The days get colder and the holiday decorations come out during the month of November as we transition from beautiful fall color to the colorful twinkling lights of the holiday season! It's time to hit up the craft shows and holiday open houses for those perfect holiday gifts, and enjoy the great outdoors as we bask in the sunshine of those final warmer days of fall. Hit up Morgan County's various trails and parks on those warmer days, and enjoy the area's many shops and eateries on those cooler days as we begin to usher in the holiday season!
Candy Cane Pours - Saturdays
Every Saturday in November and December, the Martinsville Candy Kitchen makes holiday dreams come true with their handmade candy canes. Watch their Facebook page for details on Saturday pour times each week, and additional pour times as they're scheduled. Don't miss Santa's visits this year on Nov. 26 and Dec. 24, and check out all the other sweet treats while you're there!
Merry MAC Players presents Little Shop of Horrors - Nov. 4-20
The Halloween season is super-busy, but don't worry - you didn't miss out on this fun performance of cult classic Little Shop of Horrors! The Merry MAC Players, Martinsville's community theatre group, will present this fun musical classic on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Nov. 4-20 at the Historic Depot Theatre. Show time is 7 pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 pm on Sundays.
Knobstone Hiking Trail Association 5K & Fun Run/Walk - Nov. 5
Join the Knobstone Hiking Trail Association for their annual 5K and Fun Run/Walk at Jimmy Nash Park in Martinsville. Registration begins at 9 am and race time is 10 am. Race donation is $20 ($10 for additional family members) and proceeds go to support the 150-mile Knobstone Hiking Trail. Post-race snacks and hot drinks available.
Berries & Ivy Country Store Holiday Open House - Nov. 5
On the Saturday after Halloween each year, Berries & Ivy hosts a Christmas Open House from 10 am to 4 pm. The first 50 customers will receive a small gift item from the store. Come see their beautiful holiday decorations in person on November 5.
St. Martin of Tours Holiday Bazaar & Cookie Sale - Nov. 5
The annual Holiday Bazaar & Cookie Sale at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Martinsville will take place on Saturday, Nov. 6. This is more than just a craft and vendor show, though you'll find dozens of booths from local vendors (and a rummage sale room), you'll also find great lunch options and the annual Cookie Sale, featuring several varieties of holiday cookies by the pound!
Live Music: Jamie Nicole Haywood - Nov. 5
Join Black Dog Brewing Company in Mooresville for live music from Jamie Nicole Haywood on Saturday, November 5. Music begins at 7 pm. The brewery does have family seating and a menu of tasty flatbread pizzas, appetizers and desserts.
Autumn Market - Nov. 5 & 19
Join the Morgan County Farmers Market for their Autumn Market on November 5 and 19. The market is held indoors at Spirit of Life Church on West Indiana Street, located just a couple blocks away from their Summer Market location. Autumn Market is open from 9 am to 12:30 pm.
Second Friday Open Studios Night - Nov. 11
Join the Art Sanctuary for November's Open Studios Night! Mingle with resident artists, see this month's exhibit, and maybe even get a bit of holiday shopping done! Drop in any time between 6:30 and 8:30 pm on Nov. 11.
Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella - Nov. 11-13
Enjoy the classic, romantic tale of Cinderella at the Martinsville High School Auditorium. November 11-13. Show time is 7 pm on Friday and Saturday and 2 pm on Sunday.
Artie Fest Holiday Craft Fair - Nov. 12
The Artie Fest Holiday Craft Fair will take place at the Morgan County Fairgrounds on November 12. This annual show features many of your favorite vendors from the summer Artie Fest event, plus a few more! The show begins at 10 am and there will be food available on site as well.
First Baptist Church Annual Craft Fair - Nov. 12
The First Baptist Church in Martinsville will host their annual holiday craft fair on Saturday, Nov. 12. Come out and browse booths from local vendors featuring handmade items of all kinds. Food will be available on site as well.
