Thursday, November 2 through Sunday, November 5
Stone Mountain Park
Learn more about the Native American culture and the importance of dance and drumming as you watch competitions between tribes and learn skills like fire-starting, open-fire cooking, pottery, bow making, and more. There’ll be interactive encampment experiences, including the chance to crawl inside a tipi, plus a marketplace where you can purchase Native American arts and handcrafted items. Oh, and you’ll definitely have a chance to dance.
Friday, November 3, and Saturday, November 4
DoubleTree by Hilton Atlanta Perimeter Dunwoody
World-class musicians and artists will lead cultural demonstrations, including hop-dancing, fiddling, Uilleann pipes, Irish harp, button fiddle, flute, whistling, and even pub songs and ballads. There’ll also be at least 17 performing acts, Irish film screenings, and opportunities to learn how to pour a perfect pint of Guinness, as well as reservation-only Irish whiskey tastings.
Saturday, November 4
If you don’t like chili, stay far away from this annual community chili cook-off, which doubles as a bluegrass music festival. The cooler weather makes for a perfect chili-eating atmosphere, which is good because the tasting starts at 12:30 p.m., with usually close to 30 participating local restaurants and more than 70 individuals competing. Tasting spoons will be sold at 11 a.m., but you can skip the lines by ordering your official tasting spoons and drink tokens online now. Get there early to cheer on the Romp & Stomp 5K marathon walkers and runners who start at 7:45 a.m.
Saturday, November 4
Don’t miss ATL’s largest outdoor wine festival, where there will be 70 tables from which you can potentially drink 500 wines for $45 and al fresco dining via an assortment of local restaurants. Though the main event is on Saturday, they also have a free Art Walk the Friday evening before, where you can walk through 13 spots where there’ll be works from at least one artist per location. We bet there’ll be wine there as well.
Saturday, November 4, and Sunday, November 5
Beer, wine, food trucks, art, live acoustic music, and more will surround you at this ninth-annual, two-day festival, which is free to attend. At least 185 artisans will be selling their creations (paintings, jewelry, pottery, leather goods, etc.), and there’ll also be a children’s area for the little ones. Your food truck options will include Indian cuisine, burgers, barbecue, and other fare. You can also bring your dog, as long as they stay on a leash.
Saturday, November 11
Cobb County Civic Center
Go meatless for a day (or as you always do) at this vegan-eaters’ jamboree. There’ll be presentations (such as demos on cooking vegan General Tso’s “chicken” and vegan Mexican dishes), a yoga class, a vegan-friendly marketplace, and free goodie bags filled with coupons and free samples for the first 300 guests.
Wednesday, November 15 through Sunday, November 19
7 Stages Theatre
Independently made scary movies will play for five days in Little Five Points, and the festival prides itself on really freaking you out. They promise “some of the most disturbing, visually appealing, and scary independent horror films in the world,” with all films generally receiving an “R” rating from the Motion Picture Association of America—meaning leave the kids at home. Highlights include the Sinema Challenge, in which a number of five- to eight-minute short horror films—each of which were made in 13 days by local filmmakers—will be screened. There’ll also be a presentation of the Tim Burton movie “Ed Wood,” accompanied by a burlesque performance from Atlanta’s own Blast-Off Burlesque troupe.