November Events You Don’t Want to Miss in Atlanta

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!

November 2-5, 2017: 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 Thursday, November 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.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. Entrance is free for Mountain Members and $15 for non-members. stonemountainpark.com

November 3, 2017: Night for Sight

Celebrate the gift of sight at the inaugural Night for Sight dinner and dancing event, benefiting Prevent Blindness Georgia. The evening will feature fabulous cocktails, delicious food from Affairs to Remember, dancing and an award presentation for Dr. Tom Harbin. Tickets start at $200 to attend this worthwhile event at the Atlanta History Center, which starts at 7 p.m. georgia.preventblindness.org

November 4, 2017: 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 $5 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 four 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. One last thing: As much as we love our four-legged friends, they’ll have to stay home and sit this adventure out. chompandstomp.com

November 4, 2017: 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 4 & 5, 2017: Chastain Park Arts Festival

It’s time for the Fall Chastain Park Arts Festival, where approximately 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 & 5, 2017: 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? Don’t worry about buyer’s remorse — proceeds help support the Sandy Springs Society‘s philanthropic grants programs, transforming this shopping trip into a worthy fundraiser. sandyspringssociety.org

November 5, 2017: 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 9, 2017: Eats & Beats 2017

Atlanta’s best restaurants, Georgia’s own Whiskey Gentry and beverage purveyors join forces to bring you an unforgettable evening of unlimited food, open bars, live entertainment and unique silent auction items at West Midtown’s hottest new event space, “The Fairmont.” General admission tickets start at $75 (with an option for VIP status) and the event runs 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Over 35 great restaurants including Barcelona, Local Three, Eclipse di Luna, Davios and more serve up great dishes while several open bars quench your thirst. Proceeds benefit Children of Conservation and The Giving Kitchen! childrenofconservation.org

November 11, 2017: Veterans Day Parade

On November 11, at exactly 11:11 a.m., the 36th 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 11, 2017: Grant Park Mothball

A Grant Park tradition, the Mothball is a costume party you won’t want to miss! This year’s theme is “Mardi Gras to Grant Park,” and will feature an authentic New Orleans brass band, the traditional costume contest and more. Located at Grant Park Rec Center, Mothball tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door. grantpark.org

November 11, 2017: 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. atlantavegfest.com

November 12, 2017: Hatching Independent Kids with Chick*u*Do

Energize your school lunch routine by attending Chick*u*Do’s parenting event at The Center for Love and Light from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Chick*u*Do was created by two busy moms on a mission to empower children, and u*do*lunch teaches kids to plan and pack their own lunches. The workshop is free with a u*do*lunch purchase. withloveandlight.com

November 16 through December 10, 2017: Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse

This year’s Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse will have nineteen breathtaking spaces designed by Atlanta’s A-List designers and plenty of holiday décor and music to put your entire family in the holiday spirit. Saturday will include how-to programming on all things holiday from florals to cocktails to gifts. 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. atlantaholidayhome.com

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