Things to do in Pennsylvania in November

10 Great Things to Do in Pennsylvania in November

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 11, 2017 for Pennsylvania events in November 2017)

It’s a Wonderful Life Festival and Parade in Indiana – Begins November 17 (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 17 with the Lucy Donnelly Holiday Parade and the lighting of the real 30 foot Christmas Tree.

It’s the First Commonwealth Bank “It’s A Wonderful Life” Festival continues every weekend from November 18 through December 17 and offers family-friendly activities such as photos with Santa; live reindeer; kids activities; live music;  lots of great shopping, all in the hometown of legend Jimmy Stewart!

For more information and a full event listing, check out or

Autos and Ales in Hershey – November 3

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 two dozen different breweries, including a special beer brewed just for the event by Rotunda Brewing Company.

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

Koziar’s Christmas Village in Bernville – Opens November 4

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 4.

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 4-5

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.

Secret Location Photography Workshop in Northeastern PA – November 12

Things to do in PA in November: Secret Location Photography Workshop

Join me for a workshop at an abandoned school in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Love abandoned places and want to improve your photography? Join me for a great photography workshop at an abandoned school in northeastern Pennsylvania. While I can’t reveal the exact location, it’s located approximately an hour from Harrisburg and Scranton and two hours from Philly.

While there, you’ll not only learn more about how to use your camera, but you’ll also have a chance to photograph abandoned classrooms, the school’s auditorium, their gym, and much more.

For more information and to sign up, click here.

Erie Craft Beer Week – November 12-18

Head to the northwestern corner of Pennsylvania this November for Erie Craft Beer Week. The area’s breweries will feature events throughout the week including dinners with beer and food pairings, live music, and special collaboration brews.

The event concludes on November 18 with a beer event at Presque Isle Downs Casino that will feature a dozen different breweries.

For more information on the event, visit the website for the Lake Erie Ale Trail.

Light Up Night in Pittsburgh – November 17

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 57th 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 18-19

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

Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philly – November 23

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 23, 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.

Small Business Saturday – November 25

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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Great things to do in Pennsylvania in November

AUTHOR - Jim Cheney

Jim Cheney is the creator of Based in the state capital of Harrisburg, Jim frequently travels around Pennsylvania and has visited all 67 counties in the state. Jim has also traveled to more than 30 different countries around the world.


  • Leah

    Do you ever explore the North East part of Pennsylvania?

  • Linda Walters

    I am from Donora PA and proud of the town. You have been here so you know our history. We are trying to rebuild our community and enhance the cultural heritage. Is there anything you can remember from your visit here that stands out to you as something we can build on to attract visitors?

  • Marie Dean

    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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