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

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.

Women’s comedy

October 1 - 4, 2015 (begins Sept. 16)

13 miles SW

Jar the Floor is a comedy that explores family bonds and secrets among women during a birthday party, at Southwest Arts Center. Discount tickets $18.

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.

Film festival

October 1 - 8, 2015

2 miles NE

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

Checkhov’s “Seagull” revisited

October 1 - 11, 2015 (begins Sept. 12)

2.6 miles NW

Stupid *** Bird is a modern play-within-a-play with witty social commentary at Actor's Express (profanity and brief nudity). Discount tickets $10-31.

Sexy comedy

October 1 - 18, 2015 (begins Sept. 25)

2.6 miles north

What’s happening behind closed doors In the Next Room? This tender and touching play is about intimacy, equality, and battery operated devices at Synchronicity Theatre. Discount tickets $14.

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. 12 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.

Newnan haunted house

Oct. 1 - Nov. 13, 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 (8 or 10 p.m.)

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.

Show-business comedy

October 2 - 3, 2015 (begins Sept. 18)

15 miles north

Eight-year-old Tina will do anything to get the lead role in the school play in witty and satirical Ruthless! The Musical in Sandy Springs.

Discount tickets $13.

Cinderella ballet

October 2 - 4, 2015

27 miles NE

See the magical and romantic fairy tale Cinderella at Gwinnett Center in Duluth.

Discount tickets $11.

Latino Film Festival

October 2 - 4, 2015

Northern Atlanta locations

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

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.

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. Discount tickets $19.

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.

Discount tickets $25.

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.

Fun obstacle course

October 3, 2015

28 miles south

Race through 12 giant obstacles like a water slide, moon bounce, and foam pool on the 5K Wipeout Run at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton. See photos.

Discount tickets $62.

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

Candler Park Fall Fest has live bands, 100 art booths, food, a kids’ area, 5K run, and Sun. home tour including tree houses. 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.

Discount tickets.

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. Discount tickets $18.

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.

Hip-hop festival

October 7 - 11, 2015

Atlanta locations

A3C Hip Hop 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.

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.

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 kid zone, arts & crafts.

Family Festival

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

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.

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

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.

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 Mondays: Historic Halloween comes to Atlanta History Center.

Aaron Neville

October 15, 2015 (8 p.m.)

11 miles NW

See R&B legend Aaron Neville and his quintet at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

Discount tickets $20.

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.

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. Requires age 21 ID.

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.

Art downtown

October 16 - 22, 2015

0 miles

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

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.

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.

Masquerade ball

October 17, 2015

1.6 miles east

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

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

6 miles east

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

Moonshine festival

October 17, 2015

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.


October 17, 2015 (also Sept.)

15 miles NE

Watch the Atlanta Silverbacks play a home game in northeast Atlanta.

Discount tickets $11 to $40.

Songwriters’ festival

October 17, 2015

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.

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.

Family Halloween hike

Oct. 17, 23, 24, 30, 2015 (uncertain)

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.

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. Discount tickets $50.

Stars sing show tunes

October 18, 2015 (3 p.m.)

38 miles SW

The Broadway Boys are six hunks (fresh from hits like Wicked, Jersey Boys, and Mamma Mia) who sing show tunes and classic pop songs with a contemporary flare in Newnan. Discount tickets $9.

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.

Monty Python comedians

October 22, 2015 (7:30 p.m.)

11 miles NW

See comic legends John Cleese and Eric Idle in their new comedy show Together Again at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Discount tickets $60.

Short-film festival

October 22 - 23, 2015

2.5 miles SE

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

Comic play: Reefer Madness

October 22 - Nov. 1, 2015

11 miles NE

Based on a 1920s propaganda film about marijuana, Reefer Madness is a raucous musical comedy about clean-cut kids who partake and face a downward spiral of “evil” jazz music, sex, and violence, at Conant Performing Arts Center. Discount tickets $10.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

30 miles NE

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

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.

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.

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 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.)

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

4 miles NE

Enjoy live music, drinks, 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

0.1 miles north

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

Discount tickets $15 to $72.

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 orchestra

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 beer party

October 31, 2015

2.5 miles NE

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

Warehouse Halloween party

October 31, 2015

11 miles SE

Monster Bash features DJs, bands, live zombies, and a costume contest in Conley. Requires age 18+ ID.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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