Fall Rendezvous: Fun Events in Atlanta this Fall

Here's a look at some of Atlanta's biggest and most fun fall events.
  • Rock out at Music Midtown this month. (Perry Julien)
    Rock out at Music Midtown this month. (Perry Julien)
  • ONE Musicfest boasts the Southeast’s largest annual urban progressive festival.
    ONE Musicfest boasts the Southeast’s largest annual urban progressive festival.
  • Stone Mountain's Pumpkin Festival starts at the end of the month.
    Stone Mountain's Pumpkin Festival starts at the end of the month.

Make a date with one of the best seasons in Atlanta and experience our much-loved annual festivals and events. Savvy locals plan their calendars well in advance to work in as many events as possible. Here are some highlights.

  • If visiting one of the top three arts and craft shows in the nation is on your fall checklist, then you’ve come to the right place. The Yellow Daisy Festival at Stone Mountain Park, Sept. 7 -- 10, fits that bill, with more than 400 artists from 33 states and two countries. Stroll the paths of the park’s special events area where vendors line the path through the trees selling artwork, crafted food items, handmade clothing, woven bags, folk art and much more, all to the beat of live music. Check out the children’s area, save room for festival food and catch a few demonstrations throughout the day.

  • Get ready for two days of nonstop music Sept. 8 -- 9 at the Southeast’s largest annual urban progressive festival, which showcases an energetic lineup of next generation hip-hop, reggae, alternative rock and soul, funk, EDM, trap, house and more. Start on Friday night at The Tabernacle with the ONE Musicfest Kickoff Party where attendees will groove to Thundercat, Noname, J.I.D and Ari Lennox. Then Saturday, head to Lakewood Amphitheatre for 11 hours of music. DJs and live performances start early and carry on all day. Take a break and visit one of the 20 Atlanta food trucks and grab a beverage before settling back in for another round of incredible sounds. As the website proudly mentions: “Whatever nonsense was on your calendar, go on ahead and delete it. You don’t want to miss what we have in store!”

  • Another Atlanta-grown tradition is Music Midtown, a two-day outdoor festival in Piedmont Park Sept. 16 -- 17, that throws together the hottest performers and new faces in one of the city’s best green spaces. Bruno Mars, Mumford & Sons, Blink-182, Future and Weezer top the list that also includes Atlanta-grown Collective Soul, the Strumbellas, Judah & the Lion and others to make up more than 30 acts. Take time out for food and drink at one of the many booths in the area, or upgrade to a VIP Experience or Super VIP Experience, which involves air conditioning, complimentary beer, wine and concessions, and private restrooms. Box offices are located on 12th Street and 10th Street. Need to decompress after the show? Take a walk to one of the many Midtown restaurants surrounding the park and compare stories with friends.

  • Pick a weekend this fall and head to Stone Mountain Park for some family merriment. The Pumpkin Festival Sept. 29 -- Oct. 29 (Friday-Sunday) shows off one of the city’s favorite attractions with seasonal games and even a pie eating contest. Spookley, the favorite square pumpkin, hosts Spookley’s Funtastic Kid’s Carnival with inflatables, boardwalk games and treats. Rest your feet at Adventure Tales Storytelling (obviously, “The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin” will be told) and then join Spookley during the Dance-A-Long Party Parade. If you have time, knock out some of the year-round attractions at Stone Mountain such as the Summit Skyride to the top of the mountain, SkyHike and Adventure Golf.

  • The 47th annual Atlanta Pride celebration Oct. 13 -- 15 is highlighted by the Atlanta Pride Parade on Sunday at noon. Join the rest of the onlookers and celebrate the largest Pride celebration in the Southeast by lining Peachtree Street in Midtown and surrounding streets to watch as colorful floats, cars and bands flow into Piedmont Park, where the parade ends at the Marketplace. Other events on the weekend roster include the Kickoff Party on Friday at the Georgia Aquarium, which includes an open bar, light bites, a DJ and a private viewing area; the Trans March on Saturday, promoting visibility of the trans community; and the Dyke March, also on Saturday, dedicated to the empowerment of the women of Atlanta and beyond. The Marketplace in Piedmont Park will be open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • For a taste (literally) of Atlanta’s dining and drinking scene, make sure you experience Taste of Atlanta Oct. 20 -- 22 in its new home at Historic Fourth Ward Park. Celebrating 16 years, Taste of Atlanta’s weekend events include a “Sweet 16” soiree, hosted by Jonathan and Justin Fox of Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q, a true local favorite, on Friday, Oct. 20. Saturday and Sunday promises tents representing more than 200 tastes of food, wine, cocktails and craft beer from more than 90 hot Atlanta restaurants. Participating restaurants so far include Seven Lamps, Ticonderoga Club, Le Bilboquet, The General Muir, Canoe, 5Church, Woody’s Cheesesteaks and many more. Upgrade to a VIP Grand Tasting Experience that includes exclusive drinks and bites in a VIP area. Take a breather from all that tasting for chef demonstrations, panels and music, all right off one of Atlanta’s coolest features: the Atlanta BeltLine. 

    Liesl Merkel is editor of Atlanta Now magazine. 

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