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5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: December 6-12

Atlanta Falcons vs New Orleans Saints
When: December 7
Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Cost:  $77-$500+
Details: The heated NFL rivalry between the Dirty Birds and the Who Dat Nation takes over Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the first time. The Saints currently lead the NFC South, with the Falcons in third behind the Panthers, but anything could happen during this annual Atlanta showdown.

A Christmas Carol
December 8-24
Where: Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
Cost:  $14-$75
Details: Is it really the holidays if you don’t go to see Ebenezer Scrooge confront the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future? The Alliance Theatre will be performing the Dickens Christmas classic throughout this month.

Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker
When: December 8-28
Where: Fox Theatre
Cost:  $30-$130
Details: If you love the Atlanta Ballet’s current performance of the Nutcracker, this year is your last chance to see it. The Ballet will unveil new choreography to pair with Tchaikovsky’s legendary score in 2018.

Jingle Bell Run
When: December 9
Where: Grant Park (Zoo Atlanta)
Cost: Free, but each participant is encouraged to donate $150 in fundraising
Details: Don’t hibernate this winter—plenty of Atlanta holiday traditions can help stay fit as well. Proceeds from this festive 5k run and fundraising effort go toward the Arthritis Foundation. (Online registration has closed, but you can still register on-site the day of the race.)

Katy Perry
When: December 12, 7 p.m.
Where: Philips Arena
Cost: $50-$700
Details: The “Swish Swish” singer comes to Philips to promote her latest album, Witness. Canadian electronic duo Purity Ring is the opening act.

5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: November 15-21

Alice in Wonderland Alliance Theatre
Ashley Anderson, Joseph Pendergrast, Michelle Pokopac and Anthony Campbell in the Alliance Theatre’s production of Alice Between at the Woodruff Arts Center’s Rich Theatre.

Photograph by Greg Mooney

Alliance Theatre’s Alice Between
When: Through November 19
Where: Woodruff Arts Center
Cost: $18-$32
Details: The Alliance Theatre hosts the world premiere of this modern adaptation of Alice in Wonderland by playwright duo Steve Coulter and Neeley Gossett. Aimed at middle schoolers (and written with them), this version follows Alice on her first day as a seventh grader, navigating between Wonderland and a new school.

7 Stages Home Brew Festival
When: Through November 18
Where: 7 Stages Theatre
Cost: Free
Details: 7 Stages will close out their two-week festival celebrating performing arts with staged readings of all-new plays while serving plenty of beer. MailChimp comped everyone’s tickets, so all you need to do is reserve a spot online and show up.

Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens

Photograph courtesy of Callaway Gardens

Fantasy in Lights
When: November 17 through January 6
Where: Callaway Gardens
Cost: $10.50-$28 per person
Details: The Callaway Resorts and Garden’s annual Christmas tradition is back, including the Fantasy in Lights, where you can bundle up and take a ride through a glowing forest of lights. Be sure to bring the kids, as those five and younger get free entry. You can take your own car or rent a trolley to drive through the art displays.

Macy’s 70th Annual Great Tree Lighting
When: November 19, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Lenox Square
Cost: Free
Details: Kicking off the holiday season (and prepping the mall for Friday’s influx of Black Friday shoppers), the annual lighting of the 56-foot tree that stands atop the Macy’s store at Lenox Square will feature performances from CeeLo Green, America’s Got Talent runner-up Angelica Hale, Casting Crowns, and RaeLynn, followed by fireworks.

Sundial Georgia Dome implosion
The Sun Dial’s view of the Georgia Dome

Georgia Dome Implosion Party
When: November 20, 6:45 a.m.
Where: Sun Dial Restaurant
Cost: $50
Details: It’s finally time to close the final chapter of the Georgia Dome’s 25-year run. Sun Dial Restaurant is offering up their prime view of the Dome along with continental pastries and coffee. They will let people in at 6:45 a.m. to watch the Dome go down at 7:30.

5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: November 8-14

Jay-Z performs during TIDAL X in New York City.

Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Live Nation

Jay-Z’s 4:44 Tour
November 14, 8 p.m.
Where: Philips Arena
Cost: $50+
Details: Jay-Z’s is bringing his 4:44 tour to Atlanta, delivering with it some of his greatest hits along with songs from his most recent shock-inducing confessional album.

Shoppe Holiday Market
 November 10-12
Where: Cobb Galleria Centre
Cost: $8-$52
Details: Want to give your family members something handmade for Christmas but are prone to Pinterest fails? Shoppe Holiday Market will offer plenty of unique creations. There are even “WorkSHOPPEs” so you can craft something with the help of an expert, or cooking classes where you can get recipe ideas and decorating tips for the holidays.

Atlanta Fall Wine Festival
When: November 11, 1-5 p.m.
Where: Historic Fourth Ward Park
Cost: $50-$60
Details: Make the most out of the fall with a Saturday afternoon in the park where you can keep warm with hundreds of selections of locally- and nationally-sourced wines, beers, and ciders. Backed by the sounds of live music from local musicians Coast Guard and DJ Q-Tip, the festival will also have additional food options to keep you going.

Cocktails and Castoffs
 November 12, 5-7 p.m.
Where: Matchstic
Cost: $75-$250
Details: Enjoy delicious food from local chefs and get a lesson on eliminating your carbon footprint with Development in Gardening’s Sunday night dinner event. The nine chefs—including Gunshow‘s Joey Ward, PeachDish‘s Seth Freedman, and Watershed‘s Zeb Stevenson—will serve zero-waste food samples throughout the night. All proceeds will fund Development in Gardening’s work to create sustainable gardens for people in Africa.

Atlanta Gallery Collective
 through December
Where: Ponce City Market
Cost: Free
Details: Celebrating Atlanta’s creative scene, this gallery will feature many local artists using a wide range of mediums. The main exhibition will feature world-famous photographer Erik Tanner‘s portraits of James Beard Award-winning Southeastern chefs, including Hugh Acheson, Ford Fry, Kevin Gillespie, Anne Quatrano, Linton Hopkins, and Steven Satterfield.

5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: November 1-7

5 Things to do in Atlanta
The Georgia Gravity Game takes place this Saturday in Douglasville.

Photograph courtesy of Georgia Gravity Games

Ticonderoga Club’s 2nd Anniversary
When: November 2, 5 p.m.
Where: Ticonderoga Club
Cost: Free
Details: The popular restaurant/bar celebrates its second birthday with the help of several of its friends—Krog Street Market neighbors Jeni’s and Varuni Napoli will whip up special sundaes and white clam pizzas, respectively, while Creature Comforts will bring a keg of Athena Ticonderoga, brewed just for the bar.

International Night Market Atlanta
 November 3 through 5
Where: Northlake Mall
Cost: $5 per day
Details: The market will feature over 200 vendors from more than 80 countries. Live music will also reign throughout the three days from 52 performers. Not only is the event kid-friendly, it also welcomes vegan-friendly food vendors in its Veggie Village. For adults over 21, there is a free-entry Night Market Lounge on Saturday and Sunday.

Atlanta Contemporary Jewelry Show
When: November 3 through 5
Where: Carter Center
Cost: $10
Details: Artists from around the country are set to show off the fruits of their labor at this show. Works will feature a wide-range of styles and pieces made from more than the standard materials. There are special events and giveaways; you might just win a handcrafted holiday gift for a loved one (or for yourself).

Georgia Gravity Games
When: November 4
Where: Downtown Douglasville
Cost: Free
Details: Sponsored by Google, Georgia Tech, and the City of Douglasvillle, students competing in this 4th-annual event will build and race soap box derby-like cars powered only by gravity. There’s even a race for autonomous vehicles. The free event will also feature a “Science Street” featuring STEM-themed activities and presentations from local high school and college students.

Chastain Park Arts Festival
 November 4 and 5
Where: Chastain Park
Cost: Free
Details: The Chastain Park Arts Festival will feature around 185 artists setting up shop along Park Drive. The 9th-annual fall festival will also have drinks and food trucks along with a kids area. Local musicians will keep the party going all day long.

