Atlanta events for November 2015. 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.

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Zombie, horror, sci-fi event

November 1, 2015 (begins Oct. 30)

0.5 miles west

Walker Stalker Con has panels, celebrities, vendors, and a party at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Discount tickets $8 to $72.

Comic play: Reefer Madness

November 1, 2015 (begins Oct. 22)

11 miles NE

Based on a 1920s propaganda film about marijuana, Reefer Madness is a raucous musical comedy about clean-cut kids who partake and face a downward spiral of “evil” jazz music, sex, and violence, at Conant Performing Arts Center. Discount tickets $10.

Six Flags Halloween

Nov. 1, 2015 (begins Sept. 26)

13 miles west

Enjoy pumpkin painting & trick-or-treating in daylight, but beware the ghosts, ghouls, and zombies at night during Fright Fest at Six Flags over Georgia in Austell. Only age 12 and under can wear costumes.

Indian powwow

November 1, 2015 (begins Oct. 29)

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.

Stockbridge haunts

November 1, 2015 (begins Oct. 2)

26 miles SE

Fear the Woods includes a Haunted Barn, Haunted Hayride, Haunted Trail, and Zombie Paintball at Yule Forest on Hwy 155.

Air show

November 1, 2015 (begins Oct. 31)

36 miles south

The Great Georgia Air Show (GGAS) has civilian and military aviation acts, plus live music, food vendors, and family activities at Falcon Field in Peachtree City.

Thrilling theater

November 1 - 5, 2015 (begins Oct. 28)

2.6 miles NW

The Thrush & the Woodpecker is a white-knuckled thriller about a mother and son facing betrayal and revenge at Actor's Express. Discount tickets $14.

Norcross haunted house

Nov. 1 - 7, 2015 (begins Sept. 25)

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.

Dawsonville haunted trail

Nov. 1 - 7, 2015 (begins Oct. 16)

52 miles NE

Hell’s Gates [sound] is an outdoor trail that leads you through nine shocking scenes with live actors and special effects in Dawsonville. Open Oct. 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31 and Nov. 1, 6, 7.

Newnan haunted house

Nov. 1 - 13, 2015 (begins Sept. 25)

41 miles SW

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

Murder mystery

November 1 - 14, 2015

7.6 miles NE

Based on a novel by Agatha Christie, A Murder is Announced is a classic story of mixed motives, concealed identities, and expert detective work at OnStage Atlanta. Discount tickets $12.

BronzeLens Film Festival

November 5 - 8, 2015

Atlanta locations

BronzeLens Film Festival offers 50 films by or about people of color, plus workshops and panel discussions.

Book festival

November 5 - 22, 2015

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.

Zombie escape

November 5 - 27, 2015

14 miles NE

You and 11 others are Trapped in a Room with a Zombie on a growing chain, with only 1 hour to solve clues and escape, in Tucker. Discount tickets $15.

Stimulate your mind

November 6, 2015

6 miles north

A dozen brilliant speakers illuminate topics like design, medicine, cartoons, architecture, and space exploration at TEDxPeachtree at Buckhead Theatre.

Gospel & health festival

November 6 - 7, 2015

12 miles south

Atlanta HealthCare, Music & Gospel Festival has health & wellness vendors, cooking demonstrations, and choirs at Sheraton Gateway Hotel. Free except some concerts.

Irish festival

November 6 - 7, 2015

13 miles north

IrishFest Atlanta has traditional evening concerts, workshops, children’s activities, a Friday buffet, and a Saturday dance at Wyndham Atlanta Galleria.

Hemlock festival

November 6 - 8, 2015

64 miles north

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

Veterans Day parade

November 7, 2015 (11:11 a.m.)

0.2 miles north

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

Cabbagetown festival

November 7, 2015

2 miles SE

Chomp & Stomp is 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.

Vegetarian festival

November 7, 2015

5 miles SW

Atlanta Veg Fest offers speakers and vegan vendors at Atlanta Metropolitan State College. Donation.

Wine festival

November 7, 2015 (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.

Wine festival

November 7, 2015

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 7 - 8, 2015

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 7 - 8, 2015

27 miles NE

Watch hundreds of cats compete, and shop from cat-supply vendors at the CFA Cat Show at Gwinnett Center in Duluth.

Fine food in the country

November 8, 2015 (1 to 4 p.m.)

