Atlanta events for October 2015. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities, and Halloween haunted houses in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Enjoy the best Atlanta events, festivals, and things to do with this calendar of events.

Mileage is from the Westin Peachtree Plaza in downtown Atlanta, Georgia.

Game festival

October 1 - 4, 2015

15 miles north

Play board games all weekend, and shop for used games at the Saturday flea market during Atlanta Game Fest at the Holiday Inn, 4386 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd. Repeats in Jan.

State fair - north

October 1 - 4, 2015

22 miles NW

North Georgia State Fair has rides, fair food, animals, and big-name singers in Marietta. Expect lines.

Film festival

October 1 - 8, 2015

2 miles NE

Out On Film shows 80 gay films and videos at the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.

Douglasville haunted house

Oct. 1 - 31, 2015 (begins Sept. 25)

22 miles west

Zombies riot at Nightmare’s Gate in Douglasville. Closed Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.

Carrollton haunted camp

Oct. 1 - 31, 2015 (begins Sept. 17)

56 miles SW

Camp Blood offers four haunts, including a zombie paintball shoot. Thursday, Friday, Saturday only.

Newnan haunted house

Oct. 1 - Nov. 14, 2015 (starts Sept. 25)

41 miles SW

13 Stories Haunted House [sound] has 6 terrifying attractions and Hollywood level of detail. See schedule.

Movies and beer

October 2, 2015

2 miles NE

See short films and buy 20 varieties of beer at Clips Beer & Film Tour at Fourth Ward Skatepark Field. Bring age 21 ID. Free.

Painted bodies cabaret

October 2, 2015

2.2 miles NE

Watch a variety show of aerialists and dancers with bodies painted in dazzling colors, and then follow the band to a patio party to mingle with the artists and take photos at Body Art Cabaret at Paris on Ponce.

State Fair - south

October 2 - 11, 2015

30 miles south

Georgia State Fair offers rides, shows, music, and vendors at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton.

Pumpkin Festival

October 2 - 25, 2015 (begins Sept. 25)

19 miles east

Pumpkin Festival features a costume party, family shows, storytelling, kids’ activities, and a pie-eating contest at Stone Mountain Park.

Disturbing haunted house

October 2 - 31, 2015

2.5 miles NE

Chambers of Horror has scenes of profane torture at The Masquerade for ages 18+.

Rome haunted house

October 2 - 31, 2015

71 miles NW

Gates of Misery [sound] is filled with torture, torment, zombies, and cannibals. Open Thurs. to Sat. except Oct. 8.

Six Flags Halloween

Oct. 2 - Nov. 1, 2015 (starts Sept. 26)

13 miles west

Enjoy pumpkin painting & trick-or-treating in daylight, but beware the ghosts, ghouls, and zombies at night during Fright Fest at Six Flags over Georgia in Austell. Only age 12 and under can wear costumes.

Stockbridge haunts

October 2 - Nov. 1, 2015

26 miles SE

Fear the Woods includes a Haunted Barn, Haunted Hayride, Haunted Trail, and Zombie Paintball at Yule Forest on Hwy 155.

Norcross haunted house

Oct. 2 - Nov. 7, 2015 (starts Sept. 25)

15 miles NE

Netherworld thrills and terrifies with stunt actors in intense makeup, movie-quality special effects, and detailed sets at a large house in Norcross. See dates.

Body painting championship

October 3, 2015 (7 to 11:45 p.m.)

0.6 miles south

Bodies as Works of Art features a stage show, live music, aerial performances, gallery art, and audience voting at Georgia Railroad Freight Depot. Video.

Experimental art

October 3, 2015 (7 p.m. to midnight)

1 mile SW

Flux Night celebrates art in the streets at Walker & Nelson in the Castleberry Hill Arts District. Free.


October 3, 2015

2.7 miles north

Das Best Oktoberfest features 150 beers, wines, and schnapps, plus German food, oompah & polka bands, games, and contests under tents at Atlantic Station.

