While it’s still technically autumn until well into December, it’s hard not to get into the cozy winter (and holiday) spirit as November begins. This month is all about what’s happening on stage and on the big screen, from the St. Cloud film festival to concerts, radio theater, and musicals! Plus, holiday festivities begin with the annual Zonta Christmas House, gingerbread house decorating, Small Business Saturday, and more! Take a look at some of the top events listed below, and be sure to check out the full events calendar here to see what’s happening all month long!
Movie buffs unite: it’s time for the 9th annual St. Cloud Film Festival! This event promotes film and filmmakers by creating opportunities for education, production, and appreciation during an annual festival and through year-long outreach. From live action to animation, to documentary to experimental all film makers have a place and a voice at this film festival. Get your festival passes here and check out over 100 films in 8 days around St. Cloud!
Join Great Theatre and KVSC – 88.1 FM on November 2nd at 7 PM for the third annual radio play as they broadcast live from the Helgeson Learning Lab Theatre. Be part of the studio audience and hear the adventures of world-famous detective Sherlock Holmes and trusty sidekick Dr. Watson as they outwit London’s most nefarious criminals in a night of twists and turns. All tickets are only $10, get yours here!
Join local singer-songwriter, Michael Shynes every Tuesday (Oct – Dec) for a Mini Concert Series at The Pickled Loon. Shynes has worked to become one of the most sought-after acoustic performers and songwriters in the Midwest, performing from St. Cloud to California and writing music for a number of other artists. This is your chance to see him live in an intimate setting for an acoustic set – catch him every Tuesday through December! Sponsored by Beaver Island Brewing Company and Bernick’s. It is free to attend, and you can learn more here.
Whether you’re planning a fancy girls’ night with your fellow honky tonk angels or just looking for a great night out to dance and sing and experience a show at the Pioneer Place Theater, you will love this event! Take a break from your 9 to 5 and check out the music of female country greats like Reba, Martina, Loretta, Tammy and more, as long as you’re here for the party! Get your tickets here ASAP!
Originally from Duluth, Minnesota, this beloved folk band has gathered a loyal following – and for a good reason. Their bluegrass tunes have landed them at music festivals like Coachella and Lollapalooza, and even on the Billboard 200 pop charts. With music featuring a fiddle, mandolin, and banjo, they’ve developed a unique sound and continue to draw large crowds at every show they play. Their November 14th performance at the River’s Edge Convention Center is sure to be another great time with this unique and talented band. Get your tickets here now before they’re gone!
With a remarkable 30-year musical career, the BoDeans continue to rock with an adult alternative sound that has opened up for U2, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, and many more. Boasting multiple TV appearances as well as an induction in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and several chart-topping singles, they are still going strong and providing energetic performances at music festivals and concerts across the United States. Don’t miss this one-night-only performance at the Paramount Theater – tickets are available here.
Take part in this annual holiday tradition and support a deserving cause. The 30th Annual Zonta Christmas House is sure to be bigger and better than ever, with designers and decorators from all over the Greater St. Cloud Area coming together to put on a holiday decoration show unlike any other. This year’s home even features a classic car and motorcycle museum that will also be a part of the extensive display. Proceeds from the Christmas House benefit women’s organizations both locally and worldwide, so get your tickets now for this warm and fuzzy holiday event!
Need to get some holiday shopping done? You can now do so and support Minnesota-based companies at the Made in MN Expo! This fun event brings together Minnesota-made items and businesses for a day at the River’s Edge Convention Center to display their goods and services so you can shop local! Entrance into the show is free, and it runs from 10am to 4pm on November 23rd only, so don’t miss out! Find more info here.
Shop local while you drink local craft beer – sounds like the perfect day! The Beaver Island Holiday Market features over a dozen local artists and vendors for you to shop while you sip. Plus, for every $15 you spend at the market, you will be entered to win awesome prizes given away throughout the event – but you must be present to win! Learn more and view the full list of vendors here.
Bring the whole family out for a morning of fitness and fun before your Thanksgiving feast! The annual Wishbone 5k is back, and this year the first 5,000 registrants will receive a branded winter pom hat! You can register as an individual for only $5, or register a family of up to 4 people for only $10! Take part in the Little Turkeys Kids 1K, the 5k run, or the 2-mile walk, and enjoy healthy snacks and beverages afterwards from Bernick’s and Coborns. Sign up now!
If smiling is your favorite and you consider candy a food group, you will love the silly holiday fun of ELF: The Musical! Taking stage with GREAT Theatre at the Paramount from November 29 – December 8, this modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF. This show is great for kids and adults alike, so plan a holiday adventure and get your tickets now!
Small Business Saturday is a chance for locally owned businesses to shine during the holiday season, and the Shop Small Crawl is just one event that helps them do so! Taking place in St. Joseph from 10am – 5pm, you do not want to miss this art crawl/shopping spree. Venues including Bruno Press, Bad Habit Brewing, Local Blend, Minnesota Street Market, Milk & Honey Ciders, and the Estates Bed & Breakfast will 15 different artists, including two young emerging artists! Come armed with your Christmas list and stay tuned for more exciting details here.
Support the locally owned small businesses and restaurants of Downtown St. Cloud for Small Business Saturday! Nearly every location, both retail and restaurant, are running deals, specials, games, and more all day long. There will also be TWO makers markets featuring pop-up shops from local artists and crafters. Come with your Christmas list and some friends and get ready to shop ’til you drop and also support local business owners! Check back here for more info and to start making plans!
All the festive holiday fun, none of the mess and headache! Let Cold Spring Bakery do the baking, setup, and cleanup, and you just come and decorate! Each session includes an assembled house along with icing, candy, and inspiration to get you going! Come armed with some creativity and a pinch of holiday spirit, and you’ll have a great time! Tickets are available here for multiple session dates and times, reserve your spot now!
Hairball is coming to the St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center for a Bombastic Celebration of Arena Rock! Hairball is a Rock & Roll experience you won’t forget. A band puts on a concert – Hairball puts on an event! The lights, sound, video screens, smoke, fire, blood, bombs, confetti, spiders, snakes & monsters and the screaming hoards of rabid Hairball fans create an event – an event that hits you so hard, it’ll take a few days to recover! Get your tickets and get ready to rock!