Atlanta events for November 2016. Best festivals, fun things to do, Thanksgiving events, holiday lights, kids activities, free entertainment in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Enjoy the best Atlanta events, festivals, and things to do with this calendar of events.

Mileage is from the Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel in Atlanta, Georgia.

Indian powwow

November 3 - 6, 2016

19 miles east

Indian Festival and Pow-Wow showcases Native American dance, drumming, bow making, open-fire cooking, storytelling, and artistry at Stone Mountain Park. No pets.

Irish festival

November 4 - 5, 2016

14.5 miles NW

IrishFest Atlanta has traditional evening concerts, workshops, children’s activities, a Friday buffet, and a Saturday dance at Holiday Inn Atlanta-Perimeter in Dunwoody.

Norcross haunted house

November 4 - 5, 2016 (begins Sept. 23)

15 miles NE

Netherworld thrills and terrifies with stunt actors in intense makeup, movie-quality special effects, and detailed sets at a large house in Norcross. See dates.

Newnan haunted house

November 4 - 5, 2016 (from Sept. 23)

41 miles SW

13 Stories Haunted House [sound] has 6 terrifying attractions and a Hollywood level of detail. See schedule.

Dawsonville haunted trail

November 4 - 6, 2016 (begins Oct. 21)

52 miles NE

Hell’s Gates is an outdoor trail that leads you through nine shocking scenes with live actors and special effects in Dawsonville. Open Oct. 21-23, 28-30 and Nov. 4-6.

Hemlock festival

November 4 - 6, 2016

65 miles north

Enjoy music, arts & crafts, camping, and canoeing at the eco-friendly HemlockFest near Dahlonega.

Cabbagetown festival

November 5, 2016

2 miles SE

Chomp & Stomp has a chili cook-off (tasting at 12:30 p.m.), food vendors, old-time music, and a 5K run at Cabbagetown Park. Come early to sample. No dogs.

Wine festival

November 5, 2016 (12:30 to 4:30 p.m.)

6 miles east

Taste wines, vote for your favorites, and enjoy live music & restaurant food at Decatur Wine Festival.

Spicy food festival

November 5, 2016 (12 to 6 p.m.)

10 miles NE

Taste spicy and flavorful foods from local restaurants at Atlanta Hot and Spicy Festival, which includes a beer garden and live music at Brookhaven Park.

Super hero run

November 5, 2016

17 miles north

The Super Run 5K and 1K walk provides a cape and welcomes costumes at Brook Run Park in Dunwoody.

Acworth beer festival

November 5, 2016 (1 to 5 p.m.)

30 miles NW

Acworth Craft Beer Fest features 100 beers, wine, cider, live music, and food for sale in Acworth.

Wine festival

November 5, 2016

32 miles NE

Taste 100 wines, visit a craft-beer garden, shop food trucks, and hear live music at Suwanee Wine Fest.

Chastain Park Arts Festival

November 5 - 6, 2016

9 miles north

See the work of 185 artists, hear local acoustic musicians, and visit food vendors at Chastain Park Arts Festival at Chastain Park. Repeats in May. Free.

Cat show

November 5 - 6, 2016

27 miles NE

Watch hundreds of cats compete, and shop from cat-supply vendors at the Cotton States Cat Show at Infinite Energy Center in Duluth.

Book festival

November 5 - 20, 2016

18 miles NE

Billed as the South’s premier literary event, Book Festival of the MJCCA includes author book signings, a community read, panel discussions, family events, and book sales in Dunwoody.

Block party

November 6, 2016 (12 to 7 p.m.)

1.5 miles SE

King of Pops Field Day features live bands, food trucks, games, races, face painting, a popsicle eating contest, and free popsicles at 569 Ezzard Street.

Fine food in the country

November 6, 2016 (1 to 4 p.m.)

36 miles SW

Enjoy food from Atlanta’s top restaurants, fine wines, premium micro-brews, bluegrass music, art, an auction, hayrides, and children’s activities at Afternoon in the Country under tents in the garden outside Foxhall Resort & Sporting Club, Douglasville.

Free day at Callaway Gardens

November 6, 2016

81.9 miles SE

Explore 2500 acres of gardens & forest on Founders’ Day at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain. It repeats every year on Feb. 21 and Nov. 6. Free.

Free park day

November 11, 2016

19 miles north

Entry is free at Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area during Free Entrance Days in the National Parks.

Antique machinery show

November 11 - 12, 2016

38 miles north

See rare machinery in action and watch sparks fly Friday night at Cumming Steam, Antique Tractor, and Gas Engine Expo at Cumming Fairgrounds.

Veterans Day parade

November 12, 2016

0.2 miles north

The Atlanta Veterans Day Parade repeats each year in downtown Atlanta.

Pop-erotica show

November 12, 2016

1.8 miles NW

The Sweet Spot is a high-energy celebration of the sexy arts that includes spoken word, burlesque dance, body painting, comedy, fashion, and DJ music at 595 North Event Center for age 21+.

