The Scouted Calendar / November 2016

While cooler temperatures and diminishing daylight hours might entice us to stay in, November brings a calendar of events too exciting to even think about skipping. From art auctions to museum celebrations to the start of holiday festivities, here are just a few of the activities happening in our Scouted cities we’re looking forward to next month:

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Chattanooga’s annual arts gala, Spectrum, will be a two-night affair this year, with a silent auction on Thursday, November 10 from 6 – 9 p.m. in the Hunter Museum of American Art Atrium and a black-tie dinner and live auction under a tent on the River Terrace from 6 – 10 p.m. on Saturday, November 12. Available works have been selected from New York, Dallas, Santa Fe, Asheville, and the Hunter Museum’s hometown of Chattanooga (the auction catalog will be available for online viewing in late October). {Find local recommendations for what to do and see in Chattanooga here.}

Chicago, Illinois

The Art Institute Chicago offers exhibits perfect for getting into the holiday spirit, with the annual Holiday Thorne Rooms opening on November 18, and the rare and stunning 18th-century Neapolitan Crèche returning November 22. In addition, the Institute’s exhibition “Modern Velvet: A Sense of Luxury in the Age of Industry,” which runs from October 21 – March 29 and features 44 velvets from the permanent collection, is a perfect fall/winter outing. {Find local recommendations for what to do and see in Chicago here.}

Miami, Florida

Gardening enthusiasts, book lovers, and art fans will have no shortage of activities in the Miami area in November. The Fairchild Garden’s Fall Garden Festival featuring the Annual Ramble (November 11 – 13) offers cooking classes, gardening demonstrations, art, antiques, and the largest plant sale in South Florida. November 13 – 20, the Miami Book Fair International returns, bringing readings, panels, parties, and more, and featuring an incredible lineup of authors and speakers. And while Art Basel may not start until December 1st, a number of satellite fairs open in the last days of November including the Miami Project, Context Art Miami, Art Concept, Spectrum Miami, Design Miami, and more. {Find local recommendations for what to do and see in Miami here.}

Nashville, Tennessee

For the second year, Cheekwood is illuminating their gardens for Holiday LIGHTS at Cheekwood, which runs from November 25 – January 1 (closed Mondays) from 5 to 10 p.m. This year, the experience at the beautiful 55-acre botanical garden and museum will include one million lights for a truly spectacular winter stroll, plus carolers, s’mores, reindeer sightings, seasonal drinks, and more. {Find local recommendations for what to do and see in Nashville here.}

Palm Beach, Florida

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Armory Art Center, the organization, which provides nearly 100 courses for students of all ages, is hosting a cocktail party for alumni, students, faculty, donors, board members, guests, and members of the press on Monday, November 21 from 6 – 8 p.m. in the East Gallery. Formed in 1986 when the Norton Museum closed its art school, the Armory offers programs in ceramics, printmaking, digital arts, sculpture, and more, and hosts 20 exhibitions each year. {Find local recommendations for what to do and see in Palm Beach here.}

Raleigh, Durham, & Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Sunday, November 6, the North Carolina Museum of Art will celebrate the reopening of the redesigned and expanded Museum Park with activities and live music kicking off at 1 p.m., as well as host its first exhibition in the new Ellipse lawn: Amanda Parer’s “Intrude,” which features five enormous illuminated bunnies. Also happening that day, Fearrington invites guests to Cooks & Books: Hors D’Oeuvres with Katie Button at 4 p.m., during which the lauded Asheville chef will prepare fare from her new, Spanish-influenced cookbook, Cúrate (tickets include a copy of the book). {Find local recommendations for what to do and see in Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill here.}

San Antonio, Texas

The longest-running (and first established) venue for contemporary art in San Antonio, Blue Star Contemporary, is celebrating its 30th year and grand re-opening with a two-day celebration on Friday, November 4th and Saturday, November 5th that includes tours of their newly renovated building, activities for adults and children, an exclusive exhibition viewing, a dance party, and more. {Find local recommendations for what to do and see in San Antonio here.}

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