Get out your sweaters because the fall festivities are finally here! It’s that busy time of year when everyone is buying gifts for the holidays and stocking up on comfort food for Thanksgiving Day, but you still need time to enjoy yourself. That’s why we’ve put together a list of all the things you need to do and see in Atlanta before you eat so much turkey that you can’t get off the couch until December!
Through November 18, 2018: Book Festival of the MJCCA
The 27th Annual Book Festival of the MJCCA celebrates all that is right with the written word. And as usual, this year’s event has some heavy hitters in the book department. Hollywood nice guy/icon-turned-author Tom Hanks kicks off the event with his new book, Uncommon Type, then the literary fun keeps going for two weeks of fantastic author discussions, book signings, Q&As and much more. Visit the website to buy tickets, see the schedule of events and learn about every participating authors. atlantajcc.org
November 1-4, 2018: Le Creuset Factory-to-Table Sale
Premium cookware company Le Creuset has a cult-like following, and as a reward for loyal users, general fans and home chefs alike, the brand has announced an exclusive sales event. Taking place at Cobb Galleria Centre, the Le Creuset Factory-to-Table Sale is in Atlanta for the first time. Interested guests MUST reserve a ticket through the sale site in order to attend any one of the four days. Besides taking home a gorgeous piece of cookware, 100 percent of ticket sales will be donated to local organizations. Friday and Saturday shopping tickets are $10, while Sunday’s tickets are free. Visit the website to get tickets and see event hours and details. lecreuset.com
November 1-4, 2018: Native American Festival and Pow-Wow
Head to Stone Mountain Park and experience Native American culture through dance, cooking and storytelling. The four-day festival will begin on Thursday, November 1 at 9 a.m. and will continue the rest of the weekend. Learn more about Native American culture and history, and visit the artists’ marketplace to find unique holiday gifts. stonemountainpark.com
November 3, 2018: Night for Sight Gala
Celebrate the gift of sight at the Night for Sight Gala, benefiting Prevent Blindness Georgia. The evening will feature fabulous cocktails, delicious food, dancing and an award presentation for Dr. G. Baker Hubbard III. Tickets start at $200 to attend this worthwhile event at InterContinental Buckhead. georgia.preventblindness.org
November 3, 2018: Cabbagetown Chomp & Stomp Chili Cook-Off and Bluegrass Festival
Romp, chomp and stomp your way through this year’s Chomp & Stomp Festival! Run the Romp & Stomp 5K through Cabbagetown then grab a $10 spoon and chomp your way through hundreds of chili tastings. This all leads up to “stomping” off some of those calories to the live music across three stages. The race starts at 8 a.m. (7:45 a.m. for walkers) before the festival, which runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. chompandstomp.com
November 3, 2018: Decatur Wine Festival
No whining! It’s wine time at the Decatur Wine Festival. Featuring nearly 500 wines at over 70 tables to taste, we really can’t think of any reason not to go. Located in Decatur Square, the festival runs from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tickets are just $45, making this more affordable (and fun) than a trip to the local bar. decaturwinefestival.org
November 3 & 4, 2018: Chastain Park Fall Arts Festival
It’s time for the Chastain Park Fall Arts Festival, where nearly 200 artists and artisans will come together for two days of arts and crafts, music and more! Brought to you by the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces, the event is entirely FREE and perfect for a weekend outing with the family. chastainparkartsfestival.com
November 4, 2018: Afternoon in the Country
Like to eat al fresco? Afternoon in the Country features chefs from Atlanta’s top restaurants, paired with our area’s best farms, set up in a tasting format alongside fabulous wines and microbrews at the Foxhall Resort & Sporting Club near Douglasville. The event, which also features live music and a huge silent auction, benefits Atlanta Les Dames d’Escoffier International, a worldwide society of women dedicated to creating a culture in the community that promotes the achievement of women in culinary professions through educational and charitable activities. Tickets are $125 for adults 21 and over, and the event runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. ldeiatlanta.org
November 4, 2018: Downtown Daffodil Dash 5K
Do good for your body and the world. The Downtown Daffodil Dash 5K, a run/walk in and around Woodruff Park, is part of the Downtown Daffodil Project, in support of internationally renowned Daffodil Project — a living Holocaust memorial. This project’s mission is to plant 1.5 million daffodils around the world to remember and celebrate the lives of children experiencing humanitarian crises. Atlanta’s Downtown Daffodil Project is the largest installment, creating a moving physical and emotional reminder between the King Center and the Center for Civil and Human Rights. The race begins at 8:30 a.m., and you can find more details on their site. downtowndaffodildash.com
November 9 & 10, 2018: The Elegant Elf Marketplace
