Atlanta Fall Family Fun on a Budget

Save money and still have fun at one of these free and cheap family-friendly events in Atlanta this fall.
  • Yellow Daisy Festival is one of the top festivals in the country. (Joleen Pete)
    Yellow Daisy Festival is one of the top festivals in the country. (Joleen Pete)
  • Enjoy a day at Piedmont Park during the annual World Kite Festival. (Joleen Pete)
    Enjoy a day at Piedmont Park during the annual World Kite Festival. (Joleen Pete)
  • Kids love the Stone Mountain Park Pumpkin Festival.
    Kids love the Stone Mountain Park Pumpkin Festival.

With temperatures soon dropping and the colors changing, our thoughts are turning from swimsuits and sunscreen to sweaters, boots and, yep, pumpkin spice. Looking for fun budget-friendly things to do this fall? Why not add these free and cheap activities to your family calendar. 

Free

  • 6th Annual Atlanta World Kite Festival, Oct. 28.
    Head to Piedmont Park for kite flying, face painting, music and food trucks. Keep an eye on the website as events are added.

  • Decatur Book Festival, Sept. 1 through 3.
    The AJC Decatur Book Festival is the largest independent book festival in the United States and one of the top five in the world. Enjoy fun for the whole family with an interactive children’s area, author readings, book signings, workshops, poetry slams, music and so much more.

  • Candler Park Fall Festival, Sept. 30 through Oct. 1.
    Candler Park’s Fall Festival is a can’t-miss event for fall in the greater Atlanta area. Featuring more than 200 arts and crafts booths, in addition to music, food trucks, home tours and an amazing kids area, this festival is a great way to celebrate the sights and smells of autumn.

  • Tot Spot at Atlantic Station, Tuesdays through Sept. 26.
    Every Tuesday bring your littles down to Atlantic Station for a morning filled with fun adventures, surprise visitors from places like Zoo Atlanta or the Center for Puppetry Arts, face painters, storytellers and more.

  • Pin Trading at Hard Rock Cafe, second Sunday of the month.
    Join other pin traders for Hard Rock’s monthly pin trading event. Attendees enjoy food, drink, raffles and access to exclusive pins.

Cheap

  • Yellow Daisy Festival, Sept. 7 through 9
    The Yellow Daisy Festival is one of the top three arts festivals in the nation. It brings together more than 400 top artists and craftspeople from 33 states. Enjoy demonstrations, live entertainment, fab foods, a kid's area and more. Admission is free but parking at Stone Mountain Park is $15 daily.

  • Outside Skills Day, Sept. 17
    Expect canoeing, camping, cooking and more. Spend the afternoon learning some basic outdoor skills at Chattahoochee Nature Center. General admission is $10.

  • Pumpkin Festival at Stone Mountain, weekends, Sept. 29 through Oct. 29
    During Pumpkin Festival your general admission ticket will entitle you to all the regular activities a day at Stone Mountain Park gets you, plus a plethora of fun fall festivities like pie eating contests, Adventure Tale Storytelling, Spookley’s Pumpkin Patch meet and greet, and so much more. It's a great place to enjoy the fall colors and cooler weather that come with the onset of fall.

  • Grilled Cheese Festival, Oct. 7
    Who said grilled cheese? Yum! Restaurants from all over the city will be serving up savory bites of these ooey, gooey, cheesy treats all day. Try a few or try them all and then vote for the best grilled cheese in Atlanta. In addition, there will be frosty brews, live entertainment, contests and activities throughout the day. Located at Historic Fourth Ward Skate Park. Cost is $12.

  • Sunday Fundays at The Rock Ranch, Sundays in October. Spend a seriously fun day at The Rock Ranch. Enjoy all the attractions, from pony rides and zip lines to Tiny Town and the petting zoo. Don’t forget the corn maze and to pick your Halloween pumpkins in the pumpkin patch. You can also enjoy a good Southern meal and fun shopping in the gift shop to round out your adventure. General admission is $13.

Check out our list for an ongoing list of free and fun things to do in Atlanta

Joleen Pete lives outside Atlanta with her husband and their 4-year-old son. On the weekends they enjoy going into the city for family fun and exploration. Joleen is the professional photographer behind Joleen Pete Photography and lifestyle/family blogger behind Love, Joleen.

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