The best part about being a new parent is that no one invites you to things; the worst part about being a new parent is that no one invites you to things. As our daughter (now four months old) gets into more of a routine, my wife and I are starting to “get out there” more and re-establish our status as social human beings. While searching for November events I was happy to see that as the temperature drops, there are even more excuses to drop the hibernation routine and hit the town. I’ll cheers to that.

 

shrINK Underground Fitness Bootcamp

November 1 — 6:15 p.m. — 300 Harrison Ave.. — The shrINK bootcamp series has been whipping Boston into shape since the awesome and artful Underground at Ink Block opened. As the season draws to a close, don’t miss one of your last chances in 2017 to take a free class from Boston fitness gurus Lauren Hefez, Meghan Fitzgerald and Chad Flahive. Come ready to sweat and bring your own mat. (Please note: tonight’s workout has been moved to the Ink Block lobby (300 Harrison Ave.) due to cold temperatures.) Free with registration.

 

10th Annual Speed Networking Event

November 2 — 6 p.m. — Workbar Boston — Net Impact’s Boston Professional Chapter invites you to Workbar Boston for their signature speed networking event and the opportunity to hear VIP guest speakers share stories about their careers in sustainability and corporate social responsibility. The event is organized in speed networking style with attendees rotating in small groups to engage in open discussions with VIP guests, while still leaving plenty of time to mix and mingle with other attendees. Some of the confirmed VIP guests for November 2 include Nigel Jacob, Co-Chair of the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, Mindy Gomes-Casseres, Senior Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility at Panera Bread, and Nidhi Gulati, Program Manager of the Emerald Network initiative for the LivableStreets Alliance. $25.

 

Down The Road Beer Co. Grand Opening Party

November 3 — 5:30 p.m. — 199 Ashland St., Everett — Down the Road Beer has been a delicious addition to the local craft beer scene and they are throwing open the doors to their brand new space with as massive party. The new taproom is located in Everett (across the street from what will be the Wynn Boston Harbor Casino) and features dozens of taplines, a retro pinball arcade, and space for more than 200 people. Let us rejoice. Free.

 

ILLUMINUS 2017

November 3 — 6 p.m. — Downtown Crossing — Boston’s nighttime art festival moves from SoWa to Downtown Crossing to project thoughtful and imaginative works onto a whole new canvas. Free and open to the public, ILLUMINUS will bring its large-scale projection mapping, interactive digital projects, immersive installations, and more to the heart of the city. This year’s edition will run from the intersection of Winter and Tremont Street down into Summer street and several blocks of Washington Street. Get your Instagram and Snapchat ready. Free.

 

SoWa First Fridays

November 3 — 5 p.m. — 450 Harrison Ave., Boston — The SoWa Open Market closed out it’s 2017 season last weekend, but there are still plenty of reasons to head to Boston’s most artistic hood. More than 80 artists will open their doors and display their work at the November First Fridays. There’s plenty of free parking and plenty of great restaurants to hit after you’ve taken in some culture and peeped some galleries. Free.

 

Museum of Fine Arts Artisan Market and Book Sale

November 4  and 5 — 11 a.m. — Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave. — If you’re like me and love to procrastinate buying presents for the holidays, do yourself a favor and head to the MFA November 4 and 5. At the museum’s first ever Artisan Market and Book Sale, you’ll find items from more than a dozen local jewelry, fashion, and other artisans, plus unique gifts and bargain books. If you’re an MFA member, you’ll also get an additional 10% of all items. The market will be located in the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art and is free with Museum admission.

 

Fenway Park Spartan Race Sprint

November 4 and 5 — 7 a.m. — Fenway Park — For the sixth time, you’re invited to see Fenway like you’ve never seen it before. Participants will traverse more than 20 challenges and obstacles and gain unprecedented access to previously closed off areas of America’s Most Beloved Ballpark. Clocking in at a little more three miles, the Fenway Sprint is Spartan’s shortest race but tough enough for those looking to see how far they can push themselves. $169.

 

Brunch Fit w/ Pure Barre + Catalyst Restaurant

November 5 — 10 a.m. — 300 Technology Sq., Cambridge — Looking to tone your body and indulge in some of the best brunch food in the area in one fell swoop? Have I got an event for you. Brunches of Boston is turning Catalyst’s huge event space into its very own barre studio, where one of Pure Barre’s highly trained instructor’s will take you through a 55-minute, full-body workout. Immediately following the workout, attendees will head to a separate dining area where they can choose any meal they want from a special Brunch Fit menu and enjoy a complimentary Michelob Ultra. Bonus: it’s a Patriots bye week so you can make this the first stop on a #SundayFunday. $39.

