event will have six large bonfires, live music, a pig roast with hogs from local St. Louis area farmers, and a chili cook-off.

Plus, enjoy some of Schlafly’s famous brews including pumpkin ale, white lager, hard apple cider, coffee stout, and more. And the best part is that this event is free to attend! 

Location: Schlafly Bottleworks 7260 Southwest Ave, St. Louis, MO 63143

3. Laumeier After Dark – Nov 4, 2023

For one night only, Laumeier After Dark gives the public a unique opportunity to explore Laumeier Sculpture Park at night.

The annual event features temporary art and light installations from local artists as well as illuminations of the park’s most iconic sculptures. Laumeier After Dark also includes a night market with local makers, food and beverage vendors and live music.

Location: 12580 Rott Road Saint Louis, MO 63127

4. St. Louis Jewish Book Festival – Nov 5-19, 2023

Join in on the annual celebration of Jewish authors and ideas during the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival. Celebrating its 45th year this festival will feature topics and books from a wide range of interests including cooking, economics, sports, history, and much more.

This is the largest event of its kind in the country and will bring in more than 10,000 people. Don’t miss out! An all-access pass is $136, but you can buy individual tickets for specific events during the festival.

Location: 2 Millstone Campus Dr., St. Louis MO 

5. Holiday Zootique – Nov 10, 2023

Is there a better place to get a jump start on your holiday shopping than at the St. Louis Zoo? View booths and visit the Zoo’s gift shops to find one-of-a-kind gifts while supporting the Zoo’s conservation efforts at the annual Holiday Zootique.

Enjoy special discounts and merchandise and free gift wrapping! Drinks and yummy snacks and treats will be on hand. This event is free to attend.

Location: St. Louis Zoo; 1 Government Dr, St. Louis, MO 63110

6. Mac & Cheese Throwdown STL 2023 – Nov 11, 2023

Get ready, St. Louis, because it’s time to unleash your inner food critic at the ultimate showdown of culinary brilliance! The finest chefs in the city are gearing up for an all-out clash of flavors in a showdown that’s all about one thing: gooey, irresistible Mac & Cheese at the 2023 Mac & Cheese Throwdown.

The reigning victor, Doggie Mac’s, is back to defend its crown, but the competition is fiercer than ever!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 11, 2023, and clear your schedule from 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM because you won’t want to miss the sizzling action at the 6th Annual Mac & Cheese Throwdown STL.

Address: The Moto Museum; 3408 Locust St, St. Louis, MO 63103

7. Member Speaker Series: Holiday Decorating – Nov 14, 2023

holiday floral design

Membership has its benefits! The Missouri Botanical Gardens is hosting a special event to help you get ready for the holiday season. This speaking session will feature demonstrations from local florists to teach you how to create the perfect holiday floral design! You will also be treated to the debut of this year’s Holiday Wreath Display and Auction.

There will be two sessions offered to members, one from 10 am to noon and the second from 2-4 pm. You must register to attend and this event is free for members. 

Location: Missouri Botanical Gardens; 4344 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63110

8. St. Louis Mystic Fair – Nov 17-19, 2023

Mystic Fair in St. Louis

Want to know what the future has in store for you? Need something to boost your energy or provide extra healing? Then you will not want to miss this year’s, St. Louis Mystic Fair.

There will be tarot card readers, along with chakra and aura camera readers to help guide you. Healers, oracles, and spiritual guides will also be on hand. Visit booths with healing crystals, essential oils, jewelry, and much more! Daily admission tickets are $8 but children or under 12 are free.

Location: 12365 Saint Charles Rock Road in Bridgeton (18 miles from St. Louis)

9. Festival of Lights – Nov 18, 2023

The Ameren Missouri Festival of Lights ushers in the holiday season in St. Louis with the lighting of the Salvation Army will display their Tree of Lights across the street from Union Station in Aloe Plaza and the opening Winterfest from Noon – 8:30 pm.

Join in on the fun at this family friendly and free event in Kiener Plaza while enjoying local holiday themed talent performances, vendors booths and exhibits, photo ops with mascots, including Fredbird, real live reindeer, and a magical fireworks finale.

Location: Saint Louis Union Station and Aloe Plaza;1820 Market StreetSt. Louis, MO, 63103

10. Garden Glow at the Missouri Botanical Gardens – Nov 18 – Jan 6, 2023

Garden Glow at the Missouri Botanical Gardens
Photo Credit: Garden Glow at the Missouri Botanical Gardens

Celebrate the season with over dazzling lights at the Garden Glow at the Missouri Botanical Gardens. This year is filled with fun new experiences and traditional favorites. Enjoy s’mores, festive drinks, and great photo opportunities that will delight all ages!

Private fire pits are available and reservation includes one-hour rental from 6–7 p.m. and private access to a fire pit area for up to 25 visitors.

You can also add a meal to your Garden Glow experience. This is $16 for adults and $10 for children ages 3–12.

Location: Missouri Botanical Gardens; 4344 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63110

11. St. Louis Turkey Trot – Nov 23, 2023

Turkey Trot Thanksgiving Run
Photo Credit: Missouri Runs

Before you dig into your Thanksgiving Dinner, swing over to St. Louis’s Forest Park and take part in the annual St. Louis Turkey Trot! Whether you want to run or walk, take the long route a do the full 8k, or timeout early and just do the 5k, the St. Louis Turkey Trot is a fun tradition everyone should experience at least once.

There is a kids’ dash and all participants get a quarter zip or long-sleeve top, plus Strange Donuts will be waiting at the finish line! Tickets start at $37.99.

Location: St. Louis, Forest Park

12. St. Louis Thanksgiving Day Parade – Nov 23, 2023

STL Thanks for giving parade

A beloved St. Louis tradition returns! Bundle up and head down to the Union Station area and enjoy the St. Louis Thanksgiving Day Parade! View fun floats, visits from some of your kid’s favorite storybook characters, local bands, equestrian units, horses and carriages, and a visit from everyone’s favorite person, Santa Claus!

The parade starts at 8:45 a.m. and this family-friendly event is free to attend!

The parade will be broadcast live on KMOV-TV Channel 4.

Location: St Louis Union Station 1820 Market St, St. Louis, MO, 63103

13. Twas the Night Before – Nov 29 – Dec 10, 2023

Twas the Night Before‘… is Cirque du Soleil’s first holiday show, based on the classic poem “A Visit from Saint Nicholas” by Clement Clarke Moore. The story is about a jaded young girl who rediscovers the magic of the holidays and features thrilling acrobatics, lovable characters and a soundtrack including holiday classics re-invented by Cirque du Soleil.

Location: St. Louis Fox Theatre; 527 N Grand Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63103

14. Drag Queen Christmas | November 30, 2023

Murray & Peter present, “A Drag Queen Christmas”, the longest running drag tour in America.  Hosted by Miz Cracker, A Drag Queen Christmas has favorite queens performing live on stage. There will be winners, fan favorites, OGs, Miss Congeniality, plus queens from Season 15 and All Stars 8.

Spend the evening watching your favorite drag queens performing holiday-themed songs and dances. Be sure to sign up for the VIP Meet & Greet which starts at 6:00 p.m. The show will start at 6 p.m.

Location: The Pageant; 6161 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112

We also have our favorite things to do in St. Louis for every month. Just click on any month to plan your next STL adventure! January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December

Still wondering what to do in November? Check out our list of top things to do throughout Missouri in November!

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