Art & beer

November 12, 2016 (12 to 6 p.m.)

2.7 miles north

Browse a curated selection of handmade arts & crafts, and buy local craft beer at family-friendly Crafts and Drafts at Atlantic Station. Free. No ticket needed.

Disco dance

November 12, 2016

3.3 miles SE

Grant Park Mothball has a DJ playing disco music upstairs, ‘70s and ‘80s music in the bar downstairs, appetizers, a cash bar, and contests at The Beacon.

Brookhaven Brunch Festival

November 12, 2016 (noon, VIP 11 a.m.)

10 miles NE

Brookhaven Brunch Festival features restaurants serving tasting-size portions of brunch items, Bloody Marys, mimosas, beer, wine, live music, and a DJ at Brookhaven Park for age 21+.

Food-truck event

November 12, 2016 (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

12.7 miles north

Taste of the Trucks includes food trucks, a kids’ zone with inflatables, an art market, and live music to support charity in Sandy Springs

Vegetarian festival

November 12, 2016

17.2 miles NW

Atlanta Veg Fest offers speakers and vegan vendors at Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta. Donation.

Wine tasting in Roswell

November 12, 2016 (1 to 5 p.m.)

20.4 miles north

Taste 100 wines from 30 wineries at Grandiose Grape Fall Wine Festival, with appetizers and live music outdoors at The Mill Kitchen and Bar in Roswell.

Buy American

November 12 - 13, 2016 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

2 miles NE

Shop from 40 vendors selling American-made goods at American Field at Ponce City Market, floor 2. Free.

Indoor art fair

November 12 - 13, 2016

4 miles NE

Shop for paintings, sculpture, fashion, and gift items from 100 artists at Art Visions at Paideia School. Free.

Rudolph puppet show

November 12 - Dec. 31, 2016

3 miles north

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a puppet version of the classic TV show at the Center for Puppetry Arts.

Christmas at Stone Mountain

November 12, 2016 - Jan. 4, 2017

19 miles east

Stone Mountain Christmas [sound] features 2 million lights, holiday shows, a snow-angel palace, a parade with Santa, fireworks, and snowfall at Stone Mountain Park. Nearby Snow Mountain offers inner tube rides from Nov. 19, 2016 to Feb. 26, 2017.

Holiday lights - Botanical Garden

November 12, 2016 - Jan. 7, 2017

2.5 miles NE

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights features one million colorful lights, costumed characters, attractions, and snacks at the 30-acre Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Latina expo

November 13, 2016

26.4 miles NE

Shop from 200 vendors focused on women and families at ExpoMujer, which includes a health fair, fashion show, talk show, and workshops at Infinite Energy Center in Duluth. Free.

Holiday plays

November 23 - Dec. 31, 2016

multiple locations

Tasting at the market

November 17, 2016 (6 to 10 p.m.)

1.7 miles east

Buy $5 food and drink samples from restaurants and food stalls, and hear live music during A Taste of Krog Street Market. Free.

Thanksgiving celebration

November 17, 2016 (7 to 9 p.m.)

19.4 miles north

All religions join in welcoming you to this year’s Ecumenical Thanksgiving Celebration, which offers “thoughts, prayers, music, and humor to express solidarity through our multiple faiths for the cause of true peace in our world” in Marietta. Free.

Horror-film festival

November 17 - 20, 2016

2.4 miles NE

See a juried selection of disturbing and scary independent horror films at the Buried Alive Film Fest at 7 Stages Theatre.

Christmas extravaganza

November 17 - Dec. 23, 2016

32 miles NE

Christmas Canteen is a nostalgic variety show with sketch comedy, theatrical numbers, and singing galore at Aurora Theatre.

Harry Potter pub crawl

November 18, 2016

3 miles NE

Potter Pub Crawl includes five bars in Virginia Highlands with food and drink specials plus a costume contest starting at Diesel Filling Station for age 21+.

Vocal music festival

November 18 - 20, 2016

2.2 miles SW

SoJam is a weekend of “a cappella” concerts, competitions, and classes at Morehouse College.

African-American Nutcracker

November 18 - 20, 2016

12.7 miles west

Set on Atlanta’s Sweet Auburn Avenue in the 1940s, the Urban Nutcracker features “professional dancers and urban minority youth, dancing to the traditional Tchaikovsky score and newly adapted music” at Riverside EpiCenter in Austell.

Nutcracker ballet

Nov. 18 - Dec. 3, 2016

Greater Atlanta area

Clara and the Nutcracker Prince dance through a magical wintry kingdom to a land of candy.

Christmas at Lake Lanier

November 18, 2016 - Jan. 3, 2017

43 miles NE

Drive past colorful displays on Magical Nights of Lights to reach Holiday Village, where you can shop, dine, visit Santa, and take carnival rides at Lake Lanier Islands Resort.

Christmas lights - Callaway Gardens

November 18, 2016 - Jan. 7, 2017

82 miles SE

Fantasy in Lights is a giant holiday light and sound show, with eight million lights, displays, a Christmas village, and Santa Claus at Callaway Gardens.

