Fun Things to Do in NJ in November: Art, Comedy and More

Looking for ways to enjoy New Jersey this November? Check out these events, including colorful comedy and spectacular shows.

Terence Blanchard
Trumpeter Terence Blanchard is one of the legendary headliners of the 11th annual TD James Moody Jazz Festival. Photo by Cedric Angeles

Looking for fun this November? Check out these events and activities happening all over New Jersey.

Please note that all schedules are subject to change; visit each venue’s website for more information.

Art

Musically Timed: Continental Clock Makers and Their Markets
Nov 4
Morris Museum’s “Musically Timed” exhibition features extravagant musical clocks from the 18th to early 19th centuries. Open Wednesday-Sunday, 11 am-5 pm; $8-$12. Morris Museum, Morristown. morrismuseum.org

Threads of Time & Wisdom: Chilean & Guatemalan Fiber Arts
Thru Nov 13
This is the last month to see traditional textiles from Chilean Mapuche and Guatemalan Mayan weavers on display at the Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center. Thursday-Sunday, 11 am-4 pm; General Admission $7-$12. WheatonArts, Millville. wheatonarts.org

Shipwreck art

Artist Alexis Rockman wants viewers to consider how shipwrecks impact all life. Photo courtesy of Princeton University Art Museum

Alexis Rockman: Shipwrecks
Thru Nov 27
This month is your last chance to see the “Alexis Rockman: Shipwrecks” exhibit in Princeton. Rockman, a New York-based artist, depicts infamous shipwrecks in history and encourages viewers to consider the impact wrecks have on all life, beyond just humans. Open Tuesday-Sunday, hours vary. [email protected], Princeton. artmuseum.princeton.edu

Comedy

Headshot of comedian Kevin James

Laugh with Kevin James at the New Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) this month. Photo courtesy of NJPAC

Kevin James
Nov 4
The Emmy-nominated comedian has starred in numerous hit comedy films the past two decades, including Grown Ups, Paul Blart: Mall Cop and I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry. This month, the King of Queens is bringing his stand-up act to Newark. 8 pm; $49-$129. New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark. njpac.org

Lewis Black

Lewis Black is heading to State Theatre New Jersey this month. Photo courtesy of Joey L./ACLU

Lewis Black
Nov 18
Known as a contributor on The Daily Show and as the voice of Anger in Pixar’s Inside Out, Lewis Black is taking his comedic rants on the road for his Off the Rails tour. 8 pm; $39-$154. State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick. stnj.org

See comedian Jim Gaffigan perform in Atlantic City. Photo: Shutterstock/Eugene Powers

Jim Gaffigan
Nov 25
The Emmy-winning and Grammy-nominated comedian is known for his “clean” comedy act. Gaffigan is hitting the road to recount more of his observations on fatherhood, religion and food. 7-10 pm; $47-$576. Borgata Event Center, Atlantic City. borgata.mgmresorts.com

Music

Phillip Phillips

Phillip Phillips is performing at MPAC this month. Photo courtesy of Ryan Nolan

Phillip Phillips
Nov 3
Folk-rock singer-songwriter Phillip Phillips, who won the 11th season of American Idol, is gonna make Morristown his home for one night this month. 7:30 pm; $29-$59. Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown. mayoarts.org

NJPAC’s annual jazz festival features both free and ticketed events throughout the month. Photo courtesy of NJPAC

TD Bank James Moody Jazz Fest
Nov 8-20
NJPAC is holding the 11th annual TD James Moody Jazz Festival, with free and ticketed events scattered throughout the month. Headliners include Terence Blanchard (Nov 10) and Dee Dee Bridgewater (Nov 12). Showtimes and prices vary. New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark. njpac.org

The 1975
Nov 9
English pop-rock band, the 1975, just released its fifth studio album, Being Funny in a Foreign Language, with the help of Bergenfield-born producer Jack Antonoff. The group is stopping in Camden this month for its new album release tour. 7 pm; $78-$879. Freedom Mortgage Pavillion, Camden. waterfrontamphitheater.com

Frankie Valli

Newark-born megastar Frankie Valli is returning to his hometown with the Four Seasons. Photo courtesy of Lindsay George

