Top 14 Atlanta Happenings This Weekend

Thanksgiving is almost here, and Atlanta is in the spirit of giving and celebrating the season! Get the most out of the Fall festivities ahead with our Top 14 Happenings Around Atlanta This Weekend: Thursday, November 16th – Sunday, November 19th, 2017.

From the Great Macy’s Tree Lighting to an unforgettable evening with the Serenbe Playhouse, Atlanta offers a huge variety of unique fun all weekend long! Lace up your tennis shoes for Autism Speaks, sip your way through Town Brookhaven for Bert’s Big Adventure,  or take in a bit of holiday shopping.

Whether you’re looking to explore a new neighborhood – or fall in love all over again with a familiar local spot-  there is plenty happening all through the city. Atlanta has 14 unique and festive happenings through Sunday, and we have you covered with the highlights!

  1. Serenbe Playhouse Splash in the City
    Thursday | November 16th
    Georgia Aquarium
    Surrounded by the stars of Serenbe Playhouse, guests will enjoy an open bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres. After an exciting and successful season, dive into the Playhouse’s most immersive voyage yet as they announce Season 9!
  2. Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse
    November 16th – December 10th
    Home for the Holidays will showcase Atlanta’s leading design industry talents while celebrating design and effortless elegance. Learn more about the Showhouse, upcoming events, and this year’s beneficiary! This weekend features the opening party, Moonlight & Mistletoe followed by the infamous ADAC Day of Design.
  3. Holiday Happenings at the Botanical Gardens
    Through January 7th
    Atlanta Botanical Gardens
    It’s the most magical time of year, and the Atlanta Botanical Garden is filled with holiday wonder all season long! this weekend, you can enjoy the Ride On Train, explore the Holiday Model Train Show, and see the merry wonder of the Gardens at night!
  4. Terrific Thursdays
    Thursday | November 16th
    Historic Decatur
    For the holidays, you can’t beat hometown. Knock out your holiday shopping with special in-store events, discounts, and treats at over 20 shops, restaurants, and services. Enjoy selfie-snapping with festive photo frames, visits from Holly Octopus, beverages and snacks, holiday discounts, special offers, and more!
  5. ADAC Angel Tree Celebration
    Thursday | November 16th
    ADAC Buckhead
    The heartwarming event helps provide presents to children in need throughout the Atlanta area. Guests will enjoy light refreshments and select children’s names from this year’s tree. These special children will have a happier holiday, and it’s all thanks to your generosity and kindness!
  6. Atlanta Potter Pub Crawl
    Friday | November 17th
    Virginia Highlands
    Diesel Filling Station will host as the Ministry of Magic with 4 other pubs hosting wizard ‘houses.’ Guests will receive a Potter Pub Crawl armband, including a different complimentary themed shot at each ‘house’ and the host pub (5 shots total) along with a commemorative pin. Throughout the evening, guests can enjoy photo opps, after parties, and food and drink specials!
  7. Winter Wonderland at Fernbank 
    Friday| November 17th – January 7th
    Fernbank Museum of Natural History
    Adorned with two floors of twinkling, beautifully decorated trees, Winter Wonderland recognizes the diversity of celebrations, holidays, traditions and events from around the world. Showcasing celebrations from around the world, the exhibition will feature more than 30 trees and displays, glimmering with lights and cultural objects.
  8. Town Brookhaven Pub Crawl
    Saturday | November 18th
    Town Brookhaven
    Enjoy drink specials and light bites as you crawl around the inaugural Town Brookhaven Pub Crawl! Pick up your passport at the tent on the green space to enjoy access to the event with drink and food specials all around Town Brookhaven. After visiting the number of participating restaurants, guests will be eligible to win raffle prizes! 93% of event proceeds benefit Burt’s Big Adventure.
  9. Georgia Autism Speaks 5K
    Saturday | November 18th
    Piedmont Park
    With 1 in every 68 children diagnosed, autism is becoming the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the United States. Autism Speaks works to raise awareness of autism and how it so closely affects the hearts and lives of families around Atlanta and the country. So bring your friends and family, gather a team, and get ready to run, walk, or join the virtual event in support of such a great cause!
  10. 70th Annual Macy’s Great Tree Lighting
    Sunday | November 19th
    Macy’s Lenox Square
    This year’s event features performances by CeeLo Green, Casting Crowns, RaeLynn, and Angelica Hale. The Macy’s All-Star Choir will fill the air with beautiful holiday songs as the 56-foot great tree lights up with 45,000 multi-colored LED lights and Santa makes his grand debut! As always, the evening will be capped by a spectacular firework display set to holiday music.
  11. Garden Lights Holiday Nights
    Through January 7th
    Atlanta Botanical Gardens
    ‘Tis the Season! The 7th annual Garden Lights, Holiday Nights returns to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens with a holiday tradition that is perfect for the whole family, or even an evening out on the town! New for 2017, the high-tech “Nature’s Wonders” spectacle illuminates the Gardens with countless strands of synchronized dancing lights strung high over Storza Woods. Explore the Tunnel of Light along with favorites such as the Orchestral Orbs, Glittering Galaxy, Radiant Rainforest, and Model Trains that continue to make the exhibition a must-see holiday tradition.
  12. WonderRoot Artists Market
    Sunday | November 19th
    Ponce City Market
    Featuring 40 artists each week, WonderRoot hosts an active market for creative people to sustain themselves and illuminate their skills. The Shed at Ponce City Market is a covered platform off of the Atlanta Beltline’s Eastside Trail, making the Artists Market easily accessible for a lovely afternoon of shopping and browsing.
  13. Visit a Farmer’s Market
    Through December
    Metro Atlanta

    With Fall flavors and festive happenings, explore one of the 17 Farmers Markets to see in 2017 before the new year!
  14. Art on the Beltline
    Through November
    Atlanta Beltline
    Art on the Atlanta BeltLine is the largest temporary, outdoor art project across the South and in the history of Atlanta. The spectacular exhibition brings more than 150 works of art to the Atlanta BeltLine corridor from visual artists, performers, and musicians. Art on the Atlanta BeltLine performances return with more events over three weekends. Come out for a full day of events with music, dance, theater, and more!