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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October 2016
October 2016

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.

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.

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 live music 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, 100 art booths, gourmet food trucks, a kids’ area, 5K, and Sat. home tour. Free.

Wine tasting at the zoo

October 1 - 2, 2016 (11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.)

4 miles NW

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

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 (begins Sept. 29)

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 (begins Sept. 25)

14 miles north

Atlanta AAUW Bookfair is a used-book sale at North Point 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 (begins Sept. 22)

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 (begins Sept. 29)

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 (begins Sept. 30)

30 miles south

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

Pumpkin Festival

October 1 - 30, 2016 (begins Sept. 30)

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.

Six Flags Halloween

October 1 - 31, 2016 (begins Sept. 24)

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. See schedule.

Stockbridge haunts

October 1 - 31, 2016 (begins Sept. 30)

26 miles SE

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

Carrollton haunted camp

October 1 - 31, 2016 (starts Sept. 23)

56 miles SW

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

Norcross haunted house

October 1 - Nov. 5, 2016 (begins Sept. 23)

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.

Newnan haunted house

Oct. 1 - Nov. 5, 2016 (starts Sept. 23)

41 miles SW

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

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, live music, a Victorian costume contest, artists’ market, history demonstrations, and tours at the historic Oakland Cemetery.

Doggie birthday bash

October 2, 2016

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.

Hip-hop festival

October 5 - 9, 2016

Atlanta locations

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

Black theater festival

October 6 - 15, 2016

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 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

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 games at Turner Field.

Macaroni & cheese festival

October 8, 2016 (12:30 to 6 p.m.)

3.5 miles SE

The first Atlanta Mac and Cheese Festival promises local bands, dancing, and tastes from restaurants, creameries, and breweries at Walker Park. [Ticket information is not yet available.]

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

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.

Art fair in Lilburn

October 8, 2016

23 miles NE

Lilburn Daze [sound] has 200 arts and crafts vendors, food booths, and a kids’ zone at Lilburn City 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 1 p.m. 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.

Apple festival

October 8-9 and 15-16, 2016

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.

Children’s Halloween party

October 10, 2016

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.

Horror-film festival

October 13 - 15, 2016

2.5 miles SE

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

Art downtown

October 13 - 21, 2016

0 miles

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

Movies and beer

October 14, 2016

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. 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.

Ghost stories on a plantation

October 14 - 30, 2016 (Thurs. to Sun.)

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.

Cemetery run

October 15, 2016

2 miles SE

Run Like Hell is a 5K at historic Oakland Cemetery.

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

6 miles east

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

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

Dawsonville haunted trail

October 15 - Nov. 6, 2016

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. 15, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30; Nov. 5, 6.

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. See the evening’s theme listed on the website.

Hot-air-balloon festival

October 21 - 22, 2016

23 miles NW

Owl-O-Ween features balloon rides, balloon glows, 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.

Halloween cemetery tour

Oct. 21-23 & 27-29, 2016 (5 to 10:30)

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 21 - 22 and 28 - 29, 2016

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.

Kite flying

October 22, 2016

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.

Whisky expo

October 22, 2016 (7 to 11 p.m.)

8.9 miles north

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

Beer festival - north

October 22, 2016 (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 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.

Boo at the Zoo

October 22-23 and 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.

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

3 miles north

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

Beer fundraiser

October 23, 2016 (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 23, 2016

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sip of the South

October 28, 2016

21 miles north

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

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 $10.

Halloween bar crawls

October 28 - 31, 2016

Atlanta locations

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

Halloween beer party

October 29, 2016

Location uncertain

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

Halloween costume party

October 29, 2016

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 in Chamblee

October 29, 2016

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

14 miles north

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

Air show

October 29 - 30, 2016

71 miles NW

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

Celebrate the dead

October 30, 2016

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.

Experimental art

October 2016 (undated)

1 mile SW

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

Live art battle

October 2016 (undated)

1.2 miles north

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

Neighborhood festival

October 2016 (undated)

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.

Painted bodies cabaret

October 2016 (undated)

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.

Vampire Ball

October 2016 (undated)

8.8 miles NE

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

Seafood barbecue

October 2016 (undated)

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.

DeKalb international festival

October 2016 (undated)

16 miles NE

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

Arts festival

October 2016 (undated)

19 miles SW

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

Horror show

October 2016 (undated)

30 miles NE

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

LaGrange beer festival

October 2016 (undated)

68 miles SW

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

Halloween at the aquarium

October 2016 (undated)

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 2016 (undated)

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 2016 (undated)

2 miles north

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

Halloween for kids

October 2016 (undated)

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 martini & movie

October 2016 (undated)

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.

Halloween beer bash

October 2016 (undated)

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+.

Halloween beer party

October 2016 (undated)

6 miles NW

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

Outrageous Halloween party

October 2016 (undated)

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.

Douglasville haunted house

October 2016 (undated)

22 miles west

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

Rome haunted house

October 2016 (undated)

71 miles NW

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