Atlanta events for October 2016. 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.

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Weird fun run

October 1, 2016

2.2 miles NE

Can’t fly to Spain for the running of the bulls? Wear white with something red tied around your waist to be chased a mile by Rollergirls at Atlanta Rolling of the Bulls Fun Run at Piedmont Park with an after party.

Soapbox derby

October 1, 2016 (11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

5.9 miles east

Bring a chair to watch 100 drivers compete in the Madison Avenue Soapbox Derby, with food vendors, a bake sale, a beer tent, and live music. Cars are judged at noon, and races are 1 to 3:15 p.m. on Madison Avenue at Johnston Place in Decatur. Free.

Hair conference

October 1, 2016

11.2 miles south

Natural Health & Hair Summit is designed “to educate women of color about the importance of embracing a healthy natural lifestyle” with speakers and vendors at Georgia International Convention Center.

Taste of Chamblee

October 1, 2016

13 miles NE

Taste of Chamblee features food from 20 restaurants, live music, kids’ activities, and a car show. Free.

Music festival

October 1, 2016 (10 a.m. to 10 p.m.)

16 miles NW

The first Georgia Blues & Roots Festival features 12 artists, including Jarekus Singleton and Big Bill Morganfield, at Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre in Mableton.

Pets in the park

October 1, 2016 (12 to 7 p.m.)

16 miles NW

Woofstock features dogs that dive and perform tricks, pet adoptions, food trucks, a beer garden, inflatables for kids, and arts & crafts at Smyrna Market Village, 2840 Atlanta Road, Smyrna. Free.

Alpharetta street party

October 1, 2016 (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.

Sunflower Festival

October 1, 2016 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

26 miles SE

The Sunflower Festival features farm animals, music, artisans, and vendors at Yule Forest on Hwy 155.

Chili cookoff

October 1, 2016 (12 to 5 p.m.)

31.5 miles NE

Sample 30 kinds of chili with live music and a kids’ area at Peach State Chili Cookoff at Town Center Park in Suwanee.

Music festival

October 1 - 2, 2016

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 1 - 2, 2016

3 miles east

Fall Fest has live bands, 150 art booths, gourmet food trucks, a kids’ area, 5K, 1K, and Sunday home tour.

Maker fair

October 1 - 2, 2016

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.

Anime convention

October 1 - 2, 2016

11 miles north

Anime Weekend Atlanta has panels and workshops, games and videos, costume play, a dealer’s room, an art show, and a red-carpet ball at Cobb Galleria Centre.

Small-town festival

October 1 - 2, 2016

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.

Book fair

October 1 - 2, 2016

14 miles north

Atlanta AAUW Bookfair is a used-book sale at Perimeter Mall, which is free except the first evening.

Art fair

October 1 - 2, 2016

19 miles NE

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

State fair - north

October 1 - 2, 2016

22 miles NW

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

Cotton Pickin’ Fair

October 1 - 2, 2016

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.

Film festival

October 1 - 6, 2016

2 miles NE

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

State Fair - south

October 1 - 9, 2016

30 miles south

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

Scavenger hunt

October 2, 2016

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 2, 2016 (12 to 6 p.m.)

2 miles SE

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

Inman Park Restaurant Week

October 3 - 9, 2016

2 miles east

Get a special deal on a three-course fixed-price meal at 14 restaurants during Inman Park Restaurant Week in Inman Park. Repeats in March.

Georgia National Fair

October 6 - 16, 2016

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.

Songwriters’ festival

October 7 - 8, 2016

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.

Fall festival

October 7 - 15, 2016

112 miles north

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

Beer festival

October 8, 2016 (1 to 6 p.m.)

2 miles south

Sample 150 beers, cider, and wine at the giant Great Atlanta Beer Fest, which includes live music, football on big TVs, and food for sale at Turner Field.

Macaroni & cheese festival

October 8, 2016 (12:30 to 5:30 p.m.)

3.5 miles SE

A ticket to Atlanta Mac and Cheese Festival includes five samples of mac & cheese from local restaurants, with music by local bands at Walker Park. No pets.

