Fall is the perfect time to enjoy outdoor festivals in Atlanta. The hot humid days of August are behind us and the weather feels invigorating. If you thought the spring was a busy time for festivals in Atlanta, wait until you see our Fall Festival Guide! It is chock full of events happening throughout the metro area. Stop by any of the ones listed below and you are sure to see packed crowds filled with people of all ages and backgrounds. Many of these festivals have a similar theme: food, music, kid's area, local performers, arts and crafts, vendors and more. Many have free admission or a small admission fee. Check the individual websites for more details.
HELEN, GA OKTOBERFEST
September 6 - 9, 13 - 16, 20 - 23, 27 - 30 then Oct 1 - 28
Festhalle, Helen, GA
Beer, brats, bands and Lederhosen - the Helen Oktoberfest has them all! Join the longest running Oktoberfest in the United States, which runs weekends in September then every day in October through October 28. Every year the Helen Festhalle houses the event. German-style bands from around the country and around the world play on the stage. Grab your partner and take a spin on the dance floor to lively Polka music. Visit the helenchamber.com.
TASTE OF SMYRNA
Saturday, September 15 11am - 8pm
The Taste of Smyrna is food, fun and music all day long! Nibble and nosh your way around the Village Green. Admission is free and samples can be purchased from $1 up to $4. Plan to sample from over 30 restaurants and listen to acoustic music on the beautiful Village Green and the Market Village. Scott Thompson provides acoustic music from 11am β 3pm adjacent to the Veteran's Memorial. The kids will have a blast at the Kids Zone on the Euro Bungee Quad Jump, giant slides, bounces, special OPS obstacle course and more!
NORTH GEORGIA STATE FAIR
September 20 - 30
Jim R. Miller Park Marietta
As the largest fair in metro Atlanta, the North Georgia State Fair attracts nearly 300,000 people every year. The fair features live music, free attractions and shows, farm animals, flower shows, blue ribbon competitions, local entertainment, and delicious fair foods. Headlining this year's concerts are: Crowder (Friday, 9/21), Dylan Scott (Saturday, 9/22), Colt Ford (Wednesday, 9/26), Easton Corbin (Thursday, 9/27), Montgomery Gentry (Friday, 9/28) and Riley Green (Saturday 9/29). All concerts begin at 8 p.m. and are free with fair admission. A covered arena guarantees concerts rain or shine. There are also games and rides on the midway. New this year is the Human Cannonball, Robo-Cars, Balloonopolis and Exhibit Hall. Admission to the fair is $7.00; Children 10 and under are free. Ride tickets are $1.25 each with packages available. Tickets may be purchased online thru Sept. 20 and at all Metro Atlanta O'Reiley Auto Parts stores thru September.
EAST ATLANTA STRUT
Saturday, September 22 11am - 9pm
East Atlanta Village
Celebrating its 21st year, the East Atlanta Strut is a free one-day extravaganza that showcases the city's hottest in-town neighborhood. East Atlanta is the place to eat, drink, shop and play. Enjoy live local music, an artist's market a free kids area, and some games for adults only: a giant Big Wheel course and a mechanical bull. Watch or join the beard contest, and be sure to check out the parade at 2pm. Dine at an array of food trucks and East Atlanta's own terrific restaurants. Alcohol is available for purchase for those with valid 21 or older photo ID. All festival proceeds go back into the neighborhood and its community outreach. Leave the car at home. Parking will be limited to neighborhood streets, so take public transport or ride a bike.
OLD FOURTH WARD BEER FEST
Saturday, September 22 11am-11pm
Historic 4th Ward Skate Park
Experience Old Fourth Ward Fall Festival this year on Saturday, September 22 from 11am - 11pm. This event is FREE for anyone to attend at Historic Fourth Ward Skate Park, along the Atlanta Beltline. Enjoy food trucks, artist vendors, live music, craft beer & full bar service before and after the historic Lantern Parade!
SANDY SPRINGS FESTIVAL
Saturday Sept 22 and Sunday Sept 23
The Sandy Springs Festival β the city's largest event and a community tradition for over three decades β returns on September 22-23 for two exciting days of family-friendly fun! The Festival is again being presented free of charge to the community by Heritage Sandy Springs. With an expanded footprint adjacent to the new City Springs property, the 33rd Annual Festival will honor beloved traditions like the Lightning 10k/5k, Pet Parade, and Chalk Walk while unveiling the new Cultural Corner and an exciting entertainment lineup. Don't forget the festival is pet friendly too. Festival hours are Saturday, September 22, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 23, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There will also be a FREE post-festival concert on Saturday evening from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Sandy Springs Festival is the primary fundraiser for Heritage Sandy Springs, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting history, stewarding a community park, and enhancing the cultural identity of Sandy Springs. Join Heritage Sandy Springs for this celebration of community!
