Atlanta events for September 2016. Best festivals, fun things to do, free kids activities, street fairs, and Labor Day weekend events in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Enjoy the best Atlanta events, festivals, and things to do with this calendar of events.

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Football party

September 2, 2016

6.2 miles north

A Buckhead Kickoff Mania ticket includes admission to 10 bars, entertainment, and some free food and drinks.

Decatur Book Festival

September 2 - 4, 2016

6 miles east

Decatur Book Festival features a book fair, author readings, signings, panel discussions, a children’s area, live music, parades, cooking demonstrations, poetry slams, and writing workshops in Decatur.

Hot-air balloon festival

September 2 - 4, 2016

82 miles SE

Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival offers a balloon glow, balloon flights, tethered rides, skydivers, a 5K, classic car show, and live music at Callaway Gardens.


September 2 - 5, 2016

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 Dragon Con Parade down Peachtree Street at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Barbecue festival

September 3, 2016 (12 to 8 p.m.)

75.8 miles north

Smokin’ Up The Mountains is a new event billed as a big BBQ and craft beer festival in East Ellijay.

Art in the Park

September 3 - 5, 2016

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.

Labor Day at the mountain

September 3 - 5, 2016

19 miles east

Labor Day Weekend celebrates everyday working heroes with a laser show and fireworks for three nights at Stone Mountain Park.

Free dance music

September 4, 2016

2.2 miles SE

Dance to DJ house music in two outdoor pavilions during House in the Park at Grant Park. Free.

Caribbean fun

September 4, 2016 (12 to 10 p.m.)

33 miles east

Enjoy exotic flavors and rhythms at Caribbean Jerk Festival and Family Fun Day. Jerkfest has jerk cuisine, a cook off, vendors, games, and dancing to Reggae, Dancehall, Calypso, and Soca at Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers.

Jewish festival

September 4 - 5, 2016

19.4 miles north

Enjoy Jewish food, entertainment, kids’ games, and tours at Noshfest at Temple Kol Emeth in East Cobb.

Labor Day run

September 5, 2016 (7:30 a.m.)

12 miles NE

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

Yellow Daisy Festival

September 8 - 11, 2016

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 9 - 11, 2016

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.

Lantern parade

September 10, 2016 (7:30 to 11 p.m.)

1.5 miles east

The Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade is a glowing procession of light, music, and color that goes from 660 Irwin Street to Piedmont Park. Free. Flyer.

Soul food & music festival

September 10, 2016

1.6 miles west

Enjoy ribs, peach cobbler, music, and artists at the first Taste of Soul in the Historic Westside, at Northside Drive & MLK Drive. Free except reserved seats.

Concert at Callanwolde

September 10, 2016

3.7 miles NW

Salute to America and the Arts is an all-star lineup of musicians in the beautiful outdoor amphitheater at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, with food trucks, kids’ activities, and a VIP after party.

ONE music festival

September 10, 2016

5 miles south

ONE Musicfest offers a full day of soul, progressive hip-hop, alternative, and rock music from national and local acts at Lakewood Amphitheatre.

Smooth jazz concert

September 10, 2016 (1:30 p.m.)

13 miles NW

Hear six music acts perform outdoors under the sun and stars at Atlanta Smooth Music Festival at Mable House Amphitheater.

Car show & trunk sale

September 10, 2016 (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

19 miles NE

See hundreds of classic British cars and motorcycles, and shop from people selling used goods from their trunks, at Atlanta British Car Fayre in downtown Norcross. Free.

Taste of Kennesaw

September 10, 2016

26 miles NW

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

Beer tasting

September 10, 2016 (2 p.m., VIP 12:45)

82 miles SE

A ticket to the Craft Beer Festival at Robin Lake Beach in Callaway Gardens gets you unlimited tastes of 100 craft beers from 25 brewers and a cash bar. Age 21+.

Midtown Restaurant Week

September 10 - 18, 2016

Atlanta locations

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

Fashion show at Lenox Square

September 13, 2016 (5:30 to 7:30 p.m.)

8.3 miles north

The $75 Tangerine Tango Fashion Show serves food, fun, and fashion to support charity at Bloomingdale’s Lenox Square.

Fashion show in Alpharetta

September 15, 2016 (6 to 9 p.m.)