Holidays around the world

November 18, 2016 - Jan. 8, 2017

4 miles NE

Winter Wonderland celebrates Christmas, Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, and other cultures with bright lights, decorated trees, ornaments, and emblems at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Closed Dec. 25.

Tree lighting - Atlantic Station

November 19, 2016 (1 to 9 p.m.)

3 miles north

Enjoy kids’ activities, hear live music, watch Santa arrive in a parade, and see the Christmas tree lighting at 8:30 p.m. followed by fireworks at Lighting of Atlantic Station. Free.

Thanksgiving Cabaret

November 19, 2016 (8 p.m.)

7.6 miles NE

Grateful for Love is a musical cabaret that features top-tier local talent and a bit of comedy at OnStage Atlanta.

Superhero convention

November 19 - 20, 2016

0.5 miles west

Heroes & Villains Fan Fest celebrates comics, sci-fi, TV, and movies with guest actors, panel discussions, costume contests, role-playing, and vendors at Georgia World Congress Center.

Holiday craft fair

November 19 - 20, 2016

0.7 miles south

Shop from crafters, artists, vintage vendors, and food trucks at Indie Craft Experience Holiday Shopping Spectacular at Georgia Freight Depot. Repeats June.

Aquarium holiday

November 19, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017

0.5 miles NW

Festival of the SEAson features a light and music show, tree-lighting ceremonies, Santa and SCUBA Claus, and live entertainment at Georgia Aquarium. See schedule.

Tree lighting - Lenox Square

November 20, 2016

8 miles NE

Macy’s Great Tree Lighting Show includes live music at 6:30 p.m., the rooftop tree lighting at 7 p.m., a visit from Santa, and then usually fireworks.

Light Up Dunwoody

November 20, 2016 (3 to 6 p.m.)

15 miles north

Light Up Dunwoody is a neighborhood Christmas village with vendors, Santa, and a tree-lighting ceremony at 5:45 p.m. at Cheek-Spruill House in Dunwoody. Free.

Christmas spectacular

November 23 & 25, 2016

1 mile north

Cirque Dreams Holidaze has flying reindeer, jumping gingerbread men, rousing music, amazing costumes, and Santa Claus at Fox Theatre.

Holidays at Centennial Park

November 23, 2016 - Jan. 8, 2017

0.3 miles west

Visit the Ice Rink & Holiday in Lights Display with thousands of lights in the north section of Centennial Park. The new Chinese Lantern Festival in the south section of the park is open Dec. 9, 2016 to Jan. 15.

Thanksgiving dinner

November 24, 2016

Greater Atlanta area

Find a list of restaurants offering special menus for Thanksgiving Day at Atlanta Magazine and OpenTable.

Thanksgiving race

November 24, 2016 (7:30 a.m.)

3 miles south

The Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon & 5K begin and end near Turner Field on Thanksgiving.

Christmas lights - Marietta

November 24 - Dec. 31, 2016

17 miles NW

Lights of Life is open every day with 1.5 miles of holiday lights, displays, kids’ activities, and concessions at Life University.

Bar crawl

November 25, 2016 (1 to 5 p.m.)

8 miles north

Black Friday Bar Crawl begins at Buckhead Saloon with a complimentary beer and includes food and drink specials at three other bars in Buckhead.

Louis Armstrong tribute

November 25 - 26, 2016 (8 p.m.)

2.3 miles north

A Tribute to Louis Armstrong features jazz legend Byron Stripling on trumpet backed by a full orhcestra at Atlanta Symphony Hall.

A Christmas Carol

November 25 - Dec. 24, 2016

multiple locations

A Christmas Carol is Charles Dickens’ holiday classic about Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and three Christmas ghosts.

Lights at the speedway

November 25 - Dec. 30, 2016

28 miles south

Drive past 3 million lights and displays at Holiday Light Spectacular, which includes Santa’s village, a Christmas tree forest, and carnival rides at Atlanta Motor Speedway. See schedule.

Mannheim Steamroller

November 26, 2016 (2 and 8 p.m.)

1 mile north

Grammy Award-winning composer Chip Davis presents Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, performed live with acoustic-electronic seasonal hits and multimedia effects at Fox Theatre.

Hip Nutcracker

November 27, 2016 (6:30 p.m.)

1 mile north

The Hip Hop Nutcracker gives Tchaikovsky’s score a modern twist with a dozen hip-hop dancers in an urban setting at Fox Theatre.

Christmas at the mansion

November 28 - Dec. 13, 2016

4 miles NE

Tour a Tudor Revival mansion decorated by designers for Christmas at Callanwolde. The outdoor Christmas at Callanwolde Light Show (Nov. 21 to Dec. 29) is at additional cost. Closed Nov. 24 and Dec. 1, 24, 25. Discount tickets for home tour $12.

Gospel Nativity

November 30 - Dec. 18, 2016

13 miles SW

Black Nativity retells the story of the first Christmas with dance, spirituals, gospel music, and a rousing finale at Southwest Arts Center.
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