A3C Festival & Conference kicks off in October. (📷 DV Photo Video)

Bring the fam to Stone Mountain's Pumpkin Festival where there are fall celebrations for all ages. (📷 Madeline Mulkey, SMP Marketing)

Haunted house season is back; time to return to the best one in the country. (📷 Netherworld Haunted Attractions)

Cool Things To Do In Atlanta In October

Fall has arrived faster than you can say “pumpkin spice latte,” so pull out your vests, knee boots and breathable flannel, and get ready for these fun fall events.

  1. The 31st annual Out On Film festival shows 60+ LGBT films and videos at three different theaters. Sept. 26-Oct. 6.
  2. Various music acts coming to Atlanta in October include Wale (Oct. 4), Ledisi (Oct .18), Carrie Underwood (Oct. 19) and Big Freedia with Low Cut Connie (Oct. 24).
  3. Atlanta AAUW Bookfair invites all used-book lovers to check out the sale at Perimeter Mall. Oct. 1-6. 
  4. The Atlanta Black Theatre Festival delivers 40 plays in four days, including single acts, solos, youth theater and full-length plays. Oct. 2-5. 
  5. Rock Chastain supports the park with four musical acts, including 10,000 Maniacs, performing at State Bank Amphitheatre. Oct 3. 
  6. Aqua Vino invites you to sample 200 wines from around the world at Georgia Aquarium. Refreshments, live music and a silent auction are included. Oct. 4. 
  7. Evil Dead The Musical brings all the camp and fun that you love about horror films to the Out of the Box stage. Oct. 4-20. 
  8. The Atlanta Steampunk Exposition celebrates all things mad science and the Victorian era, and features panel discussions, craft classes, vendors, parties and a costume ball. Oct. 4-5. 
  9. Fright Fest at Six Flags over Georgia has plenty of tricks and treats (and ghosts, ghouls and zombies) waiting for you. Oct. 4-31. 
  10. Netherworld brings serious Halloween energy with a haunted house filled with stunt actors in intense makeup, movie-quality special effects and detailed sets. Oct. 4-Nov. 9. 
  11. For The Culture Musicfest celebrates music and entertainment, health ad wellness, financial literacy and education, and community/social activism. Oct. 5. 
  12. The Atlanta Chili Cookoff offers various options of chili (spicy, mild, chicken, beef, vegetarian) and allows you to vote for your favorite. Oct. 5. 
  13. The 9th annual Atlanta Hip Hop Day Festival features Atlanta artists, b-boy and b-girl exhibits, emcee battles, turntablism and graffiti artists at Woodruff Park. Oct. 5-6.  
  14. The 17th Annual Candler Park Fall Fest has live bands, 150 art booths, gourmet food trucks, a kids’ area, a 5K, a fun run and Sunday home tour. Oct. 5-6.
  15. The A3C Festival & Conference celebrates iconic and promising hip-hop artists from across the United States and abroad at Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart. Oct. 8-13.
  16. France-Atlanta celebrates French culture with films, performances, talks, exhibitions and workshops that connect France and the Southeast. Oct. 8-17. 
  17. Oktoberfest Atlanta celebrates German culture with beer, German food, live music and games at Historic Fourth Ward Park. Oct. 11-12. 
  18. Neil Simon’s hit play “The Odd Couple” makes a neat freak and a slob become roommates; the chaos ensues at the Hapeville Performing Arts Center. Oct. 11-20.
  19. Cirque du Soleil Volta brings amazing acrobats, aerialists, cyclists, comedians, dancers and gymnasts to a heated tent at Atlantic Station. Oct. 11-Dec. 8. 
  20. The Castleberry Hill Loft Tour allows the public to explore historic buildings converted into beautiful residential lofts. Oct. 12.
  21.  Run Like Hell is a 5K race with a costume contest at historic Oakland Cemetery. Oct. 12. 
  22. The Oakhurst Porchfest is a neighborhood grassroots music festival where you can walk around to hear diverse music being played on porches and in yards. Oct. 12. 
  23. AFROPUNK is a multicultural weekend of live music, a crafts market and food trucks at 787 Windsor St. SW. Oct. 12-13.
  24. The Atlanta Pride Trans March celebrates and uplifts the visibility of the trans and non-binary communities; all trans people and allies are welcome to participate. Oct. 12.
  25. The 49th Annual Atlanta Pride Festival is the largest LBGT event in the Southeast, complete with a parade, food, music and frivolities. Oct. 12-13.   
  26. Fall Festival on Ponce features fine arts and crafts, folk art, a children’s area, food trucks and acoustic music in historic Olmsted Linear Park. Oct. 12-13.
  27. ELEVATE: Cultural Capital, the city’s annual public art festival, invigorates the city with visual art, performances and cultural events in the historic Pittsburgh neighborhood. Hosted by the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. Oct. 14-19.
  28. Walker Stalker Con has celebrities, panels, vendors and a party at the Georgia World Congress Center. Oct. 18-20. 
  29. Taste of Atlanta brings samples from Atlanta’s best restaurants to Historic Fourth Ward Park, plus celebrity chef demos and music. Oct. 18-20. 
  30. The Atlanta Concours d’Elegance features a display of classic automobiles and vintage motorcycles at Tyler Perry Studios. Oct. 19-20. 
  31. The Korean Festival celebrates Korean culture, including K-pop, K-beauty and K-food. Oct. 19-20. 
  32. The Atlanta 10 Miler & 5K begins and ends at Atlantic Station. Oct. 20.
  33. Great Pumpkin Carving Contest features master carvers competing to make the best Jack-o-lantern. Oct. 24. 
  34. The Atlanta World Kite Festival and Expo invites you to bring (or buy) a kite and have a fun day of flying at Piedmont Park, plus music, food, face painters and bounce houses. Oct. 26. 
  35. Whiskies of the World invites you to sample more than 250 whiskies from around the world and also includes whiskey seminars and whiskey pairings with food and cigars. Oct. 26. 
  36. Anime Weekend Atlanta brings panels, workshops, games, videos, costume play, a dealer’s room, an art show, and a formal dinner and ball to Cobb Galleria Centre. Oct. 31-Nov. 3. 
  37. MSNBC host Rachel Maddow exposes the ugly side of the oil and gas industry as only she can at the Fox Theatre. Oct. 13.
  38. Everybody’s favorite astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson makes us see stars at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Oct. 22
  39. Penn & Teller bring their unique brand of magic to Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Oct. 10
  40. Bagpipes and fiddlers take over Stone Mountain Park during the Stone Mountain Highland Games. Oct. 18-20.

