Twin Cities Calendar for November
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Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1   Good Charlotte
2    3   Watsky
4   Majid Jordan
5   Blackberry Smoke

6   Daylight Savings Ends
(Fall back)
set clocks back 1 hour  Minnesota Vikings football at US Bank Stadium

  Election Day
    45% of eligible US voters didn't vote
    25% of eligible MN voters didn't vote

 Election Day - Vote
10    11  Veterans' Day

Veterans' Day 
13   14

full moon
15    16  Free e-novel 17   Free e-novel 18   Fantastic Beasts
Free e-novel

19   Free e-novel
       Gopher Football
Minnesota Gopher Football at TCF Stadium

20   Free e-novel
Minnesota Vikings football at US Bank Stadium
21 22   23  

24  Thanksgiving
      (what's closed)

25  Shopping Day
      Black Friday
      Hours  (below)

Shopping Day



Twin Cities Calendar for November  2016

Tuesday, November 1

Good Charlotte, First Avenue (5pm, $30)

November 1, 15, 17, 19, 23, 25: Wild hockey, Xcel Center

Wednesday, November 2

Naked and Famous, First Avenue (7pm)

November 2-6: Romeo and Juliet, Frey Theater, St. Catherine University ($10)

Thursday, November 3

Watsky, First Avenue (6pm)

Friday, November 4

Culture Club, Treasure Island Casino (8pm, $39+)

Dr. Strange comic book movie

Majid Jordan, First Avenue (7pm, $28)

Newsboys, Target Center (7pm, $22)

November 4-6: James Sewell Ballet, O'Shaughnessy, St. Catherine University

Saturday, November 5

Blackberry Smoke, First Avenue (8pm, $30)

Steve Earle & the Dukes, Pantages Theatre (8pm, $49+)

Keith Urban, Target Center (7:30pm, $50+)

Minnesota Gopher Football at TCF Stadium
November 5 & 19:  Gopher Football, TCF Stadium

Sunday, November 6
Daylight Savings Ends (fall back - one hour)  daylight savings ends (fall back one hour)

Minnesota Vikings football at US Bank Stadium
Vikings football v. Lions, US Bank Stadium (noon)

Tuesday, November 8

Election Day - Vote
Election Day (voter info, polling places 1-866-687-8683)  

Niykee Heaton, Fine Line Cafe (7pm) - YouTube channel

Wednesday, November 9

Lecrae, First Avenue (6pm, $33)

Friday, November 11

Veterans Day  Veterans Day

Aretha Franklin, Treasure Island Casino, Prairie Island Mdewakanton, Welch MN (8pm, $62+)

Tedeschi Trucks Band, Orpheum Theatre (7:30pm, $35+)

Nov 11-13: Holiday Boutique, US Bank stadium

Saturday, November 12

Band of Horses, State Theatre (8pm, $29+)

Sunday, November 13

Choral Society, O’Shaughnessy, St. Catherine University (3pm)

Monday, November 14

full moon  full moon

Wednesday, November 16

Hopes and Dreams e-book

Nov 16-20:   Hopes and Dreams: Stuck on AutoDrive is a free e-book on Amazon from November 16-20, 2016.  
It's a novel about inventing a better American Dream. It's about time. Get into the mind of the inventor of the self-driving car (AutoDrive), as he learns about guiding the future, living happily ever after, and getting into trouble without really trying.

Thursday, November 17

November 17–19: MCAD Art Sale, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Friday, November 18


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, ~Harry Pottery movie

November 18-20: TU Dance, O’Shaughnessy, St. Catherine University

Saturday, November 19

Alan Jackson, Target Center (7:30pm, $50+)

Sunday, November 20

Minnesota Vikings football at US Bank Stadium
Vikings football v. Cardinals, US Bank Stadium (noon)

Thursday, November 24

 (what's closed)

Friday, November 25
Shopping Day
Shopping Day
(see below)

Saturday, November 26

Nov 26-27: Marching Band Indoor Concert, Northrop Auditorium ($20+)

