20 Things to Do in Atlanta This Fall for $20 Or Less

Being on a budget won't keep you from fun this fall. Here's where you'll find it in Atlanta for just around 20 bucks.
  • Sweater weather and fall leaves. You'll find everything there is to love about autumn in Atlanta.
    Sweater weather and fall leaves. You'll find everything there is to love about autumn in Atlanta.
  • Calling all Kermit fans. The Center for Puppetry Arts is showing a compilation the green frog's memorable moments.
    Calling all Kermit fans. The Center for Puppetry Arts is showing a compilation the green frog's memorable moments.
  • Experience local history at Oakland Cemetery's Sunday in the Park.
    Experience local history at Oakland Cemetery's Sunday in the Park.
  • Summer may be over but we want s'more.
    Summer may be over but we want s'more.
  • Don't miss Yayoi Kusama's exhibit while it's in ATL. Courtesy of the artist. Art © Yayoi Kusama. Photo by Tomoaki Makino.
    Don't miss Yayoi Kusama's exhibit while it's in ATL. Courtesy of the artist. Art © Yayoi Kusama. Photo by Tomoaki Makino.

Fall is here and with it pumpkin spice everything, sweaters and the changing of the leaves. Looking for budget-friendly things to do for fun in Atlanta this fall? Check out this list of 20 things to do for $20 or less.

  • This Frog: A Kermit Kompilation, Sept. 29
    Muppet fan? Don’t miss this fantastic screening featuring 60 years of Kermit’s more memorable moments. It's 80 minutes long and showing at the Center for Puppetry Arts.

  • Atlanta Mimosa Festival, Sept. 29
    It's a great way to spend a day watching football, mingling, dancing and sipping mimosas and bellinis. General admission online, the week leading up to the event, is $20.

  • Fall Festival in Candler Park, Sept. 29 and 30
    Celebrate the coming of fall with Candler Park’s annual festival. Among the things to do are a 5K fun run, artisan market, home tour, food trucks, live entertainment and more.

  • The Pumpkin Patch at Yule Forest, Sept. 29 through Oct. 31
    Enjoy lots of fun activities like hayrides, petting zoo, jumping pad and more at the Yule Forest Pumpkin Patch. Pick your pumpkin right off the vine and celebrate the coming of Halloween.

  • Sunday in the Park at Oakland, Sept. 30
    Here’s a great way to get a taste of local history. Spend Sunday afternoon at the Historic Oakland Cemetery for living history theater performances, cemetery tours, an artists' market, food trucks, live music, storytelling, crafts for kids, a historical costume contest and more.
  • Atlanta Streets Alive - Central, Sept. 30
    Head downtown with bikes or joggers in tow to Atlanta Streets Alive when more than three miles of road are closed for a fun outdoor party.

  • Atlanta Hip Hop Day Festival, Oct. 6 and 7
    Love good music? Head out to the 8th annual Hip Hop Day Festival at Woodruff Park. The free festival focuses on the four elements of hip-hop and Atlanta’s contributions. Enjoy food, drink, graffiti artists, competitions and, of course, plenty of music.

  • Atlanta Chili Cook Off, Oct. 13
    More than 75 pro and amateur teams make up this year’s competition. For the $15 general admission, get unlimited tastings, entertainment, drinks and a whole lot of fun.

  • Aid Atlanta AIDS Walk & 5K Run, Oct. 21
    Join this benefit walk/fun run to help raise money for AIDS/ HIV-related health services in the Atlanta metro area. If you want to skip the run and get right to the fun, head to the finish line festival for food trucks, music, a chance to view the AIDS quilt and participate in other activities for the whole family.

  • Chastain Park Arts Festival, Nov. 3 and 4
    This definitely fits the budget bill with free admission. The Chastain Park Arts Festival celebrates its ninth year with arts and crafts booths, food trucks, kids' area, entertainment and more.

  • Bike in Movie - Hocus Pocus, Oct. 4
    Get a little exercise by biking (or walking) out to Marie Sims park for the fun screening of "Hocus Pocus" just in time for Halloween. Food trucks will be available for yummy treats to enjoy while you watch.

  • A Ghastly Gathering, Oct. 6
    Dress up in your favorite Halloween costume for a chance at great prizes. Enjoy the fun at the Center for Puppetry Arts Ghastly Gathering. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, dancing and a spooky self-guided museum tour. Admission is $20 per person online. Beer and wine are available for additional cost.

  • ATL Cluck Festival, Oct. 6
    If there is one thing the South is known for its great fried chicken. Join in the fun at the first Cluck Festival as more than 25 restaurants battle it out for the bragging rights of Atlanta’s best fried chicken. This sneaks in at $15 admission if pre-ordered online, but its $25 at door.

  • S'mores 'n Snores, Oct. 13 and 14
    A super fun and family-friendly way to go camping and make some new friends. Pitch your own tent or show up to one that's all set up for you. Choose your accommodations and then come for the games, crafts, food trucks, stories, all you can eat s'mores and then get some snores. Space is limited.

  • Wizarding Academy Weekend, Oct. 19 and 20
    OK, so this one is $25 per person but looks like so much fun for aspiring wizards that we had to include it. Participants craft their own wands, enjoy enchanting treats, take pictures with favorite characters and so much more. Wear your most magical attire and be ready for a magical time.

  • Brookhaven Arts Festival, Oct. 20 and 21
    Free admission and free parking. How can you pass up a day spent at the Brookhaven Arts Festival? With more than 140 artists showcasing creations of wood, paint, jewelry, glass and more you’re bound to want to get started on holiday shopping plus you can enjoy food, music activities and Sunday’s classic car show.

  • Pup Culture Festival, Nov. 3
    Celebrate all things pup at the Pup Culture Festival. Expect activities for you and your best canine buddy, booths, food, artist market, contests, music and more.

  • The Ultimate Sugar Show, Nov. 10 and 11
    Serious bakers take note. The Ultimate Sugar Show is about all things baking, caking, sugar showdowns and more. Sign up for contests, shop and eat.

  • Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors, Nov. 11 through Feb. 17, 2019
    Art aficionados don't want to miss this exhibit by Yayoi Kusama at the High Museum of Art. This expansive journey across six decades of Kusama's creative output explores the development of the artist's Infinity Mirror rooms, her iconic, kaleidoscopic environment. Atlanta is the final city on this tour. The show is sold out, but the High Museum of Art is holding 100 tickets per day for walk-ups. If you're lucky enough to nab one of the daily tickets, you'll have to spend $29 -- not too far off our $20 limit here.

  • Christkindl Market at Atlantic Station, Nov. 30 through Dec. 23
    It's one of our favorite holiday traditions. Visit the Christkindl Market for holiday shopping, a cup of cocoa and all the trappings of a German holiday. It's a great way to get in the holiday spirit.

For more things to do in Atlanta this fall check out the events calendar

Joleen Pete lives outside Atlanta with her husband and their 5-year-old son. On the weekends they enjoy going into the city for family fun and exploration. Joleen is the professional photographer behind Joleen Pete Photography and lifestyle/family blogger behind Love, Joleen.

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