Ways to celebrate Halloween:

  1. The Pumpkin Festival at Stone Mountain Park features family shows, games, storytelling, kids’ activities and a pie-eating contest. Sept. 21-Nov 3.
  2. Enjoy Halloween movies like Scream 2 (Oct. 9), and Hocus Pocus (Oct. 30 )at the Plaza Theater.
  3. Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tours spins spooky yarns about the Oakland Cemetery’s famous residents told by actors in costume amid the gravestones and candlelit mausoleums. Oct. 17-27. 
  4. The Little 5 Points Halloween Festival features an epic community parade, plus food and drink, live entertainment, street vendors and more. Oct. 19. 
  5. The Big Bang Block Party features outdoor and indoor stages, live visual artists, a pop-up art gallery, live skate demos and more. Oct 19. 
  6. Fright Night is the Fernbank Museum of Natural History’s Halloween party, featuring a DJ and a costume contest, plus craft beer, cocktails and small plates for sale. Oct. 25.
  7. Calloween: Halloween Night on Callanwolde Mountain features trick or treating, a family-friendly costume contest, a live band, dance performances, an all-ages dance party, movie screenings, food trucks and a bar. Oct. 25. 
  8. These Halloween events include a costume contest and food and drink specials: Midtown Halloween (Oct. 25 and 26), Halloween in the Highlands (Oct.26 and 27) and Buckhead Creepy Crawl (Oct. 31)
  9. Looking for Halloween parties? Check out the Saints & Sinners Ball at Park Tavern (Oct. 26), The Rum Punch Brunch: Scream (Oct. 26), Halloween Crawl (Oct. 26) and Scarendipity Halloween Bash at 229 Howard St. NE (Oct. 26).
  10. Kid-friendly Halloween fun can be found at Magic Monday: Boo-ween (Oct. 7) and Dinosaur Trick-or-Treat (Oct. 26).  
  11. Haints and Saints Halloween Parade rings in Halloween with floats, decorated hearses, classic cars and marching bands, followed by a musical jam in Decatur Square. Oct. 27. 
  12. Day of the Dead honors ancestors with an outdoor festival, Mexican food and entertainment at the Atlanta History Center. Oct. 27. 
  13. Sips Under the Sea: Whodunnit features an interactive murder mystery to solve. Oct. 25. 

Want some fall fun outside the perimeter? Check out:

  1. The Chalktoberfest features professional chalk artists competing against each other; there’s also an amateur contest, live music and an area for kids to draw on the street. Oct. 12-13. 
  2. The Georgia Apple Festival celebrates apple season with 300 vendors of food and handmade items, craft demonstrations, an antique car show, a 5K race and a parade in Ellijay. Oct.12-13, and Oct. 19-20. 
  3. Owl-O-Ween features balloon glows, tethered rides, trick-or-treating at the balloons, food trucks, a beer garden, art vendors, a kids’ zone and entertainment on multiple stages at Kennesaw State University. Oct. 18-19. 
  4. Decatur Craft Beer Festival features unlimited samples from 80 breweries, live music and food for sale. Oct. 19. 

Beth Clark is a writer and foodie who loves to roam around Atlanta, uncovering the city’s quirky, glam, upscale and down-home character. Curiosity is her compass, and you’ll find her writing on www.thecitydweller.me.

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