Fables and Fairy Tales Holiday Open House - Nov. 12
Stop by everyone's favorite local independent book shop, Fables and Fairy Tales for a special holiday shopping event on Nov. 12 featuring books, toys, tee shirts and so much more for all the special people on your shopping list! Kids of all ages just love this shop and all it has to offer. Watch for upcoming story time events, too, if you have little ones!
The Sterling Butterfly Holiday Open House - Nov. 12
Join the The Sterling Butterfly in downtown Martinsville for a Holiday Open House event on Nov. 12 from 10 am to 5 pm. You'll find a wide variety of beautiful items to choose from including works from many Indiana artisans. Don't miss owner Pam Hurst's own jewelry creations!
Wood & Cotton and The Weathered Birdhouse - Nov. 12
Stop by Wood & Cotton and The Weathered Birdhouse (located inside) on Main Street in Martinsville to browse their holiday decor, apparel, home goods, bird houses and feeders and beautiful barnwood creations. They will host a Christmas Open House on November 12, from 10 am to 5 pm.
Class: Winter Burro - Nov. 12
Join local artist Sally Hedges for a fun instructor-led class on November 12 at 1 pm. You'll create a cute winter burro scene on canvas. Call or text to reserve your spot - 765-792-0328. Cost is $35 per person.
Live Music: Brian, Shay & Ken - Nov. 12
Join Black Dog Brewing Company in Mooresville for live music from Brian, Shay and Ken on Saturday, November 12. Music begins at 7 pm. The brewery does have family seating and a menu of tasty flatbread pizzas, appetizers and desserts.
Class: Fall Greetings Scarecrow - Nov. 13
Join local artist Sally Hedges for a fun instructor-led class on November 13 at 1 pm. You'll create a fun fall scarecrow on wood that can also be personalized with a family name. Call or text to reserve your spot - 765-792-0328. Cost is $35 per person.
Brooklyn Christian Church Bazaar - Nov. 17
Join the Brooklyn Christian Church on Thursday, November 17 for their annual Church Bazaar! Browse craft booths, enjoy a lunch of chicken and noodles or a turkey dinner (both available on site). The event runs from 8 am to 6:30 pm.
Holiday Porch Pot Workshop - Nov. 17
Join Greendell Landscape Solutions in Mooresville for their popular Holiday Porch Pot Workshops! You'll create a fun and festival seasonal accent piece for your front porch. The project includes a pot, base fill, a beautiful bundle of fresh, seasonal greens and mulled cider and popcorn to keep your energy up! No winery on site for this event, but you are welcome to BOYB (bring your own bottle). Select embellishments are sold separately, such as holly, berries, magnolia branches, candles, pine cones, etc. Classes are held in the greenhouse with outdoor heaters, so please dress accordingly. Space is limited so register early! (Additional dates in December.)
3rd Thursday Shop the Square - Nov. 17
This month's 3rd Thursday Shop the Square theme is Give Thanks. In line with that theme, many of the participating businesses will be giving back some of the profits from the day's sales to area not-for-profit organizations. Make sure you come out to support small locally-owned businesses and give back to the local community at the same time! 3rd Thursday is Nov. 17 this month. See you there!
Truckload of Christmas Toy Drive Concert: The Isaacs - Nov. 17
Enjoy an evening of live music from The Isaacs, plus special guests Trenton Baker and Downpour on Saturday, Nov. 19 at Hoosier Harvest Church. This annual concert benefits Churches in Mission, so don't forget to bring a new, unwrapped toy for the toy drive! Music begins at 7 pm. Advance tickets are available.
Willowfield Lavender Farm Holiday Open House - Nov. 17-20
Join Willowfield Lavender Farm for their annual Holiday Open House, Nov. 17-20. The farm gift store features lavender items, handmade pottery, signature lavender teas and more! Get your shopping done for the lavender lovers in your life!
