Dallas Moms Need to Know :: A Guide to the Month of November

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This guide has been sponsored by Vintage Market Days. All opinions are our own.

Not to be all, “I can’t believe it’s November,” but for real. How did we get here? I know everyone is ready for some cozy holiday vibes. A little hygge action. I read that putting up decorations and getting in the holiday spirit early can make you happier. It’s a psychological technique called “savoring.” Ok then, we’ll savor! We’ll savor!

As usual, we maintain a community calendar of events here, and when you subscribe to our Newsletter, you’ll get this list sent straight to your inbox.

As usual, we maintain a community calendar of events here, and when you subscribe to our Newsletter, you’ll get this guide sent straight to your inbox.

Remember to check ahead for changing safety protocols and cancellations.


FEATURED EVENT :: NOVEMBER 19 – 21

VINTAGE MARKET DAYS® OF DALLAS-MCKINNEY

Vintage Market Days is an upscale, vintage-inspired market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings, sweet & savory items, seasonal plantings, and more. Think flea market, but much nicer and much more fun. Would be a great place to find cute holiday decorations. Grab your tickets today!

Hours: Friday: 9am-4pm Early Buying Event (tickets available at the event link for $15)
Saturday: 10am-4pm
Sunday: 10am-4pm
Location: Myers Park & Event Center, McKinney
Tickets: $10 general admission, kids under 12 free. Tickets are good for re-entry all weekend!


ALL MONTH

The Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit continues, with slightly adjusted hours this month around Thanksgiving break. “Astonishing in scale and breathtakingly imaginative, you will experience Van Gogh’s art in a completely new and unforgettable way.” See link for COVID info and to reserve your ticket date. Closed Tuesdays. Tickets from $39.99, 5 and under free.


ALL MONTH

Van Gogh is well-represented this month! The Dallas Museum of Art gives a peek of its exhibition Van Gogh and the Olive Groves through four pop-up installations in Dallas, Garland, Irving, and The Colony. These outdoor installations are inspired by the olive grove series and feature reproductions of paintings currently on view at the DMA. Free!


ALL MONTH

Dinosaurs Live! is back at the Heard for the season. Dig into dinosaur geology and hike the dino trail. And don’t miss the Texas Nessie exhibit! 9am-5pm. Closed Mondays. General admission is $12/adults, $9/ages 3-12. 2 & under are free.


NOVEMBER 4 & 14

This month Irving Art Center’s JumpstART Stories and Art and Second Sunday Funday offer Numbers and Making a Mark, respectively. They have returned to in-person (indoor) activities. JumpstART is on 11/4 at 10am for ages 2 and up. Second Sunday Funday is 11/14 ffrom 1-4pm for families to do together. Free!


NOVEMBER 4 – 7

Guys and Dolls is such a great musical. This week NTPA Dallas presents Guys and Dolls Jr., an adaptation performed by third- through ninth-graders. This could be so cute. Multiple showtimes. Tickets $12.


NOVEMBER 5

This month is “Skills & Trades” at Nash Farm’s First Friday at the Farm. Engage in 19th century skills and trades of early Grapevine. Registration is required. 10am-12pm. $3 for ages 3 and up.


NOVEMBER 6

Explore the world of Vincent van Gogh at the DMA’s Family Festival, a fun-filled day of activities for the entire family. Enjoy outdoor yoga, art making, plein-air sketching, and learning about nature from North Texas experts. See a schedule of the day at the link. 11am-3pm. Free!


NOVEMBER 6

Explore the world-class art collection at Free First Saturdays at the Nasher. They offer Family Guides and Family Gallery Kits to help you add structure to your visit. Pick them up at the front desk on your way in. Check out our recent review of First Saturdays here. 11am-5pm. Free!


NOVEMBER 6

Carrollton’s annual Festival at the Switchyard returns to Historic Downtown with with something for music lovers, fried food fans, shopaholics, and kiddos of every age to enjoy. Lots more info at the link. 11am-10pm. Free!


NOVEMBER 6

Farmers Branch Historical Park is the spot for an outdoor Veterans Day Celebration. Live music, a caricature artist, photo booth, and food and drinks available for purchase. 4-9pm. Free!


NOVEMBER 6 & 7

Greenland Hills UMC will host an outdoor Global Village Market that brings together charitable organizations and fair-trade retailers to offer a truly unique holiday shopping experience. In addition to gifts, they’ll have live music, a silent auction, whole homemade pies to go, tamales and chili to go, and more. Vendor list and times at the link. Free!


