Atlanta events calendar 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 in October 2015 with this calendar of events.

Events are listed by starting date, and all dates are confirmed. Mileage is from the Westin Peachtree Plaza in downtown Atlanta, Georgia.

State fair - north

October 1 - 4, 2015 (begins Sept. 24)

22 miles NW

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

State Fair - south

October 1 - 4, 2015 (begins Sept. 25)

29 miles south

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

Pumpkin Festival

October 1 - 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.

Six Flags Halloween

Oct. 1 - 31, 2015 (Sept. 26 to Nov. 1)

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. See schedule.

Corn maze & pumpkins

Oct. 1 - 31, 2015 (Sept. 19 to Nov. 22)

55 miles north

Explore a corn maze, find a perfect pumpkin, shoot the corn cannon, and take a hayride at Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch in Dawsonville.

Carrollton haunted camp

October 1 - 31, 2015 (begins Sept. 18)

56 miles SW

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

Disturbing haunted house

October 1 - Nov. 1, 2015

2.5 miles NE

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

Atlanta Cheese Festival

October 2, 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.

Latino Film Festival

October 2 - 4, 2015

Northern Atlanta locations

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

Newnan haunted house

October 2 - Nov. 1, 2015 (dates below)

41 miles SW

13 Stories Haunted House [sound] has 6 terrifying attractions & Hollywood level of detail. October 2-4, 7-11, 14-18, 21-31, and Nov. 1.

Music festival

October 3 - 4, 2015

1 mile SE

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

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.

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

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.

Black theater festival

October 8 - 11, 2015

10 miles SE

Atlanta Black Theatre Festival delivers 40 plays in 4 days, including single acts, solos, youth theater, and full-length plays at Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center in Decatur.

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.

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.

Destination East Point

October 10, 2015

8 miles SE

Destination East Point features live entertainment, gospel music, a kids’ zone, and a chili cook-off contest in downtown East Point. Free.

Family festival

October 10, 2015

13 miles NE

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

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 Marietta ChalkFest. 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.

Marietta music festival

October 11, 2015

20 miles NW

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

Short-film festival

October 14 - 16, 2015

2.5 miles SE

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

Horror-film festival

October 15 - 18, 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.

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.

Family haunted house

October 16 - 31, 2015 (Fri. & Sat.)

35 miles north

If you crave a fun haunted house without the guts and gore, head to the $5 Hayes Haunt in Cumming.

Decatur beer festival

October 17, 2015

6 miles east

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

Boo at the Zoo

October 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.

Underground film festival

October 20 - 23, 2015

2.5 miles SE

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

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.

Masquerade ball

October 24, 2015

1.6 miles east

The Krog Masquerade promises an evening of cocktails and taboo in the Krog Tunnel for age 21+.

Kite flying

October 24, 2015

2.2 miles NE

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

Halloween for kids

October 24, 2015

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.

Beer festival

October 24, 2015

33 miles SE

Hail to the Ale Beer Festival features 100 beers, live entertainment, and food trucks in McDonough.

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.

Hot-air-balloon festival

October 24 - 25, 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.

Atlanta race

October 25, 2015

3 miles north

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

Global bridal fashion

October 25, 2015

Location uncertain

Experience multi-cultural bridal fashion and cuisine at the annual Bridal Makeover Explosion.

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 martini & movie

October 30, 2015

4 miles NE

Enjoy live music, drinks, costume contest, and movie at Martinis & IMAX Fright Night for adults at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Buy tickets for the 9 p.m. IMAX-M+I Pandas or 8/10 p.m. IMAX-M+I Galapagos.

Zombie, horror, sci-fi event

October 30 - Nov. 1, 2015

0.1 miles north

Walker Stalker Con has panels, celebrities, vendors, and a party in Building 2 at the Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart.

Halloween at the aquarium

October 31, 2015

0.5 miles NW

Children wearing costumes get free admission (two kids up to age 12 per paid adult), treats, and prizes at Georgia A-Scary-Um at Georgia Aquarium.

Halloween costume party

October 31, 2015

2 miles north

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

Halloween party in Dunwoody

October 31, 2015

14 miles north

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

Game festival

October 2015 (undated)

13 miles NW

Play board games all weekend, and shop for used games at the Saturday flea market during Atlanta Game Fest at the Wyndham Atlanta. Repeats in Jan.

