Atlanta events for November 2017. 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.

Distance is from the Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel in Atlanta, Georgia.

French cultural festival

November 1 - 3, 2017 (begins Oct. 12)

multiple locations

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

Indian powwow

November 2 - 5, 2017

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.

Irish festival

November 3 - 4, 2017

14.7 miles north

IrishFest Atlanta has traditional evening concerts, workshops, children’s activities, a Friday buffet, and a Saturday dance at DoubleTree by Hilton Atlanta Perimeter Dunwoody.

Norcross haunted house

November 3 - 5, 2017 (begins Sept. 22)

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

November 3 - 5, 2017 (begins Oct. 20)

52 miles NE

Hell’s Gates is an outdoor trail that leads you through nine shocking scenes with live actors and special effects in Dawsonville. Open Oct. 20 - 22, 27 - 29, and Nov. 3 - 5.

Hemlock festival

November 3 - 5, 2017

65 miles north

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

Cabbagetown festival

November 4, 2017

2 miles SE

Chomp & Stomp has 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 4, 2017

6 miles east

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

Whisky expo

November 4, 2017

8.5 miles north

Sample whiskies and spirits at Whiskies of the World, which includes a dinner buffet at the Westin Buckhead Atlanta.

Taste of Kennesaw

November 4, 2017

26 miles NW

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

Wine festival

November 4, 2017 (1 p.m., VIP noon)

32 miles NE

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

Chastain Park Arts Festival

November 4 - 5, 2017

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 4 - 5, 2017

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.

Acworth beer festival

November 4 or 11, 2017 (uncertain)

30 miles NW

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

Book festival

November 4 - 19, 2017

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 5, 2017 (1 to 4 p.m.)

36 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 Foxhall Resort & Sporting Club, Douglasville.

Rudolph puppet show

November 7 - Dec. 31, 2017

3 miles north

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

Antique machinery show

November 10 - 11, 2017

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.

Artisan market

November 10 - 12, 2017

11 miles NW

Shop for art, food, fashion, gifts, and home goods at Shoppe Artisan Holiday Market at Cobb Galleria Centre.

Veterans Day parade

November 11, 2017

0.2 miles north

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

Art & beer

November 11, 2017

2.7 miles north

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

Super hero run

November 11, 2017 (8 a.m.)

17 miles north

The Super Run 5K provides a cape and welcomes costumes at Brook Run Park in Dunwoody.

Vegetarian festival

November 11, 2017

17.2 miles NW

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

Obstacle race

November 11, 2017 (9 a.m.)

33 miles east

Feel like a kid again at The Great Inflatable Race, which includes at least eight blow-up obstacles you must get over, under, around, or through at Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers.

Discount tickets $19 at Goldstar.

Indoor art fair

November 11 - 12, 2017

4 miles NE

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

Free park day

November 11 - 12, 2017

19 miles north

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

Christmas at Stone Mountain

November 11, 2017 - Jan. 3, 2018

19 miles east

Stone Mountain Christmas [sound] 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. See schedule.

Horror-film festival

November 16 - 19, 2017

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.

African-American Nutcracker

November 16 - 19, 2017

12.7 miles west

Set on Atlanta’s Sweet Auburn Avenue in the 1940s, the Urban Nutcracker features “professional dancers and urban minority youth, dancing to the traditional Tchaikovsky score and newly adapted music” at Riverside EpiCenter in Austell.

Christmas extravaganza

November 16 - Dec. 23, 2017

32 miles NE

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

Harry Potter pub crawl

November 17, 2017 (7 to 11 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

Nov. 17, 2017 - Jan. 1, 2018

82 miles SE

Fantasy in Lights is a giant holiday light and sound show, with eight million lights, displays, a Christmas village, and Santa Claus at Callaway Gardens.

Christmas at Lake Lanier

November 17, 2017 - Jan. 2, 2018

43 miles NE

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

Tree lighting - Atlantic Station

November 18, 2017

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.

Superhero convention

November 18 - 19, 2017

0.5 miles west

Heroes & Villains Fan Fest celebrates comics, sci-fi, TV, and movies with guest actors, panel discussions, costume contests, role-playing, and vendors at Georgia World Congress Center.

Discount tickets $9 at Goldstar.

Holiday craft fair

November 18 - 19, 2017

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 in June.