33 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 the Inn at Serenbe in Palmetto.

Christmas at Stone Mountain

Nov. 8, 2015 - Jan. 3, 2016

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 rides open Nov. 21.

Rudolph puppet show

November 10 - Dec. 27, 2015

3 miles north

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

Free park day

November 11, 2015

19 miles north

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

Short comedies

November 12, 2015

3 miles NE

See 20 short comedy films that were produced in only three days at 69 Hour (Comedy) Film Fest, which includes drink tickets at the Plaza Theatre.

Antique machinery show

November 13 - 14, 2015

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.

Christmas lights - Callaway Gardens

November 13 - Jan. 2, 2016

82 miles SE

Fantasy in Lights is a spectacular holiday light and sound show, with eight million lights, 15 displays, a Christmas village, and Santa Claus at Callaway Gardens. Specialty Nights is for pets and bikes.

Hootenanny dance

November 14, 2015 (8 p.m.)

2 miles SE

Grant Park Mothball features bluegrass and rock, a dance-off and costume contest, moonshine cocktails and craft beer at the Grant Park Recreation Center.

Pet expo

November 14, 2015

11 miles south

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

Acworth beer festival

November 14, 2015

30 miles NW

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

Indoor art fair

November 14 - 15, 2015

4 miles NE

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

Woodstock Art and Wine Festival

November 14 - 15, 2015

29 miles north

Woodstock Art and Wine Festival features 70 juried artists, 50 wines to taste, live music, a kids’ activity area, and food vendors in Woodstock City Park.

Holiday lights - Botanical Garden

November 14, 2015 - Jan. 9, 2016

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.

Old-fashioned Christmas

November 15 - Dec. 31, 2015

21 miles north

Tour decorated homes, see a holiday musical, enjoy high tea or cookies with Mrs. Claus, and see Santa during Christmas in Roswell.

Dancing with the Stars

November 17, 2015 (7:30 p.m.)

1 mile north

Shaping Sound performs electrifying dance that made it famous on Dancing With the Stars & So You Think You Can Dance at Fox Theatre. Discount tickets $32.

Documentary film festival

November 19 - 21, 2015

2.5 miles SE

Atlanta International Documentary Film Festival (DocuFest) shows independent documentary films at DooGallery.

Christmas theater

November 19 - Dec. 31, 2015

2.4 miles east

Horror-film festival

November 20 - 22, 2015

2.3 miles NW

See a juried selection of disturbing and scary independent horror films at the Buried Alive Film Fest at Fabrefaction Theater.

Aquarium holiday

November 20 - Dec. 25, 2015

0.5 miles NW

Festival of the SEAson turns the Georgia Aquarium into a winter wonderland with a light show, live holiday music, Santa and SCUBA Claus, and Weeki Wachee Mermaids shows. See dates for each event.

Christmas at Lake Lanier

Nov. 20, 2015 - Jan 3, 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.

Holidays around the world

November 20, 2015 - Jan. 10, 2016

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.

Tree lighting - Atlantic Station

November 21, 2015

3 miles north

Enjoy kids’ activities, hear live music, watch Santa arrive in a parade, and see the Christmas tree lighting with snow at the Lighting of Atlantic Station. Free.

Holiday craft fair

November 21 - 22, 2015

0.7 miles south

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

Light Up Dunwoody

November 22, 2015

15 miles north

Light Up Dunwoody is a neighborhood Christmas village with vendors, Santa, and a tree-lighting ceremony at Cheek-Sprull House in Dunwoody. Free.

Thanksgiving dinner

November 26, 2015

Greater Atlanta area

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

Thanksgiving race

November 26, 2015

3 miles south

The Atlanta Half Marathon, 5K, and fun run begin and end near Turner Field on Thanksgiving morning.

Tree lighting - Lenox Square

November 26, 2015

8 miles NE

Macy’s Great Tree Lighting Show has top musicians playing live music.

Christmas lights - Marietta

November 26 - Dec. 31, 2015

17 miles NW

Lights of Life is open every day with 1.5 miles of holiday lights and entertainment at Life University.

Christmas at the mansion

November 30 - Dec. 15, 2015

4 miles NE

Tour a Tudor Revival mansion decorated by designers for Christmas at Callanwolde. The schedule of special events includes a preview party.
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