Wine tasting at the zoo

October 8, 2016 (4:30 to 9:30 p.m.)

4 miles NW

Enjoy wine sampling, animal viewing, live music, live painting, and appetizers during Sippin’ Safari in the Ford Pavilion at Zoo Atlanta for age 21+.

Destination East Point

October 8, 2016

8 miles SE

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

Chili cook off

October 8, 2016 (12:30 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 8, 2016

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.

Beer festival

October 8, 2016

18 miles NW

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

Fall Farm Day

October 8, 2016 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

20 miles north

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

Free ballet

October 8, 2016 (2 & 7 p.m.)

22.6 miles north

Metropolitan Ballet performs Swan Lake and Paquita at Roswell Cultural Arts Center. Free tickets online. Optional children’s storytime at 12:30 p.m. is not free.

Art fair in Lilburn

October 8, 2016

23 miles NE

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

Taste of Suwanee

October 8, 2016

32 miles NE

Buy food samples from 30 restaurants, shop for arts & crafts, hear live music, and visit the kids’ zone at Taste of Suwanee at Suwanee Town Center Park. Free.

Hip-hop festival

October 8 - 9, 2016

0.3 miles south

Atlanta Hip Hop Day Festival features Atlanta artists, b-boy and b-girl exhibits, emcee battles, turntablism, and graffiti artists at Woodruff Park. Free.

Pride festival and parade

October 8 - 9, 2016

2 miles NE

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

Chalk art festival

October 8 - 9, 2016

18 miles NW

Watch professional chalk artists compete, enter the amateur contest, see kids draw on the street, attend a craft beer festival, and visit the art museum free during Chalktoberfest in Marietta.

Peter Pan ballet

October 8 - 9, 2016

27 miles NW

Peter Pan by The Georgia Ballet features Wendy and Peter on a magical voyage to Neverland in Powder Springs.

Goldfish show

October 8 - 9, 2016

32 miles NE

See a variety of fish and shop from vendors at the Koi and Goldfish Show at Gwinnett County Fairgrounds in Lawrenceville. Free.

Apple festival

October 8 - 9 and 15 - 16, 2016

77 miles north

See 300 vendors of food and handmade items, plus craft demonstrations, an antique car show Oct. 8, and a parade Oct. 15 at Georgia Apple Festival in Ellijay. No pets.

Neighborhood music festival

October 8, 2016 (12 to 6 p.m.)

7 miles east

Walk around a Decatur neighborhood to hear diverse music on porches and in yards during Oakhurst Porchfest, a grassroots music festival. It’s followed by more music at nearby Harmony Park. Free. Video.

Funny women

October 9, 2016 (7 to 9 p.m.)

2.6 miles NW

Find out when two dozen talented women perform in Women of Improv Comedy Show at Relapse Theatre.

Children’s Halloween party

October 10, 2016 (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.

Black theater festival

October 12 - 15, 2016

11 miles SE

Atlanta Black Theatre Festival delivers 40 plays in 4 days, including single acts, solos, youth theater, and full-length plays mostly at 3181 Rainbow Drive in Decatur. Previews and networking events begin Oct. 6.

French cultural festival

October 12 - 21, 2016

multiple locations

France-Atlanta offers innovative films, performances, talks, exhibitions, and workshops that connect France and the Southeast. Mostly events are free.

Horror-film festival

October 13 - 16, 2016

3 miles NE

See horror, sci-fi, gore, zombie, creepy, mystery, and dark comedy films at Atlanta Horror Film Festival at the Plaza Theatre (and Mammal Gallery the last day).

Art downtown

October 13 - 21, 2016

0 miles

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

Movies and beer

October 14, 2016 (doors 7:30 p.m., films 9:30)

2 miles NE

See short films, and buy 20 varieties of New Belgium beer plus food at Clips Beer & Film Tour at Fourth Ward Skatepark Field. Bring age 21 ID and low chairs or blankets. Free.

Scottish festival

October 14 - 16, 2016

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.

