When the temperatures begin to cool, the Atlanta festival scene heats up. Put on your festival shoes have fun, ATL style.
Atlanta Black Pride, Aug. 29-Sept. 1
Atlanta Black Pride is known for dance parties, seminars, workshops and a whole lot more.
Dragon Con, Aug. 29-Sept. 2
Dragon Con brings together fans of all ages and stripes.
Downtown Atlanta transforms as thousands of science fiction, cartoon and pop culture characters converge in the city for Dragon Con, a convention that features 3,500 hours of panels, workshops and gaming. The big and not-to-be-missed parade starts on Saturday at 10 a.m right on Peachtree Street. Dress up in cosplay or just go as yourself. Everybody is welcome.
AJC Decatur Book Festival, Aug. 30-Sept. 1
Enjoy a weekend of literary bliss with author signings, workshops, writer studios, children activities and keynote speakers at the AJC Decatur Book Festival. Among the featured authors are Tea Obreht, Kevin Kruse and Julian Zelizer.
Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival, Aug. 30-Sept. 1
Go up, up and away (actually you'll be tethered) at Callaway Gardens.
House in the Park, Sept. 1
Say good-bye to summer as you rock out at Grant Park.
Taste of Soul Atlanta, Aug. 30-Sept. 2
Celebrate with soul music, Southern foods, a Kidzone, 5K race and a Soul in the City Concert.
Yellow Daisy Festival, Sept. 5-8
The Yellow Daisy Festival is one of the biggest and best arts and crafts shows in the country with more than 400 artists and crafters from 35 states. Enjoy the crafts as well as live entertainment, Children’s Corner and food.
Atlanta Bourbon Festival, Sept. 7
Sample from 50 different bourbons, plus whiskey, wine and beer. There's music, too.
Korean BBQ Festival, Sept. 7
Sample traditional dishes from metro Atlanta's Korean chefs. Yum.
ONE Musicfest, Sept. 7 and 8
In addition to 40+ national acts on 3 stages, ONE Musicfest also offers a massive food truck village for festival attendees.
The Southeast's largest urban music and arts festival takes place in Centennial Olympic Park as more than 50,000 music lovers listen to artists such as Gucci Mane, Wu-Tang Clan, Three 6 Mafia, Koffee and Phony PPL.
Indie Craft Experience: Fall Market, Sept. 8
More than 60 craft, art and vintage vendors, along with great local food vendors and music by DJ Zano, make the Indie Craft Experience a must-see for those who love unique finds.
Atlanta Horror Film Festival, Sept. 12-14
The Atlanta Horror Film Festival brings horror, sci-fi, gore, creepiness, mystery and dark comedy films to Atlanta.
Funk Fest Atlanta, Sept. 13 and 14
Among the many performers, you'll find YoungBloodz, Field Mob, 112 and Ghetto Mafia
Music Midtown, Sept. 14 and 15
Music MIdtown brings some of the hottest musical acts to Piedmont Park.
Cardi B, Travis Scott, Panic! At the Disco and Vampire Weekend are just a few examples of the musical acts that headline the annual Music Midtown festival.
Atlanta Arab Festival, Sept. 14 and 15
Explore the Arab world at the Atlanta Arab Festival, which features a food court, shopping, music, dancing and cultural exchanges. Don't miss the lessons on making hummus or writing your name in Arabic.
Taste of Buckhead, Sept. 19
More than 20 chefs showcase their talents at the Taste of Buckhead. Enjoy unlimited tastings, music and, if you want, a VIP experience.
Imagine Music Festival, Sept. 19-22
You really will need your dancin' shoes for this, an electronic dance music festival, known for amazing stages and an out-of-this-world atmosphere.
Kirkwood Wine Stroll, Sept. 20
Kirkwood Wine Festival is a great way to enjoy this historic neighborhood and have a nice glass of wine.
Stroll through this historic neighborhood and sample red and white wine and light snacks. More than 40 locations are participating and there are restaurant specials as well as live music on three stages. Proceeds benefit several local organizations including Kirkwood Cares, Atlanta Clay Works and Neighbor in Need.
Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade, Sept. 21
Join thousands at the Atlanta BeltLine Latern Parade and light up the sky.
Since its inception in 2010, the lantern parade has grown in popularity. In 2018, it attracted more than 70,000 persons to its festival-like atmosphere. Bring a lantern, walk with the flow and enjoy the restaurants and art installations along the BeltLine.
Atlanta Rosé Festival, Sept. 21
Sip some of the pink stuff amid live entertainment and wine-themed activities.
Buckhead Fine Arts Festival, Sept. 21 and 22
Browse (and purchase) paintings, photography, sculpture, metalwork and jewelry.
Pumpkin Festival, Sept. 22-Nov. 3
It's an Atlanta tradition and a perfect way for families to celebrate fall. Go by day and enjoy the festival as well as all the park attractions, go by night and enjoy the glow.
Out On Film, Sept. 26-Oct. 6
Due to its popularity, Out on Film has added three days to the festival in order to bring more LGBT programming.
Sweet Auburn Music Fest, Sept. 27-29
Sweet Auburn Festival brings food, fun and music to Atlanta's historic street.
Join in the fun at one of the country’s best known streets-Auburn Avenue. The Sweet Auburn Music Fest features great music, people, food and entertainment of all sorts. Enjoy R&B, gospel, rap, alternative and everything in between.
Atlanta Greek Festival, Sept. 27-29
Bring the whole family and enjoy Greek food, dancing, crafts and music at one of the area’s favorite festivals.
East Atlanta Strut, Sept. 28
Eat, dance, enjoy the artists’ market, kids' village and food vendors, pet the llamas and cheer on the funky, one-of-a-kind parade that starts at 2 p.m. There is an adult area featuring contests of strength, stamina and beard growth.
Mimosa Festival, Sept. 28
Enjoy all the variations of a mimosa at the Atlanta Mimosa Festival. In addition to the headline drink, there will be bellinis, wine, beer and Bloody Marys along with live music and DJ Qtip. Don’t worry about missing your college football game, Thumbs Up Tailgating will be onsite showing the best games.
BeltLine Wine Stroll, Sept. 28
Stroll along a mile stretch of the East Side BeltLine Trail and enjoy wine and snacks from 20 sponsors.
Sandy Springs Festival, Sept. 28 and 29
The Sandy Springs Festival is a weekend of art, music, cultural performances, children’s programming and food. Don’t miss the Chalk Walk Art competition.
Old Fourth Ward Park Arts Festival, Sept. 28 and 29
There is something for everyone at the Old Fourth Ward Park festival including fine arts and crafts, a children’s play area, food and beverages as well as live acoustic entertainment.
Sunday in the Park, Sept. 29
Yes, it’s in a cemetery but that just adds to the fun. Sunday in the Park is a Victorian & Steampunk street festival with food trucks, music, a historical costume contest, artists’ market, children’s zone, history demonstrations and tours of the historic cemetery.
Journalist Mary Welch writes business and lifestyle stories for local and national publications.