Atlanta events, festivals, things to do – November 2018

November 2018
best events in Atlanta

Indian powwow

November 1 - 4, 2018

19 miles east

Native American Festival and Pow-Wow showcases dancing, drumming, bow making, open-fire cooking, storytelling, and artistry at Stone Mountain Park. No pets.

Whisky expo

November 2, 2018 (6 to 10 p.m.)

8.5 miles north

Sample whiskies and spirits with food during Whiskies of the World at Westin Buckhead Atlanta for age 21+

Irish festival

November 2 - 3, 2018

14.7 miles north

IrishFest Atlanta has traditional evening concerts both days. Saturday includes workshops, performances, children’s activities, tastings, and a dance at DoubleTree by Hilton Atlanta Perimeter Dunwoody.
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Newnan haunted house

November 2 -3, 2018 (starts Sept. 28)

41 miles SW

13 Stories Haunted House [sound] has six terrifying attractions and “detail that Hollywood would be proud of” viewed in groups of 6 to 8 people. See schedule.

Wine festival

November 3, 2018 (12:30 to 4:30 p.m.)

6 miles east

Taste wine, buy restaurant food, and shop from artists at Decatur Wine Festival.

Taste of Kennesaw

November 3, 2018

26 miles NW

Buy restaurant samples, visit a beer garden or kids’ zone, and hear the bands at Taste of Kennesaw. Free.

Acworth beer festival

November 3, 2018

30 miles NW

Acworth Craft Beer Fest features 100 beers, 25 wines, cider, live music, and food for sale in Acworth.

Chastain Park Arts Festival

November 3 - 4, 2018

9 miles north

See fine art and crafts, hear local acoustic musicians, shop at food vendors, and visit the children’s area at Chastain Park Arts Festival at Chastain Park. Repeats in May. Free.

Cat show

November 3 - 4, 2018

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 3 - 18, 2018

18 miles NE

Billed as the South’s premier literary event, Book Festival of the MJCCA includes author book readings, signings, panel discussions, family events, and book sales in Dunwoody.

Harry Potter pub crawl

November 9, 2018 (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+.

Tasting in the park

November 10, 2018

Location uncertain

Atlanta Fall Wine Festival features 100 wines, beers, and ciders to sample, with live music and food for age 21+.

Super hero run

November 10, 2018

2.3 miles NE

The Super Run 5K/10K provides a cape and welcomes costumes at Historic Fourth Ward Park.

Horror-film festival

November 14 - 18, 2018

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.

Tree lighting - Atlantic Station

November 17, 2018

3 miles north

Enjoy kids’ activities, hear live music, meet Santa, watch a parade, and see the Christmas tree lighting at 8:30 p.m. at the Lighting of Atlantic Station. Free.

Glassblowing party

November 17, 2018 (uncertain)

7 miles east

Watch glassblowing demonstrations at the family friendly Anniversary Party, with food, drinks, and music at Decatur Glassblowing. Free.

Tree lighting - Lenox Square

November 18, 2018

8 miles NE

Macy’s Great Tree Lighting Show includes live music at 6:30 p.m., the tree lighting at 7 p.m., and fireworks set to music. The tree stays lit through Jan. 1, 2018.

Light Up Dunwoody

November 18, 2018

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 lights - Marietta

November 22 - Dec. 31, 2018

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.

Marietta tree lighting

November 29, 2018 (6 p.m.)

18 miles NW

Kick off the holiday season with a band, choruses, Santa (5:20 p.m.), and a tree-lighting ceremony (6 p.m.) at the Christmas Tree Lighting at Glover Park in Marietta. Free.

French cultural festival

November 2018 (undated)

multiple locations

France-Atlanta offers innovative films, performances, talks, exhibitions, and workshops that connect France and the Southeast. Most events are free.

Block party

November 2018 (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 337 Elizabeth Street.

Cabbagetown festival

November 2018 (undated)

2 miles SE

Chomp & Stomp has a chili cook-off (tasting at 12:30 p.m.), food vendors, old-time music, an artis market, and a 5K run at Cabbagetown Park.

Costume party

November 2018 (undated)

2.3 miles SE

Grant Park Mothball has DJ dance music, appetizers, a cash bar, and a costume contest at Grant Park Recreation Center.

Cocktail party for animal rescue

November 2018 (undated)

2.5 miles NE

A ticket to Paws For Cocktails gets you a drink, “delicious food,” live music, and a silent auction to benefit Furkids at Park Tavern in Piedmont Park.

Tasting event

November 2018 (undated)

2.5 miles NE

Uncorked Atlanta Wine Festival includes wine tasting, craft beer, live music, and food for sale at City Winery. Held in February and November.

Indoor art fair

November 2018 (undated)

3.3 miles NE

Shop for paintings, sculpture, fashion, and gift items from artists at Art Visions [website may be slow] at Paideia School in the building at S. Ponce de Leon Avenue & Oakdale Road NE. Free.

