Things to Do Around Atlanta in November

October was just so crazy busy with all the fall festivals and Halloween events, you’d think there couldn’t possibly be much left to do in November, right? Well you’d be wrong. The winter holidays are just getting started and November is action-packed around Atlanta and other parts of Georgia.

So here you go, a lengthy list of how to burn and (preferably) consume calories until Turkey Day 2015 and beyond.

Indian Festival and Pow-Wow at Stone Mountain Park   Oct. 29-Nov.1

Held at Stone Mountain Park’s historic Antebellum Plantation, the event showcases Native American culture through dance, music, authentic craft demonstrations, cooking traditions, storytelling, wildlife presentations and more.

Thankskilling The Musical at Dad’s Garage   Oct. 29-Nov. 2811071999_10153704141973958_6235840457486037367_n

What happens when you take a terrible movie about five college kids headed home for Thanksgiving break who cross paths with a homicidal turkey possessed by an ancient Indian curse and set out to make an even more terrible musical? Let’s just say the result is not child-friendly. Not one bit.

The Great Georgia Air Show in Peachtree City   Oct. 30-Nov.1

Ben Folds at the Tabernacle   Nov. 5

Never really my jam, even when there were five…but I feel like a bunch of my friends were into it, so here ya go.

BronzeLens Film Festival    *event locations vary*   Nov. 5-8

Founded in 2009, BronzeLens is dedicated to bringing national and worldwide attention to Atlanta as a center for film and film production for people of color.

MJCCA Atlanta Book Festival   *event locations vary*   Nov. 5-22

Includes a talk by Judy Blume! I’m having a moment here over one of my fave childhood authors.

First Friday Art Walks in Roswell and Marietta   Nov. 6.

IrishFest Atlanta at Wyndham Atlanta Galleria Hotel   Nov. 6-7

HemlockFest in Dahlonega   Nov. 6-8

An environmentally focused outdoor event with music, camping and canoeing.

STAFF-Cabbagetown Chomp & Stomp   Nov. 7

A personal favorite of mine. A 5K (fine, I only did that once), music, beer and chili (def did those last two more than once).

The Lantern Run at Piedmont Park 5K   Nov. 7

Decatur Wine Festival   Nov. 7 on Decatur Square   Nov. 7

Nearly 500 wines to taste! Tickets on sale for $40.

Suwanee Wine Festival   Nov. 7

Local wine experts will assist in hand-selecting over 100 premium wines from around the world. Back by popular demand, the Georgia craft beer tent will also feature unlimited samples of your favorite local brews and a big TV screen showing the “game of the day.”

Chastain Park Arts Festival   Nov. 7-8

Stone Mountain Christmas   Nov. 7-Jan. 3

Watch Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas 4-D, meet Rudolph and Bumble the Abominable Snowman, ride the Singalong Christmas Train, slide down Snow Mountain and more.

Crafts & Drafts at Candler Park   Nov. 8

Celebrating local crafters and drafters. Free entry!

Savannah Food & Wine Festival   Nov. 9-15

tmb_rudolphRudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at the Center for Puppetry Arts   Nov. 10-Dec 27

Can’t wait to take my kid to this. He went to his first puppet performance a few months ago. I wrote about it here.

34th Annual Veterans Day Parade at Downtown Atlanta   Nov. 11

Free Park Day at Chattahoochee River Recreation Area   Nov. 11

Guster at The Georgia Theatre in Athens   Nov. 11

69-Hour Comedy Film Fest at Plaza Theatre   Nov. 12

Filmmakers from all over the southeast compete for a cash prize.

The 12th Annual Cumming Steam, Antique Tractor, and Gas Engine Expo at the Cumming Fairgrounds   Nov. 13-14

Callaway Gardens Fantasy In Lights   Nov. 13-Jan. 2

One of the “Top 10 Places to See Holiday Lights,” as named by National Geographic Traveler.

Fifth Annual Atlanta Pet Expo  at Georgia International Convention Center   Nov. 14

Castleberry Hill Annual Chili Cook-off   Nov. 14

Entry is $35 to compete in the contest, $10 to sample chili, and $15 for chili samples and some freebie beer til the kegs run dry! 100% of proceeds go directly to the hardest working firefighters in the city.  It’s also home of the 6th Annual Elliott Street and Boar’s Head Hot Dog Eating contest where you can gorge yourself to fortune and glory! We’ll have live music, some killer raffles, and all kind of other fun activities!

