September Festivals in Atlanta

Holey moley... that's a lot of festivals!
  • The BeltLine Wine Stroll is a great way to enjoy the day strolling through intown neighborhoods while enjoying a sip or two of wine.
    The BeltLine Wine Stroll is a great way to enjoy the day strolling through intown neighborhoods while enjoying a sip or two of wine.
  • Atlanta's Cheese Festival showcases artisan cheeses from around the world.
    Atlanta's Cheese Festival showcases artisan cheeses from around the world.

From neighborhood get-togethers to international music performances, there is no better place to be than Atlanta in September.

  • Black Gay Pride, Aug. 29 - Sept. 4
    It's big -- the largest black gay pride celebration in the world. This marks its 22nd year. 

  • Taste of Soul Atlanta, Aug. 30 - Sept. 2
    Taste of Soul is a free festival that takes place right here in Atlanta -- one of the country’s best cities for soul food. Enjoy art, music, a 5K and, of course, amazing food. We're talking ribs, fried chicken, grilled shrimp and peach cobbler.

  • Dragon Con, Aug. 30 - Sept. 3
    It’s back! Yes, Dragon Con, the world’s largest multimedia pop culture convention focused on comics, gaming, science fiction and fantasy, is back and that means Downtown is full of costumed superheroes, villains, cartoon characters -- and everything in between. There are live performances, workshops, reading sessions, autograph sessions and the fabulous annual Dragon Con Parade, which steps off on Peachtree Street at 10 a.m. Sept. 2.

  • AJC Decatur Book Festival, Aug. 31 -- Sept. 2
    The Decatur Book Festival is the largest independent book festival in the country. Since its launch, more than 1,000 world-class authors have thrilled festival goers with readings, panel discussions, book signings and poetry slams.

  • Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival, Aug. 31 - Sept. 2
    Go up, up, up in a tethered hot air balloon at this annual fun fest at Callaway Gardens.

  • House in the Park, Sept. 2
    Enjoy music in the park with several DJs including Sala Ananse, DJ Kemit, Kai Alce and Ramon Rawsoul.

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  • Yellow Daisy Festival, Sept. 6 - 9
    Now in its 50th year, the Yellow Daisy Festival is one of the country’s most well-known arts and crafts festivals. More than 500 artists come to show and sell their wares. There is music plus great food, arts, shopping and more than 500 horticulture entries featuring unique floral designs.

  • ONE Musicfest, Sept. 8 and 9
    ONE Musicfest is the Southeast’s largest two-day urban progressive music festival. Join more than 35,000 diverse music lovers and enjoy performers such as St. Beauty, Trillville, Brandy, Jeezy, Jessie Reyez, Nas, Miguel and Kilo Ali.

  • Indie Craft Experience: Fall Market, Sept. 9
    This one-day festival features more than 60 craft and vintage vendors, a great selection of local food vendors and DJ Zanol.

  • Atlanta DocuFest, Sept. 13 - 15
    The Atlanta International Documentary Festival — better known as DocuFest — again presents the best independent documentary films from across the world.

  • Beer Mansion, Sept. 14
    The purpose of Beer Mansion is to party, and there are four distinct parties in one: The Show, The Bazaar, The Arcade and The Speakeasy. Each party features a unique lineup of beer, art, music, technology and community.

  • Dardanella Lawn Party, Sept. 15
    Come out in style — Gatsby-style — and enjoy a period orchestra, performances, contests and dance lessons. Also on tap: lawn games, such as croquet, bocce and tug o’ war as well as food and drinks.

  • BeltLine Wine Stroll, Sept. 15
    Join fellow wine lovers for the 6th annual BeltLine Wine Stroll, a mile-long walk with wine tastings along the Eastside Trail. More than 20 restaurants participate.

  • Music Midtown, Sept. 15 and 16
    More than 30 artists across four stages get Piedmont Park grooving at the annual Music Midtown. Among the artists are Kendrick Lamar, Fall Out Boy, Khalid, Janelle Monáe, Kacey Musgraves and Gucci Mane. In addition, expect some of Atlanta’s favorite local bites, including gluten-free and vegan offerings
  • JapanFest Atlanta, Sept. 15 and 16
    Now in its 32nd year, JapanFest Atlanta celebrates the culture and people of Japan as well as the close bonds between the two countries. Look for workshops, guest performers, more than 120 vendors selling Japanese goods and food, activities for children and cuisine from more than 15 authentic Japanese food and sake vendors.

