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 5 - 8, 12 - 15, 19 - 22 then Sept 26 - Oct 27 Daily
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 Thursday - Sunday the first three weekends in September then every day from September 26 through October 27. 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 14 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 35 restaurants and listen to acoustic music on the beautiful Village Green and the Market Village. Scott Thompson provides acoustic music from 11am â€“ 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 19 - 29
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: Jeremy Camp (Friday, 9/20), Mitchell Tenpenny (Saturday, 9/21), Lee Brice (Wednesday, 9/25), Tyler Farr (Thursday, 9/26), Lanco (Friday, 9/27) and Travis Denning (Saturday 9/28). 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 are K-9's in Flight, King BMX Stunt Show, Ninja Experience and Sandscapes. Admission to the fair is $7.00; Children 10 and under are free. Ride tickets are $1.25 each with packages available. Discount tickets may be purchased online through September 19 and at all Metro Atlanta O'Reiley Auto Parts stores.
OLD FOURTH WARD FALL FESTIVAL
Saturday, September 21 3pm-11pm
Historic Fourth Ward Skate Park
Experience Old Fourth Ward Fall Festival this year on Saturday, September 21 from 3pm - 11pm. This event is FREE for anyone to attend at Historic Fourth Ward Skate Park, along the Atlanta Beltline. Enjoy food trucks, artist market, live music, DIY lantern making, craft beer & full bar service! Plus, festival location is the perfect location to watch the Lantern Parade!
EAST ATLANTA STRUT
Saturday, September 28 11am - 9pm
East Atlanta Village
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 on three stages, an artist's market, free kids area and adult-size games including giant hamster ball races. 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. The Strut features the beers of Creature Comforts Brewing, including Classic City Lager, for those 21 or older wearing a $5 wristband available at the festival. 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 and use the free bike corral. Don't miss the Roll Before You Strut classic car show on Friday night, the 27th, at Motor City South from 7 to midnight.
SANDY SPRINGS FESTIVAL
Sept 28 -29
Heritage Sandy Springs
The Sandy Springs Festival â€“ the city's largest event and a community tradition for over three decades â€“ returns on September 28-29 for two exciting days of family-friendly fun! The Festival is again being presented free of charge to the community by Heritage Sandy Springs. This year's festival features a Lightning 10k/5k, Pet Parade, and Chalk Walk. A new this year is the Sandy Springs Wine Festival, September 28, Noon to 5 p.m. This is a ticketed event within the free Sandy Springs Festival. Festival hours are Saturday, September 28, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 29, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This year offers entertainment from around the world in the Cultural District along with DJs and bands on the stage on the Sandy Springs Society Lawn. 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.
Saturday, Sept. 28
Historic 4th Ward Skate Park
The Mimosa Festival celebrates the end of summer on Saturday, September 28 at Historic 4th Ward. There will be lots of Mimosas and extra mimosa flavors plus wine, beer & cider; Enjoy live Music with RTW, College Football & Air-Conditioned Tent with DJ Qtip. Ticket includes Bottomless drinks on all mimosa, wine, beer & cider samples. Cost is $45 advance, $50 after Sept. 19 and $60 day of event. Food not included with ticket. VIP passes and tickets available at AtlantaMimosaFestival.com.
DULUTH FALL FESTIVAL
September 28 - 29
Come on out to the 37th 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. During the Festival FREE shuttle pickups at Chattahoochee Elementary School, Duluth Middle School & Mason Elementary.
AIDS WALK ATLANTA & 5K RUN
Sunday, September 29
AID Atlanta's signature fundraising event, AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run will be on Sunday, September 29 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the meadow in Piedmont Park. This is the largest AIDS-related fundraising event in Southeast supporting those living with HIV/AIDS. Become a 'Change Agent' to help raise over $750,000 of critical funds needed. Your support will make a difference as we try to move the needle closer to zero infections. All monies raised are used right here in our community to support the programs and services of AID Atlanta and 9 participating local HIV/AIDS service organizations. For more information on how to register, fundraise or volunteer, go to AIDSWalkAtlanta.com.