Trumpet festival

November 18 - 19, 2017

5 miles NE

Watch the rehearsal Saturday or the concert Sunday at Atlanta Trumpet Festival in the Schwartz Center at Emory University. Free.

Light Up Dunwoody

November 19, 2017

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 23, 2017

Greater Atlanta area

Find a list of restaurants offering special menus for Thanksgiving Day at Atlanta Magazine and OpenTable.

Thanksgiving race

November 23, 2017

3 miles south

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

Christmas lights - Marietta

November 23 - Dec. 31, 2017

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.

Christmas at the mansion

November 24 - Dec. 12, 2017

4 miles NE

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

Christmas market

November 24 - Dec. 24, 2017

2.9 miles north

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

Gospel Nativity

November 29 - Dec. 17, 2017

13 miles SW

Black Nativity retells the story of the first Christmas with dance, spirituals, gospel music, and a rousing finale at Southwest Arts Center.

Party at the mansion

November 30, 2017

4 miles NE

Wear holiday cocktail attire to the $100 Callanwolde Holiday Gala for live entertainment, an open bar, and catered food, in the splendor of rooms decorated by designers at Callanwolde mansion.

Marietta tree lighting

November 30, 2017, 6 p.m. (uncertain)

18 miles NW

Kick off the holiday season with a school chorus, Santa, and a tree-lighting ceremony at Santa on the Square at Glover Park in Marietta. Free.

Magical play outdoors

November 30 - Dec. 30, 2017

34 miles SW

Gerda must save her brother Kai from the icy clutches of a cold-hearted queen in The Snow Queen, based on a story by Hans Christian Andersen. You see different scenes of the play as you walk the grounds at Serenbe in Chattahoochee Hills.

Block party

November 2017 (undated)

1.5 miles SE

King of Pops Field Day features live bands, food trucks, games, races, face painting, a popsicle eating contest, and free popsicles at 569 Ezzard Street.

Tasting at the market

November 2017 (undated)

1.7 miles east

Buy $5 food and drink samples from restaurants and food stalls, and hear live music during A Taste of Krog Street Market. Free.

Disco dance

November 2017 (undated)

3.3 miles SE

Grant Park Mothball has a DJ playing disco music upstairs, ‘70s and ‘80s music in the bar downstairs, appetizers, a cash bar, and contests at The Beacon.

Brookhaven Brunch Festival

November 2017 (undated)

10 miles NE

Brookhaven Brunch Festival features restaurants serving tasting-size portions of brunch items, Bloody Marys, mimosas, beer, wine, live music, and a DJ at Brookhaven Park for age 21+.

Spicy food festival

November 2017 (undated)

10 miles NE

Taste spicy and flavorful foods from local restaurants at Atlanta Hot and Spicy Festival, which includes a beer garden and live music at Brookhaven Park.

Wine tasting in Roswell

November 2017 (undated)

20.4 miles north

Taste 100 wines from 30 wineries at Grandiose Grape Fall Wine Festival, with appetizers and live music outdoors at The Mill Kitchen and Bar in Roswell.

Thanksgiving Cabaret

November 2017 (undated)

7.6 miles NE

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

Thanksgiving celebration

November 2017 (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.

A Christmas Carol

November 2017 (undated)

multiple locations

A Christmas Carol is Charles Dickens’ holiday classic about Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and three Christmas ghosts.

Holiday plays

November 2017 (undated)

multiple locations

Nutcracker ballet

November 2017 (undated)

Greater Atlanta area

Clara and the Nutcracker Prince dance through a magical wintry kingdom to a land of candy.

Christmas spectacular

November 2017 (undated)

1 mile north

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

Hip Nutcracker

November 2017 (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.

Mannheim Steamroller

November 2017 (undated)

1 mile north

Grammy Award-winning composer Chip Davis presents Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, performed live with acoustic-electronic seasonal hits and multimedia effects at Fox Theatre.

Holiday lights - Botanical Garden

November 2017 (undated)

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 2017 (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. Closed Dec. 25.

Tree lighting - Lenox Square

November 2017 (undated)

8 miles NE

Macy’s Great Tree Lighting Show includes live music at 6:30 p.m., the rooftop tree lighting at 7 p.m., a visit from Santa, and then usually fireworks.
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