Thanksgiving Sales (2016)
Thanksgiving hours
Schools and government offices will be closed to celebrate Thanksgiving (Nov. 24th).
The Mall of America will be closed to celebrate Thanksgiving (Nov. 24th).
The following stores will be closed to celebrate Thanksgiving (Nov. 24th) :
Barnes & Noble
Bed Bath & Beyond
DSW Shoe
Guitar Center
Hobby Lobby
Home Depot
JoAnn Fabrics
Mills Fleet Farm
Office Max
Pier 1 Imports
Sam’s Club

The Twin Cities Mall Hours for Thanksgiving and Black Friday 2016
Eden Prairie Center 11-24 hours -  6pm-midnight
                                       11-25 6am-9pm
Mall of America  11-24 hours - closed

                                 11-25  5am-10pm (holiday hours)
Maplewood Mall  11-24 hours - 6pm-1am
                                  11-25 6am-9pm
Ridgedale 11-24 hours 6pm-midnight
                    11-25 6am-9pm

Rosedale   11-24 hours  6pm-midnight
1-25 6am-9pm (holiday hours)
Southdale 11-24 hours - 6pm-1am
                    11-25 6am-11pm

The Mall of America will not allow anyone under 16 unaccompanied by an adult after 4pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

What Not To Buy
Thanksgiving and Black Friday sales are not necessarily the best sales of the year.

The Black Friday sales ads for Target, Best Buy, and Sam's Club list a Nikon 3400 for $499, but reviewers of the Nikon 3400 complain it is the Nikon 3300 with less features. The Walmart ad lists an Cambio 10.1" tablet with Windows 10 and only 2gb RAM, which is okay if you don't mind a slow tablet. The Best Buy ad lists a Xbox 360 bundle, but Microsoft is no longer making the Xbox 360, making it obsolete before it's unwrapped.

Black Friday is not the best for jewelry sales (April, July, or August are better). End of winter sales are better for coats and bedding. It's not the best time of year to buy toys; that would be at the last minute before and after Christmas, but by then the selection isn't as good. September is the best time to buy complete computer systems. Big name TVs have better prices in February generally, but third-tier manufacturers have better Black Friday prices. [Best times to buy other items can be found at DealNews & Lifehacker]

Here are some Black Friday 2016 cheap TVs:
Best Buy    LG 24" LED 720p HDTV - Black    $79.99   
Target        Polaroid 32" 720p LED HDTV    $85.00   
Walmart    Samsung 24" 720p LED HDTV    $98.00   
Best Buy   Insignia 32" LED 720p Smart Roku TV - Black    $99.99   
Kohl's        Hisense 32" 720p LED TV    $119.99    [Thursday 6pm to Friday 1pm]
Walmart    Element or Hisense 40" 1080p LED HDTV    $125.00   
Best Buy   LG 40" LED 1080p HDTV - Black    $149.99   
Best Buy   Samsung 32" LED 720p Smart HDTV - Black    $157.99   
Best Buy   Insignia 39" LED 1080p Smart HDTV Roku - Black    $179.99   
Kohl's        Vizio 39" Full-Array LED TV    $179.99    [Thursday 6pm to Friday 1pm]
Walmart    Samsung 32" 1080p Smart LED HDTV    $188.00   
Kmart        Samsung 32" LED Smart 1080p HDTV    $189.99   
Target       Element 43" 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV    $199.99   
Best Buy  Toshiba 49" LED 2160p w/ Chromecast 4K Ultra HDTV - Black    $199.99

Those last two are some of the best 4K TV deals. Here are two more:
Walmart    Philips 55″ 4K 2160p 60Hz LED Smart HDTV   $298.00
Target       Hisense 50″ 4K 120Hz LED Smart HDTV          $249.00

Here are some of the best Apple deals:
Walmart       Apple iPhone 7 or Samsung Galaxy 7 – $0 down w/activation +$250 Walmart gift card
Sam’s Club  Apple iPad Pro 9.7″ 256GB Wi-Fi + Cellular $175 off
Target          Apple  iPad Pro 9.7″ 32GB WiFi $449
Target          Apple Watch Series 1   $198

Each year the Twin Cities Calendar compares advertised Minneapolis - St. Paul Black Friday sales. We also report trends and list special hours at the malls.

On Last Week Tonight with John Oliver for November 13, 2016, gifts to these charities were recommended:

Planned Parenthood

Center for Reproductive Rights

Natural Resources Defense Council

International Refugee Assistance Project

NAACP Legal Defense Fund

The Trevor Project

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund

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