Outdoor beer festival

October 3, 2015

6 miles NW

Taste craft beer from 30 Georgia breweries, visit the food trucks, play games, and hear great music at the Georgia Craft Beer Festival outside Red Brick Brewing for age 21+. Repeats in May.

Alpharetta street party

October 3, 2015 (6:30 to 11 p.m.)

25 miles north

Alpharetta Brew Moon Octoberfest features beer, wine, local restaurant food, and music after dark in the historic downtown.

Music festival

October 3 - 4, 2015

1 mile SE

Sweet Auburn Music Fest [sound] is an R&B, hip-hop, and gospel music festival on Auburn Avenue at Jackson.

Candler Park festival

October 3 - 4, 2015

3 miles east

Fall Fest has live bands, 100 art booths, gourmet food trucks, a kids’ area, 5K, and Sun. home tour. Free.

Maker fair

October 3 - 4, 2015

6.3 miles NE

See exhibits about science, creativity, innovation, and art, and meet the people of all ages who made them at the Maker Faire in downtown Decatur. Free.

Small-town festival

October 3 - 4, 2015

12 miles NE

LakeFest offers local music, arts and crafts, a sand sculpting contest, food vendors, a closing parade of boats, and a sandy beach in friendly Pine Lake. Free.

Art fair

October 3 - 4, 2015

19 miles NE

Norcross Art Splash features entertainers, food vendors, and 140 artists selling folk art, ceramics, paintings, photography, sculpture, and jewelry. Free.

Cotton Pickin’ Fair

October 3 - 4, 2015

51 miles south

Enjoy art, antiques, crafts demonstrations, music, and kids’ shows near a 1910 farmhouse, cotton gin, and cotton warehouse at Cotton Pickin’ Fair in Gay. Repeats in May.

Air show

October 3 - 4, 2015

71 miles NW

Wings Over North Georgia has aerobatic performers, the Thunderbird squadron, aircraft on display, and a BBQ in Rome.

Scavenger hunt

October 4, 2015

Atlanta location

Atlanta Challenge is a Sunday event of teams running around the city to solve clues and win prizes. It ends at a restaurant with awards and a costume contest.

Victorian festival

October 4, 2015 (12 to 6 p.m.)

2 miles SE

Sunday in the Park is a Victorian street festival that offers food, live music, a Victorian costume contest, artists’ market, history demonstrations, and tours at the historic Oakland Cemetery.

Doggie birthday bash

October 4, 2015 (3 to 6 p.m.)

3.7 miles north

Bring your dog to Bosley’s Birthday Bash to support rescue dogs and enjoy music, BBQ, drinks, games, prizes, and birthday cake for both people and pets at Loring Heights Park.

Live art battle

October 7, 2015 (6 to 9 p.m.)

1.2 miles north

Watch teams of artists compete at Sharpie Slam, with DJ music, hors d’oeuvres, and a bar at Tech Square.

Hip-hop festival

October 7 - 11, 2015

Atlanta locations

A3C Festival has music, live performances, film, pro-audio, art, style, gaming, and break-dance.

Wine tasting at the aquarium

October 8, 2015

0.5 miles NW

Sample 200 wines from around the world, taste local restaurant food, and enjoy an auction at Aqua Vino in the ballroom and galleries of the Georgia Aquarium.

Black theater festival

October 8 - 11, 2015

2.7 miles SW

Atlanta Black Theatre Festival delivers 40 plays in 4 days, including single acts, solos, youth theater, and full-length plays at Morehouse College.

Georgia National Fair

October 8 - 18, 2015

108 miles south

The Georgia National Fair offers livestock and horse shows, agricultural exhibits, fair food, midway rides and games, vendors, family entertainment, music concerts, and nightly fireworks in Perry.

