If you're visiting Puerto Rico in November, you'll catch it at the beginning of its long-running and fun-filled Christmas season. Thanksgiving is also in November, so don't miss your chance to celebrate this holiday with an authentic Puerto Rican-style meal.
As for events and goings-on, you can attend several festivals, baseball games, and an outdoor jazz concert. Read on for some more interesting happenings to add to your November calendar in 2017. (Note that some events may be canceled or relocated due to the effects of Hurricane Maria.)
- Thanksgiving is a special time on the island, with its own unique flavors and traditions.
- The Puerto Rico Tip-Off brings eight of the best college basketball teams to Puerto Rico. Due to the devastation of Hurricane Maria, the 2017 tournament will be held at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina.
- Baseball season begins Puerto Rico in November. This is the island’s most popular sport. The country has several professional clubs and pros from North America play here. The season ends in January.
- The Jayuya Indian Festival held the second week in November in the town of Jayuya, is a fiesta celebrating the culture of the Taíno Indians, the island’s first inhabitants. The festival features artists, performers, dancing, food, parades, and games.
- November 19 is Discovery of Puerto Rico Day and is, naturally, a big deal. Be sure to be in the town of Aguada on this day for its huge parade.
- November 11: Veterans Day is an official public holiday marked with a ceremony at the Puerto Rico National Cemetery.
- November 16, 17, and 19: Normally, the Puerto Rico Tip-Off brings NCAA basketball teams to the Coliseo in San Juan. However, due to Hurricane Maria's devastation, the 2017 tournament is at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina.
- November 19: Discovery of Puerto Rico Day, an official holiday, marks when Christopher Columbus landed on Puerto Rico's coast in 1493 during his second trip to the New World. The town of Aguada, located near where Columbus landed, celebrates this important holiday with a massive parade.
- November 19: The annual Easter Festival (Festival de Pascuas) begins the start of Christmas. Held at La Princesa Walk in San Juan, it features handicrafts, music, and flowers. Bring a beach chair.
- November 23: Held on the fourth Thursday of November, Thanksgiving in Puerto Rico is a homely, family affair when relatives gather for a gut-busting meal. Check out how it's done on the island.
- November 23: Celebrate Thanksgiving Puerto Rico-style with a food and cultural bus tour into lechón country. Enjoy coquito (coconut eggnog) and roasted pork, salsa dance to live music, and shop for arts and crafts.
- November 25: The Mercado Agrícola Natural, an organic farmers market, takes place in the courtyard of the San Juan Museum in Old San Juan. The market is open Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. till 1 p.m. through December 30.
- November 26: Ventana al Jazz is a free outdoor jazz concert on the last Sunday of each month. Bring a blanket and have a picnic while overlooking San Juan Bay at Bahia Urbana in Old San Juan.