Atlanta events calendar for October 2014. 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 2014 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

October 1 - 5, 2014 (past)

29 miles south

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

Pumpkin Festival

Oct. 1 - 26, 2014 (begins Sept. 26)

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 1 - Nov. 1, 2014

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. 15, 2014 (starts Sept. 19)

41 miles SW

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

Corn maze & pumpkins

Oct. 1 - Nov. 23, 2014 (starts Sept. 13)

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.

Game festival

October 2 - 5, 2014 (past)

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 2 - 9, 2014 (past)

2 miles NE

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

Georgia National Fair

October 2 - 12, 2014 (past)

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.

Carrollton haunted camp

Oct. 2 - Nov. 1, 2014 (starts Sept. 18)

56 miles SW

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

Douglasville haunted house

Oct. 2 - Nov. 2, 2014 (starts Sept. 13)

22 miles west

Zombies riot at Nightmare’s Gate in Douglasville.

Atlanta Cheese Festival

October 3, 2014 (past)

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.

Haunted attractions

October 3 - 31, 2014

11 miles SE

Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse is a haunted house plus a second feature called Zombie Killer paintball. Open only on Fridays, Saturdays, and Oct. 30 in Conley.

Rome haunted house

October 3 - Nov. 1, 2014

71 miles NW

Gates of Misery [sound] is filled with torture, torment, zombies, and cannibals. Open Oct. 3, 4, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30, 31, Nov. 1.

Norcross haunted house

Oct. 3 - Nov. 8, 2014 (starts Sept. 26)

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.

College football rivalry

October 4, 2014 (past)

1 mile SW

Watch South Carolina State University play North Carolina A&T State University in the Atlanta Football Classic with pre-game concert at the Georgia Dome.

Taste of Chamblee

October 4, 2014 (past)

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 4, 2014 (past)

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 4, 2014 (past)

25 miles north

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

Wine festival

October 4, 2014 (past)

32 miles NE

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

Chili and BBQ Cook-Off

October 4, 2014 (past)

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 4 - 5, 2014 (past)

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 4 - 5, 2014 (past)

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 4 - 5, 2014 (past)

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.

Six Flags Halloween

Oct. 4 - 31, 2014* (Sept. 27 - Nov. 2)

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 Saturdays, Sundays, and October 24 and 31.

Scavenger hunt

October 5, 2014 (past)

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 5, 2014 (past)

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 8 - 12, 2014 (past)

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 9, 2014 (past)

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.

Short-film festival

October 9 - 11, 2014 (past)

2.5 miles SE

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

Underground film festival

October 9 - 11, 2014 (past)

2.5 miles SE

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

Greek festival

October 9 - 12, 2014 (past)

9 miles NE

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

Black theater festival

October 9 - 12, 2014 (past)

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.
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Home show

October 10 - 12, 2014 (past)

27 miles NE

More than 150 companies display the latest home improvement products and services at the Fall North Atlanta Home Show at Gwinnett Center in Duluth. Repeats Feb.

Fall festival

October 10 - 18, 2014 (past)

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 11, 2014 (past)

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 11, 2014 (past)

10 miles NE

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

Family festival

October 11, 2014 (past)

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.

Fall Farm Day

October 11, 2014 (past)

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.

Glow-in-the-dark run

October 11, 2014 (past)

30 miles south

Get sprayed with nontoxic paint that glows under black light, run the 5K Neon Dash, and then dance to the music as you glow at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Pride festival and parade

October 11 - 12, 2014 (past)

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 11 - 12, 2014 (past)

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.

Oktoberfest

October 11 - 12, 2014 (past)

18 miles NE

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

Apple festival

October 11 - 12 and 18 - 19, 2014 (past)

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.

Muddy obstacle race

October 12, 2014 (past)

33 miles east

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

Children’s Halloween party

October 13, 2014 (past)

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.