The Elegant Elf Marketplace, held every November, is a two-day gift market featuring over 80 vendors with unique and specialty items perfect for gifting. Worried about overdoing it this holiday season? You don’t have to worry about buyer’s remorse here — proceeds help support the Sandy Springs Society‘s philanthropic grants programs, transforming this shopping trip into a worthy fundraiser. The marketplace is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. sandyspringssociety.org
November 10, 2018: Veterans Day Parade
On November 10, at exactly 11:11 a.m., the 37th Annual Veterans Day Parade will begin and end in downtown Atlanta, weaving through the city. Make sure to watch the celebration (and pay your respects) from the viewing stand near Centennial Park. We recommend either getting there early or sticking to Uber because parking won’t be easy. gavetsdayparade.org
November 10, 2018: Atlanta Veg Fest
Are you trying to start a new plant-based diet or just simply get into a healthier routine? We all need help sometimes, and that’s why we’re excited to learn and get tips from the Atlanta Veg Fest at the Cobb County Civic Center. Get ready for educational talks with engaging speakers and delicious healthy food options, as well as a vendor marketplace. There is a $5 suggested donation at the door. atlantavegfest.com
November 12, 2018: Thanksgiving with Chef Virginia Willis and Friends
Thanksgiving is all about the food, so let a true expert show you the ropes — Southern cooking expert and James Beard Award-winning author/chef Virginia Willis, and a few of her talented friends, will speak about and prepare amazing holiday classics. The event takes place at The Cook’s Warehouse Midtown in Ansley Mall from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and costs $85 per ticket. And in the season of giving, feel great knowing that this class, part of the Simple Abundance series, benefits Atlanta Community Food Bank. Purchase tickets at acfb.org/events.
November 15 through December 9, 2018: Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse
This year’s Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse will have 8,232 square feet of breathtaking space designed by Atlanta’s A-list designers and plenty of holiday decor and music to put your entire family in the holiday spirit. There will be ideas and inspiration that you can take home with you, and photos are encouraged. It’s a great spot to bring out-of-town guests during the Thanksgiving weekend. The house will be open Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets start at $25, and you can find them at atlantaholidayhome.
November 17, 2018: Grant Park MothBall
A Grant Park tradition, the MothBall is a costume party you won’t want to miss! This year’s theme is “Science Fiction Double Feature” and will feature dueling DJs, the traditional costume contest and more. The fun lasts from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., so bring your dancing shoes. Located at Pin & Proper, MothBall tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door. grantpark.org
November 17 & 18, 2018: Indie Craft Experience Holiday Shopping Spectacular
Indie Craft Experience knows how to throw some killer pop-up shops, especially for the holiday season. Buyers have the chance to connect with the amazing crafters and artisans who spend so much time and talent creating wonderful gifts. The fun runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, and the cost is $5 cash at the door (kids under 12 are free) at Georgia Freight Depot. ice-atlanta.com
November 18, 2018: Light Up Dunwoody
Come to the Spruill Farm House to welcome the holiday season at Light Up Dunwoody Holiday Village. The event begins at 3 p.m., concluding with the lighting of the tree and menorah at 5:45 p.m. This family-friendly event is free and will feature photo ops (Santa and live reindeer!), wonderful vendors and an opportunity to get great holiday items. dunwoodyga.org
November 22, 2018: Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon and 5K
Work off all that approaching turkey and avoid the guilt by participating at the 2018 Invesco QQQ Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon and 5K! Located at Georgia State Stadium, the 5K and half marathon both begin at 7:30 a.m. There’s also the one-mile and 50m dash. Once you complete your race, you’ll walk away with some special swag to take home! Entry costs vary based on date of registration, so the longer you wait, the more expensive it’ll get. Parking, however, is free! atlantatrackclub.org
November 29, 2018: Callanwolde Holiday Gala
Ring in the holidays with Callanwolde Fine Arts Center and some of the best live entertainment of the giving season! The magical evening welcomes live musical acts: John Driskell Hopkins of the Zac Brown Band, The Atlanta Pops Orchestra Ensemble and The Joe Gransden Big Band. Besides fantastic music, the gala will feature delicious food from Zest Atlanta, a wine wall fundraiser, silent auction and more. Doors open at 6 p.m., and tickets are $75. callanwolde.freshtix.com
There are so many things happening this November that we can’t fit them all in one article (especially all of the holiday lighting ceremonies and events). Be sure to check our Local Events page throughout the month as we update the event list whenever we hear about cool events happening in Atlanta!
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