Cool Things To Do In Atlanta In September

We know you're cool. So you must partake of the cool things to do in Atlanta in September.
  • Music Midtown is an iconic homegrown music festival that's not to be missed. (📷 Ian Rawn)
    Music Midtown is an iconic homegrown music festival that's not to be missed. (📷 Ian Rawn)
  • ONE Musicfest is in the heart of Atlanta at Centennial Olympic Park (📷 Anmarie Smith and Forrest Smith for DV Photo Video)
    ONE Musicfest is in the heart of Atlanta at Centennial Olympic Park (📷 Anmarie Smith and Forrest Smith for DV Photo Video)

The dog days of summer are officially over, and September kicks off fall in Atlanta with a bang. Take a look at some of these cool events happening this month, and get ready to fill up your calendar.

  • The 8th Annual Atlanta Weekender brings together several music events, parties and after-parties, including House in the Park. Aug. 29-Sept. 2. 
  • Dragon Con celebrates all things science fiction, fantasy, gaming, art, comics, music and film, plus a parade. Aug. 29-Sept. 2. 
  • The AJC Decatur Book Festival features a book fair, author readings, book signings, panel discussions, a children’s area, live music, parades, cooking demonstrations, poetry slams and writing workshops. Aug. 30-Sept.1. 
  • Taste of Soul features classic soul food (think fried chicken, grilled shrimp and peach cobbler),  as well as soul music and R&B. Aug. 31-Sept. 1. 
  • Stone Mountain Park Labor Day Weekend features family-friendly attractions, live entertainment, a laser show and fireworks. Aug. 31-Sept. 2.
  • Labor Day Blues BBQ brings live blues music to Park Tavern. This event supports WRFG radio. Sept. 2. 
  • The Big Peach Sizzler features a 10K and a 5K that end in Buckhead with a party. Sept. 2. 
  • Cocktails in the Garden invites you to explore the garden with a cocktail, hear live music and play games at  Atlanta Botanical Garden. Sept. 2-26.
  • ONE Musicfest brings soul, hip-hop, alternative and rock music to Centennial Olympic Park. Sept. 7-8. 
  • Indie Craft Experience: Fall Market features 60 curated vendors selling vintage clothing, jewelry, furniture, decor and home goods at Yaarab Temple. Sept. 8. 
  • The Atlanta Horror Film Festival brings horror, sci-fi, gore, zombie, creepy, mystery and dark comedy films to Synchronicity Theatre. Sept. 12-15. 
  • Music Midtown features a diverse lineup of more than 30 artists across four stages performing rock 'n' roll, hip-hop, pop and electronic music. Sept. 14-15. 
  • The 14th Annual Atlanta Arab Festival invites you to enjoy Arabic art, music, dancing, singing and food at the Alif Institute. Sept. 14-15. 
  • The Who will perform their five decades of hits at State Farm Arena. Sept. 18. 
  • Taste of Buckhead invites you to enjoy unlimited tastes from 20 Buckhead chefs, plus sample beverages and visit vendors at American Spirit Works. Sept. 19. 
  • The Kirkwood Wine Stroll includes wine poured in 43 shops and galleries, plus live music on three stages and food for sale. Sept. 20. 
  • Hapeville’s Happy Days Festival offers a weekend of live music, food trucks, a pet parade, an artists’ market and a kids’ zone. Sept. 20-21. 
  • Imagine Music Festival brings multiple stages of electronic dance music (EDM) to Atlanta Motor Speedway. Sept. 20-22. 
  • Museum Day Live offers free entry to several participating museums. Sept. 21. 
  • The Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade promenades from 660 Irwin St. to Piedmont Park in a glowing procession of light, music and color. Free to attend and participate. Sept. 21. 
  • The Old Fourth Ward Fall Festival brings live music, food trucks, a lantern parade and a kids’ zone to the skate park. Sept. 21. 
  • Sippin’ Safari offers an adult day at Zoo Atlanta, with wine sampling, animal viewing, live music, live painting and appetizers. Sept. 21. 
  • Chocolate-Covered Weekend features cooking demonstrations, chocolate samples, family activities and information about the chocolate-making process at Atlanta Botanical Garden. Sept. 21-22. 
  • Pumpkin Festival at Stone Mountain Park features family shows, games, storytelling, kids’ activities and a pie-eating contest. Sept. 21-Nov. 3.
  • Inman Park Restaurant Week brings special deals on a three-course fixed-price meal at a dozen restaurants in Inman Park. Sept. 23-29. 
  • Discover ADAC features talks by interior designers, artists, architects and more, plus book signings, product launches and pop-up shops at Atlanta Decorative Arts Center. Sept. 24-26. 
  • The SCAD Animation Fest examines the evolving world of animation with panel discussions, screenings and networking opportunities. Sept. 26-28. 
  • Out On Film shows 65 gay films and videos at three different theaters. Sept. 26-Oct. 6. 
  • Sweet Auburn Music Fest brings R&B, hip-hop and gospel music to the historic neighborhood. Sept. 27-29. 
  • The Atlanta Greek Festival celebrates Greek music, dance, food and traditions. Sept. 27-29. 
  • Netherworld is an elaborate haunted house featuring stunt actors in intense makeup, movie-quality special effects and detailed sets. Sept. 27-Nov. 9. 
  • The Atlanta Mimosa Festival brings mimosas in many flavors, wine, beer, cider, live music, college football and a DJ to Old Fourth Ward Skatepark. Sept. 28. 
  • The BeltLine Wine Stroll invites you to stop along the Eastside Trail to enjoy wine and snacks from 20 sponsors as you go. Sept. 28. 
  • The East Atlanta Strut is a free, one-day extravaganza that includes a parade, five stages of live music and comedy, a classic car show, an artists’ market, kids’ village and food vendors. Sept. 28. 
  • Free Entrance Days in the National Parks means that you can enjoy the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area without paying an entry fee. Sept. 28. 
  • The Old Fourth Ward Park Arts Festival features fine arts and crafts, a street market, a kid’s play area, food vendors and live acoustic music at Historic Fourth Ward Park. Sept. 28-29. 
  • Sunday in the Park is a Victorian and Steampunk street festival with food trucks, live music, a historical costume contest, an artists’ market, a kid’s zone, history demonstrations and tours at historic Oakland Cemetery. Sept. 29. 
  • The Atlanta AAUW Book Fair features used books for sale at Perimeter Mall. Sept. 30-Oct. 6. 

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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