Get back to school but not back to the grind. Find free time festivities at the Yellow Daisy Festival in Stone Mountain Park. And for the foodie in all of us, Taste of Atlanta is a smorgasbord of local fare, followed by the Atlanta Greek Festival - an authentic taste of tradition. View a complete list of Atlanta fall festivals below.
Spring Festivals Summer Festivals Winter Festivals
September Festivals
Atlanta Arts Festival Atlanta Arts Festival
During the Atlanta Arts Festival, Piedmont Park is filled with more than 200 of the nation’s top artists. A can’t-miss for collectors and enthusiasts alike, the Annual Atlanta Arts Festival features original paintings, photographs and sculptures, as well as hand-crafted works of leather, metal and blown glass. Visitors can also enjoy artist demonstrations, hands-on activities and festival foods.
Atlanta Underground Film Festival Atlanta Underground Film Festival
Celebrate Independent Film Month with Atlanta's Underground Film Festival. This four-day event showcases every cinematic genre from around the globe, and features more than 100 remarkable indie filmmakers.
Bank of America Atlanta Football Classic Atlanta Football Classic (presented by 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc.)
One of the most intense college football rivalries in the nation, the Atlanta Football Classic pits North Carolina A&T State University against South Carolina State University. Making Atlanta ground zero for its gridiron battle, this event is one of the country's largest black college football games! What originated as a massive fundraising effort has become one of Atlanta's most anticipated events.
DragonCon Dragon Con
Mingle among the Klingons and a few Stormtroopers at Dragon Con, the nation's largest multi-media, multi-genre pop culture convention. Here you'll find panel discussions, artwork, costuming and more centered around sci-fi, fantasy, comics, gaming and film. The Dragon Con Parade on Saturday morning is a can’t-miss event, where attendees dress in costumes representing anything from Star Wars to Harry Potter, pirates, fairies or even hobbits from Middle Earth, and join the walk down Peachtree Street.
Fall Folklife Festival Fall Folklife Festival
Mingle with local artists as they demonstrate their craft through music, pottery, weaving, quilting, and woodworking at the Atlanta History Center. Younger visitors can make their own folk art to take home.
JapanFest JapanFest
This festival examines the aspects of modern American and Japanese culture, as well as the lasting effects of tradition. Here you'll find a modern kimono fashion show, anime screenings, fun foods and ethnic dishes, and the latest technological innovations. Music and traditional dance performances and martial arts demonstrations are just a few of the other events included in this extraordinary cultural extravaganza.
Midtown Restaurant Week Midtown Restaurant Week
Visitors can't resist the selection of cuisine found in Midtown Atlanta, especially when the most famous restaurants in Midtown celebrate with affordable, flat-rate dining experiences for an entire week! Join in the fun and discover your next favorite restaurant in Midtown this fall!
Music Midtown Music Midtown
Atlanta’s favorite music festival returns! Join in on the fun in Piedmont Park as nationally renowned acts take the stage in Atlanta’s most scenic concert experience. Music Midtown brings two days of amped up sound for a full weekend of sun and sound.
ONE MusicFest ONE MusicFest
This annual outdoor music festival has featured performances from Common, De La Soul, Chrisette Michele, and many more. This intimate, interactive live music experience attracts thousands of people and has expanded throughout the Masquerade Music Park and Historic Old Fourth Ward Park in its short time on the scene.
Yellow Daisy Festival Yellow Daisy Festival
The Yellow Daisy Festival, voted #1 Arts & Crafts show in the nation, features more than 400 artists and crafters from 38 states and two countries. This event truly has something for the entire family! Visit the Men's Den, full of recliners and big screen tvs for watching sports or the Children's Corner, which offers crafts, rock walls, face painting and more. Live music and tons of vendors line the paths of Stone Mountain, providing constant entertainment.
October Festivals  
A3C Hip Hop Festival A3C Hip Hop Festival
Atlanta’s own A3C Hip Hop Festival has become the nationwide gathering place for anyone who creates hip hop music or is a fan of the culture. The festival features more than 200 performing artists in addition to turntable, producer and breakdance competitions and educational programming.
Atlanta Black Theatre Festival Atlanta Black Theatre Festival
Whether you’re a fan of classic, traditional August Wilson, urban contemporary Tyler Perry or all theatre, we’ve searched the globe to bring the very best to the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival in October. Come join celebrities, artists, and theatre-loving patrons from all over world as they descend on Atlanta for a spectacular annual celebration of theatre. Patrons can also enjoy FREE family-friendly events including workshops, live entertainment, Reader's Theatre, Author's Alley and food/vendor's market.