Atlanta Cheese Festival

October 9, 2015

2.5 miles NE

Taste samples from 100 cheese producers, see cooking demonstrations, and hear bluegrass music at Atlanta Cheese Festival at Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Underground film festival

October 9 - 10, 2015

2.5 miles SE

Atlanta Underground Film Festival (AUFF) shows films and videos that break conventional boundaries at the DooGallery.

Fall festival

October 9 - 17, 2015

112 miles north

Georgia Mountain Fall Festival features arts & crafts, live music, and demonstrations of archery, fly-fishing, and lumberjacking in Hiawassee.

Ghost stories on a plantation

October 9 - 25, 2015

16 miles NE

Hear the best ghost stories of the South on a lantern-lit walk at Antebellum Plantation during A Tour of Southern Ghosts at Stone Mountain Park.

Prayers for pets

October 10, 2015 (10 a.m.)

1 mile NE

The Blessing of the Pets includes free pet snacks, portraits, bandanas, and parking in Midtown Atlanta.

Neighborhood festival

October 10, 2015

2 miles south

Summerhill Fall Fest offers music, arts & crafts, food, beer, and games at Georgia Ave. SE & Martin St. SE. Free entry. The official website is slow.

Destination East Point

October 10, 2015 (1 to 7 p.m.)

8 miles SE

Destination East Point features live entertainment, acrobats, artists, and food vendors in downtown East Point. Free.

Chili cook off

October 10, 2015 (12 to 6 p.m.)

10 miles NE

Buy a wristband to taste chili (spicy, mild, chicken, beef, vegetarian) at Brookhaven Chili Cook Off. It has live music, a kids’ zone, and arts & crafts.

Family Festival

October 10, 2015

13 miles NE

Atlanta Parent’s Family Festival offers family activities, a petting zoo, pony rides, games, entertainment, food & craft booths, and music at Mercer University in Atlanta.

Seafood barbecue

October 10, 2015 (2 to 7 p.m.)

15 miles south

Seafood & BBQ Festival (formerly Seafood & Beer Festival) features live music, a food alley, vendors, and a kids’ zone at Riverdale Town Center.

Beer festival

October 10, 2015

18 miles NW

Taste 100 beers at the Marietta Craft Beer Festival, part of the weekend Chalktoberfest listed below.

Fall Farm Day

October 10, 2015 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

20 miles north

Fall Farm Day has 19th-century farm activities like blacksmithing, spinning, weaving, and open-hearth cooking. Children play games, pet farm animals, and take wagon rides. Free except gold panning and tours, at Archibald Smith Plantation in Roswell.

Art fair in Lilburn

October 10, 2015

23 miles NE

Lilburn Daze [sound] has 200 arts and crafts vendors, food booths, and a kids’ zone at Lilburn City Park. Free.

Fall family festival

October 10, 2015

26 miles north

The Fall Festival and Market features food trucks, a bake sale, carnival games, pony rides, train rides, pumpkins, and 40 vendors in Roswell.

Pride festival and parade

October 10 - 11, 2015

2 miles NE

The highlight of the Atlanta Pride Festival for gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender persons is the Pride Parade at 1 p.m. on Sunday up Peachtree Street to Piedmont Park.

Chalk art festival

October 10 - 11, 2015

18 miles NW

Watch professional chalk artists compete, enter the amateur contest, or see kids draw on the street at Chalktoberfest in Marietta. The art museum is free today.

Apple festival

October 10 - 11 and 17 - 18, 2015

77 miles north

See 300 vendors of food and handmade items, plus craft demonstrations, a parade, and an antique car show at Georgia Apple Festival in Ellijay. No pets.

Dog-friendly music festival

October 11, 2015 (12 to 6 p.m.)

20 miles NW

Boxerstock promises a variety of music, food trucks, dog supply vendors, and a kids’ village in Marietta.

Children’s Halloween party

October 12, 2015 (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

8 miles north

Kids 18 months to 5: Wear costumes, join a parade, make crafts, and trick or treat when Magic Monday: Historic Halloween comes to Atlanta History Center.