 

Election Day

November 7 — Polls open at 7 a.m. — It’s not a party, it’s real life. Boston’s municipal elections will be held November 7 and no matter who you are voting for, I implore you to get out and VOTE! In addition to voting for mayor, Bostonians will also decide several important city council races. Remember: you can’t complain if you don’t participate.

 

Karson & Kennedy’s Toy Jam

November 7 — 6:30 p.m. — Paradise Rock Club — The most entertaining radio show in Boston has a lot of fun while doing good, and that continues with their fourth annual Toy Jam at The Paradise. Rock band The Revivalists will play a free concert, and your ticket into the show is a new, unwrapped toy that will be given to a local boy or girl to help make their holidays brighter. Doing good doesn’t get any easier.

 

BostInno’s 50 on Fire

November 9 — 7 p.m. — The Revere Hotel — Join BostInno at their year-end awards celebration recognizing the city’s inventors, disruptors, luminaries, and newsmakers across all industries. New this year, BostInno will unveil “Inno Blazers” in each category. The Inno Blazer is a special designation given to the company or person who is the hottest winner in their category. 50 on Fire will be a night to remember with delicious food, drink, and networking with Boston’s best and brightest. $100.

 

Young Women of Excellence Breakfast

November 15 — 7 a.m. — Colonnade Hotel — Join Youth Villages for a breakfast in support of the girls and young women served at Youth Villages-Germaine Lawrence Campus and in their community-based YVLifeSet program. The breakfast will highlight a young woman who has overcome struggles and found success, and the keynote speaker is Vanessa Diffenbaugh, best-selling author of “The Language of Flowers” and a member of Youth Villages’ national board of directors. $100.

 

Friendsgiving Feasts in Seaport’s Action Kitchen

November 17-19 and November 24-26 — Seaport Boston Hotel — The Seaport Hotel wants to help Bostonians host the “Friendsgiving” feast of their dreams by offering the opportunity to host to 23 friends to the Seaport Hotel’s state-of-the-art Action Kitchen. During the private, interactive and collaborative cooking experience, Executive Chef Richard Rayment will guide the group through the process of bringing their prix fixe menu to life and afterwards, guests can sit down to enjoy their meal in the intimate dining room and reap the rewards of their handiwork with perfectly paired wines. Best of all? No dishes to do. $90 per guest.

 

Camp Harbor View Citython 5K

November 18 — 9 a.m. — Boston Common —  Camp Harbor View, which serves 900 young adolescents from Boston’s at-risk neighborhoods through two four-week summer camp sessions on Long Island, presents a 5K for beginner and elite runners alike. The Citython course, designed by famed Boston Marathon race director Dave McGillivray, will take runners through the Back Bay and Kenmore neighborhoods, via Comm Ave. After the race, runners can enjoy the awards ceremony and brunch on Boston Common. $50.

 

Holiday Trellis Lighting

November 20 — 5 p.m. — Columbus Park — Mayor Walsh, the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park, and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department are hosting the 15th annual lighting of the park’s signature trellis. Bring the family and watch as the park and it’s signature trellis are transformed into a winter wonderland. While there, enjoy cookies and hot chocolate compliments of the Long Wharf Marriott and clam chowder compliments of Joe’s American Bar & Grill. Singers and musicians from North End Music and Performing Arts Center will also be performing and Santa Claus just might make an appearance. Free.  

 

20th Annual Boston Volvo Village Thanksgiving 5K Road Race

November 23 — 7:30 a.m. — 75 North Beacon Street, Brighton — Runners from across the area will lace up their sneakers at Ray Ciccolo’s Boston Volvo Village for the 20th Annual 5K Road Race. The 5K has become a fixture among Boston running events over the last two decades, attracting more than 1,000 runners each year—both serious and recreational. The race kicks off at Boston Volvo Village, winds through the streets of Brighton, and concludes back at the dealership. Proceeds will benefit the Greater New England Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, which supports nearly 21,000 New Englanders living with MS. $25.

 

GrownUp StoryTime

November 29 — 7 p.m. — Aeronaut Brewing Company, 14 Tyler St., Somerville — If you miss the drowsy bliss of storytime as a kid, you’ll want to head to Aeronaut on November 29. GrownUp StoryTime is an hour of funny, heartwarming, crazy, amazing stories read aloud amongst strangers. This storytime is just like you remember except the warm milk has been replaced by with craft brews. The group takes short (fact, fiction, and everything in between) stories written by the community, hands them to local performers, and hilarity and/or poignant storytelling ensues. Free.