Snow Mountain opens at Stone Mountain Park on Saturday, Nov. 17.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips/For the AJC
Photo: Jonathan Phillips/For the AJC

The 11

Our list of can’t-miss events around town

Music: Crooner Tribute

Jazz vocalist Sachal Vasandani sets aside tunes from his latest release “Shadow Train” to perform songs by Nat King Cole ahead of the legendary singer’s centennial birthday.

“The Unforgettable” Nat King Cole Celebration. Nov. 12. Presented by Georgia Ensemble Theatre at Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. 770-641-1260. get.org

Culinary Arts: The Barefoot Contessa Live

Food Network star Ina Garten shares cooking recipes from her new book, “Cook Like a Pro” and behind-the-scene stories from the set of TV show “Barefoot Contessa,” as well as her family life and career.

Ina Garten. Nov. 13. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy., Atlanta. 770-916-2800, cobbenergycentre.com

Festival: No day like a snow day

Stone Mountain uses man-made precipitation for its annual Snow Mountain attraction, featuring tubing, sliding, snowmen, a snowball target gallery and more wintry fun.

Snow Mountain. Nov. 17-Feb. 24. Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd. 800-401-2407. stonemountainpark.com

Festival: Celebrate Nigeria

Nigerian heritage is celebrated through food, art, dance and fashion during the first Nigerian Cultural Festival. The Nigerian Women Cultural Foundation and the Nigerian Consulate present the event.

Nigeria Cultural Festival. Nov. 17. Holiday Inn Atlanta/Roswell, 909 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell. 678-768-5768.

Music: Christmas of Legend

One of 15 people to have won an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards), singer/songwriter John Legend brings his “Legendary Christmas Tour” to the Fox Theatre.

John Legend. Nov. 20. The Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. 404-881-2100. foxtheatre.org

Race: Turkey trot

Fleet-footed competitors get the chance to earn their big holiday feast with the Atlanta Track Club’s annual half-marathon, 5K, one-mile run and 50-meter dash.

Thanksgiving Day Half-Marathon. Nov. 22. Georgia State Stadium, 755 Hank Aaron Drive. atlantatrackclub.org

Theater: So Long, Farewell

The von Trapp family story and “The Sound of Music” is staged this season with such favorite tunes as “The Hills are Alive,” “Favorite things” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” and more. The 1965 film won five Academy Awards.

“The Sound of Music.” Nov. 23-24. Cobb Energy Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. 770-916-2800. cobbenergycentre.com

Festival: Deck the hall

With a name based in the Irish town of Callan and the old English word for woods (“wolde”), the Callanwolde mansion has transformed from the Candler family home to a popular fine arts center. The 40-year-old festival includes a designer show house, holiday village, live entertainment, shopping and a light display on the 12-acre grounds.

Christmas at Callanwolde. Nov. 23-Dec. 9. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, 980 Briarcliff Road. Tickets are $20 on-line, $25 at the door. 404-872-5338. callanwolde.org

Theater: Away in a manger

Robert John Connor’s adaptation of poet Langston Hughes’ beloved holiday show, “Black Nativity: A Gospel Christmas Musical Experience” uses Gospel arrangements, African-style costumes and the choreography of Dawn Axam to bring the Bethlehem story to life.

“Black Nativity.” Nov. 28-Dec. 9. Ferst Center for the Arts, 349 Ferst Drive. 404-894-2787. arts.gatech.edu

Family fun: Santa’s Landing!

Santa arrives for a fun-filled family day celebration. Visit with him, make a Christmas tree ornament, take tour of the “Cloud Chasers” exhibition and enjoy live holiday music and more.

Saturday, December 9, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Free and open to the public at the Aviation Community Cultural Center, 3900 Aviation Circle, 30336. For more information visit www.fultonarts.org or call 404.612.8600

Music: Joyful noise

The Atlanta-based Celtic Company draws on the Irish, Scottish, Welsh and Appalachian song, dance and storytelling traditions for a spirited, all-ages show. Beginning in 1991, “Celtic Christmas” has celebrated the season with fiddles, harps, Highland pipes and more.

“Celtic Christmas.” Dec. 15-16. Rialto Center for the Performing Arts, 80 Forsyth St. 404-413-9849. www.rialtocenter.org

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