Top Things to Do in Atlanta in the Fall

Thinking of visiting Atlanta? Here are some great reasons to visit in the fall.
  • Here's the skinny on your Atlanta fall things to do. (photo Kevin C. Rose,
    Here's the skinny on your Atlanta fall things to do. (photo Kevin C. Rose,
  • Bring the fam. Stone Mountain is the place to be for fall and holiday events.
    Bring the fam. Stone Mountain is the place to be for fall and holiday events.

Atlanta, a city in the trees, doesn't just have a nice fall foliage scene. It's also got a lively fall calendar, activity-wise. After you’ve jumped in the biggest pile of leaves you can find, dig out your best flannel fashions (and riding boots for extra credit) and head to one of these fun events.

  1. ELEVATE: Cultural Capital Art Festival (October) mixes music and dance performances with public art installations, gallery exhibits and street art in downtown Atlanta.

  2. The Stone Mountain Park Pumpkin Festival (throughout the fall) features family shows, storytelling, kids’ activities, a costume party and a pie-eating contest at Stone Mountain Park.

  3. Taste of Atlanta (October) offers samples from several of Atlanta’s best restaurants, plus beer and wine tastings, and celebrity-chef demos.

  4. The Castleberry Hill Loft Tour (October) leads visitors throughout some of the coolest lofts in Atlanta.

  5. Fright Fest at Six Flags over Georgia (select dates September and October) has plenty of tricks and treats (and ghosts, ghouls and zombies) waiting for you.

  6. Netherworld Haunted House (September -- early November) is a walk-through dark attraction filled with terrifying live actors, amazing special effects and incredible monsters.

  7. Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tours (October) spins spooky yarns about Oakland Cemetery’s famous residents told by actors in costume amid the gravestones and candlelit mausoleums.

  8. Atlanta World Kite Festival (October) invites you to fly high at this free, family-friendly event at Piedmont Park.

  9. Boo at the Zoo (October) is a Halloween festival with costume contests, treats, magical paths, decorations, music and kid crafts at Zoo Atlanta.

  10. The PNC Atlanta 10 Miler & 5K (October) starts and ends at Atlantic Station. 

  11. Throughout the fall, the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United play at the Georgia Dome.

  12. Fright Night at Fernbank Museum of Natural History (October) is for adults only and includes music, drinks and a costume contest. 

  13. Atlanta offers plenty of tricks and treats at Halloween bar crawls like Midtown Halloween Block Party.  Halloween in the Highlands and the Saints & Sinners Ball

  14. The Chastain Park Arts Festival (November) features artisans, live local musicians, a kid’s area and local food and beverage concessions plus food trucks.

  15. The Decatur Wine Festival (November) pours wines from around the globe and offers food samples from Decatur restaurants.

  16. The Buried Alive Film Festival (November) celebrates all things independent horror films.

  17. Cabbagetown Chomp & Stomp (November) features a chili cook-off (with tastings), vendors, music and a 5K run in Cabbagetown.

  18. Garden Lights, Holiday Nights (November-January) features millions of colorful lights, costumed characters, attractions and snacks at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

  19. Stone Mountain Christmas (November-January) puts the magic of the season in the air with lights, festive music and holiday characters. 

  20. The  Annual Macy’s Great Tree Lighting Show (November) includes live music, the rooftop tree lighting and fireworks. 

  21. The Invesco QQQ Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon & 5K (November) invites thousands of runners and walkers to share in the holiday spirit and give thanks for their health and fitness… and also earn their turkey.

This post originally appeared on in 2018.


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