Atlanta events calendar for September 2014. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities, and free entertainment in Atlanta, Georgia.

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September 2014

Enjoy the best Atlanta events, festivals, and things to do in September 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.

DragonCon

September 1, 2014 (sold out)

Atlanta locations

Dragon*Con is a giant popular-culture convention for science fiction, fantasy, gaming, art, comics, music, and film, with panels, contests, vendors, a banquet, and a parade down Peachtree Street.

Labor Day run

September 1, 2014

12 miles NE

Big Peach Sizzler is a morning 10K that begins in Chamblee and ends in Buckhead with a party.

Art in the Park

September 1, 2014 (begins Aug. 30)

19 miles NW

Art in the Park features fine art, a chalk-art competition, and a children’s art alley with free art stations in Marietta. Free.

Yellow Daisy Festival

September 4 - 7, 2014

19 miles east

The Yellow Daisy Festival features more than 400 vendors of arts & crafts and has live music, a children’s corner, and a sports den along the paths at Stone Mountain Park.

Home show

September 5 - 7, 2014

11 miles NW

Find inspiration for home-improvement ideas at the Fall Atlanta Home Show and Outdoor Living Expo at Cobb Galleria Centre. Repeats in March.

Beer festival

September 6, 2014 (3 to 8 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 games at Turner Field.

Drive-in festival

September 6, 2014

2 miles south

Drive-Invasion [sound] celebrates drive-in culture with a car show, live music, food, and three creature features on a 40-foot movie screen at Turner Field.

Family bike rally

September 6, 2014

5 miles SE

Brownwood Bike Rally Classic is about cycling, fitness, and health, for kids and adults. It includes street-bike races, a bike safety rodeo for kids, cyclocross races for adults, a health fair, a food court, and family-friendly activities at Brownwood Park. Mostly free.

Taste of Kennesaw

September 6, 2014

26 miles NW

Buy restaurant samples, visit a beer garden or kids’ zone, and hear the band at Taste of Kennesaw. Free.

Midtown Restaurant Week

September 6 - 14, 2014

Atlanta locations

Get a special deal on a fixed-price meal for brunch, lunch, or dinner during Midtown Restaurant Week.

Black arts festival

September 6 - 27, 2014 (begins July 19)

Atlanta locations

National Black Arts Festival showcases performing arts, literature, and visual arts produced by African Americans. Some events are free.

Healthy Living Day

September 7, 2014

4.4 miles NW

Atlanta Ballet offers kids and adults arts & crafts activities, dance classes, food demos, and nutrition seminars in Midtown on Healthy Living Day. Free.

Touch a Truck

September 7, 2014 (bad weather: Sept. 14)

23 miles NE

Children can touch and explore heavy machinery at Touch a Truck Family Festival, which includes kids’ activities and food vendors in Roswell.

Pirate & Princess Day

September 13, 2014

0.5 miles NW

One child age 12 or younger in pirate or princess costume is free with each paid adult on Georgia Aquarium Pirate & Princess Day. Repeats in March.

Vintage sale

September 13, 2014

2 miles SW

Salvage is a curated vintage show of clothing, jewelry, furniture, decor, and home goods at Ambient Plus Studio, which repeats in April.

Party at the zoo

September 13, 2014 (6:30 to 11 p.m.)

4 miles NW

Enjoy food from 30 restaurants, drinks from 20 bars, and music on 4 stages at Jazzoo at Zoo Atlanta.

ONE music festival

September 13, 2014

6 miles south

One MusicFest offers a full day of soul, progressive hip-hop, alternative, and rock music from national and local acts at Aaron’s Amphitheater.

Smooth jazz festival

September 13, 2014

13 miles NW

Atlanta Smooth Music Festival is outdoors under the sun and stars at Mable House Amphitheater.

Taste of Smyrna

September 13, 2014

15 miles NW

Buy restaurant samples, hear acoustic music, and visit the kids’ zone at Taste of Smyrna. Free.

Atlanta Arts Festival

September 13 - 14, 2014

2 miles NE

Atlanta Arts Festival offers fine art, entertainment, and festival food in Piedmont Park. Free.

Corn maze & pumpkins

Sept. 13 - Nov. 23, 2014

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.
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Meatball festival

September 14, 2014 (2 to 6 p.m.)

11 miles north

Taste restaurant meatballs of beef, chicken, pork, lamb, and seafood, as well as wine, limoncello, and beer at Atlanta Meatball Festival in Sandy Springs.

State fair

September 18 - 28, 2014

22 miles NW

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

Carrollton haunted camp

September 18 - Nov. 1, 2014

56 miles SW

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

Movies and beer

September 19, 2014

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.

Midtown music festival

September 19 - 20, 2014

2 miles NE

Music Midtown offers a great lineup on three stages at Piedmont Park.

Hapeville festival

September 19 - 20, 2014

9 miles south

Happy Days Festival has a Friday night concert with food vendors, and then a Saturday artists' market, kids’ corner, and live music in Hapeville. Free.

Augusta art festival

September 19 - 21, 2014

149 miles east

Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival has fine arts and crafts, street entertainers, music and dance on four stages, ethnic food, and a children’s area in Augusta.

