Although temperatures drop over the course of the month and snowfall could come to the region north of the city as early as Thanksgiving, November is one of the most active times of the year in Salt Lake City. From attending games of Utah's professional sports teams to celebrating the holidays with parades and parties, there's plenty to do and see in SLC this month.
Fortunately, November is considered a shoulder season for Salt Lake City since winter sports enthusiasts haven't yet descended on the mountain town to hit the slopes. This means that hotel prices will begin to go down from the high prices of summers, so you should be able to get an affordable room for your trip, and you're likely to get good prices on airline tickets during the first part of the month as well—just don't expect any discounts on holiday flights.
Salt Lake City Weather in November
Even though Salt Lake City experiences relatively mild winters, daily average high and low temperatures drop sharply over the course of November. Whereas highs range between 48 and 59 F for the first half of the month, they drop down between 36 and 50 F as December and winter approach. Likewise, average lows range between 26 and 41 F in the first half of the month but drop down between 16 and 35 F for the second half.
With colder weather also comes wetter weather. Although the city only receives an average of 1.5 inches of rain over the month, which is less than in October, you can still expect to see anywhere between six and 10 days of rain in November. You may also need to start watching for ice on the roads in the mornings beginning around November 15 as overnight temperatures start to drop below freezing.
What to Pack
If you plan on spending most of your time in Salt Lake City itself, you won't need much more than a few layers of clothes—perhaps including a winter coat for nighttime adventures. However, the mountainous regions to the north of the city get much colder and snower sooner than the city itself, so if you plan on doing any hiking or outdoor exploring, you may need to bring thermal undergarments, hiking boots, and gloves. Pack an umbrella and raincoat in case of a sudden storm even though you won't likely get soaked if you're caught in an SLC rain shower.
November Events in Salt Lake City
From taking down the remnants of Halloween decorations over the first weekend of the month to gearing up for the rest of the holiday season at its end, November is full of fun events in Salt Lake City. Whether you're a fan of art, music, lights, or just looking for a great way to spend the day in Salt Lake City, these events, festivals, and attractions are sure to provide hours of amusement during your stay.
- Pumpkin Smash at Cornbelly's: On Friday and Saturday, November 2 and 3, 2018, you can head up to this amusement park and farm in Thanksgiving Point to smash all the pumpkins featured in this year's attraction.
- Jewish Arts Festival: This year, you can head over to the I.J. and Jeanne Wagner Jewish Community Center in Salt Lake City on November 8 for "Belly Laughs: Comedy That Cooks." November 9 for a musical Shabbat dinner, and November 11 for a Hanukkah market.
- Illuminate Salt Lake Festival: The second edition of this annual community art event will take place November 9 and 10, 2018, and will feature installations from more than 30 artists as well as live music and performances, kids activities, a short film festival, interactive light demonstrations, and virtual reality displays.
- Simple Treasures Holiday Market: Explore thousands of handmade crafts, decorations, and art in over 160 booths at the Legacy Events Center in Farmington on November 7 to 10, 2018.
- Intermountain Train Expo: On November 10 and 11, 2018, you can enjoy this hands-on model railroad show featuring hundreds of miniature working engines and displays at the Mountain America Exposition Center in SLC.
- Thanksgiving Day Races: South Davis Recreation Center in Bountiful, Utah, hosts the annual charity races—including a Turkey (adult) 10K, Family (all) 5K, and Gobbler (kids) 1K—on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2018, starting at 8 a.m.
November Travel Tips
- November and December are the cheapest months to travel to Salt Lake City, but prices for flights and accommodations over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays make for some of the most expensive rooms and airline tickets of the year.
- Avoid traveling during the Thanksgiving holiday and book your flight and hotel at least a month in advance to ensure availability.
- Check the weather before driving a car in Utah this time of year for any ice advisories on the roadways, and get ready for a cold seat when you first get in your vehicle.
- Temperatures are known to drastically fluctuate throughout the month, so one day you might experience sunny skies and 60 F weather, but the next might be raining with a high of 40 F. Pack a variety of clothing to accommodate for these shifts in weather.
- While winter sports tourists haven't yet started to arrive in SLC for the season, snow will likely start falling in northern Utah in the last two weeks of November; the mountains overlooking the city are often snowcapped by the end of the month.