28 Things To Do in Atlanta this October

Have some October fun in the ATL.
  • Little 5 Points Halloween Festival and Parade is full of surprises.
    Little 5 Points Halloween Festival and Parade is full of surprises.
  • The parade is the highlight of the Atlanta Pride Festival
    The parade is the highlight of the Atlanta Pride Festival
  • Owl-O-Ween takes place at Kennesaw State University.
    Owl-O-Ween takes place at Kennesaw State University.

Atlanta explodes with fun things to do in October, and this year is no exception. The only problem with this awesome list of events below is trying to find the time to do it all. 

  1. Out On Film shows 80 gay films and videos at the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema. Through Oct. 8.

  2. The Atlanta Black Theatre Festival delivers 40 plays in four days, including single acts, solos, youth theater and full-length plays. 

  3. The Atlanta Hip Hop Day Festival features Atlanta artists, b-boy and b-girl exhibits, emcee battles, turntablism and graffiti artists at Woodruff Park. Oct. 7 and 8.

  4. The Atlanta Grilled Cheese Festival offers samples of its namesake sandwich and the chance to vote for your favorite, plus live local music, contests and activities at Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark. Oct. 7.

  5. The Atlanta Chili Cook Off offers various options of chili (spicy, mild, chicken, beef, vegetarian) and allows you to vote for your favorite. Brookhaven Park. Oct. 7.

  6. The Atlanta Running of the Bulls is hosted by the Atlanta Rollergirls and brings the Spanish tradition of running with the bulls to the ATL (without the bulls). Piedmont Park. Oct. 7.

  7. The Edgewood Mac and Cheese Festival provides samples of mac and cheese from local restaurants, with music by local bands at Walker Park. Oct. 7

  8. The Great Atlanta Beer Fest brings 150 beers, cider and wine to SunTrust Park, plus live music, football on big TVs and food for sale. Oct. 7.

  9. The Atlanta Warbird Weekend gets you up close and personal with World War II era aircraft and reenactments, plus you can buy a ride. DeKalb Peachtree Airport, free entry. Oct. 7

  10. The Atlanta Pride Festival is an annual celebration for the LGBTQ community, with the Pride Parade being one of the highlights.  Oct. 13 - 15. 

  11. The Castleberry Hill Loft Tour allows the public to explore historic buildings converted into beautiful residential lofts. Oct. 14. 

  12. Run Like Hell is a 5K race with a costume contest and a children’s 1K at historic Oakland Cemetery. Oct. 14.

  13. The Oakhurst Porchfest is a neighborhood grassroots music festival where you can walk around to hear diverse music being played on porches and in yards. Free. Oct. 14. 

  14. Destination East Point features live entertainment, acrobats, artists and food vendors in downtown East Point. Free. Oct. 14.

  15. Afro Punk Fest is a multicultural weekend of live music with an arts and craft market, and food trucks at 787 Windsor St. SW. Oct .14 and 15.

  16. Fall Festival on Ponce features fine arts and crafts, folk art, a children’s area, food trucks and acoustic music in historic Olmsted Linear Park. Oct. 14 and 15.

  17. Elevate Atlanta offers music and dance performances, public art installations, gallery exhibits and street art in downtown Atlanta involving 100 artists. Oct. 14 - 22. 

  18. The Atlanta Horror Film Festival brings horror, sci-fi, gore, zombie, creepy, mystery and dark comedy films to the Plaza Theatre. Oct. 20 - 22.

  19. The Little 5 Points Halloween Festival features an epic community parade, plus food and drink, live entertainment, pumpkin carving, street vendors and more. Free. Oct. 21. 

  20. The Decatur Craft Beer Festival features 100 craft beers, live music and food for sale in downtown Decatur. Oct. 21. 

  21. Taste of Atlanta brings samples from 80 of Atlanta’s best restaurants to Historic Fourth Ward Park, plus celebrity-chef demos. Oct. 21 and 22.

  22. Brookhaven Arts Festival includes more than 100 juried artists, live music, a kids’ corner and food vendors. Free. Oct  21 and 22.

  23. The Atlanta 10 Miler & 5K begins and ends at Atlantic Station. Oct. 22. 

  24. Sips Under the Sea invites adults to wander around Georgia Aquarium (without kids), enjoying live music, cocktails and appetizers. Oct. 27.

  25. Fright Night is the Fernbank Museum of Natural History’s Halloween party, featuring a DJ and a costume contest, plus craft beer, cocktails and small plates for sale. Oct. 27. 

  26. Owl-O-Ween features hot air balloon glows, tethered rides, trick-or-treating, food, beer tents, vendors and entertainers at Kennesaw State University. Oct. 27 and 28.

  27. The Atlanta World Kite Festival and Expo invites you to bring a kite or buy one, for a fun day of flying. Piedmont Park. Free. Oct. 28. 

  28. Boos and Brews is a Halloween party with beer, live music and a costume contest at Center Stage Theater. Oct. 28.

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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