September Means Festival Season in Atlanta

Cosplay, cinema, books, food, pride, arts and music... there's a festival for everyone in September!
  • You'll never know who – or what – will strut their stuff at the East Atlanta Strut.
    You'll never know who – or what – will strut their stuff at the East Atlanta Strut.
  • Join the Lantern Parade and walk through Atlanta's in-town neighborhoods .
    Join the Lantern Parade and walk through Atlanta's in-town neighborhoods .
  • Bruno Mars headlines at the annual Music Midtown.
    Bruno Mars headlines at the annual Music Midtown.
  • Food is always one of the best parts of the Sweet Auburn Music Festival.
    Food is always one of the best parts of the Sweet Auburn Music Festival.
  • The Taste of Soul Festival celebrates music and soul food.
    The Taste of Soul Festival celebrates music and soul food.

The temperature is cooling in Atlanta and the festival scene is heating up. Don't miss Atlanta's biggest and best festivals.

  • Black Gay Pride, Aug. 30 - Sept. 4
    It's the 21st year for this wild and crazy weekend.

  • AJC Decatur Book Festival, Sept. 1 - 3
    The largest independent book festival in the country features authors including Brooke Gladstone, Carolyn Ryan and Wesley Lowery. Located on the square in downtown Decatur, the event invites guests to enjoy book signings, poetry slams and writing workshops. 

  • Dragon Con, Sept. 1 - 4
    Dragon Con is the largest multimedia, popular culture convention focusing on fiction, fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, music, art and film. There is truly something for everyone - workshops, meet and greets, shopping and, of course, the big parade. Among the celebrities attending are William Shatner, John Cusack, Gil Gerard, Erin Gray, Jon Heder and Stan Lee. The parade steps off on Peachtree Street at 10 a.m. Sept. 2.

  • Taste of Soul Atlanta, Sept. 2
    Taste of Soul Atlanta is a free festival that takes place in Vine City, one of the  city’s oldest and most historic neighborhoods. Soul and Southern food are celebrated as well as art, kids events, and a 5K run and walk. Among the featured performers are Frenchie Davis, Love Berry and Jerome Holloway.

  • Yellow Daisy Festival, Sept. 7 - 10
    Considered one of the top arts and crafts show in the nation, this popular Stone Mountain Park festival offers live entertainment, shopping and good food.

  • One Musicfest 2017, Sept. 8 and 9
    It all happens at Lakewood Amphitheatre. Lots of music, doncha know?

  • Atlanta DocuFest, Sept. 8 - 10
    Docufest brings the best independent documentary films from around the world.

  • Dardanella: The Great Gatsby Lawn Party, Sept. 9
    Enjoy an old-fashioned summer party and return to the era of flapper dresses, food, big bands and lawn games.

  • BeltLine Lantern Parade, Sept. 9
    The roughly two-mile parade marks the beginning of the annual Art on the Atlanta BeltLine exhibition, the largest temporary art exhibition in the South.  Attend a workshop to help you create your lantern.

  • Atlanta Blues & International Music Festival, Sept. 16 and 17
    Get your groove on in Woodruff Park, downtown.

  • Music Midtown, Sept. 16 and 17
    Last year more than 130,000 people enjoyed Piedmont Park, food, friendship and great music at one of the largest music festivals in the Southeast.  Among the acts this year are Bruno Mars, Mumford & Sons, Wiz Khalifa, Weezer and Haim.

  • Latino Film Festival, Sept. 21 - 24
    The 6th annual Latino Film Festival features Latino directed, produced and acted films from around the world. In addition, there will be a visit to Eagle Rock Studio to discuss Georgia’s expanding film industry.

  • Fall Folklife Festival, Sept. 23
    Everything old is fun again at Atlanta History Center.

  • East Atlanta Strut, Sept. 23
    The 20th annual one-day event showcases one of the hottest in-town neighborhoods. There will be a classic car show, live local music, an adult game area featuring contests of strength, endurance and beard growth, an artist market, free kids village, food, beverages and the annual Strut parade.

  • Imagine Music Festival, Sept. 22 - 24
    The Imagine Music Festival is a unique experience where festival goers can enjoy music, transformational workshops, circus acts, art space and camping. Among the headlines are Tiesto, Pretty Lights Live and Gorgon City.

  • Cheese Fest, Sept. 23
    If you love cheese this is a fun festival made for you. There will be more than 500 artisan cheese to sample from more than 100 producers as well as live music and - what else? - a cheese market.

  • Atlanta Zine Fest, Sept. 23 and 24
    The theme is Reality Schism, and the fifth annual festival explores alternative realities, communities and artists forms.  A zine is a small circulation, self-published work or original or appropriated texts and images usually reproduced via photocopier.

  • National Black Arts Festival, Sept. 23 - 30
    Black arts are honored throughout the city with a world music celebration that includes a variety of music genres such as African drumming, Afrobeat, reggae and soca. There will be a film festival at Emory University, a panel discussion on the power of music at the First Congregational Church and an art exhibit at the ZuCot Gallery.

  • Atlanta Streets Alive, Sept. 24
    Atlantans will take over Peachtree Street from Edgewood Avenue to 17th Street and enjoy biking, skating, walking and rolling down the city’s most famous street.

  • Atlanta Greek Festival, Sept. 28 - Oct. 1
    You’ll be yelling “opa” at the Atlanta Greek Festival as the music, food, merchandise, dancing and culture of Greece come alive. Among the dishes to sample are moussaka, baklava and souvlaki. The festival is the major fund-raiser for the Cathedral of the Annunciation as well as other local charities.

  • Out on Film, Sept. 28 - Oct. 8
    Out On Film is a week-long LGBT-focused film festival that also offers artist meet and greets.

  • Pumpkin Festival, Sept. 29 - Oct. 29
    Every weekend for a month, the family fun never ends.

  • Sweet Auburn Music Fest, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1
    The Sweet Auburn Music Fest takes place on Auburn Avenue, one of the most important historically black streets in the country. The festival features food trucks, a car and bike show, kids activities, art expos, artist market, food and music. The multi-genre festival features R&B, hip-hop and gospel music.

  • Candler Park Fall Festival, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1
    Enjoy this popular neighborhood festival that celebrates the start of fall with a tour of homes, artist market, 5K and fun races, music and food.

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

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