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
Nov 11
The New Jersey doo-wop legends are returning to their hometown for an unforgettable performance. Expect to hear hits like “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Sherry,” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” Read our recent Q&A with Frankie Valli here. 8 pm; $49.50-$179.50. New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark. njpac.org

Lindsey Buckingham
Nov 12
Lindsey Buckingham, the former guitarist and lead singer for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band, Fleetwood Mac, has released seven studio albums as a solo artist. His latest self-titled project was released last year to critical acclaim. 8 pm; $39-$224. State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick. stnj.org

Blackpink
Nov 14-15
Global superstar K-pop band Blackpink is known as one of the most popular girl groups in the world. Their latest album, Born Pink, debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 and is being performed on their Born Pink World Tour. 8 pm; $285-$999. Prudential Center, Newark. prucenter.com

The Feelies

The Feelies, a Haledon-born band, are playing Jersey City’s White Eagle Hall this month. Photo courtesy of John Baumgartner

The Feelies
Nov 18
Hailing from Haledon, this post-punk band first formed in 1976 and has performed alongside the likes of R.E.M. and Bob Dylan. Reuniting in 2008 after a 16-year hiatus, the Feelies are rocking out in Jersey City later this month. 8 pm; $30. White Eagle Hall, Jersey City. whiteeaglehalljc.com

Stage

Red theater curtain

See a show at Mercer County Community College’s Kelsey Theatre. Photo: Unsplash/Rob Laughter

Come Blow Your Horn
Nov 4-6 and 11-13
This play follows Alan Baker, a rich ladies’ man who, after finding himself infatuated with a woman who rejected him, attempts to turn his younger, impressionable brother, Buddy, into a ladies’ man himself. Showtimes vary; $20-$22. Kelsey Theatre, West Windsor. kelsey.mccc.edu

Wine in the Wilderness
Thru Nov 6
This 1969 play, written by legendary playwright Alice Childress, follows artist Bill Jameson, whose latest painting project depicts different types of Black womanhood. His views, however, are challenged by an unexpected muse. $30-$75. Two River Theater, Red Bank. tworivertheater.org

Hairspray
Nov 28-29
Director Jack O’Brien and choreographer Jerry Mitchell are bringing the Tony award-winning musical Hairspray to New Jersey. Watch teenager Tracy Turnblad navigate living in 1960s Baltimore, a mixed but segregated city. Expect to hear classic songs like “Good Morning Baltimore” and “You Can’t Stop the Beat.” 7:30 pm; $49-$89. Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre (Count Basie Center for the Arts), Red Bank. thebasie.org

Special Events

Disney on Ice
Nov 2-6
Disney on Ice invites families to see some of the mass media company’s animated musical hits, such as Frozen and Encanto, with a slight, icey spin. Showtimes vary; $20-$82. Prudential Center, Newark. prucenter.com

Dog talent show

Nearly a dozen dogs are teaming up to unleash their talented tricks for the Mutts Gone Nuts tour stop at New Brunswick’s State Theatre New Jersey. Photo by Joseph Ogunsanya Jr.

Mutts Gone Nuts
Nov 13
Love watching funny animal videos online? Then you’re barking up the right tree. See nearly a dozen dogs unleash their talented tricks at the 
Mutts Gone Nuts tour stop in New Brunswick. 1 pm; $16-$29. State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick. stnj.org

Alton Brown
Nov 27
Perhaps best known for hosting the cooking shows Good Eats and Cutthroat Kitchen, Alton Brown is incorporating his eclectic and enthusiastic love of food, comedy, music and science into this show. 3 pm; $39-$79. New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark. njpac.org

Benefits

A Night of Compassion
Nov 10
The Halfway Home Animal Rescue Team is hosting a night that will include live music, an open bar and a four-course dinner. Tickets purchased will go toward the Oakland-based organization, which helps rescue and find loving homes for local animals. 6:30-11 pm; $120. The Brownstone, Paterson. hharteam.org

Rescue Truck Pull Fundraiser
Nov 12
Gather a group of 12 friends and try to pull a 68,000-pound rescue truck across the pavement at the annual Flemington-Raritan First Aid & Rescue Squad fundraiser. Proceeds directly benefit the organization. 9 am-12 pm; $20. HealthQuest Fitness, Flemington. frfars.org

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