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 in downtown 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.

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.

Hemlock festival

November 4 - 6, 2016

64 miles north

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

Cabbagetown festival

November 5, 2016

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.

Wine festival

November 5, 2016

6 miles east

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

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 Roswell. Discount tickets $25.

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.

Women’s Expo

November 5 - 6, 2016 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

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 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.

Dawsonville haunted trail

November 5 - 6, 2016 (begins Oct. 15)

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. 15, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30; Nov. 5, 6.

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.

Fine food in the country

November 6, 2016

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.

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.

Vegetarian festival

November 12, 2016

5 miles SW

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

Acworth beer festival

November 12, 2016

30 miles NW

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

Pet expo

November 12 - 13, 2016

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.

Christmas at Stone Mountain

November 12, 2016 - Jan. 1, 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.

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.

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+.

Christmas lights - Callaway Gardens

November 18 - Dec. 31, 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. Also visit New Year’s Eve Fantasy & Fireworks Celebration on Dec. 31.

Tree lighting - Atlantic Station

November 19, 2016

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 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.

Horror-film festival

November 19 - 20, 2016

2.8 miles north

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

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.

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.

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

3 miles south

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

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, Christmas tree forest, and carnival rides at Atlanta Motor Speedway. See schedule. Closed Dec. 25.

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.

Disco dance

November 2016 (undated)

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.

Field day

November 2016 (undated)

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 2016 (undated)

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.

Indoor art fair

November 2016 (undated)

4 miles NE

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

Vocal music festival

November 2016 (undated)

4.8 miles NE

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

Irish festival

November 2016 (undated)

13 miles north

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

Wine festival

November 2016 (undated)

32 miles NE

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

Air show

November 2016 (undated)

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.

Holiday lights - Centennial Park

November 2016 (undated)

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.

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.

Christmas spectacular

November 2016 (undated)

1 mile north

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

Christmas theater

November 2016 (undated)

2.4 miles east

Rudolph puppet show

November 2016 (undated)

3 miles north

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

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 are Saturdays.

Tree lighting - Lenox Square

November 2016 (undated)

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.

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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