Atlanta events calendar for November 2014. Best festivals, fun things to do, Thanksgiving events, holiday lights, kids activities, free entertainment in Atlanta, Georgia.

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November 2014

Enjoy the best Atlanta events, festivals, and things to do in November 2014 with this calendar of events.

Events are listed by starting date, and all dates are confirmed. Mileage is from the Westin Peachtree Plaza in downtown Atlanta, Georgia.

Halloween at the aquarium

November 1, 2014 (begins Oct. 31)

0.5 miles NW

Children wearing costumes get free admission (two kids up to age 12 per paid adult), treats, and prizes at Georgia A-Scary-Um at Georgia Aquarium.

Cabbagetown festival

November 1, 2014

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.

Disturbing haunted house

November 1, 2014 (begins Oct. 1)

2.5 miles NE

Chambers of Horror has scenes of profane torture at The Masquerade for ages 18+.

Art & wine gala

November 1, 2014

2.5 miles NW

Limitless - Art, Wine, Inspiration features wine, hors d’oeuvres, local art, and an auction at Westside Cultural Arts Center.

Warehouse Halloween party

November 1, 2014

11 miles SE

Monster Bash features DJs, bands, live zombies, and a costume contest in Conley. Requires age 18+ ID.

Pet Parade

November 1, 2014

21 miles NE

Join a Pet Parade with thousands of dogs and their owners in Roswell to support the Humane Society.

Carrollton haunted camp

November 1, 2014 (begins Sept. 18)

56 miles SW

Camp Blood offers four haunts, including a zombie paintball shoot only on Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

Rome haunted house

November 1, 2014 (begins Oct. 3)

71 miles NW

Gates of Misery [sound] is filled with torture, torment, zombies, and cannibals.

Chastain Park Arts Festival

November 1 - 2, 2014

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.

Six Flags Halloween

Nov. 1 - 2, 2014 (begins Sept. 27)

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.

Indian powwow

November 1 - 2, 2014 (begins Oct. 30)

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.

Douglasville haunted house

Nov. 1 - 2, 2014 (begins Sept. 13)

22 miles west

Zombies riot at Nightmare’s Gate in Douglasville.

Cat show

November 1 - 2, 2014

27 miles NE

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

Dawsonville haunted trail

Nov. 1 - 2, 2014 (begins Oct. 17)

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.

High-tech haunted house

Nov. 1-2 & 7-8, 2014 (starts Sept. 26)

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.

Newnan haunted house

Nov. 1 - 15, 2014 (begins Sept. 19)

41 miles SW

13 Stories Haunted House [sound] has 6 terrifying attractions with Hollywood quality detail.

Book festival

November 1 - 19, 2014

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.

Corn maze & hayride

Nov. 1 - 23, 2014 (begins Sept. 13)

55 miles north

Explore a corn maze, shoot the corn cannon, take a hayride, and enjoy an evening bonfire at Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze in Dawsonville. Open Fri. - Sun.

Old-fashioned Christmas

November 1 - Dec. 24, 2014

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.

Skateboard competition

November 2, 2014

2 miles NE

Get a ticket to skate or to be a spectator at King of North Avenue, which also features beer, DJ music, food trucks, and art and craft vendors.

Lobster Festival

November 2, 2014

3.5 miles NE

The first Atlanta Lobster Festival offers live music, arts and crafts, games, craft beer, food trucks, and restaurant lobster dishes outdoors in Candler Park.

BBQ and blues

November 2, 2014

43 miles NE

BBQ, Boots, and Blues Festival offers BBQ from 20 restaurants and food trucks, live music, artists’ tents, and a kids’ zone at Lake Lanier Islands Resort.

Antique machinery show

November 7 - 8, 2014

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.

Hemlock festival

November 7 - 9, 2014

64 miles north

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

November 8, 2014

0.2 miles north

The Atlanta Veterans Day Parade begins at 11:11 a.m. downtown. See the parade route map.

Whisky expo

November 8, 2014

1 mile north

Sample whiskies and spirits at Whiskies of the World, which includes a dinner buffet at Fox Theatre.

Hootenanny dance

November 8, 2014

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.

Glowing run/walk

November 8, 2014

3 miles NE

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

Cask ale festival

November 8, 2014

5 miles NE

Try 90 cask beers from 90 guest brewers and hear southern rock at SweetWater’s Brew Your Cask Off.

Vegetarian festival

November 8, 2014

5 miles SW

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

Wine festival

November 8, 2014

6 miles east

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

Alien half marathon

November 8, 2014

19 miles north

The popular Area 13.1 Half Marathon & 5K has an out-of-this-world theme at Riverside Park in Roswell.

Pet expo

November 8, 2014

27 miles NE

Bring your pet (see rules) to Atlanta Pet Expo, which offers vendors, vaccinations, entertainment, and adoptions at Gwinnett Center in Duluth. Free.

Woodstock Art and Wine Festival

November 8 - 9, 2014

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.