NOVEMBER 7

Daylight savings ends at 2am. Don’t forget we fall back an hour.


NOVEMBER 10

Holiday at the Arboretum begins today (and runs through the end of December). It includes the 12 Days of Christmas outdoor exhibit, a Christmas Village of charming shops and façades in the style of European Christmas Markets, choirs, tons of lights in the garden, and more. See the link for details, start dates and prices vary by attraction.


NOVEMBER 11-14

‘Neath the Wreath is the biggest Junior League of Collin County fundraiser of the year. Shop over 125 merchants to find something for everyone on your list. Times vary by day, see link for details and to purchase tickets. General admission $15 ($12 if purchased at area DFW Market Street locations).


NOVEMBER 12

You’ll find curated local artisans and makers, excellent food and drinks, live music, photo ops, lawn games, and plenty of seating at the Friday Night Artisan Market at McKinney & Olive. This recurring market features handmade jewelry, accessories, home goods, visual art, candles, soaps, cutting boards, baked goods, and more. 6-10pm. Free!


NOVEMBER 13

The Etsy Dallas Jingle Bash is always delightful. This handmade shopping event and party features hand-picked artists, crafters, and designers from near and far with the very best in local handmade apparel, bags, jewelry, home décor, accessories, art, pottery, and more. Food trucks, bars, and make & take craft areas will be on site. Kids and strollers welcome. 10:30am-5pm. Free!


NOVEMBER 13

Shop small, eat local, and support a good cause at the 2nd Garland Food Festival featuring food trucks, vendors, samples, and local restaurants. Proceeds go to Good Samaritan of Garland. See link for participating food vendors. 12-6pm. Free admission.


NOVEMBER 13

The Underground Movement Festival takes place outside in Downtown Plano’s McCall Plaza today. See 2-versus-2 Dance Battles, B-boy/B-girl battles, and dance team showcases. This is an all-ages event with a family-friendly environment, celebrating more than 40 years of hip-hop. 5-10pm. Free!


NOVEMBER 13 – JANUARY 2

The Trains at NorthPark return for the season. See the link for varied hours of operation, including holiday hours. Proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House. $10/adults, $5/children & seniors, kids under 2 free.


NOVEMBER 20

The Dallas Children’s Theater will be in Klyde Warren Park today. A teaching artist leads kids on an exploration of creative dramatics and theater (ex: take on characters and act out stories). 10:30-11:30am. Free!


NOVEMBER 20

This is interesting: The city of Lewisville will host a Tri-Town Amazing Race. The event includes 10 challenges (both mental and physical) in Lewisville, Flower Mound, and Highland Village. The event is open to ages 8 and up. Teams of 2-6 people will be eligible. Must register by NOVEMBER 12. 9am-12pm. $40 per team of 2, $5 each additional person.


NOVEMBER 19 – JANUARY 17

SNOWDAY, the magical, multi-sensory event returns with 20+ imaginative rooms and hundreds of surprises. This year, they’re joining forces with Santaland at the Galleria. You can attend either event separately or purchase combo tickets for a 15% discount. $27/adults; $12/kids 4-12; 3 and under free. VIP tickets also available.


NOVEMBER 25

You can choose to participate in person or virtually this year for the Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot. Join the 5K walk/run or 8 mile race. The Junior Trot 1K is temporarily suspended for 2021. See here for a good FAQ on the event.


NOVEMBER 27 – DECEMBER 18

Visit the Garland Landmark Museum for the Holiday Scavenger Hunt. Get your scavenger hunt clues, lanyard, and starting pin, then head to the business you think is correct to see if you are right. If you are, they’ll give you another souvenir holiday pin. Once you have all 10 pins, return to the museum for your goodie bag full of prizes. A great way to learn about historic Downtown Garland. Free!


NOVEMBER 27

CityLine Movie Nights will show Elf this evening. Jasper’s will be in the plaza selling movie-themed drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) as well as a selection of menu items. Or you can pick up food and drinks to-go to bring back to the plaza to enjoy during the movie. Lawn chairs, picnic blankets, and pups are welcome and encouraged. Don’t forget blankets to bundle up! Movie starts at 6:45pm. Free!


Happy Thanksgiving! Stay tuned for our Complete Guide to the Holidays in Dallas coming later this month.

For a bunch more events just up the road, don’t miss our November Events Guide over on Collin County Moms

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