November in Howard County, Maryland, is a time of enchanting festivities and opportunities for family fun. As the fall season transitions into the holiday spirit, this charming county offers many events and activities to keep you entertained. We've gathered some exciting events, from holiday celebrations to live music, craft markets, and wellness activities. So, let's dive into the delightful offerings this November!

Holiday Events

Festive Families: A Walk through the Festival of Lights

  • Date: November 26, 2023
  • Time: 5:30 - 8:30 pm
  • Location: Merriweather Symphony of Lights
  • Tickets: $14 in advance only, children 3 and under free.
  • Details: Join us for this signature holiday event and immerse yourself in the dazzling Festival of Lights in Merriweather. Strollers and wagons are welcome, but please leave your furry friends at home (except service dogs).

Symphony of Lights 2020

Symphony of Lights

Savage Yuletide Festival

  • Dates: Saturdays and Sundays, November 25 – December 24
  • Location: Inside and Outside Savage Mill
  • Details: This market is a treasure trove of holiday gift items, featuring artisans with unique jewelry, pottery, candles, handbags, and much more. It's the perfect place to find that special something for your loved ones.

Shop Small with Savage Mill

  • Date: Saturday, November 25, 10 am
  • Details: Celebrate #SmallBusinessSaturday with the grand opening of the Holiday Makers Market at Savage Mill. Enjoy performances from local musicians, special offers from unique locally-owned shops, pictures with Santa, and a chance to win a free Savage Mill Gift Card. Don't miss the special guest appearance and free apple cider for everyone!

Shop Small in Historic Ellicott City

  • Date: Saturday, November 25, 10 am
  • Details: Shop for a precious, one-of-a-kind gift at 80+ resilient small businesses offering local art & ceramics, handmade jewelry, trend & classic fashion, fresh modern housewares, gourmet foods, toys & games for young and old, record albums, wines & spirits, antique treasures, and experiences like ghost tours & axe throwing!

Su Casa Holidays

Su Casa

Clarksville Commons Thanksgiving Market

  • Date: November 18th
  • Details: Enjoy a special Thanksgiving Market featuring a variety of food and crafts. It's an excellent opportunity to start your holiday shopping early.

Live Music

Howard County is known for its thriving music scene. This November, get cozy and unwind with local musicians at various venues, including Stained Glass Pub in Elkridge, Dive Bar and Grille in Savage, The Collective Encore, Busboys and Poets, Alexandra's American Fusion Restaurant, and the classic favorite, The Reagan Years at Turf Valley Resort. Be sure to check event listings for details on performances and timings.

Family-Friendly Fun

Howard County Crafts Spectacular

  • Date: November 3-5
  • Location: Howard County Fairgrounds
  • Details: Explore the craftsmanship of 375 artisans in various categories at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship. Doors open at 9 am each day, so be sure to arrive early to discover unique handcrafted treasures.

Miracle on 34th Street at Toby's Dinner Theater

  • Dates: Throughout November until December 31
  • Details: Experience excellent live theater performances and indulge in a delightful dining experience with this holiday classic. Various showtimes are available, so plan your visit accordingly.


Unleash your creative side with workshops throughout the county. Learn bead design at Bead Soup, create a beautiful Christmas wreath at Mary's Land Farm, or craft a DIY seasonal tray at Columbia Board & Brush. Dates and times vary, so you can choose the activity that suits your schedule.

Craft Beverage

Manor Hill Brewing offers an array of craft beverage experiences. Join in for the First Friday+Purple Friday event on November 3rd for a Ravens-themed day, or savor the I Got Your Six Veterans Day Release on November 11. For a unique experience, don't miss Goat Yoga on November 19 (ages 8+).


Stay healthy and balanced in November with events like the Clarksville Farmer's Market on November 4th and a Balancing Blood Sugar workshop at Mary's Land Farm. Enjoy the beauty of the fall foliage by taking a hike in locations like Patapsco Valley State Park and other parks and playgrounds around the county.

Patapsco Valley State Park in Fall

Patapsco Valley State Park

Stay Overnight

To fully immerse yourself in the November magic of Howard County, consider staying overnight at one of the local hotels, including Comfort Suites Columbia Gateway. This way, you can make the most of your visit and explore all the wonderful experiences the county has to offer.

Howard County, Maryland, is the place to be in November. With a mix of holiday festivities, live music, family-friendly events, workshops, and wellness activities, there's something for everyone. So, gather your loved ones and make the most of this delightful time in Howard County. Don't forget to check the events page for more details and plan your visit today!