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.
OLD FOURTH WARD BEER FEST
Friday, September 8 7pm - 11pm
Historic 4th Ward Skate Park
This inaugural festival is a fundraising event benefiting the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership. There will be over 75 beers as well as a selection of wine and cider to choose from. Enjoy live music and food will be available for purchase. Tickets $40 in advance and $50 at the door. Sales tax and ticket fee to be added.
HELEN, GA OKTOBERFEST
September 7-10, 14-17, 21-24 then Sept 28 - Oct 29
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 everyday in October through October 29. 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 16 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 â€“ 3pm adjacent to the Veteran's Memorial. The kids will have a blast at the Kids Zone on the Quad Bungee, 24' Rockwall, 33' inflatable Shark Slide, bounces, 120' roller coaster obstacle course and more!
NORTH GEORGIA STATE FAIR
September 21 - October 1
Jim Miller Park Marietta
As the largest fair in metro Atlanta, the North Georgia State Fair attracts nearly 300,000 people every year from North Georgia and neighboring states. The fair features live music, free attractions and shows, farm animals, flower shows, blue ribbon competitions, local entertainment, and delicious fair foods. Headlining the Georgia Lottery Concert Series this year are: Colton Dixon (Friday, 9/22), Lauren Alaina (Saturday, 9/23), Trace Adkins (Wednesday, 9/27), Colt Ford (Thursday, 9/28), Chris Janson (Friday, 9/29) and Zach Seabaugh (Saturday 9/30). 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 Great James H. Drew Exposition midway. New this year is the Mega Slide which goes 50-feet high and rippling out another 170 feet. With wavy lengths of grooved, galvanized metal over a scaffolding support, the yellow and green Mega Slide will be one of the most iconic structures at the North Georgia State Fair. Admission to the fair is $7.00; Children 10 and under are free. Ride tickets are $1.25 each with packages available. Discounted fair tickets are available thru Sept. 22 at metro Atlanta Walgreens stores.
IMAGINE MUSIC FESTIVAL
Friday, Sept 22 - Sunday, Sept 24
Atlanta Motor Speedway
The psychedelic overload of sound, light, color and creatively exposed skin known as the Imagine Music Festival takes it up a big ol' notch for its fourth annual event. Headliners include Above and Beyond, deadmau5, the legendary producer Tiesto, Pretty Lights Live and Gorgon City lifting the EDM gathering to a whole new dimension of sensory pleasures. Georgia-born instrumental favorites Sound Tribe Sector 9 have been added to the constantly expanding line-up. Featured artists include Datsik, Big Gigantic, Claude Vonstroke and Netsky offering a literally dizzying array of acts on the expansive stages at the Speedway. Last year over 25,000 attendees jammed the site, enjoying the central music stage as well as art and an intriguing selection of related workshops.
EAST ATLANTA STRUT
September 23 11am - 9pm
East Atlanta Village
Celebrating its 20th 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 and a game area with a theme of oversized games, including two 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.
SANDY SPRINGS FESTIVAL
Saturday Sept 23 and Sunday Sept 24
The Sandy Springs Festival - a community tradition for over three decades - returns on September 23-24 for two exciting days of family-friendly fun. The largest event in Sandy Springs, the Festival unites the community, creating lasting memories for local residents both young and old. And, for the first time EVER, the Festival is being offered FREE of charge. The 2017 Festival honors beloved traditions like the Lightning 10k/5k, Pet Parade, and Car Show while bringing in a refreshing new Artist Market and a variety of unique activities for kids and is pet friendly too. Festival hours are Saturday, September 23, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 24, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Join Heritage Sandy Springs for this celebration of community. 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.
ATLANTA GREEK FESTIVAL
September 28 - October 1 Greek
Enjoy food, fun and "Opa" at the Atlanta Greek Festival! This popular festival brings all the aromas, sounds, tastes and traditions of Greece to your doorstep. Enjoy authentic Greek food and pastries (including a festival drive thru for those short on time), cooking demonstrations, church tours, music, and dancing with special audience participation. Festival takes place Friday September 28 from 5pm - 11pm; Saturday 11am - 11pm; and Sunday from 11am - 7pm. Drive-Thru available Thursday - Saturday 11am - 8pm and Sunday 11am - 6pm. The Greek Orthodox Cathedral is located on Clairmont Rd. between Briarcliff Rd. and LaVista Rd. in Atlanta. Admission for adults is $5 and children 12 & under are admitted free. Go online, for special promotions and to purchase tickets. Free Parking and Shuttle buses from Century Center Office Park.
DULUTH FALL FESTIVAL
September 30 - October 1
Come on out to the 35th 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 where more than 20 acts will perform a variety of music and dance. Sunday starts with a 5K race at 8am followed by Worship on the Green and more entertainment. The Gold Medal Carnival is back. Go to Festival website to print off a 'Buy One Get One Free' Carnival coupon for Thursday and Friday nights. Website also lists pick-up locations for FREE shuttle buses.