Party for a cause

November 2018 (undated)

4.1 miles NW

A ticket to Eats & Beats gets you unlimited restaurant food, open bars, live entertainment, and a silent auction for charity at The Fairmont.

International tasting

November 2018 (undated)

5.5 miles north

A ticket to Culinary Passport Atlanta gets you samples from 10 restaurants serving food from around the world, cooking demos, live music, and two drink tickets at The Stave Room.

Trumpet festival

November 2018 (undated)

10.2 miles NE

Watch the rehearsal Saturday or the concert Sunday at Atlanta Trumpet Festival at Lakeside High School. Free.

Artisan market

November 2018 (undated)

11 miles NW

Shop for art, fashion accessories, gifts, and home goods at Shoppe Artisan Holiday Market at Cobb Galleria Centre. Register in advance for the optional classes.

Sandy Springs Restaurant Week

November 2018 (undated)

12 miles north

Two dozen restaurants offer lunch and dinner specials during Sandy Springs Restaurant Week. Click a price option, then the search button, then a menu button.

Steampunk convention

November 2018 (undated)

12.3 miles NW

Atlanta Steampunk Exposition has special guests, panel discussions, talks by authors, a costume contest, a dance party, and vendors at Atlanta Marriott Northwest At Galleria.

International night market

November 2018 (undated)

13 miles NE

Shop from 200 vendors of art, food, and drink at the Atlanta International Night Market, with a kids’ zone, a beer village, live music, and cultural performances outdoors at Northlake Mall. Kids 6 and younger free.

Veterans Day Celebration

November 2018 (undated)

13.2 miles north

Veterans Day Celebration includes a speech by former U.S. Army Lieutenant Hunter Hill at Concourse Corporate Center, 5 Concourse Pkwy in Sandy Springs.

Vegetarian festival

November 2018 (undated)

17.2 miles NW

Atlanta Veg Fest offers speakers and vegan vendors at Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta. Donation.

Wine festival

November 2018 (undated)

32 miles NE

Taste 150 wines, visit a craft-beer garden, shop food trucks, and hear live music at Suwanee Wine Fest.

Fine food in the country

November 2018 (undated)

36 miles SW

Enjoy food from top restaurants, fine wines, premium micro-brews, live jazz, and a silent auction at Afternoon in the Country under tents on the lawn of Foxhall Resort & Sporting Club in Douglasville for age 21+.

Hemlock festival

November 2018 (undated)

65 miles north

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

Thanksgiving Cabaret

November 2018 (undated)

7.6 miles NE

Grateful for Friends is a musical cabaret that features top-tier local talent and a bit of comedy at OnStage Atlanta.

Thanksgiving celebration

November 2018 (undated)

19.4 miles north

All religions join in welcoming you to this year’s Ecumenical Thanksgiving Celebration, which offers “thoughts, prayers, music, and humor to express solidarity through our multiple faiths for the cause of true peace in our world” in Marietta. Free.

Aquarium holiday

November 2018 (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.

Hip Nutcracker

November 2018 (undated)

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.

Holiday lights - Botanical Garden

November 2018 (undated)

2.5 miles NE

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights features high-tech light displays, illuminated attractions, model trains, and restaurants at the 30-acre Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Christmas market

November 2018 (undated)

2.9 miles north

Atlanta Christkindl Market is an open-air German holiday market at Atlantic Station featuring handmade gifts, German food & beverages, and entertainment. Free.

Rudolph puppet show

November 2018 (undated)

3 miles north

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

Christmas at the mansion

November 2018 (undated)

4 miles NE

Tour a Tudor Revival mansion decorated by designers for Christmas at Callanwolde, with Christmas lights outdoors.

Holidays around the world

November 2018 (undated)

4 miles NE

Winter Wonderland celebrates Christmas, Hanukkah, and other holidays with twinkling lights and trees hung with ornaments and cultural objects at Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

Party at the mansion

November 2018 (undated)

4 miles NE

Wear holiday cocktail attire to the $100 Callanwolde Holiday Gala for outstanding entertainment, wine, beer, and catered food, in the splendor of rooms decorated by designers at Callanwolde mansion.

Christmas at Stone Mountain

November 2018 (undated)

19 miles east

Stone Mountain Christmas has 2 million lights, holiday shows, a snow-angel palace, a nightly parade with Santa, and snowfall at Stone Mountain Park. Nearby Snow Mountain has tube rides.

Christmas extravaganza

November 2018 (undated)

32 miles NE

Christmas Canteen is a variety show with sketch comedy, theatrical numbers, and singing galore at Aurora Theatre.

Christmas at Lake Lanier

November 2018 (undated)

43 miles NE

Drive past colorful displays on Magical Nights of Lights to reach Holiday Village, where you can shop, snack, visit Santa, and take carnival rides at Lake Lanier Islands Resort.

Christmas lights - Callaway Gardens

November 2018 (undated)

82 miles SE

Fantasy in Lights is a giant holiday light and sound show, with eight million lights, 15 scenes, a Christmas village, and Santa Claus at Callaway Gardens. Special events are held on some nights. Reserve breakfast and dinner shows.