Calendar: November

Nov. 2 

Lake Washington Half Marathon and 5k

Run on down to Kirkland for the Lake Washington Half Marathon and 5K. Want to run but haven’t registered yet? You can register on race day for $100, if spots are still available. Not a fan of running? No problem! Take the family down to the finish line, and cheer on the finishers.

Nov. 2-3 

Matthews Reserve Claret Release Weekend

Join Matthews Winery in Woodinville to celebrate the release of the 2016 Matthews Reserve Claret. All are welcome to enjoy a tasting from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Light bites will be available for wine club members.

Nov. 7 

What Every Wine Lover Should Know 

Gard Vintners Woodinville Tasting Room will be hosting a fun and educational evening with Seattle Uncorked Wine Club founder and sommelier David LeClaire. Come learn the best way to taste wine, how to identify the notes structure, and much more.

‘Guys & Dolls’ at the Village Theatre

Spend a memorable evening at the Village Theatre watching the award-winning musical comedy Guys & Dolls. This will be the first night of the show, but showings will continue throughout the month until Dec. 29.

South Sound Women to Watch

If you loved our 425 Women to Watch event during the spring, then you won’t want to miss our sister publication’s Women to Watch event at the Federal Way Performing Arts Center. 425 speaker Danielle Kartes, creator of Rustic Joyful Food, will return for the South Sound event, and radio darling Brooke Fox will be the emcee. Enjoy an inspiring night out with friends and family, complete with a miniature night market filled with artisan items, a DJ, and light bites.

Nov. 8-9 

Snohomish Brewfest

Beer lovers won’t want to miss the brew-filled weekend in Snohomish. Speak directly with brewers, enjoy delicious food, and taste tons of great locally brewed beers. Plus, it’s for a good cause: Snohomish Brewfest is a fundraising event that supports various Snohomish senior center programs.

Nov. 9 

54th Annual Veterans Parade in Auburn

Gather the family and a couple of folding chairs to enjoy the Veterans Parade in Auburn from 11 a.m to 2 p.m. The parade has been taking place in the town since 1965 and has grown into one of the largest parades celebrating veterans in the country, with more than 6,000 parade participants.

Nov. 10 

Bellevue Symphony Fall Concert Extravaganza

For an unforgettable night of breathtaking music, spend the evening listening to the Bellevue Symphony perform at the Meydenbauer Center. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for students, and $10 for kids ages 14 to 18. The performance will start at 3 p.m.

Nov. 11 

State Parks Free Day

Veterans Day is one of a few days each year when state parks are free for all to enjoy.

21 Acres: Bean to Bar Chocolate Making

Learn about all things chocolate at 21 Acres Center in Woodinville. You’ll see how to do everything from roasting beans to molding and shaping chocolate. Plus, you get to taste the chocolate!

Nov. 15 

Washington Distillers Festival

Join the McMenamins Anderson School in Bothell for an evening filled with sipping on handcrafted spirits from local Washington distillers. There will be a silent auction, which will give bidders the chance to win private distillery tours and tastings, plus other fun perks.

Nov. 16 

Harlem Globetrotters

The Harlem Globetrotters are coming to Bellevue High School for their Pushing the Limits World Tour. Bring the family to see the hilarious stunts and impressive dunks.  

The Snohomish Holiday Charm Walk

Build a holiday charm bracelet as you follow a map through the shops in historic Snohomish. With the purchase of your ticket, you will receive a passport and map, along with a plain bracelet for you to fill with charms as you go about your adventure.  

Jubilee REACH 6th Annual Festival of Trees

Support a good cause while getting in the Christmas spirit at the Jubilee REACH Festival of Trees, now in its sixth year. The holiday gala will take place at the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. There will be professionally decorated trees auctioned off, along with other festive items, all of which will support Jubilee REACH services and programs.

Family STEAM Day at American Car Museum

Design and learn with the whole family in the Education Studio and Family Zone at the American Car Museum. STEAM Day focuses on the relation between automobiles and science, technology, engineering, art, and math. The event takes place from noon to 4 p.m. at LeMay.

Nov. 21 

Paint Your Pet’s Portrait at Sol Stone Winery

Grab a paint brush, a picture of your furry friend, and get ready to channel your inner artist at Sol Stone Winery in Woodinville. Your $35 ticket will include an apron, painting supplies, and some step-by-step guidance on how to create the perfect pet portrait.

425 Business IDEA Awards

Join our sister publication, 425 Business, for a night honoring Innovation, Distinction, Excellence, and Achievement (Get it? IDEA?) happening in the business community. Businesses and individuals serving the Eastside community are nominated by you, our readers, for various titles, including “Leader of the Year.”

Nov. 22-Dec. 31 

The Polar Express Train Ride 

Head to Elbe to ride the train with Santa and his helpers while you sip hot chocolate and depart for a trip to the “North Pole.” During the ride, listen to a reading of the Polar Express — guests are encouraged to wear their pajamas.

Nov. 25 

Thanksgiving Essentials Cooking Class

As part of the Hyatt Regency’s lineup of festive events, this cooking class will show you how to create the perfect dish to wow your family come the night of the big feast! Let the Hyatt culinary team show you how it’s done.

Nov. 28 

Beat the Bird 5K and Lil’ Drumstick 1K

Work up a sweat Thanksgiving morning with the family before you head home to enjoy your holiday feast. The race will start at 9 a.m. Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for kids. Funds raised will benefit Renewal Food Bank in Bellevue.

Issaquah Turkey Trot

Issaquah’s getting in on the Thanksgiving run action, too! Run or walk for a good cause — proceeds will benefit the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank. Participation costs $30, but those under the age of 11 run for free.

Nov. 29 

Black Friday at the Chateau

Take advantage of amazing deals at Chateau Ste. Michelle all weekend long in honor of Black Friday. They’ll have special deals that are only available once a year, plus tasting room exclusive offers on wine, merchandise, and winery experiences. Don’t miss this great opportunity to stock up on gifts for friends, or maybe for you to enjoy after a long day of holiday shopping.

Bellevue Downtown Park Ice Rink Opens

It’s time to lace up your skates and hit the ice! The Bellevue Downtown Park Ice Rink will be open from Nov. 29–Jan. 20. It’s fun for all ages, so take your family or a group of friends out for a day of fun at the rink.

State Parks Free Day 

As if you needed another reason to love November, the month that brings us delicious food and breathtaking foliage, there’s not one but two free state park days. Squeeze in another great day in the outdoors. There won’t be another free day until Jan. 1.

Nov. 29-Jan. 4 


Lumaze is a new indoor festival coming to Seattle’s Smith Cove Terminal at Pier 91, where families can enjoy lights and wander through a holiday fairytale to search for six hidden presents to win a prize. In addition to the lights (and stellar family photo opps), there are playgrounds, a bar for grownups, lots of food, live music, and a vendor market for shopping for gifts.

Nov. 30–Dec. 21 

Santa Train Ride

The Northwest Railway Museum is putting on a one-of-a-kind event your family will love. Ride on a train, specially decorated for the Christmas season, to see none other than Santa. The two-hour, round-trip event will take you and your family from North Bend to Snoqualmie, where you can visit Santa in the Snoqualmie Depot before hopping on the train to head back. On the train, you can enjoy cookies and cocoa.

Nov. 30 

Winter Illumination Lighting Ceremony

The Bravern will transform into a winter wonderland during this event that will showcase their LED, energy-efficient holiday light installation. There also will be a performance by the Seahawks cheerleaders, and a special appearance by Santa.

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