Cemetery run

October 15, 2016

2 miles SE

Run Like Hell is a 5K race with a costume contest and a children’s 1K at historic Oakland Cemetery.

Neighborhood festival

October 15, 2016 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

2 miles south

Summerhill Fall Fest offers music, arts & crafts, food, games, and a kids’ zone at Georgia Avenue SE & Martin Street SE. Free entry.

Halloween festival & parade

October 15, 2016

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 15, 2016 (only VIP tickets left)

6 miles east

Decatur Craft Beer Festival features 100 craft beers, live music, and food for sale in downtown Decatur for age 21+.


October 15, 2016 (1 to 7 p.m.)

14.5 miles north

Oktoberfest Atlanta features beer, German food, live music, and games at Heritage Sandy Springs.

Festival on Ponce

October 15 - 16, 2016

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 15 - 16, 2016

9 miles north

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

Art fair

October 15 - 16, 2016

24 miles NE

Visit 130 artists’ booths at Johns Creek Arts Festival across from Atlanta Athletic Club. Free.

Doggie birthday bash

October 16, 2016 (2 to 5 p.m.)

4 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 the dog park on Loring Drive NW.

Cocktails at the aquarium

October 21, 2016 (7 p.m., VIP 6 p.m.)

0.5 miles NW

Adults can wander Georgia Aquarium enjoying live music, cocktails, and appetizers at Sips Under the Sea. Visit the website to buy tickets and see the theme.

Halloween at the history center

October 21, 2016 (6:30 to 10:30 p.m.)

6.3 miles north

Haunted Halloween features a haunted mansion, spooky trails, games, a carnival, food vendors, and a cash bar at the Atlanta History Center.

Hot-air-balloon festival

October 21 - 22, 2016

23 miles NW

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

Taste of Atlanta

October 21 - 23, 2016

1.5 miles north

Try samples from 90 of Atlanta’s best restaurants, taste beer and wine, and watch celebrity-chef demos at Taste of Atlanta at Technology Square in Midtown.

Country Living Fair

October 21 - 23, 2016

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.

Tour cool lofts

October 22, 2016 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

0.9 miles SW

See historic buildings converted into beautiful residential lofts on the Castleberry Hill Loft Tour, with local food trucks available.

Kite flying

October 22, 2016 (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 at Piedmont Park. Free.

Whisky expo

October 22, 2016 (7 p.m., VIP 6)

8.9 miles north

Sample whiskies and spirits at Whiskies of the World, which includes a dinner buffet at the InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta.

Yard sale in Decatur

October 22, 2016 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

16.7 miles SE

Shop from 100 vendors of books, clothing, art, food, and more, with live music at the Hipster Yard Sale ATL at Chapel Hill Park, rain or shine. Free.

Arts festival

October 22, 2016 (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

19 miles SW

UC Music & Arts Fest features vendors and live music at 5047 Union Street in Union City. Free.

Movies with pets

October 22, 2016 (7 to 10 p.m.)

20 miles north

Bring your cat or dog on a leash, and a blanket to sit on while you watch “Cats & Dogs” free at Movies with Mutts in Roswell. Costumes welcome. Rain cancels.

Beer festival - north

October 22, 2016 (2 p.m., VIP 1)

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 22, 2016

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.

Smyrna festival

October 22 - 23, 2016

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. Free. Repeats in April.

Car-free Peachtree Street

October 23, 2016 (2 to 6 p.m.)

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 23, 2016 (7:30 a.m.)

3 miles north

The Atlanta 10 Miler & 5K begin and end at Atlantic Station.

Beer fundraiser

October 23, 2016 (3 to 6 p.m.)

3.4 miles NW

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

Dog-friendly music festival

October 23, 2016 (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.

Interactive Sleepy Hollow

October 26, 2016 (8 p.m.)

34 miles SW

Beware of the headless horseman on the The Sleepy Hollow Experience, as roving minstrel storytellers lead you through the haunted grounds of the meadow at Serenbe in Chattahoochee Hills. Discount tickets.

