Fall in Line for September Fests in Atlanta

Feeling festive? Of course you are -- it's fall and festivals rule.
  • The 4th Annual Kosher BBQ festival is all about delicious food.
    The 4th Annual Kosher BBQ festival is all about delicious food.
  • Join young and old love to celebrate Japanese culture at Japanfest.
    Join young and old love to celebrate Japanese culture at Japanfest.
  • Step back in time at the Atlanta History Center's Fall Folklife Festival.
    Step back in time at the Atlanta History Center's Fall Folklife Festival.
  • Chef Leroy took the  top prize last year at the Atlanta Caribbean Jerk Festival.
    Chef Leroy took the top prize last year at the Atlanta Caribbean Jerk Festival.
  • The baklava at the Atlanta Greek Festival will make you want to dance and yell, "Opa!"
    The baklava at the Atlanta Greek Festival will make you want to dance and yell, "Opa!"

Fall and festivals go together like cooler weather and outdoor fun. Pick a festival, any festival. And enjoy. 

  • Dragon Con, Sept. 2-5
    Come join 75,000 guests at Dragon Con, Atlanta’s pop culture convention, as downtown Atlanta is visited by alien guests including wizards, vampires and stormtroopers. There’s a Dragon Con Parade as well as workshops and meet and greets.

  • Atlanta Caribbean Jerk Festival, Sept. 4
    As the biggest Caribbean Food Festival in Georgia promises “You eat it. We jerk It.” Enjoy the aroma of jerk cuisine and other succulent Caribbean culinary specialties. Also enjoy the pulsating sounds of reggae, calypso and soca.

  • AJC Decatur Book Festival, Sept. 2-4
    The AJC Decatur Book Festival is the largest independent book festival in the country and one of the top five worldwide. Book lovers will enjoy a wide array of events including panel discussions, cooking demonstrations, music and dance as well as meet and greets with authors. Among the authors attending are Andrea Beaty, Kevin Young, Dav Pilkey and Jacqueline Woodson. 

  • Yellow Daisy Festival, Sept. 8-11
    Enjoy Stone Mountain Park as it hosts more than 425 artists and crafters from around the country. There are four days of shopping, live entertainment, children’s activities and delicious festival foods.

  • Art on the Atlanta BeltLine Annual Lantern Parade, Sept. 10
    Every year, Art on the Atlanta BeltLine celebrates its exhibition with a Lantern Parade. The mix of light, music and color has made this an Atlanta favorite event to the more than 60,000 participants. 

  • Taste of Soul - Food & Music Festival, Sept. 10
    Enjoy a one-day Soul Food and Music festival with, what else, some soul food and lots of music.

  • Salute to America and the Arts, Sept. 10
    Sponsored by the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center and the GreenHouse Foundation and started by CeeLo Green, this second annual festival will feature various Atlanta musical artists, family activities and food trucks. CeeLo Green will perform with the Celebrity All-Star Band. The concert will raise funds for U.S. military veterans and students in need. There is also a special VIP After Party. 

  • Atlanta Docufest, Sept. 15-17
    The Atlanta International Documentary Film Festival continues to bring the best in independent documentary film and video from across the world. 

  • 2016 Annual Korean Festival, Sept. 16-18
    Wresting. A Michael Jackson tribute. Free food. Cool.

  • Fall Folklife Festival, Sept. 17
    Celebrate all things Southern as the Smith Family Farm is the ideal backdrop to explore Southern culinary traditions with chef demonstrations in open hearth kitchens. In addition, learn old-fashioned crafts such as basket weaving, woodworking, pottery, food preservation and candle dipping. 

  • St. Elias Middle Eastern Festival, Sept. 17-18
    Enjoy the 42nd annual Middle Eastern Fall Festival and delight in traditional Middle Eastern cuisine and dancing. Take a tour of one of the most beautiful churches in the area.

  • Japanfest, Sept. 17-18
    Japanfest is the largest Japanese festival in the Southeast and features a taiko drum, dance, martial arts, cultural workshops including a tea ceremony and traditional music. You can also experience calligraphy, children’s games, Japanese food, beer garden and bonsai trees. More than 550 Japanese companies based in Georgia will display their products in a Made in Georgia exhibition and you may shop and enjoy Ginza Street, which is Tokyo’s famous shopping district. The event will feature Japanese festival-style games, Omikuji, Japanese ceramics and traditional Japanese clothing. 

  • Music Midtown, Sept. 17-18
    Enjoy some of the best music currently on the scene with the Killers, Band of Horses, Big Boi and Beck. In fact, there will be a lineup of more than 30 artists across four stages and the festival will feature rock, hip-hop, pop and electric artists. If you’re hungry, don’t worry, there will be lots of Atlanta’s favorite local eateries with everything from corn dogs to gluten-free options. 

  • Spanferkel Feast, Sept. 18
    Join the medieval-themed Spanferkel Feast for some delicious roast pork. There will be a costume contest so be sure to dress as knights and princesses. This event is sponsored by the German American Chamber of Commerce. 

  • Atlanta Greek Festival, Sept. 22-25
    Food, fun and opa! The best of Greece comes to Atlanta with food, shopping and entertainment. 

  • Springer Mountain Farms Atlanta Wing Fest, Sept. 25
    Chefs from all over the Southeast will bring their best wings to this inaugural event. This festive “party with a purpose”  will provide wings, beer, Southern spirits and local music to benefit Atlanta-Based charities Angel Flight Soars and Second Helpings Atlanta. General admission includes entry to the event, wing tastes from 25 restaurants, eat-and-greet with the chefs and complimentary bottles of water. 

  • 4th Annual Atlanta Kosher BBQ Competition, Sept. 25
    Presented by the Hebrew Order of David International is a BBQ competition and festival. All  teams are supplied with Kosher grills, meat, tool and ingredients, and it’s up to the judges and public to decide the winners. 

  • Atlanta Streets Alive, Sept. 25
    Fashioned after the Ciclovía in Bogota, Colombia, where they close the streets so people can walk or ride their bikes, this event will open up Virginia-Highland for pedestrians. There will be a parade at 1:30 p.m.

  • Out on Film Festival, Sept. 29-Oct. 6
    Films all about LGBT. 

  • The Cheese Fest @Atlanta, Sept. 30
    Cheese, wine, beer. What's not to like? 

  • Pumpkin Festival at Stone Mountain Park, Sept. 30-Oct. 30
    It's a favorite family way to celebrate the season.

For more festivals in Atlanta, bookmark our guide to festivals in Atlanta.

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

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