The Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival is one of the region's signature events.

15 Things to Do in St. Louis in November

Wednesday November 2, 2022

By Rachel Huffman

By Rachel Huffman

Even as the temperature dips, you’ll find plenty of things to do in St. Louis in November. Don your favorite fall sweater and head to the Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl, Schlafly Full Moon Festival or Día de los Muertos celebration at the Missouri History Museum. This month, St. Louis also presents must-see parades on Veterans Day and Thanksgiving. Indoors, highly anticipated events cover a range of topics, from books to basketball and fashion to international films.

November 2 to 13

FROZEN, the hit Broadway musical, glides into the Fabulous Fox Theatre this month. Genuinely moving, the magical production features songs from the original Academy Award-winning animated film that you know and love – no matter how old you are. The expanded score dazzles with a dozen new numbers by the film’s songwriters, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, as well. With powerful performances, sensational special effects and stunning sets and costumes, FROZEN is everything you want in a musical.

November 3 to 13

This year marks the 31st Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival. The festival showcases cutting-edge documentaries, features and shorts from around the world, many of which will receive their only exposure in St. Louis. The festival is proud to offer a total of 256 films this year, representing 42 countries and featuring more than 35 native languages. Star-filled highlights include the opening night film, Empire of Light, starring Olivia Colman and Colin Firth, and the closing night film, Women Talking, starring Claire Foy, Rooney Mara and Frances McDormand. The festival’s Centerpiece Spotlight, She Said, is a powerful journalism film starring Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan, while St. Louis-native Jon Hamm stars in Corner Office. Films will screen at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, the St. Louis Public Library – Central Branch and Washington University in St. Louis, among other places, meaning you can also experience some of the area’s best art and architecture during the festival. A small selection of films will be available online, as well.

November 5

The Annual St. Louis Regional Veterans Day Observance aims to unite and honor all U.S. military veterans throughout the region. Held in downtown St. Louis, the day’s activities begin with a 5K run/walk, followed by the Veterans Day Parade, which begins at 18th and Olive streets at 10:30 a.m. and finishes at Soldiers Memorial Military Museum. Immediately following the parade, a ceremony and celebration will take place at the museum. While you’re here, fully immerse yourself in Soldiers Memorial Military Museum, a state-of-the-art museum facility that honors local military service members, veterans and their families. The Missouri Historical Society assumed operations of the museum in November 2015 and began a $30 million revitalization of the site in 2016. Thanks to the renovation, the site now has more than double the amount of exhibit space, the four iconic Walker Hancock sculptures framing the entrance are free of coal dust and embedded dirt, the building is LEED-certified to the Gold level and it meets ADA compliance for the first time in the building’s history.

Things to Do in St. Louis in November_Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl 2022

November 5

76 musicians. 16 venues. One mile-long parade. This year marks the largest Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl to date! Featuring blues musicians and swing dancers alongside racks of vintage clothing and marching brass bands, the celebration is free, except for the grand finale, sponsored by Jazz St. Louis. The night will kick off with the beloved All-Styles Dance Battle, and then Georgia Mae, a 20-member band, will take the stage at The Golden Record.

November 5

Beer and bonfires await you at the Schlafly Full Moon Festival in Maplewood. Join the St. Louis community as we celebrate this year’s harvest with live music and a pig roast, featuring hogs from local farmers. Local chefs will also compete for your affection – and stomach space – in the deliciously competitive Schlafly Chili Cook-Off. Despite the full moon, the stars of the annual event are always the kegs of Schlafly’s White Lager, Pumpkin Ale, Hard Apple Cider, Coffee Stout and other seasonal favorites.

November 5 and 6

This November, the Missouri History Museum, in conjunction with Hispanic Festival, Inc., will celebrate Día de los Muertos. The annual event centers on altars that represent a variety of Latin American cultural traditions. There will also be an art display, a procession through Forest Park, live music, dance performances and food and drink vendors. In the family zone, kids can have their faces painted, create arts and crafts to celebrate loved ones and hear stories in Spanish.