Christmas at Stone Mountain

Nov. 8, 2014 - Jan. 4, 2015

19 miles east

Stone Mountain Christmas features 2 million lights, holiday shows, a snow-angel palace, parade with Santa, fireworks and snowfall at Stone Mountain Park. Nearby snow rides open Nov. 22.

Beer fundraiser

November 9, 2014

3.4 miles NW

Eat, drink, and hear live music to help the homeless at Cheers for Change at Monday Night Brewing.

Fine food in the country

November 9, 2014

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.

Lunch for women entrepreneurs

November 10, 2014

8 miles north

Fall Empowerment Event is an educational and inspirational lunch for female entrepreneurs at the InterContinental Buckhead.

Free park day

November 11, 2014

19 miles north

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

Rudolph puppet show

November 11 - Dec. 28, 2014

3 miles north

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

Short comedies

November 12, 2014

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.

Civil War lecture

November 13, 2014

9.3 miles

Hear a historian speak of Lee’s Surrender and the Process of Emancipation at The Lovett School. Free.

Cocktails at the aquarium

November 14, 2014

0.5 miles NW

Adults can wander Georgia Aquarium and enjoy live music, cocktails, and tapas at Sips Under the Sea.

Holiday lights - Callaway Gardens

Nov. 14 - Dec. 30, 2014 (schedule)

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. Special days.

Beer festival

November 15, 2014

1.5 miles NE

Ponce de Leon Beer Festival features beers from 30 breweries, 8 bands and food trucks at Yaarab Shrine.

Indoor art fair

November 15 - 16, 2014

4 miles NE

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

Holiday lights - Botanical Garden

November 15, 2014 - Jan. 3, 2015

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 at Lake Lanier

November 21 - Dec. 31, 2014

43 miles NE

Drive past the lights of Lanier Islands Christmas to reach Holiday Village to shop, skate, eat, visit Santa, and take carnival rides at Lake Lanier Islands Resort. SnowWorld offers sledding on real snow.

Classic Christmas play

November 21 - Dec. 24, 2014

2.2 miles north

Alliance Theatre performs Charles Dickens’ holiday classic A Christmas Carol about the miraculous transformation of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge at Woodruff Arts Center. Discount tickets.

Comic Christmas play

November 21 - Dec. 31, 2014

2.4 miles east

The Santaland Diaries is a comedy for adults at the Horizon Theatre. Not Mondays or Nov. 27, Dec. 25.

Holidays around the world

Nov. 21, 2014 - Jan. 11, 2015

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 22, 2014

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.

Diabetes health fair

November 22, 2014

11 miles NW

The Diabetes Expo has health screenings, cooking demos, prevention & management advice, and exhibitors at the Cobb Galleria Centre. Free.

Music documentaries

November 22, 2014

13 miles west

FJK Documentary Film Festival & Music Conference features panel discussions about movie-making and four music documentaries at Southwest Arts Center.

Holiday craft fair

November 22 - 23, 2014

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.

Horror-film festival

November 22 - 23, 2014

2.3 miles NW

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

Dr. Seuss ballet

November 22 - 23, 2014

27 miles NE

Southern Ballet combines characters from the Grinch and the Nutcracker in A Very Grinchy Christmas at Gwinnett Center in Duluth.

Aquarium holiday

November 22 - Dec. 25, 2014

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.

Holiday lights - Centennial Park

Nov. 22, 2014 - Jan. 19, 2015

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.

Light Up Dunwoody

November 23, 2014

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.

South Africa show

November 25 - 30, 2014 (7 p.m.)

0.2 miles south

Talented South Africans sing and dance the history of their country in beautiful costumes at Africa Umoja at Rialto Center for the Arts. Discount tickets.

Musical theater

November 25 - 30, 2014

1 mile north

See Dirty Dancing live onstage with hit songs from the original movie at Fox Theatre.

Thanksgiving dinner

November 27, 2014

Greater Atlanta area

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

Thanksgiving race

November 27, 2014

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 27, 2014 (4:30 p.m. pre-show)

8 miles NE

Macy’s Great Tree Lighting Show at 5 p.m. has top musicians playing live music. Pre-show at 4:30 p.m.

Holiday lights - Marietta

November 27 - Dec. 31, 2014

17 miles NW

Lights of Life is open every day with concessions. Some days include train & pony rides, a petting zoo, live music, and Santa Claus at Life University.

Family theater

Nov. 28 - Dec. 28, 2014 (preview Nov. 26)

2.6 miles north

Lyle the Crocodile is a song and dance extravaganza about a crocodile and the children who befriend him at Synchronicity Theatre. Discount tickets.

Zombie escape

November 29 - Dec. 21, 2014 (schedule)

14 miles NE

You and 11 others are Trapped in a Room with a Zombie on a chain and have only one hour to solve clues and escape, in Tucker. Discount tickets.
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November 2014 calendar of events in Atlanta, GA. Best events, fairs, festivals, and things to do in Atlanta, Georgia.     steve.baker@events12.com