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.

Discount tickets marked green are from trusted sellers (Goldstar, Groupon, and LivingSocial).


November 1 - 6, 2016

1 mile north

Step back in time to the decadent Kit Kat Klub of prewar Germany as colorful singers serenade you in Cabaret at Fox Theatre. Discount tickets $33.

Theme parks

November 1 - Dec. 31, 2016 (also Oct.)

multiple locations

Dark comedy

November 2 - 20, 2016 (begins Oct. 26)

2.4 miles NW

Siblings who squabble over dividing up an inheritance uncover a shocking truth about race and identity in the award-winning play Appropriate at Actor’s Express.

Discount tickets $18.

A Chorus Line

November 3 - 6, 2016 (begins Oct. 21)

17.2 miles NW

One of the most popular musicals ever, A Chorus Line is a story about casting a new Broadway musical, at Cobb Civic Center in Marietta. Discount tickets $20.

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.

Biblical rock musical

November 4 - 6, 2016

15 miles north

Godspell tells the story of Jesus and his disciples through a series of charming and hilarious scenes with a musical score a score ranging from ragtime to rock and rap in Dunwoody. Discount tickets $10.

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.


November 4 - 5 and 11 - 12, 2016

1 mile east

Professional magician Peter Morrison performs classical magic and comedy up close at 444 Theatre. Discount tickets $15.

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.

Saxophone concert

November 5, 2016 (8 p.m.)

2.5 miles north

Grammy-winning saxophonist Chris Mitchell plays a combination of romantic Latin jazz, bossa nova, and R&B at Center Stage Theater. Discount tickets $10.

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. Discount tickets $20.

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. Discount tickets $25.

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.

Fresh Peter Pan

November 11 - 13, 2016

16 miles NW

Peter and the Starcatcher is a swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan, a madcap adventure with music, pirates, orphans, and secret agents at Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre in Mableton. Children age 12 and younger are free. Discount tickets $8.

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 (6 and 9 p.m.)

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+. Discount tickets $10.

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+.

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.

Pet expo

November 12 - 13, 2016

0.5 miles west

Bring your pet (see rules) to Atlanta Pet Expo, which offers vendors, vaccinations, entertainment, and adoptions at Georgia World Congress Center. 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.

Christmas at Stone Mountain

November 12, 2016 - Jan. 4, 2017

19 miles east

Stone Mountain Christmas 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. 25, 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.

Christmas lights - Callaway Gardens

November 12, 2016 to Jan. 7, 2017

82 miles SE

Fantasy in Lights is a spectacular holiday light and sound show, with eight million lights, displays, a Christmas village, and Santa Claus at Callaway Gardens. Also visit New Year’s Eve Fantasy & Fireworks Celebration on Dec. 31.

Latina expo

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

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.

Christmas theater

November 16 - Dec. 24, 2016

2.4 miles east

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.

Harry Potter pub crawl

November 18, 2016 (7 p.m.)

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.

Holiday lights - Centennial Park

November 18, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017

0.3 miles west

Stroll through a winter wonderland at Centennial Olympic Park when it’s lit by thousands of lights for Holiday in Lights. Free.

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.

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. Discount tickets $9.

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.

Christmas at Lake Lanier

November 19 - Dec. 31, 2016

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.

Tree lighting - Lenox Square

November 20, 2016

8 miles NE

Macy’s Great Tree Lighting Show normally includes live music at 6 p.m., the rooftop tree lighting at 7 p.m., and then fireworks.

Kids’ adventure show

November 20, 2016 (5:30 p.m.)

11 miles NW

Odd Squad Live is an award-winning spy adventure complete with fantastic gadgets and dastardly villains, which also helps kids age 4 to 8 learn math at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Discount tickets $17.

Light Up Dunwoody

November 20, 2016

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. Discount tickets $40.

Thanksgiving dinner

November 24, 2016

Greater Atlanta area

Find a list of restaurants offering special menus for Thanksgiving Day at CL Atlanta 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.

Dirty Dancing

November 25 - 27, 2016

11 miles NW

See the romantic story Dirty Dancing, with passionate dancing and hit songs from the movie live at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Discount Friday tickets $39.

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. Closed Dec. 25.


November 27, 2016 (1 p.m.)

0.7 miles west

Watch the Atlanta Falcons play the Arizona Cardinals in a home game at Georgia Dome. Discount tickets $40.

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. See the schedule of special events.

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.

Aquarium holiday

November 2016 (undated)

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.

Holidays around the world

November 2016 (undated)

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. Winter Wonderland Celebration Days are Saturdays.

Christmas lights - Marietta

November 2016 (undated)

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.
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