5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: October 25-31

The Color Purple
Carla R. Stewart (Shug Avery) & the North American tour cast of The Color Purple

Photograph by Matthew Murphy

The Color Purple
October 24 to 29
Where: Fox Theatre
Cost: $33.50 to $138.50
Details: One of the Fox’s favorites has made its way back to Atlanta for a six-day stop. With a soundtrack influenced by jazz, gospel, and blues, this Tony-winning musical (based off Alice Walker’s Pulitzer-winning novel) follows the journey of Celie, a 14-year-old rural Georgian who is forced by her abusive father to marry an equally abusive farmer, “Mister.”

Alliance Theatre’s Hand to God
October 20 to November 12
Where: Dad’s Garage Theatre
Cost: $42
Details: The Alliance crew is bringing this Tony-nominated, dark comedy to Atlanta for the first time. When his father dies, Jason creates a puppet, Tyrone, to cope. But everything is thrown into chaos when Tyrone suddenly develops a terrifying personality of his own. The play combines the best parts of the Halloween season—the creepy and the silly.

ATLarge Music Film Festival
When: October 27 to 29
Where: Multiple downtown locations
Cost: $8 to $50
Details: This local indie music film festival has one particular goal—to give enlightenment on what “music film” actually is. The festival will have workshops, Q&As with Academy Award-winning directors, and dozens of documentaries, shorts, music videos, and silent films on display, including Wu: The Story of the Wu-Tang Clan.

Fall Festival at Cumberland Mall
 October 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Cumberland Mall
Cost: Free
Details: Take the kids out for an early Halloween celebration at Cumberland Mall this weekend—along with face painting and fall crafts, each kid will also get a bag of candy. If you haven’t set a pumpkin on your doorstep yet, here’s a chance to decorate one with the family.

Ibeyi at the Variety Playhouse
October 30, 7 p.m.
Where: Variety Playhouse
Cost: $22 to $26
Details: The High Museum of Art’s “Making Africa” exhibition partners with France-Atlanta 2017 for a concert featuring the Franco-Cuban musical duo Ibeyi. Raised in Paris, the twins have an eclectic sound that explores their Afro-Cuban heritage, with songs in French, English, and Yoruba, a Nigerian language brought to Cuba through the slave trade.

5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: October 18-24

Sublime donuts at Taste of Atlanta 2016

Photograph courtesy of Taste of Atlanta

Taste of Atlanta
When: October 20 to 22
Where: Historic Fourth Ward Park
Cost: $25 to $95
Details: Now moving to Old Fourth Ward, the annual Taste of Atlanta food festival will pack the experience of more than 100 restaurants into a three-day weekend. In addition to filling up on samples from restaurants such as Bartaco, Honeysuckle Gelato, and Richards Southern Fried, you can learn tips from professionals during live-on-stage demos and kitchen workshops. Don’t forget the beer, wine, and cocktail samples.

Atlanta Jewish Film Festival: AJFF On Campus
When: October 19 to 21
Where: Goodrich C. White Hall, Emory University
Cost: $10
Details: If you missed the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, you still have the chance to catch some films from the lineup on Emory’s campus this week. The inaugural AJFF On Campus condenses the three-week festival into three days. The selection will feature six American and international films.

Three Dog Night
When: October 21, 8 p.m.
Where: Chastain Park Conservatory
Cost: $40 to $100
Details: Billboard Top 40 veteran Three Dog Night features at Chastain Park Conservatory’s fourth annual benefit concert. The event includes a guest performance from the Atlanta-based Americana band The Whiskey Gentry.

Decatur Craft Beer Festival
When: October 21, noon
Where: Decatur Square
Cost: $50 to $100
Details: Ninety breweries will set up tents in Decatur Square and keep taps going for a full afternoon. A general admission ticket gets you unlimited sipping potential while three country and rock bands perform live.

AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5k Run
When: October 22, 1 p.m.
Where: Piedmont Park
Cost: Free
Details: Engage in some advocacy while you burn off all the calories from the weekend. You can join an existing team, form your own team, or donate individually. Either way, you’ll support HIV/AIDS services in the metro area and enjoy a fall afternoon in Midtown—food, drink, and music included.

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