Top Things to Do in Atlanta in the Fall

Thinking of visiting Atlanta? Here are some great reasons to visit in the fall.
  • Here's the skinny on your Atlanta fall things to do. (photo Kevin C. Rose, AtlantaPhotos.com)
    Here's the skinny on your Atlanta fall things to do. (photo Kevin C. Rose, AtlantaPhotos.com)
  • Bring the fam. Stone Mountain is the place to be for fall and holiday events.
    Bring the fam. Stone Mountain is the place to be for fall and holiday events.

Atlanta, a city in the trees, doesn't just have a nice fall foliage scene. It's also got a lively fall calendar, activity-wise. After you’ve jumped in the biggest pile of leaves you can find, dig out your best flannel fashions (and riding boots for extra credit) and head to one of these fun events.

  1. Elevate Atlanta (October) mixes music and dance performances with public art installations, gallery exhibits and street art in downtown Atlanta. 

  2. The Stone Mountain Pumpkin Festival (October) features family shows, storytelling, kids’ activities, a costume party and a pie-eating contest at Stone Mountain Park.

  3. Taste of Atlanta (October) offers samples from 90 of Atlanta’s best restaurants, plus beer and wine tastings, and celebrity-chef demos.

  4. The Castleberry Loft Tour (October) leads visitors throughout some of the coolest lofts in Atlanta, plus local food trucks and more entertainment.

  5. The 3rd Annual Buckhead Oysterfest (October) presents more oysters that you can shake a stick at, whether you prefer them on the half shell, smoked or grilled.

  6. Atlanta Streets Alive (October) invites you to have fun in the middle of the street, so bring your bike, skates, skateboard, hula hoop, and whatever else, and let the games begin.

  7. Fright Fest at Six Flags over Georgia (weekends in October) has plenty of tricks and treats (and ghosts, ghouls and zombies) waiting for you.

  8. Netherworld Haunted House (September -- early November) is a walk-through dark attraction filled with terrifying live actors, amazing special effects and incredible monsters.

  9. Owl-O-Ween (October) features glowing hot air balloons, tethered rides, trick-or-treating, food, beer tents, vendors and entertainers at Kennesaw State University.

  10. Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tours (October) spins spooky yarns about the Oakland Cemetery’s famous residents told by actors in costume amid the gravestones and candlelit mausoleums.

  11. Atlanta World Kite Festival (October) invites you to fly high at this free, family-friendly event at Piedmont Park.

  12. Boo at the Zoo (October) is a Halloween festival with costume contests, treats, magical paths, decorations, music and kid crafts at Zoo Atlanta.

  13. The Atlanta 10 Miler & 5K (October) leads runners on a unique route around Midtown Atlanta. 

  14. Throughout the fall, the Atlanta Falcons play at the Georgia Dome.

  15. The Martinis & IMAX Fright Night (October) is for adults only and includes music, drinks, a costume contest and a movie at Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

  16. Atlanta offers plenty of tricks and treats at Halloween bar crawls like Crawl-Oween, Midtown Halloween, Halloween Atlanta Pub Crawl and Halloween in the Highlands. There also are Halloween parties like Nightmare on Peachtree Street, Boos and Brews, and the Saints & Sinners Ball. Age 21 and up. Various dates and locations.

  17. The Chastain Park Arts Festival (November) features more than 180 artisans, live local musicians, a kid’s area, and local food and beverage concessions plus food trucks.

  18. The Decatur Wine Festival (November) pours wines from around the globe and offers food samples from Decatur restaurants.

  19. The Buried Alive Film Festival (November) celebrates all things independent horror films.

  20. Cabbagetown Chomp & Stomp (November) features a chili cook-off (with tastings), vendors, music and a 5K run in Cabbagetown.

  21. Garden Lights, Holiday Nights (November -- January) features 1 million colorful lights, costumed characters, attractions and snacks at the 30-acre Atlanta Botanical Garden.

  22. Stone Mountain Christmas (November -- January) puts the magic of the season in the air with more than 2 million lights, festive music and holiday characters.

  23. The family-friendly Lighting of Atlantic Station (November) invites you to hear live music, watch Santa arrive in a parade and see the Christmas tree lighting followed by fireworks.

  24. Heroes & Villains Fan Fest (November) celebrates comics, sci-fi, TV and movies with guest actors, panel discussions, costume contests, role-playing and vendors at Georgia World Congress Center.

  25. The 69th Annual Macy’s Great Tree Lighting Show (November) includes live music, the rooftop tree lighting and fireworks. 

  26. The Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon & 5K (November) invites thousands of runners and walkers to share in the holiday spirit and give thanks for their health and fitness… and also earn their turkey.

 Beth Clark is a writer and foodie who loves to roam around Atlanta, uncovering the city's quirky, glam, upscale and down-home character. Curiosity is her compass, and you'll find her writing on www.thecitydweller.me.

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