26 miles north

Noon to Night in Avalon is a $50 cocktail reception and fashion show for charity on Avalon Boulevard.

Documentary film festival

September 15 - 17, 2016

0.7 miles SW

Atlanta International Documentary Film Festival (DocuFest) shows independent documentary films at the Mammal Gallery.

Wine tasting at the aquarium

September 16, 2016 (7 p.m., VIP 6)

0.5 miles NW

Sample 200 wines from around the world, taste local restaurant food, hear live music, and shop at a silent auction at Aqua Vino in the ballroom and galleries of the Georgia Aquarium.

Hapeville festival

September 16 - 17, 2016

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 16 - 18, 2016 (opens 5 p.m. Fri.)

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.

Carrollton haunted camp

September 16 - Oct. 31, 2016

56 miles SW

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

Dance against cancer

September 17, 2016 (7 to 11 p.m.)

2.7 miles NW

Dancers Unite Against Cancer includes a buffet dinner, dance performance, DJ, live music, dancing, and a children’s dance party at Blue Mark Studios.

Family bike rally

September 17, 2016

5 miles SE

Brownwood Bike Rally 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.

Folklife festival

September 17, 2016 (10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

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.

Taste of Smyrna

September 17, 2016

15 miles NW

Buy $1 to $4 restaurant samples, hear acoustic music, and visit the kids’ zone at the Taste of Smyrna. Free.

Riverdale music festival

September 17, 2016 (3 to 10 p.m.)

15.5 miles south

Dream Music Fest (formerly Seafood & BBQ Festival) features live music (R & B, jazz, country, and fusion), a food alley, craft vendors, and a carnival in the Amphitheater at Riverdale Town Center.

Bluegrass festival

September 17, 2016 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

31 miles NE

The Old Fashioned Picnic and Bluegrass Festival features four bands playing bluegrass music, kids’ activities, a cake walk, a pet parade, and craft and food vendors at Gwinnett Historic Courthouse. Free.

Midtown music festival

September 17 - 18, 2016

2 miles NE

Music Midtown attracts big crowds for a great lineup on three stages at Piedmont Park, with food vendors. No pets.

Sandy Springs Festival

September 17 - 18, 2016

15 miles north

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

Marietta street fair

September 17 - 18, 2016

19 miles NW

Shop for arts and crafts, hear grassroots music, see classic cars, and visit the kids’ activity zone at Marietta StreetFest in Glover Park. Free.

Japanese festival

September 17 - 18, 2016

27 miles NE

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

Suwanee festival

September 17 - 18, 2016

32 miles NE

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

Indian festival

September 17 - 18, 2016

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 17 & 24, 2016

24 miles west

September Saturdays Festival has a carnival, vendors, choirs, and a food court at Douglas County Courthouse. Family Day and School Expo are Sept. 17, and Heroes Day and Touch-a-Truck are Sept. 24.

Vintage sale

September 18, 2016

1.5 miles NE

Salvage features 50 curated vendors selling vintage clothing, jewelry, furniture, decor, and home goods at Yaarab Temple. Repeats in April.

Kids’ triathlon

September 18, 2016

25 miles north

Children from 6 to 15 can swim, bike, and run in two dozen events at IronKids Alpharetta in Wills Park.

Jazz legend concert

September 18, 2016 (7 p.m.)

26 miles north

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

Best of Atlanta

September 22, 2016 (6 to 11 p.m.)

0.9 miles south

Best of Atlanta Celebration promises “the best food, music, and art that Atlanta has to offer” and includes restaurant samples at Georgia Freight Depot.

Latino Film Festival

September 22 - 25, 2016

Atlanta locations

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

State fair - north

September 22 - Oct. 2, 2016

22 miles NW

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

Wine walk

September 23, 2016 (6:30 to 10:30 p.m.)

4.3 miles east

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

History party

September 23, 2016 (6:30 p.m.)

6.3 miles north

Dress up in a historical costume for Party in Good Taste, which features live music, games, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cocktail, and access to the “Fashion in Good Taste” exhibit at Atlanta History Center.

Greek festival

September 23 - 25, 2016

9 miles NE

Enjoy the music, dance, foods, and traditions of Greece at the Atlanta Greek Festival at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral. The drive-through window is also open on Thursday.

