With summer now behind us, there are plenty of fun activities to look forward to doing around Atlanta and Northwest Georgia. The heat of the summer is just about gone, and it won’t be long until the temperature begins to drop, so get ready to spend some more time outdoors. Atlanta and North Georgia have lots to do, lots to see, and plenty of great food to taste during the fall. Here are a few of our picks for must-do activities around Atlanta in the autumn.
HarvestFest Arts and Crafts Festival
The fun of autumn is not confined to just the city. Atlanta’s suburbs offer much to do. It is just a short drive outside Atlanta to the picturesque Historic Marietta Square. That’s where you will find the annual HarvestFest Arts and Crafts Festival. Enjoy the wide selection of unique and original crafts where you will discover the perfect fall accents to take home with you. For the younger visitors, there will be a carnival with games and prizes. It is all taking place October 15 in Marietta, and the best part is the event is free of charge!
Little Five Points Halloween Festival
Yes, it is already time to start thinking about your Halloween costume! The Little 5 Points Halloween Festival is almost here, and that means fantastic food, great drinks, and fun live entertainment. The annual event attracts more than 35,000 people each year. Take part in the parade to show off your costume, or watch from the sidelines to see what ghosts and ghouls might be making an appearance in Atlanta this year. When fall comes around in Atlanta, it can only mean the streets of Little Five Points will be filled with music, food vendors, and, of course, scary Halloween costumes.
A Walk in The Park
Are you saving up your money for the gift-buying season? The great thing about Atlanta in the fall is that there is always something to do, and it doesn’t have to cost you anything, either. How about a walk in some of the city’s finest parks? Take in some views of our city’s skyline as you stroll along the lakes in Piedmont Park. You could also visit Atlanta’s oldest city park, Grant Park. You know it won’t be too long until the leaves change color and start to fall; what better way to enjoy the colors of autumn and the crisp fresh air than a walk in the park?
Atlanta’s parks also offer their own busy schedule of fall events. Check out the Fallfest at Candler Park for art displays, music, and a 5K race.
Georgia Apple Festival
Georgia might be known for its peaches, but during the fall it is all about apples. Nothing says autumn like apple picking. The annual Georgia Apple Festival is celebrating their 45th year, offering crafts for sale, a parade, and an antique car show. Though Atlanta is a beautiful city, nothing beats a drive north into the rolling hills of the Georgia Mountains. Enjoy the tastes of autumn and sample a sweet Gala apple, or try a tart Empire apple. Making the trip north to Ellijay is a great way to see the sights that Georgia has to offer during this spectacular time of year.
The North Georgia Mountains offer a different pace of life this time of year. A trip to the apple festival and journey into the mountains might just have you wishing you could stay all year long.
Stone Mountain Pumpkin Festival
There is a lot to celebrate this autumn, and Stone Mountain is doing just that with their annual Pumpkin Festival event, with everything from carnival games, costume contests, and spooky stories. Kids will be sure to enjoy the Trick or Treat Scavenger Hunt. Take a ride on the ducks or ride the railroad through the fall foliage. Be sure to take full advantage of the breathtaking views from the Skyhike or Summit Skyride. If you plan your visit in late October, you will be treated to the peak colors of the fall leaves. Stone Mountain Park is the best way to take in all that fall has to offer.
Take in the Autumn, Take in Atlanta
The autumn season is a great time for family activities, festivals, and fun. It is also a great opportunity to recharge your batteries before the hectic holiday season. Luckily, Atlanta offers lots to see and do during the fall. The sights, sounds, and smells of the season are only a few minutes away, no matter where you are in North Georgia. There is also no shortage of fabulous seasonal foods to try.