Art downtown

October 15 - 23, 2015

0 miles

Elevate Atlanta offers music & dance performances, public art installations, gallery exhibits, and street art in downtown Atlanta involving 100 artists. Free.

Cocktails at the aquarium

October 16, 2015 (6 to 9 p.m.)

0.5 miles NW

Adults can wander Georgia Aquarium enjoying live music, cocktails, and tapas at Sips Under the Sea, which features a murder mystery. Bring age 21 ID.

Vampire Ball

October 16, 2015 (10 p.m. to 3 a.m.)

8.8 miles NE

The Vampire Ball features performances, a local vampire, and specialty drinks at Famous Pub.

Songwriters’ festival

October 16 - 17, 2015 (party Oct. 15)

25 miles north

Hear songwriters perform their songs in the street and onstage at Wire & Wood Songwriters Festival, with food trucks, beer, and wine in Alpharetta. Free.

Scottish festival

October 16 - 18, 2015

19 miles east

Hear Scottish pipes and drums, eat Scottish food, watch athletic games, browse artisan booths, and see tartan-clad dancers at the Stone Mountain Highland Games at Stone Mountain Park.

Dawsonville haunted trail

October 16 - Nov. 7, 2015

52 miles NE

Hell’s Gates [sound] is an outdoor trail that leads you through nine shocking scenes with live actors and special effects in Dawsonville. Open Oct. 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31 and Nov. 1, 6, 7.

Halloween festival & parade

October 17, 2015

3 miles NE

Enjoy food and drink, live entertainment, pumpkin carving, street vendors, and a 4 p.m. costume parade at Little 5 Points Halloween Festival and Parade. Free.

Decatur beer festival

October 17, 2015 (12 to 5 p.m.)

6 miles east

Decatur Craft Beer Festival features 100 craft beers, live music, and food for sale in downtown Decatur.

DeKalb international festival

October 17, 2015 (12 to 6 p.m.)

16 miles NE

Enjoy music, dance, food, and crafts from around the world at DeKalb International Food And Music Festival at Northlake Mall. Free.

LaGrange beer festival

October 17, 2015 (3 to 8 p.m.)

68 miles SW

LaGrange Craft Beer Festival offers 100 craft beers, live music, games, and food outdoors in LaGrange.

Festival on Ponce

October 17 - 18, 2015

5 miles NE

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 at N Ponce De Leon Ave NE. Repeats in April. Free.

Art festival

October 17 - 18, 2015

9 miles north

Brookhaven Arts Festival includes more than 100 juried artists, live music, a kids’ corner, and food vendors. Free.

Art fair

October 17 - 18, 2015

24 miles NE

Visit 100 artists booths at Johns Creek Arts Festival across from Atlanta Athletic Club. Free.

Horror show

October 17 - 30, 2015

30 miles NE

Creatures dance and perform acts of horror onstage and around you to music at 30-minute Dracula: The Catacombs in Lawrenceville.

Boo at the Zoo

Oct. 17, 18, 24, 25, 31, 2015

4 miles NW

Boo at the Zoo is a Halloween festival with costume contests, treats, magical paths, decorations, music, and kid crafts at Zoo Atlanta.

Muddy obstacle race

October 18, 2015

33 miles east

Down & Dirty Obstacle Race is a 3 or 6 mile race with 20 obstacles at Georgia International Horse Park.

Back To The Future Party

October 21, 2015 (8 p.m.)

2 miles NE

If you liked the movie, you’ll enjoy the Back To The Future Party, which has live music, DJs, dancing, and a costume contest for age 18+ at The Masquerade.

Short-film festival

October 21 - 23, 2015

2.5 miles SE

Atlanta Shortsfest shows films under 45 minutes long from a variety of genres at the DooGallery.

Whisky expo

October 23, 2015

7.4 miles south

Sample whiskies and spirits at Whiskies of the World, which includes a dinner buffet at the Grand Hyatt.

