Fun events in Atlanta are bountiful this time of year, and we’ve hand picked a few of our favorites. Mark your calendars for these, some of the best of the season.
Now through January 18: The Forty Part Motet at the High Museum of Art
Don’t miss this critically acclaimed installation, which features the voices of 59 singers recorded separately and in unison, and then played over 40 loudspeakers arranged in a large oval around the room. As visitors wander among the speakers, they hear each distinct voice, as well as different combinations and harmonies. It’s an interactive music lesson for the whole family. Learn more at high.org.
November 6: A Thanksgiving Feast for the Entire Family Hands On
When we think of Thanksgiving dinner, allergy-free dishes don’t necessarily come to mind. But this class at the Cook’s Warehouse in Midtown teaches you how to prepare a traditional Thanksgiving meal without sacrificing flavor. No milk, egg, wheat/gluten, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, soy or peanuts are used, yet your guests will still gobble up the food. From 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.; $65. Learn more at cookswarehouse.com.
November 7 and 8: Atlanta Contemporary Jewelry Show
Held for the first time this year at the Atlanta History Center, the ACJS features 25 of the country’s finest contemporary jewelry designers who will be on hand to explain the meaning behind their wearable works of art. Hours are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Friday) and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Saturday); $10 at the door. Learn more at AtlantaContemporaryJewelryShow.com.
November 8: An Evening with Aretha Franklin
All hail the Queen of Soul! Music legend Aretha Franklin comes to the Fox Theatre on Saturday, Nov. 8, for an 8 p.m. performance. Tickets are $62-$147 at foxtheatre.org.
November 8: Decatur Wine Festival
Colorful leaves and crisp, fall air provide the perfect backdrop for Atlanta’s largest outdoor wine festival. Choose from 500 different wines (though maybe not all at once) while you enjoy nibbles from Decatur-area restaurants and tunes spun by DJ Troy Cono. Hours are 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Tickets are $40, and proceeds benefit the Decatur Arts Alliance. Learn more at decaturwinefestival.com.
November 8 – 9: CBG Creative Studio presented by ADAC
Designer showhouse meets upscale craft fair in this one-of-a-kind event held at ADAC. You’ll find handmade gifts, accessories, children’s items and more. And find inspiration in the six rooms designed by The House of Katherine Leigh, which include a kitchen, craft room, child’s room, closet, vanity and a winter wedding. Don’t forget to sign up for one of the DIY workshops. Tickets are $10 and are best purchased ahead. First 250 guests each day receive a free tote bag. Hours are 12:30 p.m.-6 p.m. (Saturday) and 12 p.m.-6 p.m. (Sunday) Learn more at cbgcreativestudio.com.
November 13-December 28: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at the Center for the Puppetry Arts
We didn’t think you could improve upon the 1964 TV classic, but the Center for the Puppetry Arts has somehow made this Christmas classic even more magical. This faithful adaptation of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer brings to life all of the beloved characters including Rudolph, Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snow Monster. Tickets range from $9.25 to $20.50. For hours and ticket purchasing information, visit puppet.org.
November 13: Woodfire Grill’s Duck Dinner with GrassRoots Farms
Recently listed as number five on Zagat’s What to Order at Atlanta’s 10 Best Restaurants, Woodfire Grill teams up with GrassRoots Farms for this five-course meal centered around dishes prepared with duck. GrassRoots owner Brandon Chonko entertains diners with stories about the farm’s history, while Chef Matthew Weinstein and owner Nick Quinones discuss the food and wine pairings. The fun starts at 7 p.m.; tickets are $75/person and $110/person with pairings. Learn more at woodfiregrill.com.
November 13 – 15: Northside Methodist Preschool Holiday Gift Show
Get a head start on your holiday shopping at one of the city’s favorite gift shows. More than 75 local vendors and artists fill the church gym with unique jewelry, holiday décor, handmade stationery, gourmet food and toys. The NMP committee prides itself on producing a highly curated show, so you won’t find many of these items anywhere else. Entry fee is $3. Hours are 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m (Thursday); 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Friday & Saturday). Learn more at giftshow.northsideumc.org.
November 15: Autumn Owl Prowl
What’s better than exploring the Chattahoochee at night? Check out the Owl Prowl and you’ll see that there aren’t too many things that top it! Highlights include a guided hike, campfire and live owls, of course. The National Park Service recommends that you dress warmly and don’t forget necessities like graham crackers, chocolate bars and a flashlight. Free to the public, but reservations are required, as space is limited. Hours are 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Learn more at nps.gov.
November 17: Simple Abundance with Chef Adam Evans of The Optimist
The uber-talented chef of The Optimist hosts a cooking demonstration and tasting at the Midtown location of Cook’s Warehouse with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the Atlanta Community Food Bank. You, too, will be grateful once you’ve sampled the succulent seafood on the menu: steamed littleneck clams, cornbread oyster dressing with Brussels sprout gratin, shrimp with a lime and chile butter sauce, and a roasted fillet of fish. Hours are 7 p.m.-9 p.m.; tickets are $60. Learn more at acfb.org.
November 20: Nancy Braithwaite Book Signing at B.D. Jeffries
Atlanta interior designer Nancy Braithwaite presents her highly anticipated first book, Simplicity, which celebrates the minimalist approach to decorating that made her a household name. You’ll want to put this book on your Christmas list (and your coffee table!). Hours are 12 p.m.-3 p.m.; learn more at bdjeffries.com.
November 20 – 22.: David Koechner at The Improv
Perhaps best known as Champ in the comedy Anchorman, David Koechner also had roles in Talladega Nights and The Office. Catch his off-screen comedy at this three-night run at the Improv. Tickets are $20-$25. For hours and to learn more, visit theimprovatlanta.com.
November 22: Autism Speaks Georgia 5K
Most of us know someone who has been affected by autism. By participating in this 5K race, you can support Autism Speaks, a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention and treatment of autism. Get a group together and meet at the Charles Allen entrance at Piedmont Park. Times are 7:30 a.m.-11 a.m.; tickets are $15-$40. Learn more at autismspeaks.org.
November 22: Southeast Indians Heritage Program
Discover the culture and heritage of the Southeast Indians at the Atlanta History Center. Demonstrations, performances and discussions led by Native American artists and experts make the learning fun. Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; visit AtlantaHistoryCenter.com for details.
November 25-30: Dirty Dancing at the Fox Theatre
Don’t put this baby in the corner! Grab some friends and enjoy this musical adaptation of the beloved film. For hours and ticket purchasing, visit foxtheatre.org.
November 27: Atlanta Half Marathon and Thanksgiving Day 5K
Join the Atlanta Track Club for this popular Thanksgiving Day event that attracts thousands of runners and walkers each year. Sign the kids up for the Mashed Potato Mile and Gravy Gallop. Then everyone can enjoy their turkey dinner guilt-free. The fun starts at 7:30 a.m. Learn more at atlantatrackclub.org.
November 27: South City Kitchen Midtown’s Thanksgiving Dinner
If you needed an excuse not to cook this Thanksgiving, this is it! South City Kitchen serves up a three-course prix fixe meal with hard-to-resist dishes like Old Charleston she-crab soup, fried green tomatoes, roasted turkey breast with giblet gravy, cornbread dressing, collard greens, whipped potatoes and orange cranberry sauce. And don’t even get us started about the dessert! Seats are $45 for adults and $22.50 for children younger than 12. Call (404) 873-7358 for reservations. Learn more at midtown.southcitykitchen.com.