  • National Black Arts Festival, Sept. 15 - 29
    The headquarters is Piedmont Park for events in music, dance, film, visual arts, theater and the literary arts.

  • Taste of Buckhead, Sept. 20
    This popular event brings together tastes from Buckhead’s top restaurants with samples of wine, beer and spirits.

  • Kirkwood Wine Stroll, Sept. 21
    Join more than 40 participating neighborhood locations pouring red and white wines and offering light snacks. Small plates are available for purchase as well as dine-in specials at Kirkwood restaurants. Proceeds benefit the business districts and help fund other Kirkwood organizations and events.

  • Imagine Music Festival, Sept. 21 - 23
    There is a little bit of everything at the annual Imagine Music Festival. Among the musical acts are Armin Van Buuren, Bassnectar and Adventure Club. But there also are circus acts, art works, a splash pool, a silent disco and campground activities such as field games. Camping and hotel packages are available.

  • East Atlanta Strut, Sept. 22
    There is something for everyone at the East Atlanta Strut. There’s a parade (2 p.m.), food, music, kids' area, a mechanical bull, street market and an adult big wheels contest.

  • Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade, Sept. 22
    The BeltLine Lantern Parade is a spellbinding procession of light, music and color that goes more more than a mile on the BeltLine. Bring your own lantern.

  • Buckhead Fine Arts Festival, Sept. 22 - 23
    Presenting approximately 100 painters, photographers, sculptors, metalworkers, glass artists, jewelers and more, this festival is, well, mighty fine.

  • Sandy Springs Festival, Sept. 22 and 23
    This annual event is two days of art, live music, cultural performances, a pet parade, Chalk Walk Art Competition, 10K and 5K races, classic rides, gourmet and festival foods, and children’s programming. This event is a fund-raiser for Heritage Sandy Springs.

  • Pumpkin Festival, Sept. 22 - Oct. 28
    Celebrate all things fall at Stone Mountain Park's annual fest. Bring the kids. 

  • Fall Folklife Festival, Sept. 23
    Celebrate all things Southern at this annual festival that showcases such traditions and skills as basket weaving, woodworking, pottery, blacksmithing, food preservation and candle dipping. There are local brews as well as folk musicians, folk artists and cooking demonstrations.

  • Zine Festival, Sept. 23 and 24
    Come to the annual Zine Festival where self-published work or original or appropriated texts and images usually reproduced via photocopier are celebrated.

  • Atlanta Greek Festival, Sept. 27 - 30
    Now in its 44th year, the Atlanta Greek Festival presents “Atlanta’s Taste of Greece,” and the festival provides a comprehensive and fun look at all things Greek. For its food, dancing, entertainment, faith and products, festival goers will be saying “Opa” before it’s over.

  • Out on Film, Sept. 27 - Oct. 7
    Now in its 30th year of celebrating films from the LGBT community, the Out on Film festival has expanded by three days to bring even more programming.

  • The Cheese Fest Atlanta, Sept. 28
    The Cheese Fest Atlanta offers guests rare access to some of the world’s finest small producers of cheese. Sample unlimited artisan cheeses and specialty foods, meet the producers and purchase your favorites -- all while enjoying craft brew or wine and listening to live local music. All proceeds go to the Giving Kitchen, an Atlanta-based nonprofit that provides emergency assistance to restaurant workers through financial support and a network of community resources.

  • Fall Festival in Candler Park, Sept. 29 and 30
    Enjoy two days of music, food, kids' activities, artists, a 5K and fun runs, and a tour of homes in one of the city’s historic neighborhoods. 

  • Sunday in the Park, Sept. 30
    Organized in a street festival style, the event boasts a Victorian era theme. Yes, guests don their best attire and enjoy such fun activities as carriage rides, a costume contest, live music, folk stories, artists’ market, food trucks, storytelling, crafts for kids, theatrical performances and high tea.

  • Atlanta Streets Alive, CentralSept. 30
    Once again the streets of Atlanta are closed to traffic to encourage everyone to walk, bike or Rollerblade through the city. More than three miles of city streets are available for exploring.

Journalist Mary Welch writes business and lifestyle stories for local and national publications.


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