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What to Do in Washington in November

Winter is coming…and so are a lot of craft fairs and beer festivals.

By Sophia Struna

This November event leads guided peeks into Puget Sound's underwater world.

Somehow the end of the year always arrives a bit too fast, but fortunately we have plenty to distract us with a Girl Scout cookie festival (with beer) and a Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert to tiptoe into the holiday spirit.

The Nightmare Before Christmas Ball

November 4

It's holiday romance meets seedy, animated horror meets…musical? Whether or not you’re a fan or have any semblance of Tim Burton’s cult classic 1993 film, The Nightmare Before Christmas, your chance to walk into the fantasy has come to Kennewick. The semi-formal (on-brand costumes get bonus points) ball based on the movie is packed with activities, from dance performances to photos with Jack Skellington’s least favorite guy (yes, sorry Santa, that’s you) to a silent auction. 

Snohomish Brewfest

November 5

The Snohomish Brewfest plans to hold true to its motto, “small town, big taste.” Specialty tasting classes, countless craft drinks, and food are all offered during the festivities on Thomas Family Farm, and the entirety of the proceeds goes toward the Snohomish Senior Center.

Craft Beer and Cookie Festival

November 5

Samoas and a coconut porter anyone? While cookie and beer pairings might already sound enticing, the Craft Beer and Cookie Festival isn’t serving up any regular old cookies. The Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho have made a fundraiser for the consumption of their cookies alongside a brew in the Tri-Cities. While the event is put on by the little ones in green vests spotted with varying skill patches, this event is for those 21 and up. Sorry, kids—mom and dad aren’t sharing the Thin Mints this year. 

Hops on the Rock: Orcas Island Beer Fest

November 12

More than 25 local breweries and cideries will hitch a ferry ride to Orcas Island for a day of celebrating to the tune of a brisk and hoppy brew. With highlights like Tieton Cider Works, Stemma Brewing Co., and even Seattle stalwart Fremont Brewing, the festival promises different beer-themed events at several local eateries and watering holes.

27th Annual Fall Folk Festival

November 12 & 13

Sorry, Swifties. The Spokane Folklore Society is sadly not putting on a celebration of Taylor Swift’s Grammy-winning eighth studio album. Rather, this year marks the organization's 27th celebration of everything from crafts and specialty dancing to roughly 100 different musical groups performing in a flurry of varying styles. In just two days, the festival sees up to 5,000 people stop by and take part.

Pier Peer at Boston Harbor Marina

November 19

Olympia’s stretch of sizable wooden docks might not seem like a late-night hot spot, but for the Puget Sound Estuarium, it definitely is. As evening hits, trained biologists, estuarium staff, and volunteers guide up-close encounters with creatures roaming beneath the surface in Puget Sound. Microscopes, investigations, and a special light are used to investigate the company of anything lurking on the ocean floor as you peer into the harbor.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Ghosts of Christmas Eve

November 25 

Popular carols get paired with a crooning electric guitar and double bass pedal when the Trans-Siberian Orchestra plays holiday classics. The group's unique brand of rock and roll mixed with joyful jingle bells arrives in Spokane, giving a fiery orchestral take on your grandparent's favorite ditties.

Lincoln Winter Market

November 26

Craft fairs, holiday shows, and winter markets are some of the best parts of the final months of the year. For one Olympia elementary school, the Lincoln Winter Market has become a special decade-long way for the community to join students and their families in sharing their handmade crafts. Local businesses will also support with food and drinks, and even a few buskers are set to join in for added entertainment as you stroll through the roughly 65 varying vendors.

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