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15 Amazing Things To Do In Houston This November

By Colby Smith

15 Amazing Things To Do In Houston This November

Fall is in full force and the holidays are around the corner. Here’s what the city’s got cooking for the month of November.

Pending the decision today, whether your drinking tonight (and many subsequent nights) will be celebratory or the drown-out-all-sorrows type; whether your eating habits this month will be on par with the holidays or predominately stress-based; and if the holidays force you to spend time with your family, how to go about doing that in such a way that involves the least amount of talking about the present state of politics: this list will point you in the right direction in Houston this November. [Featured image: @csfoto via Unsplash]

1. Experience A Magical Candlelight Concert

Photo credit: @Khanh Nguyen

You can still experience an absolutely magical (and safe) autumn here in Houston, and part of that is thanks to the amazing outdoor spaces the city has to offer. Luckily, Fever Originals is bringing its wildly popular Candlelight concert series to a beautiful open-air venue for the season.

2-3. Catch The Holiday Light Shows

The festive event returns for another year to bring some much needed cheer to the holiday season. Every year the Houston Zoo hosts a dazzling light spectacle for the City of Houston. This year, the zoo will continue its tradition from November 14 – January 10, 2021.

  • From November 11 to January 3, Decatur, Frisco, and Weatherford will light up with Radiance! Created by the Peerless Production Group, Radiance! is a drive-thru experience that expands for over a mile, taking visitors around 20 to 30 minutes to complete. While cruising through animated RBG light tunnels and dazzling lighting fixtures on either side of the car, visitors tune in to their station to keep calm and carol on.

4. Hop On A Luxury Jet To Dallas

On November 20, commuters can streamline their commute from Houston to Dallas in luxurious fashion. Dallas-based startup, JSX is preparing to launch their Simpli-Fly program that allows travelers to hop on a flight from Houston to Dallas for less than $100, with expedited boarding and de-boarding procedures.

5. Get Your Ticket To Hogwarts

Wands at the ready, wizards. Get your brooms out of the closet and don your house colors for a new Harry-Potter-inspired pop-up bar has just opened up in Houston at 711 Main Street. This year’s been, shall we say, less than magical. But you can still your ticket to Hogwarts this year when you take the (metro) train down to the new Muggle-Less Bar in Houston!

6. Take A Trip Down To The Largest Indoor Waterpark In America

Kalahair Resorts & Conventions are making waves as the “World’s Coolest Indoor Waterparks”. With locations in the Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania, Sandusky, Ohio, and Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, the resorts are bringing their tidal wave of fun to Round Rock, Texas this November.

7. Stop By Amsterdam Coffee Co. For A Pick-Me-Up

Housed in a 1900’s Dutch Colonial, the coffee shop and CBD dispensary features a Euro-contemporary design with vaulted ceilings, sleek furniture, and an open-access bar concept. It also has a front and back patio for lounging, live music, and other events when the time comes. The coffee shop offers your typical coffee house amenities of assorted coffee, specialty drinks such as a vegan Red Velvet Latte, 9 Spice Chai, and Matcha Green Tea Latte, and teas. Future plans are to add beer and wine to the menu.

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8. Rent Out A Theater For Your And Your Friends

When it comes to movies in theaters, you never know who is going to be in that crowd with you… until now. Get the best of both worlds: the big screen, and a hand-selected audience to enjoy it with at Alamo Drafthouse by renting your own private Alamo!

9. Nosh On Fruity Pebble French Toast

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Don’t give in to the banality of growing up. Let your youth loose with a brunch burger made of chocolate donut and Fruity Pebble French Toast at the Bosscat Kitchen & Libations.

10. Transport Yourself To A Madrileña Discoteca

The city of Madrid worships the sun. On warm summery days the terraces fill with Madrileños enjoying their tapas, tortillas, and patatas bravas while bathing in the Spanish sun. Though they love the day, the city lives for the night. Once the sun goes down and the neon lights turn on, the night turns into a vortex of cocktails, cañas, and dancing that doesn’t stop until the sun returns. If you’re looking for a taste of Spanish cuisine, with the sight, sound, and feel of Madrilenian nightlife, MAD Houston is your ticket.

11. Sneak Into A Super Sweet Speakeasy

Clutch, the owners of the Concrete Cowboy, Clutch Bar, and a host of establishments in other US cities, have just opened the doors of the Sugar Room on Washington Avenue. The cocktail lounge hidden inside a local bakery features a glamorous selection of drinks as well as tasty treats.

12. Get Second Breakfast At The Hobbit Hole

Photo credit: @shelbie.mariee

You don’t have to journey all the way out to Mordor to enliven your Tolkien-esque fantasies. Here in Houston, just southwest of Montrose is The Hobbit Café. Since 1972, the café has served all the hobbits, elves, wizards, and dwarves the best food Middle Earth, Houston has to offer.

13. Sip On A Latte Art Masterpiece

Photo credit: @nancyhelen

Sycamore Grounds Coffee House in Houston offers lattes topped off with foamy masterpieces that you’d rather frame than imbibe. Sycamore Grounds Coffee House in Pasadena offers hand-crafted coffee concoctions with an assortment of yummy pastries and baked goods.

14. Get Your Game On

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Video games are taking over the world. Join the virtual takeover at Katy’s new epic 90,000 sq. ft. gaming center — Andretti Indoor Karting & Games.Andretti Indoor Karting & Games has finally opened its doors in Katy. The new epic entertainment center features –*deep breath* — cutting-edge virtual reality and gaming technology, a massive arcade, a two-story laser tag arena, (soon to be) nine high-tech holes of mini-golf, three levels of go-kart racetrack, multiple dining options, and, last but not least, two locked and loaded bars.

15. Experience A Psychedelic Odyssey Only Accessible By Train

Photo via Hermann Park’s website

The train ride in Hermann Park begins as ordinary as would be expected in any urban park. Fair, pleasant, mild. The miniature Dr. Jack Express train picks you up from Kinder Station and takes you on an 18-minute trip around the park. It engines along, giving you pleasing views of the Miller Outdoor Theatre, Japanese Garden, and the Jones Reflection Pond. When suddenly, you are plunged into Destination Mound Town: a tunnel of mind-altering artwork from another universe.