GREAT ATLANTA BEER FEST
October 7 1 - 5pm
The Great Atlanta Beer Fest moves this year from Turner Field to Suntrust Park on Saturday, October 7, 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 concourse, both levels of the Chop House, and the games of "The Sandlot" (kids zone) will be open to beer fest patrons. College Football will be on the big screens in the outfield as well as the TVs in the Chop House and around the concourse. There will be live music with the Geeks Band and a DJ dance party with everyone's favorite, DJ Qtip. Festival Tickets are $45 advance, $50 after Sept. 28, and $60 day of. First 500 tickets sold will be just $35.
ATLANTA PRIDE FESTIVAL
October 13 - 15
The Atlanta Pride Festival coincides with National Coming Out Day. The Official Kickoff Party returns to the Georgia Aquarium on Friday, October 13 from 7pm - 11:30pm. This ticketed event launches the Southeast's largest Pride Festival. The Parade begins at 1 p.m. on Sunday from the Civic Center and enters the Piedmont Park through the Charles Allen entrance.
TASTE OF ACWORTH
Saturday October 14, 10am â€“ 6:00pm
Main Street â€“ Downtown Acworth
The Superior Plumbing Taste of Acworth offers more than 25 restaurants and 100 booths featuring businesses from around the greater-Acworth area. There will be a local entertainment stage, complete with a dog show and a High School Team Cooking Challenge, children's activities, lots of food, and more! More than 18,000 people are expected to attend the 2017 event. Plan to bring your family to experience a true "Taste" of Acworth.
FESTIVAL ON PONCE
Oct. 14 & 15
Olmsted Linear Park
The Festival on Ponce is a 2-Day local arts and crafts event held at the 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.
TASTE OF ATLANTA
October 20 - 22
Old Fourth Ward Park
Taste of Atlanta, the city's original food festival, moves to their new location at Old Fourth Ward Park. 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. Feast on Taste of Atlanta's fantastic programming in five different live demo areas. Watch chefs go head to head on the Home Plate Main Cooking stage or go Inside the Food Studio where Atlanta's top foodies will teach you about Atlanta's food history and current trends.
DECATUR CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL
Saturday October 21, Noon to 5 pm
Downtown Decatur on the square
The Decatur Craft Beer Festival sets up on the downtown square on Saturday, Oct. 21, from noon to 5 pm. Organized by the beer-minded owners of the Brickstore Pub, and Twain's Brewpub, this popular event features tastings from more than 80 American craft breweries. A line-up of live music and a DJ make for a lively and enjoyable afternoon on the square. A tasting glass is included in the ticket price, and festival swag, pretzel necklaces and food is available for sale within the venue. Tickets go on sale Sept. 18. Find details at decaturbeerfestival.com. Local tips: Tickets for this event always sell out, so buy yours early. On festival day, take MARTA to the downtown Decatur station and you will be at the event.
BROOKHAVEN ARTS FESTIVAL
October 21 & 22
behind Brookhaven MARTA
On Saturday & Sunday October 21 & 22, Brookhaven will host the 13rd Annual Brookhaven Arts Festival. Over 140 participating artists will feature works of fiber, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture and more. Musical performances will take place over the two days, with a classic car show on Sunday from 1 â€“ 4PM in the MARTA parking lot. It's a great time for individuals and families to take in the beauty of fall while enjoying terrific food, music, kids' activities, and art. The festival is located at 4047 Peachtree Road behind the Brookhaven MARTA station on the Apple Valley Road between Dresden Dr. and N Druid Hills Rd. There is plenty of FREE parking in the MARTA lot.
AIDS WALK ATLANTA & 5K RUN
Saturday, October 22
AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run, produced by AID Atlanta, benefits thousands of people living with HIV/AIDS in Greater Atlanta. Since its inception in 1990, AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run has increased awareness of HIV/AIDS throughout the community and has involved hundreds of thousands walkers, runners and volunteers. All funds raised here, stay here in Atlanta to benefit AID Atlanta and the six participating organizations that provide treatment and medications, prevention education, meals, hospice, mental health services, child care, substance abuse counseling, and clinical research to help thousands of our families, neighbors and friends living with, affected by, and at-risk for HIV/AIDS in Atlanta.
SMYRNA FALL JONQUIL FESTIVAL
Saturday, October 28 & Sunday Oct. 29
The Fall Jonquil Festival is located on the beautiful Village Green in downtown Smyrna. The festival takes place Saturday, October 28 from 10 am - 6 pm and Sunday, October 29 from 12 - 5 pm. Serving the area for 21 years the festival will feature over 125 hand-made arts & crafts booths, local non-profit booths, puppet shows, live music, plenty of festival foods, and all types of children's activities. There will also be local entertainment on the stage in front of the library.
TASTE OF KENNESAW
Saturday, November 4 Downtown Kennesaw
Come on out to Taste of Kennesaw Saturday, November 4 to sample over 30 local restaurants from the Kennesaw and Cobb County area. 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. The Main Street entertainment stage will have local entertainment all day and culminate with a free concert at 6:00 p.m. There will be an enormous Kids Zone with interactive inflatables.