Can't Miss Atlanta Fall Festivals

We've made a list; check it twice so you don't miss a fun festival in Atlanta.
  • Celebrate music, food and friends at the Candler Park Fall Fest.
    Celebrate music, food and friends at the Candler Park Fall Fest.
  • The parade is just one of many exciting events at the annual Atlanta Pride Festival.
    The parade is just one of many exciting events at the annual Atlanta Pride Festival.
  • The Sweet Auburn Music Fest is two days of live music, great food and celebrities.
    The Sweet Auburn Music Fest is two days of live music, great food and celebrities.
  • Foodies from around the world gather for a Taste of Atlanta.
    Foodies from around the world gather for a Taste of Atlanta.

Bring on Atlanta's fall festivals. Pick your favorites or try a new one!

  • Stone Mountain Pumpkin Festival, Sept. 30 - Oct. 30
    Every Friday through Sunday, take in the splendor of autumn with fun-filled games, shows, a dance-a-long party parade and lots of pumpkins.

  • Out on Film, Sept. 29 - Oct. 6
    Out on Film is an eight-day LGBT film festival, one of the oldest such festivals in the country. 

  • Cheese Fest Atlanta, Sept. 30
    Explore some of the best artisan cheeses and products from around the world. In addition look for the Grilled Cheese Meltdown where chefs create their most imaginative recipes for a grilled cheese sandwich. There are also classes on wine, beer and bourbon pairings with cheese. Portions of the proceeds benefit the Giving Kitchen. 

  • Porches and Pies Festival, Oct. 1
    Who can pass up a pie bake-off and tasting, live music, children’s activities and vendors? All proceeds benefit Adair Park Today. 

  • Candler Park Fall Fest, Oct. 1 & 2
    Celebrate fall in this historic neighborhood where more than than 100 artists, musicians and food vendors gather. The festival features a 5K race, kids zone and a tour of homes.

  • Sweet Auburn Music Fest, Oct. 1 & 2
    The Sweet Auburn Fest is two days of live music, great food, national artists and celebrities all located in one of the most iconic streets in the country. There will be kids activities and a car and bike show. 

  • A3C Hip Hop Festival, Oct. 5 - 9
    A3C is one of the largest hip-hop festivals that features both iconic hip-hop pioneers with up and coming artists. The festival serves as a national competition for ideas that use art, music and hip hop cultures. Among those scheduled to appear are 21 Savage, 3D Na’TEE and Casey Veggies.

  • Urban MediaMakers Film Festival, Oct. 6 - 11
    Now in its 15th year, the festival promotes and supports a diverse, independent digital/media arts content creation. 

  • Atlanta Black Theatre Festival, Oct. 6 - 15
    The Atlanta Black Theatre Festival is becoming one of the most sought after festivals for storytelling. More than than 1,000 literary, fine and performing artists have brought their art to the festival in past years. There will be live performances, shopping, reader’s theater series, workshops and nightly parties. 

  • Atlanta Asian Film Festival, Oct. 7 - 22
    The Atlanta Asian Film Festival celebrates the works of Asian-American cultures through film. 

  • Atlanta Pride Festival, Oct. 8 & 9
    Atlanta Pride Festival is the largest pride festival in the Southeast. It’s a gay, lesbian and transgender extravaganza that includes live entertainment, cultural exhibits, Pride Marketplace and the Pride parade. There will be more than 200 vendor booths as well as restaurant and bar promotions. Other events include the Pride Car and Motorcycle Show. 

  • Atlanta Horror Film Festival, Oct. 13 - 15
    The top horror film festival in Atlanta showcases scary films from around the world. 

  • Elevate Art, Oct. 13 - 21
    Hosted seasonally by the Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, Elevate is a temporary public art program that seeks to activate the downtown Atlanta area through visual art, performances and cultural events.

  • Little 5 Points Halloween Festival and Parade, Oct. 15
    Every October more than 35,000 fun-loving fans flock to Little Five Points, Atlanta’s version of Greenwich Village, to enjoy great food, drink and one of the best Halloween parades in the South. 

  • Sixth Annual Fall Festival on Ponce, Oct. 15 & 16
    The sixth annual Fall Festival on Ponce is a two-day fine arts event that features more than 125 displays of local and regional fine art and crafts. In addition to the abundance of unique art, there will be a children's area, local gourmet food trucks, beverages and a small stage for acoustic musical performances. The event is free, open to all ages, and dogs are welcome.  

  • Stone Mountain Highland Games, Oct. 15 & 16
    Be a “Scot for a Day” as thousands gather wearing their family tartans to enjoy Highland dancing, piping, drumming and harping. There are Scottish Country dancing demonstrations, clan challenges and the parade of tartans. 

  • Taste of Atlanta, Oct. 21 - 23
    Now in its 15th year of serving up the city's best fare, Taste of Atlanta is bigger, bolder and better than ever. The unforgettable three-day food festival features more than 90 neighborhood favorites as well as the hottest local chefs on four live demo stages. 

  • Country Living Fair, Oct. 21 - 23
    Presented by County Living magazine, this event offers visitors to truly experience the County Living lifestyle. Shop for antiques, vintage deals, specialty foods, pottery, hand-made soaps and seeds. 

  • Atlanta World Kite Festival, Oct. 22
    Let’s go fly a kite at the fifth annual kite festival. In addition there will be food trucks, face painting and other family-friendly activities. 

  • Boo at the Zoo, Oct. 22-23
    Enjoy Zoo Atlanta with a Halloween twist. Bring your costumes and visit Zoo Boo Town. Enter a costume contest, get lost in the inflatable corn maze and take pictures with characters such as Ladybug Girl, Splat the Cat and Cricket the Frog. 

  • Indian Festival & Pow Wow, Nov. 3-6
    The pow wow is largest Native American gatherings in Georgia. It features dance exhibitions, music, authentic craft demonstrations, cooking traditions, storytelling, wildlife presentations and more. Learn about flint-knapping, bow making, fire starting and pottery. 

  • Sixth Annual Chastain Park Fall Arts and Crafts Festival, Nov. 5 & 6
    The sixth annual Chastain Park Fall Arts Festival returns to picturesque Chastain Park in Buckhead and features more than 185 painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metal crafters, glass blowers, jewelers and more. The festival will also have a children's area, food trucks, beverages and a small stage for acoustic musical performances.  

  • Cabbagetown Chomp & Stomp, Nov. 5
    The 14th annual Chomp & Stomp festival features a chili cook-off, a 5K race, music and games. 

Keep up to date with the season's festivals at the Fall Festivals page today.

Journalist Mary Welch writes business and lifestyle stories for local and national publications. 

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