Our Picks: Top Things to Do with Kids in November

EpicFest, Disney Junior Holiday Party, and more
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See Eric Litwin, best-selling author of the original four “Pete the Cat” books, “The Nuts” and “Groovy Joe,” at EpicFest.

EpicFest | Nov. 9

EpicFest is Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s annual literary festival that connects families with authors and illustrators through activities that encourage reading. This year includes a groovy storytime and concert with Eric Litwin, original author of “Pete the Cat,” “The Nuts” and “Groovy Joe,” at noon and 2 p.m. The family festival includes a YA author panel, teen-writing workshops, face painting, and a Tap Snap photobooth. Family festival is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., followed by a YA author panel from 4 to 5 p.m. ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center, 300 E. 7th St. Free.


Carolina Renaissance Festival | Through Nov. 24

The Carolina Renaissance Festival is filled with charming cottages, castles, kitchens and pubs, all with simulated architecture of a 16th-century European village. In addition to the jousting, merriment and mayhem, experience the new Living Mermaid exhibit to see fairies of the sea swimming. The rain-or-shine festival is open on Saturdays and Sundays. Carolina Renaissance Festival, 16445 Poplar Tent Road, Huntersville. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $15-$26.


Disney Junior Holiday Party! on Tour | Nov. 18

This dazzling musical wonderland features singing and dancing to Disney Junior songs, along with holiday classics. See Disney friends, including Mickey and Minnie Mouse, the Puppy Dog Pals, Vampirina and more, plus a visit from Santa Claus. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. 6 p.m. $25. 704-372-1000.

Photo by Kyo H. Nam


Enjoy time with the family at the Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade. 

Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade | Nov. 28

The largest Thanksgiving Day parade in the Southeast steps off at Ninth and Tryon streets and marches south along Tryon Street to Stonewall Street with the main performance area in front of the Duke Energy building. Expect floats, larger-than-life balloons, Segwalloons, marching bands and performing acts. The parade is free, but VIP seating can be purchased for reserved seats along Tryon Street. 9 a.m.