5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: October 31-November 6

A chili cook-off and the 80th anniversary of a cat show

Cabbagetown's Chomp & Stomp

Photograph by Ashley Kickliter

Cabbagetown Chomp & Stomp
When: November 3, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Cabbagetown
Cost: $10; additional $6 for beer tokens or $8 for liquor tockens
Details: Chili. Need we say more? Upwards of 70 teams, including 25 local restaurants, are whipping up tasty creations to win the Chili Cook Off. Participate in the 5K before you start eating and once you’re full, browse through the artist market while listening to live music—all to benefit Cabbagetown’s parks, green spaces, and community center.

Native American Festival and Pow Wow
When: November 1-4
Where: Stone Mountain Park
Cost: Stone Mountain admission, $31.95
Details: Bring the kids along to Stone Mountain to experience the self-dubbed largest Native American gathering in Georgia. Learn how to create a bow, start a fire, make pottery, participate in dance and drum competitions, or buy a Christmas gift at the artist market.

Downtown Daffodil Dash 5K
When: November 4
Where: Woodruff Park
Cost: $25-$30
Details: Run through downtown Atlanta and tour some of the most historic neighborhoods in support of the Downtown Daffodil Project, which has a mission to plant 1.5 million daffodils around the world to remember the number of children who died during the Holocaust.

80th annual Cotton States Cat Show
When: November 3 and 4
Where: Infinite Energy Center
Cost: $8 for adults, $6 for children or seniors
Details: Now in its 80th year, the Cotton States Cat Show celebrates everything about cats. With more than 300 cats entering in multiple competitions—including best of breed, best of color, best of gender, and best overall—judged by eight judges. If cute cats participating in competitions makes your heart melt, watch out: there will also be rescue cats up for adoption. Also make sure you stay for the dozens of vendors at the event.

MJCCA Book Festival
When: Through November 18
Where: Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta
Cost: $180 for series; prices vary for individual events
Details: After 26 years, the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta Book Festival is back from a 27th with a star-studded lineup of panel discussions, book signings, and author meet-and-greets—including former Senator Joe Lieberman, Sally Field, Mike Luckovich, Liane Moriarty, Peter Sagal, and more.