Hot-air-balloon festival

October 23 - 24, 2015

23 miles NW

Owl-O-Ween features balloon rides, balloon glows, trick-or-treating, food, beer tents, vendors, and entertainers at Kennesaw State University.

Latino Film Festival

October 23 - 25, 2015

Northern Atlanta locations

The Georgia Latino Film Festival [sound] shows films directed, produced, acted, and written by Latinos.

Country Living Fair

October 23 - 25, 2015

19 miles east

The Country Living Fair has 200 booths of antiques, crafts, and gourmet foods, plus demonstrations of cooking, painting & pottery at Stone Mountain Park.

Family Halloween hike

Oct. 23, 24, 30, 2015 (7 to 10 p.m.)

22 miles north

A guide leads you on a well-lit trail to meet costumed creatures of the woods at the non-scary Halloween Hikes at Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell.

Halloween cemetery tour

Oct. 23-25 & 29-31, 2015

2 miles SE

Buy tickets in advance for one-hour Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tours to hear stories about the Oakland Cemetery’s famous residents and see candlelit mausoleums. (Second weekend is here.)

Adult soapbox racing

October 24, 2015

1.7 miles NE

Watch amateur teams coast in their homemade and often humorous vehicles down the twists and turns of North Avenue at the Soapbox Race.

Kite flying

October 24, 2015 (1 to 6 p.m.)

2.2 miles NE

Bring a kite or buy one at the family-friendly Atlanta World Kite Festival and Expo [sound] at Piedmont Park. Free.

Halloween for kids

October 24, 2015 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

4 miles NE

Fernbank BOO-seum Trick-or-Treat features treats for kids in costume, games, entertainment, and music at Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

Halloween in Chamblee

October 24, 2015 (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

13 miles NW

Halloween Spooktacular includes an all-ages costume contest, hayrides, games, a spooky fun house, a 5K in costume, and food vendors at Keswick Park. Free.

Hamburgers and beer

October 24, 2015

17 miles NE

Get a ticket to sample five hamburgers, or buy them separately with Budweiser at Bud-n-Burgers Festival in Brook Run Park, Dunwoody. Free admission.

Arts festival

October 24, 2015

19 miles SW

UC Arts & Crafts Festival features vendors and live music (free) plus a 5K run/walk in Union City.

Beer festival - north

October 24, 2015 (2 to 6 p.m.)

30 miles NE

Grayson Blues & Brews is a craft beer festival with live music in Grayson City Park, south of Lawrenceville.

Health & wellness fair

October 24, 2015

32 miles NE

Alive! Festival features natural products, art, health & wellness vendors, live music, food trucks, and a kids’ area at a park in Suwanee. Free.

Beer festival - south

October 24, 2015

33 miles SE

Hail to the Ale Beer Festival features 100 beers, live entertainment, and food trucks in a covered space at Heritage Park in McDonough.

Atlanta Arts Festival

October 24 - 25, 2015

2 miles NE

Atlanta Arts Festival offers fine art, entertainment, and festival food in Piedmont Park. Free.

Smyrna festival

October 24 - 25, 2015

15 miles NW

Fall Jonquil Festival has 175 handmade arts & crafts booths, acoustic music, festival food, puppet shows, and children’s activities at the Village Green in Smyrna. Repeats in April.

Car-free Peachtree Street

October 25, 2015

0 miles

You can walk, run, or bike down the middle of Peachtree Street during Atlanta Streets Alive, which offers entertainment and activities for all ages. Free.

Atlanta race

October 25, 2015 (7:30 a.m.)

3 miles north

The Atlanta Marathon has been replaced with an Atlanta 10 Miler & 5K that begin at Atlantic Station.

Beer fundraiser

October 25, 2015 (4 to 7 p.m.)

3.4 miles NW

Eat, drink, and hear live music to help the homeless at Cheers for Change at Monday Night Brewing.

Halloween parade

October 25, 2015 (4 p.m.)

