11 Ways to Celebrate November in the Twin Cities
I like spring, but it is too young. I like summer, but it is too proud. So I like best of all autumn, because its tone is mellower, its colors are richer, and it is tinged with a little sorrow. Its golden richness speaks not of the innocence of spring, nor the power of summer, but of the mellowness and kindly wisdom of approaching age. It knows the limitations of life and its content.|
- Lin Yutang
Fall is in full swing in the Twin Cities Metro! For those who claim autumn as their favorite season, now is your time. I like it too so I say, let’s celebrate! Evenings are getting very chilly and soon mornings will be frosty. While some trees tenaciously hold on to their yellow and brown leaves, most are now standing naked and shivering in the morning light. It’s November, the month we turn the clocks back an hour, and here in the metro, the month we start thinking about the first snow!
November is about Veterans Day, a day set aside to honor the brave men and women who sacrificed greatly to preserve our liberties. It’s about Thanksgiving, family, friends, football, pumpkin pie and turkey, and at month’s end, the kickoff to the biggest shopping season of the year! Are you ready? Let’s take a look at some weekend events going on in the Metro and celebrate this great month.
1. Call the best MN Real Estate Agent and go look at houses.
Orpheum Theater, 910 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis 8 pm daily
2. See Minnesota native son and music icon Bob Dylan! This artist of historic stature is still touring and showcasing songs in his vast repertoire.
The Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Ave, Minneapolis
3. Attend the Ball’s Cabaret this Saturday or any other for that matter. For over 20 years this weekly open mic Cabaret has welcomed a variety of performers to the stage to entertain you. The venue varies and on any given Saturday you might see local folksy musicians, anarchist poets, story-tellers vetting out new material, or music-theater students.
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, 345 Washington St., St. Paul
4. See this famous Brothers Grimm fairy tale brought to life with a modern twist. An original setting with dreamlike shifts of fancy, bring this age old story to contemporary audiences. You just won’t know what to expect, other than being totally entertained.
Bloomington Civic Theater, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington
5. The New York Times called Next to Normal "A brave, breathtaking musical." –
A winner of the Pulitzer Prize and numerous Tony Awards, this contemporary rock musical explores how one household copes with crisis and mental illness, and drug abuse. The dynamic rock compositions provide a counterbalance to the heavy subject matter.
Mall of American – Star Trek Exhibition
6. Calling all Trekkies! Explore the wisdom, stories, fashion, character and culture of Star Trek. From its debut in 1966 as a television series to theatrical films Star Trek fans still keep on growing in numbers. Take the family and explore the “final frontier” for yourself in true Star Trek fashion!
Make it a sports weekend!
Minnesota Timberwolves, 600 N. 1st Ave, Minneapolis (Saturday)
7. Bring the kids to see the Timberwolves play Sacramento at Target Center and support your local team.
8. If you prefer football, on Sunday the Vikings are playing The Packers! Not that should be an interesting game! Tickets are still available – visit the official Vikings website.
Huge Theater 3037 Lynndale s. Minneapolis (Sunday)
9. Improv a Go Go – watch the best Twin Cities comic improvisers strut their stuff and enjoy a night of inexpensive adult entertainment! Open to all forms of improvised theater, this show welcomes performers from our own metro, state and beyond!
Nov. 29 & 30
Minnesota Children’s Museum, 10 W. 7th St, St. Paul, MN
10. A great place where children can learn and play at the same time. Interactive experiences were designed for kids to explore, discover, immerse, imagine and connect. Permanent exhibits include Habitot, Our World and Rooftop Art Park. Visiting exhibitions going on now are Clifford the Big Red Dog and Healthyville. Do it – your kids will love you for it!
Real Ghost Tours of Minneapolis
St. Anthony Main, 125 Main St. SE Minneapolis
11. For those who demand the unusual, this is a 90 minute guided walking tour offering you, the guest an opportunity to communicate with historical spirits that haunt the riverfront! You will learn about the legends of this area and explore some of Minneapolis’ historic buildings. Venture into the city’s shadowlands, if you dare!
So there is my hand-full of suggestions for November. Of course that is just a smidgen of what’s out there to explore, experience and enjoy in our great metro area! That’s one of the many reasons we love it so much here!
Lake Harriet - gorgeous in Fall finery!