Live Music: Glen Connors & Peaceful River - Nov. 18
Enjoy a live musical performance by Glen Connors and Peaceful River, performing Christian Gospel music. Concert will take place at the former Hall Elementary School on Hurt Road in Monrovia. Admission is $7 per person; kids 12 and under free. Food available for purchase.
Morgan County Special Olympics Holiday Market - Nov. 19
The Morgan County Special Olympics will host its first ever Holiday Market on Nov. 19 from 9 am to 4 pm at the Gasburg Baptist Church. There will be a variety of craft and artisan booths as well as food options on site. Santa will make an appearance from 10 am to 2 pm.
Live Music: Nick McElfresh - Nov. 19
Join Black Dog Brewing Company in Mooresville for live music from Nick McElfresh on Saturday, November 19. Music begins at 7 pm. The brewery does have family seating and a menu of tasty flatbread pizzas, appetizers and desserts.
November Brunch - Nov. 20
Join Chef Matt and the staff at 21 North Eatery + Cellar for a fabulous November Sunday Brunch! Reservations are recommended and brunch will be served from 11 am to 2 pm on Sunday, November 20. $5 sangrias and bloody marys and $4 mimosas available. Menu items for this installment of brunch will include a buttermilk blackberry waffle, steak and eggs, Denver omelette, cider brined fried chicken and more. Kids menu available.
Tri Kappa Turkey Trot - Nov. 24
Burn off those Thanksgiving calories in advance with Tri Kappa's fun annual Turkey Trot 5K. Before the day's big meal, meet up on Thanksgiving morning at the Fox Cliff Manor Clubhouse for a 5K. Two routes are available - the Hard Way with a steep challenging hill, or the Easy Way which is mostly flat. All ages welcome.
Martinsville Small Business Saturday Passport - Nov. 26
Support locally-owned independent businesses on Small Business Saturday by heading to downtown Martinsville (and beyond) to pick up your Small Business Saturday Passport! Shop the day away, getting a jump-start on your holiday gifts, be sure to enjoy lunch at a local eatery, then turn your passport in at any participating business for a chance at great prizes!
Santa at Martinsville Candy Kitchen - Nov. 26
Santa Claus himself will make his first appearance at the Martinsville Candy Kitchen on Saturday, Nov. 26. (Watch for another appearance on December 24.) The jolly old elf will be available to chat with kids of all ages from 2 to 4 pm. Cameras are welcome.
Live Music: Paul & McCartney - Nov. 26
Join Cedar Creek Winery for a fun and relaxing afternoon of live music with Paul & McCartney on Saturday, Nov. 26. Music begins at 4 pm for this free performance. All ages are welcome. (This is a perfect way to relax after Shop Small Saturday!)
Live Music: Mikey Goode - Nov. 26
Join Black Dog Brewing Company in Mooresville for live music from Mikey Goode on Saturday, November 26. Music begins at 7 pm. The brewery does have family seating and a menu of tasty flatbread pizzas, appetizers and desserts.
WCBK Christmas Parade - Nov. 26
Local area radio station WCBK will host a Christmas Parade this year, beginning in downtown Martinsville! The parade will travel down West Washington Street to Home Avenue, ending at Jimmy Nash City Park where the Festival of Lights will kickoff, lighting up the park for the holiday season.
Festival of Lights - Nov. 26
The holiday lights at Martinsville's Jimmy Nash Park will come on for the season on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 27. Each year, Santa is on hand to light up the park for the entire season! Come out for the Festival of Lights event, or just swing by any evening from Nov. 26 to New Year's to see the light displays.
Wine & Wreaths Workshop - Nov. 29
Join 5 East in Mooresville and Petals from Kaye for a fun and creative event! This Wine & Wreaths workshop will take place on Tuesday, November 29, beginning at 6:30. Tickets include a complementary glass of wine, supplies to build your wreath and tasty desserts! It's the perfect holiday themed girls' night out.