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.

Mileage is from the Westin Peachtree Plaza in downtown Atlanta, Georgia.


September 1, 2016 (7 p.m.)

0.7 miles west

Watch the Atlanta Falcons play the Jacksonville Jaguars in a pre-season game at the Georgia Dome. Discount tickets $10 to $49.

Bar Bash

September 2, 2016

6.2 miles north

A Buckhead Bar Bash ticket includes admission to 11 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 parade down Peachtree Street.

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.

Music festival

September 4, 2016

2.2 miles SE

House in the Park is DJ house music played outdoors at two pavilions in 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.

Labor Day run

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

12 miles NE

Big Peach Sizzler is a morning 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.

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 Historic Westside Village. Free.

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 plus 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.

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.

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.

Fashion show in Alpharetta

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

26 miles north

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

Documentary film festival

September 15 - 17, 2016

2.5 miles SE

Atlanta International Documentary Film Festival (DocuFest) shows independent documentary films at DooGallery.

Wine tasting at the aquarium

September 16, 2016

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.

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

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.

Folklife festival

September 17, 2016

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.

Atlanta Arts Festival

September 17 - 18, 2016

2 miles NE

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

Sandy Springs Festival

September 17 - 18, 2016

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.

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. Discount tickets $7.

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 the first day, and Heroes Day and Touch-a-Truck are the second day.

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 will swim, bike, and run in two dozen events at IronKids Alpharetta in Wills Park.

Latino Film Festival

September 22 - 25, 2016

Northern Atlanta locations

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

Greek festival

September 22 - 25, 2016

9 miles NE

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

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.

Newnan haunted house

September 23 - Oct. 31, 2016

41 miles SW

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

Carrollton haunted camp

September 23 - 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.

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.

Free museum day

September 24, 2016


Get a free ticket for two people to visit one of 44 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 18 sponsors at Wine Stroll on the BeltLine in Inman Park. Bring age 21 ID.

Wine walk

September 24, 2016

4.3 miles east

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

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.

Art festival

September 24, 2016

10 miles south

College Park Arts Festival features 60 artists, plus beer, wine, food, music, and kids’ events on a street lined with oak trees in College Park. 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

83 miles NE

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

Hip-hop festival

September 24 - 25, 2016

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.


September 24 -25, 2016

11 miles NE

See World War II era aircraft, meet veterans, see 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 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

September 24 - Oct. 31, 2016

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.

Car-free streets

September 25, 2016

3 miles NE

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

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

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.

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.

Stockbridge haunts

September 30 - Oct. 31, 2016

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.

Midtown Restaurant Week

September 2016 (undated)

Atlanta locations

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

Inman Park Restaurant Week

September 2016 (undated)

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.

Midtown music festival

September 2016 (undated)

2 miles NE

Music Midtown offers a great lineup on three stages for all ages at Piedmont Park. No pets.

Arts festival

September 2016 (undated)

3 miles east

The 5 Arts Fest [sound] offers interactive art activities in five categories (literary, visual, performing, crafts, music) near Euclid Avenue NE. Free.

Dance against cancer

September 2016 (undated)

4 miles north

Dancers Unite Against Cancer includes a buffet dinner, dance performance, DJ, live music, dancing, and a children’s dance party at The Defoor Centre.

Family bike rally

September 2016 (undated)

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.

Trumpet festival

September 2016 (undated)

5 miles NE

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

Free football festival

September 2016 (undated)

7 miles NW

The Ultimate Tailgate Experience has giant screens showing games all day, live music, and a bar and grill at Bolton Road NW & Main Street NW. Free entry.

Book fair

September 2016 (undated)

14 miles north

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

Jazz in Fayetteville

September 2016 (undated)

24 miles south

Hear three highly acclaimed acts at Summer Evening of Jazz at Southern Ground Amphitheater. You can bring your own food or buy it from a vendor.

Jazz legend concert

September 2016 (undated)

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.

Bluegrass festival

September 2016 (undated)

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.
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