Charles O’Donnell

Central Massachusetts provides a wide range of queer-friendly activities in November, ensuring that everyone can find an event or gathering that resonates with their interests and values. From sports and art to nature and entertainment, this region embraces diversity and unity, making it a welcoming place for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. So, mark your calendar, invite your friends, and enjoy the enriching experiences that Central Massachusetts has to offer this November.

Fall weather brings more Drag than ever before! Challenge 3 of Worcester Gauntlet at Electric Haze will be hosted on November 17th by Worcester’s own Victoria Obvious. If you’re looking for some competition of your own, don’t miss ARTPOP 10 year Anniversary Drag Bingo at the MB Lounge hosted by Gem Stoner and Fat C. on Sunday November 26th at 4pm. This event is a perfect example of the LGBTQ+ community coming together to enjoy an evening filled with laughter, fabulous performances, and, of course, the excitement of bingo. If that was not enough drag for you don’t forget to attend ‘Mal-Odies’, a drag karaoke show, also hosted at Electric Haze every Thursday starting at 8pm by Mal E. Fishn’t.

November in Central Massachusetts offers a wide variety of exceptional culinary experiences for all tastes and preferences. November hosts various food festivals where you can savor diverse cuisines and connect with fellow food lovers. The Fall Food Truck Fest is happening on November 4th at Wachusett Mountain and the International Food Festival will take place on November 11th at the Living Word Church of Worcester. These events are open to all and encourage the celebration of different cultures through the universal love of food.

Spend a day in nature at the New England Botanic Gardens, which offers a serene and welcoming environment for all visitors. For more exciting seasonal festivities Night Lights: Starry Skies promises a unique and celestial journey. You can enjoy s’mores and seasonal drinks as well as get into the holiday spirit surrounded by thousands of shimmering lights. If you are looking for more indoor and outdoor fun, take a trip to The Ecotarium, an immersive science and nature museum that invites people of all backgrounds to explore the wonders of the natural world. This family-friendly destination promotes learning, understanding, and appreciation of the environment. 

Central Massachusetts also boasts beautiful trails and parks for outdoor enthusiasts. Consider joining a hiking group or participating in a local 5K run. These activities are not only a great way to stay active but also offer the opportunity to meet new people and connect with the LGBTQ+ community. If you are more of an indoor sports enthusiast, the Worcester Railers hockey games are an excellent choice. Attend a game and experience the thrill of ice hockey, community, and Worcester pride. The Railers consistently provide an electrifying atmosphere, making their games an exciting and enjoyable experience for all. There are plenty of games throughout November, including ‘Superhero Sunday’, where the first 1,000 children will receive a Superhero cape.

Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude and togetherness. In Central Massachusetts, this holiday is celebrated with a sense of community that welcomes all. Gather with friends and family to share a meal, and embrace the inclusivity that makes the region so special. If you are dreading the cold weather and are looking for someone to keep you warm this holiday season, Femme Bar will be hosting Lesbian/Bi/Trans Speed Dating on November 8th from 7-9pm. Whether you’re looking for love or simply hoping to make new friends, this event provides a fun and comfortable atmosphere for meaningful connections to form.