November is when Puerto Rico really swings into holiday mode. This month ushers in Thanksgiving, the traditional family holiday, and I've got a great way for you to celebrate an authentic Puerto-Rican style Thanksgiving. But it's also the official start to the long-running and fun-filled Christmas season. As for events and goings-on, there's almost no end to what's available. From NCAA basketball to pro-level surfing, Yanni to the Moscow Ballet, and plenty of turkey, there's a lot going on this month.
- Thanksgiving is a special time on the island, with its own unique flavors and traditions, and one pretty cool tour.
- The Puerto Rico Tip Off brings eight of the best college basketball teams to Puerto Rico.
- The Discovery of Puerto Rico Day is, naturally, a big deal, and the town of Aguada does it justice with a huge parade.
- November 9: Yanni brings his World Without Borders Tour to Puerto Rico's Coliseo de San Juan.
- November 9-10: The Corona Pro Circuit brings world-class surfers to Middles Beach in Isabela.
- November 9-10: Gamers, gather around. The Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez in Bayamón invites you to get your game on at the Arcadia, a gaming battle royale.
- November 10: Glam up and run like a diva at the Diva Half Marathon in San Juan.
- November 10: The magnificent Centro de Bellas Artes performing arts center in San Juan presents The Moscow Ballet's Swan Lake.
- November 16: Cidra welcomes the Zombie Mud Run, a 5k obstacle mud run infested with zombies. Here's the awesome part of the race: for the race, you can choose to be a human or a zombie!
- November 19: The town of Aguada celebrates the discovery of Puerto Rico with the aptly named Discovery of Puerto Rico Day with a massive parade.
- November 21-24: The Puerto Rico Tipoff brings eight college basketball teams to the Coliseo in San Juan. You'll have the chance to see 12 games over the course of three days, including NC State, Georgetown, Michigan and other great NCAA teams.
- November 27-January 3: La Feria converts the Hiram Bithorn stadium into a makeshift amusement and family fun park starting in November and running through the holiday season.
- November 28: Celebrate Thanksgiving Puerto Rico style with a tour into lechón country with Debbie Molina-Ramos and Legends of Puerto Rico.
- November 28-31: Thanksgiving in Puerto Rico is a homely, family affair; it's a time when the relatives all gather for a gut-busting meal. Check out how it's done on the island.
- November 29-December 1: The 12th Annual Festival del Pastel takes place in Orocovis. This culinary festival celebrates the iconic food of the Christmas season: the Puerto Rican Pastel, which has its origins with the Taíno Indians.