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The Ultimate Guide to Fall Festivals and Events in Atlanta

atlanta fall events

Atlanta is so pretty in the fall and we couldn’t be more excited for this season! There is so much to do in Atlanta we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite fall festivals and events!  What is your favorite fall activity?

Check out our list of events in and around Atlanta through October!

Newnan Haunted House

September 23rd – October 31st

13 Stories Haunted House  has 6 terrifying attractions and a Hollywood level of detail.

Netherworld Haunted House (Norcross)

September 23rd – November 5th

Netherworld thrills and terrifies with stunt actors in intense makeup, movie-quality special effects, and detailed sets at a large house in Norcross.


Anime Convention

September 29th – October 2nd
Anime Weekend Atlanta has panels and workshops, games and videos, costume play, a dealer’s room, an art show, and a red-carpet ball at Cobb Galleria Centre.



Friday, September 29th

This year, with the theme “TOGETHER, TEDxPeachtree is ambitiously setting our sights on examining the issues that keep us apart and ideas that bring us together. In the tradition of TEDx, 2016 TEDxPeachtree speakers will share their ideas worth spreading on topics from a.i. to biodiversity, city-building to a unique treatment for PTSD, and art to workplaces fit for humans.


Atlanta Cheese Festival

September 30th

5pm, VIP 4PM

Taste samples from cheese and artisan food producers, taste grilled cheese entries, and hear live music at Atlanta Cheese Festival at GA Freight Depot.


The Comedy Getdown

September 30th


The Comedy Get Down features five superstar comedians (George Lopez, Eddie Griffin, Charlie Murphy, D.L. Hughley, and Cedric the Entertainer) at Philips Arena. Discount tickets $50.


French Flick and Picnic Night

September 30th

A ticket to French Flick and Picnic Night includes a light French-style picnic at 6:30 p.m. and a silent French romantic comedy-drama (The Artist, PG-13, 2011) at 7:30 p.m. at Gate Museum, Atlantic Station.


Onstage Atlanta presents November

September 30th – October 9th

November is a darkly humorous satire of our presidential election process, written by a Pulitzer Prize winner, at OnStage Atlanta. Discount tickets $12.


Pumpkin Festival

September 30th – October 30th

Pumpkin Festival features a costume party, family shows, storytelling, kids’ activities, and a pie-eating contest at Stone Mountain Park. Open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.


Soapbox Derby

October 1st

11:30am – 5pm

Bring a chair to watch 100 drivers compete in the Madison Avenue Soapbox Derby, with food vendors, a bake sale, a beer tent, and live music. Cars are judged at noon, and races are 1 to 3:15 p.m. on Madison Avenue at Johnston Place in Decatur. Free.


Taste of Chamblee

October 1st

Taste of Chamblee features food from 20 restaurants, live music, kids’ activities, and a car show. Free.


Atlanta Scavenger Hunt

October 2nd

Atlanta Challenge is a Sunday event of teams running around the city to solve clues and win prizes. It ends at a restaurant with awards and a costume contest.


Woofstock Pets in the Park

October 1st

12pm – 7pm

Woofstock features dogs that dive and perform tricks, pet adoptions, food trucks, a beer garden, inflatables for kids, and arts & crafts at Smyrna Market Village, 2840 Atlanta Road, Smyrna. Free.


Georgia Blues & Roots Festival

October 1st

10am – 10 pm

The first Georgia Blues & Roots Festival features 12 artists, including Jarekus Singleton and Big Bill Morganfield, at Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre in Mableton.


Sweet Auburn Music Fest

October 1st – October 2nd

Sweet Auburn Music Fest is an R&B, hip-hop, and gospel music festival on Auburn Avenue at Jackson.


Sunflower Festival

October 1st

10am – 5 pm

The Sunflower Festival features farm animals, music, artisans, and vendors at Yule Forest on Hwy 155.


Candler Park Fall Fest

October 1st – October 2nd

Fall Fest has live bands, 150 art booths, gourmet food trucks, a kids’ area, 5K, 1K, and Sunday home tour.


Decatur Maker Faire

October 1st – October 2nd

See exhibits about science, creativity, innovation, and art, and meet the people of all ages who made them at the Maker Faire in downtown Decatur. Free.


Anime Weekend Atlanta Convention

October 1st – October 2nd

Anime Weekend Atlanta has panels and workshops, games and videos, costume play, a dealer’s room, an art show, and a red-carpet ball at Cobb Galleria Centre.


Out on Film

October 1st – October 6th

Out On Film shows 80 gay films and videos at the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.


Stone Mountain Pumpkin Festival

October 1st – October 30th

Pumpkin Festival features a costume party, family shows, storytelling, kids’ activities, and a pie-eating contest at Stone Mountain Park. Open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.


Decatur Glass Pumpkin Making

October 1st – October 31st

The Pumpkin Class at Decatur Glassblowing includes safety instructions, a demonstration, and assistance making a pumpkin ornament to take home after it cools for 24 hours. Children 10 to 17 require a parent.


Six Flags Halloween Fright Fest

October 1st – October 31st

Enjoy pumpkin painting & trick-or-treating in daylight, but beware of scary ghosts, ghouls, and zombies at night during Fright Fest at Six Flags over Georgia in Austell.