RED CLAY COMEDY FESTIVAL
September 28 - 30
East Atlanta Village
The Red Clay Comedy Festival is bringing β theβ comedy event of the year back to Atlanta! Red Clay proudly welcomes headliners β Janeane Garofalo β and Ron Funches β to historic East Atlanta Village. Alongside those headliners you won't want to miss: The β American Born Desi Comics Tour, live album taping for the hilarious β Joe DeRosa, Solo music performance from β Mike Cooleyβ of β Drive-By Truckers, live podcasts, live taping of Adult Swim, plus surprise guests. Red Clay has built a reputation as one of the most fun and exciting comedy festivals in the country and we are excited to continue bringing top notch comedy to Atlanta every year!
DULUTH FALL FESTIVAL
September 29 - 30
Come on out to the 36th annual Duluth Fall Festival. There will be 375 plus Arts & Crafts, Food and Sponsor booths with many exciting new vendors. A huge parade kicks off the Festival on Saturday morning at 10am followed by the Opening Ceremony. Then entertainment takes over on two stages. Sunday starts with a 5K race at 8am followed by Worship on the Green and more entertainment. The Carnival is back! Go to Festival website to print off a 'Buy One Get One Free' Carnival coupon for Thursday and Friday nights. FREE shuttle pickups at Chattahoochee Elementary School, Duluth Middle School & Peachtree Ridge High School.
NORCROSS ART SPLASH & WINE FESTIVAL
Saturday, Oct 6 and Sunday, Oct 7
Downtown Historic Norcross
The 15th annual art celebration, always known for its whimsical and fun artist market, will also feature an outdoor wine tasting venue highlighting 60 wines "from around the world." The charming downtown district of Historic Norcross comes alive with artisan booths and a large tent where shoppers can sample wines while browsing the artist displays. Enjoy continuous live entertainment on the Thrasher Park Stage, energizing Kidz Zone, festival cuisine and tasty food from local restaurants. The award-winning art show will open Saturday, October 6 from 10 a.m. β 6 p.m. and Sunday, October 7 from 11 a.m. β 5 p.m. Wine tasting ticket times are noon and 2:00 pm on Saturday and 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets for the wine tasting tent are $35 through October 5 and then $40 during the weekend. Free shuttle parking is available.
ATLANTA PRIDE FESTIVAL
October 13 - 14
The Atlanta Pride Festival coincides with National Coming Out Day. The Official Kickoff Party returns to the Georgia Aquarium on Friday, October 12 from 7pm - 11:30pm. This ticketed event launches the Southeast's largest Pride Festival. There are two marches scheduled for Saturday and the parade begins at noon on Sunday from the Civic Center and enters the Piedmont Park through the Charles Allen entrance. Expanded for 2018, the VIP area is convenient to the Coca Cola main stage. It is comprised of a covered seating and lounge area with premium bathroom trailers, video monitors, private bars, snacks, and phone charging stations. VIP pass holders also received priority access for artist meet & greets and VIP lines at select beverage booths throughout the festival.
GREAT ATLANTA BEER FEST
Saturday, October 13
Georgia State Stadium
The Great Atlanta Beer Fest is back for the 8th year at its original location in the new Georgia State Stadium on Saturday, October 13 from 1-5pm. There will be over 150 beers to sample from the Southeast and across the country plus ciders and over 25 wines. The festival will take place inside the stadium using the bricked plaza area and the Chop House. College Football will be on the huge TV in the plaza as well as in the Chop House. Enjoy live music with the Geeks Band and a DJ dance party with everyone's favorite, DJ Qtip. Festival Tickets are $40 advance, $45 after Oct. 4, and $55 day of. The First 500 tickets will be just $30. Parking will be available in the Green Lot.
TASTE OF ACWORTH
Saturday, October 13, 10am β 6:00pm
Main Street β Downtown Acworth
The Taste of Acworth offers more than 25 restaurants and 100 booths featuring businesses from around the Acworth area. In addition to the great food, there will be two stages providing live entertainment throughout the day. The event also includes a kid zone featuring inflatables, a quad bungee, and challenging games. Admission is free and food samples range from $1 to $4. More than 18,000 people are expected to attend the 2018 event. Plan to bring your family to experience a true "Taste" of Acworth.