Acworth Craft Beer Fest   Nov. 14

The Grant Park 40th Annual Mothball   Nov. 14

Fundraising Studio 54-style.

Garden Lights Holiday Nights  and the Holiday Model Train Show at Atlanta Botanical Garden   Nov. 14-Jan 9

2379663Magical Night of Lights at Lake Lanier   Nov. 20-Jan. 3

Winter Wonderland on the Marietta Square   Nov. 20-Jan. 4

Big Foot Brass Band at Hendershots in Athens   Nov. 21

Indie Craft Experience Holiday Shopping Extravaganza at Georgia Freight Depot   Nov. 21-22

Holiday in Lights at Centennial Olympic Park   Nov. 21-Jan. 10

Thousands of lights and it’s…wait for it…FREE!

Light Up Dunwoody at Cheek-Spruill Farmhouse   Nov. 22  

And dare I say it again…FREE!

Light up Dunwoody Christmas Village opens at 3:00 pm and concludes with the lighting of the tree at 5:45 pm. Vendors will offer wonderful holiday treasures and refreshments! Santa will welcome children to sit on his lap, and a Santa sleigh with reindeer will be available for more photo opportunities. Bring your own camera!

Cirque Dreams Holidaze at the Fox Theatre   Nov. 25 & 27

Be amazed by this holiday spectacle with over 300 costumes, 20 acts and 30 artists from every corner of the globe.

Thanksgiving Half Marathon and 5K at Turner Field   Nov. 26

Y’all crazy. This day is for sleeping and eating.

Lighting of Macy’s Great Tree at Lenox Square   Nov. 26 *Update-date has been changed to the Sunday before Thanksgiving, Nov. 22 for the first time in 68 years.

Photo courtesy
Photo courtesy

Life University Lights of Life in Marietta   Nov. 26-Dec. 31

Drive through the campus display of lights. $5 or $10 per car depending on day of week.

Beer and Tacos at Philips Arena   Nov. 28

Festival highlighting local artists and hip hop stars. Best title for a music/art fest I’ve ever seen, but I’m unclear just how big of a role tacos play in it. Better be a big one.

Boat Parade of Lights in Savannah   Nov. 28

Christmas at Callanwolde   Nov. 30-Dec. 15

Tour the 27,000 square-foot historic mansion elaborately decorated with professional holiday displays, expansive artist market, and themed events for all ages.

So much theatre to see this month! Check out the selection:

Serenbe’s Sleepy Hollow Experience   extended through Nov. 8 due to popular demand

Get your tickets! They are selling out quickly!

Photo courtesy Serenbe Playhouse.
Photo courtesy Serenbe Playhouse.

Agatha Christie’s A Murder is Announced at Onstage Atlanta  Oct. 23-Nov. 14

An announcement of murder is in the local paper. It includes the time (tonight) and place (Miss Blacklock’s house). Is this all a joke? Neighbors come flooding in to see what will occur, unknowingly becoming witnesses, accomplices, or victims. It is a classic story of mixed motives, concealed identities, a determined Inspector, and Miss Marple on hand to get in his way.

The Thrush & The Woodpecker at Actor’s Express   Oct. 31-Nov. 15

Brenda Hendriks tries to repair a fractured relationship with her son Noah, who has hastily returned home from college following an act of vandalism. When a mysterious visitor arrives at their remote Northern California home bearing dangerous secrets from Brenda’s past, the three find themselves on a collision course with betrayal and revenge.

Cinderella at the Fox Theatre   Nov. 3-8

All-female Romeo and Juliet at The Fern Theatre   Nov. 6-22

A Christmas Carol at The Alliance Theatre   Nov. 19-Dec. 24

Photo courtesy the New Yorker.
Photo courtesy the New Yorker.

The Santaland Diaries at Horizon Theatre   Nov. 20-Dec. 31

If you’ve enjoyed reading his books or hearing David Sedaris share about his experience as a mall elf, you will enjoy this play based on his experiences.

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