Shakespeare comedy

October 26 - 29, 2016

2.5 miles east

As You Like It is a romantic comedy of mischievous misunderstandings, pleasing poetry, and hilarious happenstance at 7 Stages. Discount tickets.

Acrobatic version of Moby Dick

October 26 - 30, 2016

2.2 miles north

See a high-flying cirque-style aerial and acrobatic version of Moby Dick, about a giant whale pursued by a sailing captain and crew at Alliance Theatre. Discount tickets.

Newnan haunted house

October 26 - 31, 2016

41 miles SW

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

Norcross haunted house

October 26 - Nov. 5, 2016

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.

Dark comedy

October 26 - Nov. 20, 2016

2.4 miles NW

Siblings who squabble over dividing up an inheritance uncover a shocking truth about race and identity in the award-winning play Appropriate at Actor’s Express. Discount tickets.

Theme parks

October 26 - Dec. 31, 2016

multiple locations

Halloween cemetery tour

October 27 - 30, 2016 (SOLD OUT)

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 told by actors in costume and see candlelit mausoleums.

1960s rock musical

October 27 - 30, 2016

11 miles NE

Tony Award winner Hair features the music, culture, and controversy of hippies opposing the Vietnam War at Conant Performing Arts Center. Discount tickets.

Game festival

October 27 - 30, 2016

15 miles north

Play board games for four days at the Atlanta Game Fest at Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center. Repeats in May 2017.

Ghost stories on a plantation

October 27 - 30, 2016

16 miles NE

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

Discount tickets.

Douglasville haunted house

October 27 - 31, 2016

22 miles west

Zombies riot at Nightmare’s Gate in Douglasville. Open Thurs., Fri., Sat., Sun., and Halloween.

Carrollton haunted camp

October 27 - 31, 2016

56 miles SW

Camp Blood offers four haunts, including a zombie paintball shoot. Open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, plus Oct. 30 and 31.

Rome haunted house

October 27 - 31, 2016

71 miles NW

Gates of Misery [sound] is filled with torture, torment, zombies, and cannibals. Dates in 2016: Sept. 30, Oct. 1, 7-8, 13-15, 20-22, 27-31.

A Chorus Line

October 27 - Nov. 6, 2016

17.2 miles NW

One of the most popular musicals ever, A Chorus Line is a story about casting a new Broadway musical, at Cobb Civic Center in Marietta. Discount tickets.

Halloween at Callanwolde

October 28, 2016 (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 28, 2016 (7 to 11 p.m.)

4 miles NE

Enjoy DJ 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 28, 2016 (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.

Family Halloween hike

October 28 - 29, 2016 (7 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.

Horror show

October 28 - 29, 2016

30 miles NE

Creatures dance and perform acts of horror onstage and around you to music at 30-minute Dracula: The Awakening in Lawrenceville. Open October 14-15 & 21-22 & 28-29. Discount tickets.

Zombie, horror, sci-fi event

October 28 - 30, 2016

0.5 miles west

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

Pumpkin Festival

October 28 - 30, 2016

19 miles east

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

Comedy of race and manners

October 28 - 30, 2016

22 miles SW

A white and wealthy Georgia socialite awaits her only niece in Legacy but is caught off guard when she turns out to be a black girl raised in Paris, at South Fulton Arts Center in College Park. Discount tickets.

Halloween bar crawls

October 28 - 31, 2016

Atlanta locations

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

Six Flags Halloween

October 28 - 31, 2016

13 miles west

Enjoy pumpkin painting & trick-or-treating in daylight, but beware of scary ghosts, ghouls, and zombies at night during Fright Fest at Six Flags over Georgia [website has sound] in Austell. See schedule.

Stockbridge haunts

October 28 - 31, 2016

26 miles SE

Fear the Woods includes a haunted house, a haunted trail, and haunted combat at Yule Forest on Hwy 155. Open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Halloween.

Dawsonville haunted trail

October 28 - Nov. 6, 2016

52 miles NE

Hell’s Gates is an outdoor trail that leads you through nine shocking scenes with live actors and special effects in Dawsonville. Open Oct. 21-23, 28-30 and Nov. 4-6.