Norcross haunted house

September 23 - Nov. 5, 2016

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

September 23 - Nov. 5, 2016

41 miles SW

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

Free museum day

September 24, 2016


Get a free ticket for two people to visit one of 40 Georgia museums on Museum Day Live.

Wine walk

September 24, 2016

2 miles NE

Stroll along a 1-mile stretch of East Side Beltline Trail and stop for wine and snacks from 20 sponsors at Wine Stroll on the BeltLine in Inman Park. Bring age 21 ID.

East Atlanta Strut

September 24, 2016

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.

Free park day

September 24, 2016

19 miles north

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

Taste of Clarkesville

September 24, 2016 (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.


September 24 - 25, 2016

11 miles NE

See World War II era aircraft, meet veterans, watch reenactments, and buy a ride at Atlanta Warbird Weekend at DeKalb Peachtree Airport. Free entry.

Duluth Fall Festival

September 24 - 25, 2016

25 miles NE

Duluth Fall Festival features 250 booths of art, crafts and food, plus entertainment, a carnival, a parade 10 a.m. Sat., and a road race Sun. at Duluth Town Green.

Six Flags Halloween

September 24 - Oct. 31, 2016

13 miles west

Enjoy pumpkin painting & trick-or-treating in daylight, but beware of scary ghosts, ghouls, and zombies at night during Fright Fest at Six Flags over Georgia [website has sound] in Austell. See schedule.

Chicken wings festival

September 25, 2016 (1:30 p.m., VIP 1)

2.9 miles NW

Taste wings from 25 restaurants, hear local music, and enjoy a cash bar at ATL Wing Fest at The Foundry at Puritan Mill. Children age 10 and younger are free.

Car-free streets

September 25, 2016 (2 to 6 p.m.)

3 miles NE

Walk, run, or bike down the middle of Highland Ave. and Boulevard Ave. during Atlanta Streets Alive, with free entertainment and activities for all ages. You can register to join the optional 2 p.m. bike parade.

Interior design event

September 26 - 29, 2016

6 miles north

Register for free talks by interior design experts during Discover ADAC at Atlanta Decorative Arts Center.

Book fair

September 26 - Oct. 2, 2016

14 miles north

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

Latin party

September 28, 2016 (7 to 10 p.m.)

0.5 miles NW

A ticket to Latin Rhythms gets you an open bar and DJ dance music (plus 6 p.m. dance lesson with a VIP ticket) at the Center for Civil and Human Rights.

Anime convention

September 29 - Oct. 2, 2016

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.

Film festival

September 29 - Oct. 6, 2016

2 miles NE

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

Stimulate your mind

September 30, 2016

0.2 miles south

A dozen brilliant speakers illuminate topics like design, medicine, cartoons, architecture, and space exploration at TEDxPeachtree at Rialto Center for the Arts.

Atlanta Cheese Festival

September 30, 2016 (5 p.m., VIP 4)

1 mile south

Taste samples from cheese and artisan food producers, taste grilled cheese entries, and hear live music at Atlanta Cheese Festival at GA Freight Depot.

French picnic and movie

September 30, 2016 (canceled if rainy)

2.9 miles north

A ticket to French Flick and Picnic Night includes a light French-style picnic at 6:30 p.m. and a silent French romantic comedy-drama (The Artist, PG-13, 2011) at 7:30 p.m. at Gate Museum, Atlantic Station.

State Fair - south

September 30 - Oct. 9, 2016

30 miles south

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

Pumpkin Festival

September 30 - Oct. 30, 2016

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.

Douglasville haunted house

September 30 - Oct. 31, 2016

22 miles west

Zombies riot at Nightmare’s Gate in Douglasville. Open Thurs., Fri., Sat., Sun., and Halloween.

Stockbridge haunts

September 30 - Oct. 31, 2016

26 miles SE

Fear the Woods includes a haunted house, a haunted trail, and haunted combat at Yule Forest on Hwy 155. Open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Halloween.

Rome haunted house

September 30 - Oct. 31, 2016

71 miles NW

Gates of Misery [sound] is filled with torture, torment, zombies, and cannibals. Dates in 2016: Sept. 30, Oct. 1, 7-8, 13-15, 20-22, 27-31.
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