Fall info fun
Get back to school but not back to the grind. Enjoy only in Atlanta music festival favorites like ONE Musicfest and Music Midtown. Dive into art and culture at Japanfest, Elevate and Pride. Find free-time festivities at the Yellow Daisy Festival in Stone Mountain Park. And for the foodie (and wine aficionado) in all of us, Atlanta Food & Wine Festival is a smorgasbord of local fare. View a complete list of annual Atlanta fall festivals below.
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Mingle among the Klingons and Stormtroopers at Dragon Con, the nation’s largest multimedia, multigenre pop culture convention featuring panel discussions, artwork, costumes and more. And don’t miss the Dragon Con Parade taking place on Saturday morning.
ATLANTA BLACK THEATRE FESTIVAL
Whether you’re a fan of classic, traditional August Wilson, urban contemporary Tyler Perry or all theater, we’ve searched the globe to bring the very best. Come join celebrities, artists and theater-loving patrons from all over world as they descend on Atlanta for a spectacular annual celebration.
YELLOW DAISY FESTIVAL
The Yellow Daisy Festival, voted No. 1 Arts and Crafts show in the nation, features more than 400 artists and crafters. Visit the Men’s Den, full of recliners and big screen TVs, or the Children’s Corner, which offers crafts, rock walls and more. Live music and plenty of vendors line the paths, providing constant entertainment.
ATLANTA FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL
The South has never tasted so good. Eat, drink and enjoy all that’s Southern at the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. Join award-winning chefs, sommeliers, beverage innovators and industry experts on a culinary journey through the food and beverage traditions of the South in Midtown Atlanta.
Join in the fun as Piedmont Park hosts nationally renowned acts in Atlanta’s most scenic concert venue. Music Midtown brings two days of amped up artistry for a full weekend of sun and sound you won’t want to miss.
This festival examines the aspects of modern American and Japanese culture, as well as the lasting effects of tradition. You’ll find a modern kimono fashion show, anime screenings, fun foods and ethnic dishes, music and traditional dance performances, martial arts demonstrations and so much more.
An annual, week-long celebration of public art in downtown Atlanta, Elevate Art kicks off with a block party featuring music, food and performance art. Catch various performances, art installations, civic panels and explore Atlanta in the process. End Elevate week with a final-night party and special performance.
This annual outdoor music festival has featured performances from Jill Scott, Dungeon Family, Common, De La Soul, Nas, Amel Larrieux and Snoop Dogg to name a few. In its short time on the scene, this live music experience now attracts thousands of people to Centennial Olympic Park.
PUMPKIN FESTIVAL AT STONE MOUNTAIN PARK
Every weekend in October, the Pumpkin Festival at Stone Mountain Park, offers fun and entertainment for the entire family. Costume contests, puppet parades and a trick-or-treat scavenger hunt are just a few highlights. Enjoy storytelling, pie-eating contests and more.
CANDLER PARK FALL FEST
Celebrated in beautiful Candler Park, Fall Fest features more than 100 artists, local music and some of the best food vendors Atlanta has to offer. The festival features a 5K race, Kids Zone and a Tour of Homes showcasing the beautiful architecture of Candler Park.
ATLANTA CHILI COOK-OFF
More than 75 restaurant and amateur teams compete for the title of Atlanta’s best chili at the annual Atlanta Chili Cook Off. Enjoy sampling chili from each team before voting for People’s Choice as local bands provide live entertainment in Brookhaven Park.
ATLANTA PRIDE FESTIVAL AND PARADE
Support and celebrate equality at the Atlanta Pride Festival and Parade. Two days fill Piedmont Park with live entertainment, a Pride Market, plus restaurant and bar promotions. Wrap up the weekend with the Pride Parade, one of the South’s largest celebrations.
STONE MOUNTAIN SCOTTISH FESTIVAL AND HIGHLAND GAMES
Be a Scot for the day at the Stone Mountain Scottish Festival and Highland Games. Authentic Highland music fills the park while tartan-clad families participate in Clan Challenge athletic events. Dancing demonstrations, heritage information booths and eclectic shops are just a few of the weekend’s highlights.
LITTLE 5 POINTS HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL & PARADE
Searching for some alternative family fun? The Little 5 Points Halloween Festival and Parade is a unique event, showcasing the most dynamic, creative community in Atlanta. Pumpkin decorating, street vendors and live performances fill this two-day event. And the sweetest treat of all is that it’s totally free.
TASTE OF ATLANTA
Atlanta’s best chefs join forces for the tastiest celebration of the year. This can’t-miss festival of flavors features a hands-on introduction to the city’s sustainable dining movement, celebrity chef demos and delicious dishes from more than 80 local restaurants.
NATIVE AMERICAN FESTIVAL AND POW-WOW AT STONE MOUNTAIN PARK
Celebrate the nation’s first civilization with dance and drum competitions. Get lost in the ancient art of storytelling or enjoy authentic dishes and craft demonstrations. Teach a new dog old tricks with primitive skills workshops, including pottery, open-fire cooking and bow-making.
CABBAGETOWN CHOMP AND STOMP
Come to the Cabbagetown Chomp and Stomp for the annual chili cook-off along the streets of this old mill-workers community. Now a beautiful, artsy neighborhood full of restored homes, Cabbagetown highlights individual and local restaurant entries in this yearly festival.
CHASTAIN PARK ARTS FESTIVAL
The Chastain Park Arts Festival is an annual festival of fine art and crafts designed by artists. More than 150 artists from around the country display their art at Chastain Park. Admission is free.
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