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20 Can’t Miss Events in November

Fall Train Rides, Festivals, 5Ks, Hockey and More

November in NEPA is all about making that turn toward the holidays. Sure, we still got a little foliage to see. And we’re still polishing off all that Halloween candy. But old man winter is right around the corner. And he’s bringing all that awesome cold-weather fun we’ve kept locked away in our brains. It’s about time to officially flip the switch.

It’s a go for holiday lights, heated igloo reservations, ice hockey, knit hats, dreams of turkey and stuffing and chilly weekend hikes. If that’s not enough, check out our comprehensive local events calendar. And if even that ain’t enough, here’s a convenient list of can’t miss events happening this month.

November Events in NEPA

  • Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway Ride

    Throughout November

    Catch a few last glimpses at NEPA’s beautiful fall foliage on a Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway Ride. Hop on a vintage train and take in the autumnal sights of the Lehigh River, Glen Onoko Falls and many more picturesque locations.

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  • Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

    November 1, 3, 4, 11, 15 & 29

    Don’t miss the hot November action on the ice at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pens host six home matchups with Providence Bruins, Hershey Bears (X3), Belleville Senators and the Syracuse Crunch.

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  • First Friday Scranton

    November 3

    Art of various media fills Downtown Scranton every First Friday. Stroll the Electric City streets to catch galleries and live shows in some of the area’s most popular restaurants, businesses and cafés.

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  • ThanksLiving Celebration 2023

    November 4

    Stop by Indraloka Animal Sanctuary for this special Thanksgiving feast designed specifically for the turkeys and other sanctuary birds. After the feast, guests enjoy a plant-based meal, live music, raffles, a silent auction and more.

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  • Alejam 2023

    November 4

    Kick off the winter fun a little early at this popular annual, parking lot snowboarding event at Susquehanna Brewing Company in Pittston. Enjoy live bands inside the brewery, sick snowboarding on the soggy snow in the lot and so much more.

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  • Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine’s 15th Annual Turkey Trot

    November 5

    Lace up those sneakers and sign up for this annual November tradition in Scranton to benefit the Friends of the Poor’s yearly Thanksgiving Dinner. The day includes both a 5K and 10K walk/run.

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  • Downtown Wilkes-Barre Restaurant Week

    November 6 – 12

    Plan an entire week of incredible, discounted dinners all over the Diamond City’s downtown dining scene. Enjoy plenty of dine-in or take-out options at some of NEPA’s favorite local restaurants all week long.

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  • Lonestar

    November 10

    Make your way to Mount Airy Casino Resort in Mount Pocono for an evening to remember with this legendary country music act. Since the early 90s, Lonestar has been topping the charts with instant country classics and now they’re bringing them live to NEPA.

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  • Rhythm & Brews Festival - Montage Mountain - DiscoverNEPA

    Rhythm & Brews Festival

    November 11

    Head out to Montage Mountain Resorts in Moosic for the return of this rockin’ annual festival celebrating both live music and craft beer. Enjoy beers and ciders from over 40 incredible breweries and music by three amazing tribute bands.

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  • SPCA 9th Annual Bone Appetit

    November 12

    Stop by The Woodlands in Wilkes-Barre for this amazing local event benefitting the SPCA of Luzerne County. The event features food tastings presented by local restaurants, live music, basket raffles and more.

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  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

    November 15 – 19

    Spend an ominous evening being transported to the cold streets of Victorian London with this thrilling production of the dark Sondheim classic by the students at Scranton Preparatory School in Scranton.

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  • Truffle Wine Dinner

    November 17

    Explore an elegant Italian dinner menu at The Settlers Inn in Hawley featuring gorgeous dishes inspired by Urbani Truffles and Pio Cesare Wines. The evening’s pairings will be prepared by James Beard Award-Winning Chef, Kevin Gaudreau of Beech Restaurant in Jamestown, RI.

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  • Soaring Eagles 5K Walk/Run

    November 18

    Bundle up and head to Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre for this annual 5K Walk/Run to benefit the Northeastern Pennsylvania Council, Boy Scouts of America’s Brian H. Swatt Memorial Eagle Scout Scholarship.

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  • Wilkes-Barre’s Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony

    November 18

    Kick off the holiday season in Downtown Wilkes-Barre at the popular annual Christmas Parade. Enjoy exciting floats, marching bands, live music, vendors and finish it all off by stopping on Public Square for the Tree Lighting and maybe a Santa spotting.

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  • Times Tower Lighting

    November 22

    Join the guy in the big, red suit in Downtown Scranton for this popular holiday tradition featuring fireworks, food vendors, music and the lighting of the Electric City’s iconic Times Building.

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  • Festival of Lights

    November 22

    Kick off the holiday season with dazzling lights and festive displays at Stone Hedge Golf Course. From the night before Thanksgiving through New Years Day, this drive-thru experience has become a beloved NEPA holiday tradition.

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  • Winterfest

    November 24 & 25

    Get a little early holiday shopping done at this walkable winter market on the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds. Shop at over 200 craft vendors, local wineries and breweries. Enjoy refreshments from multiple food vendors, visits with Santa and the popular Parade of Lights.

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  • Pioneer Tunnel Coal Region Christmas Train

    November 24-26

    Join Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine and Steam Train in Ashland for a special Christmas experience. Take a ride around the mountain in an open car steam locomotive and meet with Santa and his elves.

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  • Jurassic World Live

    November 24 – 26 (Multiple showtimes per day)

    Experience the wild world of dinosaurs at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre with this spectacular live action, edge-of-your-seat thriller. Join a team of scientists, T-Rex, Blue the Raptor and more in this truly exciting journey into a lost world.

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  • Debbie Gibson’s Winterlicious: An Evening of Holiday and Hits

    November 25

    Get to Mount Airy Casino Resort in Mount Pocono for an evening of holiday music and classic hits from the iconic 80s chart topper. The 21+ event will feature re-worked classics and plenty of your favorites from the ageless superstar.

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