RED CLAY COMEDY FESTIVAL
October 4 - 5
East Atlanta Village
The Red Clay Comedy Festival returns to Atlanta for its 5th year! 2019 brings an incredible line up of headliners including Maria Bamford, Rory Scovel & Janelle James plus specialty shows like "What Just Happened?!" a Comedy + Magic Event with Harrison Greenbaum (Americas Got Talent), "Stand Up Science" with Shane Mauss and so much more! Also featuring comedians Joe Bartnick, Steph Tolev, Dave Waite and more from around the world. 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! Full festival passes and tickets at redclaycomedy.com.
NORCROSS ART SPLASH & WINE FESTIVAL
October 5 - 6
Downtown Historic Norcross
The 16th annual art celebration, always known for its whimsical and fun artist market, will also feature an outdoor wine tasting venue highlighting 40 wines "from around the world." The charming downtown district of Historic Norcross comes alive with artisan booths and a large tasting area 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 5 from 10 a.m. â€“ 6 p.m. and Sunday, October 6 from 11 a.m. â€“ 5 p.m. Wine tasting ticket times are available for Saturday from 10am to 6pm or Sunday from 12:30pm to 5pm. Tickets for the wine tasting tent are $40 through October 4 and then $45 during the weekend. Free shuttle parking is available.
TASTE OF ACWORTH
Saturday, October 12, 11am â€“ 7:00pm
Main Street â€“ Downtown Acworth
The Taste of Acworth offers more than 30 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 20,000 people are expected to attend the 2019 event. Plan to bring your family to experience a true "Taste" of Acworth.
FESTIVAL ON PONCE
Oct. 12 & 13
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.
ATLANTA PRIDE FESTIVAL
October 12 & 13
The Atlanta Pride Festival coincides with National Coming Out Day and is the largest gathering of LGBTQ folks in the Southeast. The Official Kickoff Party returns to the Georgia Aquarium on Friday, October 11 from 7pm - 11:30pm. This ticketed event launches the Southeast's largest Pride Festival. The free Festival features, a marketplace, three stages, a family zone, a Gray Pride area, and tea dances. There are two marches scheduled for Saturday and the parade begins at noon on Sunday from the Civic Center MARTA station and enters the Piedmont Park on 10th Street. Expanded for 2019, 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.
TASTE OF ATLANTA
October 18 - 20
Old Fourth Ward Park
Taste of Atlanta, the city's original food festival, comes back to the Old Fourth Ward Park Friday, October 18 thru Sunday, October 20. The festivities begin with the VIP Kick-off party on Friday night featuring tastes, cocktails and live music. 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. Sip and savor what some of Atlanta's best restaurants, chefs and bartenders have to offer not found in the main festival in the VIP tent.
DECATUR CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL
Saturday October 19, Noon to 5 pm
Downtown Decatur on the square
The Decatur Craft Beer Festival returns Saturday, Oct. 19, noon to 5 pm, for 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 event, while a DJ keeps you moving between sets. Get a VIP ticket for the ultimate beer festival experience with an exclusive VIP section and special beers made just for this event by Georgia craft brewers. Tickets go on sale Sept. 3 at Freshtix.com, $50/general admission and $100/VIP. Local tip: plan to take MARTA to the Decatur station. Book a stay at the brand new Hampton Inn and newly renovated Courtyard by Marriott, just one block north of the square. Details at decaturbeerfestival.com, check Facebook and Instagram for updates.
BROOKHAVEN ARTS FESTIVAL
October 19 & 20
behind Brookhaven MARTA
The 15th Annual Brookhaven Arts Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 19-20 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.
SMYRNA FALL JONQUIL FESTIVAL
October 26 - 27
The Fall Jonquil Festival is located on the beautiful Village Green in downtown Smyrna. The festival takes place Saturday, October 26 from 10 am - 6 pm and Sunday, October 27 from 12 - 5 pm. Serving the area for more than 20 years, the festival will feature over 150 hand-made arts & crafts booths, a dozen food booths, live music and all types of children's activities. There will also be a children's Halloween costume parade.
TASTE OF KENNESAW
Saturday, November 2
Come on out to Taste of Kennesaw and sample over 40 local restaurants plus all types of children's activities and sponsor booths. 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 stages all day. The Kids Zone is packed with fun inflatables and interactive activities.