Murder mystery

October 28 - Nov. 13, 2016

7.6 miles NE

Based on a book by Agatha Christie, The Unexpected Guest is a whodunit set on a on a dark and foggy night at OnStage Atlanta. Discount tickets.

Halloween party

October 29, 2016 (9 p.m.)

0.1 miles south

Nightmare on Peachtree Street promises five top Atlanta DJs, multiple rooms of music, and a costume contest at 200 Peachtree Street. Discount tickets.

Halloween beer party

October 29, 2016

2 miles NE

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

Halloween costume party

October 29, 2016 (9 p.m.)

2 miles north

Nightmare on 13th Street has three DJs, costume prizes, drink specials, and a food truck at CosmoLava.

Masquerade party

October 29, 2016 (8 p.m.)

2 miles north

The Masquerade is a charity ball by Atlanta Social Club with a DJ, two bars, and a dress code at Opera Nightclub for age 21+.

Halloween bash

October 29, 2016 (8 p.m. to midnight)

2.5 miles NE

Saints & Sinners Ball features live bands and themed drink specials outside Park Tavern for age 21+.

Halloween party - Grant Park

October 29, 2016 (7 p.m.)

3.3 miles SE

A ticket to Halloween Haunted House Warming Party gets you $10 credit at the bars and food trucks, plus live music, a “Tour of Bones” haunted house, and a costume contest at 1039 Grant Street SE for age 21+.

Halloween for kids

October 29, 2016

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 house party

October 29, 2016 (8 p.m.)

6 miles east

You must log into Facebook to see Scarendipity Halloween Bash, a “legendary” costume party in a private home, with DJs, live music, aerial artists, fire performers, beer, cocktails, and a food truck at 229 Howard Street NE for age 21+.

Outrageous Halloween party

October 29, 2016 (8 p.m.)

8.4 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 in Chamblee

October 29, 2016 (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.

Halloween party in Dunwoody

October 29, 2016 (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.

Vegetarian festival

October 29, 2016 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

16.2 miles NW

Veggie Connection Event features vendors, speakers, cooking demos, and food samples in Smyrna. Free.

Zombie run

October 29, 2016

64 miles north

Dodge zombies trying to grab your flag at the Running Dead 5K in Dahlonega, and make it to the finish line for a medal and fun activities. Discount tickets.

Boo at the Zoo

October 29 - 30, 2016

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.

Air show

October 29 - 30, 2016

71 miles NW

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


October 30, 2016 (1 p.m.)

0.7 miles west

Watch the Atlanta Falcons play Green Bay Packers in a home game at Georgia Dome. Discount tickets.

Family Halloween music

October 30, 2016 (3 p.m.)

2 miles north

The Phantoms of the Orchestra features thrilling and chilling music (Dukas’ Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor) played by Atlanta Symphony Ochestra. Costumes are welcome.

Halloween parade

October 30, 2016 (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.

Celebrate ancestors

October 30, 2016 (12 to 5 p.m.)

6.3 miles north

Day of the Dead is an outdoor festival with Mexican food, entertainment, storytelling, altars honoring the departed, and free entry to Atlanta History Center.

Spooky show

October 30, 2016 (7 p.m.)

7.6 miles NE

The Witching Hour is “a night of witches, ghosts, music, laughter, and chainsaws” as local actors and singers perform songs and scenes celebrating the spooky fall season at OnStage Atlanta in Decatur. Discount tickets.

Halloween at the aquarium

October 30 - 31, 2016

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. See hours.


October 31, 2016 (7:30 p.m.)

1 mile NE

Watch the Atlanta Hawks play the Sacramento Kings in a home game at Philips Arena. Discount tickets.

Weird mummy band

October 31, 2016 (8 p.m.)

2 miles NE

Here Come the Mummies is an eight-piece band from Nashville that plays a vicious blend of groove-based R&B and funk wearing mummy costumes (to hide their identities) at City Winery. Discount tickets.
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