Brookhaven Chili Cook Off

October 8th

12:30pm – 6pm

Buy a wristband to taste chili (spicy, mild, chicken, beef, vegetarian) at Brookhaven Chili Cook Off. It has live music, a kids’ zone, and arts & crafts.


Zoo Atlanta Wine Tasting

October 8th

4:30pm – 9:30pm

Enjoy wine sampling, animal viewing, live music, live painting, and appetizers during Sippin’ Safari in the Ford Pavilion at Zoo Atlanta for age 21+. Discount tickets $56.


Atlanta Mac ‘n’ Cheese Festival

October 8th

12:30pm – 5:30pm

A ticket to Atlanta Mac and Cheese Festival includes five samples of mac & cheese from local restaurants, with music by local bands at Walker Park. No pets.

Georgia Mountain Fall Festival

October 7th – October 15th

Georgia Mountain Fall Festival features arts & crafts, live music, and demonstrations of archery, fly-fishing, and lumberjacking in Hiawassee.


Great Atlanta Beer Festival

October 8th

1pm – 6pm

Sample 150 beers, cider, and wine at the giant Great Atlanta Beer Fest, which includes live music, football on big TVs, and food for sale at Turner Field.

Marietta Beer Festival

October 8th

Taste 100 beers at the Marietta Craft Beer Festival, part of the weekend Chalktoberfest listed separately.

Atlanta Hip-Hop Festival

October 8th

Atlanta Hip Hop Day Festival features Atlanta artists, b-boy and b-girl exhibits, emcee battles, turntablism, and graffiti artists at Woodruff Park. Free.

Atlanta Gay Pride Festival & Parade

October 8th – October 9th

The highlight of the Atlanta Pride Festival for gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender persons is the Pride Parade at noon on Sunday up Peachtree Street to Piedmont Park.

Marietta Chalk Art Festival

October 8th – October 9th

Watch professional chalk artists compete, enter the amateur contest, see kids draw on the street, attend a craft beer festival, and visit the art museum free during Chalktoberfest in Marietta.

Opera by Mozart

October 8th- October 16th

The Abduction from the Seraglio is a farcical, colorful romance in which heroes and heroines must outwit their captors at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Discount tickets $39 to $51.

Georgia Apple Festival

October 8th – 9th, October 15th – 16th

See 300 vendors of food and handmade items, plus craft demonstrations, a parade, and an antique car show at Georgia Apple Festival in Ellijay. No pets.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

October 13th and October 15th


Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs works by Adams, Gershwin, and Copland at Atlanta Symphony Hall. Discount tickets $25.

Atlanta Horror Film Festival

October 13th – October 15th

See horror, sci-fi, gore, zombie, creepy, mystery, and dark comedy films at Atlanta Horror Film Festival at the Plaza Theatre.

Elevate Atlanta Art Downtown

October 13th – October 21st

Elevate Atlanta offers music & dance performances, public art installations, gallery exhibits, and street art in downtown Atlanta involving 100 artists. Free.

Old Fourth Ward Movies & Beer

October 14th

See short films, and buy 20 varieties of New Belgium beer plus food at Clips Beer & Film Tour at Fourth Ward Skatepark Field. Bring age 21 ID. Free.

Dracula: The Awakening (in Lawrenceville)

October 14-15, October 21-22, October 28-29

Creatures dance and perform acts of horror onstage and around you to music at 30-minute Dracula: The Awakening in Lawrenceville.

Stone Mountain Ghost Tour

October 14th – October 30th

Hear the best ghost stories of the South on a lantern-lit walk at Antebellum Plantation during A Tour of Southern Ghosts at Stone Mountain Park.

Little 5 Points Halloween Parade & Festival

October 15th

Enjoy food and drink, live entertainment, pumpkin carving, street vendors, and a 4 p.m. costume parade at Little 5 Points Halloween Festival and Parade. Free.

Decatur Beer Festival

October 15th

Decatur Craft Beer Festival features 100 craft beers, live music, and food for sale in downtown Decatur.

Oktoberfest Atlanta

October 15th

1pm – 6pm

Oktoberfest Atlanta features German beer, food, live music, and games at Heritage Sandy Springs. Discount tickets for two people: $20.

Fall Festival on Ponce

October 15th – October 16th

Fall Festival on Ponce features fine arts and crafts, folk art, a children’s area, food trucks, and acoustic music in historic Olmsted Linear Park at N Ponce De Leon Ave NE. Repeats in April. Free.

Brookhaven Arts Festival

October 15th – October 16th

Brookhaven Arts Festival includes more than 100 juried artists, live music, a kids’ corner, and food vendors. Free.

Cocktails at the Aquarium – Sips Under the Sea

October 21st

7pm, VIP 6pm

Adults can wander Georgia Aquarium enjoying live music, cocktails, and appetizers at Sips Under the Sea. See the evening’s theme listed on the website.

Hot Air Balloon Festival

October 21st – October 22nd

Owl-O-Ween features balloon rides, balloon glows, trick-or-treating, food, beer tents, vendors, and entertainers at Kennesaw State University.

Taste of Atlanta

October 21st – October 23rd

Try samples from 90 of Atlanta’s best restaurants, taste beer and wine, and watch celebrity-chef demos at Taste of Atlanta at Technology Square in Midtown. Discount tickets $20.


These are just some of the many events, activities, and festivals happening in and around Atlanta in the Fall! What’s your favorite fall activity? What are you excited about checking out?