Stimulate your mind

October 17, 2014 (past)

6 miles north

A dozen brilliant speakers illuminate topics like design, medicine, cartoons, architecture, and space exploration at TEDxPeachtree at Buckhead Theatre.

Zombie, horror, sci-fi event

October 17 - 19, 2014 (past)

0.1 miles north

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

Latino Film Festival

October 17 - 19, 2014 (past)

Northern Atlanta locations

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

Scottish festival

October 17 - 19, 2014 (past)

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 17 - 23, 2014

0 miles

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

Halloween cemetery tour

Oct. 17-19 & 23-25, 2014 (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 and see candlelit mausoleums.

Family Halloween hike

Oct. 17 - 18 and 24 - 25, 2014

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 17 - 25, 2014

30 miles NE

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

Family haunted house

Oct. 17-18, 24-25, 31 & Nov. 1, 2014

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 17 - Nov. 2, 2014

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 18, 2014 (past)

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 18, 2014 (past)

6 miles east

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

Moonshine festival

October 18, 2014 (past)

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 18, 2014 (past)

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 18, 2014 (past)

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 18, 2014 (past)

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 18 - 19, 2014 (past)

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.

Air show

October 18 - 19, 2014 (past)

71 miles NW

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

Boo at the Zoo

October 18-19 and 25-26, 2014

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.

Marietta music festival

October 19, 2014 (past))

20 miles NW

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

BronzeLens Film Festival

October 22 - 26, 2014

Atlanta locations

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

Taste of Atlanta

October 24 - 26, 2014

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.

Country Living Fair

October 24 - 26, 2014

19 miles east

The Country Living Fair has 150 booths of antiques, crafts, and gourmet foods, plus demonstrations of cooking, painting & pottery at Stone Mountain Park.

Halloween bar crawls

October 24 - 31, 2014

Atlanta locations

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

Masquerade ball

October 25, 2014 (8 p.m.)

1.6 miles east

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

Halloween orchestra

October 25, 2014 (11 a.m.)

2 miles north

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

Kite flying

October 25, 2014 (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.

Halloween beer party

October 25, 2014

2.5 miles NE

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

Outdoor beer festival

October 25, 2014

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+.

Halloween for kids

October 25, 2014 (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 party in Dunwoody

October 25, 2014 (8 p.m.)

14 miles north

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

Arts festival

October 25, 2014

19 miles SW

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

Beer festival

October 25, 2014 (1 to 5 p.m.)

33 miles SE

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

Smyrna festival

October 25 - 26, 2014

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 25 - 26, 2014

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 26, 2014 (7:30 a.m.)

3 miles north

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

Halloween improv

October 26, 2014

4 miles SE

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

Count Dracula at the organ

October 29, 2014 (8 p.m.)

6 miles NE

Timothy Albrecht dresses as Count Dracula to play creepy music with Halloween sound effects for Scary Ride! at Emory University. Families and costumes welcome. Free: no ticket required.

Horror-film festival

October 29 - 31, 2014

2.5 miles SE

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

History party

October 30, 2014 (5:30 p.m.)

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.

Indian powwow

October 30 - Nov. 2, 2014

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 movie & martini

October 31, 2014 (7 to 11 p.m.)

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.

Halloween at Callanwolde

October 31, 2014 (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.

Outrageous Halloween party

October 31, 2014 (8 p.m.)

6 miles north

Enjoy DJ music, a cover band, costume contest, kissing booths, lasers, and alcohol at A Social Mess Halloween Party for age 21+ at Buckhead Theater.

Halloween at the aquarium

October 31 - Nov. 1, 2014

0.5 miles NW

Kids wearing costumes get free admission, treats, and prizes at Georgia A-Scary-Um at Georgia Aquarium. (Two children ages 0 to 12 per paid adult.)
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October 2014 calendar of events in Atlanta, GA: Halloween haunted houses, parties, festivals, best things to do in Atlanta, Georgia.     steve.adams@events12.com