Despite the arrival of chilly weather, November brings us festivals, food and lots of fun. Explore Baltimore’s most eclectic festival of the year or learn how to impress your Thanksgiving guests with the ability to pair their favorite dishes with the perfect glass of wine.

Zip up your coats and check out our top 5 event picks for November.

Charm City Fringe Festival

Charm City Fringe Festival (Handout photo)

Charm City Fringe Festival

Step out of your comfort zone and into Baltimore’s most eclectic festival of the year. Over its 11-day run, enjoy theater performances that will make you laugh, think and connect with your community. Watch as directors and performers experiment with unconventional ideas to provide audiences with new eye-opening experiences. Bromo Seltzer Arts District, Nov. 1-11.




JBIZ Meet-Up

Enjoy cocktails, food and prizes as you participate in this new approach to networking with Jmore and Treble Network. You’ll leave with meaningful connections to community, businesses and professional leaders. Come meet-up, eat-up and drink-up. Renaissance Fine Arts, Nov. 7, 6-8:30 p.m.




Deborah Tannen

Deborah Tannen opens the Festival of Jewish Literature, which runs Nov. 8-18 around Baltimore. (Photo by Jonathan Timmes)

Festival of Jewish Literature

Calling all readers and writers, come celebrate your love of the written word during this inaugural festival. Throughout locations across Baltimore, find a plethora of readings, comedy and kid-friendly fun. Celebrate everything literary and some of your favorite Jewish authors, including Deborah Tannen, Marc Dollinger, Amy Davis, Deborah R. Weiner and Joan Nathan. Various locations, Nov. 8-18.

Also see: Author Deborah Tannen Kicks Off Festival of Jewish Literature




Red wine

Red wine (Photo courtesy Flickr Creative Commons)

Binology 102: A Guide to Wine and Food Pairing Thanksgiving Edition

Learn how to pair your favorite Thanksgiving dishes with just the right glass of wine. Bin 604’s holiday-themed pairing class will help you pass as an oenophile and leave your holiday guests thoroughly impressed — even hard-to-please Aunt Edna. Bin 604, Nov. 17, 2-3:30 p.m.






AVAM’s Bazaart (Photo from Facebook)

Bazaart Holiday Art Market

A unique shopping experience is popping up just in time for Chanukah. This annual holiday market features paintings, sculptures, metalwork, jewelry and more handmade items from regional artists. Find lots of original creations for the people on your “nice” list this season. AVAM, Nov. 23-24