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If you’re ready to soak up the fall in St. Louis, November offers plenty of opportunities to do so. Whether you’re looking for cultural events or holiday festivities, there’s a great variety of things happening around the city this month. Here are a few you may want to put on your calendar:
Where: Cinema St. Louis | 3547 Olive St., St. Louis, MO
When: November 1-11, 2018
The first week and a half of this month, you can enjoy one of the biggest film festivals around. This year marks the 27th for the Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival, or SLIFF. They’ll be screening all kinds of films including documentaries, American indie films, international films, and exclusive shorts. Film buffs and St. Louis moviegoers won’t want to miss this week of cinema immersion. 63 countries will be represented in films this year, with 413 films total throughout the duration of the festival. Check their website for screening and ticketing information and details on their 14 special-event programs and closing-night awards presentation.
Where: The Grove Manchester | 4512 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, MO
When: November 8-10, 2018
If you’re looking to have a good laugh, St. Louis has you covered this November. They’re hosting the annual Flyover Comedy Festival at the Grove from November 8th to the 10th. You can catch a single act or get a 3-day wristband to grant you access to the entire festival. Expect both local and out-of-town talent performing improv, standup, sketch, storytelling acts, and more. The festival kicks off with a Launch Party on Thursday from 5-7pm at Handlebar on 4127 Manchester Ave. This free event offers complimentary pizza, happy hour prices, and deals on Urban Chestnut beer to get you ready for the festival.
Where: Kiener Plaza | Downtown St. Louis
When: November 17 | 3:00 - 8:00PM
This annual downtown event marks the beginning of the holiday season in the city. This year, the Festival of Lights will include entertainment for visitors of all ages, including talented performers, a visit from Santa, a fireworks display, and, of course, the lighting of the Salvation Army Tree of Lights. You can also skate in their Winterfest skating rink before the Mayor turns on the holiday lights at dusk. They’ll have food trucks during the event as well, so you can grab a bite while you soak up the festive surroundings.
Where: Manchester United Methodist Church | 129 Woods Mill Rd., Manchester, MO
When: November 17-18 & 23-25, 2018 | 9AM - 3PM daily
Continuing with the holiday feel, this annual Fair Trade Market gives residents the opportunity support a great cause while they shop. About 25 minutes from downtown St. Louis, this market will take place at the Manchester United Methodist Church in Manchester, MO. Fair Trade goods are produced by artisans and farmers who earn a living wage. They promote gender equality, safe working conditions, and environmentally-friendly practices. This is the largest Fair Trade Market in the country, and you can peruse over 3,000 square feet of unique gift items and international crafts. They’ll also have kids activities, giveaways, educational presentations, and food samples.
Where: Downtown St. Louis, MO
When: November 22, 2018 | 8:45AM
The annual Ameren Thanksgiving Day Parade celebrates its 34th year, kicking off downtown at 8:45AM from 20th Street and Market Street. They expect over 130 parade participants including carriages, helium balloon figures, animal units, marching bands, firetrucks, and equestrian groups. As is tradition, Santa Claus himself will be there to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas to close out the parade. If you can’t catch this parade in person, it’s also broadcasted live on KMOV-TV Channel 4.
November is a festive month in St. Louis, with plenty of unique events to help you celebrate this season. Put a few of these events on your calendar, and join the vibrant community of St. Louis this month.