Atlanta events calendar for September 2015. Best festivals, fun things to do, free kids activities, street fairs, and Labor Day weekend events in Atlanta, Georgia.

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September 2015

Enjoy the best Atlanta events, festivals, and things to do in September 2015 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.

Black Pride Weekend

September 2 - 7, 2015

2.2 miles NE

Atlanta Black Pride Weekend [sound] has a large gay community music festival Sunday in Piedmont Park.

Bar Bash

September 4, 2015

6.2 miles north

A Buckhead Bar Bash ticket includes admission to 15 bars, entertainment, and some free food and drinks.

Decatur Book Festival

September 4 - 6, 2015

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 4 - 6, 2015

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.

DragonCon

September 4 - 7, 2015

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.

Seafood & Music Festival

September 5, 2015

15 miles south

Seafood & Music Festival (formerly Seafood & Beer Festival) features live music, international beer stations, fish, crab, scallops, other seafood, and children’s activities at Riverdale Town Center.

Art in the Park

September 5 - 7, 2015

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 5 - 7, 2015

19 miles east

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

Midtown Restaurant Week

September 5 - 13, 2015 (uncertain)

Atlanta locations

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

Music festival

September 6, 2015

2.2 miles SE

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

Beer & whiskey festival

September 6, 2015

7 miles north

Beer & Whiskey Fest on Labor Day weekend features premium whiskies, craft and imported beers, and four rock & country bands at Buckhead Saloon.

Labor Day run

September 7, 2015

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 10 - 13, 2015

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 11 - 13, 2015

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.

Pirate & Princess Day

September 12, 2015

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.

Smooth jazz festival

September 12, 2015

13 miles NW

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

Taste of Kennesaw

September 12, 2015

26 miles NW

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

Hapeville festival

Septemver 18 - 19, 2015

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 18 - 20, 2015

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 18 - Oct. 31, 2015

56 miles SW

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

Taste of Smyrna

September 19, 2015

15 miles NW

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

Marietta street fair

September 19, 2015

19 miles NW

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

Atlanta Arts Festival

September 19 - 20, 2015

2 miles NE

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

Sandy Springs Festival

September 19 - 20, 2015

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.
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Japanese festival

September 19 - 20, 2015

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 19 - 20, 2015

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 19 - 20, 2015

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 19 & 26, 2015

24 miles west

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

Corn maze & pumpkins

September 19 - Nov. 22, 2015

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.

Jazz legend concert

September 20, 2015

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.

Fiesta Georgia

September 20, 2015

33 miles east

Fiesta Georgia [sound] celebrates Latino culture and Fiestas Patrias with mariachi music, Mexican folk dancing, arts & crafts, and Latin-American foods at Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers. Free.

Wine tasting at the aquarium

September 24, 2015

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.

Anime convention

September 24 - 27, 2015

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.

State fair - north

September 24 - Oct. 4, 2015

22 miles NW

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

Music festival

September 25 - 27, 2015

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 - south

September 25 - Oct. 4, 2015

29 miles south

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

Pumpkin Festival

September 25 - Oct. 25, 2015

19 miles east

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

Free museum day

September 26, 2015

Statewide

Get a free ticket for two people to visit one of 46 Georgia museums on Museum Day Live.

Beer festival

September 26, 2015

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.

Wine walk

September 26, 2015 (uncertain)

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.

Free park day

September 26, 2015

19 miles north

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

Taste of Clarkesville

September 26, 2015

83 miles NE

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

Duluth Fall Festival

September 26 - 27, 2015

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. 26 - Nov. 1, 2015 (some days)

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 27, 2015 (uncertain)

3 miles NE

Walk, run, or bike down the middle of Highland Ave., Boulevard Ave., and North Ave. at Streets Alive, with free entertainment and activities for all ages, followed by a ticketed After Party at Masquerade. Route map.

Drive-in festival

September 2015 (undated)

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 2015 (undated)

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.

Touch a Truck

September 2015 (undated)

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.

Vintage sale

September 2015 (undated)

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 2015 (undated)

4 miles NW

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

Candler Park festival

September 2015 (undated)

3 miles east

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

ONE music festival

September 2015 (undated)

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.

Meatball festival

September 2015 (undated)

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.

Movies and beer

September 2015 (undated)

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 2015 (undated)

2 miles NE

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

Healthy Living Day

September 2015 (undated)

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.

Inman Park Restaurant Week

September 2015 (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.

Book fair

September 2015 (undated)

14 miles north

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

Wine walk

September 2015 (undated)

4.3 miles east

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

Prayers for pets

September 2015 (undated)

1 mile NE

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

East Atlanta Strut

September 2015 (undated)

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 2015 (undated)

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.

Kennesaw beer festival

September 2015 (undated)

28 miles NW

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

Hip-hop festival

September 2015 (undated)

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.

Trumpet festival

September 2015 (undated)

5 miles NE

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

Warplanes

September 2015 (undated)

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.

Barbecue & music festival

September 2015 (undated)

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.

Car-free Peachtree Street

September 2015 (undated)

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.
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September 2015 calendar of events in Atlanta, GA. Best events, fairs, festivals, and things to do in Atlanta, Georgia.     steve.cook@events12.com