Atlanta's Autumn Roundup: 14 Fun and Festive Things to Do with Family in Atlanta this Fall

This roundup for family activities will keep you in the fun throughout the fall.
  • Kids love the pumpkins as big as them at Burt's Farm. (Joleen Pete)
    Kids love the pumpkins as big as them at Burt's Farm. (Joleen Pete)
  • Georgia-A-Scary-Um is one of Atlanta's best Halloween events for families.
    Georgia-A-Scary-Um is one of Atlanta's best Halloween events for families.
  • North Georgia in the fall is fun and delicious. (Joleen Pete)
    North Georgia in the fall is fun and delicious. (Joleen Pete)
  • Fans of the Falcons love the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
    Fans of the Falcons love the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

It’s official – autumn is here, and with it comes so many things we love about life in the South. We love cooler weather, breathtaking fall colors, family festivals, apple pickin', pumpkin patchin’, football and more. We’ve put together this roundup of 14 of the most festive and fun things to do with your family in Atlanta this fall. 

  1. The best of fall.
    If you’re looking for fall activities for the family, it doesn’t get any better than this. Print it out; it’s your fall in Atlanta bucket list.

  2. Enjoy all things pumpkin.
    Many wait eagerly for the arrival of fall because it means – everything pumpkin! To most, the iconic pumpkin spice latte is what springs to mind, but Atlanta eateries have stretched their wings when it comes to celebrating that golden gourd. From pumpkin ravioli to pumpkin bread pudding, spicy pumpkin hummus and a Pumpkin Royale cocktail, check out our list of mouthwatering pumpkin treats.

  3. Find fall colors.
    Leaf peeping is a hobby mostly associated with New England, so Atlanta is lucky to have prime autumnal color. Interested in finding the best spots to see beautiful autumn leaves? Here is a list of where to find fall color in Atlanta. Get away for the weekend or take a day trip to North Georgia, known for stunning natural views. North Georgia is also home to some of our favorite pumpkin patch and apple picking farms

  4. Attend your favorite annual fall festivals.
    From the Atlanta Underground Film Festival to Taste of Atlanta, autumn’s calendar is chock full of fantastic fall festivals to explore. Go fly a kite at the 6th annual Atlanta World Kite Festival or experience history at the Native American Festival and Pow Wow at Stone Mountain Park. Here are more October festivals in Atlanta to spice up fall

  5. Have your fall family photos taken.
    Autumn is a favorite time of year for many photographers because of its natural beauty and the often diffused light. Ready to get some amazing fall family portraits? Check out our list of 6 beautiful fall photo locations. We’d be remiss if we left out Garrard Landing Park in Roswell, with its charming covered bridge and myriad background options from grassy fields to tree-lined trails. Atlanta Botanical Garden is also a beautiful, natural location for that perfect fall family picture, with its numerous gardens, statues, fountains and an ever-changing backdrop of color.

  6. Go apple picking. 
    One of the best fall activities around Atlanta is apple picking. There is no better way to celebrate the coming of crisp weather with the beautiful colors of autumn leaves than a day trip (or a weekend fall family vacation) to one or more of Georgia’s apple farms. Check into Hillcrest Orchards for some memory making with a wagon ride and petting zoo in addition to a yummy bakery full of mouthwatering treats. If you’re making a weekend trek, check out the other orchards in Ellijay, home of the Apple Festival.

  7. Visit Stone Mountain Park.
    Stone Mountain boasts numerous rides, attractions and activities all surrounded by breathtaking scenery. Toss in a handful of fall events like the Stone Mountain Highland Games and you’ve got several weekends of family fun. Kids will love dressing up and picking out pumpkins at the month-long Pumpkin Festival. Mom and Dad might enjoy a day date to do a little holiday shopping for antiques and collectibles at the Country Living Fair.

  8. Catch a show at The Fox. 
    If you’ve been thinking about attending a live performance (or taking your kids) perhaps this fall is the time to finally do it. The Fox Theatre’s calendar is is loaded to the brim with must-see performances, from the iconic Aretha Franklin (R-E-S-P-E-C-T!) or “The Color Purple” for adults, to “Shopkins Live!” and “PJ Masks Live” for the younger set.

  9. Take the kids trick-or-treating.
    While your dentist may cringe at this time of year, let’s face it, to most kids Halloween is all about the sweets. Wanna really get your kids on a sugar buzz? Check out our list of top locations to trick-or-treat around Atlanta and pick one or two of your favorites. It’s a great way to celebrate and might just be a little educational, too.

  10. Check out the Halloween events page for more spooktacular events.
    We’ve got the sweet treats tackled, but Halloween is so much more. From fun festivals to haunted houses and special performances, we’ve gathered a massive list of spooktacular events in and around Atlanta.

  11. Lace up your sneakers.
    The cooler weather seems to usher in a slew of races for the fittest (and funnest) of us all. Even the walkers among us can join in the race fun, at events such as the Cupcake Run. (Did somebody say free cupcakes after the race?) or the Team NPF Walk (You can bring your pup.). More serious runners might want to try the popular PNC Atlanta 10 Miler. No matter which you choose, slip on a pair of running shoes and hit the street to prepare for one of these October walks and runs in Atlanta

  12. See your favorite sports team play.
    Autumn offers up cooler weather and a hefty offering of pro sports in Atlanta. From the Hawks to the Falcons, you’re sure to be able to pick up tickets to your favorite game. Catching a game on the gridiron? Check out this behind the scenes look at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. For dinner and drinks after the game, head to one of these top bars and restaurants near the stadium.

  13. Get your holiday shopping done.
    Make a list and check it twice. It’s never too early to get a jump on your holiday shopping. Find the perfect gift at shopping venues in Atlanta’s Eastside neighborhood offering up eclectic and fashionable finds. Or you may want to explore the Westside’s more industrial vibe. And for the very best in luxury, you won’t want to miss the shopping in Buckhead.

  14. Give Thanksgiving.
    Give thanks this Thanksgiving by giving back with one of these awesome opportunities to volunteer in Atlanta. Check out the Thanksgiving page for local events, restaurants and more things to do for the holiday. 

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 family blogger behind Love, Joleen.

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