10 Great Things to Do in Pennsylvania in November

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While the month is a time of transition, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t a lot of great things to do in Pennsylvania in November.

Whether you want to enjoy the beautiful fall weather, or are already looking for Christmasy things to do in PA, there’s something for everyone to do this month.

Check out my 10 handpicked things to do in PA in November, and then start planning your travels around the state.

(Article Updated October 9, 2018 for Pennsylvania events in November 2018)

It’s a Wonderful Life Festival and Parade in Indiana – Begins November 16 (Sponsored)

Things to do in Pennsylvania in November: Its a Wonderful Life Festival
The It’s a Wonderful Life Festival returns to Indiana, PA, this November. (Photo used courtesy of the Indiana County Tourist Bureau)

The It’s a Wonderful Life Festival in Indiana, Pennsylvania, is one of the great kicks offs to the holiday season. The festival starts on Friday, November 16 with the Lucy Donnelly Holiday Festival and Parade, the lighting of the live 30 foot Christmas Tree and Santa’s arrival!

It’s the First Commonwealth Bank “It’s A Wonderful Life” Festival continues every weekend from November 17 through December 16 and offers family-friendly activities such as photos with Santa, magnificent Christmas light displays, live music, holiday movies, lots of great shopping and dining – all in the hometown of legendary actor Jimmy Stewart!

For more information and a full event listing, check out WonderfulLifeFestival.com or VisitIndianaCountyPA.org

Autos and Ales in Hershey – November 2

Step inside the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum, one of PA’s best car museums, for their annual Autos and Ales event in Hershey. This beer festival is held amongst the museum’s amazing collection of antique automobiles. During the event, sample beers from nearly 20 different breweries, including a special beer brewed just for the event by Mount Gretna Craft Brewery.

For more information and tickets, visit the museum’s website.

Lake Erie Wine Country Harvest Festival – November 2-4 and 9-11

Visiting the Lake Erie Wine Country in November
There are many great wines to try in the Lake Erie Wine Country (Photo used courtesy of Visit Erie)

Love wine? Head to the northwestern corner of Pennsylvania for the fantastic Lake Erie Wine Country Harvest Festival during the first two weekends of November.

During the event, visitors can head to each of the wine country’s 23 wineries (of which 12 are in Pennsylvania) and sample delicious wines, each of which are paired with food. Along the way, you’ll get to explore this beautiful corner of the state and see why it’s such a great wine region.

For more information, visit LakeErieWineCountry.org.

Koziar’s Christmas Village in Bernville – Opens November 3

Things to do in Pennsylvania in November: Koziar's Christmas Village
Koziar’s Christmas Village opens for the season in early November.

Koziar’s Christmas Village in Berks County is one of Pennsylvania’s best destinations for holiday cheer. If you want to start your holiday season off right, Koziar’s opens for the season on Saturday, November 3.

Walk through their Christmas wonderland, which features more than one million lights, and get ready for this festive season. You might even see Santa during your visit.

For more information, head over to their website.

PA Bacon Fest in Easton – November 3-4

If you love bacon, you won’t want to miss the PA Bacon Fest in Easton. Over two days, 80,000 bacon lovers descend on this beautiful Lehigh Valley city to celebrate this delicious product.

Come enjoy live music, a pig roast, pig races, over 150 vendors, and, of course, some delicious food.

For more information visit the festival’s website.

Light Up Night in Pittsburgh – November 16

Things to do in Pennsylvania in November: Light Up Night in Pittsburgh
Light Up Night is one of the premier events in Pittsburgh.

Celebrate the start of the holiday season at Light Up Night in Pittsburgh. Now in its 58th year, this festival features live music, the opening of the German-inspired Holiday Market in Market Square, and the lighting of the lights in downtown Pittsburgh.

The night ends with a fantastic fireworks display that shouldn’t be missed.

For more information, check out the event’s website.

The National Dog Show in Oaks – November 17-18

While it’s not shown on TV until Thanksgiving Day, The National Dog Show takes place the weekend prior to the holiday in the Philadelphia suburbs. Come out and see some of the best show dogs in the world compete for the title of Best in Show.

In addition to watching dogs get judged, visitors can see demonstration events, meet some of the show dogs, browse vendors, and much more.

For more information, visit NationalDogShow.com.

Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philly – November 22

Things to do in Pennsylvania in November: Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade
Philadelphia’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is the oldest in America and returns to the city this November. (Photo by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia™)

The nation’s oldest Thanksgiving Day Parade returns to downtown Philadelphia this November. The parade travels 1.5 miles through the city on the morning of Thursday, November 22, and will feature marching bands, floats, balloons, and much, much more.

Come see this slice of history that’s been an annual tradition in the city since 1920. For more information, click here.

A Longwood Christmas in Kennett Square – Begins November 22

Longwood Gardens Christmas opens in November
Visiting Longwood Gardens during the holiday season should be on everyone’s list.

Every year, Longwood Gardens in southeastern Pennsylvania decks itself out for the holiday season. One of the best holiday attractions in all of Pennsylvania, A Longwood Christmas should be on every PA travelers list.

In 2018, their display will pay homage to the Christmas tree and visitors will be able to stroll through their large conservatory and the surrounding gardens to see their magnificent holiday displays. The display will run from Thanksgiving Day through early January.

For more information, check out our article on visiting Longwood Gardens during the holiday season.

Small Business Saturday – November 24

One of my favorite things about Pennsylvania is how many great downtown areas there are. To help support these great local shops, head out on Small Business Saturday (the Saturday after Thanksgiving) for great deals on fantastic locally made products.

This great event will be happening at small shops throughout the state, so wherever you are in Pennsylvania, you can participate in this great event. Make sure not to miss out on these great deals and the chance to support Pennsylvania businesses.

Looking for other things to do in Pennsylvania? Check out our list of things to do in October and things to do in December.

Do you know of any great things to do in Pennsylvania in November? Let us know in the comments section below!

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3 thoughts on “10 Great Things to Do in Pennsylvania in November”

  1. Have company coming in Oct. want to showcase rural PA. I live in south east PA so would especially be interested in events in eastern PA

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