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Family-Friendly Events

November 2023

The lakeshore communities of West Michigan do a fantastic job of hosting events and activities that include the whole family. There’s so much happening that is geared specifically toward kids and families as a whole, and that’s part of what makes being here so amazing!

Every season in West Michigan has it’s unique, fun things to do for kids of all ages- from babies up to the “young at heart”. Indoors or outdoors, no matter the time of year, there’s always something great going on along the lakeshore for families to experience together!

In addition to the following list, check out all the special events and programs provided by Sandcastles Children’s Museum and the Ludington and Scottville branches of the Mason County District Libraries.

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Here's a list of family friendly events happening in November:

Tuesdays through November 21st, 2023

Cooking Matters for Families
Free classes for families with school-aged children where participants learn how to eat healthy, cook, and grocery shop on a limited budget. Advance registration is required by calling Nancy at (231) 920-3763. Irons Community Center- 5071 W. 10 1/2 Mile Rd., Irons. 

Thursday, November 2nd, 2023

Opening Night at Bear Lake’s Sparkle in the Park
Enjoy complimentary chili, coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies beginning at 5pm, courtesy of the Bear Lake Community. From 6:30-7:30pm, Santa & Mrs. Clause will visit with children at Toyland Bear Lake (the pavilion) with treats.

Saturday, October 7th, 2023

Onekama Fall Festival 
Craft and food vendors, inflatables, kids activities, fun run, pet parade, and more! Visit for more information. Onekama Village Park- Portage Ave., Onekama.

Thursday, November 9th-Sunday, November 12th; 2023

Performance of Charlotte’s Web
9th-11th at 6:30pm AND 11th-12th at 2pm. West Shore Community College Center Stage Theatre- 3000 N. Stiles Rd., Scottville.

Through November 21st, 2023

Coat Drive for Ludington Area Schools Youth Resource Center
Anyone donating a coat/blanket will receive a $6 coupon for Ludington Bay Brewing Co. Drop coats and blankets off at the brewery- 515 S. James St., Ludington.

Saturday, November 24th, 2023

Home for the Holidays Parade & Tree Lighting
Parade line-up at Hart Public School- 304 Johnson St., Hart (5:30-6:15pm), Parade (6:30pm) with Tree lighting to follow. Downtown Hart.

Saturday, November 24th, 2023

Aglow on the Avenue Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting
Parade is followed by caroling, a tree lighting, and a Santa visit in Legacy Plaza. 102.7 WMOM-FM radio will be broadcasting the parade live on Facebook. Register your parade entry by November 18th by visiting Held in Downtown Ludington.

Sunday, November 25th, 2023

Santa Arrives in Pentwater
Santa is escorted into Pentwater by the Pentwater Fire Department. Downtown Pentwater. For more information, visit

Sunday, November 25th, 2023

Silver Lake Community Tree Lighting Festivities
Golden Township Park- 8711 W. Silver Lake Rd., Mears. For more information, visit

Saturday, November 18th-Sunday, November 19th; 2023

Friends of the Library Book Sale
Saturday from 9am-3pm and Sunday from 12-3pm. Ludington Library- 217 E. Ludington Ave., Ludington.

November 30th-December 3rd, 2023

Victorian Sleighbell Parade & Old Christmas Weekend
Downtown Manistee.

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