November 2017



Spotlight Artist: Butterpup & Friends
Through Dec. 29, all day. Miles Davis is an artist, illustrator, and creator raised in the U.S. Air Force. In 2012, a random puppy with butterfly wings made its way into Miles’ imagination, and upon urging from friends and family, he set out to create what has evolved into Butterpup and Friends with his wife, Merissa. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell.

Through Nov. 12, times vary. This shrewd new comedy takes place during a sunny spring afternoon in the Morningside neighborhood of Atlanta, where different generations are thrown together to battle it out. Imagine: a baby shower, nine women with secrets and a case of champagne. Tickets start at $29.

Johns Creek Poetry Festival for Teens and Adults
10:15 a.m. The eighth annual Johns Creek Poetry Festival for teens and adults will be held at Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library, 9560 Spruill Road, Johns Creek. Featured published poets Amy Pence and Danielle Hanson will be part of this family fun event which is in memory of Johns Creek Poetry Group co-coordinator Ronald Boggs.

Five Points Challenge 5K
8 a.m. The fourth annual Five Points Challenge 5K will be held at the Windermere Lodge, 4444 Front Nine Drive, Cumming. The 5K, which will benefit childhood cancer, environmental education as well as spinal cord injury rehabilitation at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, is being organized by Friends of Tony and Reaping Nature Educational Outreach Foundation, two Forsyth County-based nonprofit organizations.

NOV 11
Veterans Day Breakfast
8-9:30 a.m. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast at Milton City Hall, 2006 Heritage Walk with local veterans and a presentation by A.J. Tata, a retired brigadier general and national bestselling author.

Milton Literary Festival
10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Milton Literary Group will host the second annual Milton Literary Festival in downtown Crabapple. Featuring over 45 authors, the event will be packed with panels, author chats and workshops as well as opportunities to meet and mingle with your favorite authors or find new ones.

NOV 11-12
Titan Tidings Christmas Gift Show
9 a.m.-5p.m. on Saturday; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday. Shop for holiday gifts from more than 110 vendors with jewelry, holiday and home décor, accessories, pottery, glassware, monogrammed and children’s items, fine art and more. A bake sale keeps your shopping energy up and running. Blessed Trinity Catholic High School, 11320 Woodstock Road, Roswell.
Christmas Arts & Crafts Festival in Cumming
9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday. Featuring a wide variety of artisans and craftsmen with handcrafted merchandise, the Sawnee Artists’ Association festival includes photos with Santa and kid-friendly activities. Food trucks and kettle corn will be available outside. Forsyth Conference Center at Lanier Technical College, 3410 Ronald Regan Blvd., Cumming.

NOV 18
Johns Creek Arts Center Holiday Sale
Through Dec. 23. Johns Creek Arts Center’s annual holiday sale features original, hand-crafted, fine art gifts at affordable prices. Choose from handmade jewelry, pottery, paintings and prints by instructors as well as youth and adult students. Johns Creek Arts Center, 6290 Abbotts Bridge Road, Building 700, Johns Creek.

NOV 19
Avalon on Ice
Times vary. Through January 21, 2018. Ice skate at Avalon on their Rockefeller Center-sized ice skating rink in the plaza. Watch for theme nights and enjoy warm, tasty treats rink side. Enjoy special events throughout the season and sign up for ice skating lessons. Avalon, 2200 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta. General Admission starts at $18.

NOV 20
Santa at Avalon
Times vary. Through Dec. 24. Join jolly Old Saint Nick in his cozy cottage at Avalon for a dose of Christmas magic this holiday season. He will be around for the holiday season to spread Christmas cheer, take photos with children and families, share magical moments with those who visit him and more. There will also be special events throughout the week, including story time, pet photos and breakfast with Santa.

NOV 23
Turkey Trot
8 a.m. Representatives from Lambert High School's Blessings in a Backpack student organization will be on hand at the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot to collect your donations. Blessings in a Backpack is an organization that focuses on feeding elementary age children on the weekends. The race will be at 3855 Johns Creek Parkway in Johns Creek. Registration is $17.

Tryptophan Half-Marathon in Cumming
7:30 a.m. Before digging into your Thanksgiving feast, work up an appetite by running one of three distances: half-marathon, 10K or 5K. All distances will start and finish at Fowler Park, 4110 Carolene Way, Cumming, winding along the Big Creek Greenway. Early registration and carpooling are recommended. No dogs, baby strollers or skates. All proceeds benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Sign up at

NOV 24
Sanders Family Christmas 2017
Through Dec. 10, times vary. Sanders Family Christmas is the sequel to Connie Ray and Alan Bailey's wildly successful bluegrass gospel musical “Smoke on the Mountain.” It's December 24, 1941, and America is going to war. So is Dennis Sanders of the Sanders Family Singers. The Cumming Playhouse, 101 School St., Cumming. Tickets start at $27.50.

NOV 30
Christmas Tree and Dreidel Lighting
6 p.m. Enjoy the lighting of the Christmas tree and dreidel with traditional holiday music by local elementary school choruses and a special early appearance by Santa. A Toys for Tots drop-off will be available. Newtown Park, 3150 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek.

Looking ahead to December

Christmas in Crabapple & Milton Tree Lighting
2-6 p.m. This year, Milton has combined two events to usher in the holiday season. This holiday tradition has become a Milton staple, including Santa photos, caroling, s'mores, crafts, hot cocoa and fun. See the tree lighting and more at the Broadwell Pavilion, 12615 Broadwell Road, Milton.

Alpharetta Christmas Tree Lighting
5-9 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be visiting with children all evening in the gazebo during the lighting of the 45-foot live spruce tree with 10,000 white lights in the Corner Park of downtown. Alpharetta Mayor Belle Isle will read “T’was the Night Before Christmas” and North Point Community Church will present entertainment. 2 S. Main St., Alpharetta.


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