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Autumn in Atlanta: The City’s Best Fall Festivities

Posted by Brian on August 5, 2016
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Ask any Atlanta native what their favorite aspect of living in Hotlanta is, and we can almost guarantee you’ll hear “the weather.” The rolling green lawns just seem to complement the bright blue skies and sunny afternoons.

Oh, and while summer temperatures have a tendency to reach some uncomfortably hot digits, come fall and winter residents get a nice relief. The breezy fall days make the perfect weather for Atlanta’s fun summer-time events continue well into November!

Whether you live for art shows, enjoy tasting local eats, or music festivals are more your speed, be sure to check out all the fall festivities this autumn in Atlanta!


  • JapanFest

Explore the aspects of traditional Japanese culture and the effects it has on American-Japanese culture. September 17th and 18th mark this year’s JapanFest in the Infinite Energy Center Duluth. As the largest Japanese festival in the entire southeast, the whole family will find activities to enjoy.

From cultural workshops, to children’s games, to the beer garden, there is enough to explore for the entire afternoon. Be sure to stick around for the kimono fashion shows, taste cultural dishes, view anime screenings, and watch traditional performances in dance, music, and martial arts!

  • Music Midtown

Don’t miss out on one of Atlanta’s biggest and best music festivals! This year, Music Midtown takes place September 17th – 18th in Piedmont Park. The fun lasts all day long, and you’ll be plenty entertained with a slew of artists rocking the various stages, the contests, and the fair-inspired rides.

When you work up an appetite, be sure to check out the local food trucks and vendors at the fair, and wash it down with a wide selection of brews and cocktails.


  • Taste of Atlanta

For the yummiest celebration of the year, be sure to check out Taste of Atlanta. Be sure to head to the Tech Square in Midtown the weekend of October 21 – 23rd to sample the dishes from over 90 local restaurants.

Along with pleasing your palate, pick up cooking tips and tricks, and watch one of the four live cooking stages. The whole family is invited, and they will enjoy food, along with live music, vendors, and activities.

  • Atlanta Black Theatre Festival

Celebrate the fifth annual Atlanta Black Theatre Festival October 6 – 15th. No matter what your preference for the theater arts may be, you’ll enjoy the wide and diverse selections of the live performances.

While these are a must see, be sure to also check out the vendors, workshops, and readers theater series, and be sure to stick around for the nightly parties!

  • Atlanta Pride

Support and celebrate the local LBGT community with the Southeast’s largest Pride parade and celebration. Taking place the weekend of October 8 – 9th in Piedmont Park, you can enjoy vendors, booths, live entertainment, and cultural exhibits.

  • Little 5 Points Halloween Festival and Parade

If you’re looking for some Halloween family fun that’s out of the ordinary, be sure to check out Little 5 Points Halloween Festival and Parade Saturday, October 5th. You’ll want to stake out a spot early for the parade, as it’s one of a kind!

Each October, over 35,000 people come to Little 5 Points for ghoulish costumes, live entertainment, and fun vendors, as well as local eats and brews. Oh, and to see the best Halloween parade in the South, of course!

  • Pumpkin Festival at Stone Mountain

Be sure to leave a weekend free for the Pumpkin Festival at Stone Mountain! Take in the gorgeous fall foliage while you and the kids enjoy all the games, shows, and attractions that Stone Mountain has to offer! The whole family will enjoy the costume contests, live storytelling, pie eating contest, puppets, and trick or treat scavenger hunts!


  • Cabbagetown Chomp and Stomp

Cabbagetown is an artsy neighborhood that hosts an annual 5k, chili cook-off, and all around fun. The Chomp and Stomp takes place November 7th and is an all day event.

After the Stomp runners finish their race, local artists take the stage, and the beer and chili tasting begins! With chili, beer, games, and contests, you’ll want to stick around all day long!

  • Chastain Park Arts Festival

The sixth annual Chastain Park Arts Festival takes place the weekend of November 5-6th, and is showcasing about 185 artists and artisans from across the country. The whole family will enjoy arts and crafts, local musicians, and food trucks! The admission is free, and all the proceeds earned from the festival are donated to charity.

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