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!
Taps on the Square - Fridays
Each and every Fridays, join the Spirit of '45 and the American Legion Post #230 Riders for Taps on the Square. Each week, names are read of service men and women, law enforcement and fire fighters that have passed on in the previous week, beginning at 6:50 pm. Rolling Taps is then played live from various locations on the square where buglers are stationed. Taps begins at the 7th bell.
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!
Autumn Farmers Market - Saturdays
The Morgan County Farmers Market will be open each Saturday in November inside the Spirit of Life Church in Martinsville, located on Mitchell Street. The Autumn Market in November will feature lots of home baked goods, handmade craft and artisan items, as well as some cool weather produce, syrups, jams and jellies and more. Hours will be 9 am to Noon.
Retro Night; Shrinky Dinks - Nov. 2
Join the Morgan County Public Library as they introduce a new generation of kids to the fun of shrinky dinks! This fun retro activity will take place on Thursday, November 2 at the Main Branch of the library in downtown Martinsville.
Merry MAC Players presents Into the Woods - Nov. 3-12
The Halloween season is super-busy, but don't worry - you didn't miss out on this fun performance of the popular Into the Woods, featuring characters from several of the Brothers Grimm fairy tailes! The Merry MAC Players, Martinsville's community theatre group, will present this fun musical performance on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Nov. 3-12 at the Historic Depot Theatre. Show time is 7 pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 pm on Sundays.
Berries & Ivy Country Store Holiday Open House - Nov. 4
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 4.
The Sterling Butterfly Holiday Open House - Nov. 4
Join the The Sterling Butterfly in downtown Martinsville for a Holiday Open House event on Nov. 4 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!
St. Martin of Tours Holiday Bazaar & Cookie Sale - Nov. 4
The annual Holiday Bazaar & Cookie Sale at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Martinsville will take place on Saturday, Nov. 4. 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!
First Baptist Church Annual Craft Fair - Nov. 4
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.
What Are Stars Made Of? How Do We Know? - Nov. 4
The Mooresville Public Library will host a program all about stars on Saturday, November 4. If you've ever wondered exactly what stars are made of, and exactly how we know that, this program is for you! Join the library at 6 pm for answers to these questions and more about stars! This is part of the library's lead-up series for next spring's Total Solar Eclipse.
Trackside Cocktails & Canvas - Nov. 6
Looking for something fun and unique to do on a Monday evening? Join Trackside Bar & Grill in Paragon and Cupcakes & Canvas for a fun, fall themed Cocktails & Canvas event, beginning at 7 pm. Grab your friends and come out for an evening of creative fun in a friendly atmosphere. Cost is $25 per person.
Frenchy's Designer Purse Bingo - Nov. 9
Love great handbags? Head for Frenchy's Pub in Morgantown on Thursday, November 9 for Designer Purse Bingo, a fundraiser event to raise money for Frenchy's Kids Christmas Fund. The fun starts at 7 pm. Seating is limited, purchase tickets in advance.
Roaring 20s Triple B Bingo - Nov. 9
Join A Senior Retreat Adult Day Services for a fun evening of Bags, Bourbon and Brews (beer or coffee) at The Links at Heartland Golf Course on Thursday, November 9. Wear your favorite roaring 20's style fashion pieces and be ready for a night of fun! Doors open at 5:30 pm. Bingo starts at 6:30 pm. Cash bar on site and food available for purchase, as well as a silent action, a barrel of booze raffle, mystery bags raffle, door prices and more! Get your tickets in advance and don't leave early - there will also be a live auction for two purse and wallet combos! $40 per person or $275 per table (seats seven).
Second Friday Open Studios & Open Mic Night - Nov. 10
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. Don't miss Open Mic Night, taking place in the lower gallery space as well! Drop in any time between 6:00 and 8:30 pm on Nov. 10.
Artie Fest Holiday Craft Fair - Nov. 11
The Artie Fest Holiday Craft Fair will take place at Bell Intermediate Academy on November 11. This annual show features many of your favorite vendors from the summer Artie Fest event, plus a few more! With 70+ vendors this year, they've moved to a new, larger location! The show begins at 10 am and there will be food available on site as well.
Fables and Fairy Tales Holiday Open House: A Wonka Christmas - Nov. 11
Stop by everyone's favorite local independent book shop, Fables and Fairy Tales for a special holiday shopping event on Nov. 11 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. This year's Open House will have a fun and wacky Willy Wonka theme! Watch for upcoming story time events, too, if you have little ones!
