We may not be thankful for heating bills or snowfall.
In a month built for thanks, we can at least hold gratitude for a November that’s jam-packed with activity that’ll help us keep our minds off the many less pleasant aspects of our descent into winter.
It gets underway right away.
Halloween has technically past, but when it falls on a Thursday, we all know Halloween lasts throughout the weekend.
Bars throughout the region will celebrate in various forms whether its music or costume contests.
Night-life highlights include Friday’s performance from Guns ‘n Roses tribute band, Night Train, at Neenah’s Short Branch Saloon. On Saturday, things will get funky at Gibson Music Hall with Porky’s Groove Machine, The People Brothers Band and Feed the Dog.
A new season of live sports is upon us.
The Green Bay Gamblers take the hockey rink on Friday and Saturday against Sioux City at the Resch Center.
The Wisconsin Herd tip off their new basketball season on Nov. 8 at the Menominee Nation Arena in Oshkosh against the Windy City Bulls.
We still have reasons to get outside.
Summer is behind us, but we’re hearty folk, so of course we’re going to do another good outdoor celebration.
Bazaar After Dark will return to Downtown Menasha on Nov. 9 for an event that’ll be a little colder than previous incarnations — and for that matter, a little less “after dark.” The event — part market and part sideshow — will include food trucks, live music and more from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
It’s a month for festivals.
The Fox Valley Roots Festival will bring bluegrass, hard blues, folk rock and Americana to Appleton. The fest kicks off with a Thursday, Nov. 14 pre-party at the Cold Shot before full days of music on Friday and Saturday at Gibson Musical Hall. They’ll gather again at noon on Sunday at Gibson for a music after-party.
Meanwhile, a festival for the eyes will unfold just down the road.
The Weyauwega International Film Festival will bring more than 50 movies from Wisconsin and around the world to the Gerold Opera House on Nov. 13-16.
Speaking of films …
The Trout Museum of Art will open exhibits dealing with two classics of the season on Nov. 23.
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas will feature more than 50 original cels from the classic Christmas special.
On the same day, they’ll open “This Is Christmas: Original Concept Art of Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas.”
Too early for Christmas, you say?
In Appleton, we’ve put Christmas in front of Thanksgiving before it was cool.
The 49th Annual Downtown Appleton Christmas Parade will take place on Nov. 26 — two days before the football and feasting.
It’s the largest night-time Christmas parade in the Midwest. It’ll begin at 7 p.m., but if you’re looking for a good spot, you’ll need a blanket to mark your territory far earlier.