November 6 to 13

The St. Louis Jewish Book Festival is an annual celebration of authors, books and ideas. Featuring more than 30 authors, the range of topics is vast, from business to fiction and family to sports. Now in its 44th year, the festival is nationally recognized for both its excellence and size – drawing more than 10,000 visitors, it’s one of the largest in the U.S. People from all backgrounds and religions come to individual events to hear expert speakers, ask questions and share their thoughts. This year’s programming includes panels on historical fiction (Nov. 7 at 1 p.m.), cooking (Nov. 8 at 7 p.m.), romance fiction (Nov. 9 at 10:30 a.m.) and wellness (Nov. 10 at 10:30 a.m.), which take place in the Arts & Education Building of the J’s Staenberg Family Complex.

November 7

Carrie Underwood’s highly anticipated Denim & Rhinestones Tour is coming to Enterprise Center. Pulling out all the stops, Underwood has said that there will be some surprises among the costume changes and the slick choreography in the show. You can also expect her to hit frequent – and impressive – big notes. Its own magnificent instrument, Underwood’s voice is as powerful as it is subtle.

November 12

The St. Louis Blues and the St. Louis Sports Commission have partnered with the University of Notre Dame to welcome the Notre Dame women’s basketball team, which will play the California Golden Bears in the first annual Citi Shamrock Classic at Enterprise Center. The historic matchup will mark the first live broadcast of a women’s college basketball game on NBC. The Citi Shamrock Classic also celebrates the 50th anniversary of Title IX and the strides that have been made toward gender equity in women’s athletics. The day before the game, Notre Dame will host a luncheon and panel discussion, featuring marquee speakers from the realm of business and sports focused on elevating women’s athletics, examining the reasons for underrepresentation of women in business and sports and ideas on how to mentor young women to realize the significance of Title IX and avenues to close the gender equity gap in college sports that still exists today.

Things to Do in St. Louis in November_Polar Express Train Ride

November 18 to December 30

The Polar Express Train Ride at St. Louis Union Station is an important holiday tradition. Set to The Polar Express motion picture soundtrack, the magical experience takes guests on a journey to the North Pole aboard beautifully decorated trains. Families are encouraged to interact with the train conductor, The Polar Express characters, Santa Claus and his elves – and to wear their favorite seasonal pajamas for the occasion.

November 19

Mother Management, a St. Louis-based model agency, aims to make the 10th annual TRIBUTE fashion show the biggest, most memorable runway experience yet. TRIBUTE exemplifies the spirit of discovery and the impact of creatives coming together for the greater good. This year’s show, held at The Hawthorn, is a love letter to fashion enthusiasts everywhere. Attendees will feel inspired by the drama and joyful from the one-of-a-kind experience.

November 24

Celebrating its 38th year, the 2022 Ameren Thanks-For-Giving Parade will feature more than 120 parade units, including musical floats and displays, dance groups, drumlines and marching bands from the St. Louis region. As always, Santa Claus will attend the festivities to wish everyone a happy holiday season, and this year, special guest Nikki Glaser will sing The Star-Spangled Banner.

November 27

Held at Schlafly Bottleworks in the historic Maplewood neighborhood, this market celebrates all things local. Shop for seasonal offerings from independent growers, bakers, makers, artists, craftspeople, performers and nonprofit organizations. This is the perfect opportunity to check off your holiday gift list.

November 30

The Whispers, The Dramatics, Enchantment, Bloodstone and Blue Magic have joined forces, combining their extensive catalog of music for Thanksgiving Soul Jam at Stifel Theatre. The concert will include some of the groups’ chart-topping hits, such as “It’s A Love Thing” and “Keep On Lovin Me” by The Whispers; “In the Rain” and “Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get” by The Dramatics; “Gloria” and “It’s You That I Need” by Enchantment; “Natural High” and “Give Me Your Heart” by Bloodstone; and “Sideshow” and “Spell” by Blue Magic. These timeless tracks continue to score the lives of millions around the globe.

Until January 8

Over several centuries, Indian artisans perfected complex methods for producing dyes and mordants to create painted and printed cloth in a spectrum of fade-resistant colors. Starting in the 17th century, these brilliant and intricately designed textiles became known as chintz, and consumers worldwide were captivated by the lavish fabric. At the Saint Louis Art Museum, Global Threads: The Art and Fashion of Indian Chintz reveals how this innovative and often beautiful textile revolutionized fashion, industry and global trade.

Need more motivation to explore St. Louis this month? See our events calendar for a complete list of things to do in St. Louis in November.