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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November 2015
November 2015

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

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

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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.

Celebrate the dead

November 1, 2015 (12 to 5 p.m.)

6.3 miles north

Day of the Dead is an outdoor festival with Mexican food, entertainment, storytelling, altars honoring the departed, and free entry to Atlanta History Center.

Six Flags Halloween

November 1, 2015

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

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.

Norcross haunted house

November 1 - 7, 2015

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.

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.

Newnan haunted house

November 1 - 14, 2015

41 miles SW

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

BronzeLens Film Festival

November 5 - 8, 2015 (one film Nov. 4)

Atlanta locations

BronzeLens Film Festival offers 55 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.

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.

All-female “Romeo and Juliet”

November 6 - 22, 2015

2.5 miles east

Woman play all the parts in Romeo and Juliet, which is Shakespeare’s play about star-crossed lovers at 7 Stages for age 17+.

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.

Glowing run/walk

November 7, 2015 (7 to 10 p.m.)

3 miles NE

The Lantern Run 5K is a fun night run with glowing shirts and necklaces plus an illuminated after party at Piedmont Park.

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.

Women’s Expo

November 7 - 8, 2015

11 miles NW

Atlanta Southeast Women’s Expo has free makeovers, hair styling, seminars, samples, cooking demos, and tastings at Cobb Galleria Centre.

Cat show

November 7 - 8, 2015

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.

Christmas at Stone Mountain

November 7, 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 offers inner tube rides.

Field day

November 8, 2015 (12 to 6 p.m.)

2 miles NE

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

Art & beer

November 8, 2015 (1 to 6 p.m.)

3 miles NE

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

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.

Rudolph puppet show

November 10 - Dec. 27, 2015

3 miles north

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a puppet version of the classic 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.

Jazz concert

November 12, 2015 (8 p.m.)

11 miles NW

Hear Dianne Reeves & Fourplay live at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

Stimulate your mind

November 13, 2015

6 miles north

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

Family musical

November 13, 2015 (6:30 p.m.)

11 miles NW

Clifford The Big Red Dog brings the popular pet from children’s books and cartoons to the stage at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

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.

Vocal music festival

November 13 - 15, 2015

4.8 miles NE

SoJam is a weekend of “a cappella” concerts, competitions, and classes at Emory University.

Disco dance

November 14, 2015 (8 p.m.)

2 miles SE

Grant Park Mothball has a DJ playing disco music upstairs, ‘70s and ‘80s music in the bar downstairs, go-go dancers, and contests at Grant Park Recreation Center.

Wrap toys

November 14, 2015

5.5 miles NE

Sign up to wrap toys for children in need at America’s Toy Wrap at Passion City Church. Free.

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 (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.

Horror-film festival

November 14 - 15, 2015

2.8 miles north

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

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.

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.

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. 27, 2015

2.4 miles east

Tree lighting - Atlantic Station

November 21, 2015 (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.

Holiday craft fair

November 21 - 22, 2015

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.

Polar Express ballet

November 21 - 22, 2015

27 miles NE

Southern Ballet Theatre performs the Polar Express about a girl who takes a magical train to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus, at Infinite Energy Center in Duluth.

Tree lighting - Lenox Square

November 22, 2015

8 miles NE

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

Light Up Dunwoody

November 22, 2015 (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 25 & 27, 2015 (7:30 p.m.)

1 mile north

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

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 (sold out)

3 miles south

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

Christmas at the mansion

November 30 - Dec. 15, 2015

4 miles NE

Tour a Tudor Revival mansion decorated by designers for Christmas at Callanwolde. See the schedule of special events. Discount tickets $12.

Aquarium holiday

November 30 - Dec. 25, 2015

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.

Lights at the speedway

November 30 - Dec. 30, 2015

28 miles south

Drive past 3 million lights and displays at Holiday Light Spectacular, which includes Santa’s village, Christmas tree forest, and carnival rides at Atlanta Motor Speedway. See schedule. Closed Dec. 25.

Christmas lights - Marietta

November 30 - Dec. 31, 2015

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.

Old-fashioned Christmas

November 30 - Dec. 31, 2015

21 miles north

Tour decorated homes, see a holiday show, enjoy breakfast or dinner with Santa, and shop at Christmas in Roswell.

Christmas lights - Callaway Gardens

November 30, 2015 - Jan. 2, 2016

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.

Holiday lights - Centennial Park

November 30, 2015 - Jan. 3, 2016

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.

Christmas at Lake Lanier

November 30, 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. Discount tickets (see dates) $11, child $7.

Holiday lights - Botanical Garden

November 30, 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.

Holidays around the world

November 30, 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. Winter Wonderland Celebration Days are Saturdays to Dec. 19.
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