Atlanta Greek Festival Atlanta Greek Festival
Just for the day, be miles away! Experience the rich 2000-year old culture and history of Greece at the Atlanta Greek Festival. Enjoy authentic dishes and music performances, history chats, traditional dances and more.
Atlanta Pride Festival and Parade Atlanta Pride Festival and Parade
Support and celebrate the city's alternative lifestyle community at the Atlanta Pride Festival and Parade. Two days fill Piedmont Park with live entertainment, a Pride Market for local GLBT crafters, and tons of restaurant and bar promotions. Wrap up the weekend with the Pride Parade, one of the South's largest celebrations!
Destination East Point Destination East Point
October's fall colors mean festival time at Destination East Point. Discover the small-town charm of East Point, complete with plenty of local music, an artist market and face painting and balloon art for the youngest visitors. Meanwhile, East Point residents dress up their four-legged friends for a pet parade and pull out their seasoned Dutch ovens for a chili cook-off. It’s just one of the many family-friendly events that makes East Point a great place to visit.
Elevate Art Elevate Art
An annual, week-long celebration of public art, Elevate Art kicks off with a Block Party featuring music, food and performance art – all in Downtown Atlanta. Throughout the week, catch various performances, art installations, civic panels and explore Atlanta in the process. End Elevate week with a final-night party and special performance.
Little 5 Points Halloween Festival and Parade Little 5 Points Halloween Festival & Parade
Searching for some alternative family fun? The Little 5 Points Halloween Festival and Parade is a unique event, showcasing the most dynamic, creative community in Atlanta. Pumpkin decorating, street vendors and live performances fill this two-day event. And the sweetest treat of all is that it's totally free!
Pumpkin Festival at Stone Mountain Pumpkin Festival at Stone Mountain Park (every weekend in October)
Don your costumes and fall into the Autumn spirit! One of Atlanta's favorite fall festivals, this event is fun for the entire family. Costume contests, Puppet Parades and a Trick or Treat Scavenger Hunt are just a few highlights. Enjoy story-telling, pie-eating contests and more in one of the city's most beautiful parks.
Stone Mountain Scottish Festival and Highland Games Stone Mountain Scottish Festival and Highland Games
Be a 'Scot for the Day' at the Stone Mountain Scottish Festival and Highland Games. Authentic Highland music fills the park while tartan-clad families participate in Clan Challenge athletic events. Dancing demonstrations, heritage info booths and eclectic shops are just a few of the weekend's highlights.
Taste of Atlanta Taste of Atlanta
Atlanta’s best chefs join forces for the tastiest celebration of the year! This can't-miss festival of flavors features a hands-on introduction to the city’s sustainable dining movement, celebrity chef demos and delicious dishes from more than 80 local restaurants.
November Festivals  
BronzeLens Film Festival BronzeLens Film Festival
Celebrate Atlanta’s history of box office gold! Helping the city become the new mecca for film for people of color, the BronzeLens Film Festival is a four-day cinematic celebration featuring premieres, workshops, panel discussions, Master classes, special appearances and more.
Cabbagetown Chomp and Stomp Cabbagetown Chomp and Stomp
Come to the Cabbagetown Chomp and Stomp for their annual chili cook-off along the streets of this old mill-workers community. Now a beautiful, artsy neighborhood full of restored homes, Cabbagetown highlights individual and local restaurant entries in this yearly festival. The streets get crowded in the afternoon, so plan to come early, then relax in the park while listening to live local bands.
Chastain Park Arts Festival Chastain Park Arts Festival
This event is a unique art festival designed by artists. More than 150 artists from around the country will display their art at Chastain Park. Admission is free, and proceeds from the festival will be donated to charity.
Indian Festival and Pow-Wow at Stone Mountain Park Indian Festival and Pow-Wow at Stone Mountain Park
Celebrate the nation's first civilization with dance and drum competitions. Get lost in the ancient art of storytelling or enjoy authentic dishes and craft demonstrations. Teach a new dog old tricks with primitive skills workshops, including pottery, open-fire cooking and bow-making!
Veterans Day Parade Veterans Day Parade
Rally your troops and come out for a day of support and celebration! The Veterans Day Parade is the kickoff event for the evening's military ball. Featuring floats, marchers and live bands, this parade honors all who have served, fought for, died and are still missing defending our country. Bring the entire family for a day of fun and freedom.

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