By: Ariel Taranski
Just because Halloween is over doesn’t mean there’s nothing to look forward to until Thanksgiving! November is chock full of fun holidays, and Memphis is the best place to celebrate. (And no, we’re not biased.) Add these dates to your calendar so you can celebrate, give back, or explore the 901 in innovative and exciting ways.
Scented Candle Day – November 1
The days are getting shorter, so be sure to light up your space with a flame and some sweet scents. These local shops hand-make their candles!
National Sandwich Day – November 3
Nothing beats a good sandwich, and these spots in town are where you need to go to celebrate this holiday.
National Candy Day – November 4
Got a sweet tooth? Then this is your perfect holiday. Stop by one of these candy shops (especially if you’re running low on Halloween leftovers.)
Book Lovers Day – November 5
Shop some local bookstores, or visit your local library to celebrate the readers’ favorite holiday!
- Burke’s Book Store
- DeMoir Books and Things
- Second Editions Book Store (inside the Memphis Public Library)
- South Main Book Juggler
Election Day – November 8
Midterm elections are here, and if you haven’t early voted, find your local voting spot and be sure to research candidates and amendments on the ballot ahead of time.
National Cappuccino Day – November 8
After you’re done voting, battle those chilly November temperatures with a nice, hot cappuccino at one of these local coffee shops!
- Crazy Gander Coffee Company
- Ramblin’ Joe’s Coffee
- Otherlands Coffee Bar
- Comeback Coffee
- Belltower Coffeehouse
- Boycott Coffee
Go to an Art Museum Day – November 9
Memphis is known for its art and culture, so be sure to pop by one of our local art museums on this day.
National Vanilla Cupcake Day – November 10
You can’t go wrong with a classic vanilla cupcake, and these bakeries have the best in Memphis!
Children’s Day – November 14
For Children’s Day, why not treat your kids to some educational and explorational fun? Check out these popular spots that let your children learn and have fun, all at once!
- Children’s Museum of Memphis
- Memphis Zoo
- My Big Backyard at Memphis Botanic Garden
- Fire Museum of Memphis
- Woodland Discovery Playground
Women’s Entrepreneurship Day – November 19
Looking to support women-owned businesses in Memphis? We’ve got a whole blog post dedicated to many spots around town you can shop at for this holiday.
Transgender Day of Remembrance – November 20
If you’d like to give back to the LGBTQ+ community during this holiday, check out our blog post we wrote during Pride Month which includes local organizations that can use donations and volunteers.
Go For A Ride Day – November 22
Memphis has so many bicycle paths and trails, so how about going for a ride to celebrate this day?
Thanksgiving – November 24
Want to volunteer your time on Thanksgiving? Here are some great ways to give back.
- Mid-South Food Bank
- Memphis Union Mission
- Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association
- St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
- Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County
Black Friday – November 25
Did you know that the day after Thanksgiving is technically Buy Nothing Day? We know the sales and deals are hard to combat, especially when you’ve got to do holiday shopping, so check out some local stores to see if they’re offering any specials!
Giving Tuesday – November 29
This holiday is a chance to give back, so consider taking this opportunity to pour more love into the community. Here are some local nonprofits you can donate to, but you can also check out our blog post for Black History Month for more.
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