6 miles east

Watch floats, decorated hearses, classic cars, and marching bands in the Haints and Saints Halloween Parade, followed by a musical jam in Decatur. Free.

Horror-film festival

October 28 - 30, 2015

2.5 miles SE

See horror, sci-fi, gore, zombie, creepy, mystery, and dark comedy films at Atlanta Horror Film Festival at the DooGallery.

Halloween beer party

October 29, 2015 (8 p.m. - midnight)

6 miles NW

A ticket to Halloween Beer Festival includes drinks and entertainment at Red Brick Brewing, plus games and a costume contest.

Indian powwow

October 29 - Nov. 1, 2015

19 miles east

Indian Festival and Pow-Wow showcases Native American dance, drumming, bow making, open-fire cooking, storytelling, and artistry at Stone Mountain Park. No pets.

Halloween at Callanwolde

October 30, 2015 (6 to 9 p.m.)

4 miles NE

Halloween Night on Callanwolde Mountain includes trick or treating, a family-friendly costume contest, a concert band playing spooky music, and food trucks.

Halloween martini & movie

October 30, 2015 (7 p.m.)

4 miles NE

Enjoy live music, drinks, a costume contest, and a movie at Martinis & IMAX Fright Night for adults at Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

Sip of the South

October 30, 2015 (7 p.m.)

21 miles north

Sip of the South is a barbecue with open bar and dancing to music at historic Bulloch Hall in Roswell.

Halloween bar crawls

October 30 - 31, 2015

Atlanta locations

Your ticket includes a costume contest, free shots, food & drink specials, and admission to multiple bars.

Zombie, horror, sci-fi event

October 30 - Nov. 1, 2015

0.5 miles west

Walker Stalker Con has panels, celebrities, vendors, and a party at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Halloween at the aquarium

October 31, 2015 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

0.5 miles NW

Children wearing costumes get free admission (two kids age 12 or under per paid adult), treats, and prizes at Georgia A-Scary-Um at Georgia Aquarium. Doors open 9 a.m.

Halloween mask party

October 31, 2015

1 mile north

Unmasked: A Mysterious Masquerade Ball features live electronic dance music plus fire and other stage performances for age 18+ at Quad. Mask required.

Family Halloween music

October 31, 2015 (2 p.m.)

2 miles north

Halloween Hijinks features thrilling and chilling music for all ages and invites kids to wear costumes.

Halloween costume party

October 31, 2015 (9 p.m.)

2 miles north

Nightmare on 13th Street promises four dance floors with three DJs, drink specials, food trucks, and $1000 in costume prizes at CosmoLava.

Halloween beer party

October 31, 2015 (8 p.m. to 2 a.m.)

2.5 miles NE

Boos and Brews is a Halloween party with beer, live music, and a costume contest at the Masquerade.

Halloween beer bash

October 31, 2015 (9 p.m. to 2 a.m.)

6 miles NW

A ticket to Franks ‘N Steins Halloween Bash includes beer, franks (hot dogs & veggie dogs), a costume contest, and DJ music at Red Brick Brewing, age 21+.

Outrageous Halloween party

October 31, 2015 (8 p.m.)

6 miles north

Enjoy DJ music, 1980s bands, a costume contest, laser lights, and alcohol at A Social Mess Halloween Party for age 21+ at Buckhead Theater.

Halloween party in Dunwoody

October 31, 2015 (8 p.m.)

14 miles north

Monster Bash [sound] has live music and DJs, bars, and a costume contest at Eclipse di Luna in Dunwoody.

Super hero run

October 31, 2015 (8 to 11 a.m.)

17 miles north

The Super Run 5K and 1K walk provides a cape and welcomes costumes at Brook Run Park in Roswell.

Air show

October 31 - Nov. 1, 2015

36 miles south

The Great Georgia Air Show (GGAS) has civilian and military aviation acts, plus live music, food vendors, and family activities at Falcon Field in Peachtree City.
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