The weather is getting colder, but there's plenty to see and do in November in St. Louis. You can attend our annual film festival, enjoy a cocktail party at the St. Louis Zoo or do a little holiday shopping. Here are the top picks for things to do in November 2012 in St. Louis.
Ready to celebrate Cranksgiving? The annual event features hundreds of bicyclists collecting food for Food Outreach. The bike ride begins at 10 a.m., at Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood. There are 5, 10 and 25 mile routes. Last year's ride brought in more than 7,000 food items.
November 4, 2012
Movie buffs have the chance to see dozens of independent films at the 21st Annual St. Louis International Film Festival. The films are shown at the Tivoli Theatre, Plaza Frontenac and several other venues. Many of the filmmakers participate in discussions after the screenings. It doesn't matter if you're in the mood for a comedy, drama or documentary, the St. Louis International Film Festival has something for everyone.
November 8 - 18, 2012
The World Bird Sanctuary in Valley Park invites you to an evening adventure. Most weekends in November, you can go on an Owl Prowl. A WBS naturalist will teach visitors about owls and their unique calls. Then, you'll take a night hike through the grounds to see and call wild owls. Admission to the Owl Prowls is $9 for adults and $7 for children younger than 12. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 636-225-4390.
Fridays & Saturdays in November 2012
World Bird Sanctuary
Get into the Christmas spirit with a visit to the Way of Lights in Belleville. Drive through more than a million holiday lights spread out over a mile and a half. There's also a laser light show, petting zoo and a display filled with decorated Christmas trees. The Way of Lights is open daily from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. For information on other holiday lights, see Best Christmas Light Displays in the St. Louis Area.
November 16, 2012 - December 31, 2012
Our Lady of the Snows Shrine, Belleville, IL
Join the Young Zoo Friends for an upscale cocktail party in The Living World at the St. Louis Zoo. Guests will enjoy drinks, hors d'oeuvres and live entertainment by Fat Pocket and DJ Needles. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Members of the Young Zoo Friends get a $5 discount. Tickets are available in advance online or by calling 314-646-4771.
November 17, 2012
St. Louis Zoo
It's all aboard for some holiday fun at the Missouri Botanical Garden. The Garden is kicking off its holiday season with its "Gardenland Express" annual flower and train show. The show features model trains that wind their way though a miniature landscape filled with winter scenes and surrounded by poinsettias and other flowering plants. The display is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $5 a person.
November 21, 2012 - January 1, 2013
Missouri Botanical Garden
The Great River Road Run is one way to burn off some of those Thanksgiving calories. You can choose a two mile or ten mile course. Each takes you along one of the most scenic roads in the St. Louis area. Registration is $25 in advance or $35 the day of the race. After the run, check out the top sites in Alton.
November 24, 2012
For holiday gifts you won't find at your local mall, head over to Cahokia Mounds during the annual Indian Market Days. Native American artists will be selling jewelry, clothing, pottery and more.
November 23 - 25, 2012
Cahokia Mounds, Collinsville, IL