Marietta street fair

September 20, 2014

19 miles NW

Shop for antiques, see classic cars, browse arts and crafts, hear grassroots music, and visit the children’s zone at Marietta StreetFest in Marietta Square. Free.

Get painted as you run

September 20, 2014

95 miles SE

Wear a white shirt and get bombarded by color as you run or walk in the 5K Run or Dye in Macon.

Sandy Springs Festival

September 20 - 21, 2014

15 miles north

Sandy Springs Festival offers arts & crafts, food, entertainment, a Saturday 5K/10K race, a children’s park, petting zoo, and Saturday pet parade in downtown Sandy Springs.

Japanese festival

September 20 - 21, 2014

27 miles NE

JapanFest features Japanese drumming, dance, martial arts, kimonos, bonsai, kids’ games, vendors, food, beer, and tea at Gwinnett Center in Duluth.

Suwanee festival

September 20 - 21, 2014

32 miles NE

Watch a small-town parade, run a race, hear music, shop from lots of artists and food vendors at Suwanee Fest at Town Center Park in Suwanee.

Indian festival

September 20 - 21, 2014 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

87 miles SE

Ocmulgee Indian Celebration includes music, dancing, singing, storytelling, crafts demonstrations, educational exhibits, and native foods at Ocmulgee National Monument in Macon.

Douglasville festival

September 20 & 27, 2014

24 miles west

September Saturdays Festival has family events, a carnival, vendors, choirs, and a food court at Douglas County Courthouse in Douglasville. Free.

Jazz legend concert

September 21, 2014 (7 and 9 p.m.)

26 miles north

John Coltrane’s Birthday Concert is an annual tribute to an early American jazz saxophonist and composer at the Velvet Note in Alpharetta.

Inman Park Restaurant Week

September 22 - 28, 2014

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.

Book fair

September 22 - 28, 2014

14 miles north

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

Wine walk

September 26, 2014 (6:30 to 11 p.m.)

4.3 miles east

Browse shops and galleries, sample wine, and hear live music at the Kirkwood Wine Stroll.

Anime convention

September 26 - 28, 2014

11 miles north

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

Music festival

September 26 - 28, 2014

33 miles SW

TomorrowWorld is a spectacular electronic-music festival and dance party with luxury camping and gourmet food in Chattahoochee Hills for age 21+.

State Fair

September 26 - Oct. 5, 2014

29 miles south

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

Pumpkin Festival

September 26 - Oct. 26, 2014

19 miles east

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

High-tech haunted house

Sept. 26 - Nov. 8, 2014

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.

Free museum day

September 27, 2014

Statewide

Get a free ticket for two people to visit one of 45 Georgia museums on Museum Day Live.

Prayers for pets

September 27, 2014 (10 to 11 a.m.)

1 mile NE

The Blessing of the Pets includes free pet snacks, portraits, bandanas, and parking in Midtown Atlanta.

Wine walk

September 27, 2014 (1 to 5 p.m.)

2 miles NE

Stroll along a 1-mile stretch of East Side Beltline Trail and stop for wine and snacks from 18 sponsors at Beltline Wine Stroll in Inman Park. Bring age 21 ID.

East Atlanta Strut

September 27, 2014

5 miles SE

East Atlanta Strut includes five stages of live music and comedy, a wacky parade at 2 p.m., an artists’ market, kids’ village, and food vendors at Glenwood Ave SE & Flat Shoals Ave SE. Free.

Folklife festival

September 27, 2014

8 miles north

Fall Folklife Festival has local artists demonstrating blacksmithing, beekeeping, cooking, and woodworking; local musicians playing folk and bluegrass music; and local beer and food at the Atlanta History Center.

Free park day

September 27, 2014

19 miles north

Entry is free at Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area during Free Entrance Days in the National Parks.

Kennesaw beer festival

September 27, 2014 (1 to 6 p.m.)

28 miles NW

Kennesaw Craft Beer Fest features 100 beers, wine, cider, live music, and food for sale in Kennesaw.

Taste of Clarkesville

September 27, 2014 (12 to 3 p.m.)

83 miles NE

Enjoy fine food, wine tasting, a beer garden, and music at A Taste of Clarkesville. Free entry.

Hip-hop festival

September 27 - 28, 2014

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.

Candler Park festival

September 27 - 28, 2014

3 miles east

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

Trumpet festival

September 27 - 28, 2014

5 miles NE

Watch the rehearsal Saturday or the concert Sunday at Atlanta Trumpet Festival in the Schwartz Center at Emory University. Free.

Duluth Fall Festival

September 27 - 28, 2014

25 miles NE

Duluth Fall Festival features 350 booths of art, crafts and food, plus entertainment, a carnival, a parade Sat., and a road race Sun. at Duluth Town Green.

Six Flags Halloween

Sept. 27 - Nov. 2, 2014 (weekends)

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.

Car-free streets

September 28, 2014 (2 to 6 p.m.)

3 miles NE

Walk, run, or bike down the middle of Highland Ave., Boulevard Ave., and North Ave. at Streets Alive, with entertainment and activities for all ages. Map. Free.

Barbecue & music festival

September 28, 2014

19 miles NW

Whole Hawg Happenin’ BBQ and Music Fest features BBQ samples for sale, a beer garden, live stage entertainment, and a kids’ corner in Marietta Square.
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