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10 best bets for November events, festivals in Atlanta

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Before the holiday season takes over, check out these festive gatherings taking place around town

A tasty happening on tap November 11.
King of Pops

Traditional fall festivities may be winding down, with the holidays rapidly approaching (especially in Atlanta’s retail establishments), but there’s still a lot going on around the city that’s worthy of attention.

From food and films to running and parades, there’s reason for virtually every Atlantan to get out and enjoy the cooler weather these next few weeks.

Here’s a quick rundown:

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November 10

Guaco Taco Festival

Guaco Taco Festival

Because everyone loves tacos and avocado, especially when paired with beer, this brand-new event to Atlanta’s social and dining scene is not to be missed. Sample cuisine from some of Atlanta’s best restaurants along with tasty beverages like margaritas, mimosas, and more.

Held rain or shine at Atlantic Station from 1 to 5 p.m., the Guaco Taco Festival is open to attendees age 21 and older. No pets allowed. Tickets start at $20.

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November 10

Atlanta Veterans Day Parade

Posted by Georgia Veterans Day Association, Inc. on Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Honoring our military veterans, the 37th annual Atlanta Veterans Day Parade steps off at 11:11 a.m. November 10 on Peachtree Road south of Ralph David McGill/Ivan Allen Boulevard. It will work its way over to Centennial Olympic Park by way of Baker Street, wrapping up at the intersection of Centennial Olympic Park Drive and Marietta Street.

This is a free event, but onlookers should plan to arrive early to find a viewing spot along the parade route. While many pay parking lots are nearby, attendees are advised to take MARTA.

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November 10

The Super Run 5K/10K

Posted by The Super Run on Sunday, May 22, 2016

Don your best running shoes and favorite superhero outfit, and get ready to hit the ground, yes, running. Taking place at Historic Fourth Ward Park, registration opens at 8 a.m., with both runs starting at 9 a.m.

Registration for the The Super Run starts at $29.99 for the 5K and $34.99 for the 10K.

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November 11

King of Pops Field Day

King of Pops

As November is the month for giving thanks, King of Pops is holding its eighth annual Field Day soon, its own personal “thank you” to those who support the business.

At this free event, enjoy free pops, compete in the pop eating contest, and listen to some live music at the company’s new headquarters in the Old Fourth Ward.

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November 11

Free National Park Day at Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

Posted by Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area on Sunday, October 30, 2016

As part of the National Park Service’s free entrance days, the entrance fee to the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area is waived on Veteran’s Day, making it a great time to visit this outdoor destination.

Enjoy biking in Cochran Shoals, picnicking at Johnson Ferry, or fishing in the Chattahoochee River.

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November 14 to 18

Buried Alive Film Fest

Posted by Buried Alive! Horror Film Festival on Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Fans of horror will get more than their fair share at this bloody-fun celebration of independent horror films.

Taking place at 7 Stages Theatre from November 14 to 18, the Buried Alive Film Fest is not for the faint of heart. In fact, the festival prides itself on showcasing the weird, gross, and horrifying.

Tickets are $12 per screening block. See website for full schedule and film descriptions.

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November 17

Uncorked Atlanta Wine Festival

Posted by Atlanta Sport and Social Club on Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Overlooking Piedmont Park at Park Tavern, this annual event brings together wine aficionados from all over the city. From 12 to 4 p.m., attendees will enjoy wine and craft beer tastings, live music, and wine-themed activities.

Tickets are $48; food will be available for additional purchase.

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November 17

Grant Park Mothball

Posted by Grant Park Neighborhood Association (GPNA) on Friday, October 19, 2018

Descending on the Pin & Proper, and located at the Beacon, Mothball brings together sci-fi fans in costume ready to duel it out. From movies to DJs to costumes, the competition is fierce.

It’s a fundraiser for the Grant Park Neighborhood Association, and tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the door. Tables for eight people each also are available for $400.

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November 17 to 18

Indie Craft Experience Holiday Shopping Spectacular

On November 17 and 18 from 11 to 6 p.m., get a head start on your holiday shopping at the 14th annual ICE Holiday Shopping Spectacular at the Georgia Freight Depot. A $5 entry fee (kids ages 12 and younger are free) provides access to more than 170 craft and vintage vendors plus a wide range of local food vendors.

The first 250 attendees will receive a swag bag.

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November 22

Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon, 5K, One Mile, 50m Dash

Start burning those turkey calories early by participating in the Atlanta Track Club’s Invesco QQQ Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon, 5K, One Mile, and 50m Dash. Starting at 7:30 a.m., the events begin and end at Georgia State Stadium.

Registration fees vary by event and registration date; the registration cut-off date is November 14.