Film festival

October 2015 (undated)

2 miles NE

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

College football rivalry

October 2015 (undated)

1 mile SW

In 2014, South Carolina State University played North Carolina A&T State University in the Atlanta Football Classic with pre-game concert at the Georgia Dome.

Taste of Chamblee

October 2015 (undated)

13 miles NE

Taste of Chamblee features food from 30 restaurants, live music, kids’ activities, and a car show. Free.

Sip of the South

October 2015 (undated)

21 miles north

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

Alpharetta street party

October 2015 (undated)

25 miles north

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

Taste of Atlanta

October 2015 (undated)

1.5 miles north

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

Chili and BBQ Cook-Off

October 2015 (undated)

33 miles east

Enjoy live music and samples from 300 competing teams until they run out at the Chili and BBQ Cook-Off at Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers.

Maker fair

October 2015 (undated)

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.

Hip-hop festival

October 2015 (undated)

Atlanta locations

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

Greek festival

October 2015 (undated)

9 miles NE

Enjoy the music, dance, foods, and traditions of Greece at the Atlanta Greek Festival at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral.

Chili cook off

October 2015 (undated)

10 miles NE

Buy a wristband to taste chili at Brookhaven Chili Cook Off. It has live music, a kid zone, arts & crafts.

Fall Farm Day

October 2015 (undated)

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.

Oktoberfest

October 2015 (undated)

18 miles NE

Enjoy beer, German food, polka bands, and dancing at Oktoberfest in Stone Mountain Village.

BronzeLens Film Festival

October 2015 (undated)

Atlanta locations

BronzeLens Film Festival offers 50 films by or about people of color, plus workshops and panel discussions.

Arts festival

October 2015 (undated)

19 miles SW

Union City hosts its first UC Arts Festival [sound] with arts, crafts, live music, and food vendors. Free.

Art downtown

October 2015 (undated)

0 miles

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

Moonshine festival

October 2015 (undated)

6.1 miles north

Taste 50 kinds of moonshine, meet the distillers, take a seminar, with live music at the Andrews Moonshine Festival at East Andrews Cafe.

DeKalb festival

October 2015 (undated)

11 miles NE

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

Zombie walk

October 2015 (undated)

18 miles NW

Dress up and bring canned goods for the needy to Glover Park at 5 p.m. Begin the slow Marietta Zombie Walk at 6 p.m. Hear live music at 7 p.m. Free.

Songwriters’ festival

October 2015 (undated)

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.

Wine festival

October 2015 (undated)

32 miles NE

Taste 100 wines, visit a craft-beer garden, shop food trucks, and hear live music at Suwanee Wine Fest.

Outdoor beer festival

October 2015 (undated)

3 miles east

Taste craft beer from 30 Georgia breweries, visit the food trucks, play games, and hear great music at the Georgia Craft Beer Festival at Candler Park, age 21+.

History party

October 2015 (undated)

6.2 miles west

Register for Party With the Past, held at Westview Cemetery, to hear a talk about its famous denizens, with a costume contest and beer for age 21+. Free.

Douglasville haunted house

October 2015 (undated)

22 miles west

Zombies riot at Nightmare’s Gate in Douglasville.

Rome haunted house

October 2015 (undated)

71 miles NW

Gates of Misery [sound] is filled with torture, torment, zombies, and cannibals.

Children’s Halloween party

October 2015 (undated)

8 miles north

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

Halloween cemetery tour

October 2015 (undated)

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.

Family Halloween hike

October 2015 (undated)

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 2015 (undated)

30 miles NE

Creatures dance and perform acts of horror onstage and around you to music at Dracula: Come Into The Night in Lawrenceville for 30 minutes.

Dawsonville haunted trail

October 2015 (undated)

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. See schedule.

Halloween festival & parade

October 2015 (undated)

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.

Halloween bar crawls

October 2015 (undated)

Atlanta locations

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

Halloween orchestra

October 2015 (undated)

2 miles north

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

Halloween beer party

October 2015 (undated)

2.5 miles NE

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

Halloween improv

October 2015 (undated)

4 miles SE

A SpookTacular Improv Comedy Show is offbeat humor with food/drinks for sale at My Sister’s Room.

Halloween at Callanwolde

October 2015 (undated)

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.

Norcross haunted house

October 2015 (undated)

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.
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October 2015 calendar of events in Atlanta, GA: Halloween haunted houses, parties, festivals, best things to do in Atlanta, Georgia.     steve.cook@events12.com