Wood & Cotton Co. Christmas Open House - Nov. 11
Stop by Wood & Cotton Co. on Main Street in Martinsville to browse their holiday decor, apparel, home goods, bird houses and feeders, beautiful barnwood creations, custom artisan-crafted hats and more. They will host a Christmas Open House on November 11, from 10 am to 5 pm.
Mrs. Potts Tea Party - Nov. 11
Join the beloved characters from Beauty and the Beast for a Tea Party at Martinsville High School on Saturday, November 11. This fun event will delight kids of all ages as they get to interact with Mrs. Pots, Belle and other characters from the show while enjoying tea time!
Holiday Porch Pot Workshop - Nov. 16, 17, 29 & 30
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!
Willowfield Lavender Farm Annual Holiday Open House - Nov. 16-19
Join Willowfield Lavender Farm for their annual Holiday Open House, Nov. 16-19. 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!
Beauty & The Beast - Nov. 17-20
Enjoy the classic, romantic tale of Beauty and The Beast at the Martinsville High School Auditorium on November 17-20. Show time is 7 pm, except for Sundays when the curtain rises for an early matinee performance at 2 pm. This performance is by MHS students, accompanied by a live orchestra! Tickets will be available online or at the door.
Morgan County Habitat for Humanity Craft Fair - Nov. 18
The Morgan County Habitat for Humanity will host its annual Craft Fair on Saturday, November 18 from 8 am to 3 pm at the Morgan County Fairgrounds. There will be a variety of craft and artisan booths as well as food options on site.
Adventures with Paleontologist Steve Bodi - Nov. 18
The Mooresville Public Library presents local paleontologist Steve Bodi, of the Southern Indiana Paleontology Institute, based in Martinsville. Steve will talk about his experiences discovering dinosaur fossils in various locations, plus tell you all about the SIPI. Each attendee will receive a real dinosaur fossil from millions of years ago! Registration is required, but there is no cost for this program. The fossilized fun begins at 2 pm on November 18.
Live Music: Sisters Brew - Nov. 18
Cedar Creek Winery & Brew Co will present popular area musicians Sisters Brew on Saturday, November 18. This is a free show and all ages are welcome. If the weather's nice, come prepared for an outdoor show. If the weather's a bit iffy the music will take place inside the Tap Room, beginning at 4 pm.
Live Music: Rich Hardesty - Nov. 19
Cedar Creek Winery & Brew Co will present popular area musicians Rich Hardesty on Sunday, November 19. This is a free show and all ages are welcome. If the weather's nice, come prepared for an outdoor show. If the weather's a bit iffy the music will take place inside the Tap Room, beginning at 2 pm.
Tri Kappa Turkey Trot - Nov. 23
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. 25
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!
Small Business Saturday Brickhouse Marketplace - Nov. 25
Brickhouse on Main will host their annual Small Business Saturday Brickhouse Marketplace on Saturday, November 25, featuring a variety of local vendors who do not have a brick and mortar location, bringing them directly to consumers for the day! Be sure to stop in and shop local.
Small Business Saturday Makers Market - Nov. 25
The Art Sanctuary of Indiana will host their annual Small Business Saturday Makers Market, featuring a variety of vendor booths featuring local artisans selling handcrafted items of all kinds! Stop in and shop local.
Small Business Saturday Vendor Market - Nov. 25
In downtown Mooresville, 5 East on Main Street will host a local Small Business Saturday Vendor Market, featuring booths from a variety of locally based vendors and artisans. Additional downtown businesses will have specials that day as well!
Santa at Martinsville Candy Kitchen - Nov. 25
Santa Claus himself will make his first appearance at the Martinsville Candy Kitchen on Saturday, November 25. (Watch for another appearance on December 23.) The jolly old elf will be available to chat with kids of all ages from 2 to 4 pm. Cameras are welcome. Watch their Facebook page for candy pour times.
WCBK Christmas Parade - Nov. 25
Local area radio station WCBK will once again host their 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 Winter Wonderland Festival of Lights will kickoff, lighting up the park for the holiday season.
Winter Wonderland Festival of Lights - Nov. 25
The holiday lights at Martinsville's Jimmy Nash Park will come on for the season on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 25. 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 November 25 to New Year's to see the light displays.
Live Music: Phil Pierle - Nov. 26
Cedar Creek Winery & Brew Co will present popular area musician Phil Pierle on Sunday, November 19. This is a free show and all ages are welcome. If the weather's nice, come prepared for an outdoor show. If the weather's a bit iffy the music will take place inside the Tap Room, beginning at 4 pm.
Wine & Wreaths Workshop - Nov. 27
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 27. Tickets include a complementary glass of wine and all supplies to build your wreath and tasty desserts! Additional wine and dessert available for purchase on site. It's the perfect holiday themed girls' night out.