TASTE OF ATLANTA
October 19 - 21
Old Fourth Ward Park
Taste of Atlanta, the city's original food festival, comes back to the Old Fourth Ward Park Friday October 19 thru Sunday, October 21. The festivities begin with the VIP Kick-off party on Friday night featuring tastes, cocktails and live music from Bumpin' the Mango. Over the weekend experience delicious tastes from more than 90 of Atlanta's favorite restaurants. Sample exceptional food, wine, beer, and cocktail tastings and participate in seminars and food pairings and relaxing music cafes. Atlanta's own Tom Sullivan returns as the host of The Chef's Table. The Cooks Warehouse invites you to join them for hands on free cooking classes by Atlanta's favorite chefs. Taste of Atlanta welcomes Holly Firfer to the festival as host and emcee of The Kitchen Workshop. Get cooking on the Home Plate cooking stage with daily demos and judging contests.
FESTIVAL ON PONCE
Oct. 20 & 21
Olmsted Linear Park
The Festival on Ponce is a 2-Day local arts and crafts event held at the Historic Olmsted Linear Park. The Artist's Market features arts and handmade crafts. There is a Children's Park, local food and beverage concessions and live acoustic entertainment. Attendance is free. Stroll the event while enjoying the art on display and the historic gardens. This is a wonderful opportunity to appreciate the vision and legacy of one of America's most celebrated landscape architects, Fredrick Olmsted, Sr.
DECATUR CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL
Saturday October 20, Noon to 5 pm
Downtown Decatur on the square
Celebrate 20 years of the Decatur Craft Beer Festival Saturday, Oct. 20, noon to 5 pm. Enjoy an afternoon of beer tasting and music on the square. Each general admission ticket includes a special tasting glass and sips from more than 80 breweries. Rock out to live music throughout the festival, while a DJ keeps you moving between sets. Get a VIP ticket for the ultimate beer festival experience with an exclusive VIP entrance and special beers made just for this event by Georgia craft brewers. To celebrate this 20th year, get special prices on tickets for 20 hours, beginning at noon on Sept. 17: $40/general admission and $80/VIP. At 8 am on Sept. 18 ticket prices return to $50/general admission and $100/VIP. The party starts early with pre-festival events happening on Friday, Oct. 19. Check Facebook and Instagram for all the updates. Plan to take MARTA.
BROOKHAVEN ARTS FESTIVAL
October 20 & 21
behind Brookhaven MARTA
The 14th Annual Brookhaven Arts Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20-21 behind the Brookhaven MARTA station. Over 140 participating artists feature works of fiber, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture and more. Musical performances take place over the two days, with a classic car show on Sunday. It's a wonderful time to take in the beauty of fall while enjoying terrific food, music, kids' activities and art. The festival is located at 4047 Peachtree Road NE on Apple Valley Road behind the Brookhaven MARTA station. There is plenty of FREE parking in the MARTA lot, or ride MARTA right to the event! Admission is free. For more information, visit brookhavenartsfestival.com.
AIDS WALK ATLANTA & 5K RUN
Saturday, October 22
AID Atlanta's signature fundraising event, AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run will be on Sunday, October 21 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the meadow in Piedmont Park. This is the largest AIDS-related fundraising event in Southeast and brings together diverse groups from Atlanta's corporate, education, LGBT, Athletic, Entertainment, and Faith communities to support those living with HIV/AIDS. Georgia ranks second in the nation for new sexually transmitted infections and fifth for new HIV infections. All monies raised are used right here in our community to support the programs and services of AID Atlanta and 10 other HIV related organizations. For more information, and to register, fundraise or volunteer, go to website or call 404-876-WALK (9255).
SMYRNA FALL JONQUIL FESTIVAL
Saturday, October 27 & Sunday Oct. 28
The Fall Jonquil Festival is located on the beautiful Village Green in downtown Smyrna. The festival takes place Saturday, October 27 from 10 am - 6 pm and Sunday, October 28 from 12 - 5 pm. Serving the area for more than 20 years, the festival will feature over 175 hand-made arts & crafts booths, local non-profit booths, live music, plenty of festival foods, and all types of children's activities. There will also be a children's Halloween costume parade.
TASTE OF KENNESAW
Saturday, November 3
Come on out to Taste of Kennesaw and sample over 30 local restaurants. Admission is free and samples are just $1 - $4. Grab a cold beverage from the beer garden, sample delicious food, and sit back and listen to great music on the Main Street Entertainment stage all day and concert at 6:00 p.m. Also featuring a Kids Zone with interactive inflatables.Fall is the perfect time to enjoy outdoor festivals in Atlanta. The hot humid days of August are behind us and the weather feels invigorating. If you thought the spring was a busy time for festivals in Atlanta, wait until you see our Fall Festival Guide! It is chock full of events happening throughout the metro area. Stop by any of the ones listed below and you are sure to see packed crowds filled with people of all ages and backgrounds. Many of these festivals have a similar theme: food, music, kid's area, local performers, arts and crafts, vendors and more. Many have free admission or a small admission fee. Check the individual websites for more details.