10 Reasons to Visit Atlanta in the Fall

Plenty of autumn fun awaits your visit to Atlanta.
  • You can catch an Atlanta United game in the fall.
    You can catch an Atlanta United game in the fall.
  • Taste of Atlanta is a fall tradition in the A.
    Taste of Atlanta is a fall tradition in the A.
  • Find your team on the Helmet Wall at the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame.
    Find your team on the Helmet Wall at the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame.

Updated September 2019

Ah, fall. Smell the pumpkin spice, fear the haunted house, head to the gridiron for college and professional football-and that’s just the beginning. There’s so much to do in Atlanta in the fall, you’ll want to stay a little longer.

  1. Foodie Alert. Fall in Atlanta means it's time for Taste of Atlanta, the annual  food, beer, wine and spirits festival celebrating the city’s local restaurant scene. This year, the festival includes a concert from Atlanta’s own local band, Yacht Rock Revue..

  2. College Football. You can cheer the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Bobby Dodd Stadium, celebrate Historically Black Colleges and Universities by catching a game of either the Morehouse College Maroon Tigers or the Clark Atlanta University Panthers. See the Georgia State University Panthers at Georgia State Stadium.

  3. Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame. It makes its home right here in Atlanta. When you enter, declare your favorite team, and you’ll be given a lanyard that will prompt highlights of your team to light up as you make your way through the museum. You can even try and kick a field goal on the 45-yard field.

  4. NFL and MLS. Head to Downtown Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium to catch an Atlanta Falcons football game or an Atlanta United soccer match. Read our Atlanta United fan guide to be sure you don't miss a thing.

  5. Cool Things to Do. Take a look at the amazing number of Cool Things to Do in Atlanta in October. 

  6. Festivals Galore. Atlanta's fall festival scene heats up as the weather cools down. 

  7. Pride: Yes, October is Pride month and the Atlanta Pride Festival is big, crazy and more fun than you’ve had in a long time. . 

  8. Fall Color. Say what? Aren’t you supposed to go north for fall color? It ain’t necessarily so. Atlanta is known as the city of trees, and they aren’t all Georgia pines. The city’s hardwoods explode with color in late fall. And a little ahead of Atlanta, the North Georgia Mountains put on a show, peaking around mid to late October.

  9. Halloween. OK, we admit it. It’s a little spooky how much Atlanta loves Halloween and all that goes with it. We have one of the highest-rated haunted houses in the country. That'd be Netherworld . One of our favorite neighborhoods throws a must-see (or participate in) parade during the Little 5 Points Halloween Festival. Stone Mountain Park is the sight of a family-friendly Pumpkin Festival every year.

  10. Baseball. Yes, we know, fall is for football, but the Atlanta Braves have clinched the National Least East, so it's on to fall ball for our team.

When you've done all of that, take a look at these 50 Fun Things to Do in Atlanta.

Journalist Carol Carters writes and edits for Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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