Fall Festivals in Atlanta

Check out the Fall Festivals in Atlanta for September, October, and November your guide to Halloween, DragonCon, Music Midtown, A3C, Pride and Taste of Atlanta.

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Music Midtown

With a fresh chill in the air, the Fall Festivals present Atlantans with a final chance to be outdoors and catch some of the biggest events of the year. Music Midtown has historically been the highlight of the season but has played to mixed reviews in the past couple of years as they have sought a younger audience. DragonCon, A3C, Pride, Taste of Atlanta and a great Halloween festivals including the Little Five Points parade are must see events. Here's a list of the festivals and fairs that happen all year round. If you are looking for things to do this weekend, today or tomorrow. See our handy guide to the 5 things to do in Atlanta today. We've got critics and reader recommendations for live music, food and wine events, sports, free or those for the family. For a list of neighborhood centric-events or our page of Things to Do in ATL.

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WRFG's Labor Day Blues and BBQ

Typically hosted at Park Tavern in Piedmont Park, this annual fundraiser for local community radio station WRFG is a celebration of the Blues in Atlanta.

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Monday September 7, 2020 01:00 pm EDT
WRFG 89.3 Community Radio's Annual Blues/BBQ Celebration | more...

Music Midtown

Music Midtown once reigned supreme as the festival in the ATL — period. After a brief hiatus in the early 2000s, Music Midtown has made a slow and steady comeback, and still gets the good folks of the city excited even though the production has been scaled back to less acts and one day shorter than the three-day extravaganza it once was. You could travel over to Tennessee for Bonnaroo or seriously dent the bank account heading out to Coachella, but you'll find lineups offering the same music diversity right here in the city.


Saturday September 14, 2019 12:00 pm EDT
Guide to the 2019 festival | more...

Imagine Music Festival

The Imagine Music Festival started in 2014 as a modest music festival in Historic Fourth Ward Park and has become one of the nation’s most anticipated EDM gatherings. These days, Imagine calls the Atlanta Motor Speedway near rural Hampton, Georgia its home. Over the years, the festival has more than doubled in attendance and scope, while remaining independent, which founders Glenn and Madeleine Goodhand say “allows for the creative freedom to build that vision of the Aquatic Fairytale each year.”


Friday September 17, 2021 12:00 pm EDT
Browse the Imagine Music Festival schedule as well as recommendations. CL's critics & readers weigh in on the definitive guide to the event. | more...



Pride Parade/Festival

The annual Atlanta Pride Festival, the largest Pride event in the Southeast and the largest event in the country to coincide with National Coming Out Day, celebrates all things LGBT. The festival weekend is jam-packed with a kickoff party and the annual Pride Parade, as well as arts, vendors, parties, and other festivities.


Friday October 9, 2020 12:00 am EDT
Browse the 50th Annual Atlanta Pride Festival & Parade schedule as well as recommendations. CL's critics & readers weigh in on the definitive guide to the event. | more...

Taste of Atlanta

Foodies and chefs alike gather in Historic Fourth Ward Park to experience the cuisine and drinks of the city for one delicious weekend. Taste of Atlanta features over 80 local restaurants and three live cooking stages, offering samples for the average consumer and educational workshops for professionals.


Friday October 16, 2020 12:00 am EDT
Browse the schedule Taste of Atlanta as well as recommendations. CL's critics & readers weigh in on the definitive guide to the event. | more...

Little Five Points Halloween Festival and Parade

The Little Five Points Halloween Festival is a typically a day-long celebration of all things Hallo-weird but the 2020 event is a scaled down virtual event.


Saturday October 17, 2020 04:00 pm EDT
Saturday, October 17, 4 p.m., with virtual Grand Marshal Puddles Pity Party! | more...

A3C Hip-Hop Festival

An acronym for All Three Coasts, the A3C Hip-Hop Festival features arguably the largest collection (500-plus performances) of hip-hop acts in the country. Expanding exponentially every year since its 2005 inception, A3C is a fusion of good music, education, art, film, style, and industry panels. If every hipster music lover travels to Austin for SXSW, hitting up ATL for A3C is a hip-hop head's obligation.


Thursday October 15, 2020 11:00 am EDT
Browse the many panels and speakers at A3C Festival and Conference, as well as the musical acts that are a part of the event. CL's critics & readers weigh in on festival activities... | more...

Netherworld Haunted House

Regarded as one of Atlanta’s top haunted houses, Netherworld transforms a warehouse-like building just outside the Perimeter into a den of horrors that continues to scare metro Atlantans year after year with elaborately costumed ghouls, special effects, and a labyrinthine layout.


Wednesday October 2, 2019 11:03 am EDT
Mysterious and spooky three decades on | more...



Chomp and Stomp Chili Cook-Off Festival

Every fall, a chili-hungry crowd descends on Cabbagetown Park for the annual Chomp and Stomp Chili Cook-Off Festival, featuring the Romp and Stomp 5K race, live music, artists market, games, and, of course, copious amounts of chili. There's always tons of the stuff, but this is a popular festival so be sure to get there early before they run out. If you miss out on the chili, food vendors will be on site to make sure no one goes hungry.


Saturday November 2, 2019 12:02 am EDT
Browse information about Chomp and Stomp Chili Cook-Off Festival. Read stories and check out events pertaining to the festival. | more...

Indie Craft Experience Holiday Shopping Spectacular

The annual market features crafters, artists, and small businesses that produce handmade and indie goods. Everything from seasoned gourmet salts to silk-screened T-shirts and handmade jewelry to original works of art will be for sale. Also catch music, a photo booth, food and drinks, and a swag bag designed by a local artist.


Saturday November 23, 2019 05:18 pm EST
Browse Indie Craft Experience Holiday Shopping Spectacular schedule as well as recommendations. CL's critics & readers weigh in on the definitive guide to the event. | more...




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